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The Sorcerer’s

Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was first presented by Seattle Children’s Theatre for the 2006-2007 season.

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CHARACTERS

(Note: Except for Charles, Marguerite and John, who are the principal characters, all the others can be multiply cast which means the piece can be done with 7 to 8 actors. Musicians are excluded here but can also be utilized in some scenes that would benefit from onstage musicians. The 3-4 actors beyond the principals should also be dancers who can act and sing as in musical theatre.

CHARLES---9, an orphan, the apprentice MARGUERITE---40-60, the sorcerer JOHN---40, the evil conjurer (The following are smaller parts that can be multiply cast with actor/dancer/singer folks : ) MISS ORANGE TREE, ageless, fussy, orange tree

MISS GRAPEVINE

MR. JUNIPER BUSH

MR. JEREMY GROUNDHOG

MR. WHO THE DEMONS (2)

THE OLD BARON

GORDAGU

MUSICIAN(S) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 1 SONGS ACT I

1. I‟m Moving on

2. Not Just a Tree

3. Grumble Grumble Grumble

4. I‟ll Show You!

5. I Got a Deal For Ya

6. You Have Got To Listen

7. The Words The Words

8. Marguerite‟s Healing Medicines (poem to music) ACT II

9. Convincin‟ Oil

10. Grumble, reprise

11. Gordagu Chop Chop

12. You Blew It

13. Our Hero

14. Gotstado The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 2 (14)THE SORCERER‟S APPRENTICE (MUSIC: Background Instrumental, befitting the narrative;

Lights reveal a very tired, terrified, unkempt looking CHARLES as night begins a cacophony of insect and animal night sounds.

He carries stick to which is tied a bundle with his belongings.

He wears a torn cap of some sort. He clutches his growling, empty stomach. He hurries along.) CHARLES (singing) I KEEP MOVIN‟ ON; I MUST KEEP MOVIN‟ ON.

TILL I SEE WHAT I NEED AND I NEED WHAT I SEE.

I‟LL KEEP MOVIN‟ ON.

(rapping)

I WONDER IF THIS ROAD WILL

TAKE ME TO A PLACE

BETTER THAN WHERE I WAS.

BUT NOW MY LIFE IS IN MY OWN HANDS

AND I MUST BE STRONG ENOUGH

TO FIND MY WAY.

(singing) I‟LL KEEP MOVIN‟ ON; I‟LL JUST KEEP MOVIN‟ ON.

TILL I SEE WHAT I NEED, AND NEED WHAT I SEE,

I‟LL KEEP MOVIN‟ ON.

SINCE THERE‟S NOTHING TO STOP FOR

OR WASTING MY TIME FOR…

AND NOTHING BUT MISERY AND NO ONE TO CARE FOR ME…

I‟LL ACT LIKE A MAN--WITH A POWERFUL PLAN.

TILL SOMEBODY WILL LOVE ME

THE STARLIGHT ABOVE ME

IS ALL THAT I HAVE TO SHOW ME THE WAY,

AS I KEEP MOVIN‟… MUST KEEP MOVIN‟ ON.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 3 (Speaking, not rapping, lines over accompaniment)

I BEEN WALKING FOR DAYS ON MY

SORE AND TIRED FEET,

AND I‟M SO HUNGRY I COULD JUST LAY DOWN AND DIE!

(MUSIC OUT as the BARON appears before him. The Baron wears an all white outfit that glows. CHARLES is startled, stifles a scream, tries to put on a brave front.) CHAS.

Oh! Didn‟t mean ta scare ya. I‟m sorta tough looking, ya know?

Name‟s Charles. What‟s yours?

BARON Call me Baron.

CHAS.

I‟m pleased to meetcha, Mr. Baron. You need some hired help?

BARON I need no help. When I hear people call out for help, I come.

You won‟t die. You‟re just lost and hungry.

CHAS. (arrogant, speaking rapidly before thinking) No. I‟m too big to get lost. I know just where I‟m going, because… (pauses abruptly, finally hearing Baron’s last word)Huh? Hungry, you said? You got food?

BARON I never eat.

CHAS. (rapidly) Oh, yer hungry too—well, that makes two of us—maybe we kin join up and find some food to eat and then…Huh? Ya never eat?

BARON (amused) I hear someone calling. I have to go. I‟m certain I‟ll see you again. (pointing) There‟s food down the road.

CHAS.

There is?

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 4 (The BARON disappears. CHARLES hurries on; LIGHTS slowly rise to full on the enchanted forest. CHARLES is astounded by what he

sees. THE ENTIRE FOREST HAS AN OTHER WORLDLY GLOW ABOUT IT.





