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Beauty And The Beast

    by Bruce Gardner



Synopsis

Panto Script: 'Beauty And The Beast' by Philip Meeks

Wealthy shipping merchant Philip Pelf has a large family. There’s Lynette, his beautiful youngest daughter (Beauty), her older sisters, Marilyn and Caroline (who try to outdo any of Cinderella’s ugly sisters), and the three sons, Paul Mark & Eddie.

The family faces poverty when all but one of their merchant ships are lost in a storm at sea. Philip travels in an attempt to salvage the last ship and on his way home, lost and tired he seeks shelter in the secluded castle of the Beast (a bewitched Prince Robin) whom he manages to upset by cutting a rose from the garden. Incensed at this ‘theft’ the Beast will only allow him to leave if he promises to send one of his daughters back to live in the castle.

Beauty takes pity on the Beast and travels to the castle, where she finds that she actually likes the life there and when, through a magic mirror, she sees her father is unhappy, she persuades the Beast to allow her to go home for a week. Returning with Philip she realises that she is in love with the Beats and kisses him, at which he transforms into the handsome Prince Robin.

That all sounds quite familiar, but comedy complications are thrown into the mix by the Beasts servants, Jenny Jessop (the Dame) and her son, Tony Treasure who look after their master in ways that only happen in pantomimes.


Characters

The Pelf Family : 4m, 3f

  • Philip - The head of the family. A kind and generous merchant who falls on hard times. However, his misfortunes do not embitter him as he strives to overcome them. He loves all of his children, but has a particular soft spot for Lynette, whom he calls Beauty.
  • Lynette (Beauty). - Loving and lovely, youngest daughter of the family. Willing to aid anyone in their duties whenever it is needed.
  • Marilyn & Caroline - Beauty's sisters. Greedy, vain and self-satisfying. Always contemptuous of Beauty's relationship with others. (2f)
  • Paul, Mark & Eddie - The sons of the family. Three strong, industrious young men who, when faced with adversity, knuckle down and show the same qualities as Lynette.(3m).
The Outsiders : 3m

  • Jenny Jessop- A much married woman now down on her luck and ready to accept any work wherever it is to. be found. A typical pantomime dame.
  • Tony Treasure - Jenny's son from an earlier marriage. Irrepressible and tries hard to please. Something of a fool, but has endearing qualities.
  • Prince Robin(Beast) - Under a spell from a wicked fairy, he lives a life in the shadows, shunning all company. He has certain magical abilities of his own but only the love of a beautiful girl will end his suffering. He should be portrayed with as fearsome a maned mask as possible. Clawed animal paws will aid his 'beastly' make up and bear out certain references in the story line. (May be played by either sex, but is in effect the principal boy, revealed at the end to be a handsome prince).
Others : 4m/f plus chorus

  • Fortune Teller (m/f)
  • Baker (m/f)
  • Butcher (m/f)
  • Greengrocer (m/f)
  • Chorus of servants, villagers, country folk, together with a messenger, doctor & vet. (NB. Chorus parts are numbered for convenience and may be taken by any member as seen fit by the Director).


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