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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

CINDERELLA Music by RICHARD RODGERS Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Adaptation by Tom Briggs

PROGRAMMA DI SALA AD ESCLUSIVO USO DIDATTICO. SONO VIETATE LA RIPRODUZIONE E LA DIVULGAZIONE TRAMITE APPARATI FOTOCOPIATORI, SALVO ESPRESSA AUTORIZZAZIONE DI PALKETTOSTAGE.

Il musical, dal testo alla scena.

Note di regia

Cinderella è un musical nato per la televisione, con musiche di Richard Rodgers e testi e libretto di Oscar Hammerstein II. è basato sulla versione di Charles Perrault della celebre favola Cenerentola o La Scarpetta di Vetro. Venne trasmesso in diretta negli Stati Uniti dalla CBS il 31 marzo 1957, con Julie Andrews come protagonista, la regia di Ralph Nelson e le coreografie di Jonathan Lucas, ed ebbe ascolti da record: la trasmissione fu seguita da più di 107 milioni di persone, quasi il 60% della popolazione americana dell’epoca. In seguito vennero realizzate altre due versioni per la tv, nel 1965 e nel 1997. In quest’ultima figurano Whitney Houston come fata madrina e Whoopi Goldberg nei panni della regina. Dal 1961 Cinderella iniziò ad essere messo in scena come musical per il teatro. Tra le versioni più recenti ricordiamo le produzioni della New York City Opera e la versione diretta da Bobby Garcia che ebbe una tournée in Asia di 30 settimane. Una versione del musical prodotta a Broadway dovrebbe debuttare nella stagione 2012-13.

Il musical racconta una delle fiabe più famose, Cinderella, mantenendo tutta la magia e l’atmosfera dell’opera originale grazie a una scenografia che rappresenta in stile fiabesco il paese, la casa della famiglia adottiva, il salone da ballo, etc. Come in tutte le favole non può mancare l’elemento magico, che troviamo nei momenti principali dell’opera grazie a particolari accorgimenti scenici e a suggestivi giochi di luce. Anche i personaggi hanno una caratterizzazione marcata: i costumi, nella loro eleganza, sobrietà, opulenza o comica eccentricità, ben rappresentano il ruolo di ciascuno di essi e creano un vortice di colori durante le numerose coreografie e i numeri di danza eseguiti dai giovani performer diretti dalla regista Vikki Holland-Bowyer (West Side Story in concert). Lo stile di recitazione, caratterizzato da fisicità e gestualità espressive che amplificano il significato dei dialoghi, definisce con chiarezza i punti nodali dell’azione. Le coinvolgenti musiche di Rodgers e gli effetti sonori, sempre importanti per sottolineare i momenti salienti della trama, trascinano il pubblico in una girandola di emozioni dall’inizio alla fine dello spettacolo.

La trama Chi non conosce la favola che più di ogni altra ci esorta a credere che i sogni possano avverarsi? Cenerentola compare in circa 300 varianti in svariate tradizioni popolari, alcune antichissime come La Fortunata Storia dell’Etera Rodopi ambientata nell’Egitto dei faraoni e la storia di Ye Xian, ambientata in Cina. Esistono versioni russe, persiane e inglesi della fiaba; in Italia ricordiamo la versione codificata da Giambattista Basile nel 1634, che fu tra le fonti di Perrault. Il musical rispetta il plot della favola, ma attualizza l’immaginario e approfondisce i caratteri dei personaggi: Cenerentola, dalla morte del padre, vive come una serva in casa propria, vessata dalla matrigna e dalle vanitose sorellastre. Un bel giorno viene annunciato un ballo in onore del principe, cui tutte le fanciulle in età da marito sono invitate. Le sorellastre corrono a fare shopping per munirsi di tutti i lussi, mentre Cenerentola rimane a casa nel suo cantuccio a sognare una sorte più felice... Sarà la fata madrina che, cantandoci come anche l’impossibile sia possibile, spedirà Cenerentola al ballo, dopo averla dotata di carrozza, abito e scarpette di cristallo. E proprio la celebre scarpetta permette al principe, da subito innamorato di lei, di ritrovare l’amata e, superando gli ostacoli architettati dalla matrigna, di chiederla in sposa nel tradizionale happy end. 2

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CHARACTERS (in order of appearance)

SYNOPSIS OF SCENES Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4 Scene 5 Scene 6 Scene 7 Scene 8 Scene 9

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NARRATOR MOTHER DAUGHTER JOY PORTIA HERALD FRUIT VENDOR Stepmother CINDERELLA QUEEN KING CHEF LADY SERVANT PRINCE Godmother

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Narrator. Once upon a time in a land far far away lived a beautiful girl called Cinderella. Her real mother had sadly died and a year later her father remarried to give Cinderella a new mother. Her stepmother had two daughters of her own and it soon became obvious that she favoured them over Cinderella. Then, her father died. She became very lonely and was used as a slave spending all of her time cleaning, washing then sleeping by the fire. Her stepsisters were also jealous of her beauty and were extremely unkind to her. One day an important announcement was made to the townspeople by the Royal Family.

SCENE 1

Daughter (dreamy eyed). THEY SAY HE WANTS TO FIND A BRIDE Fruit Vendor.

HE MAY FIND ONE AT THE BALL

Daughter.

IF ONLY HE’D PROPOSE TO ME

Joy.

I PRAY THAT HE’LL PROPOSE TO ME

Portia.

WHY SHOULDN’T HE PROPOSE TO ME?

Herald.

THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL!

Townspeople. THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL Herald.

Townspeople. THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL!

Townspeople. THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL!

