How scripted is dance moms

Is the Show Scripted? The Cast Reveals the Truth

When Lifetime first thought of the concept for Dance Moms, they had no idea that it would be so successful. But for 8 seasons, fans were absolutely enamored with the talented dancers, their mothers, and the inevitable drama the show fostered. Because the show was so incredibly volatile, fans have often questioned if the show was real or fake. But is the popular reality TV show scripted? The cast got candid about the truth.

Dance Moms Season 2 cast | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Is ‘Dance Moms’ scripted?

Most shows that are branded as “reality” have a scripted component. However, Dance Moms is unique in that the original cast didn’t get a script. Because almost all of the original cast knew each other for years prior to the show filming, they had a history with one another that created natural drama, especially in the early seasons.

The cast got candid about if the show is real or fake

Back in 2020, Holly Hatcher-Frazier, Melissa Gisoni, Kelly Hyland, and Jill Vertes gave a joint interview about their experiences on the show. In the interview, Hatcher-Frazier and Gisoni revealed that Dance Moms fans are constantly questioning them about whether the show was real or fake. “I will say no one ever handed me a script,” Hatcher-Frazier shared with Entertainment Tonight.

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But even though the show wasn’t scripted there were elements that were fabricated or enhanced. The producers would often do clever editing to make the show more interesting. Furthermore, the producers were very skilled at mapping out a storyline and doing everything in their power to manipulate the cast into delivering the storyline that they wanted.

How the ‘Dance Moms’ producers set the cast up

“We never got a script but they knew what they wanted every week and they would set you up,” Gisoni revealed, speaking about the producers of Dance Moms. “That’s really what reality shows are you know.” “The producers would have three storylines that they really manipulated us to get to,” Vertes shared, echoing her long-time friend.

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By listening in on the cast’s conversations, the producers were able to get tons of information that would help feed the narrative that they created. Furthermore, in many instances, it was the producers (not Abby Lee Miller) who controlled who got solos, duos, and trios and determined where the dancers fell on the pyramid. This was another tactic that was used to create drama and heighten already existing tension.

In many ways ‘Dance Moms’ was just like any other reality TV show

While Dance Moms may not be a scripted show, it was still highly produced just like any other reality TV show. Fans need only to look at deleted scenes to see that not everyone was represented accurately. Furthermore, the cast (especially the dancers) had a lot more fun times together that never made it to the screen. Dance Moms may not have been fake, but it wasn’t entirely real either.

What The Dance Moms Cameras Didn't Show You


By Meg Walters/Aug. 7, 2020 5:20 pm EST

Ever since Dance Moms first aired on Lifetime in 2011, people have been hooked on the addictive and super dramatic reality show. And, as fans of the series know, the tiny dancers featured on Dance Moms have gone on to enjoy wildly successful careers after leaving the studio. 

Dance Moms follows young dancers — and, of course, the moms of said dancers — as they navigate the crazy world of competitive dance. Even a casual viewer of the show can attest that life at the Abby Lee Dance Company (or ALDC) is always eventful. From the legendary cat fights between the titular dance moms, to the emotional outbursts of the young girls, as well as Miller's dramatic, made-for-reality-TV tirades — every episode of this show is packed with drama.

But what about all of the drama that never makes it to the screen? As it turns out, some of Dance Moms funniest bloopers — as well as the most controversial moments from the famous Abby Lee Dance Company — were never actually shown on the screen. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at everything the cameras didn't show you on Dance Moms.

Dance Moms' famous dance pyramid segment could take hours to film


Even though Dance Moms was a reality show, some bits took quite a long time to film — much longer, in fact, than it would have taken in real life! 

For instance, the regular Dance Moms pyramid segment reportedly took two to three hours to film on average — even though the actual segment only seemed like a few minutes to viewers. In a 2019 video, former Dance Moms star Chloe Lukasiak confessed that the segment could actually  be pretty harrowing to film. "When pyramid started, that took about . .. I wanna say on average two hours to film," Lukasiak claimed. She explained that this lengthy filming time took its toll on the girls. Added Chloe, "Imagine standing there for two hours listening to your dance teacher talk — and most of the time she's telling five out six children however horrible they are!" 

Apparently, the long hours led to children and moms getting annoyed, which Lukasiak believes naturally led to even more fights and drama between them. That certainly makes sense to us!

The kids had to audition to be on Dance Moms


The drama on Dance Moms — as is the case for the majority of reality shows on the market –was somewhat orchestrated by producers. However, what many people may not realize is that the Dance Moms cast was carefully selected to appear on the show. 

While one might think the girls (and mothers) featured on the show just happened to be members of Abby Lee Miller's dance studio, the girls actually had to go through an audition process to get their places on the team.  Payton Ackerman, one of the former dancers from the show, opened up about how she and her mom wound up on our screens. 

