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The traditional fairytale romance but with plenty of swashbuckling adventure so the boys can enjoy it as much as the girls.
SCENE 1 (Sample of Scene Only)
Curtain up on busy street scene. DAISYS flower shop stands at rear of stage, villagers are moving about talking in groups and looking at flowers.
SONG 1: Lively chorus number accompanied by dancing from the children.
JACK enters left.
JACK: What a beautiful day, the sun is shinning, the birds are singing, a perfect day for an adventure, a perfect day to fight dragons, rescue damsels and find lost treasures, a perfect day for brave heroes like me.
VILLAGER 1: Youre not brave.
VILLAGER 2: You run at the first sign of danger.
VILLAGER 1: Prince Fredrick is brave.
VILLAGER 2: And good looking.
JACK: Im brave and good looking too.
VILLAGER 1: Name one time youve been brave.
JACK: Thats easy, there was the time that little girl had fallen down the well and I bravely
VILLAGER 2: ran and got Prince Fredrick.
JACK: Well there was the time when that boy fell in the river and he couldnt swim so I bravely
VILLAGER 1: ran and got Prince Fredrick.
JACK: Well what about the time that giant came into town and started threatening to eat everyone up, I bravely
VILLAGERS 1+2: ran and got Prince Fredrick.
JACK: Well every heros got to have a sidekick.
VILLAGER 1: Yes, but why are they all so utterly useless.
VILLAGERS 1 and 2 move amongst rest of chorus.
JACK: I suppose theyre right, I am a coward, I try to be brave like the prince but every time I see danger I go weak at the knees and (notices AUDIENCE. Cringes) oh lots of people! (JACK slowly opens eyes and looks at AUDIENCE.) Wait a minute youre not scary at all, in fact you look quite friendly. Must be having the audience from (local town) another night then. Well I suppose I should introduce myself. My names Jack and I live over there (points to DAISYS shop.) at Daisy Chains Flower Shop. Shes my mum and I work for her with my sister Aurora. Well, I work when I cant get out of it, Id much rather be off having adventures than working in some silly flower shop. The thing is Im not really brave enough for adventures. Tell you what, you can all give me moral support, every time I come on if you shout out some sort of battle cry it might help me to be more brave. (Thoughtfully) Now what could we shout? I know, when I come on Ill shout out "what do we say to villains?" and you can all shout back "come and have a go if you think youre hard enough". Will you do that?
JACK: Great, lets have a practice. (JACK exits then runs back on.) What do we say to villains?
AUDIENCE: Come and have a go if you think youre hard enough.
JACK: Well that was rubbish, thats not going to motivate me at all, well give it one more try. (JACK exits then runs back on again.) What do we say to villains?
AUDIENCE: Come and have a go if you think youre hard enough.
JACK: Thats better, that should help me to be brave, no one will stand in my way now. (Whilst JACK is speaking AURORA enters from shop and stands behind JACK.) Theres no danger I cant face, nothing can scare me now, Im so fearless (AURORA puts her hand on JACKS shoulder.) ah, mummy!
AURORA: What are you doing?
JACK: Oh, its you Aurora, not that I was scared, I was just taking on a defensive posture.
AURORA: Youre supposed to be helping me in the shop, mother will go spare if she finds you hanging around out here.
JACK: I wasnt hanging around, I was saying hello to all the boys and girls. (to AUDIENCE) This is my sister Aurora, shes a little goody two shoes, she always does what shes told.
AURORA: Unlike you who never does what hes told.
JACK: Well its boring working in a flower shop, I want to be commanding armies, battling the forces of evil, defending the realm from vicious monsters.
AURORA: Then why dont you join the Royal Guard?
JACK: Couldnt do that they use swords and stuff, have you seen them, those things are sharp you could cut yourself.
AURORA: Oh Jack, youre so useless.
JACK: Prince Fredrick doesnt think Im useless, he said that I was very helpful when that girl fell down the well.
AURORA: Yes, you kept out of the way. And why havent you introduced me to Prince Fredrick yet, you know I want to meet him.
JACK: He wouldnt be interested in you, youre just a girl and besides hell be marrying the princess.
AURORA: But nobody has ever met the princess, how does he know what shes like?
JACK: Well shell probably be gorgeous, most princesses are.
DAISY: (offstage) Jack!
JACK: Oh no, its mum shell kill me if she finds me not working. Help me sis!
AURORA: (sighs) Okay, go and hide behind the flowers over there.
JACK hides behind flowers. DAISY enters from shop.
DAISY: Jack! Oh, where is that useless layabout, Ill give him a good hiding when I get my hands on him. (to AURORA) Oh hello dear, have you seen that brother of yours?
AURORA: Er, no mother.
DAISY: (suspiciously) Really? I know you Aurora, youve covered for him before, I dont know why you do it, you just give yourself more work to do. What are you doing out here anyway dear?
AURORA: (gesturing to AUDIENCE) Talking to these lovely people.
