Stories, puppet shows, and reader's theater

The Brementown Musicians

Introduction

This script has four characters. In “The Bremen Town Musicians,” four friends band together, make beautiful music, and create a happy life. For this traditional fairy tale from Germany, assign older children or library volunteers to play the parts of the dog, cat, donkey, and rooster. If you wish, use the patterns provided at the end of this chapter to make colorful masks that each reader can hold up as the appropriate lines are read. Although only four readers are needed, each child who attends the program should make a mask to take home.

Before you begin the program, explain that this type of storytelling is called reader’s theater and that the script is based on a famous fairy tale. Begin the reading by introducing the characters and the readers for each part.

The Bremen Town Musicians

Adapted by Jeanette Larson

Dog: There once was a donkey that worked very hard. As the years passed, he became old and could not walk as fast.

Cat: Although the donkey was old, he tried to work very hard for his master. But one day, the donkey overheard his master complaining about him. He heard his master say that he was going to get rid of the donkey!

Rooster: So the donkey said,

Donkey: I will run away! I will go to the town of Bremen. I may be old but I have a strong voice and I will become a fine singer.

Dog: So the next day, very early in the morning, the donkey left the farm and headed down the road that led from the farm to Bremen.

Rooster: The donkey had only walked a few miles when he met a dog.

Donkey: Hello, my friend! I’m going to Bremen. Where are you going?

Dog: I am old and stiff and I can’t run very fast. My mistress says I’m not worth keeping and that I should be taken to the pound. I don't know what to do and so I’m leaving home.

Donkey: You may be old, Dog, but you have a nice howl. Can you still sing? Come with me to the town of Bremen. Together we will be fine musicians.

Cat: So together, hand in hand, the dog and the donkey walked towards Bremen.

Rooster: The donkey and the dog had only walked a few miles when they met a cat.

Donkey: Hello, my friend. We are going to Bremen. Where are you going?

Cat: I am old and slow and I can’t catch any mice. My master doesn’t want to keep me any longer. I don't know what to do and so I’m leaving home.

Donkey: You may be slow Cat, but you have a nice meow. Can you sing? Come with us to the town of Bremen. Together we will be fine musicians.

Rooster: So together, hand in hand, the cat, the dog, and the donkey continued to walk towards Bremen.

Rooster: The three friends had only waked a few more miles when by and by they met a rooster. Oh! That’s me!

Donkey: Hello, my friend. We are going to Bremen. Where are you going?

Rooster: I am old and I sleep until noon. Since I don’t awaken early enough to start the day my mistress was talking about making rooster stew. I don't know what to do so I am leaving home.

Donkey: You may sleep late, Rooster, but you have a fine cock-a-doodle-do. Come with us to the town of Bremen. Together we can be fine musicians.

Cat: So together, hand in hand, the rooster, the cat, the dog, and the donkey continued to walk towards Bremen.

Rooster: The animals walked and walked and walked, many miles. But still they did not reach Bremen as night began to fall.

Donkey: Friends, let’s find a place to rest for the night. My feet are tired and we need to sleep. Here is a nice spot on some soft hay next to a grove of trees.

Dog: Preferring to sleep in a tree rather than on the hay, the rooster jumped onto a tall branch. Looking around he said…

Rooster: I see a light in the distance. Perhaps we are in luck and it’s a house where we can sleep.

Cat: Following the light, the rooster led the animals to a house. There the donkey peeked into a window.

Dog: Much to his surprise, the donkey saw a band of robbers in the house! But the robbers were so busy admiring their jewels and counting their money that they did not see the donkey.

Donkey: We must find a way to chase away the robbers!

Rooster: Being clever animals, it didn’t take us long to come up with a plan!

Cat: The donkey stood up on his hind legs.

Donkey: The dog climbed on my shoulders and the cat climbed onto the dog’s back.

Dog: And lastly, the rooster flew to the top and sat on the cat’s back.

All: And together we called out:

Donkey: Hee-haw! Hee-haw! Hee-haw!

Dog: Woof! Woof! Woof!

Cat: Meow! Meow! Meow!

Rooster: Cock-a-doodle-doo! Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Dog: The robbers didn’t know what was happening but they were scared!

Cat: The robbers fled so quickly that they didn’t take their jewels or money. They didn’t take their food. They didn’t take anything as they ran away as fast as they could!

Donkey: We are in luck, my friends. Now we have a warm house, lots of food, and colorful jewels and money to buy the things we need.

Rooster: We never made it to the town of Bremen. But we lived happily ever after in the warm house near the grove of trees. And every day, we all sleep until noon, eat our favorite foods, and sing every evening, because we are fine musicians!

All: The End.

Craft pattern for Brementon Musicians

 



Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!


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