In a candid video, Payton said that the producers asked various girls to film their everyday lives before they attended interviews with their moms. While Payton's dance team audition didn't impress Abby, Payton explained that the producers loved her mom's dramatic outburst so much that they put them on the show as regulars. 

Payton Ackerman claims she was made to look like a villain in the Dance Moms editing room


Payton Ackerman joined Dance Moms in Season 2 when she was 15 years old (via Woman's Day). And it wasn't long before Payton and her mom were quickly established as the new "bad guys" of the Abby Lee Dance Company universe.

In a 2018 YouTube video, Payton revealed the truth about her time on the show. According to the Dance Moms star, the producers of the show were careful to portray the dancer and her mom in a very specific light. "They immediately made us look like the bad people," Payton claimed. She continued, explaining, "You know, like the crazy ones, the bullies, all that stuff." Apparently, according to Payton, some of her interviews were even edited to twist the meaning of what she'd said!

Eventually, Payton started to find the pressure of being portrayed as a bully too much to handle, and she took a step back from filming. "It got to the point where I was getting death threats," she explained.

Some situations were definitely staged on Dance Moms


The team behind Dance Moms always knew how to stir up the drama to create must-watch reality TV — and they weren't afraid to use every trick in the book. 

In addition to the producers twisting reality in order to paint Payton Ackerman and her mother as villains, it seems producers also used their influence to create some other select situations. As Payton said in her confessional video, "They set up situations that might have not actually happened, which causes a reaction.

Nia Sioux also opened up about how certain elements of the show were staged, revealing in a YouTube video, "We had producers, we had things that happened that we didn't control and that people kind of manipulated." However, Nia went on to clarify that the show was never scripted despite having the occasional setup. While we'll probably never know what was real and what was fake, it's pretty clear that Dance Moms viewers should watch the show with a cautious eye and take everything they see onscreen with a grain of salt.

The girls were tutored together while filming Dance Moms


Dance Moms wasn't just fun, games, dancing, and drama! After all, the girls still had homework to do.

As it turns out, filming a reality TV show takes a lot of time — which means there's not much time left for school! However, according to the Dance Moms stars, the young dancers all did their schoolwork together in a doctor's office across the street from the Abby Lee Dance Company studio. As Chloe Lukasiak explained, the girls all used a nearby doctor's office as their "base camp." The office served as a space for breaks, lunch, interviews, and tutoring. According to former Dance Moms star, JoJo Siwa, confirmed that after morning classes and lunch in the base camp, the girls all head to the studio, or "set," as JoJo called it, to film.

Nia Sioux also spoke about the bizarre schooling setup. "We shared a school teacher across many grade levels," Nia said. She continued, recalling, "It's really funny — we all just shared this one tutor for seven years." 

Abby Lee Miller was actually worse when the Dance Moms cameras were off


As Dance Moms know all too well, no one wants to be on the receiving end of the terror and fury of Abby Lee Miller. 

The dance teacher is famous for her super tough approach to teaching the dancers — and her explosive tantrums and tirades are practically legendary. It would be hard to imagine Abby being any worse than she is on the show; however, according to some of the dancers, the cameras didn't always show their teacher's worst outbursts. In an interview with Studio 10, the Dance Moms cast confirmed that Miller's attitude wasn't only real, it was actually toned down for the show. "She would be worse when the cameras weren't around," Jill Vertes, one of the moms said. Jill continued, explaining that Abby toned it down "because she really doesn't want everybody to hate her."

According to Nia Sioux, some of Abby's rages were even edited out. Nia revealed, "There were some things that they couldn't air actually, because they were a little hard." No wonder the kids were apparently "traumatized" by the dance teacher.

The dance solos on Dance Moms weren't actually being judged


Many Dance Moms episodes ended with the team taking part in a dance competition, during which viewers got to see the girls perform their solos and group numbers in front of judges before receiving their scores — and, occasionally, their trophies.  

While everything looked pretty ordinary on screen, the competition dances were far from organic. Instead, former Dance Moms stars insist that even the competitions were set up by the show's producers.

Nia Sioux revealed in a YouTube video that the dances viewers saw on Dance Moms weren't actually the real dances that were judged. Apparently, the girls had to do every dance twice — once for the judges, and once for the cameras. "The second time, not for judging, the judges even leave the room," Nia explained. She continued, saying, "It's just for the cameras so that they can get shots and angles." While Sioux's revelation about the false nature of the competition dances does kind of ruin the illusion of the show, it's easy to see why they'd need to film some of the dances again from different perspectives. 

