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Pinocchio
Large Cast School Play for Kids to Perform

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PINOCCHIO
CAST LIST
Running Time: About 45 minutes
Flexible Cast of 30-40: 2 Male, 3 Female, All others M/F
Easily adapted for larger or smaller cast

PERFORMERS: (no lines, parts can overlap)
MUSIC BOXES (M/F)
CUCKOO CLOCKS (M/F)
CAGE & NOSE (M/F)
WHALE (M/F)
BOYS & GIRLS in Land of Toys (M/F)
FISH (M/F) 

PUPPETEERS:
ALBERTO/ALBERTA (M/F, 8 lines)
BRUNO/BRUNELLA (M/F, 7 lines)
CARLO/CARLOTTA (M/F, 7 lines)
DINO/DINA (M/F, 7 lines)
ELMO/ELMA (M/F, 7 lines)

PUPPETS:
FETTUCINI (M/F, 5 lines)
GORGONZOLA (M/F, 6 lines)
LINGUINI (M/F, 6 lines)
MACARONI (M/F, 6 lines)
PEPPERONI (M/F, 7 lines)

LORENZO THE MAGNIFICO (M/F, 32 lines)

GEPPETTO (M, 21 lines)

HICKORY CRICKET: (M/F total 65 lines)
HICKORY CRICKET #1 (M/F, 29 lines)
HICKORY CRICKET #2 (M/F, 13 lines)
HICKORY CRICKET #3 (M/F, 13 lines)
HICKORY CRICKET #4 (M/F, 10 lines)

PINOCCHIO: (M/F total 87 lines)
PINOCCHIO #1 (M/F, 15 lines)
PINOCCHIO #2 (M/F, 29 lines)
PINOCCHIO #3 (M/F, 28 lines)
PINOCCHIO #4 (M/F, 15 lines)

IVANA (F, 1 line)

LUCKY STAR (M/F, 9 lines)

BLUE FAIRY (F, 25 lines)

FIBBER THE FOX (M/F, 9 lines)

LEFTY THE CAT (M/F, 6 lines)

LAMPWICK (M/F, 20 lines)

COACHMAN (M/F, 14 lines)

JACK (M, 8 lines)

JILL (F, 2 lines)


"Every Student Felt Like a Star!"
School Plays for Kids and Students!  Pinocchio! Large Cast Plays for Children!  Pinocchio!
Kenwood School, Minneapolis -- 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders.

The School Play Package allows you to adapt the script!  Add lines, characters, scenes, songs!  You also have the right to make a DVD/Video of your special performance!


PINOCCHIO
WHY IS THIS PLAY BEST FOR YOUR SCHOOL?

Written especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written for adults or professional actors to perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or complex language, and speeches too long for young children to memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter that may not be appropriate for children.

Easy to understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!

Everyone participates!
All children are involved throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles! All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large parts (such as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz) among several performers so that no one child is the "star".

Familiar stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as possible to the familiar story the kids already know.  While some authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible, making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.

Feel free to edit!  Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no changes may be made to their scripts.  We know that your goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that your needs are unique.  Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add as much as you like!  Also, there are no restrictions on video tapes.  Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big moment.   Go ahead and tape away!


PINOCCHIO
A NOTE FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT

In the past few years we've seen a tremendous increase of confidence in the teachers we hear from.  Most are finding it easier to let the process flow and worry less about the final product.  I firmly believe that the experience will be best for all when you keep a few things in mind:

Free yourself from worry about whether or not it's "good".  No one is paying big ticket prices; no one expects a Broadway success.  The key to making this project meaningful is to put the emphasis on process; realize that rehearsal and practice are as much a part of the experience as the actual performance.  Encourage fun and you will free the children from embarrassment and stress.  If the kids can't learn the lines let them carry a script or use their own words to convey the character's message.  If they seem to wander the stage, let them explore where they want to go - they might surprise you with a wonderful idea.  In every aspect of the process give them the wings to create and think.  Give them a comfortable, supportive place to go and their confidence and self-expression will soar!

Above all else, make sure you are having fun.  If you've never directed a play before, don't worry.  It's all just pretend -- you can't do it wrong!  The quality of your experience is every bit as important as that of the children.  You need the joy of self-expression too, that doesn't go away when we grow up.  So give yourself a break.  And when all else fails, laugh!

Thank you so much for choosing Pinocchio.  It's been a pleasure to hear from you and to receive accounts of your wonderful productions.  I can't think of anything more rewarding than to create this version of Pinocchio for you and your students!  Break a leg!

- KSM

Easy for Kids to Learn, Perform and Enjoy!