The public square. Mother and Daughter, two ugly sisters, the Fruit Vendor. Enters the Herald. He unravels and holds out a scroll. Herald.

Mother. MY DAUGHTER’S LOOKING DREAMY- EYED

Fruit Vendor. MAISIE? Herald.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS CHRISTOPHER RUPERT WINDERMARE VLADIMERE KARL ALEXANDER FRANCOIS REGINALD LANCELOT HERMAN

MAISIE! MARGUERITE ANNE IS GIVING A BALL!

Townspeople. THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! The ugly sisters cross downstage as they sing.

Mother. HERMAN? Herald.

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS CHRISTOPHER RUPERT SON OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN CONSTANTINA CHARLOTTE ERMINTRUDE GWEINYVERE MAISIE

HERMAN! GREGORY JAMES IS GIVING A BALL

Townspeople. THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! Mother and Daughter cross downstage. 6

Mother.

I WISH I WERE NICE AND NEAT

Joy.

I WISH I WERE DEMURE AND SWEET

Portia.

I WISH I WERE A BOLDER GIRL

Mother.

I WISH I WERE A YOUNGER GIRL

Daughter.

I WISH I WERE AN OLDER GIRL! 7

Townspeople. THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! Herald.

Cinderella pulls out the stage right chair and Joy sits. Portia. Cinderella, it’s freezing!

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS CHRISTOPHER RUPERT SON OF HIS MAJESTY KING MAXIMILLIAN GODFREY LADISLAUS LEOPOLD SIDNEY

Stepmother. Poke the fire, Cinderella. Cinderella goes to the fireplace, takes an iron and pokes the fire.

Fruit Vendor. SIDNEY? Herald.

Stepmother. Now, my daughters, I want to talk to you. (Cinderella moves to sit in the downstage chair at the table.) Not you! I want to talk to my own daughters.

SIDNEY! FREDERICK JOHN IS GIVING A BALL

Townspeople. THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL! THE PRINCE IS GIVING A BALL!

Cinderella goes meekly to her corner by the fireplace and sits in her little chair. Joy. That girl always wants to sit down.

Blackout.

Portia. No wonder she never gets anything done. Stepmother. Now, Joy…

SCENE 2

Joy. Yes, Ma’am?

The stepfamily’s home. The Stepmother, Joy and Portia enter. There is no happy light in Joy and suggestion of intelligence in Portia. Centre stage is a dining table and four chairs.

Stepmother. And Portia… Portia. Yes, Ma’am?

Stepmother (calling). Cinderella, come along!

Stepmother. As you well know, my little darlings, this ball that the Prince is giving is for one purpose only.

Enter Cinderella almost hidden behind the pile of packages. Stepmother. Cinderella, close the door.

Portia/Joy (together). To choose a bride.

Cinderella sets the packages down on the floor and closes the door. Portia (approaching the table). Cinderella, my chair.

Stepmother. Exactly. And every girl in the kingdom wants to marry the Prince. Including you two.

Stepmother. Cinderella, my chair.

Portia/Joy (together). Yes Ma’am. Stepmother. On our shopping trip today I bought you the most beautiful clothes with all the frills and lace my purse could afford. So whether or not you marry the Prince, you’ll both have to marry somebody this year.

Cinderella pulls out the chair and the Stepmother sits. Joy. And my chair Cinderella! 8

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Portia/Joy (snapping into frightened obedience). Yes, Ma’am.

Song “In my own little corner”.

Stepmother (her voice softening again). Now there’s one thing you must remember. When you want to marry a man, you can’t rely on your beauty alone. Portia/Joy (together). No, Ma’am. Stepmother. That does not mean, however, that I want you to neglect your appearance. Our family has always been noted for its beautiful women. So now let’s all go and get our beauty sleep. I’m exhausted from all that shopping. Portia (following her). I’m all tired out, too, going from store to store the way we did.

Cinderella. Oh, I love this room- when they’ve all gone out and there’s nobody here but me. I’M AS MILD AND AS MEEK AS A MOUSE WHEN I HEAR A COMMAND I OBEY BUT I KNOW OF A SPOT IN MY HOUSE WHERE NO ONE CAN STAND IN MY WAY IN MY OWN LITTLE CORNER ON MY OWN LITTLE CHAIR I CAN BE WHATEVER I WANT TO BE ON THE WING OF MY FANCY I CAN FLY ANYWHERE AND THE WORLD WILL OPEN ITS ARMS TO ME I’M A YOUNG NORWEGIAN PRINCESS OR A MILKMAID I’M THE GREATEST PRIMA DONNA IN MILAN I’M AN HEIRESS WHO HAS ALWAYS HAD HER SILK MADE BY HER OWN FLOCK OF SILKWORMS IN JAPAN

Joy (following her). Are you tired? Portia (turning back to her, ready for a fight). Yes, I’m tired! Joy. I suppose you think you’re the only one that’s tired!

I’M A GIRL MEN GO MAD FOR LOVE’S A GAME I CAN PLAY WITH A COOL AND CONFIDANT KIND OF AIR JUST AS LONG AS I STAY IN MY OWN LITTLE CORNER ALL ALONE ON MY OWN LITTLE CHAIR

Portia. Well, who bought the most? Joy. That has nothing to do with it! Portia. That has everything to do with it!

I CAN BE WHATEVER I WANT TO BE I’M A SLAVE IN CALCUTTA I’M QUEEN IN PERU I’M A MERMAID DANCING UPON THE SEA

Stepmother. That’s enough now, stop it! Go to bed. Both of you! Portia/Joy. Yes Ma’am.

