Khs’ 100 word play of ‘The Lady of Shalott’ Script



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KHS’ 100 word play of ‘The Lady of Shalott’

Script

Before the lights go on: Choir 1-5 form Camelot Upstage Left; Choir 6 and 7 form the walls of the Lady of Shalott’s Castle Downstage Right; the Lady of Shalott is inside her Castle tower

Music: Tanpura with the Choir humming very softly verse 1 of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ‘Dasht-e-Tanhai’

Chorus Leader 1:

Grey walls

Chorus Leader 2:

Towers

Chorus Leader 1 & 2:

This isle imbowers

Chorus:

The Lady of Shalott

[Choir: volume of verse 1 humming increases as the lights go up on the castle of the Lady of Shalott and slowly fades to a very soft volume before the Chorus begin to speak]

Chorus:

Through her mirror clear

In Shadows the world appears



Chorus Leader 2:

A curse [echoed by Chorus]

if she looks on Camelot.



Chorus:

Her web, her only delight

weaves the mirror's magic sights



[Choir: humming of verse 1]

Enter Citizens of Camelot in mixed groups to walk along the river banks to exit to Camelot

Enter Newly weds to walk along the rivers edge to exit to Camelot

[Choir: humming fades out gradually with the newly weds exit]



Lady of Shalott:

I am half sick of shadows

Enter Sir Lancelot from Camelot following the rivers edge on the opposite bank near the Lady of Shalott’s island

Sir Lancelot:

Hums Dasht-e-Tanhai verse 1 to 3 using the sounds ‘tirra lirra’

Exit Sir Lancelot to Camelot humming loudly, Choir joins in and then Lancelot’s voice fades

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Lady of Shalott

with Chorus:



In the desert of my solitude

Quiver the shadows of your voice



Chorus Leader 1:

She left the web

Chorus Leader 2:

the room

Chorus Member:

saw his helmet

Chorus Member:

his plume

Chorus:

bold Sir Lancelot

[Lady of Shalott leaves her tower to go into the river]

[Sound effect of a mirror breaking]



[Change of light setting on Lady of Shalott’s tower]

Lady of Shalott:

the mirage of your lips [Choir volume increases]

Lady of Shalott:

The curse is come upon me

Chours member:

the sun of separation has set

Chours member:

the night of union has arrived

Lady of Shalott:

hums in ‘tirra lirra’ verse 3 of Dasht-e-Tanhai

[Lights: go down on Camelott and the tower; up on the river where the Lady lies]

Chorus:

in her song she died

Enter Sir Lancelot towards her boat, kneel near her close her eyes

Sir Lancelot:

The Lady of Shalott

[Choir resumes humming and fades with the lights]


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