Mr George Darling
Mrs Mary Darling
Liza, the Maid (pronounced as if short for Eliza)
The Lost Boys:
Tootles, the humblest of the band
Slightly, a genius and conceited, plumper than the others
Curly, a brave scallywag
Nibs, debonair and well-spoken
Chorus of Lost Boys
Tinker Bell, the fairy
Chorus of Pirates
Chorus of lights and shadows
Synopsis of Scenes
Scene 1 14, Montague Place, the Nursery at Bedtime
Scene 2 The Island of Neverland
Scene 3 Marooner’s Rock
Scene 4 The Home Under the Ground
Scene 5 The Deck of the Jolly Roger
Scene 6 14, Montague Place, the Nursery
Underscore Piano Music
Song 1 Dark is the Winter’s Night
Song 2 On My Island of Neverland (Peter, chorus and dancers)
Song 3 The Pirates’ Song Dance
Indian Warpath Music
Song 4 This is How My Life Will Always Be (Tinker Bell)
Song 5 Song to the Moon (Mermaids)
Song 6 Look Beyond Tomorrow (Wendy and Chorus)
Song 7 At last I Have You in My Power (Hook)
Song 8 Halt! Who goes There? (Pirates)
Underscore Piano Music
Song 9 It’s Hard to Say Goodbye
14 Montague Place, Bloomsbury, London. Bedtime
The scene opens in the Darling children’s nursery. One side is a large open window, with velvet curtains moving gently in the breeze, and Wendy’s bed. The other two beds are on the opposite side. Upstage is a door opening on to the day nursery, where Mrs Darling is playing the piano and another door to the landing. Wendy is sitting on her bed trying to read a book while John and Michael are having a pillow fight on their beds.
MUSIC Underscore Piano Music (The sound of piano music off.)
JOHN: Come on, then, pirate. Show your mettle.
MICHAEL: Take that, you black-hearted cut-throat. You’ll not get away with your evil deeds.
(Michael takes a swing at John with his pillow but loses his balance and falls off the bed they are both standing on).
JOHN: I’m really shivering in my boots, can’t you see. (He shivers violently)
(Michael, whose feelings have been hurt, begins to sob, raises himself off the floor and gives pursuit.)
MICHAEL: I’ll teach you a lesson, John Darling. You may be bigger than me but I’m tough, you’ll see.
JOHN: (Fleeing from John in mock alarm and knocking Wendy’s book out of her hand) I’m not John Darling, I’m Cut-throat Carew of the black ship, ‘Hell’s Mouth’, and you’re supposed to be a fierce pirate, remember?
WENDY: Stop this nonsense, you’ve made me lose my page. Settle down, it’s time Michael was in bed.
MICHAEL: But that’s not fair – it’s not eight o’clock yet, Wendy.
WENDY: No, but it will be by the time you’ve had your bath. Now, off you go.
MICHAEL: Oh Wendy, you’re not my mother you know. (He exits)
WENDY: No, but you know mother wishes me to help out while she is not feeling well. And you should be settling down and reading your book now John Darling.
JOHN: Oh, alright then, but you’re such a spoilsport.
(The piano music stops)
WENDY: Look, now you’ve disturbed Mother. She won’t be pleased, you know. All your talk of pirates and fighting, you know how it upsets her.
(Enter Mrs Darling, dressed in her best ball gown)
Oh, Mother, you do look lovely.
MOTHER: Why, thank you, dear. Oh, children, you are so good to get yourselves ready for bed without even being asked. It’s a great help, you know, when we are getting ready to go out. (Looking towards the window) My goodness! Did you see that?
MOTHER: I saw a face – a face at the window – and a little hand on the curtain. (She runs to the window to investigate and John follows.)
JOHN: Mother, there’s nothing there. And how could there be? The nursery is on the third floor. You know that.
MOTHER: But darling, I know what I saw. It was a face – a little boy’s face. I’ve seen it before, you know.
(Wendy and John exchange a glance. Enter Mr D unseen by Mrs D)
Last week I came in here to turn down the beds and I saw a little boy jump out of the window.
FATHER: Mary, have you seen my cufflinks?
MOTHER: Why, yes, I got them out ready for you, dear. They are on the dressing table.
FATHER: Oh and do help me with my tie, it has a mind of its own.
