Pinocchio The Panto

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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 his distraught parents.

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 of our scripts have a runtime of under 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:

All of our pantomimes come with a full, suggested songs and music cues and SFX list.

Style:

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

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CHARACTERS

PINOCCHIO
GEPPETTO
MOMMA
JIMINY CRICKET
FOXY LOXY
CLARA CUDDLEPUSS
STROMBOLI
LINGUINI
DYLAN
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 1: Chorus. After song ends…Exit Chorus [SR]

Enter Geppetto [SL] holding a small oil-can – he hums as he oils each joint on Pinocchio’s arms and legs and manipulates them.

GEPPETTO: There, he’s finished. [calls] Momma! Come and look!

Enter Momma [SL] carrying a broom.

MOMMA: Not another little boy puppet!

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

MOMMA: [examining Pinocchio] He’s very nice, Geppetto.

GEPPETTO: Just look at the eyes on him, they could almost be alive!

MOMMA: Which is more than we’ll be if we don’t earn enough to feed ourselves. Do you have a name for him?

GEPPETTO: Not yet momma.

MOMMA: What about, Kevin?

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

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

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

MOMMA: Pistachio!?

GEPPETTO: Too nutty.

MOMMA: Pecorino?

GEPPETTO: Too cheesy.

MOMMA: Pinocchio? That’s a funny name.

GEPPETTO: No Momma, that name’s perfect.

MOMMA: Whatever. [begins sweeping]

GEPPETTO: Pinocchio it is then. [steps back to admire his handiwork, brushes his forehead and knocks his hat off. Turns and bends to pick it up. Pinocchio suddenly comes to life and kicks him in the pants, sending him sprawling. Then returns to his lifeless position] Ooof!

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

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

MOMMA: Oh no, I didn’t!

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

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

GEPPETTO: [turns and sees her lying on the floor] What happened, Momma?

MOMMA: [stands] You kicked me over when I wasn’t looking!

GEPPETTO: I didn’t kick you! Did I boys and girls?

MOMMA: 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!?

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

PINOCCHIO: [suddenly alive] I can!

MOMMA: He spoke! [swoons]

GEPPETTO: But that’s impossible!

PINOCCHIO: Why is it?

MOMMA: Because you’re made of wood!

PINOCCHIO: The Blue Fairy made it possible.

GEP & MOM: Blue Fairy!?

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

GEPPETTO: At last Momma, we have our very own little boy!

MOMMA: Yes, but I would’ve preferred a real one. Wood have? [laughs] Never mind.

GEPPETTO: Can you walk, Pinocchio?

PINOCCHIO: Let me see. [gets off stool and his legs wobble] Woooohah!

Momma and Geppetto quickly support him.

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

MOMMA: We’ll also teach you to dance.

They link arms and dance around the room. Music cue 2: After a bit, Geppetto and Momma drop out, exhausted.

PINOCCHIO: Why have you stopped dancing?

GEPPETTO: We need to rest, Pinocchio.

MOMMA: We’re not as young as we used to be – despite my incredibly youthful looks.

PINOCCHIO: [tantrum] I want to dance, and if you won’t teach me, I’ll hold my breath until I turn blue and die! 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: Pyro flash.

Enter Blue Fairy [SR]

PINOCCHIO: [exhales noisily] Blue Fairy!

MOMMA: You’re the one who gave us Pinocchio?

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

PINOCCHIO: I didn’t mean to be rude, honest! I just wanted to carry on dancing, that’s all.
Please give me another chance Blue Fairy, I promise I’ll do better in future

BLUE FAIRY: Very well. Let me introduce you to someone Pinocchio [waves wand]

Music cue 3: Enter Jiminy [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 to always behave properly.

PINOCCHIO: What’s a conscience?

GEPPETTO: It’s that little voice inside everybody, that tells us right from wrong.

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

BLUE FAIRY: That’s correct. Would you like to become a real boy Pinocchio?

PINOCCHIO: Oh yes, Blue Fairy! I’d like that more than anything in the whole wide world!

BLUE FAIRY: There 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 parents 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 long as the sun shines in the sky, I’ll never ever tell a lie.

Pinocchio pulls a face on the last one.

GEPPETTO: I think that last one might prove to be a problem, Momma.

MOMMA: Me too. Why, it’s as plain as the nose on his face.

BLUE FAIRY: The 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 4:] So, make sure you always tell the truth.

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

BLUE FAIRY: Come along Jiminy.

JIMINY: Bye, Pinoke!

Exit Blue Fairy and Jiminy [SR]