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Name That Internal Organ:
 

The Bad Wolf Guide to the Human Body

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Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many Stomachs, Livers, etc. as desired.
One student can easily play several roles if needed. Note that all roles
can be played by either boys or girls; see our comments on page 31
of the Teacher's Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Announcers (3)
Brain
Kidneys (2)
Stomach
Mouth
Esophagus
Cells (2)
Duodenum
Jejunum
Ileum
Liver
Pancreas
Gallbladder
Appendix
Heart
Raging Hormone
Lungs (2)
and a CHORUS composed of all students who are not playing roles on stage
at the time.

(A large banner across the back of the stage reads: "Internal Organ Hall of Fame."
Or perhaps a backdrop portrays the front of an impressive building with "Internal
Organ Hall of Fame" written above. The CLASS (INTERNAL ORGANS) is spread
across the stage in a semi-circle facing the audience.

THREE ANNOUNCERS step forward holding microphones. ANNOUNCERS
address audience as if on camera.)

ANNOUNCER #1: Good afternoon [evening], ladies and gentlemen. We're here
in front of the world-famous Internal Organ Hall of Fame.

ANNOUNCER #2 (looking at CLASS): Wow! Look at all these internal organs.

ANNOUNCER #3: Each one of them is hoping that this will be the year it is
inducted into the Hall of Fame.

ANNOUNCER #1: (Points to LIVER) Is that the Liver over there? (LIVER waves)

ANNOUNCER #3 (also pointing): And there's the Gall Bladder. (GALL BLADDER
gives the "thumbs up")

ANNOUNCER #2 (looking): Has he grown a mustache?

ANNOUNCER #1: No, that's just a bile duct. The rules expressly forbid organs
from growing any facial hair. Now let's get this ceremony going. (to Organs)
Are you ready?

CLASS (very loudly and together): We're ready!

ANNOUNCER #2: It's a big day for organs everywhere!

Song 1:    

CLASS: 
No wonder we're excited
We're hoping we're invited
To the Internal Organ Hall of Fame

Each year we're all inspected
But just a few elected
To the Internal Organ Hall of Fame.
Internal, Internal, Internal Organ Hall of Fame.

We've waited and we've waited
To find out if we've made it
To the Internal Organ Hall of Fame

The judges now are saying
Which ones they'll be displaying
In the Internal Organ Hall of Fame.
Internal, Internal, Internal Organ Hall of Fame.

(The following 3 sections are rapped by different pairs of actors. There is a
pause between sections so different pairs can step forward.)

Hey there's a spleen
Look there he goes
I don''t even know
Why he bothered to show.

What I mean to say
Is if the spleen today
Goes ahead and wins
I'll be blown away.

'Cause the heart it beats for us
The lungs they breathe for us
But...I don't even know what the spleen does.

ENTIRE CLASS:
Right here within these portals
We honor the immortals
In the Internal Organ Hall of Fame

So come to our production
It's time for the induction
To the Internal Organ Hall of Fame
Internal, Internal, Internal Organ Hall of Fame
Internal, internal, Internal Organ Hall of Fame.

(ANNOUNCERS step forward)

ANNOUNCER #1: We've been told that this year there will be three new organs
chosen for the Hall of Fame.

ANNOUNCER #2: I've got my money on the Spleen.

ANNOUNCER #3: Which reminds me, ladies and gentlemen. This is an important
but friendly competition among distinguished internal organs: please, no wagering.

ANNOUNCER #1 (pointing): Here comes the Brain to announce the first inductee!

BRAIN (enters holding an envelope, addresses audience): Hello. I'm the Brain.
On behalf of the Nervous System, I'm honored to announce this year's first winner.
Oh, and be sure to visit the new exhibit in the Hall of Fame, entitled "Naughty Neurons:
When Good Cells Go Bad" Now, for the award. (opens envelope) The Hall of Fame is
delighted to invite these twin organs within its walls. Please join me in congratulating...
the Kidneys!

(CLASS applauds. KIDNEYS enter, happy)

KIDNEY #1: This is so wonderful.

KIDNEY #2: All that work on our image really paid off.

ANNOUNCER #1: Excuse me. You worked on your image?

KIDNEY #1: Are you kidding? Do you know what we do all day?

ANNOUNCER #2: Sudoku?

KIDNEY #2: We filter out the blood.

ANNOUNCER #3: How do you do that?

KIDNEY #1: We collect wastes carried by the blood from the cells and then send
them to the bladder.

KIDNEY #2 (looking into the crowd of organs, signals): Yo, Bladder! Lookin' good!

KIDNEY #1: We also control the amount of water and salts in the body.

KIDNEY #2: But folks just remember the stuff about urination.

ANNOUNCER #2 (disgusted): Ooh! Ick! Yuck!
(pause, then to KIDNEY #2)
Sorry, nothing personal.

KIDNEY #2: See, that's what we mean.

KIDNEY #1: We needed some image management if we were ever going to make
it into the Hall of Fame.


Song 2:    

KIDNEYS: 
People found it scary
When they heard "urinary"
We would never make it to the top.

So we knew to win it
We'd really have to spin it
Get a little magic PR pop!

Disposal Engineers
That is our new name
Disposal Engineers
We kidneys have no shame.
Disposal Engineers
Disposal Engineers
Disposal Engineers
We're in the Hall of Fame.

Don't say "urination"
We're now about "filtration"
Cleaning up the toxins in the blood

That's "waste elimination"
We're masters of "hydration"
All those fancy words are clear as mud.

