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Puss in Boots
. . . that talking cat gets everywhere - and gets his just desserts!

To order scripts ISBN 1-873855-06-0Cast ListScenesExtractNotes

This pantomime was performed in New Yory City in December 2004, suitably modified for the American market!


Introduction

A pantomime written in a traditional style, but at the same time refreshingly different, Puss in Boots treats your cast to some well made characters and dialogue, and conspires to involve your audience to the maximum.

As well as a talking cat, this show has "Big Boot", the giant leg and foot of the wicked ogre, making its dramatic appearances from above and transforming into first a lion and then a mouse.

There are many opportunities for song and dance, including 23 suggested titles, and plenty of scope for including an undefined number of senior and junior chorus members in the show.

Principals: Male 7, Female 5, Indeterminate 5

© John Owen Smith 1988


Cast List . . .

The Immortals:

Bad Puss, King Tom of the Undergrowth
Good Puss, Queen of Queens
Puss, a magical cat

The Mortals:

Widow Marzipan, owner of the Village Mill (dame)
Charlie, her son (principal boy)
Jill, a village girl
Jack, a village lad
Two village yokels
Big Boot, the Ogre (voice only)
Bad 1, a villain in the pay of the Ogre
Set 2, another villain in the pay of the Ogre
Two Orcs, guarding the Ogre
King Dennis, of Fantasia
Queen Margaret, of Fantasia
Princess Lucinda, their daughter (principal girl)
Humphrey, the Major Domo to the King
Chorus of Villagers, Courtiers, Ogrettes, Dancers (senior and junior chorus)

List of Scenes . . .

Act I

The Prologue - In some Dark Alley (Front of Tabs)
Scene 1 - In the Village (Full Set)
Scene 2 - On the way to the Palace (Front of Tabs)
Scene 3 - Outside the Ogre's Castle (Half Set)
Scene 4 - On the way to the Palace (Front of Tabs)
Scene 5 - The King's Garden (Full Set)
Scene 6 - On the path to the Village (Front of Tabs)
Scene 7 - Outside the Ogre's Castle (Half Set)
Scene 8 - Inside the Ogre's Castle (Full Set)

**** INTERVAL ****

Act II

The Interlogue - Back in the Dark Alley (Front of Tabs)
Scene 1 - In the Village again (Full Set)
Scene 2 - Back at the Palace (Front of Tabs)
Scene 3 - By the River (Half Set)
Scene 4 - Inside the Ogre's Castle again (Full Set)
Scene 5 - Somewhere in the Palace (Front of Tabs) + Community Song
Scene 6 - In the King's Garden again (Full Set)

Extract from Act II Scene 3

Puss Help Sire. My master, the Marquis of Carabas, has been robbed. He was having a swim in the river and brigands ran off with his clothes.
Queen I've always said that we need more River Police patrols - good grief, was that the cat talking!?
Puss Indeed it was, Madam. I am at your service.
Charlie swims back again
King Margaret, Lucinda, avert your eyes!
Queen Yes, Lucinda, look the other way please!
Humphrey exits stage left at this point.
Puss Purrhaps your Majesty could spare a cloak or some other garment to cover up the embarrassment of my most noble Lord.
King Yes, yes of course. We can't have everyone seeing his embarrassment! Guard, fetch a suit of the finest clothes for this charming cat's master.
Puss You are most generous, Sire. I will take them to my master immediately.
Exits stage right with one of the King's guard.
Enter stage left Humphrey with the Widow. She is wet.
Humphrey I found this charming lady trying to get out of the river, Sire.
King Really.
Queen Good heavens - she's sodden!
Widow Cheeky thing, I certainly am not! I'm just very wet that's all.
Produces fish, etc, from her clothes.
King Well do the decent thing, Humphrey, and lend the lady your cloak.
Business of Humphrey reluctantly transferring his cloak to the Widow.
Widow Oh what a kind man you are, and such lovely material! Lord Humphrey was it, or Sir?
Humphrey Just Mister.
Widow Oh well, you can't be too choosy at my time of life!
Puss enters stage right with Charlie, who is now also dressed in finery
Puss Sire, my I introduce my master, the Marquis of Carabas.
Lucinda Why, it's ...
King Delighted, delighted. (Introduces his party in turn) My wife, daughter, Major Domo, and this wet lady is, er ...
Charlie (Quickly) I am most honoured, Sire. Won't you allow my faithful retainer to escort you to my castle? I will follow with your most charming daughter.
Widow Marquis? Castle? Whatever ...
Puss Mr Humphrey, please take this charming lady's arm. I will lead the way.


Producer's Notes

This pantomime uses three different full set scenes, separated by half set or front of curtain scenes to allow for backstage activity. The River scene was achieved by using two long pieces of blue material each extending across the stage from wing to wing, and having stagehands raise and shake them at the appropriate time.

Directions given are those used in the original production, but use your imagination according to the facilities available to you. We made Big Boot out of material stitched together in the shape of a giant boot, stuffed with blown-up bin liners and attached to a weighted wooden 'sole'. This was suspended by a couple of ropes which were themselves hidden in a material sleeve representing Big Boot's trouser leg. In the transformation scene, the boot was quickly raised during a brief black-out to reveal the lion or mouse.

A list of songs used in the original production is included for your guidance. Where special words were written these are also included, but feel free to adapt or adopt your own as required.

The concept of the Community Song is where the audience is invited to come up on the stage to help out, and some sort of raucous competition ensues between those brave enough to come up and those left sitting in the auditorium. ("Invited" is perhaps a little inaccurate on occasions, when members of the cast go down in search of friends and other victims!). The positioning of this event just before the final scene also gives people not involved plenty of time to change into their finery for the Walkdown.

I used the general convention that immortals, in this case Bad Puss and Good Puss, speak in rhyme and mortals in prose, and I have introduced the concept of a Prologue and an Interlogue (no, the latter is not in the dictionary) as much as anything to give time for the chorus to react to the fact that the show has started, and actually get on stage! This is known as pragmatism.

So good luck with your show. Put in local variations as you wish, and if you think you can improve on the verse then do that too! Have fun - otherwise, why do it?


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