PLAYS - Pantomimes


Jack and the Beanstalk

the traditional pantomime

Here is another traditional pantomime re-written for children to enjoy performing. All the elements of the story are retained and the entire play is written in rhyme.

Jack and his mum live in abject poverty and mum does not agree to Jack's simple, if illegal, solution (shoplifting!) So he is sent out to sell their remaining collateral, the thin and ancient cow. He meets the beanseller, does the deal - cow for beans - and returns home, to a less than rapturous reception from mother.

During the night, the beans grow skywards, and, when the police arrive to question Jack for some unknown reason, he fears the worst. To escape he climbs up the beanstalk. At the top he finds a giant's palace.

This story has all the elements of the traditional pantomime, with a few more thrown in for good measure. Needless to say it has a happy ending (for Jack and his mum!)

This is a rip-roaring tale and will be stimulating for cast and stage designer. Jack has, unsurprisingly, the biggest and most demanding role but there is a good selection and variety of different length parts for the rest of the cast including narrators who link the action. 5 brilliant, totally original and singable songs.

Comments

"Just to keep you informed I have started the rehearsals for Jack and the Beanstalk and they are going extremely well. The children absolutely love the script and songs - Jack learnt all his lines over one weekend! Thanks again for all your efforts especially in producing the songs so quickly.

Primary School teacher Durham UK December 2004

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 45 minutes

Cast: at least 12

Number of Songs: 5

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Magic Beans

Listen to the song "Magic Beans"

Part of Scene 1 sample

Snow White

This is a version of the traditional story originally written for parents to perform to children aged 4 to 11. It is however, suitable for children to perform themselves with suitable language and many parts appropriate to different ages and abilities.

Written entirely in rhyme, the Queen has the most lines, the Prince and Snow-White come next and there are smaller parts for The MIrror, the Dwarves, the Huntsman and Captain Hook. A narrator tells the story and requires a moderate reader.

There are also 5 brand new songs for the main characters, with a rousing show stopper for the end.

The story follows the traditional tale except for occasional appearances from Captain Hook who is searching for Peter Pan and has information that a pantomime is taking place and that Peter Pan is in it. This allows the "Oh yes he is" Oh no he isn't" routine to take place and when the crocodile appears, there is also opportunity for "He's behind you!"

The original performance took place with the minimum of rehearsal and staging! and yet was a great success with all the pupils and cast. Musical accompaniment was provided by a pianist who played while scenes changed and when the dwarves appeared.

Don't forget, all the songs come on a cd with me singing and instrumental versions of the songs. Having the cd means that you don't need to be a musician or have the services of one. You can use the songs with me singing for rehearsal, then, when the cast have learnt the songs, use the instrumental version for a performance. An added attraction is that, with a portable cd player, you can have the songs playing in the classroom, say, so that the children can learn them at any time of day - you don't need specific rehearsals for the songs.

Comments

"We had our performance of Snow White yesterday and it was a huge success. We had a packed hall and everybody loved it so thank you again for another great play. We also introduced an autograph book at the end of the performance which we gave out to all of the children so they could get their favourite characters autographs and this proved to be hugely popular (both with the children and cast) so you may wish to pass that onto anyone else who purchases your script"

Pre-school playgroup, Berkshire

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: at least 12

Number of Songs: 5

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

I'm a Prince

Listen to a song from the show

Scene Sample