Stepmother. Well? Don’t just sit there staring at me! Make yourself useful.

I’M A HUNTRESS ON AN AFRICAN SAFARI IT’S A DANGEROUS TYPE OF SPORT AND YET IT’S FUN! IN THE NIGHT I GO OUT TO LOOK FOR MY PREY AND I FIND I FORGOT TO BRING MY GUN!

Cinderella (standing up and taking the broom from the hearth). Yes, Stepmother.

I AM LOST IN THE JUNGLE ALL ALONE AND UNARMED WHEN I MEET A LIONESS IN HER LAIR!

The Stepmother exits.

She goes back to the chair.

Cinderella. How can they be so tired, looking at all those beautiful things and buying so many of them! I would be too excited to be tired.

THEN I’M GLAD TO BE BACK IN MY OWN LITTLE CORNER ALL ALONE ON MY OWN LITTLE CHAIR

They exit. The Stepmother turns to Cinderella.

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SCENE 3

King. How much money will that cost? There’s a knock at the door.

The royal parlour. The King and the Queen are seated on their thrones. Queen. Enter!

Queen. A fine father you are! King. What do you mean, “A fine father you are”?

Enters the Chef carrying a scroll.

Queen. I mean you never worry about him.

Queen. Ah, Chef! Have you planned the menu for the ball?

King. Why should I worry about him?

Song “Your majesties”.

Queen. Because he isn’t happy.

Chef (bowing).

King. How do you know?

YOUR MAJESTIES

Queen/King (nodding). YOUR MAJESTIES

Queen. He does not seem to have any interest in anything or in anyone.

Chef.

A LIST OF THE BARE NECESSITIES

King.

A LIST OF THE BARE NECESSITIES FOR WHAT?

Queen.

FOR SEVENTEEN HUNDRED GUESTS!

King. If he’s happy, why should he get married?

King.

THAT SEEMS A LOT

Queen. Look at your trousers!

King. Is there any king crab?

King. How could I have gained so much weight in five years?

Chef. No, Your Majesty.

Queen. Because all you’ve been doing for five years is eating, sleeping and lazing about! The royal tailor will have to make you another suit.

King. Good, I hate to see that written on a menu, “king crab.” Seems like a comment on my disposition.

King. Why?

Queen (taking the scroll from the Chef and reading). A THOUSAND BABY LOBSTERS FOR THE SALAD

King. Oh, I’m sure he is happy. Queen. If he’s happy, why does he not get married?

Queen. Because, my dear, we are organising a ball…

King. Wow!

King. What? Queen. …all the girls in the kingdom will attend it. It is high time for our son to choose a wife. 12

Queen.

AND FIVE HUNDRED PHEASANTS FOR THE PIE

King. Aye yaye! 13

Queen.

Lady Servant. PUDDING AND PIES AND RUM SOUFFLE’ SUCCULENT CHOCOLATE ROUNDS

A THOUSAND POUNDS OF CAVIAR

King. A thousand?

King.

Queen. Hush.

CREAM PUFFS WE CAN EAT ALL DAY!

Queen (patting the King’s belly). TO GAIN SOME ROYAL POUNDS

She hands the scroll back to the Chef.

Enters the Prince.

King.

IT’S MORE THAN THE STURGEON CAN SUPPLY

Chef.

I TOLD THE STEWARD TO GET US FORTY ACRES OF LETTUCE AND SIX HUNDRED SUCKLING PIGS FOR ROASTING

King.

WHAT ABOUT THE MARSHMALLOWS?

Queen.

WHO WANTS MARSHMALLOWS?

King.

I DO

Prince. Hello, father. King. Oh, hello, my boy. (Crossing to him.) Christopher, how are you feeling? Prince. Fine, father. King. You are happy, aren’t you? Prince. Yes I am. Why, father? King. Ah - ah! Just what I thought.

Queen. WHY? King.

Prince. It seems to me, sir, that you look a little tired.

FOR TOASTING!

King. I am tired, when I think of that silly ball.

Enter Lady Servant wheeling on a trolley with food on. Chef.

Prince. Oh, that. Well, to tell you the truth, sir, it isn’t a night I am looking forward to. Dancing with all those… candidates.

SURELY YOU’LL NEED A SIDE OF HAM AND LOTS OF BEEF FILETS

King. Candidates?

Lady Servant. SOME MARMALIZED STEAKS A RACK OF LAMB AND VEAL YOU RAISE TO BRAISE!

Prince. Every single girl in the Kingdom, each one determined to show that she would be the perfect princess for me.

Chef.

LIMBURGER CHEESE AND GOURMANDISE GOUDA GRUYERE AND BLEU

King. Yes, I know how you feel, my boy. But your mother has got her heart set on this ball going perfectly and to plan.

Queen.

CHUNKS OF SWISS IN BARRELS PLEASE

Prince. I know.

King.

MAKE SURE IT’S HOLE-Y TOO!

King. So it’s best not to let her know how we feel. It would break her heart. 14

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Cinderella. Why can’t I come? I’d love to go to a ball.

The Queen enters the room. Queen. Oh – hello, my dear.

Portia and Joy laugh hysterically pointing at Cinderella.

Prince. Mother. I was just saying how much I am looking forward to the ball. I am sure it will be wonderful.

Joy (laughing). Have you seen yourself? Who would want to marry you? Portia. And you have to clean the house… have fun!

Queen (smiling). Will it? Stepmother (off stage). Let’s go girls, we don’t want to be late at the castle, the dances are waiting for us!

Prince. Yes. I was wondering if I could help with any of the preparation. Queen. Well, yes, dear. Maybe you can.

