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[to the pumpkin]
Fairy Godmother: Hello, my strangely orange vegetable friend. A quick snip for you.
[she cuts the root and goes to pick up the pumpkin]
Fairy Godmother: Ah, lovely. Oh, ooh! Heavy pumpkin!
[to the mice scattered on the ground]
Fairy Godmother: Watch out, mice!
[Fairy Godmother drops the pumpkin on the ground]
Fairy Godmother: Ah. Oh, well. Never mind. Let’s do it here.
Cinderella: Do what here?
Fairy Godmother: Turn the pumpkin into carriage.
Fairy Godmother: You’re making me nervous, actually.
Cinderella: Shall I shut my eyes?
Fairy Godmother: It might be better.
[Ella covers her eyes with her hands]
Fairy Godmother: Oh, for heaven’s sake, let’s just go for it.
[she waves her wand at the pumpkin and it starts to shake]
Fairy Godmother: Ah. Well something’s definitely happening. You see the trick is…
[she sits next to Ella]
Fairy Godmother: Actually, I’ve forgotten what the trick is. Hmm.
[suddenly the pumpkin starts to grow]
Cinderella: I just…just thought, if it does get much bigger…?
Fairy Godmother: Yes? Hang on.
[the pumpkin grows so large that it squashes Ella and Fairy Godmother against the windows]
Cinderella: Is that what you meant to do?
Fairy Godmother: Do you think that’s what I meant to do? Run! Run, darling!
[Ella and Fairy Godmother run out of the greenhouse]
Fairy Godmother: Take cover!
[behind some bushes they watch as the pumpkin bursts through the greenhouse and turns into a golden carriage]
Fairy Godmother: Ah, one carriage.
Cinderella: You really are my Fairy Godmother.
Fairy Godmother: Of course. I don’t go about transforming pumpkins for just anybody. Now, where are those mice?
[she starts looking for the mice]
Fairy Godmother: Mm. Mice, mice, mice, mice. There they are.
[she suddenly rushes towards the four mice she’s spotted and waves her wand at them]
Fairy Godmother: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!
[the four mice suddenly transform into horses]
Fairy Godmother: Four white chargers.
Cinderella: Gus Gus, how fine you look!
[looking at Fairy Godmother]
Cinderella: But how did you…?
Fairy Godmother: Now, where are we? We got the carriage, horses, uh… Footman.
[she notices two lizards]
Fairy Godmother: Hello there, Mr. Lizard. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!
[the two lizards suddenly turn into footmen]
Lizard Footman: You called?
Fairy Godmother: Now, I need that coachman.
Fairy Godmother: Did I say coachman? I meant goose!
[she turns the goose into a coachman]
Goose Coachman: I can’t drive! I’m a goose.
[to the horses]
Fairy Godmother: Now, shoo. Everyone to place, come on! Come on!
[they all hurry along towards the carriage]
Cinderella: Fairy Godmother?
Fairy Godmother: Yes, what?
Cinderella: My dress. I can’t go in this dress. Can you mend it?
Fairy Godmother: Mend it? No, no, I’ll turn it into something new.
Cinderella: Oh, no, please don’t. This was my mothers, and…and I’d like to wear it when I go to the palace. It’s almost like taking her with me.
Fairy Godmother: I understand. But she wouldn’t mind if I…cheer it up a bit? Wouldn’t mind a nice blue.
[Fairy Godmother waves her wand at Ella’s dress and turns it into a beautiful blue dress]
Fairy Godmother: There.
Cinderella: It’s beautiful! She’d love it.
Fairy Godmother: Now, come on! Off you go! Quick! You’ll be late!
[the carriage with the goose coachman rides up towards them]
Goose Coachman: Oh, boy.
[to the horses]
Goose Coachman: Woh!
[Fairy Godmother and Ella rush towards the carriage, the lizard footman opens the carriage door and just as Ella is about to step into the carriage Fairy Godmother stops her]
Fairy Godmother: Just a moment!
[she notices Ella’s plain shoes]
Fairy Godmother: Mm. Are these the best you have?
Cinderella: It’s alright, no one will see them.
Fairy Godmother: No, this will ruin the whole look. Quick, quick, take them off.
