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Character Matters

A Musical Play for Kids about Character Education
Ron Fink and John Heath

Bad Wolf Press provides fun and easy musical plays for K-9 classrooms
*  Bring your curriculum, your classroom to life
*  Absolutely no musical talent/ability needed!
*  Catchy melodies, dumb jokes, interesting stories
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Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many Princesses, Mice, Friends, etc. as desired; one student can easily play several roles. Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls; see our comments on page 35 of the Teacher's Guide.


The duration of the show is about 30 minutes

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Rapunzel
Prince
Witch
Little Red Riding Hood
Wolf
Princesses
Papa Bear, Momma Bear, Baby Bear
Goldilocks
3 Little Pigs
Cinderella
Cinderella's mice
Humpty Dumpty
Dumpty's Friend
Magic Mirrors
Jack
Giant
and a CHORUS comprised of all students who are not playing roles on stage at the time.

(Entire CLASS faces the audience and sings:)

Song 1
Vocal      Instrumental

HALF CLASS:
We've got a show
A story that features
Fairy tale folk
And fairy tale creatures.

OTHER HALF of CLASS:
Trying to live
And deal with each other
Like you and me
They soon will discover

ENTIRE CLASS:
Character matters
You must care how you act
Character matters
As a matter of fact
Character matters
'Cause you are what you choose
Character matters
It's one thing you can't lose.

HALF CLASS:
Jack stole the goose

OTHER HALF:
I think he needs mentoring

HALF CLASS:
Goldilocks, no!

OTHER HALF:
She's breaking and entering

HALF CLASS:
Poor Little Red

OTHER HALF:
We're gonna need tissues

HALF CLASS:
Wolf's gonna lie

OTHER HALF:
He clearly has issues.

ENTIRE CLASS:
Character matters
You must care how you act
Character matters
As a matter of fact
Character matters
Cause you are what you choose
Character matters
It¹s one thing you can¹t lose.

(STUDENTS sit in a large semi-circle around stage, facing the audience.
RAPUNZEL, PRINCE, and WITCH walk to the front and address the audience.)

RAPUNZEL: Hello. I'm Rapunzel. From the fairy tale.

PRINCE: And I'm a handsome prince.

WITCH: And I'm an evil witch. We're here today to moderate the monthly
meeting of the Fairy Tale Advice Council.

PRINCE: Each month the Council gathers to give advice to fairy tale characters.

RAPUNZEL: That's right. Everyone finds themselves wondering how to act
or what to do in certain situations.

WITCH: Even those of us in folk stories.

PRINCE: Take me, for example. Why am I always the "handsome" prince?
Why can't I be the "brilliant" prince? Or the "fantastically athletic" prince?
Or the "artist formerly known as prince" prince? It¹s frustrating.

RAPUNZEL: I'm sorry you feel that way. But you really are quite handsome.

PRINCE: Yes, that's true.

WITCH: And now it's time for the meeting of the council. Who's first on the list?

PRINCE (reading from clipboard): First up today is Little Red Riding Hood.

(LITTLE RED, her FRIENDS, and the WOLF come to the front of the stage.)

WITCH: So, Little Red, what seems to be the problem?

LITTLE RED: My friends and I caught Mr. Wolf trying to eat my grandmother.

PRINCE (to WOLF): Is that true?

WOLF: I can't help it. It's my job.

FRIEND #1: How could you do that?

WOLF: I was thinking I would start with her toes.

FRIEND #2: That's not what we mean. You know it's wrong to eat people.

LITTLE RED: Especially beloved grandmothers.

WOLF: Eating people is wrong? Why?

FRIEND #1: Haven't you ever heard of the golden rule?

WOLF: Is that like the infield fly rule?

LITTLE RED and FRIENDS: No!

Song 2
Vocal      Instrumental

LITTLE RED and FRIENDS:

Stop stop stop Mr. Wolfie
Think before you act
Stop stop stop Mr. Wolfie
Don¹t make grandma your snack.

Think think think Mr. Wolfie
Walk in grandma¹s shoes
How how how would you like it
If grandma swallowed YOU?

LITTLE RED, FRIENDS, and CHORUS:
The golden rule The golden rule
Oh it's a very useful tool
To figure out what you're to do
The golden rule The golden rule
At work and play at home and school
Treat others like you want them to treat you.

LITTLE RED and FRIENDS:
Woh woh woh Mr. Wolfie
Don't it get your goat?
When when when people see you
As just a nice fur coat?

Think think think Mr. Wolfie
Walk in grandma's shoes
How how how would you like it
If grandma swallowed YOU?

LITTLE RED, FRIENDS, and CHORUS:
The golden rule The golden rule
Oh it's a very useful tool
To figure out what you're to do
The golden rule The golden rule
At work and play at home and school
Treat others like you want them to treat you.

(THEY exit. RAPUNZEL, PRINCE, and WITCH come forward.)

RAPUNZEL: So, Prince. Who's next on the list?

(A PRINCESS jumps up with two other PRINCESSES, raising hand, shouts:)

PRINCESS #1: Oooh, ooh! Take us, take us!

WITCH: And who are you?

PRINCESS #2: We're princesses!

