2006 Madame Sarita's Spirit Parlour Script

This is the script we used for Carnival of Souls 2006. It's very close to the final script, although at the last minute, we added an brief scene with the audience favorites from previous years, the floating skull spirits named Gunther and Durgan. If I can find the final script, I will add that scene to the script. Anyway, without further ado, here's the 2006 Spirit Parlour script:

Sarita

Hi, everyone. Welcome to Madame Sarita's Spirit Parlour. I am Madame Sarita, spirit medium and ghost talker, and I've asked you here to help me with a very important task.

How many of you remember Sarah Beaumont from last year? Well, for those of you who don't know, she's a friend of mine, a ghost from the wild west days, and she's been contacting me during my trances. She needs our help! Will you help me contact her tonight?

Great! Let's get started!

Ghosts and specters of the Carnival of Souls
Come out of your graves, come out of your holes

Skeletons and zombies, please give us a fright
And join in the story of this Halloween night

Spirits from the dark, I now summon you
I send out this call, I deliver it true

Appear before us in your spectral shroud
I give the dead voice, now speak ye, aloud!

Sarah appears.
Sarah

Sarita! Thank goodness! I wasn't sure you received my ghostly visions!

Sarita

What's wrong, Sarah? Why did you contact me?

Sarah

Oh, Sarita, it's horrible! I have learned that Marius Blackwood is up to no good again, and this time, it's YOU he threatens, not me!

Sarita

What? What do you mean?

Sarah

Marius has found a way to break his pact with the Dark Powers of the Earth! He's going to escape back into the mortal world to get revenge on you!

Sarita

Oh, no!

Sarita turns to the audience to explain.

Marius Blackwood was the evil ringleader of the carnival back in wild west days. He tormented poor Sarah in life, and continues to torment her in death. He made a pact with the Dark Powers of the Earth, and now he's paying the price for it, but every Halloween he tries to break free, and we keep beating him back.

Sounds like he's looking for revenge on me for helping Sarah for so long.

Sarah

That's right, Sarita. If he breaks free, you and everyone in your parlour will be the first to go.

Sarita

Sarah, how can we stop him? How is he going to break the pact?

Enter Marius Blackwood.
Marius

Ha ha ha! Using the Scroll of Aldoleth of course! Muah hah ha haa!

Sarah, Sarita

MARIUS!

Marius

That's right! This scroll tells how to summon the Dark Powers of the Earth, but by studying it, I've found a loophole I can slip through and escape!

And you two fell right into my trap! Escaping the Dark Powers of the Earth requires me to destroy both a ghost and a mortal at the same time in order to break the dark pact I made with them.

And all I had to do was let slip what I was planning on doing, and like a FOOL, Sarah, you summoned Sarita right to me! Ha ha ha ha ha! Now I've got you right where I want you! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Sarita

Look out, Sarah!

Hocus Pocus!

A spell flashes out and fizzles against Marius.
Marius

Foolish gypsy! Did you not learn your lesson last year?

Abra cadabra!

Sarita

Sim Sala Bim!

Lightning crackles against Sarita, but a mystical shield blocks the spell.
Marius

Ah, impressive, gypsy, you've been practicing! But you're still no match for me!

Sarita

We'll see about that!

Presto chango!

More spells.
Marius

Abracadabra!

More spells, this time Sarita collapses to the ground.
Marius

Ah haaa! Now it's time to finish you off once and for all, gypsy!

Marius begins chanting ominously.

Seos somni mortis, sancti theodos arashi...

Sarah

Primematum!

A powerful spell blasts from Sarah and staggers Marius. He drops the Scroll on the ground.
Marius

Rrrrr! Sarah!

Marius composes himself.

Sooo... you've been dabbling in the black arts as well, have you my sweet? How very unlike you.

Sarah

I thought I should know more about them since you keep using them against my friends.

Marius

Well, let's see just how good you are with them then, my pretty!

Marius starts advancing on Sarah. Sarah looks scared.
Sarah

Primematum!

Marius is knocked backward a way, but still comes. Sarah looks more scared.
Sarah

Primamatum opus!

Marius is knocked back again, but still comes. Sarah looks desperate.
Sarah

Primamatum deos!

Marius is knocked back only slightly, then lunges at Sarah.
Marius

Ha! One spell? And a couple of power words? That's all you know? Ha ha ha ha ha! This is too easy! I've dropped your gypsy friend, and now all I have to do is drop YOU. Ha ha ha. Nothing personal, Sarah, but it's going to take a much more powerful spell than that to stop ME!

