PWSH: INTO THE WOODS CALLBACK ACTING SIDES AND SINGING
WITCH In the past, when you were no more than a babe, your father brought his young wife and you to this cottage. They were a handsome couple, but not handsome neighbors. You see, your mother was with child and she had developed an unusual appetite. She took one look at my beautiful garden and told your father that what she wanted more than anything in the world was... GREENS! I thought I had been more than reasonable, and that we all might live happily ever after. But how was I to know what your father had also hidden in his pocket? You see, when I had inherited that garden, my mother had warned me I would be punished if I were ever to lose any of the... BEANS!
(sing OUR LITTLE WORLD)
NARRATOR Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom, lived a young maiden, a sad young lad, and a childless baker with his wife. The poor girl’s mother had died, and her father had taken for his new wife a woman with two daughter of her own. All three were beautiful of face, but vile and black of heart. Jack, on the other hand, had no father, and his mother... well, she was not quite beautiful. Because the Baker had lost his mother and father in a baking accident - well, at least that is what he believed - he was eager to have a family of his own, and was concerned that all efforts until now had failed.
JACK’S MOTHER and JACK
MOTHER: Listen well, son. Milky White must be taken to market.
JACK: But, Mother, no he’s the best cow.
MOTHER: Was. Was! She’s been dry for a week. We’ve no food nor money, and no choice but to sell her while she can still command a price.
JACK: But Milky White is my best friend in the whole world.
MOTHER: Sometimes I fear you’re touched. Now listen to me, Jack. Lead Milky White to market and fetch the best price you can. Take no less than five pounds. Are you listening to me?
MOTHER: Now how much are you to ask?
JACK: No more than five pounds.
MOTHER: Less. Than five. Someday you’ll have a real pet, Jack.
JACK: A piggy?
(JACK sing NO ONE IS ALONE)
WOLF and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
WOLF: Good day, young lady.
LITTLE RED: Good day, Mr. Wolf.
WOLF: Whither away so hurriedly?
LITTLE RED: To my grandmother’s.
WOLF: And what might be in your basket?
LITTLE RED: Bread and wine, so Grandmother will have something good to make her strong.
WOLF: And where might your grandmother live?
LITTLE RED: A good quarter of a league further in the Woods; her house stands under three large oak trees.
(BOTH sing HELLO LITTLE GIRL) (LITTLE RED sing NO ONE IS ALONE)
GRANNY: Kill the devil! Take that knife and cut his evil head off! Let’s see the demon sliced into a thousand bits. Better yet, let the animal die a painful, agonizing, hideous death. This evil must be destroyed. Fetch me some great stones! We’ll fill his belly with them, then we’ll watch him try to run away!
BAKER and BAKER’S WIFE
BAKER: I thought you were returning home. I’ve had no luck.
WIFE: You’ve the cow!
BAKER: Yes. I’ve the cow. We’ve only two of the four.
WIFE: Three! Compare this to your corn.
BAKER: Where did you find it?
WIFE: I pulled it from a maiden in a tower.
WIFE: And I almost had the fourth, but she got away.
BAKER: We’ve one entire day left. Surely we can locate the slipper by then.
WIFE: We?? You mean you’ll allow me to stay?
BAKER: Well... perhaps it will take the two of us to get this child.
(sing IT TAKES TWO)
RAPUNZEL What’s the matter?? Oh nothing! You just locked me in a tower without company for fourteen years, then blinded my Prince and banished me to a desert where I had little to eat, and again no company, and then bore twins! Because of the way you treated me, I’ll never, never be happy!
(sing OUR LITTLE WORLD)
CINDERELLA and CINDERELLA’S PRINCE
PRINCE: My darling, I did not recognize you. What are you doing in those old clothes? And with a child? You must go back to the castle at once. There’s a Giant on the loose.
CINDERELLA: The Giant has been to the castle.
PRINCE: No! Are you all right? My love. Why are you being so cold?
CINDERELLA: Maybe because I’m not your only love. Am I?
PRINCE: I love you. I do. (pause) But yes, it’s true.
CINDERELLA: Why, if you love me, would you have strayed?
PRINCE: I thought if you were mine, that I would never wish for more. And part of me is content and as happy as I’ve ever been. But there remains a part of me that continually needs more.
CINDERELLA: I have, on occasion, wanted more. But that doesn’t mean I went in search of it. If this is how you behave as a Prince, what kind of King will you be?
PRINCE: I was raised to be charming, not sincere. I didn’t ask to be born a King, and I am not perfect. I am only human.
CINDERELLA: I think you should go.
PRINCE: Leave? But I do love you.
CINDERELLA: Consider that I have been lost. A victim of the Giant.
PRINCE: Is that what you really wish?
CINDERELLA: My father’s house was a nightmare. Your house was a dream. Now I want something in between. Please go.
PRINCE: I shall always love the maiden who ran away.
CINDERELLA: And I the faraway Prince.
(PRINCE sing AGONY) (CINDERELLA sing NO ONE IS ALONE)