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(The opening pantomime begins when the lights dim in the
theatre/gymnasium. All is quiet, until slowly music fills the auditorium. As
if released from a cage, suddenly several “dancers” wearing bright clothing
enter from the back of the auditorium. Each contains a streamer or ribbon or
flag that is peach coloured, and these wave in the air as they skip down the
centre aisle merrily. Meanwhile, from the front of the auditorium, another
group of brightly coloured dancers has entered, also carrying streamers etc.
Both groups converge in the centre, and do a simple dance. NARRATOR #1 is
brought in by hand by one of the smallest dancers who leads the narrator to
the centre. The dancers engulf NARRATOR #1 in the centre, as they
circle/skip around him/her. Finally they open up the circle, creating a semicircle
behind NARRATOR #1 and The DANCER. This dancer takes a peach
out of his/her pocket and holds it out for the audience to see. The two conduct
a brief clown/pantomime scene of NARRATOR #1 trying to get the peach etc.
At last, in a grand gesture, THE DANCER hands the peach to NARRATOR
#1, who takes it, and bows to the dancer. Casually, NARRATOR #1 takes a
bite of the peach and strolls to their place on stage, sitting down languidly
while eating the peach. The dance continues with one or two more skipping
circles and then the dancers exit through the front entrance of the stage.
NARRATOR #2 enters, as if searching for NARRATOR #1. At least they see
each other and wave. NARRATOR #2 joins #1.
Most of the action takes place on the gymnasium floor, except for the two
NARRATORS who are on the stage, until the shift of the play, when James
enters the Giant Peach. The Giant Peach shall be on the stage, and the action
shall shift so that it is now on the stage rather than the gym floor, unless
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