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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was first presented by Seattle Children’s Theatre for the 2006-2007 season.
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(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
MR. JUNIPER BUSH
MR. JEREMY GROUNDHOG
MR. WHO THE DEMONS (2)
THE OLD BARON
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
That‟s it! I‟m cuckoo. Trees cain‟t talk!
MOT, JUNIPER, GRAPEVINE WE beg your ignorant pardon!
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.
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.
That‟s what I asked. Who said that?
JUNIPER Who said it, noodle head.
But who is who?
GRAPEVINE Who is Who. That‟s true.
GRAPEVINE That Who is Who.
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?
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.
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.
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