Portia and Joy exit. Cinderella. Have a good time! Oh, I wish… I wish.

Prince. Well… let me know.... and I’ll see you later.

The Godmother suddenly appears. Song “Fol-de-rol”.

He exits. The Queen blows her nose. King. Are you getting a cold? (The Queen shakes her head.) It would be better to take something for it. Don’t want to have a red nose at the ball. Queen. …It will be gone by then.

Godmother.

SCENE 4

FOL–DE–ROL AND FIDDLEDY DEE FIDDLEDY FADDLEDY FODDLE ALL THE WISHES IN THE WORLD ARE POPPYCOCK AND TWADDLE! Cinderella rushes to her.

The stepfamily’s home. Cinderella enters sweeping the floor. Sits at the table admiring the accessories... daydreaming. The stepfamily’s hat, Joy’s gloves, and Portia’s wrist corsage are on the table. Enter the ugly sisters.

Cinderella. Godmother! I’m so glad to see you! I didn’t hear you come in. Godmother.

I JUST KNEW I WOULD FIND YOU ON THAT SAME LITTLE CHAIR IN THE PALE PINK MIST OF A FOOLISH DREAM

Stepmother (off stage). Cinderella, my hat! Cinderella. Foolish? What’s wrong with dreaming? Joy. My gloves, Cinderella!

Cinderella. Oh, you look so beautiful!

Godmother.

Portia. Yes, we do and we want to have a lot of fun! Now start your jobs... we are going out. Mother is waiting.

Cinderella. But isn’t every girl dreaming and wishing she were at the ball tonight?

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Portia. Cinderella, my flowers!

FOL-DE-ROL AND FIDDLEDY DEE FIDDLEDY FADDLEDY FOODLE ALL THE DREAMERS IN THE WORLD ARE DIZZY IN THE NOODLE

Godmother. Why aren’t you there?

Cinderella. If only I had a guardian angel, or if you, Godmother, were a fairy Godmother.

Cinderella. My Stepmother… Well, somebody has to look after the house. Godmother. Do you know what I would do if I were you? I would leave this house and go away. If you want to be a servant, you can go to some other place and be paid. Cinderella. You mean leave my stepfamily? I don’t think if my father were alive, he would like that... and then things may suddenly change…

Godmother. Ha, ha! Good joke! Ho, ho! Very funny! Cinderella (resolutely). Just the same, I am wishing– in the name of every young girl who ever wanted to go to a dance and was told she couldn’t, I am wishing that by some magic or “fol-de-rol and fiddle dy dee” that I could go to the ball tonight. Song “Impossible”. The Godmother rises from her chair.

Godmother (doubtful). Yes… maybe… sometimes… Cinderella. Why don’t you believe in wishes and dreams? Why don’t you believe that once in a while something marvellous and magic can happen? Godmother. Well I don’t say that I don’t believe that once in a while something marvellous and magical can happen. The only thing is, it is dangerous to believe too much. Cinderella. Why? Godmother. Because you get in the habit of sitting back thinking that things come along. To let things happen you’ve got to help yourself, you know.

Godmother. IMPOSSIBLE FOR A PLAIN YELLOW PUMPKIN TO BECOME A GOLDEN CARRIAGE! IMPOSSIBLE FOR A PLAIN COUNTRY BUMPKIN AND A PRINCE TO JOIN IN MARRIAGE AND FOUR WHITE MICE WILL NEVER BE FOUR WHITE HORSES SUCH FOL-DE-ROL AND FIDDLEDY DEE OF COURSE IS IMPOSSIBLE!

Cinderella. Do you know what I was wishing tonight?

BUT THE WORLD IS FULL OF CRAZIES AND FOOLS WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN SENSIBLE RULES AND WON’T BELIEVE WHAT SENSIBLE PEOPLE SAY AND BECAUSE THESE DAFT AND DEWY-EYED DOPES KEEP BUILDING UP IMPOSSIBLE HOPES IMPOSSIBLE THINGS ARE HAPPENING EVERY DAY! IMPOSSIBLE!

Godmother (grimly). I’m almost afraid to hear.

Cinderella. IMPOSSIBLE?

Cinderella (pointing out of the window). I was wishing that that pumpkin out in the yard would turn into a great big golden carriage and take me to the ball, but… It’s impossible I suppose.

Godmother. IMPOSSIBLE!

Godmother. Impossible.

Godmother. IMPOSSIBLE!

Cinderella. I know... I always end up just wishing and dreaming... I don’t suppose that does any good at all. Godmother. Well I don’t say that it doesn’t do any good at all. As a matter of fact, everything has to start with a wish.

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Cinderella (gloomily). IMPOSSIBLE?

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Cinderella. IMPOSSIBLE?

Cinderella.

SUCH FOL-DE-ROL AND FIDDLEDY DEE OF COURSE IS QUITE POSSIBLE!

Both.

IT’S POSSIBLE!

Cinderella.

FOR THE WORLD IS FULL OF CRAZIES AND FOOLS

Godmother.

WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN SENSIBLE RULES

Cinderella.

AND DON’T BELIEVE WHAT SENISBLE PEOPLE SAY

Both.

AND BECAUSE THESE DAFT AND DEWY-EYED DOPES KEEP BUILDING UP IMPOSSIBLE HOPES IMPOSSIBLE THINGS ARE HAPPENING EVERY DAY!

Cinderella.

IT’S POSSIBLE!

Godmother.

IT’S POSSIBLE!

A beautiful carriage appears. A footman enters with a gorgeous full-length cape which he drapes around Cinderella. He places a tiara on her head and glass slippers on her feet. Then, he exits.