[Ella takes off her shoes]
Fairy Godmother: Yes. They’re really quite hideous. Into something new for a change. I’m rather good at shoes.
[she adds glass slippers onto Ella’s feet]
Cinderella: But…they’re made of glass.
Fairy Godmother: Yes. And you’ll find they’re really comfortable.
Fairy Godmother: Ella, you really must go now.
Cinderella: Oh…Fairy Godmother?
Fairy Godmother: What is it?
Cinderella: My stepmother and the girls?
Fairy Godmother: Don’t worry, I’ll make sure they don’t recognize you.
[she waves her wand and places a spell on Ella so that she won’t be recognized]
Fairy Godmother: Now off you go. For you shall go to the ball.
[the lizard coachman and Fairy Godmother help Ella into the carriage]
Fairy Godmother: Up. In you get.
Lizard Footman: Oh, so lovely.
Fairy Godmother: Oh, do stop wittering on.
[Ella sits in the carriage]
Fairy Godmother: Phew.
[as the carriage is about to ride off, suddenly Fairy Godmother realizes something and turns to Ella]
Fairy Godmother: Ella, I almost forgot! Remember, the magic will only last so long. With the last echo of the last bell at the last stroke of midnight the spell will be broken and all will return to what it was before.
Fairy Godmother: Mm-hmm. Midnight.
Cinderella: That’s more than enough time.
Fairy Godmother: Off you go then.
Cinderella: Thank you.
Fairy Godmother: Goosey, go!
[the carriage starts to ride off]
[Fairy Godmother waves goodbye as the carriage rides off]
[we see everyone, including Lady Tremaine and her daughters arriving at the ball; she holds out her invitation to the Royal Crier]
Lady Tremaine: Lady Tremaine and her daughters.
[the Royal Crier takes the invitation and announces them]
Royal Crier: The Lady Tremaine and her daughters.
[to the Royal Crier]
Drisella: I’m Drisella.
Anastasia: And I’m Anastasia. People want to know.
[Drisella whispers to the Crier]
Drisella: I’m the clever one.
Anastasia: And I’m very beautiful.
[the Royal Crier announces them]
Royal Crier: The very clever Miss Drisella and the very beautiful Anastasia.
Lady Tremaine: Do come on!
[the Prince is stood next to the King as they watch the guests being announced]
King: Who are you looking for?
Prince: No one.
King: It’s that girl in the forest, isn’t it? That’s why you were so generous with the invitations.
Prince: Father, it was for the people.
King: I know you love the people, Kit. But I also know that your head’s been turned. You’ve only met her once, in the forest.
Prince: And you’d have me marry someone once tonight.
King: A princess. It’s a princess or nothing.
Grand Duke: May I present her Royal Highness the Princess Chelina of Zaragosa.
[the Prince kisses her hand]
Princess Chelina of Zaragosa: You are as handsome as your picture, and your little kingdom is enchanting.
Prince: I hope the Princess will not find our little kingdom too confining.
[at the same time Ella arrives in her carriage and the lizard footmen open the carriage doors]
Lizard Footman: Miss Ella.
[he extends his hand to help her off the carriage]
Cinderella: Thank you.
[Ella looks up in awe at the palace]
Cinderella: I’m frightened, Mr. Lizard.
Lizard Footman: Oh.
Cinderella: I’m only a girl, not a princess.
Lizard Footman: And I’m only a lizard, not a footman. Enjoy it while it lasts.
[Ella smiles then with a breath of courage starts making her way inside the palace]
Royal Crier: Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, my lords, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished visitors, and people of our land: the Prince shall now choose his partner for the first dance. Let our ball commence!
[just then Ella enters the ballroom balcony and everyone looks up at her, along with the Prince who smiles and turns to Princess Chelina]
Prince: Excuse me.
[the Prince makes his way to Ella]
Grand Duke: A thousand apologies, Your Royal Highness. I don’t know what happened.
[as Ella makes her way down the staircase everyone’s eyes are on her]
[the Prince smiles at Ella as she reaches the bottom of the stairs, they walk towards each other]
Cinderella: Mr. Kit.
Prince: It’s you, isn’t it?
Cinderella: Just so.
Prince: Your highness, if I may…that is, it would give me the greatest pleasure, if you would do me the honor, of letting me lead you through this. The first…
[the Prince hesitates]
Prince: Yes, dance.
