14 fairy-tale characters. Approximately 30 minutes running time. Fun, mixed-up fairytale/nursery rhyme play! (3 credits.)

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:

CHARACTERS

Narrator 1
Narrator 2
Red Riding Hood
Ginger
Hansel 1
Hansel 2
Cindy
Hazel
Sniffly
Stepmother
Sleeping Ugly
Big Bad Pig
Goldilocks
Mother Duck

SETTING: Fairy-tale forest.

NARR 1
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.

NARR 2
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.)

NARR 1
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.

RED
Hey! That’s not the way it happened!

NARR 1
Who’s telling the story?

RED
You are.

NARR 1
Thank you. So Little Red decided to bake a gingerbread man. She took a little ginger.

RED
What’s a little ginger?
(Ginger steps forward.)

GINGER
Hi! My name is Ginger. And I’m little.

RED
I guess you’ll have to do.

NARR 2
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.

NARR 1
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.

RED
Hey! Up there in the booth! Wake up!

BOOTH MAN
Oh. Sorry.
(Lights out.)

NARR 1
And when the electricity came back on, Little Red Riding Hood was nowhere to be seen.

NARR 2
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.

GINGER
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. . .

NARR 1
Yes?

GINGER
I’m not a man.

NARR 1
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?”

GINGER
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?

NARR 2
Well, we could get the fox to eat you right now. But I think we’ll just let you run around sounding stupid.

NARR 1
But guess what?

GINGER
What?

NARR 1
Red Riding Hood has disappeared, so you have no one to run away from.

GINGER
Oh, no! What’ll I do now?

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