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Reader’s Theatre Script Adapted from The Other Cinderella Story by Cara Bafile Suitable for Primary Four or Five Characters: Reporter (Reed) Reporter (Porter) Attorney (Ed Turney) Stepmother (Charity) Step Sister 1 (Patience) Step Sister 2 (Harmony)

REED: (excitedly) Good morning everyone! We are group 2 from Tutorial Group 8. PORTER: Today, we are presenting... <EVERYONE> raises their script folder one by one and reads “The Other Cinderella Story by Cara Bafile” REED: The evil stepmother, Charity, has just published a book, the “Other Cinderella Story” PORTER: And we are here at the press conference Charity and her daughters are holding. REED: (excitedly) The Other Cinderella Story. This is Reed... PORTER: This is Porter, REPORTERS: (chorus) And we are “Reed-Porters” from Fairy Tales News! REED: Today we are here at the Cold Palace to uncover earth shattering news. PORTER: Yes! Earth shattering news about Princess Cinderella.

Tutorial Group 8, Mrs Selvi Peters Alvin, Benny, Christine, Sharon, Wee Fong, Wei Loong


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REED: We have an exclusive interview with our beloved Princess Cinderella’s stepmother, Charity <STEPMOTHER> Hello (angrily) and her stepsisters, Patience and Harmony. <STEPSISTERS> Hello (chorus happily) PORTER: Apparently, our beloved Princess, Cinderella, wasn’t so loveable at all! <STEPSISTERS> No... not at all! (chorus snidely) REPORTERS: (chorus) Erm... okay. REED: Now we have their attorney, PORTER: (humorously) Ed Turney!

ATTORNEY: (solemnly) Thank you all for coming. My name is Ed Turney. I am here today on behalf of Princess Cinderella's stepmother, Charity, and her daughters, Patience and Harmony. First, Charity will make a statement. Then, we will take a few questions. STEPMOTHER: (transits into anger) Thank you, Ed. I know what all of you might think of me, but I am not the person Cinderella describes. I can no longer be silent. We were good to Cinderella, but she was an impossible girl. I am here to announce that I will spend all my time and my money to clear our good name. Read our book, “The Other Cinderella Story” <ATTORNEY> Holds up book and you will know the real girl behind the slipper. STEPSISTERS: (chorus) That's right! STEPSISTER 1 (Harmony): She was horrible! STEPSISTER 2 (Patience): It was unbearable! STEPSISTERS: (chorus) It was really truly terrible! ATTORNEY: (solemnly) Mr. Reed and Mr. Porter, you will now be given time to ask my clients a few questions. REPORTERS: (chorus) Erm... okay.

Tutorial Group 8, Mrs Selvi Peters Alvin, Benny, Christine, Sharon, Wee Fong, Wei Loong


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REED: A question to you, Madam Charity, you say Cinderella was impossible as a child? PORTER: You say Cinderella was ambitious. Can you explain? STEPMOTHER: I'm happy to explain. Our little "Cindy" was a dear girl, but when she no longer had her father to keep her in line, she was nothing but trouble. <STEPSISTERS> Nothing but trouble! Even then, she dreamed of being important. She wanted to be a queen at sixteen! It was Cindy, who gave herself the name "Cinderella", because it sounded more royal. <STEPSISTERS> Ha! Royal! (Sarcastically) STEPSISTER 1 (Harmony): She was the one who refused to sleep in her room because the décor didn't suit. STEPSISTER 2 (Patience): That was how she ended up sleeping in front of the fireplace. STEPMOTHER: I bought her beautiful dresses, but they weren't good enough for her. She wanted gowns. She wore a dress covered with ashes to embarrass me! REED: Patience and Harmony, what was it like to be Cinderella's sisters? STEPSISTER 1 (Harmony): She was horrible! STEPSISTER 2 (Patience): She was deplorable! STEPSISTERS: (chorus) She was really truly terrible! STEPSISTER 2 (Patience): Cinderella pretended to help us get ready for the ball, but she sabotaged our gowns. She took our necklaces, ribbons, and beads! STEPSISTER 1 (Harmony): Later, we found out she had pawned our jewellery to pay for a coach ride to the ball. Can you believe her? PORTER: What about the ball, Charity? Is it true you didn't let her go? ATTORNEY: (solemnly) Madam Charity, you can choose not to answer this question. STEPMOTHER: That’s okay, Ed.