[the Prince laughs]
Prince: That’s it.
[Ella smiles and nods her head]
[the Prince puts one hand around Ella’s waist as they begin to dance]
Cinderella: They’re all looking at you.
Prince: Believe me, they’re all looking at you.
[everyone watches them as they dance]
Princess Chelina of Zaragosa: Who is she?
Grand Duke: I have no idea.
[the guests applause for the Prince and Ella after they finish their dance]
Drisella: Who is that, mama?
Lady Tremaine: I’m not exactly sure, but this does not bode well.
Drisella: That’s a lovely dress she’s got on.
Anastasia: And how pretty is she?
Lady Tremaine: Concentrate! You must turn the Prince’s head, you fools! Now, get out there!
Anastasia: But no one’s asked us to dance!
[Lady Tremaine pushes her daughters forward towards some guests]
Lady Tremaine: Gentlemen, may I present my daughters, Anastasia, Drisella.
[Anastasia and Drisella are picked by two male guests]
Lady Tremaine: Off you go!
[they head off to the dance floor and begin dancing along with the other guests; to her daughters as they dance]
Lady Tremaine: Smile!
[as they are dancing]
Prince: Come with me.
[the Prince takes Ella off the dance floor; to her daughters]
Lady Tremaine: Over there! Smile!
[the Prince takes Ella to a private room]
Cinderella: So you’re the prince?
Prince: Well not “the” prince exactly. They are a bunch of princes in the world, I’m only “a” prince.
Cinderella: But your name’s not really Kit.
Prince: Oh, sadly it is and my father still calls me that when he’s especially unpeeved at me.
Cinderella: But you’re no apprentice.
Prince: I am an apprentice monarch. I’m still learning my trade.
[Ella looks overwhelmed]
Cinderella: Oh, gosh!
Prince: Please forgive me. I thought you might treat me differently if you knew. I mistook you for a good honest country girl. Now I see you didn’t want overwrought a plain soldier.
Cinderella: Little chance of that.
Prince: No more surprises?
[he extends his hand to Ella]
Cinderella: No more surprises.
[Ella takes his hand for a moment when she notices his painting]
Cinderella: Is that you?
Prince: I hate myself in paintings, don’t you?
Cinderella: No one’s ever painted my portrait.
Prince: No? Well they should.
[as they leave the ball room]
Grand Duke: Who is she?
Royal Crier: She gave no name, Your Grace.
Grand Duke: You didn’t ask?
Royal Crier: Well, I was out of breath, Your Grace. On account of introducing princesses to the royal…
Grand Duke: Oh, shut up, will you?!
Royal Crier: Shut up? Absolutely.
Royal Crier: I don’t believe this!
[his assistants go through the invitations to look for Ella’s name and show him one of the invitations]
Royal Crier: No, not her!
[the Prince takes Ella to the palace gardens]
Cinderella: Won’t they miss you at the ball?
Prince: Maybe. But let’s not go back just yet.
[as they walk in the garden]
Cinderella: What’s wrong?
Prince: When I go back they will try to pair me off with a lady of their choosing. I’m expected to marry for advantage.
Cinderella: Oh. Well who’s advantage?
Prince: That is a good question.
Cinderella: Well, surely you have a right to your own heart?
Prince: I must weigh that against the king’s wishes. He’s a wise ruler, and a loving father.
Cinderella: Well, perhaps he’ll change his mind.
[the Prince hesitates before replying]
Prince: I fear he hasn’t much time to do so.
Cinderella: Poor Kit.
Captain: People are saying she’s a princess. Our prince seems quite taken with her.
Grand Duke: She went straight for him. You have to appreciate her efficiency.
Captain: Surely if she is a princess this may be good.
Grand Duke: I’ve already promised him in marriage to the Princess Chelina.
[just then Lady Tremaine comes up behind them and interrupts them]
Lady Tremaine: Oh, forgive me, Your Grace. I did not mean to intrude.
Grand Duke: No, it’s you who have to forgive me, Madam.
Lady Tremaine: Your secret is safe with me.
Prince: I’ve never shown this place to anyone.
[he opens the door to a secret garden]
Cinderella: A secret garden! Oh, I love it.
