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English Education 1- Readers’ Theatre Parts Narrators- Elise and Amanda Mother- Celestine- Miss MacDonald (Teacher)- Sound effects/extra parts/celestine’s brother= Roneel+ anyone not acting at that point in the script Props= - Miss MacDonald – school book/excersise book to hold script in -Mother- cookbook to hold script in -Narrators + Celestine+ Roneel= decorated folder to hold script in -Tap shoes (to create tappity tap effect at beginning of script) -Tiara for Celestine to wear. Remember to include offstage focus- where each character speaks to audience not to other characters (in Drama textbook , reader’s theatre section) Script Whole cast is seated on the floor whilst characters are not active, standing up when it is time for their part. Narrator 1 and 2 stand up and walk to their positions in the opposite front corners of the stage.(possibly standing up on chairs?) Narrator 1: Celestine Narrator 2: Drama Queen Narrator 2: By Penny Ives Narrator 1: Even before Celestine had hatched from her egg, the Duck family knew there was someone very special inside. Roneel gets tap shoe or other object ready to make tapping sound on cupboard or chair. Everyone: Tappity Tap, Tappity Tap (Roneel providing extra sound effect) Narrator 2: Went the egg each day until…….out danced CELESTINE Celestine twirls up into standing position Everyone: Ready to be a STAR Celestine strikes star pose Narrator 2: Right from the start , Celestine was very hard to ignore. Narrator 1: As soon as she was old enough, Celestine would dress herself with great care, just as a real star should.Sometimes, it took a rather long time to create JUST the right look. Celestine faces audience as though a mirror is located in the centre of the audience, and fiddles with hair, shoes etc. Mother stands up into position of holding cookbook in one hand and placing other hand on hip Narrator 2: One morning, Celestine swept into breakfast wearing her latest creation Celestine “sweeps “ across stage to imaginary dining table Celestine: “Oh Mummy! You know stars only eat PINK food! Celestine looks disappointedly down at imaginary dining table Mother: Do you think you should be wearing a tiara to school Celestine? Celestine: Of course! A star must set an example Celestine skips for a bit and sits down on floor SCENE CHANGE- SCHOOL Miss MacDonald stands up and positions herself so that she is at the back of the stage ,facing audience Rest of cast, including narrators form celestine’s class and remained seated, turning to face Miss MacDonald with backs to audience Miss MacDonald: Archie? Audience member: Yes Miss MacDonald Miss MacDonald: Beattie? Other Audience Member : Yes, Miss MacDonald Miss MacDonald: Celestine? Celestine stands up and faces audience Celestine: Celestine’s not here.Today, you may call me PRINCESS DRUSCILLA DRAKE- it’s a much better name for a star , don’t you think? Miss MacDonald: Well Princess Druscilla Drake, this morning we all have the chance to be someone else- we are going to begin rehearsals for our should play. Celestine( facing audience): I would be DELIGHTED to accept the lead role Celestine twirls around the rest of the class members and sits down Miss MacDonald: Thankyou Celestine , there’s an important part for EVERYONE SCENE CHANGE- CELESTINE AND HER BROTHER WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL Narrators, Celestine, and Celestine’s brother stand up and begin walking side by side,Miss MacDonald sits down and holds tap shoe/other tapping object Narrator 1: On the way home that afternoon, Celestine sighed Celestine: Star’s don’t walk, they should ride. Especially when they’ve got the best part in a new play. Celestine’s brother: And what IS your part? Celestine: That’s a SECRET Celestine smiles and starts mimicking tap dancing, miss macdonald using tap shoe or other object to create sound against cupboard/wooden surface. SCENE CHANGE- HOME Mother, Celestine and narrators stand up Narrator 2: After tea, Celestine rushed straight up to her room Celestine walks quickly to other side of stage Celestine (shouting): I have to rehearse for a play now Mummy Miss MacDonald imitates door slamming in background using heavy book etc. Mother: Shall I hear your lines, Celestine? Celestine: No thankyou, they’re very nearly perfect Celestine’s brother stands up Celestine’s brother: Shall I help you practice? Celestine: No thankyou, I know EVERY word! SCENE CHANGE-DAY OF PLAY Narrator 1: The day of the play came at last Celestine blows kisses to audience Narrator 2: How kind, Celestine thought noticing some flowers nearby, someone has sent me a bouquet! Celestine beams Narrator 1: But where is my red carpet ? Celestine walks towards audience Narrator 2: And the rest of the orchestra’s LATE! Celestine frowns at audience Narrator 1: The moment had arrived. All the little chicks and ducks huddled backstage All characters apart from Miss MacDonald and Celestine huddle behind celestine facing audience Narrator 2: The lights dimmed, the audience grew quiet and the show began! Narrator 1: Celestine watched , trembling ,behind the side curtains ,whispering along with every word Celestine whispers something to audience Miss MacDonald stands up, puts hand on Celestine’s shoulder Miss MacDonald (smiling): Time for you to go now dear Narrator 2: But Suddenly, Celestine’s feet wouldn’t work.She was terrified! Celestine: I feel SICK (COUGHS WEAKLY), I’m going to faint (gasping)…..I WON’T, I SHAN’T , I…can’t (squeaking) Miss MacDonald pushes Celestine towards audience Celestine inchess closer to audience with a scared look on her face Roneel in background imitates noise of heart beating madly- pitter pat, pitter pat Narrator 1: She blinked at the bright lights , she opened her beak….but nothing came out! Celestine stood quite still- she couldn’t move a feather Celestine stands with arms pinned to body, mouth open Miss MacDonald (still standing, peering from side stage, WHISPERING): THE END!, Celstine sya your line! SAY ,THE END! Narrator 2: Then Mrs Gobble flew to the rescue, striking up one last, fast jazzy tune on the paino Mother stands up and acts out playing piano Whole cast hums tune Narrator 1: Quite of her own accord, Celestine’s feet began to tap, her knees bent and soon she was whirling and turning, skipping and spinning until with one final leap…she fell to the floor, a dizzy yellow triumph. Roneel makes tap dancing noises in background Celestine dances and falls right in front of audience Cast member one: Fantastic! Cast Member two: Encore Cast member three: Superb Cast member four: Hurrah Narrator 2: The audience LOVED it Everyone (except Celestine): clapping Well done! Narrator 1: They all agreed it was a splendid end to a wonderful show. Everyone (except Celestine): Brilliant! SCENE CHANGE- WALKING HOME Celestine standing up Narrator 2: But walking home,Celestine was unusually quiet and thoughtful. Flip flop, flip-flip flapped her little feet. Background noise of celestine’s feet SCENE CHANGE-BEDTIME Celestine lying down on floor facing audience, mother kneeling next to her Celestine: I’m still a star ,aren’t I mummy? Even though I forgot my line? Mother: Of COURSE you are my darling! Buttons up celestine’s pyjamas Just think of that marvelous dance you did! And besides….you’ll ALWAYS be a star to me pretends to kiss Celestine Everyone stands behind lying down Celestine , backs to audience Everyone( excluding Celestine) : turns around to face audience, Good night ,little star,good night (whispering).
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