The Remarkable Rocket, Cast of 6 or 21 – Readers Theatre/Guided Reading/Short Play. This can be a play for cast of 21 Or A set of guided reading scripts or Readers Theater – around 6 speakers for each ‘scene’.
Cast size can be anything between 6 – using the same 6 speakers for each of the three parts; to 21 – using different speakers i.e. 6 x 3 plus the extras taking the total to 21
Duration: Around 30 minutes not including synopsis, teaching input, discussion points and suggestions for further activities.
This script is one of a collection which includes:
- The Happy Prince: Cast of 6 – around 10 minutes reading time
- The Nightingale and the Rose: Cast of 6 – around 5 – 10 minutes reading time
- The Selfish Giant: Cast of 6 – around 5 minutes reading time
- The Devoted Friend: Cast of 6 – around 5 – 10 minutes reading time
- The Remarkable Rocket, made up of 3 parts:
- Part I cast of 6, around 5 – 10 minutes reading time
- Part II cast of 6, around 10 – 15 minutes reading time
- Part III cast of 6, around 10 – 15 minutes reading time
The same 6 speakers may be used for all 3 parts, or 3 different sets of speakers used, taking cast size to a possible 21 (with addition of ‘extras’/doubling up)
These scripts are all available separately off www.plays-r-ussell.com
Sample Text from The Remarkable Rocket
Cracker: Order! Order!
Narrator: What on earth is going on, now? A Cracker who fancies himself as a politician and a rocket who
Rocket: (Interrupting) What an amazing stroke of luck for the royal couple that their wedding should fall on the same day as my launch!
Squib: Er, I think it might just be the other way around?
Rocket: (Dismissively) Undoubtedly that is the case with you! Oh, squib of no consequence! But for me?
Narrator: The Remarkable Rocket! Does he actually need any introduction?
Rocket: Not when you have the kind of lineage that I have!
Narrator: Royal blood, eh?
Rocket: Oh, way better! My mother was the most famous Catherine Wheel of her time! Nineteen times she’d spin, letting off seven pink stars at a time! And as for my father
Narrator: (Sarcastically) Oh we have to hear this!
Rocket: He was a total super star! He shot up so high everyone feared he wouldn’t return!
Narrator: (Muttering) Right!
Rocket: But never one to disappoint, he returned in a great flurry of golden sparks – like a shower of rain! Only not, not rain, that is – never use that word in front of a firework!
Narrator: Oh, perish the thought it might throw cold water on such humble outpourings!
Rocket: Didn’t you hear me? No mention of water, please! Quite dampens my spirits!
Narrator: To say nothing of your gunpowder! Now, that would be a shame!
Rocket: Ah, nothing could have dampened the glory of my father, that day! Reported in all the top Pylotechnic media outlets of the time!
Bengal Light: Don’t you mean, Pyrotechnic?
Rocket: And what of it? Have we met?
Bengal Light: Oh, no offence, intended
Rocket: None taken! I’m far too important to listen to the likes of
Roman Candle: Anybody but yourself. Yes, we get that.
Rocket: So glad I don’t have to explain myself, fascinating and interesting though that might be for everybody else. But no, (sighing) I am a sensitive soul
Roman Candle: (Aside) As sensitive as one with corns who insists on treading on the toes of others!
(Cracker bursts out laughing; Rocket rounds on him)
Rocket: What’s so funny? Are you laughing at me?
Cracker: Oh no! I mean, yes! After all, everything centres around you, right?
Rocket: Hm. Fair point. Tis only right to think about me, after all, I spend my whole life thinking about me and there’s nothing wrong with that! Naturally, everyone else should
Narrator: (Interrupting) Think of themselves?
Rocket: No, of course not! That would be thoroughly selfish and contemptible. No, they should think about me, who else?
Narrator: (Muttering) Who else, indeed!
Rocket: But without wishing to belittle myself
Narrator: (Sarcastically) Heaven forbid!
Rocket: No, seriously, just imagine if anything were to happen to me!
Narrator: (Aside) I do have a couple of suggestions!
Rocket: Just think how devastating it would be!
Narrator: The world would never get over it!