WENDY: Do hurry, father, you’ll be late for your dinner party. I’ll help you with your tie. (She begins to tie it for him.)
FATHER: Thank you, Wendy. (As the tie is being tied) Now dear, what is all this nonsense about a boy at the window?
MOTHER; Oh, nothing, dear, just a flight of fancy, I suppose.
MICHAEL: (Entering in his bath-towel) It must be a goblin.
FATHER: A what?
WENDY: You know a goblin, like Rumpelstiltskin. They can fly, can’t they? (Finishing the tie.) There, that’s much neater.
FATHER: Thank you, dear. (Gives her a peck on the cheek)
JOHN: Of course they can fly – in fairy tale books.
FATHER: Poppycock! Just children’s make-believe.
MICHAEL: I can fly, too. (Starts to pretend to fly around the room, making aeroplane noises).
FATHER: (To Mrs D, crossly) Now just you look here – children are excitable enough creatures and their imaginations do not need to be fuelled with horror stories about children dying and the like. (Softening his tone) You know you’ve not been well. I expect those pills you’ve been taking have upset you.
MOTHER: Yes dear, I suppose you are right. Michael, do cease that din, at once!
FATHER: Now, you children, into bed –
(They stand defiantly as if they are about to argue.)
(In his sternest voice) At the double!
CHILDREN: Yes, father! (They do so.)
FATHER: Goodnight children! And don’t cause your mother any fuss. We have to leave soon. (Exits)
(Simultaneously Liza, the maid, enters, carrying some pillowcases. They meet in the doorway and Liza rudely pushes past him. He glares at her.)
MOTHER: Ah Liza, you good girl, you’ve remembered the pillow-cases.
LIZA: Did you think I’d forget, Madam? I’m not daft you know. I brought Michael’s medicine as well.
MOTHER: (Taking the medicine from Liza) Thank you, Liza.
(Liza starts to put the pillow-cases on the pillows)
WENDY: I’ll do it, Mother. He’ll take it from me. (snatching the bottle)
MOTHER: Don’t snatch, dear, It’s rude!
WENDY: Come, Michael, medicine time.
MICHAEL: Oh no, not again, I only just took the last dose.
WENDY: That was at lunch-time, Michael. Come on – do it for Wendy. (She takes a sugar lump from her pocket, out of sight of the others, and lets Michael see it.)
MICHAEL: Oh, very well. Make it quick.
(John laughs with glee and Michael coughs. She fills the spoon and makes him swallow the lot, quickly. Then she slips him the sugar lump.)
MOTHER: And now into bed. There’s just time for a quick song.
(They do so.)
FATHER: (Off-stage) Mary are you coming, dear? We must leave now.
MOTHER: A very quick song.
Song 1 Dark is the Winter’s Night Verse 1 (Mrs Darling):
(During this song Peter Pan enters with Tinker Bell and the audience sees them eavesdropping on the scene. As the song comes to a close, Tink puts her head on Peter’s shoulder.)
FATHER: Mary! Are you coming or do I attend the dinner party alone?
MOTHER: Coming, dear. Goodnight children.
(She kisses each in turn, youngest first)
You be sure to go straight to sleep after your story. Liza will read for you tonight. (To Liza) Cinderella, from page 6 – the bit about the invitation. Goodbye dears. (Exits)
LIZA: Right then, (fetching the book) page 6 it is. But you can only have two pages tonight – it’s getting late.
(Reaction of dismay from children. On the window ledge, Peter and Tink settle down to hear the story. Liza thumbs through the pages.)
She’s right, you know.
JOHN: Who is? Cinderella?
LIZA: No, your mother. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a little boy at the window.
LIZA: Last Tuesday your mother and I heard a commotion in here and, when we opened the door we saw a boy tearing round the room at great speed, almost as if he were flying.
MICHAEL: Wow! I wish I could fly.
LIZA: (Beginning to sob) When he saw us, he jumped out of the window. Gave me such a turn it did. I though he was bound to be dead – but when we looked out into the street – it was empty.
JOHN: You’re just pulling our legs. How can it be so?
LIZA: Look, can you keep a secret?
CHILDREN: Yes, of course we can. (and the like)
LIZA: (Going to a drawer) Just before he jumped, your mother tried to close the window. She failed to trap the boy but just caught his shadow. Here, look.
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