Cinderella – the whole panto in five minutes!

IMG_4293

A do -it- yourself version of Cinderella – a  tongue in cheek script written in haste. You may  be inspired to create your own version.

It might also remind oldies of a time when aunties and grannies were around and children were expected to entertain them.

Best performed when everyone is merry and/or the children bored with computer games. If ever?

It needs to be done at breathtaking pace. Some of the lines scan if you are lucky.

(But please note the Disney version is on later so  you might prefer to wait!)Ann Perrin slide (465)

Instructions

A solo performance is possible – attempting  different voices and with a few hats or props.

It can also be re-written to be as topical and raucous as you like.

Children  –  Each child  can take more than one role if necessary. They could also use the outline to write there own version. It can be performed with glove puppets, shadow puppets, rod puppets, paper bag puppets, or Pelham Puppets.

Music – Any Christmas CD to warm the audience up for a few minutes.

Musical score – there was supposed to be one, but could I get my partner interested enough to do it? I could not!  It may follow in a few years time.

“Oh no it won’t!” ” Oh yes it will!”  

So just a chorus of the audience singing

La la la,
la la la la.
La la la la la la

or

“Dum de dum de dum de dum” works just as well.

I hope the rhythm is obvious?

Cinderella –  A five minute panto script starts here –

All characters use a sing song voice….

Cinderella – enters stage left

I am Cinderella I have to work all day.
And all my ugly sisters do
is lounge about and play
It’s Cinders get a move on,
help with this and that.
It’s fix my hair and fix my dress
you lazy little brat.

(dances off stage right to tune of audience singing their la la la bit)

La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

(For a one man/woman show change hat)

Buttons – enters
I am Billy Buttons, the Baron’s favourite page,
he hasn’t any money so I never get a wage….
I love dear Cinderella,
I help her sweep and clean.
Her horrid ugly sisters are nowhere to be seen.

(dances off to audience singing their la la la bit)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

(Solo performer – change hat)

Baron – enters
I am Baron Stoney Broke, the bankers did for me,
they lent out all my money and left me all at sea.

(dances off to the audience singing the Chorus)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

(Solo performer – change hat)

Droopy Drawers (ugly sister) enters
I’m ugly sister Droopy Drawers,
but changed my name to Kate.
I hoped I’d be Prince William’s bride,
but left it far too late.
(dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

(Solo performer – change hat)

Flossie (ugly sister) – enters
I’m Ugly sister Flossie, but people call me Floss,
I make sure that Cinders gets to know whose boss!
(dances off)

Encourage audience to shout boo!

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

(Solo performer – change hat for each character as necessary)

Cinders – enters
My horrid ugly sisters have gone off to the ball,
leaving me to stay at home.
It isn’t fair at all.  (dances off)

Buttons –  enters
Never mind dear Cinders, the kitchen’s warm and dry,
hot chocolate and a cuddle and time will quickly fly.  (dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

Fairy  – enters
I am the fairy godmother and magic’s what I do.
I’ll wave my wand to make a coach and poshest frock for you.
.(dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la 

Cinderella (with glittery head dress) enters
Oh dearest fairy godmother
Primark doesn’t stand a chance,
a lovely frock, a golden coach,
off to the ball to dance!  (dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

Fairy – enters
Yes off you go and meet the Prince,
but listen for the clock,
for when it chimes at midnight,
you’ll be back in your old frock. (dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

(don’t forget the changing of hats)

Princeenters
I am the Prince and charming,
I’ve danced the night away…
but she didn’t like the corgis
and at midnight ran away.

But now I’ve found her slipper
so I can search the land
and when I find that dreamy girl,
will offer her my….. hand! (dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la 

Droopy drawers – enters
Oh princey, princey sweetie pie,
my foot will fit the shoe,
but you’ll have to wait a minute
for I’m popping to the loo (dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

Flossie –  enters
Now come on princey darling boy,
the shoe is one of mine,
be careful with my bunions,
for soon you will be mine!  (dances off)

Prince – enters
Oh those two girls are awful
and shoe is Oh.. so neat,
I’m know it must fit someone
with teeny weeny feet! (dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la

Cinders – enters
Goodness me is that the time..
this nonsense nearly done…

Oh what a shame I hear you cry
time for your lovely song!  (dances off) 

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la 

Buttons – enter
The shoe will fit dear Cinders
it’s how these pantos go,
so give a cheer and all go home,
it’s the ending of the show  (dances off)

Chorus La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la (repeat)

La la la – oh la la la – la la la la la – La la la – oh la la la – oh la la la la la 

You, or your team of performers or the puppets take a bow,

30 seconds of music.

THE END

Set – You can draw or paint a backcloth

Characters – If using glove puppets can be two chairs with a curtain between, puppeteers on knees puppets pop up to perform.

If just one person – a box of hats and  attempting voices in character.

If planned ahead at home, for a cub group or school everyone can contribute to re- writing and/or extending the script!

Costumes – for children  – Cinders – a scarf for head tied at the back ordinary clothes and an apron. Buttons – a baseball hat and huge card buttons sewn on a tee shirt. The Baron – an old straw hat, ordinary clothes but a waistcoat would help to set the scene. Ugly sisters – whatever you can find that is hideous, or just with an enormous bow on head, red for one blue for the other. Cinders’ ball gown can be a net curtain thrown over ordinary clothes. Fairy  – a glittery necklace in hair, cardboard wings and wand.

this is cinders

“One I made earlier”  as they used to say on Blue Peter.

In fact there are two versions of Cinderella

1. A workshop I did  some years ago with students with physical and/or learning  disabilities at The Star Club in Sutton

We  made the rod puppets, props and painted scenery.  It took five, two hour sessions, once a week.

The improvised performance was watched by friends and children from a local play group.

I filmed some of the process by leaving a camera running  (with their permission of course) and edited it much later.

The participants were given a DVD to take home. Their commitment and joy was inspirational.

Creating Cinderella at Clusters  (lasts 5 minutes)

2. Cinderella  ( a different version with marionettes)

Based on a performance with our marionettes many years ago. Just my mother (in her late 70s)  and I, in my tiny loft in South London. We were both operating the puppets and I was letting the film run at the same time, The result is rather stilted but we had fun and you will get the gist!

Frankly I would have liked to have done one of our more traditional versions, but my mother had a mind of her own! Hence the frog, a flirting fairy and a gender challenged Prince!

Cinderella with a twist (9 minutes)

3. Family puppet workshops. The following one took place as part of a series that I did in Saltdean Library soon after my partner and I moved down here.

No funding of coursem, it had to be a labour of love.

A second one featured Jack in the Beanstalk.  The puppets were made in two afternoon sessions and performance thrown together in an afternoon with willing adults reading the parts.

Jack and the Beanstalk (14 minutes)

4. The photo is a slide taken on one of the family workshops I used to run in Lambeth.

Ann Perrin slide (465)

I loved the cut out coach and a rod puppet can be organised to alight and ride in it.

The slide was cleaned professionally by Tom Hardwick.

By 2017 – 2,300 people had viewed this post and as many viewed the film.

An award winning blog    for ‘a blog that brightens our day’!

 

This entry was posted in Brighton - out and about, Cheer yourself up, Christmas - love or loath it?, Marionette, Photography, Puppethouse mayhem and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Cinderella – the whole panto in five minutes!

  1. ann perrin says:

    Reblogged this on Ann Perrin.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s