• Beauty And The Beast

Synopsis:
Baguette's Bakery is awaiting a royal visitor in the shape of the handsome but vain Prince Louis. Upon arrival the Prince proves to be every bit as vain as his reputation, although this doesn't put off Mr Baguette's two ugly stepdaughters Canderel and Nutella. But his beautiful youngest daughter Belle, refuses his arrogant advances. The egotistical village rake Gustave, also has designs on Belle and uses blackmail in order to try and force her to go out with him. Meanwhile Fairy Rose and Witch Thorn are having an argument about goodness and strike up a bet to decide who is right. They chose Belle and Prince Louis respectively to prove their point, but Witch Thorn believes that she has been tricked and in her rage she turns Prince Louis into a Beast. But before this happens, Belle discovers the Prince’s true nature and they fall in love. Belle eventually ends up as a prisoner at the Beast’s castle, unaware that he is really Prince Louis. But Gustave hasn’t given up on Belle and strikes a deal with her reluctant father, to rescue her from the Beast in return for Belle marrying him. Comedy comes in the form of Dame Dolly Donut, Crouton and Canderel and Nutella. But the laughs are shared amongst many other characters and includes a very funny scene, where Canderel and Nutella play ‘fetch’ with the Beast. This is a thoughtfully crafted panto, which as well as making you laugh will also tug at your heartstrings. 

Roles: 
11 principals (evisages one actor doubling as the Prince and the Beast) plus several minor speaking roles, a chorus, and a werewolf.

Runtime:
All of our scripts have a runtime of approx 120 minutes, assuming that you use the full number of suggested musical numbers and not including any interval. But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit.

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.

 

Characters
Belle
Dame Dolly Donut
Canderel
Nutella
Mr Baguette
Prince Louis
Beast
Crouton
Gustave
Garcon
Fairy Rose
Witch Thorn

Chorus/Minor roles
Parmedics
Bakery workers
Werewolf
Castle Guards
Children
Villagers, etc
   

Scene Seven

A Castle Corridor


The Beast tiptoes on (SL) and makes his way across stage.

Canderel and Nutella enter (SR)

Canderel
(to Beast) There you are Beasty boy!

Beast
Oh, no!

Nutella 
Oh, yes! It’s time for your makeover.

Beast
Doesn’t my appearance frighten you both?

Canderel
I’ll say. I haven’t seen dress sense like that, since I bumped into Jeremy Clarkson.

Nutella
Now then, let’s have a look at you. (flicking his mane) Hair needs shortening. I’m thinking, David Beckham designer stubble. (quivers) Oooh! Thinking of Becks, always makes me quiver. 

Canderel
(impatient) Can we concentrate on the job in hand, Nutty'?

Nutella
Okay, sis’. (finger to temple - thinking) I’m thinking silk boxers, open-toed sandals and a sarong. (quivers again) Ooooh! 

Beast
(growls) I’m not wearing a sarong!

Nutella
Sorry, I was imagining Becks again. As for you. (walks around Beast, looking him over) Corduroy trousers, checked shirt, baggy jumper, and…a muzzle! (laughs)

Beast
Are you taking the pi…

Canderel 
…Pish and nonsense, Nutella. I see him in skinny jeans, white shirt, handmade Italian leather shoes, and…a leash! (laughs)

Beast
(snaps) Enough! I could dress myself better than either of you two, morons!

Nutella
Oooh! Hark at Gok Wan. (or current TV fashion guru)

Canderel
Well at least wear this little, must-have accessory. (hands him a dog-collar)

Beast
What is it?

Canderel
It’s a flea-collar!

Canderel and Nutella fall about laughing.

Beast
(furious) Raaarrr! (throws collar away)

Nutella
(to Canderel) Oooh! He is getting worked up, isn’t he Candy?

Canderel
I don’t think he’s getting enough.

Nutella
You could be right. He obviously needs more exercise.

Canderel
That as well.

