Pantomime Plans

Me: Harriet and Poppy seem exhausted.

Nell: Yes. They’re awfully tired of being rivals. They would much rather be friends.

Me: Is it about ‘Snow Bite and the Seven Woofs’?

Nell: Yes. As you know, Knitwear Wolf and I are directing the pantomime and we have to make a decision soon on the cast.

Me: I don’t envy you.

Nell: No. Now, Snow Bite is dreadfully naughty.

Me: Yes. It sounds like she is.

Nell: But she’s not evil. Could Harriet ever be evil?

Me: No, but Poppy definitely could.

Nell: That’s what I said to Rupert.

Me: I still don’t understand. Can you explain?

Nell: Well, Snow Bite is naughty but she isn’t evil. Her stepmother Mrs Snow is the evil one.

Me: Oh, I see. What is the story?

Nell: Naughty Snow Bite is the pride of her kind father Mr Snow’s life but is sent away to Devon by her jealous stepmother Mrs Snow.

Me: Poor Snow Bite.

Nell: Fortunately she is taken in by the Seven Woofs who look after her well.

Me: Thank goodness.

Nell: She learns how to surf with a dashing lifeguard.

Me: That has to be Dave.

Nell: Obviously. But it is only when she is abandoned on Dartmoor that she meets the love of her life, a handsome ranger.

Me: Jim The Farm Dog?

Nell: Exactly.

Me: Will Poppy be furious if she isn’t Snow Bite?

Nell: Maybe not if we cast John the Doberman as Kind Mr Snow.

Me: Good idea. Poppy will make an excellent villain. I was wondering if the evil stepmother has a talking mirror.

Nell: A talking mirror? Certainly not.

Me: Oh well.

Nell: She has a talking bowl, though. We thought you might play that.

Me: Really?

Nell: Is that a yes?

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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