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The Canterville Ghost

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COSTUMES: -Ghost: culotte bouffante blanche, bas blancs, pull blanc manches bouffantes, mi-bottes, longs cheveux blancs(=wig:perruque). -Virginia: robe romantique longue, noeud dans les cheveux (=a band) -Mrs Ortis: longue robe sombre -Mr Ortis: pantalon ray, bretelles(=braces), noeud papillon vert (bow-tie), redingote, cigare, Puis robe de chambre(=dressing-gown), bonnet de nuit (night-cap) -Son: culotte de golf ACCESSOIRES: -Lumires(=spotlights):pour clairer la salle puis scne:(=scenery)dbut de la pice puis bougies(=candles) -Dcor: chteau plus + ou en ruines(=casle in ruins) -Pancarte(=notice) prcisant le lieu: CANTERVILLE CHASE -Mobilier(=fourniture): fauteuil ancien(=an old armchair), petit guridon, pendule(=minuit), bougeoir-bougie(=candle stick), vitrail(=stained glass), cadre pour pome(fin de la pice)(=frame) -accessoires(=props):chanes(=chains), burette huile pour chane (=oil han), pe(=sword), fleurs+vase(=a bunch of flower), pistolet eau(=water pistol), tissus tach de rouge(=clothe stained red), mouchoir(=handkerchief), pistolet(BANG), flacon de pillules(=pills/tablets), croix celtique en carton(=celtic cross), coffret bijoux(=jewel' s box), balis(=broom), citrouille en plastique(= plastic pumpkin), pour faux fantmes:drap blanc(=white sheet), coussins(=cushions), oreillers(=pillows), corde.

Winnie the witch (song)


-Chanteurs: en noir -Winnie: costume de sorcire, grand chapeau noir,baguette magique noire, balai, faux ongles, long nez rouge crochu -Chat:noir, yeux verts, longue queue, chapeau noir?

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The Canterville Ghost


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The Canterville Ghost


1. Sound Track : creation of an atmosphere

Music (gimmick) introducing Bonsoir (Lights off) Nous sommes heureux de vous prsenter une adaptation du clbre conte tragicomique de Oscar Wilde, pote et dramaturge irlandais : Le fantme de Canterville Une riche famille amricaine vient dacqurir un manoir hant dans lequel un fantme vit depuis plus de 300 ans. Tous le ridiculisent et lui jouent des mauvais tours, tous sauf Virginia qui elle croit au miracle de lamour Et nous sommes ravis de voir que vous aussi vous croyez au fantme Bon alors, la meilleur faon dentendre des histoires de fantmes, cest lorsque toutes les lumires sont teintes, rien ne vaut une pice sombre pour attirer les fantmes, et aprs tout, vous seriez heureux sils se joignent vous pour couter, nest-ce pas ? Les lumires sont-elles teintes ? Trs bien ! Les portes sont fermes ? Les rideaux tirs ? Parfait. Ne vous inquitez pas pour savoir comment les fantmes vont faire pour entrer : ils se faufilent par le trou de la serrure ou passent sous les portes. Maintenant, plus aucun bruit. Vous percevez ce bruissement, ce glissement ? Parfait. Et maintenant que nous sommes tous l, nous allons pouvoir commencer le fantme de Canterville LE FANTME DE CANTERVILLE !!! THE CANTERVILLE GHOST !!!

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Le Fantome de Canterville
Music Celtic Dreamtime (Tomorrow) The Man had killed the thing he loved so he had to die (Florians voice off) (Peal of Thunder) (Lights on) Among the audience Mr. Otis and Landlady are walking and talking. The Ghost is among them too at the back On stage Mrs. Otis and Virginia are arranging flowers in a vase

Among the audience : walking and talking Landlady : the castle you bought, sir, is haunted Mr Otis : Haunted ?! I don't believe that. Landlady : I must tell you, Mr Otis, many living people have seen the ghost, and we don't want to live at Canterville Chase any longer. Mr. Otis : My Lady, I come from America not from an old country and we don't believe in ghosts in America. Landlady : I'm sure that the ghost is there. People have known him for 300 (three hundred years). It's the ghost of Sir Simon Canterville who killed his wife in 1709. [ai] [ai] He loved her but well, it was a family matter[d] Mr Otis : (Laughing) Ah-Ah-Ah!...