Sarita

How about this one, Marius?

Sarita grabs the Scroll and begins reading.

Zazas, Zazas, Nasantanada, Zazas!

A huge magic circle covered in runes appears behind Sarita and turns.
Marius

NO! YOU FOOL! THAT'S THE SPELL TO SUMMON THE DARK POWERS OF THE EARTH!

Sarita

...I know.

A rumbling noise rises to a cacophony as the Dark Powers of the Earth coalesce from the very vapors around to form a giant, evil-looking head. This is where we can have bats flying around, skulls flying about, etc.
Dark Powers

WHO SUMMONS THE DARK POWERS OF THE EARTH TO THE MORTAL PLANE!?!?!

Sarita

Uh, it is I, Madame Sarita.

Dark powers assess Sarita slowly.
Dark Powers

WHAT PACT DO YOU SEEK TO MAKE WITH US ON THIS HALLOWEEN NIGHT?

Sarita

I seek to stop Marius Blackwood from escaping into the mortal world.

Instantly, Marius is shrouded in a vile red nimbus. He cries out in agony and cowers.
Dark Powers

DONE. NOW FOR OUR DEMANDS. THIS PLACE IS A WEAK SPOT BETWEEN THE MORTAL WORLD AND THE LANDS OF THE DEAD. YOU, MADAME SARITA, SHALL SERVE AS GUARDIAN, ENSURING THAT NONE OF OUR... PLAYTHINGS... ESCAPE FROM OUR CLUTCHES.

Sarah

No, Sarita, you mustn't!

Sarita

How long must I do this?

Dark Powers

INSOLENT MORTAL! DO YOU NOT KNOW WITH WHOM YOU BARTER? YOU MUST DO THIS FOR LIFE! YOU SHALL SERVE AS GUARDIAN UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE! DO YOU ACCEPT THE PACT, OR SHALL I UNLEASH MARIUS UPON THESE MORTALS RIGHT NOW?

Sarah

Sarita, no!

Sarita

I have no choice, Sarah. I accept.

Dark Powers

IT IS DONE. YOU ARE NOW OUR SERVANT UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE. BREAK NOT THE PACT, FOR YOUR SOUL IS FORFEIT SHOULD YOU TRY. AND DO NOT SUMMON US AGAIN, GYPSY - WE SHALL NOT BE SO GENEROUS NEXT TIME!

The dark powers vanish.
Marius

Ha ha ha ha ha. Well, you've stopped me again this year, Sarita, but it came at a terrible price, didn't it? And you won't be able to call your little friends again NEXT year. One of these Halloweens, your luck will run out, and I'll be free! And then it will be YOU who must suffer the wrath of the Dark Powers. Ha ha ha ha ha!

Dark Powers (from offstage)

COME, PLAYTHING! WE HAVE A SCORE TO SETTLE!

The cage Marius is in shakes, and Marius screams as he vanishes.
Sarah

Sarita, what have you done?

Sarita

It was the only way, Sarah. Besides, it's not so bad, really. I had already dedicated my life to acting as a guardian between this world and yours. I don't need some dark force to tell me to do that.

Sarah

But if you should ever let anything through...

Sarita

I'm not going to. Besides, things are looking up.

Sarah

How's that?

Sarita

Well, look at all the people I have to help me in this task. I've got all the good ghosts of the carnival of souls, right?

Sarah

(Laughing) That's right.

Sarita

(To audience) And you all will help me watch out for ghosts, won't you?

See? There's no way any evil ghosts are going to slip through on my watch! And there's something else, too.

Sarah

What's that?

Sarita

Watch this!

Shazam!

Sarita waves her arms at the audience, and a "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" sign pops up in front of the audience.

The dark powers granted me some of their power so I can act as their guardian. I can feel it pulsing in my veins. I'm a lot stronger now than I was before. If Marius tries anything next year, he's going to be in for the surprise of his life!

Sarah

(Laughing) Sounds like you've got things under control until next Halloween, Sarita! Well, I must be going now. Good bye, Sarita!

Sarita

Good bye, Sarah!

Sarah

Good bye, everyone, and...Happy Halloween!

Exit Sarah
Sarita

Wow, that was a close one again this year, but we sure taught Marius Blackwood a lesson, didn't we? Yeah. Thanks for coming, and have a safe and scary Halloween!