This puppet show can be used for your Texas Reading Club kick-off party. It is for children in preschool through elementary school. If you will not follow the puppet play with a party, use the alternate ending for the script.
Note: If you don’t have a horse puppet, any large farm animal will work. Just replace the word “horse” with the animal you use, and take out the joke about “holding your horses.”
- Castle made of cardboard that looks broken down and singed
- Magnifying glass
- Party book (use for alternate ending)
Note: There are patterns for castles in the book Once Upon a Felt Board by Roxane Chatwick and at Scrapbooking @ Circle of Crafters, www.scrapbooking.circleofcrafters.com/castleproject.html.
Forest outside of castle
Let’s Get This Party Started!
(Princess enters stage left, singing a few words from “Celebrate the Summer” by Joe McDermott, the 2008 Texas Reading Club theme song.)
Horse: Why are you so excited Princess?
Princess: Oh hello, horse. How can you not be excited? This year we’re celebrating the Texas Reading Club Jubilee!
Horse: What is a jubilee?
Princess: A special anniversary, or celebration of it.
Horse: Wow! That’s exciting…NOT.
Princess: What do you mean “not”? Don’t you like parties? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Texas Reading Club, we are going to have a big party at the castle, and everyone’s invited!
Horse: A party? Wow, why didn’t you say so. Of course I love parties!
Princess: Come on then, follow me to the castle.
(They both walk toward the castle, where they discover it has been damaged and is falling down.)
Horse: Princess, I think you need to do a little clean up before the party!
Princess: Oh no! What has happened? It looks as if the castle has been destroyed? Who could have done this? Boo hoo, hoo. (Princess cries loudly.)
Horse: Now, now Princess. Don’t be upset. We’ll find out who did this, and everything will be all right.
Princess: (Sniffling.) All right. Hey, this is kind of like a mystery. I love mysteries. I’m a regular Nancy Drew! And, I just happen to have my trusty magnifying glass with me. … Ah ha! (A magnifying glass appears from off-stage. Princess takes it and begins looking at the castle with it.)
Horse: What is it Princess?
Princess: Here’s my first clue. There are huge stones on the ground. It must have been someone really big and strong, as strong as a horse in fact! (She looks over at Horse.)
Horse: (Backing away.) Wait a minute, it couldn’t be me!!!
Princess: Why not?
Horse: Because, because…Oh yea, I am strong, but I could not have reached those stones that were at the top of the castle. Only something that flies as high as the birds could reach that!
Bird: (Enters stage right.) Bird, did someone say, “bird.” (Stops and looks at the fallen castle.) Whoa, what happened here?
Princess: As if you didn’t know! Tell the truth bird, when did you wreck my castle! You are the only person I know that can fly that high!
Horse: That’s right!
Bird: Wait a minute, wait a minute, hold your horses, Princess. (Looks at Horse.) Oh, I mean, slow down Princess. It’s true, I can fly that high, but there is no way I could have lifted those stones. I don’t have any arms!
Horse: That’s true Princess. It must have been somebody that has arms, and could get to the top of the castle. And, if they didn’t fly, they must have been able to climb like a monkey!
Monkey: (Enters stage right.) Did someone say, “monkey?”
Princess: (Looks at audience, then at Monkey, then at audience again.) Can any of you think of anyone that could climb all the way to the top of the castle, AND has arms? (If audience doesn’t say monkey, then Princess does.)
Horse: Monkey, you are under arrest for the destruction of the Princess’s castle. Just look at what you have done!
Monkey: (Looks at castle closely.) Hey, can I borrow that magnifying glass Princess? (He looks through the glass.) If you’ll look closely, you’ll see that there is clearly evidence of fire here. Everybody knows that you shouldn’t play with fire!!! I couldn’t have been the one to destroy this castle!
Princess: You are right, Monkey! It wasn’t you. Who could it be? Who can fly as high as a castle, is very strong, and has arms, AND uses fire? (Audience is encouraged to respond and might suggest Dragon.) I remember hearing of a creature that breathes fire. It’s a dragon!
Monkey and Bird: GASP! Oh no. Save us from the dragon!!
Horse: Princess, don’t be silly. There are no such things as dragons. They are only in fairytales, everybody knows that! You won’t see me cowering around like Monkey and Bird over the idea of a Dragon. That’s just silly!
(Dragon swoops in behind Horse.)
Monkey: Oh horse. Don’t look now, but there’s a dragon behind you! (Monkey and Bird huddle together.)
Horse: Ha, ha, ha, very funny. (He slowly looks behind him. When he sees the Dragon, he and the Dragon both scream, and run in opposite directions.)
Bird: (Chasing Dragon.) Stop, you fiend! Don’t you hurt my friend, Horse. (He lands on Dragon’s head.)
Dragon: Ouch! Oooh. That hurts. Please get off me bird.
Princess: Stop, everybody. Look here Mr. Dragon, how dare you chase my friends and wreck my castle!
Dragon: (Crying loudly.) I’m sorry Princess. I didn’t mean to wreck your castle. Last night I heard that you were going to have a party today, and so I raced here as fast as I could, and I accidentally ran into your castle. I’m sorry Princess.
Princess: Oh Dragon. Do stop crying. It was a mistake, and everybody makes mistakes sometimes.
Horse: Yeah, that’s right. One time I ate Monkey’s mangos by mistake, but I picked him some new ones, and he forgave me.
Monkey: That’s right, and one time I used Bird’s nest for a hat, but then I made her a new one, and she forgave me.
Dragon: Oh, but I can’t make you a new castle in time for the party Princess. Where can we have the party?
Princess: Hey kids. Can you think of someplace we could have a party to celebrate the Texas Reading Club Jubilee? (If the audience doesn’t say library, then Princess can suggest it.)
Horse: That’s a wonderful idea. Let’s get this party started right now!
(After Dragon says: “Oh, but I can’t make you a new castle in time for the party Princess. Where can we have the party?,” finish the play as follows.)
Princess: Why Dragon, we can have the party right here! You don’t need a fancy room to party, you just need good friends, a little music, and some party ideas from the party books at the library. I have one right here! (She grabs a party book from behind the castle. They all gather around the book to look.)
Horse: This book has some great ideas. Let’s get this party started right now!
This puppet show can be used to introduce creative dramatics or reader’s theater activities. It is for preschool through elementary school children. The script has two endings. If you wish to end the play without a creative dramatics or reader’s theater activity to follow, choose the second ending for the script.
- Two bears
- Storyteller puppet (any person or animal puppet familiar to the children)
- Friendly looking small dog
- A little house
- Green grass
- Pink hair bow
- Puppet-sized hat
On left side of stage is the little house. Two trees are beside it. Green grass is at the front center of the stage, and a bridge is to the left of the grass.
Gone to Hollywood
Storyteller: Hello boys and girls. I’m here to tell you a story that I’m sure you have all heard of before. It has three houses and three pigs in it, and a big bad wolf. Have you ever heard of the story, “The Three Little Pigs?” (Wait for answer from kids.) Great, now we’ll get started. I’ll just introduce you to the characters in this story. (Calls to someone off stage.) But kids, remember, these are all just actors. Some of the actors look a little scary, but it’s just a costume, they are really very nice. So, I’ll introduce you to the scariest creature first. Come on out big bad wolf!
Dog: (Enters stage in a hurry, and has a high squeaky voice.) Hi storyteller! I’m ready.
Storyteller: (Looks at Dog, and mouth drops open. Looks at audience, then back at Dog.) Excuse me, who are you?
Dog: Why, I’m the big bad wolf! Just listen to me growl, grrrrr.
Storyteller: I’m sorry, but you are not a wolf! Wolves are big and scary and can blow houses down. I don’t think you could blow a feather down.
Dog: (Hanging head.) Awww, I’m sure I could look scary. Just watch me. (Dog tries to look scary, but just looks friendly and peppy.)
Storyteller: I’m afraid this just isn’t going to work. Now, I have some important people to introduce the kids to. I’m afraid you’ll have to leave. Maybe you can be in another story.
Dog: Oh, o.k. Maybe I could be in the story Cinderella. (To the audience.)Wouldn’t I make a beautiful princess? (Dog exits singing.)
Storyteller: I’m sorry for that little interruption, folks. Well, really the most important characters in the story “The Three Little Pigs,” are the three pigs. And here they are now!
Pig: (Enters) Hi storyteller. Here I am!
Storyteller: (Looking to the sides and behind pig.) I’m really glad you are here pig, but there are two pigs missing. See, this story is the three little pigs, not the one little pig.
Pig: So, you’re saying you need more pigs?
Storyteller: Yes, where are your two siblings?
Pig: Oh, you’re probably looking for my sister. Umm, I’ll go get her. Don’t go away. (Pig exits.)
Storyteller: Fine, I’ll wait right here, but please hurry. I’d like to get this story going!
Pig: (Enters with a bow on his head and speaking in a high-pitched voice.) Hello storyteller! Brother pig said you were looking for me. Here I am.
Storyteller: Yes, well, I can see that, but where is your brother?
Pig: Oh, oh! I’ll go get him! (Pig hurriedly exits.)
Storyteller: Wait, wait! Hmm. There’s something fishy about this.
Pig: (Enters with bow stuck on his chest, speaking in a deep voice.) Hello storyteller. I heard you want to tell the story of “The Three Little Pigs”. I’m here now to help you!
Storyteller: Wait a minute. You look just like the first pig I talked to. How come I never see you and the other two pigs together? What’s going on here?
Pig: (Accidentally talking in a high squeaky voice for a second.). Now, now storyteller. Don’t get upset. I’ll go get them. (Starts to exit.)
Storyteller: Hold on there. Hold on there. Don’t you dare leave. If you can’t get the other two pigs to come out here right now, the story is off!
Pig: (Shamefacedly, in normal voice.) Oh, storyteller. I’m sorry. But I’m the only pig. My brother and sister took off for Hollywood last week. They are not going to be able to do your show. I’m sorry.
Storyteller: What! All right, all right. All’s not lost. We’ll just do another story. Instead of the house being a pig’s house, it can be a little cottage in the woods. Hey kids. Have you ever heard the story of “The Three Bears?” There’s a little girl named Goldilocks. You’ll love it!
Pig: Oh, oh. Can I be in the show? I make a wonderful Goldilocks!
Storyteller: Pig, your time here is over. I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to scram! Shoo, shoo, skedaddle (He shoos Pig off the stage.) Now that that is taken care of, I’ll introduce you to the next group of characters. Oh three bears, come on out here!
Bears One and Two: (Two bears enter.) Hello storyteller. We are ready to do the show!
Storyteller: That’s great! I want to introduce you to the kids. Kids, here are the THREE bears. (If kids don’t notice that there are only two bears, then storyteller can make a show of counting the bears and only come up with two.) Wait a minute. What’s going on here? I said three bears. There are only two of you!
Bear One: (Counts himself and the other bear a couple times and just gets to two.) Yep, I think you’re right! You really are smarter than the average bear, storyteller!
Storyteller: Bears, we are supposed to be telling the story of “The Three Bears.” Not the two bears. This is just not going to work!
Bear One: I’m sorry storyteller, but one of the bears went to Hollywood to star in that movie, “Brother Bear.” But it’s okay if you don’t want to do the show without him. Say, do you think there is any honey up in that tree? (Bear wanders toward tree.) Oh no! There are bees in there! I’m getting out of here! (Bears exit hurriedly.)
Storyteller: Oh dear, oh dear. What am I going to do? I have the puppet stage all set up for a story. Wait a minute. I’ve got an idea. I can use those logs to build a bridge, and I can tell the story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” (Calls off stage.) Are there any billy goats back there?
Sheep: (From off stage.) Baa! I mean yes!
Storyteller: Oh this is great! All is saved. Do you guys know the story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff?” Here’s the sound they make when they cross the bridge: “Trip trap, trip trap.” Now you practice with me, and when the goats come out, you say, “Trip trap, trip trap.” Good, now I’m not going to waste any more time introducing you to the characters. We are just going to get the story started. Ahem. One day there was a beautiful field of grass just across a bridge. There was a little billy goat with two bigger brothers who wanted to cross that bridge and get that yummy grass. (Waits expectantly for Billy Goat to enter.) Billy goat! Billy goat? That’s your cue!
Sheep: (Enters stage merrily, and starts to trot across the stage singing “Trip trop trip trop.”)
Storyteller: Wait a minute, wait a minute! What are you doing here? There are supposed to be three billy goats. You are not even a goat!
Sheep: Oh. You noticed that did you? Well you see storyteller, all three of the goats went….
Storyteller: Don’t tell me, don’t tell me. They went to Hollywood, didn’t they?
Sheep: Umm, I’m afraid so.
Storyteller: Oh dear, what are we going to do. I need to tell a story, and it seems there are not enough actors today!
Sheep: Hmm, I just don’t know what you could do. Are there any other actors here? (Sheep looks at audience. Hopefully, some members of audience indicate that they would like to act.)
Storyteller: Well, this is wonderful, I think we can do some stories after all!
(At this point, the storyteller can prepare the children for some creative dramatics or reader’s theater and move on to that activity.)
(After Storyteller says: “Oh dear, what are we going to do. I need to tell a story, and it seems there are not enough actors today! finish the play as follows.)
Sheep: Don’t worry storyteller. There are lots of great stories with just one sheep! Have you ever heard the story about Mary who had a little lamb?
Sheep: What about the little black sheep named, “Baa baa”? (To the kids) I wonder if he has any wool?
Sheep: Oh, they are great stories. Hey kids. That’s all the stories for today. But, I’d better go help that storyteller learn some stories about one animal now. Which is as far as I can count anyway!
Storyteller: I guess that will work too. Well goodbye kids!
Additional Reader’s Theater Script and Creative Drama Resources
The book, The Not-So-Jolly Roger by Jon Scieszka, makes a good reader’s theater script for students in grades three through five. Cowgirl Rosie and Her 5 Baby Bison by Steve Gulbis and Kokopelli: Drum in Belly by Gail E. Haley are also suitable for creative dramatics for kindergarten through third grade students. For pre-school-aged children, choose very simple and well-known fairytales for creative dramatics, such as the “Three Little Pigs” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.”