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Corpse Bride Script

Posted by Chloe Lovato on September 18, 2010 at 1:37 AM

Corpse Bride Script


Opening scene, the Vandorts front steps, Victor peeks his head through the curtains and then withdraws as his parents begin to sing in the streets while putting on their best gloves, pocket watch, jewelry, etc.


Town crier

Here ye, here ye, 10 minutes to go

till Van Dort's wedding rehearsal.


ACORRDING TO PLAN



Mrs. VanDort

(sings)
It's a beautiful day.

Mr. VanDort
It's a rather nice day.

Mrs. VanDort
A day for a glorious wedding.

Mr. VanDort
A rehearsal, my dear, to be perfectly clear.

Mrs. VanDort
A rehearsal for a glorious wedding.

Mr. VanDort
Assuming nothing happens that we don't really know,

Mrs. VanDort
That nothing unexpected interferes with the show.

Mr. And Mrs. VanDort
And that's why everything, every last little thing,
every single tiny microscopic little thing must go...

Mrs. VanDort
According to plan,

Mr. VanDort
Our son will be married.

Mrs. VanDort
According to plan,

Mr. VanDort
Our family carried,

Mr. And Mrs. VanDort
We'll go right into to the heights of society...

Mrs. VanDort
To the costume balls,

Mr. VanDort
In the hallowed halls.

Mrs. VanDort
Rubbing elbows with the finest.

Mr. VanDort
Having crumpets with her highness.

Mr. And Mrs. VanDort
We'll be there, we'll be seen, having tea with the queen.
We'll forget everything...that we've ever ever been.

Lights come on stage left in the Everglot’s manner, they are watching outside where the gaudy Vandorts are preening and still celebrating


Mrs. Everglot
It's a terrible day

Mr. Everglot
Now don't be that way

Mrs. Everglot
It's a terrible day for a wedding.

Mr. Everglot
It's a sad, sad state of affairs we're in,

Mrs. Everglot
That has led to this ominous wedding.

Mr. Everglot
How could our family have come to this?

Mr. and Mrs. Everglot
To marry off our daughter to the noveaux-rich.

Mrs. Everglot
They're so common,

Mr. Everglot
So coarse.

Mrs. Everglot
Oh, it couldn't be worse!

Mr. Everglot
It couldn't be worse? I'm afraid I disagree.
It could be land-rich bankrupt aristocracy,
without a penny to their name...just like you...and me.

Mrs. Everglot
Oh, dear.

Mr. and Mrs. Everglot
And that's why everything, every last little thing,
every single tiny microscopic little thing must go...

Mrs. Everglot
According to plan,

Mr. Everglot
Our daughter will wed.

Mrs. Everglot
According to plan,

Mr. Everglot
Our family lead,

Mr. and Mrs. Everglot
From the depths of deepest poverty,

Mrs. Everglot
To the noble realm,

Mr. Everglot
Of our ancestors.

Mr. and Mrs. Everglot
And who'd have guessed in a million years that our daughter, with the face

Mr. Everglot
of an otter in disgrace,

Mr. and Mrs. Everglot
Would provide our ticket to our rightful place?

Victoria and Hildegarde enter from the center curtain split. Hildegarde begins trying to lace Victoria’s corset while her parents quietly bicker.


Victoria (speaking)
Hildegarde What if Victor and I don't...like each other?

Her parents overhear and turn to her

Mrs. Everglot (speaking)
As if that has anything to do with marriage. Do you suppose your father and I like each other?

Victoria (speaking)
Surely you must...a little...

Mr. and Mrs. Everglot (speaking)
Of course not!

Mrs. Everglot (speaking)
Get those corsets laced properly...I can hear you speak without gasping.

Victoria and Hildegrade exit
(sings)

Marriage is a partnership. A little tit-for-tat.
You'd think a lifetime watching us (singing) might have taught her that.
Might have taught her that.

Mr. Everglot
Everything must be perfect

Mrs. Everglot
Everything must be perfect

Mr. Everglot
Everything must be perfect

Mr. and Mrs. Everglot
Everything must be perfect, perfect,

The VanDorts and the Everglots
That's why everything, every last little thing,
every single tiny microscopic little thing must go...According to plan!

Victor enters reluctantly from stage left and cross the stage to the Everglots manner. Victor hangs back and his parents chatter on


Mrs. Vandort –

(to Victor)

Look at the way you're standing.

look like you got rickets

or something...

(noticing the Everglots décor)

Oh, my goodness. Oh, such grandeur!

Such impeccable taste! Oh, beautiful, innit?



Mr. VanDort 

It’s not as big as our place, dear.

Bit shabby really, isn't it?


Mrs. Vandort 

 Shut up.