Dance Moms' Kelly Hyland was arrested after her blowout with Abby Lee Miller


Dance Moms had plenty of incredibly dramatic moments during its time on air. However, some made more of a splash than others. 

In one of the biggest rows in Dance Moms history, Kelly Hyland, Brooke and Paige Hyland's mom, had a massive yelling match with Abby Lee Miller. At one point during the confrontation, Kelly even slapped Abby across the face and yanked on her hair. Apparently, the famous Season 4 fight was so bad that it actually resulted in an assault lawsuit. However, the case wasn't quite as cut and dry as it might appear (via CBS). According to Kelly's attorney, Kelly claimed that she had been encouraged to hit Abby by the show's producers. "It was part of the script," she explained. 

According to ABC News, Kelly was still ultimately charged with assault and ordered to "stay away from [Abby]." For anyone questioning the high tensions on the show, it seems that the "made-for-TV" drama was real enough to result in a shockingly dramatic (and very real) court case.

Dance Moms' Kalani Hilliker was never a part of Abby Lee Miller's studio


Apparently, Dance Moms fibbed about the origins of some of its young dance stars.

Dancer Kalani Hilliker first appeared on Dance Moms in 2014 (via IMDb). However, unlike the other young dancers on the show, Hilliker wasn't actually a student at the Abby Lee Dance Company. This was revealed in 2014, when Melissa Gisoni and her daughters Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler appeared on Afterbuzz TV to reveal some little known facts about the show. The family explained that because Kalani lived in Arizona, she was only ever at the studio for the filming — and not because she was attending a class taught by Abby Lee Miller.

According to Melissa and her dancing daughters, the producers created fake groups of dancers for the sake of the show. In fact, Mackenzie didn't actually dance with the other girls in real life, as she was too young. It certainly seems like the version of reality viewers were fed was a bit further from the truth than Dance Moms ever let on.

The pyramid system was actually invented by the Dance Moms producers


As diehard Dance Moms fans know, one of the most iconic regular sequences in the show was the pyramid scene used to start off each episode. The harsh rating system always seemed like an obvious thing for a cutthroat teacher like Abby Lee Miller to inflict upon her students. However, the setup was actually invented by the show's producers — not by Abby.

Dance Moms' Chloe Lukasiak revealed how it all began in a YouTube video, explaining that pyramid began as "chalkboard." Chloe went on to say, "No, we never did pyramid before the show." The former Dance Moms star joked that it would have been a ridiculous system to do with no cameras around, saying, "It's not a normal thing to do." Chloe continued to sarcastically mock the pyramid ranking system, saying in a mocking tone, "Let's rank children and tell them how terrible they are. [...] It's so healthy."

Of course, Chloe makes a good point! That pyramid segment must have been seriously traumatic for the kids, especially if it was only being done for the sake of the show's drama.

The Dance Moms producers tried to encourage drama whenever they could


A few Dance Moms stars have confessed that the show's most dramatic and unforgettable scenes were nearly always encouraged by the producers.  

According to Camryn Bridges, who appeared on Season 8 of Dance Moms, the producers told the moms they had to fight if they wanted to get paid. She went on to explain that the producers were "mean sometimes," and would instigate fights amongst the moms by spreading rumors and gossip. "It is very heavily produced," Camryn confessed in a YouTube video.

Maddie Ziegler also spoke about the production team to USA Today. "The producers set it up to make us all yell at each other," she explained. Maddie continued, revealing, "The moms have a fake fight sometimes. Afterward they just start talking and laugh about it." Of course, anyone who has watched Dance Moms can probably see for themselves that the fights are a little too intense and much too frequent to be 100 percent genuine and organic in nature. 

Camryn Bridges and Kamyrn Smith experienced racism on Dance Moms


Dance Moms rarely touched upon the topic of racism during its television run; however, it's always been clear that racial tensions ran high at the Abby Lee Dance Company.  

Since leaving the show, some of Dance Moms' Black cast members have opened up about the discrimination and racist treatment they received while filming. In 2020, Adriana Smith — mom to dancer Kamryn Smith — took to Instagram to explain her experience on the show. According to the mom, Abby Lee Miller once told her, "I know you grew up in the [hood] with only a box of [eight] crayons, but I grew up in the Country Club with a box of 64 ... Don't be stupid."

Apparently, Camryn Bridges also found Abby's treatment to be discriminatory. In 2019, Camryn explained in a YouTube video how Abby once made an undeniably racist comment in class. "One time she told me that the bottom of my feet looked weird because the top of my feet were brown and the bottom were white and none of the other people's were like that," Camryn revealed. However, these undeniably racist comments never made it to air.

