THE STUDENTS OF “A. LEONORI” INSTITUTE IN ROME
CLASSES IIB ,IIIA(SECONDARy SCHOOL),IV (PRIMARy SCHOOL)
of the puppet
A musical comedy, loosely based on Carlo
Collodi’s book “Le avventure di Pinocchio”
The Talking Cricket (T.C.)
The Cat (C.)
The Fox (F.)
Carabiniere one (C.1)
Carabiniere two (C.2)
Blue Fairy (B.F.)
Fire-Eater, the Puppeteer (F.E.)
The Little Snail (L.S.)
Scene I: opening ballet with primary school children arranged below the
Music 1: Hello
(A dark backcloth, a spotlight on a room divider, then a cloud of dust from
which Pinocchio tumbles off)
Music 2: FavolaAntica
Pinocchio: Oh, my God! How much dust in this garret. Ouch, it hurts!
The talking Cricket: Pinocchio, Pinocchio, what are you doing?
Pinocchio: But… Who’s there?
The talking Cricket: I’m the Talking Cricket, your conscience. Don’t you
remember me anymore?
T.C.: Well, what are you doing here?
P.: I don’t want to stay here anymore, forgotten by them all. Children
once used to read my adventures. I was a hero with my lies. Nowadays
children don’t read anymore. I want to be famous again!
T.C.: I’m afraid you can’t.
T.C.: You’ll get into a mess, as usual.
P.: I made up my mind. I’ll go. Shall you come?
Geppetto: What a wonderful piece of wood! I’ll made a puppet of it. I’ll
give you a name: Pinocchio, ‘cause you have been made of pinewood.
Pinocchio: Hello, hello! I am Pinocchio. I have two hands, I have two feet,
I have two arms, I have two legs, I have two eyes, I have two ears, I have
one mouth, I have one nose!
G:Be a good boy. Take this book and go to school.
P: Thank you, Daddy, goodbye
P.: Finally free to play, not to study. Do you hear how good I talk? I’ll pack
my suitcase and leave! If I stay here, I’ll have to go to school, to obey the
teachers, to do my homework.
On the contrary, I want to eat, drink, sleep, have fun and go out walking
in my neighbourhood.
CARABINIERE 1: Is it you Pinocchio?
P.: Yes, it’s me!
CARABINIERE 2: Your dad is desperately looking for you!
CARABINIERI 1 & 2: Follow us!
P.: Nothing doing.
T.C.: The Carabinieri take Pinocchiohome. Geppetto comes back home
and finds Pinocchio crying. He tells him his bad experience with the two
Carabinieri and promises not to escape anymore.
P.: From today I’ll be good and I’ll go to school.
G.: Ok, I forgive you.
T.C.:Geppetto gives Pinocchio his spelling-book back. What do you think?
Did he keep his promise?
P.: Today I’m learning to read, tomorrow to write.
Music 3: Nel Paese Dei balocchi
But… What’s this music?... Ok, I’m going to see what happens…
P.:What are your names?
F.: My name is Mr Fox
C.: My name is Mr Cat. What is yours?
P. : Pinocchio
V.: Pinocchio, play with us!
P.: No, thanks. I must go to school.
C.:There’s no hurry….
Music 4: Il gatto e la Volpe(cat and fox)
T.C.: My dear pupils, it’s always the same old story… Pinocchio is playing
with fire… to be precise… with Fire-Eater, the puppeteer. Ok, in the end,
he’s moved and let him go…
P.: What a fright! Two thieves wanted me hanging from that tree… but I
escaped… Daddy, where are you? Help me!
T.C.: The blue Fairy saves Pinocchio, takes him home, cures him and so
the puppet goes back to Geppetto and starts to attend school. The story
could have a happy ending… but… how unlucky… Pinocchio meets
Lucignolo and together they go to the PaesedeiBalocchi, a place where
one lives in complete freedom only playing and having fun.
P.: Hello Boy,what’s your name?
P.:My name’s Pinocchio. Where are you going in such a rush?
L.: To the most fantastic country in the world… where you can dance,
play, eat from morning till night and… you never go to school…
L.: Never! You have my guarantee! Why don’t you come with me?
P.: I’d like to, but I can’t… Daddy… The Blue Fairy… the school
L.: I’m sorry! Well, now I go! Goodbye, Pinocchio!
P.: Wow, it’s such a wonderful place!
MUSIC 7: Ciao, Mamma Guarda Come Mi Diverto!
L.: Was I Right?
P.: Oh, yes. I’m so happy to be here!
L.: But… Today… I feel so strange…
P.: Me too!
L.S.: What’s the matter with you, guys?
P.: I don’t know. Maybe I’m ill…
L.S.: A little bit…
P.: Do I have a flu?
L.S.: I’m sorry, but….
L.S.: You have a terrible disease.
P.: What is it?
L.S.: The donkey fever!
P.: I don’t understand…
L.S.: In two hours you won’t be a puppet anymore.
P.: What will I be?
L.S.: A little donkey.
P.: Oh, poor me! Poor me!
L.S.: All the children hating school and going to the Paese of Balocchi…
P.: I only wanted to be a good boy.
L.S.: Why did you go with Lucignolo?
P.: Because… because… I’m just a woodenhead puppet… Hee Haw… Hee
L.: I’ve got the same disease
P.: You too…
L.: I really think so.
P.: Ok, Lucignolo. Let’s take off our hats! One…. Two…. And three…
L.: I can’t stand up… Help!
P.: Neither do I.
T.C.: You already know the rest of the story… Pinocchio, helped by the
Blue Fairy, became again a puppet; he looked for his father, he found him
in the stomach of a whale and together they went back home. Pinocchio
went to school and he didn’t tell lies anymore. One day he woke up and
realized to be a boy.
You’re right, Pinocchio. Fairy tales are still useful. They can be more
effective and involving than our parents and teachers’ advice…
P.: Now I’d like to know all the characters of this small theatre
I’m really satisfied! Children didn’t forget me…
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