Hansel & Gretel Pantomime Script by Alan P Frayn, Stage Right Creative

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Provisional cast and scenery requirements are listed below
hansel and gretel
Wayfarers Pantomime Society
EXCERPT from Act II Scene 6: Inside the Sugar Candy Cottage © Alan P Frayn

PRINCE:You’re the kind old lady who makes gingerbread for the children, aren’t you?
WITCH:Why, yes, that’s right, my dear.  (Aside, to audience:) Well, “for the children” – “from the children” – there’s not much difference!
PRINCE:I was wondering if you’d seen a small boy and girl pass this way recently?
WITCH:Sorry, no.
(There is a knocking noise from within the cupboard.)
PRINCE:What was that?
(The WITCH moves to the door, still facing the Prince and kicks the cupboard door angrily with the back of her heel.)
WITCH:Don’t worry, sweetheart, it’s only the mice!
PRINCE:Oh, I see.  Well, if you haven’t seen anyone, I’ll leave you to your good deeds.  (Then, as an after-thought:) Oh, by the way – as you give all your gingerbread to youngsters, you’ll need to be CRB checked now, I’m afraid.
WITCH:All these rules and regulations!
PRINCE:I know, but in your case, it’s just a formality, you understand.  You may have already received the form?
WITCH:This one?  (She takes out a folded piece of paper.)  I was going to post it …
PRINCE:Here, let me save you the trouble.  (He takes it, unfolds it and is taken aback.)  Hey, wait a minutes – what’s this?  It says, “When do you like children best?”  And you’ve put: “When I’m eating one”!
WITCH:No, that says, “When I’m meeting one”!
PRINCE:Oh, my mistake!  But the next question is, “What do you enjoy most about them?”  And you’ve answered: “Their tender young livers”!
WITCH:Lives!  Their tender young lives!
PRINCE:(Continuing to read) “Not to mention their sweet hearts”?
WITCH:Not to mention they are sweethearts!  (She rolls her eyes impatiently.)
PRINCE:But it goes on: “What is your favourite food?”  And you say: “Steak and kiddie pie”!
WITCH:No, “Steak and kidney pie”!  You should have gone to Specsavers, my dear!
PRINCE:But look!  “What is your favourite sound?”  And you’ve put: “A child slaughter”!
WITCH:Your eyes are bad!  You didn’t see the apostrophe.  It says: “A child’s laughter”!
PRINCE:Oh, so it does!  How silly of me!
Characters
HANSEL &
GRETEL:
Although both are about 10-15, they are often played by older teenagers. (Male and female)
FRITZ: Hansel and Gretel’s father, a woodcutter. (Male)
HILDEGARD: Hansel and Gretel’s mean step-mother. (Female)
PEGGY
PUMPERNICKEL:
Pantomime Dame, a jovial gypsy. (Obviously, best played by a man)
WALLY: Peggy’s silly son. (Male but could be played by female)
HEATHER: Peggy’s bright daughter. (Principal girl)
PRINCE JOHANN: Typical Prince character. (Can either be played by male, or female as Principal Boy)
ENGLEBERT: The Prince’s Equerry. (Male, or could be re-named female, possibly a youngster)
BASIL: The dim-witted forester and game-keeper. (Male but could be played by female)
NUT-MEG: A daft forager who teams up with Basil for form a typical panto-style comedy twosome. (Female)
BLUEBELL: The Fairy of the Forest. (Female)
NIGHTSHADE: The Wicked Witch of the Woods. (Female)
WOLFGANG: A circus ringmaster. (Male, or could be re-named female)
OTTO: A barn owl (Male or female – smaller part)
CHORUS &
DANCERS:
Villagers
Forest Animals / Birds
Circus Performers / Clowns
Gypsies
Gingerbread Men
Scenes  (Notes on simplified scenery are also included in the script)
ACT I  
Prologue: Forest Fairy Feud (Front cloth or front of Tabs)
Scene 1 : The Village of Munchen Luncheon (Full stage village scene)
Scene 2 : Gypsy Japes (Front cloth or front of Tabs)
Scene 3 : Into the Woods … (Full stage forest scene)
Scene 4 : Meanwhile, Back in the Village (As Act I Scene 2)
Scene 5 : Recipe for Disaster (Half-stage scene with MS Tabs or cloth)
Scene 6 : A Turn Up for the Books (As Act I Scene 2)
Scene 7 : Join the Circus (Full stage circus scene – inside the big top)
ACT II  
Scene 1 : Peggy Pumpernickel’s Party (Full stage gypsy encampment scene, or as Act I Scene 1)
Scene 2 : The Powers of Persuasion (As Act I Scene 2)
Scene 3 : Return to the Woods (As Act I Scene 3)
Scene 4 : The Petrified Forest (As Act I Scene 3, plus cottage)
Scene 5 : A Plan is Hatched (As Act I Scene 2)
Scene 6 : Inside the Sugar Candy Cottage (Full stage scene with oven)
Scene 7 : Back Home Again (As Act I Scene 1)
Scene 8 : Fun before we Finish! (Front of Tabs)
Scene 9 : Farewell from the Forest (Full stage Finale)

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