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FREE TODAY on Amazon – Fairytales on Stage 29th March 2017

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This book is a collection of plays that have been adapted from well-known fairy tales. They can be used as performance plays, readers theatre or just used to promote reading in groups. Each play is between five and ten minutes long. The plays can be adapted to suit the various needs of the group. The cast list is very flexible – more characters can be added. Characters can be changed or omitted. In addition, the teacher/group leader can assume the role of the storyteller if the children are unable to read or not at the reading level required. Also included in this book is a variety of drama activities. These activities are designed to be fun and enjoyable as well as promoting concentration, movement, character development and creativity.

The plays in the collection are:
Little Red Riding Hood
Goldilocks
The Three Little Pigs
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Ugly Duckling
The Lazy Cow
The Talking Tree
Humpty Dumpty
The Magic Porridge Pot
The Stone Soup
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Little Red Hen
The Gingerbread Man
The Enormous Turnip
Chicken Licken

 

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SNOW WHITE & SEVEN DWARFS – A PLAY FOR CHILDREN

 

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Scene 1:

*Curtains open with Snow White on one side of the stage, sitting down reading a book and the Queen on the other side of the stage looking at Snow White angrily*

Narrator: Hello boys and girls. Welcome to our play. Do you all know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? That’s our story tonight but we’ve made a few little changes. We hope you enjoy it!

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away; there lived a beautiful young Princess. She had hair as dark as night and skin as white as snow and so she was called Snow White. She was kind and gentle and people would stop and stare at her beauty. Snow White lived in a beautiful castle with her father, the King. One day, her father remarried. Although the new Queen was very beautiful; she was cruel and unkind and she did not like Snow White because Snow White so beautiful and the new Queen became very jealous.

*Snow White Skips off the stage and the Queen stays on stage. The Mirror is carried on*

Queen: Aw, at last my mirror has arrived (admires herself in the mirror). Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

Mirror: My dear Queen, you are indeed very beautiful but it is Snow White who is the fairest of them of all.

Queen: (outraged) What? This cannot be. I shall have her killed and then I will be the fairest in the land……. Huntsman come here at once.

Huntsman: (stammers!) Y-y-yes, Your Majesty?

Queen: I order you to take Snow White into the woods at once and kill her. Now go!! Get out of my sight!

*The Queen walks off stage stamping her feet angrily and the Woodsman stands to the front of the stage*

Huntsman: (to audience) What shall I do? I don’t want to kill Snow White. She is so good and kind. But the Queen will be so angry if I do not do what she says. Oh no!

*The Huntsman walks off the stage sadly*

*The background changes to a woods scene and Snow White and the Woodsman enter onto the stage*

Snow White: (to Woodsman) Where are we going?

Woodsman: We must go into the woods. I am so very sorry, the Queen has ordered me to kill you but I cannot do it. You must run away and never return or we will both be killed. Go quickly!

*Snow White runs off the stage*

Huntsman: (To audience) What shall I do now? Lie to the Queen. Perhaps she will believe me……

*Huntsman runs off stage and background changes to castle again*

Narrator: The Woodsman returned to the Castle and told the Queen that he had killed Snow White.

Huntsman: Snow White is dead Your Majesty.

Queen: Very good, very good Snow White is gone. Now go! (Looking into the Mirror) Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

*Huntsman runs off stage*

Mirror: My dear Queen, I must inform you that Snow White is still alive and she is the fairest of them all.

Queen: The Woodsman has lied to me. I see that if I want this done, I shall have to do it myself………… I shall find Snow White and kill her myself (Evil laugh!)

Scene 2:

*Curtains open with woods as the background*

Narrator: Meanwhile, Snow White was lost and alone in the woods and she could not return to the castle. She sat down on the ground and began to cry.

*Little Red Riding Hood comes skipping onto the stage*

Snow White: Who are you?

Red Riding Hood: I’m Little Red Riding Hood, of course. I’m on my way to Grandma’s house. I must hurry before that nasty Wolf comes along. You had better hurry along too before it gets dark. Goodbye. Hope I see you again soon…….