Cinderella.

IT’S POSSIBLE!

Godmother.

IT’S POSSIBLE!

Cinderella (turning to the Godmother). Godmother! But… I don’t understand.

Cinderella.

IT’S POSSIBLE!

Godmother.

IT’S POSSIBLE!

Both.

IT’S POSSIBLE!

Both. IMPOSSIBLE! Cinderella (hopefully). Is that true, Godmother? That impossible things are happening every day? Godmother (grudgingly). Well, yes– in a way. But… Cinderella.

BUT THE WORLD IS FULL OF CRAZIES AND FOOLS WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN SENSIBLE RULES AND WON’T BELIEVE WHAT SENSIBLE PEOPLE SAY

Both.

AND BECAUSE THESE DAFT AND DEWY-EYED DOPES KEEP BUILDING UP IMPOSSIBLE HOPES IMPOSSIBLE THINGS ARE HAPPENING EVERY DAY!

Godmother. And you don’t have to. Come on! If you don’t hurry, the ball will be over before you get there. Song “It’s possible”. Cinderella.

Godmother.

Godmother. Well, have a lovely night.

IT’S POSSIBLE FOR A PLAIN YELLOW PUMPKIN TO BECOME A GOLDEN CARRIAGE IT’S POSSIBLE FOR A PLAIN COUNTRY BUMPKIN AND A PRINCE TO JOIN IN MARRIAGE

Cinderella. Aren’t you coming with me? Godmother. Heavens, no. All I can do is give you your wish. How it turns out from here is up to you. Cinderella. But I’m afraid to go all by myself.

AND FOUR WHITE MICE ARE EASILY TURNED TO HORSES!

Godmother. Do not be afraid. Just remember one important thing. Do not stay after twelve o’clock. Make sure that you are in the coach and have set off for home before the clock strikes twelve.

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Cinderella. Why is it so important that I leave before twelve?

Queen. Alone? Look how many people there are! Don’t eat too much icecream and please, be sure that our son dances with all the girls here and finally makes a choice.

Godmother. No more questions. Are you ready?

She sneezes again and exits.

Cinderella. Yes, I’m ready. The carriage fades into a smoke blackout.

Portia. I’ve lost track of the Prince.

IMPOSSIBLE THINGS ARE HAPPENING EVERY DAY!

Stepmother. He’s dancing with Joy.

Narrator (voice over). So, as Cinderella makes her way to the ball all the guests are enjoying the splendor and excitement of wanting to dance with the Prince. The King and Queen overlook the festivities in great anticipation, eagerly waiting to see who their son chooses to be his future wife.

Portia (dreamily). Is he? (Stepmother points.) Oh– that Joy. I want to dance with him! Joy. Your Highness, may I say “something personal”? Prince. Yes?

SCENE 5

Joy. I think… I think…

The palace ballroom. The King and Queen sit on their thrones watching as the guests dance. The Queen is enthused but the King is clearly bored. Downstage centre, the Prince is trying to make the best of things while dancing with Joy. The Stepmother watches Joy and the Prince intently.

Prince. You think…? Joy. Very nice weather for this time of year. Prince (ironic). You are very brave saying “such personal things”.

Queen (beaming). Exhilarating, isn’t it? King. I’m afraid our son is having a worse time than I am. How long do you think we have to stay here? Queen. You will stay here until the end, but me, I think I will go. (She sneezes.) I am not a beautiful sight for our guests to see. King. But haven’t you taken an aspirin and a tonic? Queen. Yes, I have… but I think I have a fever. Keep an eye on our son and take care of the guests. The Queen is about to leave.

Joy. But my mother told me to say “something personal” to you. Prince. Perhaps you should return to your mother and ask her to explain to you what “personal things” are. Joy reluctantly returns to the Stepmother as Portia rushes over to the Prince. Portia (dancing with the Prince). I’m going to be a lawyer! Just like my namesake in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”. Her name was Portia, too! Prince. Really? Portia. Yes! Someday I’ll stand up in the courtroom and say something about important topics, like “the quality of mercy is not strained”, do you know what I mean?

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Prince. Yes… I’m afraid I do. The dance concludes, with Portia curtsying to the Prince. Portia returns to the Stepmother as the Prince walks away. Cinderella suddenly appears at the top of the staircase. The Princeturns to her, he extends his hand and she takes it. He guides her onto the floor. Stepmother (from the other side of the stage). I wonder who she is. Joy. I have never seen that girl before. King. Really surprising! I never knew that in my kingdom there was such a beautiful young woman. Portia. Well, whoever she is, it’s clear he likes her the best. Prince. Why have I never met you before? Cinderella. Well… I don’t get out much. Prince. I have a strange feeling that something has just happened to me and I don’t know what it is.

Prince.

TEN MINUTES AGO I SAW YOU I LOOKED UP WHEN YOU CAME THROUGH THE DOOR ME HEAD STARTED REELING YOU GAVE ME THE FEELING THE ROOM HAD NO CEILING OR FLOOR



TEN MINUTES AGO I MET YOU AND WE MURMURED OUR HOW-DO-YOU-DO’S I WANTED TO RING OUT THE BELLS AND FLING OUT MY ARMS AND TO SING OUT THE NEWS



I HAVE FOUND HER! SHE’S AN ANGEL WITH THE DUST OF THE STARS IN HER EYES WE ARE DANCING WE ARE FLYNG AND SHE’S TAKING ME BACK TO THE SKIES!



IN THE ARMS OF MY LOVE I’M FLYNG OVER MOUNTAIN AND MEADOW AND GLEN AND I LIKE IT SO WELL THAT FOR ALL I CAN TELL I MAY NEVER COME DOWN AGAIN! I MAY NEVER COME DOWN TO EARTH AGAIN! Cinderella turns away, not knowing how to respond to the Prince. Joy and Portia now come onto the floor and join in the dance.

Prince. I have told you how I feel, but you haven’t described your feelings.

Cinderella. That’s exactly the way I feel.

Cinderella. Well, they are very much the same as yours.

Prince. Do you have any idea what it might be?

Cinderella.

Cinderella. No. Prince. Well, let’s think back over our meeting together. Cinderella. It only happened a few minutes ago. 24

TEN MINUTES AGO I MET YOU AND WE MURMURED OUR HOW-DO-YOU-DO’S I WANTED TO RING OUT THE BELLS AND FLING OUT MY ARMS AND TO SING OUT THE NEWS I HAVE FOUND HIM! I HAVE FOUND HIM! 25

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Joy/Portia.

IN THE ARMS OF MY LOVE I’M FLYING OVER MOUNTAIN AND MEADOW AND GLEN AND I LIKE IT SO WELL THAT FOR ALL I CAN TELL I MAY NEVER COME DOWN AGAIN! I MAY NEVER COME DOWN TO EARTH AGAIN!

Chef (voice over). Your Majesties, ladies and gentlemen– dinner is served.

SO WHY IS THE BOY GOING CRAZY? OH WHY WOULD A BOY WANT A GIRL LIKE HER A GIRL WHO’S SIMPLY LOVELY? WHY CAN’T A BOY EVER ONCE PREFER A GIRL WHO’S SIMPLY ME? WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE MAN? WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE MAN? WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE MAN? They exit.

The stepsisters continue looking with great indignation. Song “Stepsisters’ lament”.

SCENE 6

Joy.

WHY WOULD A BOY WANT A GIRL LIKE HER A FRAIL AND FLUFFY BEAUTY? WHY CAN’T A BOY EVER ONCE PREFER A SOLID GIRL LIKE ME?

Portia.

SHE’S A FROTHY LITTLE BUBBLE WITH A FLIMSY KIND OF CHARM AND WITH VERY LITTLE TROUBLE I COULD BREAK HER LITTLE ARM!

Joy.

OH OH WHY WOULD A BOY WANT A GIRL LIKE HER SO OBVIOUSLY UNUSUAL? WHY CAN’T A BOY EVER ONCE PREFER A USUAL GIRL LIKE ME?

Portia.

HER CHEEKS ARE A PRETTY SHADE OF PINK BUT NOT ANY PINKER THAN A ROSE IS

Joy.

HER SKIN MAY BE DELICATE AND SOFT BUT NOT ANY SOFTER THAN A DOE’S IS

Portia.

HER NECK IS NO WHITER THAN A SWAN’S

Joy.

SHE’S ONLY AS DAINTY AS A DAISY

Portia.

SHE’S ONLY AS GRACEFUL AS A BIRD

The palace garden. Prince. The ballroom is too crowded. Cinderella. It is nicer out here. Prince. Yes, it is. Cinderella. I really must be going. Prince. But why? Cinderella. Because I promised my Godmother. Prince. Your Godmother will forgive you if you’re a little late. Music fades out. Cinderella. Oh, no, she won’t. I have a strange kind of Godmother. Prince. You are a strange kind of girl. You have not told me your name yet. Cinderella. It’s a silly name. You would not like it. Prince. Of course I would. Whatever you are called it is the most beautiful name in the world. 26

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SCENE 7

The clock tolls midnight. Cinderella. Midnight…? No…!

The stepfamily’s home. It is the morning after the ball. The Stepmother, Joy and Portia wearing their dressing gowns are having breakfast. Cinderella is serving them.

She runs off.

Stepmother. What a night! What a magnificent ball.

Prince (calling after her). Please… Wait…!

Cinderella (as if she knows nothing about the ball). Were there many people there?

He runs after her. The King comes hurrying. King. Christopher? Are you out there?... Christopher?

Stepmother. Yes, there were many people.

The Prince enters, carrying a slipper.

Cinderella. They must have a very large ballroom at the palace.

King. What happened, son?

Joy. Yes, very large.

Prince. I don’t know. We were talking and suddenly she ran away. (Indicating the slipper.) She has left this glass slipper. It was on the steps. I know it belongs to her. Father, we have to find her.

Portia. And what beautiful music for dancing to!

King. We will, son, we will.

Portia. I danced about an hour with him.

Prince (a sudden thought). Father, I have to search every house in the kingdom, every lady in the land. Do you give me permission to go on this quest?

Joy. An hour?

King. Of course.

Joy. Well, of course– if you did.

Prince (holding the slipper). Then that is final, I will personally take this slipper and try it on every girl’s foot- every last one. I will keep trying until I find the foot that fits this slipper. King. That is a hard task... but I wish you well. Prince. Thank you father, I will go and call the Herald immediately. I must find that girl!

Cinderella. Did any of you get to dance with the Prince?

Portia. Didn’t you?

Stepmother. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Prince were to take one of my girls for his bride. Cinderella. Did you know everyone there? Stepmother. Nearly everyone. Except for some girl who arrived late and left early. Probably some princess or something. Cinderella. Did she dance with the Prince? Stepmother. She was only there for a few minutes.

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Joy. Did you go straight to sleep after we left?



Cinderella. I was dreaming of what it must have been like at the ball.



Stepmother. You could not possibly imagine what it was like.



