A SAMPLE OF THE CALL OF THE TUNDRA SCRIPT

SCENE 9 - DEEP IN THE FOREST

The Snow Queen and Goblins enter, Drax and Smidge have been arguing and are very grumpy. The Snow Queen is losing patience with them. Kai is hiding behind a tree.

SNOW QUEEN

Enough of your squabbling now! We have work to do, if I am ever to gain control of this situation, we must act fast. To turn all hearts to ice cannot happen by mere bad magic alone. Do I need to remind you of what will happen to you goblins if this master plan of yours does not work?

DRAX

No your Majesty.

SMIDGE

But we’re so hungry your highness.

SNOW QUEEN

I have told you. We will still make the feast on time, but first we must.../

Kai jumps out from behind a tree. He is still under the Snow Queen’s spell.

KAI

/Snow Queen! I have found you at last! This rose is for you! Do you like it? I’ve been searching for you for days and now I’ve found you! Well, I’ve so much to tell you… when you left me, I felt like I needed to prove how clever I am. I did tell you I was clever didn’t I?! So here I am… to show you all I know.

SNOW QUEEN

Well I am so very glad Kai. Why not come with us, back to my elegant palace, which, as it happens, contains a collection of the most perplexing puzzles on the planet. I think you may just be the boy I need to complete them, as nobody has managed it yet.KAII can do it! I can do fractions and physics! I can tell you how many people live in this country and how many square miles it is! I can make the fastest kite and the.../

SNOW QUEEN

/Then let us go now. We must be quick as time is always melting away. Drax, Smidge, guide us to the Autumn feast.

DRAX/SMIDGE

Yes your Majesty

KAI

I’ll do it!

Kai strides off in wrong direction

SNOW QUEEN

This way Kai.Music as a woodland procession enters the stage. Wheelbarrows of food are brought on.

 

Song: Woodlander’s Rhyme

ALL WOODLANDERS 

(can be sung to a simple tune)          When the leaves all turn to a different shade and drop to the forest floor.

When the wind picks up and the nights draw in we all know what’s in store.

As the woodland folk gather up the nuts and seeds from west to east.

And put them away for the winter months, save a few for the autumn feast!

And put them away for the winter months, save a few for the autumn feast!

The Animals and woodland sprites cheer as Robin, the Head of the Forest, stands up to make a speech.

ROBIN THE FOREST KING

Welcome one and all to the 150th great forest autumnal feast! Each year we start work from the tops of the trees to the fallen leaves collecting and putting away our food supplies and building our homes for the winter. But before we spend the next few weeks sweating to get our personal tasks complete, we will celebrate with a gathering of harvest wares and fruits!!

ESMERELDA

Thank you Robin, that was lovely. Now before we get started on the banquet I would just like to make a few announcements. Firstly we have waited all summer and the carrots are finally ready for the annual carrot pull, this will be happening on Friday morning before the first frost comes. Secondly, on a more disappointing note, the young moles have been caught again digging enormous holes around the oak tree shrine.

MAX MOLE

We were only practicing!

ESMERELDA

Yes I’m sure you were, however that tree is the oldest we have in this great wood and so must be respected at all times! Right…Oh and if anyone can help with the leaf sweep this year you can do so by signing up with the Hares outside the elm tree sundial.

ROBIN THE FOREST KING

Thank you Esmerelda. And now what you’ve all been waiting for… lets Eat!

They all mime eating and drinking, laughing and playing the kids run about. The Snow Queen, Goblins and Kai come into view, she takes out her wand and as the music stops they all freeze in position.

SNOW QUEEN

Now my intelligent young comrade, go forth and take the nourishment you require from our forest friends. Drax, Smidge make the most of it, you whinging wimps, as this will be our only stop before Lapland.Kai and the goblins run and start to steal from the plates and hands of the revellers.Come along now I can feel the Northern Lights calling me.As they leave she unfreezes the revellers. They look perplexed at where the food has gone?

ALL WOODLANDERS

- ADLIBA shocked reaction to the sudden change.

MAX MOLE

Where has my worm twist gone?

ESMERELDA

What on earth has happened here?!

HEDVIG HARE

It’s gone so cold too. I’m freezing!

ROBIN THE FOREST KING

It feels as though the Snow Queen has just made a path through our forest.

ESMERELDA

It’s certainly just got colder!

RABBITS

The carrots!

Rabbits run off stage

ESMERELDA

Don’t panic everyone, I’m sure there’s a perfect explanation for this mayhem.

RABBITS

They are all ruined!

ROBIN THE FOREST KING

She is not so elusive these days. Where ever she goes she brings the frost with her. She must be out searching once more. But we mustn’t let her ruin our feast. Wrap up in a blanket if you are cold and lets drink to the forest sprites!

ALL

The forest sprites!