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Lead roles: ‘Mendicrane’ ‘Loon’ ‘Weenie’ ‘Narrator’ Support roles: ‘Villager 1’ ‘Villager 2’ ‘Villager 3’ ‘Villager 4’ ‘Villagers’

STORY:

The main speaking role is the Narrator; the ‘Weenie’ speaks to the ‘Villagers’; the ‘Loon’ may speak directly to the audience; All cast members speak the ‘Moral’ of the story.

N: This is the story of an island village back in the days when Pirates roamed the seas. Now, this village was a pretty happy place as these things go. The villagers [ALL WAVE] spent their days fishing [ALL PRETEND TO CAST, HOOK FISH, LAND THEM, NET THEM, ETC], sailing [ALL PRETEND TO RAISE SAILS, ETC], and fight off the occasional pirate [ALL WAVE WEAPONS, SHOUT “ARRGH, ETC].

N: Then one day, an ominous, black cloud appeared on the horizon. This frightened the villagers [ALL COWER], for they did not know what it meant. Then one (who was slightly less stupid than the others shouted:

W: That cloud always appears right before the Evil Mendicrane comes! Quick, everyone hide!

N: But at that moment, the Evil Mendicrane appears.

[MENDICRANE GRABS A VILLAGER AND RUNS OFF WITH HIM]

W: I GOT AN I-DEE-A; I GOT AN I-DEE-A!! Let’s dig a pit, so if the Evil Mendicrane comes back, it’ll fall in, and then we can THRASH him!

all: YEAH! YEAH! We’ll try the weenie’s plan!

N: So they dug their pit [ALL DIG], and went back to their daily lives; fishing [SAME MOTIONS AS BEFORE], sailing, [DITTO], and fighting off the occasional pirate attack [DITTO]. Then one year later, the same cloud appeared.

W: The Evil Mendicrane is coming! [ALL COWER]

	[MENDICRANE LOOKS INTO PIT, THEN GRABS A VILLAGER AND RUNS OFF WITH HIM]

all: [PRETEND TO BEAT UP WEENIE]

W: WAIT! WAIT! I GOT ANOTHER I-DEE-A; I GOT AN I-DEE-A!! What does the Mendicrane like better than anything?

all: [SHRUG MUTTER]

W: A LOON! Let’s put the loon in the pit, so if the Evil Mendicrane comes back, it’ll fall in, and then we can THRASH him!

all: YEAH! YEAH! We’ll try the weenie’s plan!

[ALL GRAB ‘LOON’, AND PUT HIM IN THE PIT] [From this point on the ‘loon’ may talk to the audience e.g. “I’m a LOON, Yup Yup”. These comments must NOT overwhelm the Narrator]

N: So once again, they followed the weenie’s suggestion, and once again went back to their daily lives; fishing [SAME MOTIONS AS BEFORE], sailing, [DITTO], and fighting off the occasional pirate attack [DITTO]. Then one year later, the same cloud appeared.

[MENDICRANE LOOKS AT ‘LOON’ (longer than previous pause), THEN GRABS A VILLAGER AND RUNS OFF WITH HIM]

all: [PRETEND TO BEAT UP WEENIE]

W: WAIT! WAIT! I GOT ANOTHER I-DEE-A; I GOT AN I-DEE-A!! What does the Mendicrane like even better than a LOON?

all: [SHRUG MUTTER]

W: SUGAR! Let’s stuff the loon with sugar, so if the Evil Mendicrane comes back, it’ll fall in, and then we can THRASH him!

all: YEAH! YEAH! We’ll try the weenie’s plan!

[ALL PRETEND TO STUFF THE ‘LOON’ WITH SUGAR] [The ‘loon’ may complain of a stomachache, etc]


N: So yet again, the ‘Weenie gets his way. And yet again the villagers went back to their daily lives; fishing [SAME MOTIONS AS BEFORE], sailing, [DITTO], and fighting off the occasional pirate attack [DITTO]. Then one year later, the same cloud appeared.

[WHEN MENDICRANE APPEARS, A LONGER PAUSE, THEN HE GRABS THE LOON. AT THIS, ALL THE VILLAGERS JUMP IN AND PRETEND TO BEAT UP THE MENDICRANE]

W: Just proves the old saying:

[ALL LINE UP CHORUS LINE STYLE: WHEN ALL ARE READY SING:

A LOONFUL OF SUGAR MAKES THE MENDICRANE GO DOWN, THE MENDICRANE GO DOWWWN, THE MENDICRANE GO DOWN, IN A MOST DELIGHTFUL WAY!!