YOU’RE AFRAID HE’LL HEAR THE WAY YOUR HEART IS BEATING AND YOU KNOW YOU MUSTN’T MAKE THE FIRST ADVANCE YOU ARE SERIOUSLY THINKING OF RETREATING THEN YOU SEEM TO HEAR HIM ASKING YOU TO DANCE!

Cinderella. Maybe I have more imagination than you think.

Song “A lovely night”.

Song“When you’re driving through the moonlight”. Cinderella.



WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING IN THE MOONLIGHT ON THE HIGHWAY WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING IN THE MOONLIGHT TO THE DANCE YOU ARE BREATHLESS WITH A WILD ANTICIPATION OF ADVENTURE AND EXCITEMENT AND ROMANCE



THEN AT LAST YOU SEE THE TOWER OF THE PALACE SILHOUETTED IN THE SKY ABOVE THE PARK AND BELOW THEM IS A ROW OF LIGHTED WINDOWS LIKE A LOVELY DIAMOND NECKLACE IN THE DARK



Portia (rising). IT LOOKS THAT WAY Joy.

THE WAY YOU SAY

Stepmother.

SHE TALKS AS IF SHE KNOWS

Cinderella.

I DO NOT KNOW THESE THINGS ARE SO I ONLY JUST SUPPOSE



I SUPPOSE THAT WHEN YOU COME INTO A BALLROOM AND THE ROOM ITSELF IS FLOATING IN THE AIR IF YOU’RE SUDDENLY CONFRONTED BY HIS HIGHNESS YOU ARE FROZEN LIKE A STATUE ON THE STAIR!





A LOVELY NIGHT A LOVELY NIGHT A FINER NIGHT YOU KNOW YOU’LL NEVER SEE YOU MEET YOUR PRINCE A CHARMING PRINCE AS CHARMING AS A PRINCE WILL EVER BE!



THE STARS IN A HAZY HEAVEN TREMBLE ABOVE YOU WHILE HE IS WHISPERING “DARLING I LOVE YOU”



YOU SAY GOOD-BYE AWAY YOU FLY BUT ON YOUR LIPS YOU KEEP A KISS ALL YOUR LIFE YOU’LL DREAM OF THIS LOVELY LOVELY NIGHT Portia and Joy sing in their turn, caught up in Cinderella’s romance.

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Portia.

A LOVELY NIGHT

Joy.

A LOVELY NIGHT

Stepmother.

A FINER NIGHT YOU KNOW YOU’LL NEVER SEE

Portia.

YOU MEET YOUR PRINCE

Joy.

A CHARMING PRINCE

Stepmother.

AS CHARMING AS A PRINCE WILL EVER BE! 31

Portia.

THE STARS IN A HAZY HEAVEN TREMBLE ABOVE YOU

Stepmother.

WHILE HE IS WHISPERING “DARLING I LOVE YOU”

All.

YOU SAY GOOD-BYE AWAY YOU FLY BUT ON YOUR LIPS YOU KEEP A KISS ALL YOUR LIFE YOU’LL DREAM OF THIS LOVELY LOVELY NIGHT



THE DAY CAME THROUGH AWAY I FLEW BUT ON MY LIPS HE LEFT A KISS ALL MY LIFE I’LL DREAM OF THIS LOVELY LOVELY NIGHT

SCENE 8 Looking for Cinderella.

Stepmother (suddenly collecting herself). This is the worst nonsense I have ever heard!

Narrator. Meanwhile the Prince and Herald searched every house in the Kingdom looking for the foot that fitted the glass slipper…

Joy. But mother…

SCENE 9

Stepmother. Enough! Go to you rooms!

The stepfamily’s home. Joy in her chair stage right. Portia sits in her chair stage left. The Prince and Herald knock at the door.

Portia/Joy. Yes, Ma’am. (As they exit.) It’s all Cinderella’s fault.

Stepmother (seated at the table in her usual upstage chair). Cinderella! Cinderella! Get the door! There’s somebody at the door! Cinderella! Where is she, she is such a lazy girl! (Gets up and opens the door shocked to see the Prince.) Hello Your Royal Highness, how may I help you?

Joy. What a stupid girl! To imagine what it was like at the ball! Portia. And anyway it wasn’t anything like that. Joy. Nothing like it at all.

Prince. I need all the ladies in the house to try this glass slipper on. It was left at the ball last night and whoever it fits I will marry.

They are gone. Stepmother (turning to Cinderella). And you, clean this place up. It looks like a pig lives here! Cinderella. Yes, Stepmother.

Portia. It’s my shoe. I’d know that shoe anywhere (and struggles to get her foot into the slipper.) You see? It fits perfectly! She stands triumphantly and promptly falls on her face.

The Stepmother exits. Cinderella.

The ladies all gasp. Portia rushes to the Prince and grabs the slipper.

Joy (running over and pulling the slipper off Portia’s foot). Let me try! Let me try! (After several attempts shouts violently toward the Herald.) It fitted me perfectly at the ball! You shrank it!

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Portia. No, there is nobody else here. Prince. But I thought I heard you calling someone to answer the door? Stepmother (shakes her head looking at the sisters trying to think of an excuse). That was Portia… I was telling Portia to answer the door... but she wouldn’t... she is… so lazy, you see... Your Royal Highness. Cinderella is heard singing. Everyone is surprised and silent.

Prince. No, it’s a lovely name. (Remembering the familiar line from the ball.) Please try on this glass slipper. The Herald brings her a chair to sit on. Cinderella nervously tries the shoe on while the ugly sisters and Stepmother stare annoyed and filled with anger. Cinderella. It fits! The Prince. It fits!