DANCE: EXOTIC, FLOWERING PLANTS, ANIMALS, TREES sway softly, dance, to the uniform percussive rhythm of a mild, flute, sounding wind. GLOWING INSECTS OF DIFFERING COLORS seemingly fly about the space. PUPPETS: BRIGHTLY COLORED TWITTERING BIRDS flutter overhead in rhythm; MR.WHO, a big-eyed, eccentric owl sits on a branch of MISS ORANGE TREE, his back to us. SOME FLOWERS grow up full from the earth before our eyes. MUSIC GOES UNDER, IS FAINT. No one should know immediately that the trees and bushes are actors. CHARLES’ stomach growls loudly as he rubs it. Present are MS. GRAPEVINE and MR. JUNIPER BUSH. He is ecstatic when he sees MISS ORGANGE TREE, tries to pull on an

orange when:)

MISS ORANGE TREE (MOT) (upper class Southern accent) Ahhhhhhhgh! Ouch! How dare you!

(SLAPS HIS HAND. MUSIC OUT ON A SUDDEN SOUR NOTE.)

MOT How would you like it if I ripped your finger off?

CHARLES (astounded, frightened, intensely curious) Yer talking!

MOT How…Why…You can…Are you pretending to hear me?

CHAS.

That‟s it! I‟m cuckoo. Trees cain‟t talk!

MOT, JUNIPER, GRAPEVINE WE beg your ignorant pardon!

CHAS.

No! It‟s a trick. Orange trees, grapevines and juniper bushes cain‟t talk!

MOT (livid) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 5 Hmmmmph! We certainly talk better than you and it‟s MISS Orange Tree.

GRAPEVINE MISS Grapevine, if you please.

JUNIPER MR.Juniper.

MOT, GRAPEVINE AND JUNIPER

You disrespectful little yipyap!

MR.WHO (rotates head 180 degrees, rolls his eyes) Whooooooo Whooooooo Whooooo do you think you are?

CHAS. (not seeing Owl who re-rotates head to previous) Who said that?

MOT Who did.

CHAS.

That‟s what I asked. Who said that?

JUNIPER Who said it, noodle head.

CHAS.

But who is who?

GRAPEVINE Who is Who. That‟s true.

CHAS.

What‟s true?

GRAPEVINE That Who is Who.

CHAS.

Who said “Whooooo whoooo whoooo do you think you are?

GRAPEVINE Who said it.

JUNIPER Who are you?

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 6 CHAS.

No, who is not me!

MOT Puuuuulease stop. You‟re making my head spin like a mad hurricane! I‟ll tell you who this child is; he is deranged, flighty, daffy, bananas, a total drizzlehead.

WHO (rotates head) Drizzlehead is whoooooo he is.

GRAPEVINE Well said, Mr. Who.

CHAS. (seeing Owl, getting it) Owls too!? I lost my mind somewhere along the way. Trees cain‟t talk!

MOT People make me sick sometimes. They just refuse to understand that: (singing) Not Just a Tree I‟M NOT JUST A TREE I‟M AN INSTITUTION (all three plants)

THE QUEEN OF ALL THE PLANTS THAT MAKE THE AIR YOU BREATHE.

AAAAAAHHHH… WE‟RE NOT JUST PLANTS!

WE‟VE CONQUERED AIR POLLUTION.

WITH ANGER NOW YOU‟VE GONE AND MADE US SEETHE

(Motown-ish/a la Supremes)

TO THINK WE GROWING THINGS

CANNOT BE KNOWING THINGS…

WHAT A DUMB CONCLUSION!

BECAUSE A PLANT CAN PROTECT YOU

OR BRING YOU TO TEARS.

A PLANT HAS GOT FEELINGS

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 7

JUST LIKE ANYBODY HERE.

AND A PLANT CAN GROW WITH YOU

THROUGH ALL YOUR YEARS.

(ORANGE TREE) I AM A TEMPLE OF LOVE…

ARMS OUTSTRETCHED TO THE SUN

AND ALL THE WORLD IS MY FUN…

BIRDS MY SYMPHONY… RAIN IS MY MAKEUP.

(all three plants) WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?!!

WE ARE THE TEMPLES OF LOVE.

STOP… THE CONFUSION.

WE ARE QUEENS OF THE FOREST

AND KINGS OF THE LAND.

A PLANT CAN DANCE AND SING

AND DO MOST ANYTHING.