PRINCE (looking at his clipboard): Hmmn. Nope, I'm sorry. It's not your turn.

PRINCESS #3: Pleeeeeeeeeease!

RAPUNZEL: Sorry, my dear. Be patient. Everybody will get a chance.

PRINCESSES: But we're PRINCESSES!

(THEY sit down)

PRINCE: Next up are Papa Bear, Momma Bear, Baby Bear, and Goldilocks.

(THEY come up to the front of the stage)

WITCH: So how are things in the woods?

BABY BEAR: Terrible. We caught HER (points to Goldilocks)
eating my food and squishing my chair and sleeping in my bed.

MOMMA BEAR: She was so cute all tucked up in the covers.

BABY BEAR: She was drooling on my pillow!

GOLDILOCKS: I'm really sorry. I was lost. It was cold.
And everything of yours was JUST RIGHT.

PAPA BEAR: We¹ve been telling Baby Bear that he needs to learn forgiveness.

Song 3
Vocal      Instrumental

PAPA and MOMMA BEARS:
You've gotta forgive her
You can't bear a grudge

BABY BEAR:
She at all my porridge
She at all my fudge!

PAPA and MOMMA BEARS:
You've gotta forgive her
And move on ahead

BABY BEAR:
I'd rather stay angry
And eat her instead.

GOLDILOCKS:
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
I'm so sorry
Lie, lie, lie, lie
I made a mistake
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
Can you forgive me?
Please give me a break.

PAPA and MOMMA BEAR:
You gotta forgive her
Forget about lunch

BABY BEAR:
But look in the parlor
My CHAIR is all crunched!

PAPA and MOMMA BEAR:
You gotta forgive her
And stop seeing red

BABY BEAR:
I'd rather stay angry
And sit on her head.

GOLDILOCKS:
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
I'm so sorry
Lie, lie, lie, lie
I made a mistake
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
Can you forgive me?
Please give me a break.

GOLDILOCKS and CHORUS
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
I'm so sorry
Lie, lie, lie, lie
I made a mistake
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
Can you forgive me?
Please give me a break.

BABY BEAR:
I gotta forgive her
She's filled with regret
I know she is sorry
Forgive and forget

ALL THREE BEARS and CHORUS:
We learned a good lesson
Forgivingness rocks
We gotta forgive her
And change all the locks
We gotta forgive her
Forgive Goldilocks.

GOLDILOCKS: (BEARS sing background "oooh")
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
I'm so sorry
Lie, lie, lie, lie
I made a mistake
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
Can you forgive me?
Please give me a break.

GOLDILOCKS, BEARS, CHORUS:
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
I'm so sorry
Lie, lie, lie, lie
I made a mistake
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
Can you forgive me?
Please give me a break.

(THEY exit. RAPUNZEL, PRINCE, and WITCH come forward.)

PRINCE (reading off clipboard): Okay. Three Little Pigs, you¹re up.

(THEY come forward, along with the WOLF---the same wolf as in Little Red)

PIG #1 (to PIG #3): I'm telling you, you're taking this house-building thing way too seriously.

PIG #2 (to PIG #3): Yeah. Mellow out, man.

PIG #3: Am I the only responsible pig around here?
Look at this wolf. (points to Wolf) Don't you think he wants to eat us?
Don't you think we need a nice, strong house made out of bricks to keep him out?

WITCH: Excuse me. Sorry to interrupt. (to Wolf)
But aren't you the same wolf who was trying to eat Little Red¹s grandmother?

WOLF: Well...yes. What¹s your point?

RAPUNZEL: Her point is that we thought you had learned a lesson about this sort
of thing, about the Golden Rule.

WOLF: Oh I did. Really. I'm just filling in for the Wolf in this story...he's got a cough
and isn't able to huff and puff today.

PRINCE: You're a sub?

WOLF: Sure. You know, helping out a friend in need. I thought you'd be proud.

PIG #3: Does that mean you're not going to try to eat us?

WOLF: Oh, no. I'm still going to give it my best. Try hard. Persevere.
I'm kind of a role model, don't you think?

PIG #3 (to other Pigs): See?

PIGS #1 and #2: Relax!

Song 4
Vocal      Instrumental

PIG #1:
Not bricks
Not bricks
They're way too heavy, dude
Use straw
Use straw
We'll finish fast then grab some food.
We'll grab some food.

PIG #2:
Not bricks
Not bricks
That's too much work you fool
Use sticks
Use sticks
We'll finish fast then hit the pool.
We'll hit the pool.

PIG #3:
Oh, I've got to do what I think's right
Straw and sticks are just too light
Only bricks are strong enough
To withstand Wolfie's huff and puff
So call me names but I won't bite
I've got to do
Got to do what I think's right.

WOLF:
Not bricks
Not bricks
They're way too strong and tough
Not bricks
Not bricks
I guess I'll leave now in a huff.
Leave in a huff.

PIGS and CHORUS:
Oh, I've got to do what I think's right
Straw and sticks are just too light
Only bricks are strong enough
To withstand Wolfie¹s huff and puff
So call me names but I won't bite
I've got to do
Got to do what I think's right.

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

 

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