It’s a crazy day in fairy-tale land as a dozen or so fairy-tale and nursery-rhyme characters get mixed up in each other’s stories!
Easy to read and understand dialogue makes this a perfect play for a younger group. Yet the play is intelligently written, and will appeal to older students as well.
Excerpt from the play:
Red Riding Hood
Big Bad Pig
SETTING: Fairy-tale forest.
Once upon a time, in a not so far away place that had a lot of trees, there lived a bunch of fairy tale characters.
And something strange was happening. One day, a little girl named Little Red Riding Hood was getting ready to go visit her grandmother.
(Red Riding Hood steps center stage.)
It was after six on Sunday, so all of the bakery stores were closed. So Little Red decided that she’d bake a treat for her grandmother.
Hey! That’s not the way it happened!
Who’s telling the story?
Thank you. So Little Red decided to bake a gingerbread man. She took a little ginger.
What’s a little ginger?
(Ginger steps forward.)
Hi! My name is Ginger. And I’m little.
I guess you’ll have to do.
So, she took little Ginger and mixed her together with a loaf of bread, then popped the mixture into the oven. While she waited for the gingerbread man to bake, she decided to watch some of the latest videos on MTV.
But just as she was about to turn on the television, the electricity went out. (PAUSE) The electricity went out. (CLEARS THROAT) The electricity went out.
Hey! Up there in the booth! Wake up!
And when the electricity came back on, Little Red Riding Hood was nowhere to be seen.
At the same exact moment that the electricity came back on, the timer on the oven went off and the gingerbread man jumped out of the oven.
Run, run, run, Red Riding Hood, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man . . . um . . . excuse me, narrator people. . .
I’m not a man.
I know that. And the audience knows that. But nothing else rhymes with “can.” You can’t say “Run, run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread person, now, can you?”
Watch me. Run, run, run, Red Riding Hood, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread person.
(TO NARR 2)
So what are ya gonna do now, huh?
Well, we could get the fox to eat you right now. But I think we’ll just let you run around sounding stupid.
But guess what?
Red Riding Hood has disappeared, so you have no one to run away from.
Oh, no! What’ll I do now?