[Ella walks over to the swing]
Cinderella: Oh, I shouldn’t.
Prince: You should.
Cinderella: I shouldn’t.
Prince: You should.
Cinderella: I shouldn’t.
Prince: You should.
Cinderella: I will.
[Ella sits on the swing as they Prince stands behind her]
Prince: May I?
[he starts to swing her gently]
[as the Prince swings Ella she drops one of her glass slippers, the Prince picks it up]
Prince: It’s made of glass.
Cinderella: And why not.
Prince: Allow me.
Cinderella: Thank you.
[he gently lifts her skirt and places the slipper on Ella’s foot]
[he pulls Ella closer to him]
Prince: Won’t you tell me who you really are?
Cinderella: If I do I think everything might be different.
Prince: I don’t understand. Can you at least tell me your name?
Cinderella: My name is…
[just then she hears the clock begins to strike for midnight]
Cinderella: I have to leave. It’s hard to explain. Lizards and pumpkins and things…
[Ella suddenly rushes off as the clock continues to strike for midnight]
Prince: Wait! Where are you going?
[Ella looks back at the Prince]
Cinderella: You’ve been awfully nice. Thank you for a wonderful evening, I’ve loved it! Every second!
[Ella turns and rushes off again; looking baffled the Prince sits on the swing]
Prince: Lizards and pumpkins?
[he smiles to himself and decides to rush off after Ella]
[Ella makes her way through the ballroom dance floor]
Cinderella: Oh, excuse me! Sorry! Terribly sorry!
Grand Duke: Oh, your highness!
[as the Prince follows behind Ella on the dance floor Anastasia sees an opportunity and grabs the Prince to dance]
Anastasia: My Prince!
Prince: Oh. How do you do?
Drisella: You’ve got the wrong one! You’ve got the wrong one!
[Ella rushes up the stairs]
Royal Crier’s Assistant #1: He need her name!
Royal Crier’s Assistant #2: I know he needs her name!
Royal Crier: Her name, you ninny! Her name!
[he suddenly bangs his head on the stairwell arch as he goes after Ella]
Royal Crier: That really hurt!
[as Ella is about to leave the ballroom she bumps into the King]
Cinderella: Oh, Your Majesty!
King: Young lady!
Cinderella: Oh, I’m so sorry.
King: Oh, think nothing of it, my dear.
[Ella goes to leave]
Cinderella: I wanted to say, Your Majesty, your son Kit is the most lovely person I ever met. So kind and brave. I hope you know how much he loves you. Excuse me.
[she turns and rushes off]
[as Ella flees down the palace steps she drops one of her glass slippers]
[Ella turns to pick up her slipper]
Prince: Wait! Where are you going?
[Ella rushes towards her carriage]
Cinderella: Hurry! Hurry!
[the lizard footman, who’s been napping, suddenly wakes]
Prince: Come back!
[Ella enters her carriage]
Cinderella: Hurry! Hurry, please, Mr. Goose!
[the goose coachman rides off]
[as Ella’s carriage leaves the palace the Prince picks up her glass slipper]
Prince: Captain, my horse.
Grand Duke: No, this may be some trick to lure you from the palace. Your father needs you here.
[the Grand Duke walks off]
Grand Duke: Captain!
Captain: I was having a fine old time. You had to go and choose that one, didn’t you?
[the Captain walks off and the Prince smiles to himself]
Prince: Yes, I did.
[the Grand Duke, Captain and the guards go after Ella, at the same time the clock continues to strike for midnight]
Cinderella: Hurry, Mr. Goose!
[to the horses]
Goose Coachman: Come on!
Cinderella: Be careful, Mr. Goose!
[the nearly topple over the cliff’s edge]
Cinderella: Oh, my goodness!
[as they chase after Ella’s carriage]
Grand Duke: You there! Stop in the name of the King!
Cinderella: Such bad timing.
[the lizard footmen start growing back their tails]
Lizard Footman: I know what to do!
[he uses his tail to drawn down the iron fence and stop the Grand Duke and his guards from chasing them]
Grand Duke: Get this thing open!
[as the clock is getting near to its last strike everything starts transforming to their normal state]
Goose Coachman: Oh, dear!
Cinderella: Oh, no!
[as she watches the lizard footmen and good coachman transforming back]
Cinderella: No, no, no, no, no!
