HEALING STORIES

 

"A One-Act Folktale on Keeping the World Healthy"

(Third Draft - 8/7/2004)

 

by  Teatro Dominguez

Class of Spring 2004:

Karen Beck, Tara Carnes, Luis Castaneda,

Genevieve Caton, Kathleen Davis, Lillie Franklin,

Cailin Masters, Margaret Moawad, Lauren Oliver,

Angela Reynolds, and Heather Rollins.

c    2004    Teatro Dominguez  

 

 

 

 

Bill DeLuca

CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre Arts

1000 E. Victoria St.

Carson, CA 90747



Cast of Characters

 

 

Mariposa           A Butterfly from Mexico.  She is the storyteller and a Curandera, a woman who heals with the use of herbs.  She is graceful and magical.   A female version of Gandalf.   Her mask has wings on it, but she is robed in an indio blanket that is magic. 

 

JosŽ                         An eight year old boy who is very bright and talkative; he has a tremendous desire and curiosity to learn how to help his friends feel better.

 

Jenny                    Miss Jenny Jenkins, 8 also, usually very energetic and bubbly; a bit of a worry-wart, she always thinks it might not be smart to do that.

 

Roy                         A heavy-set 8 year-old boy with an eating disorder; good friend to JosŽ; but eats without knowing it;

 

Malik                     An African Monkey: humorous, sarcastic, irresponsible, gets lost, loves music, dancer; sick of being sick;

 

Eli                              An Elephant from Africa: old, wise, slow but patient, likes back scratched, family lost to poachers; feel compelled to heal his community with his wealth of knowledge about dietary supplements; he is a walking drugstore of vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and metabolites.

 

Pandava             An Indian leopard skilled in the art of Ayurveda, which emphasizes the use of the body, mind and spirit in disease prevention and treatment; very relaxed and smooth talking;

 

Polly                       A Panda from Asia: slow, mystical, but gentle, helps others, knows remedies, motivated and organized; she specializes in Chinese Qi Gong (pronounced "chee-GUNG"), which uses movement, meditation and   breathing to enhance the vital energy flow in the body;

 

Max                        A Chinese Dragon: young, naive, rough physically, slow but tough, doesn't like being sick; suffers from scaly skin;

 

 

Scene

 

A Local School.  The Present.                                                                   


SETTING:                            A Local School.

AT RISE:                              The company gathers offstage left and right, and the   NARRATOR enters and addresses the audience.

 

NARRATOR (MARIPOSA)

Buenos d”as muchachos.  Good morning!  I am Mariposa, and I am your Storyteller today. I have come here to ........ (name of school) to tell you some stories about healing, stories about helping other people to get better and live a healthy life.   I am also known as "la curandera y la mujer de los cuentos."   Does anyone know what that means?   I am a woman who heals people, but I am not a doctor.

Tell me, Have any of you  had the flu? 

 

(She asks questions of the children for about two minutes).

 

Where did it hurt?  Did you miss school?  How did you get better?   Have any of you had a real bad headache?   Miss school?  What helped you?  Have any of you felt really tired and exhausted, so much that you didn't want to go out to play?

 

Today, you will meet three children like yourself who are also sick, just like you were, but they find some new ways to make themselves better.   But first, I also want to welcome you to Teatro Dominguez, a company of actors from Dominguez Hills, who perform stories from around the world. 

 

(The cast runs in and sings "Treat in Store For You" - Ensemble.)

 

Ohhhhh!

We are the Teatro Dominguez Animal Kingdom

With stories to tell you from all around the world

So listen and learn and enjoy the show

As we bring you tales for every boy and girl

 

We want you to know that learning is great

And lots and lots and lots of fun, too

So clap your hands and stump your feet

We've got a treat in store for you

 

Now there are different types of animals all throughout the world

And different people all around the world, too

But just like people all around the world have to get along

Animals have to get along, too (that's true)

We're the Teatro Dominguez animal kingdom

Different, but all the same in many ways

We'll teach you about animals near and far away

By bringing them to life in our plays

 

(Spoken) Sometimes we don't know why animals are the way they are or why they

do the things they do, like why the rhino is so huge, or the turtle is so

slow, or why some birds fly so high.  So we're going to explain some animal

ways Teatro Dominguez style, with out animal kingdom jokes.