Snow White: (waves) Bye!

*Red Riding Hood Skips off the stage and the Wolf comes along*

Wolf: Hello. Have you seen a little girl wearing a red hood?

Snow White: Oh hello. (To audience) Should I tell him where she went? (Wait for answer) No, sorry I haven’t seen her.

Wolf: Well then, I’d better be going. I sure am hungry. Goodbye

*Wolf runs off stage*

*Curtains close while scene is changed to dwarfs house*

*Curtains open*

Narrator: Snow White carried on walking into the woods until she came to a little house. She knocked on the door (sound of knocking) but no one answered so she went inside. She found herself in a small kitchen with a little table surrounded by seven little chairs and in the bedroom she found seven little beds…….

Snow White: How very strange. I wonder who lives here. Whoever they are, they are very messy. This house is filthy. It will take me all day to get this place cleaned up, I had better get started.

*Snow White starts cleaning and song “Working 9 to 5” plays for 1 minute approx.*

Snow White: There! All done! (yawns) I’m so tired, I think I’ll just have a little nap.

*Snow White lies down on a blanket in the corner, while she is sleeping; Goldilocks walks quietly into the kitchen and sits at the table*

Narrator: As Snow White slept, a little girl with golden locks crept into the house and began to eat a bowl of porridge which had been left on the table.

Goldilocks: Mmmm, porridge!! (starts eating porridge)

*While Goldilocks is eating the porridge, the seven dwarfs arrive home (“I Ho, I Ho” plays). They are surprised to find Goldilocks in their kitchen*

Grumpy: Goldilocks!! Not again! Shoo! Out of here! Come on!

Doc: Think we need to fix the lock on that door.

Sleepy: I’m tired! (Rubbing eyes) Can I go to bed now? (Yawns)

Sneezy: Achoo!! (Wipes nose)

Dopey: Huh, what’s goin on?

Happy: Wow, look at this place! It’s so clean. Who did this?

Bashful: Hey, look! I think we have another visitor. Look at her! She’s so pretty! (Looks away shyly)

*The dwarfs surround the sleeping Snow White. She wakes up suddenly with a fright and looks around*

Snow White: Who are you?

Grumpy: You’re the one in our house. Who are you?

Snow White: I’m Snow White and I have nowhere else to go. Please can I stay here for just a little while? Please? I can be very helpful; I can clean and sew and cook and…..

Happy: You can cook? Great, you can stay! I’m famished. What’s for dinner? I’m Happy by the way.

Doc: I’m doc!

Dopey: I’m Dopey.

Bashful: I’m Bashful

Sneezy: I-I-I-I’m Sneezy, achooo!!

Sleepy: (Yawning and stretching) I’m Sleepy!

Grumpy: Hold on one second here! I don’t like this, not one bit. She’s not staying and that’s final.

Doc: Don’t mind him, that’s Grumpy!!

Dopey: I’m starving. Can we eat now, please?

*The other dwarfs ignore Grumpy’s complaints and Grumpy stands with his arms folded in a huff, while the other dwarfs sit at the table*

Snow White: There you go! Eat up! (Serves each dwarf some food)

Doc: Mmmmm, delicious!

*Grumpy smells the food and slowly walks over and sits down at the table, still looking angry and starts eating*

Narrator: So Snow White stayed with the dwarfs who were very happy to have a girl around at last, even Grumpy didn’t mind so much once he tasted Snow White’s cooking. They were all very happy living together. The dwarfs soon began to care very much for Snow White. The dwarfs went off to work each morning and Snow White took very good care of their little house.

Scene 3:

*Curtains open with Snow White sitting at the kitchen table with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood.

Snow White: I’m so glad you could all come for tea. Red Riding Hood, would you like another biscuit? Cinderella?

Sleeping Beauty: Could I have some more coffee please? I’m feeling awfully sleepy.