Abby Lee Miller claims Maddie Ziegler was set up to forget her routine in one memorable Dance Moms episode


In one of Dance Moms' most famous scenes, Maddie Ziegler, who was famously Abby Lee Miller's favorite student, broke down in the middle of a performance after forgetting her routine. According to Abby, however, the moment was all set up by producers of the show. 

Abby wrote about the incident in her book, Everything I Learned In Life, I Learned In Dance Class "They set the ball in motion at the beginning of the week so that Maddie didn't have enough studio time to finish learning her solo," Abby explained (via Radar Online). Apparently, Ziegler was sent out of the studio while she was learning the routine, which meant she had to learn the rest of it the morning of her performance.

According to Abby, the cameraman on the same episode "didn't know what he was doing," and caused four other kids to forget their routines. It seems the production team's influence went a little too far during this upsetting moment.

The Dance Moms dancers only got to be "normal" kids one night per week


Dance Moms stars are no strangers to hard work and long hours.

With school, dance classes, competitions, and filming on their plates, it's hard to imagine that the kids of Dance Moms had time to do, well, much of anything that "normal" kids had time to do!  In a YouTube video, Chloe Lucasiak confirmed that the dancers didn't have much time for anything other than dance. According to Chloe, all of the dancers' time was taken up by schoolwork or dancing — aside from Saturday evenings, which was their only real "day" off. 

"We would watch movies, we would give each other massages, crazy makeup tutorials," Chloe revealed, explaining how she and her fellow dancers spent their time off. She continued, saying, "That was like our one night of the week where we really got to be kids." As fun as that sounds, having only one night off after a huge competition day doesn't seem like quite enough time for young kids to truly kick back, unwind, and just be young. 

Voydak Dmitry. When the stars dance

Nocturne for flute and star.
Mom Elf

Darkness. Flute music sounds. In turn, one after another, small stars light up in the black sky, and slowly sway to the beat of the music. Gradually, light is gaining, illuminating a small room with a bed and a window. Little Elf sits on the bed and plays the flute

MOM'S VOICE Son, it's time for bed.
(music stops, stars go out)
ELFIK Maaam, can I play a little more?
MOM You can't.
Elfik Why?
MOM Because it's already dark.
ELFIK Why is it dark?
MOMMA Well, because the sun goes to bed.
ELFIK Why does it go to sleep?
MOM Because it shone all day and was tired...
ELFIK Why is it tired? After all, I played all day and was not tired ...
MOM Well, you're not tired!... And the sun is tired, and everyone needs to sleep.
ELFIK Why do you need to sleep?
MOM Because it's supposed to be.
ELFIK And why is it necessary?
MOM Then it's already night.
ELFIK Why night?
MOMMA Well, what kind of why are you! ... I don’t know “why the night” ... I only know that everyone should sleep at night.
ELFIK Everything, everything?
MOM Everything is everything.
ELFIK And you?
Mom and I.
ELFIK And if you can't sleep?
MOM You can't sleep.
ELFIK Why not?
MOM Why - why .. Because the dragon will fly!
ELFIK What dragon?
MOM Sleepy dragon. And take you home.
ELFIK Where does he live?
MOTHER On a sleeping star... There the dragon takes everyone who does not sleep at night. So lie back and close your eyes.

sings a lullaby

Sleep, my boy, bye-bye.
Close your eyes.
Close, close,
Sleep soon.

ELFIK Mom, what is the night like?
MOM Dark probably .. sleep.

The night looked in the window,
So it's time to sleep.
It's time to sleep, it's time to sleep,
Everyone goes to bed until morning.

ELFIK Mom, who lives at night?
MOM Everyone lives. Just falling asleep in their beds.

Bye-bye, bye-bye
Sleep soon.

ELFIK Mom, what's the night for when everyone is asleep?
MOM Night for the stars, they don't sleep.
ELFIK And for whom then are the stars, if no one sees them?
MOM But they see everyone from the sky.
ELFIK Aren't they sad one night?
MOM I don't know, maybe it's sad...sleep.

Who does not sleep does not see a dream,
A dragon will fly to that.
Arrive, arrive,
And knock on the window.

ELFIK Mom, have you seen a dragon?
MOM He didn't come to me. I do sleep at night. And you close your eyes...

On your dragon tail
Will take you to the star.
There is anyone in the edge of the night
Falls asleep soundly.

Bye-bye, bye-bye
Close your eyes.
May you have a sweet dream,
And the dragon will not fly.


MOM Well done. Goodnight.

Kisses Elfik and leaves. Complete silence for a while0010

ELFIK (opening her eyes, softly) Night…and I wonder what it is like this night? Why can't you see her? Why are the stars sad, and why do they not sleep at night? Why is a sleepy dragon, and when will it arrive?. .. HEY...Hey, dragon, but I'm not sleeping...I'm still awake....Come, tell me about the night....(silence) mmm...probably he fell asleep...I so I'll never know about the night and the stars...