Nutella
I’ll take care of it. (produces a squeaky plastic bone and waves it in the air) Here boy…(throws it into wing SL)…fetch!

Beast
Are you mad!? I’m not playing fetch!

Canderel
Go on. You know you want to.

Beast
No I don’t!

Can & Nut
Oh yes, you do! 

Beast
Oh no, I don’t! 

Can & Nut
Oh yes, you do! 

Beast
(looks to wing, then to audience, back to wing, then back to audience) It’s no use, I can resist it no longer. (runs off) Woof! Woof! (exits and re-enters with the toy in his mouth and drops it at Canderel’s feet) 

Nutella 
(pats Beast on the head) Good boy!

Beast
(to audience) It’s ridiculous I know, but I can’t resist my animal nature.

Canderel 
(picks toy up) Let me do it this time. 

Beast
I’m not fetching it again! I only did it the first time to humour you.

Nutella
(throws the toy into wing) Fetch!

Beast
(tries to resist again, but fails) Curse my animal nature! (runs off) Woof! Woof! (fetches the toy and drops it at Nutella’s feet)

Nutella
(to Beast) No more fetch. I’m bored with it now. (Beast looks up at her with doleful eyes) How can I resist those handdog eyes. All right, just once more. (picks up the toy and throws it into wing)

Beast 
(runs after it) Woof! Woof!

Canderel
Oh look, the postman’s coming up the path. 

SFX: Beastly roar.

Nutella
No, Beastie! 

Screams are heard offstage.

Canderel
(shouts) Put him down this instant, Beastie!

Beast runs on carrying a postman’s leg in his mouth.

Nutella
(to Beast) You naughty boy, Beastie! Drop that leg, right now!

Beast
(drops the leg) This is so embarrassing. I don’t know what came over me.

Canderel
No more Scooby-Snacks for you, my lad.

Beast whimpers.

Nutella 
Take that leg back this instant, and apologise to the nice postman. 

Beast picks up the leg and starts to trudge off (SL)

Canderel
And hurry up, before he ‘hops’ it.

Canderel and Nutella double up with laughter.

Nutella
I know somebody who’s going to be in the doghouse tonight.

Canderel
And how. Now let’s go and get his doggie-bath ready, Nutty.

Nutella
Bags I shampoo his…(whispers to Nutella) 

Canderel
(laughs) Oh sis’, you are wicked!

Canderel and Nutella laugh uproariously and exit (SR)

Lights dim to blackout - cloth/tabs out - lights up.


Scene Eight

The Castle Kitchens


A table is centre stage, laid with items needing for the following baking scene. A microwave is on small table next to the wing. It has no back, to enable the bowls to be replaced by a stagehand, with other bowls filled with ‘custard pie’.

Garcon and Dolly enter (SR)

Garcon
This is the castle kitchens and everything you need is here. My master normally dines at eight, and tonight I want you to create something truly special for his dinner.

Dolly
Everything I create is, ‘truly special’. But if he’s expecting a five-course banquet, I’m going to need some more help.

Garcon
I’ll go and fetch the two new staff members. (exits SR)

Dolly
(to audience) I wonder what his master’s like. He’s probably a handsome Duke, or Earl or something.

Beast runs on (SL)

Beast
Rarrrh! I must get away from those two, horrors!

Dolly
(screams) Aaahh! Somebody’s left a cage open at the zoo! (grabs a broom and starts beating him) Get out of here you, runaway yeti you!

Beast
Stop it, you old fool! I’m the master of this castle!

Dolly
Well I’ve heard of people leaving stuff to their pets, but never a castle.

Can & Nut
(off) Beastie boy! Where are you?

Beast
(wails in despair) They’re relentless! (exits SR)

Canderel and Nutella enter (SL)

Nutella
Here boy! 

Canderel
It’s bathee time!

Dolly
Canderel! Nutella! What are you both doing here?

Nutella
We could ask you the same question, Dolly.

Dolly
I’m Castle Bruschetta’s new cook.

Canderel
And we’re the castle owner’s personal stylists.

