Pancake Day Assembly
Cast of 30. Duration 15 - 20 minutes. Maybe a case of too many cooks in the kitchen? And whoever said flipping a pancake was easy? Definitely time somebody in the kitchen gave up something for Lent - could the belly size of that Master Chef, Monsieur Bon Appetit, be a clue?
This is a light-hearted assembly based on Shrove Tuesday - otherwise known as Pancake Day or Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday!
Narrator: Hmm! But the whole point of Shrove Tuesday
Chef 13: Is that it’s the last day before Lent!
Chef 14: Which is all about giving up things.
Narrator: And how long does Lent last?
Chef 15: Well, traditionally it’s forty days
Chef 16: Between Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday
Chef 17: Or around six weeks leading up to Easter.
Narrator: OK. So going back to Shrove Tuesday, why the pancakes?
Chef 18: Well, I guess they’re a way of using up things like eggs, milk and sugar before this time of fasting?
Narrator: (Clapping) Ah! You guess right! Congratulations! So, what are we waiting for?
(Enter Master Chef)
Master Chef: Or shouldn’t that be, who are we waiting for? Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten Moi?
Narrator: Ah! You must be
Master Chef: Monsieur Bon Appetit!
Narrator: A fine name
Master Chef: For a fine chef! The best! Moi? Je suis magnifique!
Narrator: (Aside) And so very humble! (To Master Chef) Monsieur, we are delighted you could join us today!
Master Chef: Mon plaisir! (Looking around) So, where is mon cuisine?
(Everyone looks around in confusion)
Narrator: Er, I think it might be helpful if you could try and stick to English.
Master Chef: (Huffily) As you wish! So, where is my pan? Where are my ingredients? Where
Narrator: (Interrupting) Oh don’t worry! We’ve got all that sorted! Look! You have an army of chefs to help you!
Master Chef: (Muttering to audience) Hmph! Ever heard the expression ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’?
Narrator: Sorry, we didn’t quite catch that!
Master Chef: Oh don’t worry! Just saying what a delightful set of helpers I have here today! So, let us start.
(Enter Chefs 19 - 28 with ‘kitchen props’; chefs proceed to prepare pancakes under watchful eye of Master Chef, who stands over and checks their every move, occasionally stepping in to show them how it is done ‘properly’)