Happy Halloween – an alternative Sleeping Beauty
‘Wicked’ is a Witch to be reckoned with … so don’t be fooled by her ‘fairy’ status!
Cast Size: 15 upwards
There are 12 speakers – the rest of the cast made up of courtiers – so numbers are easily adjustable to anywhere between around 15 and 30.
Duration: Around 15 minutes not including music suggestions.
I originally wrote this script for PSHE as the message behind it is ‘always remember to say thank you’. I have adapted it to give it for Halloween. It can also be used at Christmas – a truly versatile script!
(Whole cast files in, taking their places, where they promptly nod off to sleep)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our play on
(Loud crescendo of snoring from the whole cast ‘asleep’ on their chairs)
Narrator: What is going on in here? How am I meant to work with this lot?
(Enter ‘Wicked’ Fairy)
Wicked Fairy: Oh! Hasn’t anyone told you? (Pointing at cast) They’re all fast asleep!
Narrator: (Sarcastically) Well, you don’t say! I had actually already leapt to that amazing conclusion myself! So, how am I meant to put on a play, this morning? I hadn’t reckoned on it just being me!
Wicked Fairy: (Scratching chin, thoughtfully) Well, let’s see, now. I’d say you have a fairy easy choice to make.
Narrator: And that is?
Wicked Fairy: Work with me (pauses) or work with me!
Narrator: (Aside) Why does something tell me it’s not going to be that simple
(To audience) I mean, does she look like the type you can trust? (Shaking head)
Wicked Fairy: (Furiously) There you go again! Judging someone by their appearance! You (pointing at narrator and audience) should be ashamed of yourselves!
Narrator: Now, now! No offence intended!
Wicked Fairy: So, what’s it to be? You doing a one-man show
(Aside to audience) And let me tell you, he’s no Michael McKintyre!
Or doing the sensible thing – and working with me?
Narrator: OK! OK! You win. (Looking at watch) Now, could you do whatever you’re going to do rather quickly otherwise this audience is going to walk!
Wicked Fairy: Very well! Here we go!
(Wicked Fairy flicks her wand in the direction of the cast and they all wake up, rubbing their eyes and yawning)
Narrator: Phew! Now we can get on with the show! So, whilst this lot wake themselves up a bit, I’ll tell you a little about today’s performance! It’s rather a nice story
Wicked Fairy: (Yawning loudly) I’m bored already!
Narrator: About a king and a queen
Wicked Fairy: Boring!
Narrator: And their longing for a child!
Wicked Fairy: Poor misguided fools! Have they no idea how much trouble children can be?
Narrator: (Angrily) Now look here, Miss …. Er um..
Wicked Fairy: You can call me ‘Wicked’!
Narrator: Miss Wicked, then! I recognise what a fine job you did waking this lot up
Wicked Fairy: And?
Narrator: But I must insist you desist from hijacking this show! This is a nice story
Wicked Fairy: So you said! And you know what? Nice really doesn’t do it for me!
Narrator: (Impatiently) Well, that’s just too bad! For your information, wicked doesn’t do it for me! (Looking pleased with himself) Ha! Ha! Touche!
Wicked Fairy: (To audience) See what I saved you from? And it’s not just his one liners that get worse!
Narrator: (Looking at watch) Now, I really must ask you to leave – now!
Wicked Fairy: Very well! But you will pay for your ill manners! Not so much as a thank you for my troubles? (To audience, stage whisper) Never fear, my revenge will be sweet! As Halloween approaches, a witch’s powers grow – getting greater and greater! (Pauses) Oh … hadn’t you guessed? This ‘Wicked Fairy’ thing is just a front – a disguise. I’m really a witch … and a very wicked one at that! See you around!