Prince. Who is singing? Is there another girl in the house?

The ugly sisters/Stepmother. It fits? What?

Portia (crossing to the Prince). She’s... just a sort of a servant that stays upstairs in the attic of the house. There would be no use trying the slipper on her.

Portia. Let me see! Joy. No, let me!

Stepmother. She didn’t even attend the ball!

And pushes Portia over.

Prince. I must try the slipper on everyone. (To the Herald.) Please find her and bring her here.

Stepmother. I don’t believe it! Joy. What are you hiding in your pocket? Let me see!

The Herald leaves to find her. Portia (to her mother). How many times have I told her to keep the door of her room closed! Joy (to her mother). I have always told you that you had to forbid her to sing… she disturbs everyone! Stepmother (to the Prince). Prince, if you love singing, I would like you to listen to the lovely voice of my daughters… Come on, good girls, sing a song for His Royal Highness. Joy and Portia warm up their voices and quarrel about who is singing first. Enters Cinderella accompanied by the Herald. Prince. So, what is your name?

Cinderella takes the other shoe out of her pocket. Prince. There you are, I knew I had to insist. Herald. Your Highness, we have found her at last! Cinderella puts the other one on, stands up with pride. Prince (on one knee). My Beautiful Princess Cinderella, will you marry me? Cinderella. I will! TheStepmother and ugly sisters all faint and fall to the floor. Blackout.

Cinderella (bowing). …It’s a silly name... you wouldn’t like it... My name’s Cinderella.

Narrator. And so the Prince found his future wife, Cinderella, and they all lived happily ever after!

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Song “It’s possible!”. All sing. IT’S POSSIBLE FOR A PLAIN YELLOW PUMPKIN TO BECOME A GOLDEN CARRIAGE IT’S POSSIBLE FOR A PLAIN COUNTRY BUMPKIN AND A PRINCE TO JOIN IN A MARRIGE AND FOUR WHITE MICE ARE EASILY TURNED TO HORSES! SUCH FOL-DE-ROL AND FIDDLEDY DEE OF COURSE IS QUITE POSSIBLE! IT’S POSSIBLE! FOR THE WORLD IS FULL OF CRAZIES AND FOOLS WHO WON’T BELIEVE IN SENSIBLE RULES AND WON’T BELIEVE WHAT SENSIBLE PEOPLE SAY AND BECAUSE THESE DAFT AND DEWY-EYED DOPES KEEP BUILDING UP IMPOSSIBLE HOPES IMPOSSIBLE THINGS ARE HAPPENING EVERY DAY! THE END

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ENJOY YOURSELF WITH OUR GAMES! Practical exercises edited by Gianfranca Olivieri Theatrical Season 2012/2013

1. LETTERS AND NUMBERS

Cinderella

What is the Godmother? In each of the 10 sentences in box (A), taken from the text, there is a missing word. Find it in box (B) to complete the sentence. ball Example: 1 Every girl in the kingdom will attend the ...................... = A

Sentences BOX (A)

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Send all the original pages by 31/05/2013 to: IL PALCHETTO STAGE s.a.s., Via Montebello 14/16 - 21052 Busto Arsizio (VA) You’ll receive a nice gift and you’ll have the chance to win a final prize! FILL IN THE FORM IN BLOCK LETTERS USING A PEN

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4 Foolish? What's wrong with .................... ?

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10 The prince wants to find a ........................ .

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N.: Address: Postcode:

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Telephone: Mobile:

Now match letters and numbers in box (C) to find the solution.

E-mail: BOX (C)

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Signature Il Palchetto Stage s.a.s. ai sensi e in conformità con l’art. 13, D. Lgs 30 giugno 2003 n. 196, informa che i dati raccolti saranno utilizzati per informarLa in merito a nuove iniziative.

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2. RIDDLE

3. GRID

What can Cinderella be on the wing of her fantasy?

How can Cinderella be defined?

In the clouds below, there are 8 words, quoted from the text, referring to what Cinderella dreams to be, but the vowels are missing. Find them in the box bolow and write them in the corresponding word.

Here below there is "a list of the bare necessities for seventeen hundred guests", taken from the text. Find the 16 words in the grid (vertically, horizontally, diagonally and backwards). The remaining letters will give you the solution.

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1. BEEF 2. CHOCOLATE 3. HAM 4. LOBSTERS

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9. LAMB 10. PHEASANTS 11. SOUFFLE 12. CHEESE

13. GRUYERE 14. LETTUCE 15. PIES 16. STEAKS

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4. SECRET MESSAGE

5. A SPOT OF RELAXATION

What is the secret message from the Godmother?

Let's help the prince to find Cinderella!

Rewrite the secret message following the code and you'll read the solution!

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TEXT ANALYSIS •

The plot

1) Where does the story of “Cinderella” take place? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................

2) Who first says “IMPOSSIBLE THINGS ARE HAPPENING EVERY DAY!” and what “magic” does she do to make it possible for the main character to go to the ball? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................

3) What do you think happens to the four horses and carriage at twelve o’clock? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................

4) How would you describe the ending of the story? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................



The characters

5) What is the name of the main character in the story? Name all the members of her (step) family. ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................

6) Who is “Christopher Rupert”? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................

7) Can you name the different kinds of food that the chef prepared for the ball? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................

8) What happens to the main character and “Christopher Rupert” at the end of the story? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................



Literary references

9) Is “Cinderella” a story based on fact or is it fictional? Do you know who wrote the story? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................

10) Do you know another three well known “fairy-tales”? Which ones? ........................................................................................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................................................................