DAISY: (notices AUDIENCE) Oh, hello. If Id known we were going to have company I would have put my best hair on. Allow me to introduce myself, my names Daisy Chain and I own the shop just over there. It was left to me by my late husband who had a very untimely demise. You see, he was in the middle of decorating the kitchen at the time, I had to finish it off myself. Lou his name was, Lou Chain. I pulled him in a night club, hed been dancing so he was all flushed. He invited me to a party you know, though he wasn't very romantic when he asked me, he just said do you want to go to a ball cock, so I said well if you in-cistern. (laughs) Well thats enough toilet humour for one night, anymore and the whole pantomime could go down the pan, it is a family show after all. This is my lovely daughter Aurora by the way, isnt she beautiful? She gets that from me you know. Well not really, shes adopted, or rather thrust upon me in middle of the night nearly eighteen years ago. She was nothing more than a tiny baby then, but I brought her up as my very own and as you can see shes grown up into a beautiful young lady. Reminds me of myself when I was that age. Enjoy the figure whist it lasts kid, come forty itll be sticking out in all sorts of places.
JACK sneezes. DAISY looks around and sees JACK hiding behind flowers, she grabs him by ear and pulls him to front of stage.
DAISY: And what are you up to young man?
DASIY: Exactly, youre supposed to be helping in the shop. (lets go of ear) I dont know where you get your laziness from, certainly not from me I love working with flowers. From a very early age I realised I had green fingers.
JACK: (muttering) Yeah, so did the Incredible Hulk. (DAISY hits JACK across back of head.) Ow!
DAISY: Cheeky little monkey. Now listen carefully the pair of you. As you know tomorrow is the eighteenth birthday of our princess and for the first time ever she will be revealed to the world.
AURORA: But wont that mean the Fairy Queen will then know who she is?
DAISY: Well yes, but the thing is the curse that she put upon the princess will be lifted the day she turns eighteen. Now as you know Prince Fredrick is betrothed to the princess even though hes never met her, so hell be coming here to buy her a big bunch of flowers shortly so I want big smiles for the royal visit. Now remember, if we do a good job here today we just might get to do the flowers for the royal wedding as well.
AURORA: How wonderful.
DAISY: Well the money well get for it will be. Aurora, you can keep an eye on things out here and Jack, I want you inside where I can keep an eye on you.
DAISY exits to shop, JACK follows reluctantly.
AURORA: I wonder who the princess is, she could be anyone, just imagine going through your life like any other normal person and then suddenly finding out youre princess. It must be wonderful, though Im not sure Id want to marry someone Id never met, although Prince Fredrick is supposed to be good looking and ever so brave. But thats not the life for me, Im happy just being an ordinary girl.
SONG 2 Song and dance, AURORA and CHILDREN.
Well I suppose Id better get on with my work or Jack will not be the only one in trouble with mother.
AURORA begins busying herself with the flowers. GAVIN enters right speaks quietly to some of the villages who point to AURORA. GAVIN goes to AURORA.
GAVIN: Excuse me.
AURORA: Yes, may I help you?
GAVIN: I was told you were the one to talk to about buying some flowers. Are you Daisy Chain?
AURORA: Oh no, shes my mother, my names Aurora.
GAVIN: Its a pleasure to meet you Aurora, my names Prince Gavin.
GAVIN: Prince Gavin.
AURORA: Im sorry, Ive never heard of you.
GAVIN: Dont worry about it I get it all the time, youve probably heard of my brother though, most people have, hes Prince Fredrick.
AURORA begins preening herself.
AURORA: Oh Prince Fredricks brother, yes I heard he had one, although I didnt know your name.
GAVIN: Dont worry about it.
AURORA: I wasnt.
AURORA: So whats the occasion?
GAVIN: Im sorry?
AURORA: The flowers you want to buy, what are they for?
GAVIN: Oh theyre for Fredrick to give to the princess.
AURORA: (disappointed) But I thought he was coming to pick them up himself?
GAVIN: He was going to but he thinks buying flowers is
FREDRICK: (offstage) Sissy! (FREDRICK strides on stage right and strikes a pose.) Buying flowers is sissy. At least I thought it was till I laid eyes upon the bit of crumpet selling them. Come on Gavin, dont hog the wealth, introduce me to the filly.
GAVIN: Yes of course. Aurora, this is my brother Prince Fredrick, Fredrick this is Aurora.
AURORA: Your Highness.
FREDRICK: Please to meet you with a capital phaw. Now why dont you step over here and tell me what my breath tastes like.
AURORA: Excuse me?
FREDRICK: Give us a kiss hot lips and let us raise the temperature in this wintry little town.
AURORA: I beg your pardon?
FREDRICK: I say Gavin you picked a thick one here, (emphasises words) give us a snog sweetheart.
AURORA: (outraged) I will do no such thing! Your brother is not at all what I expected Prince Gavin, Ive never been so insulted in all my life.