Sighing heavily, Elfik took the flute and slowly began to play. As soon as a quiet melody sounded, there was a barely audible knock on the window

ELFIK (stopping playing, quietly) Who is this?

Silence… The elf started playing again, and again there was a knock on the window

ELFIK (stopping playing) Little dragon, is that you?

Silence…and for the third time, along with the music, a knock on the window is heard, but as soon as the music stops, the knocking ends
ELFIK I'll open it now

Opens a window. From the street, through the open window, the branches of a tree swaying in the wind enter the room

ELFIK (upset) mmmm… it's just a tree… (sighing) and I thought it was a dragon…

Starts to close the window, but stops and stares into the darkness. Among the general silence, the sounds of the night become audible - the sound of the breeze, the rustle of leaves, the creaking of trees, the chirping of cicadas. All these sounds gradually add up for the Elfic into many quiet mysterious voices, and he already clearly hears the alluring and calling whisper of the night:

VOICES Tree branches showing through the window, as if someone's hands are calling him to them ...

Voices Night-Night-CCHCHCHCHCHCHCHCHCHCHChchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchcy ... ... Grusesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss ... .. Schuchchychchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchchlas And somewhere in the sky the stars do not sleep ... and they are probably sad alone ... Well, of course! It's such a shame not to sleep when everyone around is sleeping and no one is playing with you.
In the black sky, several stars blinked slightly noticeably and faded out again.

The sky blinked with stars once more
Don’t be sad, stars, I’m not sleeping either ... (takes a flute and climbs a tree through the open window) let’s play. I will play the flute for you. Don't be sad, stars!

Starts playing. In the black sky, the stars slowly light up, at first with pale, barely noticeable lights, but gradually become larger, brighter and brighter, and soon the whole sky is illuminated by many bright stars. They sway to the beat of the music, as if dancing. One of the stars, the brightest, sways stronger than the others from side to side and suddenly, breaking loose, falls down .... The elf, having screamed, stops playing and follows the shooting star with his eyes. As it falls, the stars in the sky become dimmer and dimmer ... the star fell, the sky turned black again

ELFIK Fell... She fell... No... No, I don't want her to fall... (getting off the tree) I'll find you, little star. I have to find you.

Runs in the direction of the fall of the star, stumbles over something and falls himself

VOICE Cautious….
ELFIK (jumping up and looking around) Who are you?

Notices that he has tripped over a huge snake lying across the road. Serpent's head rises

UZH I-yellow uzhzhzhzhzhzhzh ...
ELFIK I'm sorry, I must have woken you up.
UZH No, what are you ... I won’t ssssluzhzhzhinav .... I lie in a puddle and zhzhzhzhzhzhda rainzhzhzhzhdya ....
ELFIK And mother said that everyone sleeps at night.
The one who does not pretend to sleep is sleeping, and who does not sleep, he only pretends to be sleeping…. you sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssswwwwww-ww-why-wh-w--
ELFIK I'm looking for a star.
Already a Star?
ELFIK Yes, a star. She broke and fell straight out of the sky.
UZH Fell… well, no need to buzz so sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss from above….
ELFIK But it's so beautiful to be a star.
Uh, Krasssssssssssssssssssssssedly… What is ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss if she ssssssssssssssssss soon disappears? Wouldn't it be better to sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss…
ELFIK But if no one sparkles, everything around will be gray ...
Sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss…..not ssssssssssssssssssssss….
ELFIK And I need a star! And I will find it!
UZH (crawling away) Look for, look for an alien beauty….yes sssssssssssssssssssssssssss yourself….
ELFIK (one, goes further) But I will find ... I will find ... I will definitely find it!

A sonorous little voice is heard
VOICE Find (sonorous laughter)

Elfik turns to one side

VOICE (on the other) Find (laughs)
ELFIK (turning to the voice) Who is there?
VOICE (behind) And you find out and find out (laughs)
ELFIK (turning back) I don’t want to look for anyone . .. (turns forward. A bat hangs upside down from a tree branch in front of him)
BAT And he said that you would find ... how can you find someone if you don’t want to look for anyone? (laughs)
ELFIK Who are you?
BAT I am a mouse... a bat (laughs) Who are you? It's the first time I see you here.
ELFIK Well, it's actually my first time here at night...usually I sleep at night.
BAT (laughing) How stupid it is to sleep at night (laughs) I, on the contrary, do not sleep at night.
ELFIK You're not sleeping?! So you see the stars every night?!!!!
BAT Stars?... What are "stars"? (laughs) I don't know any stars... They must be terribly boring, since they haven't met me yet. (laughs) I'm my own star! Whoever I want, I'm friends with. (laughs)
ELFIK How so! - not to sleep at night and not to see the stars?
BAT You're boring... Let's play hide-and-seek. You wanted to find someone (laughs)
ELF Yes, I did. Star. My star!
BAT A star? Here? (laughs) There's only one star here, and that's me! (laughs)
ELFIK No, you are not my star. ..
BAT And why do you think that TA, your star, is better than me?
ELFIK I don't know...she's just different...she's mine...
BAT Well, as you know. Look, you will find - do not be disappointed ... And if you want to play hide and seek - look for me (flies away with a laugh)
ELFIK (alone) And she doesn't sleep. Strange ... So this night is not so sleepy. But why then are the stars sad?

