BRAND NEW Winnie-the-Pooh
Running Time: About 30-40 minutes
Characters: Flexible Cast of 33, Every Character M/F
Easily Adapted for Larger or Smaller Cast
Setting: The Hundred Acre Wood
(M/F, 18 lines together)
AKA: Rabbit's Friends & Relations
FERRET (M/F, 12 lines)
TINY MOUSE (M/F, 10 lines)
COUSIN MOUSE (M/F, 14 lines)
HEDGEHOG (M/F, 10 lines)
ALEXANDER BEETLE (M/F, 12 lines)
DRAGONFLY (M/F, 10 lines)
BUTTERFLY (M/F, 9 lines)
CUCKOO-BIRD (M/F, 14 lines)
WOOD-PIGEON (M/F, 12 lines)
FROG (M/F, 12 lines)
MR. MILNE (M/F, 19 lines)
MR. SHEPARD (M/F, 11 lines)
ROBIN (M/F, 53 lines total)
CHRISTOPHER #1 (M/F, 16 lines)
CHRISTOPHER #2 (M/F, 10 lines)
CHRISTOPHER #3 (M/F, 9 lines)
CHRISTOPHER #4 (M/F, 18 lines)
(M/F, 121 lines total)
POOH #1 (M/F, 26 lines)
POOH #2 (M/F, 22 lines)
POOH #3 (M/F. 28 lines)
POOH #4 (M/F, 21 lines)
POOH #5 (M/F, 15 lines)
POOH #6 (M/F, 9 lines)
40 lines total)
RABBIT #1 (M/F, 20 lines)
RABBIT #2 (M/F, 20 lines)
(M/F, 54 lines total)
PIGLET #1 (M/F, 25 lines)
PIGLET #2 (M/F, 29 lines)
(M/F, 22 lines total)
EEYORE #1 (M/F, 16 lines)
EEYORE #2 (M/F, 6 lines)
(M/F, 25 lines total)
OWL #1 (M/F, 7 lines)
OWL #2 (M/F, 14 lines)
OWL #3 (M/F, 4 lines)
KANGA (M/F, 24 lines)
ROO (M/F, 6 lines)
1. Once Upon a Time
(Introducing Pooh & Some Bees)
2. Rabbit's House
(Pooh Gets into a Tight Place)
3. Piglet's House
(Pooh & Piglet Nearly Catch a Heffalump)
4. Eeyore's Tail
(Pooh Finds a Tail)
5. A Very Strange Creature
(Kanga & Roo Come to the Forest)
6. Time to Party
(Christopher Robin Gives a Party & We Say Goodbye)
Storytellers are Rabbit's Friends and Relations and have important roles in the play!
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Written especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written for adults or professional actors to perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or complex language, and speeches too long for young children to memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter that may not be appropriate for children.
Easy to understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!
All children are involved throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles! All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large parts (such as Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet in this play) among several performers so that no one child is the "star".
Familiar stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as possible to the familiar story the kids already know. While many authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible, making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.
Feel free to edit! Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no changes may be made to their scripts. We know that your goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that your needs are unique. Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add as much as you like! Also, there are no restrictions on video tapes. Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big moment. Go ahead and tape away!
What a delight it has been to spend time wandering around the '100 Aker Wood'. During the writing of this script the old Kenny Loggins tune rolled around in my noggin: "I've wandered much further today than I should, and I can't seem to find my way back to the wood&ldots;" That's what growing up will do to you. I really did need to get back to the days of Pooh.
It's hard to think of better literature to adapt for young performers than A. A. Milne's great book, Winnie-the-Pooh. It is all about childhood exploration, the dreaminess of play and that careful, thoughtful, tentative business of growing up. Christopher Robin is working it all out in his head. How will he handle life's mysteries and mishaps? What will he love and cherish in that faraway adult-land? And most importantly what kind of human being does he want to be? Occupation, fortune and all those grown-up values mean little to Christopher Robin. What seems to matter most is in Eeyore's tender words: "A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference."
