THE LITTLE SHARK
by Gareth Barsby
The Little Shark is a retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story The Little Mermaid and a loose adaptation of the author’s own story of the same name (it can be read at this link – https://myweirdwriting.wordpress.com/index/ – but the story is meant for an older audience than this script and has a more bittersweet ending than the script. Some stories on the blog also contain foul language).
Derek is a shark that is unhappy with his lot in life. He hates being feared and hated and he hates Dark Side, the evil embodiment of shark’s killer instinct that is trying to get him to do monstrous deeds. One stormy night, he saves a human girl, Jenny, from drowning, and falls in love with her, deciding he wants to be human.
That’s where Gwen comes in. She, along with her idiotic assistants Bob and Rob, have been building a machine that turns fish into humans. Thus, thanks to her, both Derek and his friend Acacia are converted to human form. Derek, however, still finds himself haunted and tortured by Dark Side, who wants him to kill and menace people on land. The only way to defeat Dark Side once and for all is for Derek, along with Jenny, Gwen and Jenny’s mother Wendy, to go into Derek’s mind using one of Gwen’s inventions and rebuke Dark Side and his skeleton army.
OSCAR – the octopus narrator
DEREK – a shark of about 18 who wants to be human
ACACIA –Derek’s sarcastic shark friend of the same age
JENNY – a human teenage girl, about 18, who Derek falls in love with
GWEN – a mad scientist sea-witch, around her late 20’s, a green scaly humanoid
DARK SIDE – Derek’s dark side who wants him to eat fish
BOB AND ROB – Gwen’s stupid lab assistants
WENDY – Jenny’s mother
SEA CREATURES – a FISH, a CRAB and a TURTLE
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