VOICE Qua, qua…

Elfik pushes the bushes aside and sees a huge toad galloping, wanting to catch a moth. In the grass, right in the path of the toad, something bright and iridescent glows

ELFIK (running out of the bushes, screaming) Stop! Stop! It's a star!!!

The toad stops. Elfik runs up to the star, which suddenly shatters into small luminous fragments in different directions, turning out to be just a group of small moths

ELFIK (confused) No…it's not a star.
TOAD Qua-qua-qua-qua-star?
ELFIK My star. I thought I found her.
TOAD Is she kva-kva-kvavkusnaya?
ELFIK She's beautiful.
TOAD And if it's not qua-delicious, why are you looking for it?
ELFIK She's fallen, and I must help her get back home to heaven.
ELFIK Well, so that I look at her, and she makes me happy.
TOAD Kwa-kva-kva-kvak can you rejoice in what you haven't eaten yet? I am only happy with what is already in my tummy.
ELFIK And we play with her.
TOAD Kwak?
ELFIK I play the flute and she dances.
TOAD On a flute? (takes a flute from Elfik, twists it this way and that, knocks on it) Kwa-kva-kvak does it work? (flute blowing, whistling sounds) Kwa-kva-kva-kvasivo! Qua-qua-quasic music. But the drum is better.
TOAD You can qua-qua-quat and jump on it! No...your flute is a bad drum.
ELFIK And she's not a drum. But it is heard in the sky.
TOAD kVA, I don't need it in heaven. I just want to be heard here. (blowing into the flute like a whistle, a piercing sound is heard. Oto - everywhere fireflies and moths rise from the grass, and scatter in different directions) And they and my stars are quota, qua-qua and not in the sky, but here. (jumping after the moths) stars must be tasty, otherwise why look for them! ..

ELFIK ( one ) I understand. The stars are sad not because everyone around is sleeping, but because no one needs the stars ... (he picked up the flute thrown by the toad, sat down on the grass almost crying, and was about to play, when he suddenly heard someone's grumbling voice)
VOICE And fall, and fall ... Well, how much can you!? They keep falling and falling... every night they fall...

The elf runs towards the voice and sees a star on a cobweb stretched between the trees. A spider is crawling around it in a cobweb grumbling

SPIDER Why don't you sit in the sky? Where are you all falling? What am I to you - what starfish? Every night, no rest, no rest .... when are you all going to fall then? And what do you all need here? For whom do you all fall then? (to the star) That's who you fell for?
ELFIK To me. .. This is my star, she fell to me.
SPIDER (looks silently at Elfik for some time) No, she fell towards me…. But since it's your star, then take it. Yes, hurry up. (unraveling and lowering the star down on the web. The star and Elfik stand and look at each other. The spider crawls up the web, grumbling) Well, at least one owner was found ... otherwise they fall at night, and by morning they go out like a draw. They fall. And I catch them! What am I, a stargazer? (creeps away)