1.  Why does the Hyena in Africa laugh so much?

(Audience) I don't know.  Why?

Because he eats too many funny bones.

2.  Why does the Iguana in Mexico stick out his tongue all the time?

(Audience) I don't know.  Why?

Because his mother never told him, "Stop sticking out your tongue at people.  

That's not nice!"

3.  Why does the mother Kangaroo in Australia carry her sons and daughters in

a pouch on her stomach?

(Audience) I don't know.  Why?

Because it's hard for her to hop  if she carries her children on her back.

4.  Why do the Penguins in the South Pole waddle when they walk?

(Audience) I don't know.  Why?

Because it is so cold in the South Pole, their legs are frozen together.

 

(Ensemble singing)  We want you to know that learning is great

And lots and lots and lots of fun, too

So clap your hands and stump your feet

We've got a treat in store for you

We've got a treat in store for you

We've got a treat in store for you

Yes, we do!

 

(The cast exits to get their masks, but JOSƒ goes to MARI, who addresses the children.)

 

MARIPOSA

Now, let me introduce you to a very good friend of mine.   This is JosŽ, and JosŽ is also a 2nd grader.

 

JOSƒ

I'm big for my age.

 

MARI

Can you guess how old he is?  ThatÕs right, heÕs eight just like you.   JosŽ is a very nice boy whoÕs always ready to help anybody in need. 

 

JOSƒ

Mari, tell them about the time I helped Roy and Jenny!

 

MARI

Alright.  I think they'd like that. One time, out on the playground, JosŽ heard something scary going on with his friends, Roy and Jenny.

 

(Roy and Jenny come out and start playing tetherball)

 

MARIPOSA

Roy and Jenny were playing tetherball together when suddenlyÉ   

 

ROY

(Holding his stomach and bending over with pain)  Ohhh! Ohhh! My stomach!

 

JENNY

Are you Ok?

 

ROY

Ohhh- I donÕt think so.  My stomach feels like itÕs burning.

 

JENNY

YouÕll be all right; just rest for a couple of minutes.

 

(Jenny goes back to play, but JosŽ notices Roy and approaches him to offer help)

 

JOSƒ

Hey Roy, whatÕs the matter, feeling sick?

 

ROY

Yes. I donÕt know whatÕs happening.  My stomach hurts a lot.

 

JOSƒ

You know, if it continues to hurt after tonight, you should tell your mom to take you to the doctor.  But for now IÕll take you to the nurse office.  Let me call Jenny so she can come with us.   Hey Jenny- do you want to come with me to take ROY to the nurse office?

 

JENNY

Yes- I want to come with you.

 

JOSƒ

All right, letÕs go.

 

(They exit together with ROY between JOSƒ and JENNY.)

 

MARIPOSA

Now remember boys and girls, it is very important to visit your nurse or doctor on a regular basis.  They can give you advice on how to stay healthy.   And of course like ROY, if you are sick, you definitely have to see your nurse or doctor right away.

 

(JOSƒ runs in to tell MARIPOSA of his good deed.)

 

JOSƒ

Mari!  Mari!   IÕm back!  I took Roy to the nurseÕs office and the nurse gave him some medicine.   I sure hope he feels better soon.

 

MARIPOSA

IÕm sure he will.  But hereÉjust to be sure, why donÕt you offer him some of this herbal remedy?

 

(JOSƒ  looking curiously at the vial.)

 

JOSƒ

(With bright eyes)  AhÉ   (Pause).  What is it?

 

MARIPOSA

ItÕs lavender.  The lavender oils will help to relax Roy, since heÕs tense from his stomachaches.   Take it to him, JosŽ. 

 

(Excited to help out as usual.)

 

JOSƒ

Oh, I will.  IÕll do it right now.  (Running out the door) IÕll be back!

 

MARIPOSA

Well, I hope that Aromatherapy helps ROY.   (Turning to audience)  Do you know what Aromatherapy is?  ItÕs one way to cure some ailments with the use of oils from flowers, herbs, and trees.  These oils, with their scents, help to make humans feel better.   Can you say ÒAromatherapy?Ó   Good.  OhÉhere comes JosŽ now.  (JOSƒ walks in a feeling a little down).  How did it go, JosŽ? 