[eventually everything transforms to its true form and Ella is left to walk back home; to the mice as they follow her]
Cinderella: Oh, I’m sorry.
[she allows them to get into her glass slipper]
Cinderella: You’ll find it’s very comfortable.
[she then laughs to herself as it starts to rain]
[Ella makes it back home just as Lady Tremaine and the girls arrive home]
Lady Tremaine: Cinderella!
Drisella: Wake up, lazy bones!
[they walk into the kitchen]
Drisella: Tea and a plate of biscuits
Cinderella: Welcome back!
Anastasia: You look cheerful!
Drisella: And wet!
Cinderella: Oh, I took a walk in the rain to cheer myself up.
[Ella quickly goes about preparing their tea and biscuits]
[to Ella, as they are sat in the kitchen having their tea]
Drisella: We did not communicate through mere words, our souls met.
Anastasia: Precisely my soul and the Prince’s soul.
Anastasia: Your soul was over by the banquet tables.
Drisella: You didn’t see him dance with me.
Lady Tremaine: Dance with you? He didn’t even speak to you.
Anastasia: It was not our fault, mother. It was that girl!
Drisella: The mystery princess.
Cinderella: Mystery princess? Why, what a charming notion.
Lady Tremaine: Oh, she was no princess. She was a preening interloper who made a spectacle of herself.
Lady Tremaine: A vulgar young hussy marched into the ball, unaccompanied if you will, and to the horror of everyone threw herself at the Prince.
[as Ella goes to fetch more tea she starts swaying to herself as she remembers her dance with the Prince]
Anastasia: And he actually danced with the ugly thing.
[Lady Tremaine looks suspiciously at Ella]
Drisella: It was pity. He was too polite to send her packing in front of everyone, you see. But not wanting to expose us to the presumptuous wench any further, he took her apart.
Anastasia: And told her off. But she refused to leave and the palace guards chased her from the party!
Anastasia: I pity the Prince, such bad taste.
Drisella: They belong with each other.
Lady Tremaine: Well, it’s no matter, girls. The ball was a mere diversion. The Prince is not free to marry for love, he’s promised to the Princess Chelina of Zaragosa. Grand Duke told me himself.
Anastasia: It’s so very unfair!
Lady Tremaine: Yes. The way of the world.
[in her room in the attic she finds he mice under the floor boards where she’s hidden a box of her parents things]
Cinderella: Oh, hello again.
[she places her glass slipper in the box; to the mice]
Cinderella: Thank you for your help. It really was like a dream. Better than a dream.
[she then gets out her notebook and starts writing in excitement]
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] Ella couldn’t wait to write down all that had happened so that she might remember every single bit of it. Just as if she were telling her mother and father about the palace ball and her time with the Prince. Above all, the Prince.
[the Prince walks into his father’s chambers where he’s lying in bed sick]
King: Oh, you’ve come. Good.
Prince: Oh, father. Don’t go.
King: I must. You needn’t be alone, take a bride. The Princess Chelina.
[the Prince doesn’t respond]
King: What if I commanded you to do so.
Prince: I love and respect you, but I will not. I believe that we need not look outside of our borders for strength or guidance. What we need is right before us, and we need only have courage and be kind to see it.
King: Just so. You’ve become your own man. Good. And perhaps with the little time left to me I could become the father you deserve. You must not marry for advantage, you must marry for love. Find that girl. Find her. Go on. They’re all talking about the…the forgetful one who loses her shoes.
[they both laugh]
King: Oh, be cheerful, boy.
Prince: Thank you, father.
King: Thank you, Kit.
[tears roll down the Prince face]
King: Thank you, son.
Prince: I love you, father.
[he weeps into his father’s chest and lies by his side]
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] Once the time for mourning had passed a proclamation was sent out.
Royal Crier: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
[we see the Royal Crier is in the town center reading from his scroll]
Royal Crier: Know that our new king hereby declares his love for…the mysterious princess as wore glass slippers to the ball. And requests that she present herself at the palace whereupon, if she be willing, he will forthwith, marry her with all due ceremony.
[the crowd murmurs with shock, Ella looks away in shock, smiles to herself before riding off home]
[Ella rushes into her room in the attic to fetch the slipper she hid beneath the floorboards, but she finds that it’s not there]
Lady Tremaine: Are you looking for this?