Monkton Central School, VT



PINOCCHIO
CD SOUNDTRACK CUES
Cues, sound effects, background music (traditional-classical)

The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (public domain traditional-classical) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music and songs from the popular animated film, nor does it contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample] to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ] 

 1. CARNIVAL, FANFARE  (0:59) [sample]

 2. DREAMY STORYTELLING  (0:39)

 3. LUCKY STAR  (0:36)

 4. BLUE FAIRY  (1:13) [sample]

 5. STAR & FAIRY EXIT (0:17)

 6. CARNIVAL  (0:43)

 7. OMINOUS MUSIC  (1:05) [sample]

 8. STAR & FAIRY (LONG)  (0:58)

 9. STAR & FAIRY, TRAVELERS, COACH  (1:29)

 10. OMINOUS, COACH, LAND OF TOYS  (1:01)

 11. BREAKING GLASS  (0:14)

 12. OMINOUS, DONKEY, WHIP, HORSES  (0:31)

 13. SADNESS, FAIRY, WATER, WAVE, WHALE  (2:59)

 14. WHALE SNEEZE, RUSHING WATER  (0:40) [sample]

 15. BLUE FAIRY  (0:39)

 16. CARNIVAL, CURTAIN CALL  (1:45)


Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play.  We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.

Music & Sound Resources Available on the Internet
( Sheet Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along, Karaoke, Sound Effects )

Internet Music Resources: Karaoke CDs & Sheet Music
Internet Resources for Music! Children's Songs on the Net! Music Resources on Internet! Sheet Music for Songs! Sheet Music on the Internet!
Click to search Internet for karaoke cds or sheet music


How to Make A Puppet's Nose Grow?
It's easy to make Pinocchio's nose grow! See how Lucky Star makes Pinocchio's nose grow?  This is explained in the script!
A Terrific Production by Valley Center Stage, North Bend, WA!

Look closely. Lucky Star, Blue Fairy's friend, carries a star wand with long wooden handle.  When Pinocchio lies to the Blue Fairy, Lucky Star stands behind Pinocchio and places pole on his shoulder.  Another cast member uses a slide whistle to make "growing" sound.  It's simple, easy, and works like a charm!



PINOCCHIO
SCRIPT SAMPLE

The story is just as you remember it... Here Pinocchio is about to get into trouble... again!
(Script pages 17-18)

FIBBER:  Good day, young sir.  What was that I heard your friend saying?

LEFTY:  (Yeah, what was he saying?)  Meoooow...????

PINOCCHIO:  Oh nothing.  Just  that I can't see the show because I'm a puppet.

FIBBER:  Hmm...  How peculiar. 

(FIBBER and LEFTY circle around PINOCCHIO, examining.)

I've never seen a puppet that walks and talks before...

LEFTY:  (Me neither.)  Meerrrroow...

(LEFTY lifts PINOCCHIO's hat, FIBBER looks under his coat.  LEFTY takes PINOCCHIO's book and hands it to FIBBER.  They play with it passing it back and forth so that PINOCCHIO can't get it.  PINOCCHIO laughs at their fun.)

PINOCCHIO:  (Giggling.)  Hey! 

FIBBER:  How'd you like to make a buck or two, hmmm?

LEFTY:  (Hmmm?)  Mewwwww?

PINOCCHIO:  Not right now.  I have to go to school.

FIBBER:  Ah, I see you are a puppet.  All puppets are stupid.

(FIBBER and LEFTY cross their arms and turn their noses up in disgust.)

PINOCCHIO:  Hey!

FIBBER:  School is for little puppets.  Real boys skip their lessons and get into show business.

(LEFTY strikes a dramatic pose.)

The old razzle dazzle...

(LEFTY does a quick  soft shoe, takes a dramatic bow.)

PINOCCHIO:  The old razzle dazzle, huh?

(PINOCCHIO tries to imitate LEFTY.  His wooden awkward feet get tangled and he falls.)

FIBBER:  Not bad.  How'd you like to be...

(FIBBER and LEFTY strike a starry pose...)

A star!

PINOCCHIO:  A star!  That would be much more fun than going to school.

FIBBER:  We can put your name in lights, kid.  Of course, it will cost you a quarter.

PINOCCHIO:  That's no problem.  I have one right here!

(PINOCCHIO zips out his coin.  FIBBER takes it, bites it, slips it in his coat.) 

FIBBER:  Lefty?

(LEFTY grabs one of PINOCCHIO's arms.)

LEFTY:  (Here we go!)  Merp!

(FIBBER grabs the other.)

FIBBER:  Oh, we're going to have lots and lots of fun...


Note: This is a sample from the actual script.  To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download). Or to save 20% on the full production kit and royalty for one performance, order the SCHOOL PLAY PACKAGE (below) and start rehearsals today!

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