ELFIK Well, I found you.
STAR I knew you'd find it. I fell, and I knew - you will definitely find it!
ELFIK And here I found it ... (join hands, jump, laugh ...) OUR !!!!!!!!!!!!!
STAR Found.
ELFIK That's great! It turns out that if you do not sleep at night, you can find your star.
STAR And how did you understand that I'm yours?
ELFIK I don't know... it's just that when I saw you fall, I immediately felt that you were my... my star.
STAR (smiling) Really? I am so glad!
ELFIK Tell me, why did you fall?
STAR ( after a pause ) You see . .. There are many, many stars in the sky. And everyone wants to be somebody. Everyone wants to shine for someone, to sparkle for someone ... But once it was like that. My grandmother told me that a long time ago all the stars were someone else's, and there were not even enough stars to illuminate everyone looking at the sky ... And now no one needs the stars ...
ELFIK Why are you sad?
STAR Why sparkle if no one is looking at you anyway? For whom to shine, if no one needs this light? ... And when you appeared today, we began to come to life, we felt that you needed it.
ELFIK Needed! Of course needed!
STAR And I so wanted you to see exactly me, so that it was I who became yours, that I could not resist, broke and fell.
ELFIK And it's great that you fell, that I saw exactly you, that I found you, and now you are mine, and I ... yours. HURRAH!!!!!!! (jumping and spinning holding hands)
STAR And I'm very, very happy! Only….(stops)
STAR (pogrustnev) Only the spider is right. ..
ELFIK What is he right about?
STAR You know, stars sometimes fall. They are waiting, waiting for someone for whom they can burn and sparkle ... they wait a long time, and sometimes they get tired. And then, without waiting, they fall. Themselves, of their own free will, fall, so as not to return to heaven and here, on Earth, with the sunrise to go out forever ... But I also fell, although not of my own free will ... I didn’t want to, I broke, but still fell ... So soon I will have to go out.
ELFIK No. Not! I don't want! You won't go out! You will return to heaven. We'll figure something out.
STAR Thank you. But what can we think of? It is so easy to fall from the sky, but no one has ever returned there.
ELFIK You'll be back. Because I need my sparkling star! (screaming) Paaaaaaaa….

A spider hanging from the top of the web

SPIDER What is it? Star again? Did you fall again? Yes, as much as possible!
ELFIK Excuse me, I'm calling you. You probably know and can do a lot, please help me to return the star to the sky.

SPIDER (looks at Elfik in bewilderment, laughs) haha, return? On sky? Hahahaha… (angrily) are you kidding me? First, it falls right on me, and then I have to return it? Well, I do not! Your star, you return.
ELFIK But it will go out.
SPIDER Will definitely go out. But how? There was nothing to fall.
ELFIK Don't you mind?
SPIDER Why should I be sorry? They fall out every night, so what? Zavra will still fall. You won't regret everyone. You won't be left. So there's something here without me already. (creeps away)
ELFIK (shouting after him) But sorry...
STAR Don't, he's right.
ELFIK He's not right. (shouts to the spider) Well, give me at least a ball of cobwebs.
SPIDER (top) Hahaha - please, hahahaha - as much as you like, hahahaha - don't feel sorry for that hahaha...
A ball of cobweb falls from above

STAR Why do we need a cobweb?
ELFIK We'll make a swing. They can throw you straight up into the sky.
STAR (delighted) Hurrah!

They make a swing out of cobwebs and tie it to a tree branch. Star sits on the swing

STAR Thank you. Goodbye.
ELFIK We don't say goodbye. I will play for you every night now.

Swings the swing and it throws out a star at great speed. For a while, the star flies up, but suddenly it starts to fall and lands again on the web. A confused spider falls out from above and hangs on a web

SPIDER Ah! AA!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! How can? Are you kidding me? I gave you a ball. What else do you need?
STAR Forgive me please (getting down from the web) this will not happen again.
SPIDER (grunting crawls away) It will not happen again ... how. Tomorrow another one will flop...
ELFIK The swing didn't help.
STAR I guess I'm destined to stay here.
ELFIK Don't despair, there's still time before dawn. Let's run.
STAR Where?
ELFIK You'll find out now.

Holding hands, they run to the place where Elfik met the Toad. Stopping, Elfik blew into the flute like a whistle

STAR (closing his ears) How loud.

Moths and fireflies rose up from everywhere, Toad jumped out of the bushes

TOAD Kwa-kva, how many molkva! (jumps trying to catch moths)
STAR (confused) And how can he help us?...
ELFIK I don't know yet, I'll figure it out. (to Toad) Bon appetit.
TOAD Kwa-kva-kvakoy appetite. Nikva-kva-kvakogo pleasure. All moths yes moshKvara ...
ELFIK Do you want me to bring you a whole box of chocolates tomorrow?
TOAD Quanfet? I want Kvanechno! bring it.
ELFIK Please help the star to return to the sky.
TOAD And Kwak I'll do it?
ELFIK Well, you're jumping, you're jumping high. Maybe try and jump to the sky?
TOAD Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…..Kwak you can try…for Kwanfetochka. Sit down.
STAR (sitting on Toad's back) Thank you very much.

A toad with a star on its back is trying to jump up to the sky. Nothing works.