KIDNEYS and CHORUS:
Disposal Engineers
That is our new name
Disposal Engineers
We kidneys have no shame
Disposal Engineers
Disposal Engineers
Disposal Engineers
We're in the Hall of Fame.

(KIDNEYS exit. The STOMACH, MOUTH, ESOPHAGUS enter.)

ESOPHAGUS: Hi. I'm the Esophagus. I'm that muscular tube that carries food from
the mouth to the stomach.

STOMACH: And I'm the Stomach. I'm a very elastic organ where food is stored
until I produce some powerful gastric juices to start digestion.

MOUTH: And I'm the mouth.

ESOPHAGUS (looks at MOUTH expectantly): Go on.

MOUTH: Huh?

STOMACH: Tell the nice folks here something about yourself.

MOUTH: Oh. Well, my favorite color is lemon yellow.

ESOPHAGUS: No. I mean about what you do.

MOUTH: I drool a lot.

STOMACH: Well, saliva is important. YOU are very important.

MOUTH: I am?

ESOPHAGUS: Sure. You're the entrance to the digestive system.

MOUTH: You're joking.

STOMACH: No. Really. You're the gateway to the gastrointestinal tract.

MOUTH: You're pulling my tongue.

ESOPHAGUS: Where do you think all that food goes that you chew up?

MOUTH: I don't know---Pittsburgh?

STOMACH: No! It heads right on down the alimentary canal.

MOUTH: Like in Venice?

ESOPHAGUS: The alimentary canal is a 30-foot tube in the body for digesting food.

MOUTH: 30 feet? I never realized I had so much back-up.

STOMACH: Rumor has it that one member of the digestive system will be chosen
today for the Hall of Fame. It could be one of us!

Song 3:    

STOMACH, MOUTH, ESOPHAGUS:
30 feet of beauty 
Come and see
Each organ is a cutie
Just like me.

No wonder we are snooty
We're the best
30 feet of beauty
Let's digest!
Na na na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na na.

30 feet of beauty
Don't be scared
Send food down the chutee
We're prepared.
We all do our duty
We don't frown
30 feet of beauty
Going down!

Start with the mouth
Then head down south to the esophagus
The stomach's not far
Kind of a star to quite a lot of us.
Small intestine
Large intestine
The colon is so cool
We learned it all in alimentary school.
Alimentary, alimentary, alimentary school.

ALL THREE and CHORUS:
30 feet of beauty
Come and see
Each organ is a cutie
Just like me.

No wonder we are snooty
We're the best
30 feet of beauty
Let's digest!
Na na na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na na.

Start with the mouth
Then head down south to the esophagus
The stomach's not far
Kind of a star to quite a lot of us.
Small intestine
Large intestine
The colon is so cool
We learned it all in alimentary school.
Alimentary, alimentary, alimentary school.
Alimentary, alimentary, alimentary school.

(STOMACH, MOUTH, and ESOPHAGUS exit. ANNOUNCERS enter.)

ANNOUNCER #1: Now it's time for our second induction.

ANNOUNCER #2: I'm still rooting for the Spleen.

ANNOUNCER #3: You're not supposed to take sides.

ANNOUNCER #2: What do you have against lymphatic organs?

ANNOUNCER #3: I don't have ANYTHING against them.

ANNOUNCER #2: Oh no? Then where are your tonsils?

ANNOUNCER #3: My tonsils? They were taken out when I was five.

ANNOUNCER #2: Ah HAH!

ANNOUNCER #3: What do you mean by that? They were inflamed.

ANNOUNCER #2: Tonsil killer.

ANNOUNCER #1: Pay attention! It's time to announce the winning organ.

ANNOUNCER #2: Fine. (short pause, then quickly) I hope it's the Spleen.

(A CELL makes a loud entrance, helping a second CELL who can barely walk)

CELL #2 (the weak one, moans): Glucose. Gloooooocose.

CELL #1: Excuse us. Can we have a little breathing room here?

ANNOUNCER #1: What's going on?

CELL #1: We're Cells.

ANNOUNCER #3: Cells? What are you doing here? This ceremony is for Organs.

CELL #1: What do you think organs are made of? Tissues, that's what. And tissues
are made of us. Cells. My buddy here ran out of fuel in all the excitement.

CELL #2 (desperate): I need some glucose. Quick.

CELL #1: We break down sugar into carbon dioxide and water‹it's how we
obtain energy. It's called respiration.

CELL #2 (moans): Sugar. Shooooooogar.

CELL #1 (to ANNOUNCERS): Well don't just stand there---go get us
a glucose molecule!

(ANNOUNCERS race off)

Song 4:    

CELLS: 
Sugar, sugar
I need some
My nucleus is feeling numb.
Sugar, sugar
No delay I think I'm losing DNA.

Sugar, sugar
Don't be cruel
I break it down to use as fuel
Sugar, sugar
Don't be hard
I'm feelin' faint I need some carbs!

Ooooh I got a spasm
In my cytoplasm
My metabolism quit
I have got a glucose deficit---I'm gonna split!

Sugar, sugar
Please don't hide
I need that monosaccharide
Sugar, sugar
I am parched
Don't give me water I need starch!

Sugar, sugar
I need some
My nucleus is feeling numb.
Sugar, sugar
No delay
I think I'm losing DNA.

CELLS and CHORUS:
Ooooh I got a spasm
In my cytoplasm
My metabolism quit
I have got a glucose deficit---I'm gonna split!

Sugar, sugar
Don't be cruel
I break it down to use as fuel
Sugar, sugar
Don't be hard
I'm feelin' faint I need some carbs!

(CELLS hobble off. The BRAIN enters, holding envelope.)

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

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