This version of The Gingerbread Man is a hilarious adaptation of the classic tale and perfect for your next Christmas show! When the Muffin Man brings his “Franken-Cookie” to life, he’s not sticking around to get eaten. Escaping an existential crisis, a brown cow, and a grizzly bear, our ginger friend must finally decide if he can trust a devious fox to help hide him. A delicious tale for young performers!
Andy Pavey is a commissioned playwright, who writes short plays for Drama Notebook. He is a student who attends UWC-USA. He previously spent nine years with Davenport Junior Theatre, the second-oldest children’s theatre in the United States, where he acted in productions, managed the props building, and wrote plays for young actors to perform.
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
At rise: The MUFFIN MAN is in a kitchen, which has a stove/oven, a small table, and a chair. The MUFFIN MAN is a cross between a baker and a mad scientist. MS. MUFFIN, who is dressed in a lawyer’s outfit, is reading a newspaper and drinking coffee at the table.
Finally! After years of experimenting and baking, I have made a breakthrough!
I’ll believe it when I see it, dear.
Why aren’t you more supportive of my ambitions?
Because it’s not possible to create a living, breathing dessert cookie. Nor would anyone actually want to.
It’s so much more than a dessert cookie! You’ll see! You’ll see!
Hmm. All I see right now is my newspaper. Good luck with that.
In just a few minutes, everyone will see…Mwahahaha! Mwhahahaha!
What was that, dear?
Nothing, dear. Just a cough, dear.
Something begins rumbling inside of the oven.
I told you that you should have gotten the warranty on that oven.
The GINGERBREAD MAN, who is inside the oven, begins hammering on the inside of the stove, trying to escape.
EXISTENCE is PAIN! PAIN is ETERNAL!
The MUFFIN MAN throws open the oven and the GINGERBREAD MAN stumbles out and looks around wildly.
Who are YOU? Where am I? What am I?
Honey, what’s that ruckus? It’s hard to read when you’re tinkering.
MUFFIN MAN (pointing towards the GINGERBREAD MAN)
Open your eyes, woman! Open your eyes!
GINGERBREAD MAN (suddenly melancholy)
What happens to cookies when they die?
Amazing. I’ve created… Franken-Cookie!!
The lights flash as if lightning has struck. A “dun-dun-dun” sound effect plays.
I’m not Franken-Cookie! I’m the Gingerbread Man! And I’ll do whatever I please!