Butler

 Lord and Lady Everglot... Mr. And Mrs. Van Dort


Mr. VanDort 

(to Mrs. Everglot)

Why, you must be Miss Victoria.

Yes I must say, you don't look a day

over twenty. No. Oh, yes.


Mrs. Everglot

(to her husband)

 Smile, darling, smile.


He struggles to smile for a moment and eventually just grimaces as he speaks


Mr. Everglot
Well, hello. What a pleasure.

Welcome to our home.


Mrs. Vandort

 Thank you.



Mrs. Everglot

 We'll be taking tea

in the west drawing room.

Oh, do come this way,

it's just through there.


Mrs. Vandort

 Oh, I love what you've done with the place.

Who is your decorator?


Mr. VanDort

 Nice tiles, shame about the drapes.


Mrs. Vandort

 My husband says such foolish things.

Ignore him.


Mr. VanDort

 Yes, it's usually best.


Exit


Victor stands alone looking awkward he backs towards the piano center stage and sets his hand down on it, striking one note. He looks around nervously, then strikes another. He sits and slowly plays up a few notes, looks around again, still no one there. He starts to play. Victoria enters in semi darkness to stage left, as the lights come on her we can see her realization that someone is playing the piano, she turns back and sees victor though he is angled so that he cannot see her. She inches towards him cautiously until she is directly behind him. He looks back at her absently then double takes, standing, slamming his hands on the keys and knocking the piano bench over



Victor

Oh!

 Do forgive me.

-

Victoria

 You play beautifully.



Victor

I... I... I do apologize, Miss Everglot.

How rude of me to... Well...

(lifts the bench back into place)

Excuse me.


Victoria

Mother won't let me near the piano.

Music is improper for a young lady.

Too passionate, she says.



Victor

If I may ask, Miss Everglot...

...where is your chaperon?


Victoria

Perhaps, in...

In view of the circumstances...

...you could call me Victoria.



Victor

Yes, of course. Well...

- Victoria...



Victoria

- Yes, Victor.



Victor

Tomorrow, we are to be m...

M... M...


Victoria

- Married.



- Victor

Yes. M-married.



Victoria

Since I was a child, I've...

I've dreamt of my wedding day.

I always hoped to find someone

I was deeply in love with.

Someone to spend

the rest of my life with.

 Silly, isn't it?


Victor

- Yes, silly.

No. No, not at all, no.

(attempts to lean his arm on the piano nonchalantly, and knocks a vase over in the process)

Oh, dear. I'm sorry.


But Victoria just picks up the flower from the vase and smells it absent mindedly. She looks shyly at Victor and offers him the flower, he takes it from her slowly, both of them gazing at each other shyly. He places it in his jacket pocket.


Mrs. Everglot

 What impropriety is this?!

(Victor and Victoria jump apart)

You shouldn't be alone together.

Here it is, one minute before

and you're not at the rehearsal.

Pastor Galswells is waiting.

Come at once.

 

At the church, the parents sit in chairs behind the alter where two candles and two glasses of wine are set on either side of the Bible. Victor and Victoria stand before the alter each holding a candle, pastor Galswells is behind the alter


Pastor Galswells

(annoyed)

 Master Van Dort,

from the beginning. Again.

"With this hand,

I will lift your sorrows.

Your cup will never empty,

for I will be your wine.

With this candle,

I will light your way in darkness.

With this ring, I ask you to be mine."

- Let's try it again.


Victor

- Yes. Yes, sir.

With this candle...


He attempts to light the candle in his hand off the one to the right of the Bible. It wont light


This candle...

This candle…



Mrs. Vandort –

 Shall I get up there and do it for him?


Mr. VanDort

 Don't get all aflutter, dear.


Victor

With this candle...



Pastor Galswells 

Continue!

Let’s just pick it up at the candle bit…


Victor

Yes. Yes, sir. Certainly.


Victoria leans over and lights his candle off of her own, already lit

Victor lifts his left hand


Pastor Galswells

 - Right.


Victor

Right. Oh, right! 

(switches hands)

With this... This...


Pastor Galswells

 - Hand.


Victor

With this hand...

(takes Victoria’s hand in his own and steps forward)

...I... With...

(causes them both to bump into the alter, he has stepped to far)


Pastor Galswells 

Three steps, three!

Can you not count? Do you not wish

to be married, Master Van Dort?


Victor

- No! No.


Victoria

- You do not?



Victor

No! I meant, no,

I do not not wish to be married.

That is, I want very much to...


Pastor Galswells

Smacks him with the bible

 Pay attention! Have you

even remembered to bring the ring?


Victor

The ring? Yes. Of course.


He pulls the ring from his pocket so fast that he tosses it behind him, it rolls into the congregation seats behind him, he drops his candle and dives for the ring)


Pastor Galswells  

Dropping the ring!


Mrs. VanDort

 - Oh, no, he's dropped the ring!