[Lady Tremaine is sat holding the slipper in her hand]
Lady Tremaine: There must be quite a story go with it, won’t you tell me? No? Alright then, I shall tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a beautiful young girl who married for love and she had two loving daughters. All was well, but one day her husband, the light of her life, died. The next time she married for the sake of her daughters, but that man too was taken from her. And she was doomed to look every day upon his beloved child. She had hoped to marry off one of her beautiful stupid daughters to the Prince, but his head was turned, by a girl with glass slippers. And so, I lived unhappily ever after. My story would appear to be ended. Now, tell me yours. Did you steal it?
Cinderella: It was given to me.
Lady Tremaine: Given to you? Given to you? Nothing is ever given, for everything you must pay, pay.
Cinderella: That’s not true. Kindness is free, love is free.
Lady Tremaine: Love is not free.
Lady Tremaine: Now, here is how you will pay me, if you were to have what you desire.
[she starts walking towards Ella]
Lady Tremaine: No one will believe you, a dirty servant girl without a family if you lay claim to the Prince’s heart. But with a respectable gentle woman to put you forward, you will not be ignored. When you are married you will make me the head of the royal household, Anastasia and Drisella we will pair of with wealthy lords and I shall manage that boy.
Cinderella: But he’s not a boy!
Lady Tremaine: And who are you? How would you rule the kingdom? Best to leave it to me, that way we all get what we want.
[Lady Tremaine goes to leave]
[she turns to face Ella]
Lady Tremaine: No?
Cinderella: I was not able to protect my father from you, but I will protect the Prince and the kingdom, no matter what becomes of me.
Lady Tremaine: Well, that is a mistake.
[suddenly she smashes the slipper against the wall shattering it to pieces]
Cinderella: No! Wh…why? Why are you so cruel? I don’t understand it. I’ve tried to be kind to you.
Lady Tremaine: You kind to me?
Cinderella: Yes! I know no one deserves to be treated as you have treated me. Why do you do it? Why?!
Lady Tremaine: Why? Because you are young and innocent and good, and I…
[Lady Tremaine suddenly turns and walks out]
Cinderella: No! No!
[she locks Ella in the attic]
[Lady Tremaine takes the remains of the glass slipper to the Grand Duke]
Grand Duke: May I ask where you got this?
Lady Tremaine: From a ragged servant girl in my household.
Grand Duke: The mystery princess is a commoner.
Lady Tremaine: You can imagine when I discovered her subterfuge how horrified I was.
Grand Duke: You’ve told no one else?
Lady Tremaine: Not even my own daughters.
[the Grand Duke chuckles]
Lady Tremaine: No one need ever know the truth.
Grand Duke: You’ve spared the kingdom a great deal of embarrassment.
Lady Tremaine: And I should like to keep it that way.
Grand Duke: Are you threatening me?
Lady Tremaine: Yes.
[they both laugh]
Grand Duke: So what do you want?
Lady Tremaine: I should like to be a countess, and I require advantageous marriages for my two daughters.
Grand Duke: Done. And the girl?
Lady Tremaine: Oh, do with her what you will. She’s nothing to me.
[after the Grand Duke has shown the remains of the glass slipper to the Prince]
Grand Duke: Abandoned on the side of the road.
Prince: And have you found her?
Grand Duke: The girl? No, she’s disappeared.
Prince: There must be some reason she vanished. Perhaps she has been prevented from speaking.
Captain: Do not lose heart yet.
Grand Duke: On the contrary, lose heart and gain wisdom. The people need to know that the kingdom is secure, that the king has a queen and that the land may have an heir. They want to face the future with certainty.
Prince: Agreed, then let us be certain! I am king, I say we shall seek out the mystery princess! Even if she does not want to be found, I have to see her again.
Grand Duke: But if she’s not found, then for the good of the kingdom, you must marry the Princess Chelina, for the good of the kingdom.
[the Prince sits on his throne and looks at the piece of glass slipper for a moment]
Prince: Very well. Agreed.
Captain: But, your highness?
[the Prince looks at the Captain with determination]
Prince: But you will spare no effort.
Grand Duke: Your Majesty, of course. You have my word.
