Pinocchio

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Synopsis:

Pinocchio the little wooden puppet longs to be a real boy someday, but he is easily led astray by shady characters. His conscience, Jiminy Cricket rescues him from the evil Stromboli. But Pinocchio fails to learn his lesson and eventually ends up on Pleasure Island much to the displeasure of The Blue Fairy and the distraught Poppa Geppetto.

Once again, he is rescued by Jiminy. During his escape from Pleasure Island, Pinocchio somehow ends up in the belly of a giant whale, but not alone.

This heart-warming panto faithfully follows the events of the original story, but in traditional pantomime-style format.

Roles:

10 principals, some minor roles plus a chorus.

Runtime:

All our scripts have a runtime of approximately 2hrs (not including any interval) but this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit your own needs.

Music:

Our pantomimes all come with a full, suggested songs, music cues and SFX list.

Style:

Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

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CHARACTERS

PINOCCHIO
GEPPETTO
BELLA
JIMINY CRICKET
FOXY LOXY
CLARA CUDDLEPUSS
STROMBOLI
LINGUINI
LAMPWICK
BLUE FAIRY

SUPPORTING ROLES – CHORUS

Fairground Worker
Sailor 1
Sailor 2
Whipmaster 1
Whipmaster 2
Dancers; Children; Ghouls; Live Puppets; etc.

 

SCENE ONE
GEPETTO’S TOYSHOP

Chorus of toys are onstage. Soldiers, ballerinas, teddy-bears, animals, etc. Pinocchio is in the final stages of construction and sits on a stool. Music cue 2: Chorus. After song ends…Exit Chorus [SR]

Enter Geppetto [SL] holding a small paint pot and brush. He hums as he puts finishing touches to Pinocchio’s face.

GEPPETTO: There, he’s all finished. [calls] Bella, come quick and see!

Enter Bella [SL] carrying a broom.

BELLA: Not another little boy puppet.

GEPPETTO: Isn’t he the most beautiful little boy puppet you ever did see?

BELLA: He’s very nice, Geppetto.

GEPPETTO: Look at the eyes on him, they could almost be alive.

BELLA: Do you have a name for him?

GEPPETTO: Not yet.

BELLA: How about, Kevin?

GEPPETTO: No Bella, this is a very special boy puppet, and he needs a very special name.

BELLA: Then why don’t you ask the boys and girls what to call him.

GEPPETTO: What should I call him, boys and girls?

BELLA: Pistachio!?

GEPPETTO: Too nutty.

BELLA: Pecorino?

GEPPETTO: Too cheesy.

BELLA: Pinocchio? That’s a funny name.

GEPPETTO: No Bella, that name is perfect.

BELLA: Whatever. [begins sweeping]

GEPPETTO: Welcome little Pinocchio! [removes his hat and bows with a flourish, then drops his hat and turns and bends to pick it up. [Pinocchio suddenly comes to life and kicks him in the pants, sending him sprawling, then resumes his lifeless position] Oooof!

BELLA: [turns] Why are you lying on the floor, Geppetto?

GEPPETTO: [standing] Because you kicked me over, that’s why!

BELLA: Oh no, I didn’t!

GEPPETTO: Well, I can hardly kick my own backside now, can I? [turns away in a huff]

BELLA: You’ve obviously reached the Zimmer-frame stage. Oh look, your hat’s on the floor. [bends to pick it up, and Pinocchio kicks her on the bottom sending her sprawling] Oooof!

GEPPETTO: [turns] What happened to you, Bella?

BELLA: You kicked me over when I wasn’t looking that’s what! I’ve a good mind to hand my notice in as your housekeeper

GEPPETTO: I didn’t kick you!

BELLA: Oh yes, you did!

GEPPETTO: Oh no, I didn’t! Did I boys and girls?

BELLA: Well, if you didn’t kick me and I didn’t kick you, then who did kick us?

GEPPETTO: Did you see who kicked us, boys and girls? [response] Pinocchio!?

BELLA: Don’t talk daft, puppets can’t move. Well, not without strings anyway.

PINOCCHIO: [suddenly alive] I can!

GEPPETTO: He spoke! [swoons]

BELLA: But that’s impossible!

PINOCCHIO: Why is it?

BELLA: Because you’re made of wood?

PINOCCHIO: The Blue Fairy made it possible.

GEPPETTO: Blue Fairy!?

PINOCCHIO: She knew how much you wanted your own little boy, and when you went to the forest to chop down a tree, she placed a magic spell on it. And that’s how I’m here.

BELLA: Well, wood you be-leaf it.

GEPPETTO: Can you walk, Pinocchio?

PINOCCHIO: Let me see. [stands and his legs wobble] Woooah!

BELLA: She must’ve picked a rubber tree.

Bella and Geppetto quickly support him.

GEPPETTO: Don’t worry Pinoke, I’ll teach you to run and play, just like a real little boy.

BELLA: And I’ll teach you to dance. I was on Strictly you know.

GEPPETTO: She cleaned the floor before every show.

They link arms and dance around the room. Music cue 3: After a bit, Geppetto and Bella drop out, exhausted.

PINOCCHIO: Why have you both stopped dancing?

GEPPETTO: We need a rest Pinocchio, we’re not as young as we used to be.

BELLA: You speak for yourself Geppetto.

PINOCCHIO: I want to dance, and if you won’t teach me, I’ll hold my breath until I turn blue and die, and then you’ll be sorry! [takes a deep breath and holds it]

GEPPETTO: Stop being silly, Pinocchio.

Pinocchio starts to sway and looks about to fall.

SFX: Stage flash.

Enter Blue Fairy [SR]

BLUE FAIRY: [scolds] Pinocchio!

PINOCCHIO: [exhales noisily] Blue Fairy!

BELLA: Are you the one who made Pinocchio?

BLUE FAIRY: Yes, and I’ve a good mind to turn him into firewood for being so naughty.

PINOCCHIO: I didn’t mean to be naughty, I just wanted to carry on dancing! Please give me another chance, I promise I’ll do better in future!

BLUE FAIRY: Very well Pinocchio now, meet somebody who will help you. [calls] Jiminy!

Music cue 4: Enter Jiminy dancing on [SR]

JIMINY: Hiya kids!

BLUE FAIRY: This is Jiminy Cricket.

PINOCCHIO: [laughs] What a funny-looking little fellow.

JIMINY: Look who’s talking. At least I’m not made of wood.

BLUE FAIRY: Jiminy will be your conscience and remind you to always behave properly.

PINOCCHIO: What’s a conscience?

BLUE FAIRY: It’s that little voice inside everybody that tells them right from wrong.

JIMINY: But as you’re made of wood Pinocchio, you probably don’t have one.

BLUE FAIRY: [thinking] Mmmm! How would you like to become a real boy Pinocchio?

PINOCCHIO: I’d like that more than anything in the whole wide world!

BLUE FAIRY: Well, for that to happen there are five things you must learn.

PINOCCHIO: But what if I forget them?

BLUE FAIRY: Then this rhyme will help you remember.

‘My father dear I will obey,

And do my work before I play.

I’ll go to school and learn to be clever,

Think of others and be selfish never.

And whilst ever the sun shines in the sky, I’ll never ever tell a lie.’

Pinocchio pulls a face on the last one.

GEPPETTO: That last one might prove the hardest to keep.

BELLA: I agree why, it’s as plain as the nose on his face.

BLUE FAIRY: ‘Nose on his face,’ that’s it! Every time you tell a lie Pinocchio, your nose will grow longer. [dings wand at Pinocchio Music cue 5: ] So, make sure you always tell the truth.

PINOCCHIO: Oh, I will! [feels his nose]