by Peter Bond published April 2014
Suitable for All Groups
Four short pantomimes with a total running time of just over an hour, and written in rhyming couplets. Each tale is told in a witty and very funny way which will delight all readers. Could be performed individually, in pairs, or all together as an evening's entertainment.
CINDERELLA starts off in the traditional way. Cinders, in rags, pal Buttons, Fairy Godmother, maltreated by Ugly Sisters, etc. At the Ball things take a different turn when the Prince takes a shine to our heroine, but for the wrong reasons. And the ending, let's say it all works out well for Buttons at least. DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS RABBIT. Well, the title tells it all. The start is traditional, however when the Rats see Oscar the rabbit, they collapse in laughter. But Oscar is no ordinary rabbit and has a trick or two up his sleeve... RUMPELSTILTSKIN tells the story of the miller who boasts that his daughter could make gold out of flax and is overheard by the King. She is then locked up, and the King offers her marriage in return for her gift. In her cell she is visited by a gnome who makes her boast come true, but at a price. As always, there is a sting in the tail. The plot of SLEEPING BEAUTY is familiar. A princess is cursed by a witch and pricks her finger on a spinning wheel. She and her family are condemned to sleep for a hundred years until kissed by a handsome Prince. In this version the Prince duly kisses the Princess, but she is less than impressed with him when she wakes up.
Players: Multiple male and female parts
Cast: Separate casts for each mini-panto
Sets: Multiple very simple settings
Running Time: Each mini-panto is about 15 minutes
Download Sample Script: Four Mini-Pantos