EVERY CREATURE NEEDS US,

BECAUSE WE COVER THE PLANET

WITH THE AIR YOU BREATHE.

A PLANT HAS GOT FEELINGS

JUST LIKE ANYBODY HERE

AND A PLANT WILL GROW WITH YOU

THROUGH ALL YOUR YEARS.

What is your problem.

WE ARE TEMPLES OF LOVE

STOP THE CONFUSION.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 8 I AM MS.ORANGE TREE… MS.GRAPEVINE…

MISTER JUNIPER BUSH.

SHOW SOME RESPECT.

(JEREMY GROUNDHOG, a puppet, enters, rooting about for food.) MOT (talking) You keep your unwashed hands to yourself, squash head.

CHARLES Name‟s Charles, Ma‟am, and I‟m powerful hungry, but I won‟t touch ya again.

MOT Charlie Chump; that‟s what I hereby name you.

CHARLES I‟m sorry! That‟s all I can say. Maybe I‟ll just roast that groundhog.

(ALL scream at him. JEREMY GROUNDHOG, a puppet, yells, jumps around, fists up.) JEREMY You what? You talking to me? You talking to me, buddy? You talking to me? Huh? You talking to Jeremy Groundhog? You wanna a piece of Jeremy Groundhog? Cannibal! Cannibal! Cannibal on the loose!

CHARLES (astounded) Groundhogs talk too?

MOT Now, Jeremy, calm down; Charlie Chump will soon be gone. (to Charles) I suggest you vacate Miss Marguerite‟s enchanted forest now!

CHARLES (bewildered) Who‟s Miss Marguerite? And what in tarnation is a enchanted forest?

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 9 MOT Miss Marguerite owns this forest, Chump, and it‟s a place where anything can happen, even accidents like you. People never come here. How did you get here?

CHAS.

I followed the road.

JEREMY (fists up, dancing Ali style) You better follow it outta here, chump, before I turn you into a chump burger.

CHAS.

Why, just „cause I‟m hungry?

JEREMY No, because you‟re a cannibal! (dancing Ali style, fists up) (HE chases CHARLES off. LIGHTS crossfade as THEY ad lib chatter;

out on previous area, rise on CHARLES stalking about a badly tended, untidy, weed-choked garden, stealing an onion and a squash. He hears someone approaching, hides and peeks from behind a ROCK. MARGUERITE enters, begins hoeing a patch of spinach. She is dressed in a simple, but elegant house dress and is wearing a voluminous, elaborately styled, startlingly sky blue gele (pron. gay-lay), a Yoruba woman’s head wrap, and mystical looking jewelry that dangles from her wrists and neck. She grumbles in song.

MARGUEROTE Nature is a better sorcerer than I could ever be. I wish nature could pull these weeds for me.

(singing/New Orleans beat) Grumble, Grumble, Grumble

I SO SICK OF THIS GARDENIN‟ TING,

GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE

–  –  –

MY JOB IS TO HEAL, AND CALM THE SPIRIT,

LISTEN TO THE MIND, LISTEN TO THE SOUL,

LISTEN TO THE HEART AND HEAR IT

BUT TO WHOM WILL I TEACH ME CRAFT?

GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE

IF DIS OL‟ HERB GARDEN MAKE ME DAFT?

GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE

IF I COULD FIND GOOD HELP, I‟D SING, I‟D SING…

IF I COULD FIND GOOD HELP, I‟D SING

AND TAKE OFF AND FLY LIKE A BIRD ON THE WING.

BUT TO WHOM CAN I TEACH MY CRAFT

GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE

IF DIS OL‟ HERB GARDEN MAKE ME DAFT

GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE

IF I DON‟T FIND GOOD HELP, I‟LL SCREAM.

I NEED AN APPRENTICE RIGHT NOW!

MAR.

Oh, this kinda work make me vex! Where did I put me rake! Rake, rake, where are ya? (Intoning mystically) ASEEM DA KABALLA, DEEDEEDIMZOCK!

(The rake comes floating in, hovers near her. CHARLES is flabbergasted.) MAR.

NEEBOODONGATA NEEBOODONGATA!

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by OyamO 11 (The rake lowers itself to the ground.) MAR.

And where is me seed basket? I know I leave the seed basket here yesterday. DOOCANDE LOPA LOPA DOOCANDE TONKA!

(The seed basket comes floating. CHARLES is stunned.) MAR.

NEEBOODONGATA NEEBOODONGATA

(The seed basket lowers itself to the ground on her words. She resumes working, notices missing veggies.) MAR.

Hey now, somebody done tief me onions and squash.



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