[he turns and starts walking off with a wicked smile on his face]
[we see a line of women in the kingdom trying on the other glass slipper none which whose foot fits the slipper]
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] The slipper traveled the length and breadth of the kingdom, visiting every maiden both high and low and every sort in between.
[the Grand Duke and his guards enter a bakery]
Slipper Lady #1: Oh, Lord!
Grand Duke: You first, Madam.
Slipper Lady #1: Well, I’ll give it a go. Right. I say, where do you want me?
[the guards make her sit on the counter]
Slipper Lady #1: Ooh, hop, up I go.
[as one of the guards takes off her shoes]
Slipper Lady #1: Oh, careful, it’s a bit swollen. I’ve been…
[as her shoes is taken off suddenly the guards faint from the bad smell of her foot]
Slipper Lady #1: It’s the yeast.
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] The Grand Duke was true to his word. He spared no effort to demonstrate to the Prince that the mystery princess was not to be found.
[we see a maiden rolling around on the floor as she tries to force the slipper onto her foot]
Slipper Lady #1: It fits! I fits!
Grand Duke: It doesn’t fit you!
Slipper Lady #1: It does fit!
Grand Duke: It doesn’t.
Slipper Lady #1: It’s mine!
Grand Duke: No, it’s not yours.
Slipper Lady #1: I am the mystery princess!
Grand Duke: Give back the shoe.
Slipper Lady #1: No, I don’t…
[to the guards]
Grand Duke: Take the shoe away from her!
[as the guards pick her up]
Slipper Lady #1: Don’t take the shoe from me, please! Please, it’s my shoe!
Palace Guard: Make way for the slipper!
[we see another more maiden trying on the slipper and trying make their foot fit and failing]
Slipper Lady #2: Can I try the other foot?
Captain: I don’t think so.
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] But whatever they tried, the magical slipper refused to fit even the most eligible of maidens.
[we see the Grand Duke and the Captain walking towards an elderly maiden]
Townsperson: We found the mystery princess for ya!
[the crowd laughs and the Grand Duke and Captain turn to leave]
Grand Duke: What’s wrong, Captain?
Captain: We haven’t found the girl. I’m disappointed for our king.
Grand Duke: Oh, come on, now! Don’t lose heart. There’s one more house. We must leave no stone unturned.
[as they hear the palace guards arriving towards their house]
Anastasia: Horses! Horses!
Drisella: Mother, it’s our chance!
[they rush towards the window]
Drisella: Let them in!
[Lady Tremaine opens the front door]
Lady Tremaine: Gentlemen! What a wonderful surprise.
Grand Duke: A moment of your time, good lady.
Lady Tremaine: Of course, Your Grace. Please. This way.
[Ella is standing by the attic window]
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] Ella did not know who was downstairs, nor did she care. For surely no one had come to see her.
[the mice gather at her feet trying to get her attention]
Cinderella: Gus Gus, Jacqueline, stop it!
[the Captain tries to fit the slipper on Drisella’s feet and it’s too small]
Drisella: It’s shrunk.
Grand Duke: Try again.
[she grabs hold of the Captain as she tries to force the slipper onto her foot]
Anastasia: Oh, enough!
[Anastasia pushes Drisella out of the way; we see Ella singing to herself in the attic]
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] Though Ella was sad, her spirit was not broken. She knew that the ball, and her time with the prince, would become beautiful, distant memories, like those of her father and mother, and her golden childhood.
[as Anastasia tries to force the slipper onto her foot]
Anastasia: It fits me!
Captain: Bad luck, miss.
[Ella continues to sing to herself in the attic]
Cinderella: Lavender’s green, dilly, dilly. Lavender’s blue. You must love me, dilly, dilly. For I love you.
[the mice try to open the attic window to let the guards hear Ella as she sings; back downstairs]
Grand Duke: Very well. Our task is done, Captain.
Lady Tremaine: But fate may yet be kind to us, girls.
[the Grand Duke laughs]
Grand Duke: Indeed, Madam!
[back in the attic as Ella continues to sing the mice are successful in opening the window]
Cinderella: When I am king, dilly, dilly. You shall be queen. Lavender’s green, dilly, dilly. Lavender’s blue. If you love me, dilly, dilly. I will love you. Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly. And the lambs play. We shall be safe, dilly, dilly…
[just as they are about to leave they hear Ella singing]
Captain: Do you hear that, Your Grace?