Snow White: Of course, Sleeping Beauty. Would you like some more milk, Goldilocks?

*Snow White pours some coffee and milk*

Cinderella: (sighs) I just don’t know how you do it. Cleaning up after seven men, every single day? After years of cleaning up for that wicked step-mother and those two ugly step-sisters, I never want to see another broom for the rest of my life.

Snow White: It’s not so bad. I don’t exactly have a queue of charming princes knocking down my door. You are so lucky to have met the man of your dreams. It’s not easy being single.

*All the girls dance to “Single Ladies”*

Cinderella: You will meet the man of your dreams one day, Snow White. Well, we had better get going. Before Sleeping Beauty here; falls asleep at your table. Bye!

Snow White: Bye, see you soon!

*Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella walk off stage and Snow White goes back her cleaning. Then there’s a knock at the door*

Snow White: Oh, I wonder who that could be?

*In walks he Queen dressed as an old woman*

Snow White: Oh hello, would you like to come in?

Old woman: Hello dear! I was just walking in the woods when I saw you busy cleaning. You must be very tired after all that cleaning. Would you like one of my delicious red apples? They are really very delicious!

Snow White: Oh they do look very delicious and I am a little peckish. Oh dear, I’m not sure if I should. My father always told me to never take food from a stranger! Then again, he also told me to get married before I moved in with a man and here I am living with seven men! (To audience) What should I do? Should I take the apple?

Old Woman: Go on dear, it’s only an apple!! (Laughs to herself)

Snow White: Alright then. Maybe just one little bite. It can’t hurt.

*Snow White takes a bite and collapses to the ground. The Old Woman throws off her disguise and laughs evilly*

Queen: Hahaha,my plan has worked, Snow White has eaten the poisonous apple and now she is gone, gone, gone; I shall be the fairest in the land at last. Hahahaha!!

*The Queen runs off the stage*

*A little while later the dwarfs walk on stage (“I Ho, I Ho” plays) and find Snow White unconscious*

Happy: Oh no, what has happened? Is she dead?

Doc: (Holding up the apple and smelling it) No she’s not dead but she has been poisoned.

Grumpy: It wasn’t me!

*The dwarfs get down on their knees and surround Snow White. They all begin to cry*

*Curtain closes*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Giving Tree – Top 10 Therapeutic Picture Story Books.

Number 8 on my list of  top ten therapeutic picture story books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This is a story of a tree that gives its life for a boy turned self-centered young man. It’s been interpreted along environmentalist and religious lines, but all can agree on the beauty of its underlying theme of generosity.

The Giving Tree was published 1964,

Shel Silverstein wrote 12 books, although many of his poems have been compiled into published collections.

Silverstein’s works have sold more than 20 million copies and have been translated into more than 30 languages.

His first children’s book, “Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back,” was published in 1963.

Writing was only one of his talents; he was also an accomplished songwriter who won a Grammy in 1970 for his song “A Boy Named Sue;” his song “I’m Checking Out,” which appeared on the soundtrack for the movie “Postcards From the Edge.”

Although Silverstein withdrew from writing and releasing books throughout the 1980s, he made a comeback with his 1996 release of “Falling Up.”

Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack in 1999 at the age of 68.

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Classics on Stage Free book of children’s plays until the 21st of March.

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CLASSICS ON STAGE is FREE on Amazon today. Classics on Stage is a collection of ten plays adapted from popular and cherished works of children’s literature. This is a unique collection of scripts that will entertain and educate readers. The plays are written with a sense of fun, which will engage and delight children of all ages. The plays in the collection are:
The Wizard of Oz
Alice in Wonderland
How the Leopard Got His Spots
How the Elephant Got His Trunk
The Happy Prince
The Selfish Giant
The Canterville Ghost
Peter Pan
Pinocchio
Around the World in Eighty Days.

 

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The top ten therapeutic picture book stories. Number 9 ” The Paperbag Princess” by Robert Munsch

In at number 9 of my top 10 favourite picture book therapeutic stories is “The Paperbag Princess. Here are 10 intersting facts about it.

