| Season 6, Episode 10 |
#163 in Series
|Air date:||December 10, 1956|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll, Jr.|
|Directed by:||James V. Kern|
|Production code:||6-10 / 163|
|IMDB||Little Ricky's School Pageant|
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Little Ricky's School Pageant was the 163rd overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 10th episode of season 6, the final season of the series. The episode was directed by James V. Kern, originally aired on CBS-TV on December 10, 1956.
Lucy and Ethel's scheme to prevent the boys from judging a beauty contest leaves the Ricardos and the Mertzes marooned on a desert island. Claude Akins guest stars as himself.
Little Ricky is given the lead in the school play, "The Enchanted Forest." His parents and godparents play roles, too, and they help out Little Ricky when he forgets his lines.
- Pepito the clown provided the scenery for the play, as well as the choreography.
- Suzy and Billy Brown are the main characters in the play. Little Ricky is given the part of Billy Brown.
- Lucy plays the witch, Ethel plays the fairy princess, Fred plays Hippity-Hoppity the frog, and Ricky plays a hollow tree.
- The main story of the play is: Suzy and Billy Brown are reading a book called The Enchanted Forest before bed, and they dream about visiting the forest. They meet lots of interesting characters and creatures, but tragedy strikes when the evil witch comes around. The witch hates little children and wants to put a spell on Suzy and Billy. So, Suzy and Billy hide behind Ricky the Hollow Tree when Witch Lucy comes, in order to be safe. Fairy Princess Ethel comes to save the children; she waves her magic wand and banishes Witch Lucy from the forest forever. This way, Witch Lucy will never be able to harm children again. But the kids feel guilty about the banishment, so Princess Ethel brings back Witch Lucy to stay in the forest, so long as Witch Lucy promises to always love children from here on out.
- The song in the play is called "The Witch Has Changed."
- Clifford Terry produced and directed the play, because he could provide free orange juice for post-performance concessions.
- Miss Pringle is Little Ricky's teaacher.
- Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz