Sleeping Beauty Script Excerpt

Carabosse and her cat, Spindleshanks have smuggled a spinning wheel into the palace and are waiting for the Princess….

CARA.

It’s working! Now for my disguise!

(CARABOSSE drapes a shawl over her head. She does not notice SPINDLESHANKS, who does the same and sits behind the spinning wheel.)

(With an assumed voice.) Here am I, a little old lady, who spins and spins –

SPINDLE.

(With a similar assumed voice.) And here am I, another little old lady!

CARA.

Another little old lady?

SPINDLE.

Yes, I’m another little old lady, who spins and spins -

CARA.

You can’t be another little old lady, who spins and spins - I’m the little old lady, who spins and spins. You’re supposed to be the little old lady’s cat!

SPINDLE.

But I want to be a little old lady

CARA.

You’re a cat!

SPINDLE.

I don’t care. I want to be a little old lady.

CARA.

But I’m the little old lady and you’re sitting on my stool!

SPINDLE.

That’s because I’m a little old lady –

CARA.

No, you’re not a little old lady!

SPINDLE.

Yes, I am!

CARA.

No, you’re not and get off my stool!

SPINDLE.

Shan’t!

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CARA.

(Starting to manhandle SPINDLESHANKS.) You mangy, miserable moggy, I’ll teach you who the little old lady is round here!

SPINDLE.

No, you won’t!

CARA.

Yes, I will! (Throttling SPINDLESHANKS.) I am the little old lady! I am the ONLY little old lady! THE SWEET - LITTLE - OLD - LADY - WHO SPINS AND SPINS!!

(The PRINCESS enters.)

PRINCESS.

Excuse me –

CARA.

Er, yes, my dear?

PRINCESS.

What are you doing?

CARA.

(Releasing SPINDLESHANKS, she jumps on to the stool and works the wheel.) Spinning!

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