Grand Duke: Let’s be off, Captain.
Captain: Just a moment.
[as Lady Tremaine goes to close the door]
Captain: Madam, there is no other maiden in your house?
Lady Tremaine: None.
Captain: Then has your cat learned to sing?
[Lady Tremaine laughs nervously]
Grand Duke: There’s been enough play-acting today, Captain. Let’s be off.
Captain: But she’s lying, Your Grace.
Grand Duke: Nonsense! I trust the lady. We’re leaving.
[suddenly the Prince, who has been disguised as a guard, takes off his hat and calls out]
Prince: Grand Duke!
[the Captain and the Grand Duke bow]
Lady Tremaine: Your Majesty.
Prince: What sweet singing. Makes me want to tarry just a little.
Grand Duke: Your Majesty, I-I did not know…
Prince: Captain, would you be so kind as to investigate?
Captain: It would be my pleasure, Your Majesty.
[back in the attic, Ella continues to sing]
Cinderella: If you love me, dilly, dilly I will love you.
[just then Lady Tremaine walks in with the Captain]
Lady Tremaine: There! You see? I told you it was no one of any importance.
Captain: We’ll see about that.
Lady Tremaine: Miss. You are requested and required to present yourself to your king.
Lady Tremaine: I forbid you to do this!
Captain: And I forbid you to forbid her! Who are you to stop an officer of the king? Are you an empress? A saint? A deity?
Lady Tremaine: I am her mother.
Cinderella: You have never been, and you never will be my mother.
Captain: Come now, miss.
[as Ella goes to follow the Captain Lady Tremaine grabs her arm]
Lady Tremaine: Just remember who you are, you wretch!
[Ella leaves the attic and closes the door]
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] Would who she was, who she really was, be enough? There was no magic to help her this time. This is perhaps the greatest risk that any of us will take. To be seen as we truly are.
[as Ella walks downstairs to reveal herself to the Prince she stops and looks at herself in the mirror and remembers her mother’s words to her on her death bed]
Ella’s Mother: Have courage, and be kind.
[Ella walks downstairs, passes the Grand Duke and enters the living room where the Prince is waiting, he turns, Ella smiles and curtsies]
Prince: Who are you?
Cinderella: I am Cinderella. Your Majesty, I’m no princess. I have no carriage, no parents, and no dowry. I do not even know if that beautiful slipper will fit. But if it does…will you take me as I am? An honest country girl who loves you.
Prince: Of course I will. But only if you will take me as I am. An apprentice still learning his trade.
[referring to the seat next him]
[Ella sits, the Prince kneels in front of her, puts the slipper on her foot which fits perfectly]
[as the Prince is about the kiss Cinderella Anastasia and Drisella burst into the room]
Drisella: My dear sister! I’m sorry.
Anastasia: So very sorry.
[they curtsy, Ella takes her slipper off and looks at the Prince]
Prince: Shall we?
[Ella nods, they hold hands and start to walk out of the room, as they are about to walk out the front door Ella turns to Lady Tremaine]
Cinderella: I forgive you.
[Ella and the Prince leave]
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] Forgiven or not, Cinderella’s stepmother and her daughters would soon leave with the Grand Duke, and never set foot in the kingdom again.
[on their wedding day, looking at the painting of Ella’s parents hung next to the painting of the Prince’s parents]
Cinderella: They would have loved each other.
Prince: We must have a portrait of you painted.
Cinderella: Oh, no. I do hate myself in paintings.
Prince: Be kind.
Cinderella: And have courage.
Prince: And all will be well.
Cinderella: Are you ready?
Prince: For anything, so long as it’s with you.
[they walk out onto the palace balcony where the crowd cheers for them]
Prince: My queen.
Cinderella: My Kit.
[they kiss and look out to the crowd]
Fairy Godmother: [voice over] And so Kit and Ella were married. And I can tell you, as her fairy godmother, that they were counted to be the fairest and kindest rulers the kingdom had known. And Ella continued to see the world not as it is, but as it could be, if only you believe in courage, and kindness and occasionally…just a little bit of magic.
Total Quotes: 115
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