Tutorial Group 8, Mrs Selvi Peters Alvin, Benny, Christine, Sharon, Wee Fong, Wei Loong


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I'm afraid that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true. <solemnly> I was just so concerned about Cinderella's behavior. I knew she was up to something to win the prince's heart and steal his crown. So I gave her a midnight curfew to keep her out of trouble, but even that wasn't enough. REED: Another question... ATTORNEY: (solemnly) You promised to ask only a few questions. Mr. Reed and Mr. Porter, my clients have a meeting with the big bad wolf later, please be considerate. REPORTERS: (chorus) Erm... okay. STEPSISTER 1 (Harmony): <butting in> Let me tell you, fella! about the godmother of Cinderella. She was just a nice old lady who lived in the lane! STEPSISTER 2 (Patience): Yea! She wasn't a fairy, she walked with a cane. But Cinderella befriended her, and that was to be the end of her. STEPMOTHER: It wasn't magic that gave Cinderella that fancy gown and glass slippers for the ball. STEPSISTERS: She robbed the old lady! REPORTERS: (chorus) Can you prove these charges? ATTORNEY: (whispers into the ear of the stepmother, who nods) STEPMOTHER: My attorney, Ed Turney, advises me not to go into detail here. However, I can prove -- and you can read more about this in my book <ATTORNEY holds up book>, that Cinderella is not the girl she claims to be. We all know that Cinderella is not my real daughter. Now, with the help of DNA, I have evidence that she is the daughter of none other than <pause> <STEPSISTERS> the Wicked Queen! <STEPMOTHER> Hehehe! STEPSISTER 1 (Harmony): She is wicked! STEPSISTER 2 (Patience): She is mean!

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STEPSISTERS: (chorus) She is the daughter of the wicked Queen! ATTORNEY: We are running out of time (FAST) but we will allow for one more question(SLOW). REPORTERS: (chorus) Erm... okay. REED: (To Stepmother) Madam Charity, do you still love your daughter? PORTER: (To Stepsisters) Patience and Harmony, do you still love your sister, Cinderella? STEPMOTHER: <Remorseful sigh> Of course, I still love Cinderella. But when she used her slipper to set up our prince, she lost my loyalty. She is a troubled girl who needs help! She should not be our queen. Now I have to speak out, not just for me and my daughters, but for our land. <STEPSISTERS> For our land! REED: One more question...(FAST) ATTORNEY: (Looks at Reed) Excuse me! That was the last question. This concludes our interview. I would like to make a closing statement. I'm sure you all know the Princess's story of her childhood. She tells of a mean and nasty stepmother who made her sleep in ashes. She talks of sisters who made her do their work.

Tutorial Group 8, Mrs Selvi Peters Alvin, Benny, Christine, Sharon, Wee Fong, Wei Loong


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Today, I ask you to forget what you know. Please, read the new unauthorized biography, The Other Cinderella Story, <STEPMOTHER Holds up book> written by these women <STEPMOTHER AND SISTERS NODDING>. You will hear the true story of Cinderellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life before she became a princess. STEPMOTHER: Please read our book <PATIENCE> Only $19.95 <HARMONY>at Popular Bookstore! and save our reputations! HARMONY: Cinderella's reign must stop... PATIENCE: ...before her other shoe drops! REPORTERS: (chorus) Erm... okay. REED: The Other Cinderella Story This is Reed... PORTER: This is Porter, REPORTERS: (chorus) And we are reporters from Fairy Tales News! REED: Up next! <Holds up board>Snow White PORTER: Gets a tan! TOGETHER: (bow)

Reference Bafile, C. (2005) The Other Cinderella Story. Retrieved January 20, 2012, from http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/reading/ReadersTheater/pdfs/ReadersTheater001download.pdf

Tutorial Group 8, Mrs Selvi Peters Alvin, Benny, Christine, Sharon, Wee Fong, Wei Loong

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