Dolly
So what does this owner look like, then?

Nutella
He’s the spitting image of Canderel’s last boyfriend.

Dolly
So that horrible yeti, really is master of this castle?

Canderel
You’ve seen him then?

Dolly
Yes, he ran through here a minute ago.

Garcon enters (SR)

Garcon
(to Can & Nut) There you both are. I want you to help Mrs Donut, with tonight’s meal.

Nutella
We’re personal stylists, not cooks!

Garcon
It’s either that, or I terminate your contracts immediately.

Canderel
On what grounds?

Garcon
On the grounds that you couldn’t dress a salad, never mind a Prince. 

Nutella
How very dare you!

Garcon
I’ll pop back later to see how you’re getting on. (to Dolly) They’re all yours Mrs Donut. (exits SR)

Dolly
All right you two, let’s get cracking.

Canderel
(reluctant) What do you want us to do then?

Dolly
(to Canderel) You can make the chicken surprise.

Canderel
What’s the surprise?

Dolly
We’re using rabbit.

Nutella
And what shall I do?

Dolly
Pea soup.

Nutella
I’m not sure I can manage that.

Dolly
But first we’ll, make something nice for dessert.

Canderel
Oooh! Can we make our favourite?

Dolly
And what’s that?

Can & Nut
Custard pies!

Dolly
(wryly to audience) I had a funny feeling it might be. Right Nutella, you pour in the flour. Canderel, you pour in the milk. And then I’ll add the eggs. 

Nutella
Flour! (pours flour neatly into the bowl)

Canderel
Milk! (pours milk neatly into the bowl)

Dolly
And now to add the eggs. (neatly breaks two eggs into the bowl) Now mix it all together and divide the mixture between those two bowls.

Nutella stirs the mixture and then Canderel pours it into 2 polystyrene bowls.

Dolly
Now put them in the microwave and set the timer.

Can & Nut
Right’o, Dolly! (they place the bowls in the microwave and set the timer)  

Garcon enters (SR)

Garcon
How are the new helpers doing, Mrs Donut?

Dolly
Fine, but something's not quite right. 

Canderel and Nutella join Dolly and Garcon.

Nutella
(to Dolly) What do you mean, Dolly?

Dolly
I don’t know. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Canderel
Maybe someone in the audience can put their finger on it for us.

Nutella
(pointing) Preferably that handsome man in the third row.

Canderel
(to man in audience) Do you think you could put your finger on it for us?

Nutella
No, don’t leave!

Dolly
Too late, he’s gone.

Garcon
I don’t blame him.

SFX: Microwave dings.

Canderel
They’re done! 

Canderel and Nutella each remove a plate filled with ‘custard pie’ from the microwave, and move next to Dolly and Garcon who are still puzzling away.

Garcon
(exclaims) I've got it!

Dolly
(stands back) Well I hope it isn't catching!

Garcon
Everything’s much too neat and tidy.

Nutella
In what way, ‘too neat and tidy’?

Garcon
Well this is a panto. And all the boys and girls down there, will have been expecting to see a messy slapstick baking scene. Not a Mary Berry-style, neat and tidy one.

Dolly
(to Canderel & Nutella) Well that’s easily rectified, isn’t it girls’? (winks knowingly)

Can & Nut
Definitely. (both wink knowingly)

Garcon
Is it? How?

Dolly
(to Canderel & Nutella) Why don’t you both show him girls.

Can & Nut
With pleasure! (they hold plates at the ready either side of Garcon)

Garcon
(glances to either side and suddenly realises) Oh, no!

Can & Nut
Oh, yes! (they both ‘pie’ Garcon)

Dolly
(to Garcon) We’ll leave you to clear up. (to Canderel & Nutella) Let’s go you two.

Dolly, Canderel and Nutella and Dolly exit (SR) laughing.

Garcon
(to audience) I walked right into that one, didn’t I? (audience respond) I’d better go and get cleaned up, before the master sees me. (quickly exits SR)

Lights dim to blackout - cloth/tabs in - lights up.