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Landlady : Believe me, Sir ; Once, he scared my sister very badly : he put his hands on her arms while he was dressing and then, she was ill in bed for a long time. Mr Otis : You must be joking my lady ! Landlady : And there were sounds from the corridors at night. I couldnt sleep. Later the butler killed himself with a revolver because he saw a green hand on the window Mr Otis : My lady ! Ill take the castle and Ill pay what you want for it. Landlady : Well, if you don't mind a ghost in the castle, all right. But now I've told you about it. Good night. (She goes away then Mr. Otis meets the ghost) Mr Otis (to the Ghost) Excuse me Sir, is it true that the castle behind you is [ai] [id] haunted ? They say there's a ghost in it. Ghost: A Ghost ?... I don't think so. I've been living here for 300 (three hundred years) and I've never seen a ghost...

(The Ghost disappears behind the stage Mr. Otis and Virginia on the stage) (Lights off in the auditorium Lights on, on stage Mrs Otis and virginia sing while putting some flowers in a vase : Mrs Otis and virginia : Where have the flowers gone, Long time passing ? Long time ago ? Where have all the flowers gone ?

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Where have all the flowers gone, Young girls picked them every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

(Claire arrives singing at the top of her voice. Running and dancing around them) Claire : Oh! Suzanna. Oh dont you cry for me Ive come from Alobama With my banjo on my knee
(Then she tickles Virginia who drops a flower from the bunch that she was holding and then she notices a red stain on the floor when shebends to pick it up. Screams) (Claire giggles) Mrs Otis (to her husband): oh Look at the floor ! I dont like that. It looks like blood ! We must take it away at once ! Mr Otis (to his wife): yes , my dear ; it looks like a blood stain. It must be the blood of Elonore Canterville. Mrs Otis : What do you mean ? Mr. Otis : Well, she was the wife of Sir Simon Canterville. The Landlady told [ai] me that Sir Simon brutally murdered his wife some 300 years ago. Right here. (peal of thunder) (silence) Now his ghost still walks about the Castle and nobody can take the blood stain away

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Mrs Otis :Well, look, Ive got something here that works wonders. We can try it.

(Virginia starts crying(handkerchief))


Virginia : Oh! Poor Lady Canterville...poor and....poor Sir Simon... (the twins start giggling and dancing around the red stain singing) Claire : (singing and dancing around Virginia) Mrs Otis : Stop Claire, will you ! It's not funny ! Go away(Ils sortent) (lights off) (Everybody disppears) (the clock strikes 12) (a strange sound is heard :chains rattling on the floor) (Heavy footsteps) The Ghost !! peal of thunder. Mr Otis : appears in his dressing-gown- not afraid but severe : My dear Sir, you must not make such a noise. It's 20 clock, you know. We want to sleep. Here's some oil for your chains. (He is holding a candle) (The Ghost stops short; Mr Otis goes back to bed; For a moment the ghost stands still then, throws the bottle of oil on the floor and goes away... and then, from behind him, someone throws a pillow at him, then another one... The Ghost runs away and the house is quiet again.) (He sits in a big armchair) (Voix off : the Ghost) Never before has anyone done such things to me. What can I do ?
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(Lights off) (Lights on) (The Ghost is still sitting in his armchair, looking miserable he makes a noise with his chains)
Mr Otis appears again. Hands up ! (he fires a shot.) (The Ghost jumps with a cry, puts out the candle and runs away giving a terrible laugh. Ahhhhhh...) Mrs Otis appears too and says : I'm afraid you're not looking and feeling well, Sir. Here's a bottle. Drink this and you will feel better.

