Puss in Thongs

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An Australian angle on the timeless classic of Charles Perrault.

The brothers Dick and Harry Miller, are forced out of their home by their greedy brother Tom. Dick sets off to make his fortune and Harry is left to look after the cat, Puss.

Puss assures Harry that she can make them both rich, if he does everything she asks him to do. Harry must provide Puss with a pair of strong boots and a very grand hat.

Not being able to afford much, they go to the local thrift shop, where they meet Dora, Doris and Daisy, the wonderfully eccentric, elderly volunteers. The best they can do is a rather grandiose hat and a pair of thongs.

“Bats” Theatre Co BUDERIM QLD PUSS IN THONGS …"An hysterically funny Pantomime for all ages! Lot’s of action and opportunity for the audience to join in."

 

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Plot / Synopsis

The story of “ Puss in Boots” was first recorded some time during the sixteenth century by french author, Charles Perrault. This is just one of the original folk stories related to him as a child, by his french nurse maid. All of these stories contained a strong message or moral, pertaining to some danger of which children must be aware. Most of these messages are still applicable today.

In this adaptation the brothers Dick and Harry Miller, are forced out of their home by their greedy brother Tom. Dick sets off to make his fortune and Harry is left to look after the cat, Puss.

Puss assures Harry that she can make them both rich, if he does everything she asks him to do. Harry must provide Puss with a pair of strong boots and a very grand hat. Not being able to afford much, they go to the local thrift shop, where they meet Dora, Doris and Daisy, the wonderfully eccentric, elderly volunteers. The best they can do is a rather grandiose hat and a pair of thongs.

Suitably attired, Puss sets out across the Great Sandy Desert to impress the King and convince him to allow Harry to marry the beautiful Princess.
During the expedition, we encounter a Bunyip, a witch, a camel and many other zany characters.

As in all good fairy tales, good eventually triumphs, Harry and the Princess are betrothed, Puss meets her soul mate, the witch meets a sticky end and all live happily ever after.
 

“ Puss in Boots”  Moral.   (Charles Perrault 16th Century.)

A great inheritance may be a fine thing; but hard work and ingenuity will take a young man further than his fathers gold.

If a Miller’s son can so quickly win the heart of a princess, that is because clothes, bearing and youth speedily inspire affection; and the means to achieve them are not always commendable.

Over the years, some of the stories have been changed and adapted to suit the age of the children, the whims of the translator and the political correctness of the times. e.g. In the original story “Red Riding Hood” the wolf ate little Red Riding Hood! The message being that wolves come in many shapes and forms and are not always what they seem to be. Also that well brought up little girls should never go walking in the woods alone.

“Puss in Thongs” holds no such hidden morals or messages. The piece is meant to be a fun pantomime. I hope you enjoy it.

Judith Prior.

 

ACT ONE.

1. One Man Went to Mow, Went to Mow the Meadow.

2. Side by Side.

3. Where Did You Get That Hat.

4. Bunyip Song.

5. The Cat came Back.

6. Chase Music. Can Can or William Tell Overture.

7. Old King Cole.

ACT TWO.

8. Old King Cole.

9. Love song.

9a . Reprise of love song.

10. Camel Dance.

11. Congratulations.

 

N.B.
This script is text only. Above music is an indication only of the type of song suitable. Music is of your own choosing and copyright permission should be sought from the appropriate publishers of any songs used.

 

Cast

Puss………………………
Harry………………………..
Dora…………………………..
Doris……………………………
Daisy……………………………….
Guard 1……………………………….
Guard 2…………………………………
Bunyip…………………………..
Witch Winifred………………………
King………………………………..
Queen………………………………..
Princess…………………………………
Tom………………………………………
Dick……………………………………..

CHORUS OF VILLAGERS, Who may double as:-

Lady, Girl 1, Girl 2, Maid 1, Maid 2, Villager 1, Villager 2, Villager 3, Doctor, Nurse, Page 1. Page 2. A Camel.

Cast of about Twenty -five speaking roles and Chorus of Dancers and Singers. As many as space permits.

 

Sample Script

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Production Costs

12.5% of Box Office. Minimum of $110 per show. Scripts are $17.50 each or $165 for a licence to photocopy.