NOTE: First lines are the visual. Next line is the written words on the page. (Maybe have the actual “Promise” on the page on a scroll, so it’s not really part of the story, but nonetheless there.)
Oscar sitting on a shiny star with curtains on either side. The two twins sit in audience seats.
Once upon a time there was a ghost.... Picture of Sir Simon.
...he wasn’t just any ghost. He was Sir Simon de Canterville, a noble British Ghost. Picture of Oscar doing nails with other servants around.
The house was empty and so all of his servant ghosts were bored. Picture of door with Mr. Otis and Lord Canterville.
Then one day the front door was kicked open. All the ghosts hiding behind things.
And all of the ghosts hid like scared mice. Mr. Otis shaking Sir Simon’s hand.
“I’ll take it!” said Mr. Otis.
“But it is haunted,” replied Lord Canterville.
“Well, then I’ll just have to charge the ghost rent.”
And they left. Sir Simon’s raging face.
“Charge me rent? I’ll charge them rent and the lease will be signed in blood!” He then laughed a dreadful laugh.
Sir Simon coughing.
…which made him cough and cough. “Oscar! Water!”
Otis family on a steamer ship with Statue of Liberty and Fireworks in the background.
Back in America, the Otis Family packed their bags and set off to conquer England. Picture on Otis Family busting through the front door.
“I call the ghost!” said Lewis.
“No fair, you can’t call a ghost!” said Clark. Oscar dressed as Mrs. Umney.
And that is when we first met. Mrs. Otis hugging Mrs. Umney. Mrs. Umney winking at the reader.
Mrs. Umney, this is our family. Close up of Virginia carrying large bags.
I knew that Virginia was the one who might break the Canterville Curse. Virginia looking at spot on the floor.
Mrs. Umney, there is a spot on the floor. Oscar/Umney with a glint in his eye.
That is the blood of Lady Eleanor. Washington standing with a scrub brush.
Washington Otis used his Champion Stain Remover and the spot was gone in a jiffy. Close up on Sir Simon’s rage.
They removed the stain! To battle! Oscar excited by Sir Simon.
Oooh, I just love haunting…the colors, the costumes…the terror! Which costume will it be tonight? Page of all the servant ghosts wearing different costumes.
Sir Simon going out in a dowdy ghost costume. Oscar looking dismayed.
Sir Simon chose blasé old stand by.
Sir Simon walking by doors with lighting in the background.
He rattles his chains and cause the floorboards to groan.
Mr. Otis flings his door open, holding a colorful bottle in his hand.
Sir! I must insist that you oil those chains. Here is a bottle of Uncle Sam’s Oil Slick. Thank you! Sir Simon standing with his mouth agape.
Sir Simon being hit by pillows and the twins laughing in the background.
We got the ghost, we got the ghost. Sir Simon raging in his chambers. Oscar trying to calm him.
These Americans! They don’t know how to treat a Noble British Ghost.
If it’s war they want, then it is war they shall have! Compilation of Sir Simon in Different Costumes doing different scary things while the family only yawns.
Mr. Otis looking very sleepless.