(The Ghost is stunned. He sits back in his armchair and thinks hard...)
(Then he seems to have a good idea Laughing to himself, he starts walking silently until he comes face to face with a terrible ghost It has no hair. Its face is white and round with an awful grin. Claire : The Ortis Ghost is only true ghost. he falls down and the 2nd ghost falls too : it is only a pillow ! a broom ! a pumpkin ! and a paper with some words written on it. [The Otis Ghost is the only true Ghost] On his way back to his armchair, limping, he suddenly hears Claire, laughing and turning round he sees her who jumps out at him and cries
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She is holding the paper. She jumps at him and cries BOO BOO BOO BOO in his ears, and then with a big garden syringe she waters him. And disappears, giggling. (Lights out) (Lights on again) (The Ghost is sitting in his armchair looking very sad when we hear someone singing : Where have all the flowers gone, Long time passing -idLong time ago ? (Virginia appears. She stops short She feels sorry for him and says :) Virginia : Mr Ghost... Oh ! Mr. ghost ! I'm sorry for you Mr Ghost... Imean... Sir Simon. Tomorrow my sister is are going away and we shall all leave you alone. Yet, it was very wrong to kill your wife... (Voix off) The Ghost : Well, that is true but... (he starts crying) It was a family matter And now I am so sad... I loved her...I want to go to sleep and I can't. I haven't slept for 300 years... Virginia : (She cries too) (and hands him her handkerchief) Poor, poor ghost. Have you no place where you can sleep ? Ghost : There's a garden behind the castle. The grass grows long and the birds sing all night. All night they sing.
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Virginia : Oh ! You mean the garden of death ? Ghost : Yes, death. To have no yesterday and no tomorrow... But you can help me... You know, you look like Eleanore and You have cried for me. (She looks very surprised) Virginia : What do you mean ? (He points at the verse on the window she reads it : [ When a golden girl can win Words to God from lips of sin, When the lifeless tree fruit bears And a little girl Gives away her tears, Then shall all the house be still And peace come to Canterville] Virginia : What does it mean ? Ghost : It means your loveis big and you can help me. Virginia : I will help you. Mr. ghost I will go with you. I am not afraid. (The Ghost gets up, looking very tired) he takes her hand and kisses it. Virginia starts crying again) (They go away together) Music Peal of Thunder more peal of thunder. Lights out. Lights on again) Birds singing. Virginia reappears

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(Virginia is in the centre of the stage holding a box of jewels looking at the audience In the background a Celtic Cross) Mr and Mrs Otis arrive with flowers then Claire + The Land lady. Claire : Oh Look ! The old fruit tree under the sitting-room window is green again. How amazing ! and I can see apples on it. How strange ! How unbelievable ! Virginia : God is not angry with Sir Simon any more. He has forgiven him and now he can rest in peace. Mrs Otis (taking the box from Virginia's hands and handing it to Lady Canterville, she says :) My Lady, here are some jewels that Sir Simon gave Virginia, but they should be in your family. Virginia is too young for them. Perhaps, you will let her have the box. It would make her very happy. Landlady : My dear, your daughter was very kind to Sir Simon. My family is very thankful for what she did for him. The jewels are hers, the castle is yours and so is everything in it. If I take the jewelsfrom her, the old man will be out of his grave in no time !... (They all stand round the Celtic Cross, dropping flowers on it and around it. Virginia is now alone in the centre of the stage with a beautiful light in her face : Virginia Poor Sir Simon. He made me see what life is and what death is and why LOVE is stronger than both. She doesn't move ; Birds are still singing.) (She looks up at the sky) Claire : When a golden girl can win
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Words to God from lips of sin, When the lifeless tree fruit bears And a little girl Gives away her tears, Then shall all the house be still And peace come to Canterville The Ghost : (in French) Quand larbre fruitier mort fleurira en fvrier Quand la douce Elonore pleurera son meurtrier L'me en peine de Canterville pourra enfin reposer tranquille ********************* Salut final

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