Pastor Galswells  -

 This boy doesn't want to get married!


Victor

Excuse me. Got it!

 

The candle has landed on the end of Mrs. Everglots dress, the lights glow red and people begin to panic as she realizes she is on fire)


Mr. Everglot
Out of the way, you ninny.


Mr. VanDort 

Oh, dear! Oh, my! Giddy on, there's a

woman on fire! Help! Emergency!


Mrs. Vandort

- Oh, I hope it doesn't stain.


Mrs. Everglot

 Stop fanning it, you fool!


Mrs. Vandort – 

Get a bucket, get a bucket.


Mr. VanDort –

 I'm on my way, dear. Yes. Oh, dear!


Victor tosses the contents of his wine glass on Mrs. Everglot. The lights return to normal


Pastor Galswells  

Enough! (stepping out from behind the alter) This wedding cannot take place

until he is properly prepared.

Young man, learn your vows.


Blackout

Lights back on victor sits alone on the edge of the stage, warming the ring in his fingers


Victor

Oh, Victoria.

She must think I'm such a fool.

This day couldn't get any worse.


Town crier enters ringing a bell


Town Crier

Hear ye, hear ye! Rehearsal in ruins

as Van Dort boy causes chaos!

Fishy fiancé could be canned!

Everglots all fired up

as Van Dort disaster ruins rehearsal!


Victors sighs and slides off the stage he walks around the front of the apron talking to himself


Victor

It really shouldn't be all that difficult.

It's just a few simple vows.

With this hand, I will take your wine.

No.

With this hand...

...I will cup your...

Oh, goodness, no.

(he is walking around the stage up the right stairs as the curtains open and reveal the forest.)


With this...

With this...

With this candle, I will...

I will...

I will set your mother on fire.

(flops down onto the steps before him, hands over his face)

Oh, it's no use.

(but then he remembers Victoria’s flower, takes it from his jacket, looks at it and then stand with new determination)

With this hand,

I will lift your sorrows.

Your cup will never empty,

for I will be your wine.

(Talks to the nearest trees)

Mrs. Everglot.

You look ravishing this evening.

What's that, Mr. Everglot?

Call you "Dad"? If you insist, sir.

With this candle,

I will light your way in darkness.

With this ring...

...I ask you to be mine.

(places the ring on a tree branch before him. There is the ominous cry of a crow, we can see Victor tensing as he reaches back towards the tree to retrieve his ring as though he can sense somethings wrong. And then the tree branch reaches out and catches his arm, he struggles until it lets him go, falling to the ground. By now there is a break in the snow before the tree and a body is slowly crawling out. It’s a woman, she stands and pulls back her veil as the snow falls away revealing a corpse dressed in a wedding gown)


Emily

I do.


(Victor bolts and Emily slowly follows, she glows and carries a boquet)

The lights dim and we see Victor run back around to center stage of the apron, looking lost and near tears. The curtains have closed upon Emily but as victor backs up the music swells and they open just as he turns around to find her behind him. She pulls him close and he trembles in her arms.


You may kiss the bride.


Scene, the underworld bar, skeletons in various forms of decay crowd around two tables and a piano, all drinking having a good time, a few are the “happy drunk” stage Victor is slumped on the ground in the center of all the chaos, a few crowd around him and others look on, pints in their hands


Skeleton 1

A new arrival!


Emily 

 He must've fainted.

- Are you all right?


Victor -

 What..? What happened?



Skeleton 2

By Jove, man. Looks like

we've got ourselves a breather.



Skeleton 3

- Does he have a dead brother?


Dwarf 

(pokes Victor)

 He's still soft.


Skeleton 1

(Stands on the table)

A toast, then.

To the newlyweds.



Victor

Newlyweds?

 

The corpses pull him to his feet


Emily

In the woods,

you said your vows so perfectly.



Victor 

I did?

I did.

Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!


Skeleton 4

Coming through, coming through.

My name is Paul, I am the head waiter.

I will be creating your wedding feast.


Skeleton 2

Wedding feast! I'm salivating.


Victor

(grabs the sword edge sticking out of the dwarfs back, pulling the dwarf with it.)

Keep away!

I've got a...

I've got a dwarf.

And I'm not afraid to use him.

I want some questions. Now!


Dwarf

- Answers. I think you mean "answers."


Victor

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15 Comments

Reply Daniel
2:15 PM on October 4, 2011 
Hi. i realy need all de scipt for this movie, someone have it all and help me....?........this one of the parts buts i need all of them.......if someone have it please send me a copy to my mail.....i go a thanks a lot.......
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Reply shauna
11:27 AM on January 12, 2012 
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2:15 PM on February 10, 2012 
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8:50 PM on June 17, 2012 
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7:07 PM on July 3, 2012 
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