 

JOSƒ

I gave Roy the lavender, and he liked it, but he still seems a little sick.   What else can we do, Mari?

 

MARIPOSA

Hmmm.  I think weÕd better consult my friend Eli the Elephant.   He has a tremendous memory about ways to heal children.  Meet me here JosŽ and weÕll see about visiting Eli.   Ok?

 

JOSƒ

An elephant?  All right, if you say so, Mari.  (Determined) IÕll be hereÉfor sure.

 

(Exit JOSƒ.)

 

MARIPOSA

After their classes, I met los ni–os at the playground.  They were all excited about meeting an elephant.

 

JOSƒ

Now, I havenÕt ever seen an elephant around here, Mari.  How are we going to meet one?

 

MARIPOSA

Well, hop on board!   I'll fly you there right now!

                                                      (She spreads her wings wide and motions with her head.)

 

                                                      (The children look at each other in bemusement)

JENNY

UmÉIÕm not sure that this is a very good idea.  I mean, what if you canÕt hold all of us?   What if one of us falls off?   What if somethingÉ

 

ROY (Cutting her off)

Jeeennnnyyy, stooooop it!  I donÕt feel good and standing here isnÕt making me feel any better.   Just get on!

 

(The kids scramble on.  They fit into slits within MARIPOSA's large magical shawl.)

 

MARIPOSA

Are you ready?   Hold on!  Here we goooooooo!

 

JOSƒ, ROY and JENNY (Lifting off)

Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!

 

JOSƒ

Mari, this is amazing.   We're flying! 

 

MARIPOSA

Just hold on and enjoy the ride.

 

JOSƒ

Okay, but where are we headed?

 

ROY

Good question.   Where are we going, Mari?

 

(MARIPOSA smiles.)

 

JENNY

                                                      (In a panicky voice, the children want an answer)

Mariposa, where are we going?!?

 

MARIPOSA

Africa.

 

ROY, JENNY, JOSƒ

Africa?!?

 

JENNY

That cannot possibly be a good idea.  Have you all had your vaccinations?  ArenÕt there wild animals there?  What if one of us gets eaten?  IÕm not sure I feel safe inÉ

 

 

JOSƒ (Cutting her off)

Jenny, look down!   IsnÕt it beautiful?

 

                                                      (SONG: The four sing ÒOver the OceanÓ)

 

JENNY: Look; down at the water...

 

EVERYBODY: Ocean, Ocean, Ooohh... Ocean, Ocean.

Look....Look....Look....Look....

 

MARI: If you feel a little notion take a ride over the ocean.

 

EVERYBODY: Ocean, Ocean, Ooohh... Ocean, Ocean

 

ROY: I know I said "ouch" with my stomach in pain, but looking at the ocean make me really say HEY.........

 

EVERYBODY: Ocean, Ocean, Ooohh... Ocean, Ocean

 

JENNY: I don't know why I'm feeling in fear, but looking at the ocean really brings me to tears.

 

EVERYBODY: Ocean, Ocean, Ooohh... Ocean, Ocean

 

JOSE: I'm glad I got my friends on this wonderful ride, soaring over the ocean really fills me with pride.

 

EVERYBODY: Ocean, Ocean, Ooohh... Ocean, Ocean, Ooohh... OCEAN!

 

MARIPOSA

Look there mis amigos, Africa!

 

(They bump down to ground.)

 

JENNY

Wow!   We made it!

 

ROY

Look at this amazing forest!

 

(MALIK, the monkey, enters, in a hurry.)

 

MALIK

Out of my way!  Out of my way! Please move out of my way. (Pushing his way through, with hand on the stomach area.) Oh... Geepers, Geepers, Geepers I don't feel very well. My stomach seems to be doing flip-flops. Oh my... I can't even dance for my stomach being so upset, and I love ... to dance see (try, but can't because of his stomach being so upset) OUCH! Forget this mess I'm on my way to look for Eli.  He'll fix it.  Eli can fix anything.

 

JOSƒ

Eli! That's where we're headed.

MALIK

You're sick too?