My goal is always to tap into the natural impulse that all children have for imaginative play. Mr. Milne has given us the best possible material for that. While directing this play with your young friends, remember that they are experts on childhood and they may very well know how this goes better than you do! Let them guide you in their world of dreams; give them space and encouragement to laugh and play their way through the rehearsal process. Don't let stress or worriment about how the play will turn out bother you. Trust those kids; they know what to do. And don't forget to laugh and love the silly, old world of Pooh!
If you haven't taken a long walk in the 'Wood' for a while, don't worry, it will all come back to you. I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I have.
CD SOUNDTRACK CUES
Cues, sound effects, background music (traditional-classical)
The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (public domain traditional) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music and songs from movies, cartoons or stageplays, nor does it contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown below include silence.
[ Click on [sample] to hear a short sample of the indicated cues ]
1. INTRO MUSIC (0:27) [sample]
2. STORY TIME MUSIC (0:37) [sample]
3. WINDY BALLOON TAKEOFF, ETC. (0:52) [sample]
4. TRANSITION MUSIC (0:27) [sample]
5. TRANSITION MUSIC (SHORT) (0:18)
6. TRANSITION MUSIC (SHORT) (0:18)
7. TRANSITION MUSIC (FADE OUT) (0:31)
8. TRANSITION MUSIC (SHORT) (0:18)
9. ENDING, PARTY MUSIC (0:55) [sample]
10. POOH & PIGLET WALKING OFF (0:37)
11. CURTAIN CALL MUSIC (3:41) [sample]
Everyone Loves the Most Famous Bear in the World!
The School Play Package gives you the rights to adapt the script for your unique circumstances! You also have the rights to make a Video/DVD of your special performance!
At the beginning of the play Mr. Milne begins the first story about Pooh trying to get honey from bees.
(Script pages 14-18)
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: (Holding up the bear.) What about a story?
MR. MILNE: Would you like one now, Christopher?
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: Yes. And Winnie-the-Pooh would like one too, please.
MR. MILNE: Are you ready, Mr. Shepard?
MR. SHEPARD: Of course.
(They smile and shake hands.)
MR. MILNE: Very well. Enough with the introductions! I think it is time to begin.
(SOUND CUE #2: Story time music, 'Once Upon a Time...' [sample]
MR. MILNE sits CHRISTOPHER ROBIN down on a chair. OWL #1 flies off down the aisle, exiting. STORYTELLERS take their places, scattered around on stools and ladders, sitting, standing, etc. and begin to tell the story. MR. MILNE puts up a sign that reads: "Once Upon a Time".)
Once upon a time...
MR. SHEPARD: A very long time ago now...
(MR. MILNE and MR. SHEPARD exit through the green "door".)
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: (Scratching his head.) I think it was last Friday.
ALEXANDER BEETLE: Winnie-the-Pooh lived all by himself in the forest.
(POOH #1 enters. SOUND CUE FADES & ENDS.)
DRAGONFLY: One day he was out walking and he came to a large oak-tree.
BUTTERFLY: And from the top of the tree, he heard...
POOH: That buzzing noise means something. And the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you're a bee.
STORYTELLERS: (As if seeing one.) A bee!
(They pull back as if a bee is flying in their faces and swat at the air.)
POOH: And the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey.
(STORYTELLERS relax and think of delicious honey.)
POOH: And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.
(CUCKOO-BIRD and WOOD-PIGEON bring ladder downstage and place it in front of POOH, speaking as they move it.)
CUCKOO-BIRD: And so, he decided to climb the tree.
POOH: (To CUCKOO-BIRD.) He did?
CUCKOO-BIRD: He did.
POOH: All the way up there?
WOOD-PIGEON: So, he started climbing...
(POOH puts foot on ladder.)
POOH: Seems sturdy enough. (Begins to climb slowly.)
CUCKOO-BIRD: He climbed and climbed...
WOOD-PIGEON: And he climbed and climbed...
CUCKOO-BIRD: And he climbed...
POOH: Bother. All this climbing calls for a little song. (POOH makes up a little tune, singing...) Isn't it funny how a bear likes honey? Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! I wonder why he does.
STORYTELLERS: (Singing.) It's a very funny thought that if Bears were Bees, They'd build their nests at the bottom of trees.
POOH: Yes, that's how it goes. (Singing.) Isn't it funny la-dee-da-da-la-dee...
FROG: But then...
