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The Nutrition Show: Hansel and Gretel Eat Right

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Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many Rabbits, Elves, etc. as desired. One student can easily play more
than one role. Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls; see our
comments on page 26 of the Teacher's Guide. The Storyteller will be played by
many students (who may also play the role of a character as well.).

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Storytellers (many students share the role)
Hansel
Gretel
Parents of Hansel and Gretel
Rabbits
Elves
Compost Pile
Birds
Raccoons
Squirrels
Witches
and a CHORUS comprised of all students who are not playing roles on stage
at the time.

(CLASS gathers in front of audience and sings. HANSEL and GRETEL stand a
bit apart from the rest of the CLASS. We see a sign or banner that reads 
"Hansel and Gretel")

Song 1:    

ONE-HALF CLASS: 
Hansel and Gretel
You know the tale
Witches and ovens
It’s growing stale. 
Hansel and Gretel
Out on a limb
It’s a bit scary
And very grim.

OTHER-HALF CLASS:
So we’ve gone and changed things
Slightly re-arranged things
Given the story some bite
Wrote a new edition
All about nutrition
Hansel and Gretel—Eat Right!

(The sign is unfolded so we can see the entire title: "Hansel and Gretel Eat Right!)

ENTIRE CLASS:
Hansel and Gretel eat right
Hansel and Gretel eat right
Learning to be shrewd
When it comes to food
Hansel
And Gretel
Hansel and Gretel eat right.
Hansel and Gretel eat right
Hansel and Gretel eat right
Learning what we chew
Makes us healthy too
Hansel
And Gretel
Hansel and Gretel eat right.

HANSEL and GRETEL: 
We like sweets
Lots of treats

CLASS: That’s not good for you.

HANSEL and GRETEL:
We like junk
Lots of gunk

CLASS: You’ll change before we’re through.

Hansel and Gretel eat right
Hansel and Gretel eat right
Learning to be shrewd
When it comes to food
Hansel
And Gretel
Hansel and Gretel eat right right right right
Hansel and Gretel eat right.

(CLASS exits/sits. HANSEL and GRETEL remain on stage. Their PARENTS 
step forward.)

STORYTELLER: Hansel and Gretel live in the woods with their mother and 
father. They only eat junk food, no matter what their parents try to feed them.


Song 2:    

PARENTS: 
Have some rice
Have some meat
Have some beans
Come and eat.
A couple bites of salad wouldn’t hurt

HANSEL and GRETEL: I wonder what we’re having for dessert.

PARENTS:
Have some nuts
Have some cheese
Have some milk
Drink some please.
It’s fresh right from the cow and good for you

HANSEL and GRETEL: But ice-cream is a dairy product too.

PARENTS:
You need good food for fuel
You need good food for fuel
You need good food for fuel all day, hey!

PARENTS and CHORUS:
Have some rice
Have some meat
Have some beans
Come and eat.
A couple bites of salad wouldn’t hurt

HANSEL and GRETEL: I wonder what we’re having for dessert.

PARENTS and CHORUS:
You need good food for fuel
You need good food for fuel
You need good food for fuel all day, hey!

(During instrumental, PARENTS try to get HANSEL and GRETEL to eat some
good food, but they refuse.)

Food is fuel so eat what’s good for you.
Food is fuel so eat what’s good for you.

(PARENTS exit.)

STORYTELLER: Hansel and Gretel decide to run away from home so they can
eat only junk food. They soon run into some rabbits.

RABBIT #1(munching carrots): Hello. What are you doing in the woods?

HANSEL: We’re running away from home.

RABBIT #2: Running? That’s good.

GRETEL: It is?

RABBIT #1: Sure. It’s exercise!

Song 3:    

RABBITS: 
Run
Kick
Hop
Skip
I love exercise.

Jump
Slide
Roll
Glide
I love exercise.

Swim
Leap
Dance
Creep
I love exercise.

Swing
Throw
Stop
Go!
I love exercise.

Here is a little secret
Here is a big surprise
What all you kids call fun
Grown-ups call exercise, woh-oh-oh.

RABBITS and CHORUS:
Run
Kick
Hop
Skip
I love exercise.

Jump
Slide
Roll
Glide
I love exercise.

Swim
Leap
Dance
Creep
I love exercise.

Swing
Throw
Stop
Go!
I love exercise.

(RABBITS exit.)

NARRATOR: Hansel and Gretel continue on their way, looking for junk food. 
Soon they run into some forest elves.

(ELVES enter)

GRETEL: Hello. Do you have any snacks? We’re starving.

ELF #1: Sure we do. Here, have a pineapple.

HANSEL: A pineapple?

ELF #2: You’d prefer a kumquat?

GRETEL: Don’t you have anything but fruit?

ELF #3: Why would you want anything else! Apples, bananas, oranges—and 
so much more!

Song 4:    

ELVES: 
Gonna eat some fruit 
Gonna eat some fruit –oot –oot. 
I know it’ll make us strong 
Gonna make us cute.

Gonna eat a fig 
Isn’t it a beaut –oot –oot? 
Yeah I’m gonna munch a bunch 
Gonna eat some fruit.

Peaches are peachy, grapes are great 
Plums are my chums, and I’ve got a date. 
Cherries are cheery and a raisin will hope 
I’d marry a berry but I cantaloupe.

Have a nectarine 
Isn’t it a hoot –oot –oot? 
Yeah I’ll have a pair of pears 
Gonna eat some fruit.

ELVES and CHORUS: 
Peaches are peachy, grapes are great 
Plums are my chums, and I’ve got a date. 
Cherries are cheery and a raisin will hope 
I’d marry a berry but I cantaloupe.

Gonna eat some fruit 
Gonna eat some fruit –oot –oot. 
I know it’ll make us strong 
Gonna make us cute.

(ELVES exit.)

STORYTELLER: Hansel and Gretel do not want to eat fruit, so they 
continue on their way. Before long they run into a compost pile.

(COMPOST PILE enters)

COMPOST PILE: Who are you? You’re not from the witches, are you?

GRETEL: Witches? Oh no. Are there really witches in this forest?

COMPOST PILE: Of course. Mean, nasty witches. They live in a house made 
completely out of junk food.

HANSEL: That sounds great!

COMPOST PILE: It ISN’T great. They invite kids in to eat their house, 
but the kids grow so weak they can never leave.

GRETEL: I’ll risk it.

COMPOST PILE: And the witches throw all their plastic wrappers and 
juice boxes into the forest. That junk will last hundreds of years. It’s as if 
I didn’t exist.

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

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