Scene Nine

Another Castle Corridor


Belle enters (SR) looking this way and that as though lost.

Belle
Oh, dear. This castle has that many corridors I’ve managed to get lost, and now I don't know which way to go. (turns SL then SR)

Beast runs on (SL) not looking where he’s going and bumps into Belle, knocking her to the ground.

Beast
(apologetic) I’m so sorry! Here, let me help you. (goes to help her)

Belle
(refuses) I don’t need your help. (gets to her feet)

Beast
You must think I’m a terrible person.

Belle
Quite frankly, yes. You imprisoned my father for picking a single rose, and now you’re keeping me prisoner in his place.

Beast
(snaps) I didn’t force you to stay! It was your own choice!

Belle
Some choice. It was either that, or let my father die in your dungeons. 

Beast
(softening) Look I know you probably judge me by how I look, but…

Belle
…I never judge anybody by their appearance. It’s what’s inside a person’s heart, that really matters.

Beast
Then please, have dinner with me tonight and let me show you what I’m really like…(hand on heart)…inside.

Belle
Well I…

Beast
(softly pleading) Please, Belle.

Belle
(walks downstage and talks to audience) I’ve always said that I’d never judge anybody, by their appearance. What do you think? Should I have dinner with him? (audience respond) You’re right. I must be true to my principals. (turns) Very well, I accept your invitation.

Beast
Thank you, Belle. (calls) Garcon!

Garcon enters (SR)

Garcon
Yes, sire?

Beast
Tell cook we’ll be dining at eight, in the grand ballroom.

Garcon
‘We’, sire?

Beast
I will be dining with Belle.

Garcon
You mean…you and Belle…together…tonight? (delighted) I’ll tell cook right away, sire! (exits SR)

Beast
(to Belle) Do you know where the ballroom is, Belle?  

Belle
Yes, I was in there earlier and it’s magnificent. I would love to dance in such a room. Perhaps…no, I shouldn’t ask. 

Beast
Ask what, Belle?

Belle
Well after our meal, perhaps we could…dance?

Beast
(taken aback) You want to dance?

Belle
Oh yes, I love dancing! Almost as much as I love reading books. You can dance, can’t you?

Beast
(bluffing) Oh…erm…yes, of course I can dance! I can’t get enough of it. The rumba…(waltzes)…the waltz…(does the twist)…the tango…(hand jives)

Belle
(chuckles) I’ll meet you in the ballroom at eight, then. (exits SL)

Beast
(shouts) Garcon!

Garcon rushes on (SR)

Garcon
Yes, sire?

Beast
You must teach me to dance, Garcon.

Garcon
You mean, you don’t know how?

Beast
(snaps) If I did, would I be asking you to teach me?

Garcon
Very well, sire. Given a few weeks, I’m sure I can teach you some rudimentary steps.

Beast
You have one hour.

Garcon
One hour! Sire jests…surely? (Beast shakes his head) But it can’t be done, sire!

Beast
It must, Garcon. Belle has asked me to dance with her tonight after dinner. 

Garcon
(quickly grabs the Beast in a waltz position) I’ll lead. And…one two three…one two three…(they waltz and the Beast is obviously clumsy and keeps stepping on his foot)…Owah, my foot!

Beast
Forget it Garcon. I’ll just have to tell Belle the truth.

Garcon
Don’t give up yet, sire. I have an idea. (takes out a mobile and taps the keys) Hello! Anton? Crouton here. I need you to teach my master to dance in one-hour flat. You will! Oh, that’s wonderful. Come to Castle Bruschetta, immediately. (to Beast) Don’t worry sire, Anton will teach you to dance in no time at all. 

Beast
Are you sure he’s up to it?

Garcon
Oh yes, sire. Anton Quebec’s the reigning, UK National Dance Champion. Now, let’s go and find you a suitable outfit.

Beast
All right, but I absolutely refuse to wear lycra.

They exit (SR)


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