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Red Ridinghood Goes Out West

    by Jackie Staite



Synopsis

Pantomime Script: 'Red Ridinghood Goes Out West' by Jackie Staite

‘Red Ridinghood Goes Out West’ is a new telling of the Red Ridinghood tale set in the American West. Red Ridinghood, an independent-minded English girl, arrives in Not Very Big Boulder (a town which is bankrupt with the Sheriff leaving) to save Grandma from the outlaw, Bad Bart, and his incompetent sidekick, Brains. Bad Bart wants to buy Grandma’s home for a pittance as there is “gold in them thar hills!” Red manages to foil his plan. In desperation, Bad Bart hires Big Bad Wolf, an Indian brave with a villainous reputation, to kill Grandma, leaving Bart able to claim the land as his own.

Big Bad Wolf scares Grandma and she hides. When Red comes home Big Bad wolf is in bed pretending to be Grandma; he chases Red intending to make her one of his squaws. But help is at hand in the form of the Lone Ranger and Tonto – or it would be if the Lone Ranger were more competent and less vain! Red Ridinghood, the children and Tonto save the day.

Grandma has enough money to save the town from bankruptcy and the Lone Ranger as ‘the hero’ thinks he will marry Red – but she is already engaged … to Tonto.

Bad Bart is kept in order by Camille and Big Bad Wolf is adopted by the two squaws to do their shopping. So, all is well again in Not Very Big Boulder and the Sheriff returns.

This pantomime is very strong on plot, cleverly interweaving the original story with intriguing and innovative sub-plots. With varied settings, can-canning saloon girls and Indian dances this easily staged panto is full of colour. It has hilarious characters, such as the bumbling squaws, Maxihaha and Minihaha, and plenty of exciting adventure and romance.

Characters

(11m, 13f, 3 jnr or 8m, 8f, 3 jnr with doubling)

  • Red Ridinghood - our heroine (f)
  • Grandma Ridinghood - the dame character (m)
  • Minihaha - Indian squaw, very comic, always shopping (f)
  • Maxihaha - Indian squaw, very comic, always shopping (f)
  • Bad Bart - town baddie (m)
  • Brains - his assistant, very stupid (m)
  • Lone Ranger - conceited and incompetent (m)
  • Tonto - competent, always putting the Lone ranger right, our hero (m)
  • Big Bad Wolf - Indian brave, very bad Indian (m)
  • Mary Lou - (j)
  • Jimmy Boy (j)
  • Joe - Grandma’s hired hand - (j)
  • Sheriff - (could double with Big Chief Wise Eagle) (m)
  • Mrs Jones - storekeeper(could double with Croaking Frog) (f)
  • Madame Camille - saloon owner (could double with Running Nose) (f)
  • Mimosa - saloon girl (could double with Chirping Sparrow) (f)
  • Clementine - saloon girl (could double with Pregnant Paws) (f)
  • Rosetta - saloon girl (could double with Princess Laughing Water) (f)
  • Big Chief Wise Eagle - a wise old Indian (could double with sheriff) (m)
  • Princess Laughing Water - Chief’s daughter, in love with Noble Stallion (could double with Rosetta) (f)
  • Croaking Frog - Indian Squaw (could double with Mrs Jones) (f)
  • Running Nose - Indian Squaw (could double with Madame Camille) (f)
  • Chirping Sparrow - Indian Squaw (could double with Mrs Mimosa) (f)
  • Pregnant Paws - Indian Squaw (could double with Clementine) (f)
  • Noble Stallion - Indian brave, a noble and good Indian (could double with Jed) (m)
  • Jed - townsfolk (optional character) (could double with Noble Stallion) (m)
  • Wayne - townsfolk (optional character) (m)
  • Mrs Simms - townsfolk (optional character) (f)

Optional Chorus of Indians, townsfolk and children

Other villagers could double with the Indians


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