1. The Paper Bag Princess is a children’s book written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. It was first published on 1980 by Annick Press.

2. The plot centres around the beautiful princess Elizabeth who lives a vey privilege life inside the walls of her castle. She is engaged to be married to the handsome prince Ronald. She believes she will live happily ever after until a fire breathing dragon burns all her clothes and kidnaps her handsome prince. She has nothing to wear, so she dons a paperbag to conceal her nakedness. She cleverly outwits the dragon and rescues her handsome prince. Prince Ronald who is a narcissist is appalled at her appearance. He tells her not to come near him until she has transformed herself back into a beautiful princess. She responds by calling him a bum, gives him his marching orders and dances off into the sunset.

3. The book turns gender stereotypes on its head which considering when it was published in 1980’s shows how progressive Munsch was.

4. Although this is a feminist fairytale it also transcends gender. The book shows children how to be resourceful, have humility, have confidence and most importantly know when to walk away from a bad situation.

5. Robert Munsch first told the story to a group of children in a childcare centre in the early 1970s.

6. It was Munsch’s wife who gave him the idea. She suggested getting the princess to rescue the prince.

7. The original ending had Elizabeth’s punching Ronald in the face. The ending was considered too violent so in the end she calls him a bum and walks away.

8. It has sold over three million copies world wide.

9. In some international editions bum was changed to toad.

10. The last line is “they didn’t get married after all.”

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The Gingerbread Man- a simple five minute play for children.

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Characters: Gingerbread Man, three storytellers, old woman, old man, cow, horse, dog, two bears and a fox.

(Stage Directions: Three storytellers stand on the left side of the stage. Old woman is sitting on a chair – knitting or reading a book and Old Man is digging up vegetables on the right side of stage. The rest of the animals can be back stage or standing quietly in a semicircle.)

Storyteller 1: Once upon a time, a little, old woman and a little, old man lived in a little, old house. One day, the little, old woman decided to make a Gingerbread Man.

Old Woman: I think I will make gingerbread for the old man’s tea. He will love that. (She gets up from the chair and goes to centre stage. She mimes making the gingerbread and putting it in the oven as Storyteller 2 speaks. )

Storyteller 2: She cut the Gingerbread Man out of dough. She gave him chocolate drops for eyes and a piece of lemon for his mouth. Then she put him in the oven to bake. After a while she said to herself …

Old Woman: That Gingerbread Man must be ready by now. (She mimes looking into the oven etc.)

Storyteller 3: She opened the oven door. UP jumped the

Gingerbread Man, and away he ran, out the front door! (Gingerbread Man jumps out from the oven.)

Gingerbread Man: Hello, I am the Gingerbread Man.

Old Man: Don’t run away. I want you for my tea. (He puts his hand up to try and stop the Gingerbread Man.)

Gingerbread Man: Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!

Storyteller 3: The little, old woman and the little, old man ran, but they couldn’t catch the Gingerbread Man. (They run after him, running around the stage in a circle. Old Man and Old Woman get tired, so they stop.)

Storyteller 1: The Gingerbread Man ran past the cow grazing in the field. (Cow comes out onto the stage.)

Cow: Moo! Moo! Stop! Stop! Gingerbread Man, I want to eat you.

Gingerbread Man: Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man! (Cow chases him but can’t catch him so she stops and either goes back to her original position or goes off stage.)

Storyteller 2: The cow ran, but she couldn’t catch the

Gingerbread Man. Then he met a horse drinking at the well. (Horse comes out onto the stage.)

Horse: Neigh! Neigh! Stop! Stop! Gingerbread Man, I want to eat you.

Gingerbread Man: Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man! (Horse chases him but can’t catch him so he stops.)

Storyteller 3: The horse ran, but she couldn’t catch the

Gingerbread Man. Then he met a dog playing in the field. (Dog comes out onto the stage.)

Dog: Woof! Woof! Stop! Stop! Gingerbread Man, I want to eat you.

