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Mother Goose MOTHER GOOSE
 two versions available
 BOOK BY COLIN WAKEFIELD.
 MUSIC AND LYRICS BY KATE EDGAR

"This could well be the mother of all pantomimes in a fine blend of old and new" 
(SOUTHERN EVENING ECHO)


 
Version One

CAST  (4F, 4M or 3F, 5M + Chorus)
 
GOOSE FAIRY  F
DEMONESS OF DISCONTENT F Waspish,seductive. Transforms into a beautician: Ms Desiree Belle
MOTHER GOOSE  Dame.
BILLY GOOSE  M Her son - an inventor
CILLA  F/M The Magic Goose
THE SQUIRE  M Pompous,silly baddy. Double act with..
CONSTABLE CUSTARD M His foolish officer
JILL  F Squire's daughter
CHORUS of children and/or young adults as VILLAGERS, SPOOKS, BOGWOPPITS and GOOSELAND ATTENDANTS.
Mother Goose
SETTINGS
ONE FRONTCLOTH  :
Rustic village scene

Four MAIN SETTINGS:
VILLAGE GREEN   Exterior of Mother Goose's Cottage prominent
MOTHER GOOSE'S COTTAGE  Interior. (At first: humble, homely and cosy. Later: garish and tasteless).
THE MAGIC POOL   Set in a spooky wood. (The Transformation)
GOOSELAND   White, feathery, sumptuous: a Winter Kingdom.

The designs and staging can be as lavish or as simple as resources allow.
MUSIC
Seventeen Numbers. The original songs and music are scored for two keyboards and percussion, but can be tailored to suit resources.

This version of MOTHER GOOSE  was first performed at Salisbury Playhouse on 12th December 1992

"Kate Edgar's music is a triumph in this delightful family show which proves that traditional pantomime can still work its magic today." 
(THESTAGE)

  The script and music for this version of MOTHER GOOSE  are published by JOSEF WEINBERGER PLAYS(020 7580 2827), who handle all contracts and from whom inspection copies are available


IN THIS SECTION
please choose a pantomime:
Aladdin
Ali Baba
Cinderella
Dick Whittington
Hansel & Gretel
Jack & the Beanstalk
Little Red Riding Hood
Mother Goose
Version 1
Version 2
Pinocchio
Puss in Boots
Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
The Sleeping Beauty
Snow Queen


Version Two
CAST    (5M,4F or 4M, 5F + Chorus)
 
MOTHER GOOSE  M Dame
JACK F Her son. Principal boy.
SILLY BILLY  Her other son.
LADY AMMONIA  F Vile Lady of the Manor. Double act with..
CUTHBERT  M Her ghastly son.
JILL  F Her lovely daughter. Principal girl
PRISCILLA F/M  The Magic Goose
FAIRY FEATHER  F Queen of Gooseland.
THE DEMON MAGICIAN M A fiendish magician.
CHORUS of children and/or young adults as CIRCUS PERFORMERS, GOBLINS and GOSLINGS.
Mother Goose version 2
CASTING NOTE: This version of MOTHER GOOSE has been written for a cast of nine principals and a small chorus, but will also suit a larger company. Most of the principals double in the Opening Chorus (as circus performers). With a larger company, a separate Chorus, of whatever size, can be used for the opening, as well as for fleshing out a number of other scenes (e.g.the Transformation, the Goblin Ballet, the second Circus scene and the Finale).

DESIGN AND PLOT NOTE: This pantomime has a Victorian setting, and the 'framework'image should be of a Victorian Theatre. The Demon Magician runs a Circus Troupe and specialises in magic tricks, which are integral to the actionof the show

 
SETTINGS
Two FRONTCLOTHS  (One would suffice) :
VICTORIAN THEATRE
RURAL SETTINGS
 
Four MAIN SETTINGS:
VILLAGE with CIRCUS  The Circus Troupe brings its caravan to Town.Set includes exterior of Mother Goose's Cottage
MOTHER GOOSE'S COTTAGE  Interior.(At first: humble and homely. Later: garish and in the worst taste.)
THE MAGIC POOL   Set in the Goblin Glade. (The Transformation)
GOOSELAND   Fairy Feather's Domain.
Mother Goose version 2
 
The designs and staging (including the magic effects)  can be as lavish or as simple as resources allow.
MUSIC
Seventeen Numbers. The original songs and music are scored for two keyboards and percussion, but can be tailored to suit resources.

First performance of this new version of MOTHER GOOSE: Salisbury Playhouse -8th December 2001.

"It is the second time that Colin Wakefield and Kate Edgar have written and directed this oldest of pantomime stories at Salisbury, so it was an additional challenge to find an approach that was new but true to the tradition. They have managed it superbly."
(BLACKMORE VALE MAGAZINE)

"It was really good. The baddie was the best character - he had really good eyebrows. The songs were funny and the jokes were good. I really enjoyed the magic."
(Jonathan Adcock, Aged 11. Quoted in the WESTERN DAILY PRESS)

The script and music for this version of MOTHER GOOSE are unpublished, but enquiries should still be addressed to JOSEF WEINBERGER PLAYS (020 7580 2827), who handle all contracts and from whom inspection copies are available.



IN THIS SECTION
please choose a pantomime:
Aladdin
Ali Baba
Cinderella
Dick Whittington
Jack & the Beanstalk
Little Red Riding Hood
Mother Goose
Version 1
Version 2
Puss in Boots
Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood
The Sleeping Beauty
Snow Queen