Mr. Man’s Candy Store is an original idea by Malcom Henty. Mr. Man has moved to the edge of the wildwood where he has opened a new candy store. The animals who live nearby love to taste the sweets he has for sale, but money is scarce. If the animals are prepared to help him with a few chores, then Mr. Man rewards them with some goodies. All the creatures seem to accept this. All that is except for crafty Brer Rabbit. He has other mischievous ways of getting his hands on the sweet spoils.
Malcolm Henty is retired and living in East Devon in the United Kingdom. His theatre experience comes from writing and directing plays and pantomimes for the local children’s theatre group of which he is chairman. He also has the great fortune of working alongside his granddaughter Beth who is a primary school teacher. In addition to staging productions, the group also runs a very successful Drama Club for which he has written various plays. Happiness Stan and A Man for All Seasons, are about a raggedy old scarecrow, and are both available on Drama Notebook. Hairgel and Hairgel 2 (Karma Chameleon) are full length musicals. Hitler’s Ear is a play based on a true story of a boy who was evacuated three times in WW2, and All Hell at Allhallows is a murder mystery. Malcom is also the co-author along with Kent playwright Paul Sherman, of a new play based on Cornish folklore which is awaiting its premiere.
More Brer Rabbit plays:
Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Fox
Brer Rabbit Meets Brer Lion
Brer Rabbit and the Day of Learning
Brer Rabbit and Sister Swan’s Daughter
Brer Rabbit’s Christmas
Excerpt from the Play:
*Brer means brother or an informal title before someone’s name.
(Settings: Outside in the wildwood and in a candy store)
Now some people calls it a candy store, and other people disagree and calls it a sweet shop. But what everyone agrees on is that it’s a mighty fine place. So, when Mr. Man decided to open up his new store on the edge of the wildwoods, everybody, including the animals who lived there, were over excited at the prospect.
Trouble was that to buy candy you needed money, and animals as a rule don’t carry money about their person. There was also another problem. Mr. Man was a businessman and couldn’t afford to give his wares away. But if the animals did some chores for him, he would reward them with sugar cane and popcorn. Some of the animals didn’t want to do chores, yet they still wanted candy. One of the worst culprits was Brer Rabbit:
(Brer Rabbit and Brer Turtle are sitting by roadside when Brer Bear walks by eating sugar cane)
Look yonder Brer Turtle. Here comes old Brer Bear and he’s eating like he’s fit to burst.
Well, be nice and polite to him and he might share it with us.
Good morning, Brer Bear. You are sure looking well this fine day. How’s the candy tasting?
Mighty good Brer Rabbit, it’s mighty good.
Any chance of a nibble for me and my friend Brer Turtle?
Oh no, no chance at all. I have been stacking the log pile for Mr. Man and this is the reward for my hard work. Good day gentlemen. (Bear exits)
Maybe we should try stacking those logs instead of lazing around in the sun Brer Rabbit.
That’s a lot of hard work. And anyway, I like laying in the sun.
So do I, but that candy looked mighty good. Shouldn’t we give it a go?
Hush now Brer Turtle. Let me think. There has to be a way of getting some candy without all that sweating and heaving.
And with that Brer Rabbit pulled his hat down over his eyes and laid back in the sun like he was on a tropical beach. Brer Turtle went back into his house and slept. Now I can hear you all asking how come Brer Turtle went back in his house when they were on the edge of the wildwoods. Well, that’s easy one to answer. Being a turtle, he carries his house on his back, which is very useful when it rains, or when Brer Rabbit becomes annoying.
The two friends slept in the sun until they were awoken by a loud crunching sound. Brer Rabbit’s nose began twitching. Coming up the road was Brer Fox with a large bag of popcorn. Now if there’s something that animals like more than candy it’s popcorn. They stood up waiting to greet Brer Fox.
(Brer Fox comes along eating popcorn)
Good day Brer Rabbit and Brer Turtle. It’s a fine day to be walking in the wildwood.
It sure is Brer Fox. Is that popcorn you are eating?
It sure is.
Smells real nice.
Sure does, and it tastes real nice as well.
Seems a lot of popcorn for one animal. Do you feel like it’s a sharing day?
Brer Fox: (Laughing)
No chance at all.
Where did you get the money to buy that popcorn? I thought you was pretty poor?
I am poor. But I’ve been cutting hay for Mr. Man, and he gave me the popcorn as a reward. Now good day gentlemen. (Brer Fox exits)
Maybe we should go and cut some hay for Mr. Man. Then we might get to taste that popcorn too.
Oh, hush now Brer Turtle. It is much too nice a day to be working when we can be laying here soaking up the sunshine. Plenty of time to be doing chores later.
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