POOH: But then?
FERRET: He heard the branch make a sound.
POOH: A sound?
(STORYTELLERS hold on to ladder and shake it according to the sounds they make.)
POOH: (Looking down.) Oh dear.
POOH: Oh help.
(POOH tumbles down the ladder and does somersaults at the bottom.)
POOH: (Pulling himself up, dusting himself off.) It all comes of liking honey so much.
(CHRISTOPHER ROBIN enters the playing area.)
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: Good morning, Winnie-the-Pooh.
POOH: Oh, Christopher Robin! I wonder if you've got such a thing as a balloon about you?
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: What do you want a balloon for?
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: But you don't get honey from balloons!
POOH: I do!
COUSIN MOUSE: Now, it just so happened that Christopher Robin had been to a party and he had a left-over balloon in his pocket.
POOH: Is it blue?
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: It is!
(CHRISTOPHER ROBIN pulls an imaginary limp balloon from his pocket and dangles it.)
But that's a big balloon. I don't think either one us has enough air to blow it up.
TINY MOUSE: I do!
COUSIN MOUSE: I think you'll need some help.
HEDGEHOG: So, all the animals in the forest huffed and puffed...
(TINY MOUSE holds the "balloon" to his lips. STORYTELLERS blow with him. Blowing: "Whoo, whoo, whoo!" When the "balloon" is growing CHRISTOPHER ROBIN and POOH hold their hands up as if their palms are on the sides of the "balloon." They expand their hold as the "balloon" grows bigger and bigger and bigger until it seems to be many feet wide and floating above their heads... STORYTELLERS give it one last "WHOOOSHHH!" and the "balloon" flies...
SOUND CUE #3: Windy take off; cue continues through scene...) [sample]
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: Hurry Pooh, catch it before it blows away!
(POOH grabs the "string" of the "balloon" and "floats" on wobbly tip-toes as it nearly carries him away.)
POOH: You see, Christopher Robin. Since the balloon is blue the bees won't notice me because they'll think it is the sky.
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: Won't they notice you beneath the balloon?
POOH: You never can tell with bees! Here I gooooooooooooo...
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN & STORYTELLERS: Hooray!!!!
(Flying, soaring sounds continue. POOH "flies" all around, behind the map and out again, down into the audience and back into the playing area.)
POOH: Isn't this fine? What do I look like?
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: (Hands cupped around mouth, calling.) You look like a bear holding onto the balloon!
POOH: Now if I could just reach that honey...
HEDGEHOG: But just then, the bees got suspicious.
(ALEXANDER BEETLE, DRAGONFLY, and BUTTERFLY become BEES making little wings by putting with hands under their arm pits, buzzing angrily around POOH. They may use kazoos for buzzing. SOUND CUE ENDS.)
ALEXANDER BEETLE: (As BEE, buzzing) Hey, budzzzz. You tryin' to get our honey, buddy?
DRAGONFLY: (As BEE,buzzing) I'm very suspiciouszzzzzzz!
BUTTERFLY: (As BEE,buzzing) Zzzzzzo am I!
ALEXANDER BEETLE & DRAGONFLY & BUTTERFLY: (As BEES, buzzing) Very, very Suspiciouszzzzzz!
(They buzz angrily around and end up in the audience.)
POOH: The Important Thing is to distract them.
ALEXANDER BEETLE & DRAGONFLY & BUTTERFLY: (As BEES.) Save our honey! Save our honey! (To AUDIENCE.) Everybody!
ALL & AUDIENCE: Save our honey! Save our honey!
ALEXANDER BEETLE: (As BEE.) Now buzz!
(ALEXANDER BEETLE, DRAGONFLY, and BUTTERFLY BEES and AUDIENCE are buzzing. STORYTELLERS are making buzzing sounds. POOH is getting very bothered.)
POOH: I'm beginning to think these are the wrong sort of bees.
(One of the STORYTELLERS hands CHRISTOPHER ROBIN his slingshot.)
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: I know what to do! I'll shoot you down with my slingshot.
(He aims above POOH'S head at "balloon".)
POOH: Be careful, please.
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: One, two, three...
(STORYTELLERS hold their hands up and swizzle down, fizzling like a balloon losing air.)
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