TOAD That's it, get down. So he jumped up what to eat for Quatel. Tomorrow I'll come for the Kvabochka Quanfetochka. (jumps after moths)

STAR What a can't jump to the sky.
ZLFIK Yes, but we shouldn't just sit there, we need to invent something, we need to run somewhere. (takes Star by the hand, and run together, stumble and fall)

VOICE Osssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssed out.
STAR Oh, who is it?
ELFIK Really? Yellow Oh, are you there?
VOICE (from afar) If the sssssssssss of a snake is somewhere here, then you can'sssss that the sssssssssss of a snake is somewhere close. And this (a tail is shown next to Elfik) is my hvosssst.
ELFIK (joyfully) Well, dear yellow one, you are so big that if you stretch up to your full length, you will certainly reach the sky.
UZH Why reach for the sky to someone who can hug the Earth?
ELFIK But then you would help the Star to return home.
Already in the sky?
ELFIK Yes, to heaven.
UZH Why? The desire to fly does not give us wings, it throws down more and more forcefully every time.
STAR But I don't want to fly, and I won't fall again. I now have someone to shine and for whom to sparkle, and therefore I will hold on to the sky with all my might!
UZH (sighing) Fools are easier to help than to argue with them.
ELFIK Will you help us? Thanks a lot! We are so grateful!
UZH Not worth it. I'm not capable of compassion, I'm just tired. (to the Star) Sit down, I'll try to reach the stars.

The star sits on the head of Uzhu, he slowly rises higher and higher. But rising high above the trees, but never reaching the sky, it descends

ELFIK (almost crying) How so? Well, how is it?
Uzsssssssssssssssss. Ssssssssssss. Impossible to reach the sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss . .. of ( crawls away )
STAR Do not be upset, smile at me. You so wanted the stars not to be sad, but now you yourself are very, very sad.
ELFIK But there must be some way. And I will find it. I will find! I will find!!!

VOICE Find ( laughter . Elfik and Star look around ) Find ( laughter ) Wanted to find - find ( Elfik and Star turn to the voice ) Well, what are you not looking for? Find!
ELFIK Mouse. Bat! You have no idea how happy I am for you!
BAT Happy? To me? What about your star? Or already dissatisfied? (laughter)
ELFIK No, on the contrary - I found her and am very happy. But I want you... I'm asking you to help us.
BAT Help? To you? And how can I help you? (laughter)
ELFIK You can fly.
BAT Of course. I not only fall, but also take off! (laughter)
ELFIK Please help Star get home, take her to the sky.
BAT Okay, I'll do it. But only so that there would be no star here - only I! (laughs. The star lands on the Bat, and they fly up to the sky. But after circling a little above the treetops and failing to rise higher, the Bat returns back) Today the sky is incredibly high - the higher I fly, the farther it gets. It can be seen that the sky does not really need this star. (with a laugh disappears into the darkness)

STAR can't jump up to the sky, you can't reach it, you can't even fly. How easy it is to fall from there, and how impossible it is to return.
ELFIK I'm sorry I couldn't help you. Probably nothing can reach the sky.
STAR Nothing... just a glance and a flute... Dawn is coming soon, - play me for the last time, and I'll dance.

Elfik takes the flute and starts playing softly, slowly and at first very "low" for a flute. The star is dancing on the ground. Developing the melody, Elfik plays louder, the sounds become higher and higher. As the sounds of the melody “rise”, the Asterisk dances higher and higher, jumping like steps from a high note to a higher one. Gradually, the stars in the sky light up brighter and brighter. After some time, the flute played so high that the Star instantly appeared in the sky and, together with other stars, began to spin in a beautiful dance. The elf stands on the ground, plays the flute, looking up. The whole sky is illuminated by many bright stars, which, dancing, form figures, moving from one to another. Suddenly, at some point Elfik breaks off the ground and flies up. He turns out to be standing on the tail of a huge star Dragon, which, having picked it up, carries it straight into the sky to the stars. Music sounds, the Star descends to the Elf on the tail of the Dragon, and they dance together, spinning in a star waltz, being in the center of a huge star ball. Spider, Flying 9 look at the sky from the ground because of the trees and bushes0003 mouse, toad and snake.

SPIDER Uuuuuuuu .... Now they will sprinkle ....
BAT Star. So what .. Just think - a star. There are so many of them, then the stars, and I'm alone!
TOAD Eh, he would like a drum. They would then still jump.
UZH Yeah… No matter how much you improve, imperfection still reaches its heights….

The dance in the sky continues. Gradually, the stars calm down, and only on the tail of the huge star Dragon are Elfik and the Star. Flute music suddenly flows smoothly into a lullaby and a song is heard:

Who does not sleep does not see a dream,
A dragon will fly to that.
Arrive, arrive,
will knock on the window On your dragon tail
Will take you to the star.
There is anyone in the edge of the night
Falls asleep soundly.
Byu - bye, bye - bye
Close your eyes.
May you have a sweet dream,
And the dragon will not fly.

During the song, the Dragon once again carries Elf through the sky and gently lowers him, already sleeping, onto the bed. The star slowly flies into the sky. The music subsides, along with it the stars gradually go out.


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