Gingerbread Man: Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man! (Dog chases him but he gets tired and stops. Dog is panting.)

Storyteller 1: He ran between two bears having a picnic.
Bears: Growl! Growl! Stop! Stop! Gingerbread Man, we want to eat you.

Gingerbread Man: Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man! (Bears chase the Gingerbread

Man but they get tired and have to stop.)

Storyteller 2: The bears jumped up and ran after him. They ran, and ran, but they couldn’t catch that Gingerbread Man!

Storyteller 3: Soon, the Gingerbread Man came to a river and started to cry. (Gingerbread Man cries and Fox creeps up behind him.) He saw a fox.

Fox: Why are you crying, Gingerbread Man?

Gingerbread Man: I’ve run away from an old woman, an old man, a cow, a horse, a dog and two picnicking bears, and I can run away from you!

Fox: If you don’t get across this river quickly, the old woman, the old man, the cow, the horse, the dog and the two picnicking bears, will surely catch you. Hop on my tail and I’ll carry you across. (Fox points to his tail.)

Storyteller 2: The Gingerbread Man saw that he had no time to lose because the old woman, the old man, the cow, the horse, the dog and the two picnicking bears were very close behind him. . He quickly hopped onto the fox’s tail. (Gingerbread Man mimes getting onto the fox’s tail. He holds on to his back and fox mimes swimming.)

Fox: The water’s deep, climb up on my back so you won’t get wet. Oh! The water’s even deeper! Climb up on my head so you won’t get wet! (Gingerbread Man holds onto Fox’s back and he jumps in front. Then Fox bends down, so his head is touching Gingerbread Man’s back.)

Storyteller 3: And the Gingerbread Man did as the fox told him.

Fox: It’s too deep! Climb onto my nose so you won’t get wet! (The gingerbread man’s back touches the fox’s nose.)

Storyteller 1: And the Gingerbread Man did that but then, with a flick of his head, the Fox tossed the Gingerbread Man into the air and opened his mouth, but the Gingerbread Man jumped to the other side of the river.

Gingerbread Man: (to everyone) Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!
(All the other characters are on the other side of the stage/river and they start to cry.)

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The top ten children’s therapeutic stories: Number 10 Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak.

Every week for the next ten weeks I’m going to blog about one of my top ten favourite therapeutic children’s books. In at number 10 is “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.
Here are some interesting facts about Maurice Sendak and “Where The Wild Things Are.”

1. Sendak was born in 1928 in New York to Polish Jewish immigrants. He started off illustrating other people’s books before he wrote and illustrated his own books.

2. The story of “Where The Wild Things Are” centres around a little boy called Max. He is sent to bed without any supper for causing mischief and chaos around the house. He gets transported to the land of the Wild Things. Max is bestowed the honour of King of the Wild Things. He enjoys lots of adventures but soon he misses home and feels lonely without his family. He returns to his bedroom and there waiting for him is a hot supper.

3. The book was meant to be called “The Land of the Wild Horse” but Sendak realised he couldn’t draw horses and changed it to the more ambiguous Wild Things.

4. The book was first published in 1963 but since then there has been many adaptions.
• An animated short in 1974
• An Opera in 1983
• A Hollywood movie in 2009

5. The story has only 338 words. According to Francis Spufford it is “one of very few picture books to make an entirely deliberate and beautiful use of psychoanalytical story of rage.”

6. Apparently, Sendak based the illustrations of the Wild Things on elderly relatives from his childhood.

7. “Where the Wild Things are” was not well received initially. Many parents, teachers and psychologists believe that it was glorifying anger. Slowly it grew in popularity and has since reached high acclaim. It is the recipient of many prestigious awards.

8. Despite its popularity Sendak refused to write a sequel.

9. Sendak has stated that his three books Where the Wild Things are, In the night kitchen and Outside over there are a trilogy centred on children’s growth, survival, transformation and anger.

10. President Obama is a big fan of the book. He read it aloud at the White House annual East egg roll in 2016.

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