 

JOSƒ

No, my friend Roy is the one that's sick.

 

MALIK

(Look over at Roy with a look of discomfort.) I truly understand.

 

JOSE'

Oh heck, where are my manners? Hi my name is Jose' and these are my friends Jenny, Mari, and Roy.

 

MALIK

It's a pleasure to meet you all, I'm Malik.   Would you like to come along with me to Kisumu?   That's the city in Kenya where Eli lives.   He's the greatest healer in all of Africa.

 

MARIPOSA

Can you lead us to him, Malik?  We would be grateful to you. 

 

MALIK

Sure.

 

MARIPOSA

Do you need to check with your folks first?

 

MALIK (stumped)

I É don't know É. where they are.

 

(Suddenly there is the sound of large steps.   They bounce with each one.)

 

MARIPOSA

Oh my goodness, I know the sound of those large steps anywhere.

 

MALIK

Look out everyone!  Eli's a comin'!  

 

(ELI enters, as they all fall down from his loudest steps.)

 

MARIPOSA

Eli!

 

ELI

Mari, Mari, Mari, it is so good to see you again.

 

 

 

MARI

Oh Eli, I am so glad to see you again too, these are my friends Jose', Jenny, Roy, and my new friend, Malik, who I believe you already know.

 

ELI

What are you guys doing here?

 

JOSƒ

We're here because our friend Roy hasn't been feeling very well lately. He seems to keep having this upset stomach.

 

MALIK

Me too Eli, my stomach has been terribly, terribly upset and I, I mean Roy and I need your help. Can you tell us how to make our stomachs feel better?

 

ELI

Well, there are many wonderful ways to heal, but the trick is to respect your body and stay healthy through good nutrition and exercise. Have any of you guys ever seen an Elephant break dance?

 

EVERYONE

No, not me, me neither, never.

 

(Eli begins to break dance.  They applaud at the end).

 

MALIK

WOW! Eli that was awesome.

 

ELI

Thank you. Now Malik I've noticed that you haven't been dancing lately.

 

MALIK

Well, I haven't been feeling up to it, with the upset stomach and all.

 

ELI

Malik are you sure that's the reason, because I've noticed since your family has been lost you have been looking really sad.

 

MALIK

OK Eli you have figured me out, but I do have an upset stomach.

 

ELI

It's very likely, because I have also noticed that you have not been eating any bananas lately. I'm going to give you a dietary banana supplement, it's rich in potassium and you have a choice of five different ways you can take it. Tablet, capsule, gelcap, liquid, or powder.

 

MALIK

Can't I just have a banana?

 

ELI (Thinking)

Well, sure, that's makes more sense.

 

MALIK

OK, OK. 

 

(Malik takes a banana and then breaks into a dance).

 

ROY

Excuse me Eli, you think I can try it too?

 

ELI

Why certainly.

(Eli gives Roy a banana)

 

ELI

Now Roy, you and Malik need to remember!  Take good care of your body, ...

 

JENNY, MARI AND JOSƒ

And it will take good care of you!

 

ROY

OK Eli I will!  hey thanks, thank you for everything.

 

ELI

You're welcome Roy.  Malik, I think this is the perfect time to go out and look for your family.

 

MALIK

You know what Eli, I think it is too so lets go!

 

(MALIK and ELI exit while waving good-bye.)

 

MARIPOSA

Thank you for your help, Eli.  Good luck, Malik!

 

JENNY

 

Ohhh, Ohhhhhh

(JOSƒ pauses and sees Jenny sitting with her head in her hands and motions to MARIPOSA and ROY)

 

JENNY

OHHH!  

 

JOSƒ

Jenny, what's wrong?  Why are you squeezing your head like that?

 

JENNY

So it won't burst open!

 

JOSƒ

Burst open??!!

 

   JENNY

Yeah, it feels like it could burst open like a too ripe watermelon!

 

MARIPOSA

Oh poor Jenny....your headache must be terrible, but your head won't actually split open.

 

JENNY

I know, but it sure feels like it.

 

ROY

I had a headache like that once too Jenny.  It's no fun.

 

JOSƒ

Mari, there must be something we can do for her.

 

(MARI, JOSƒ and ROY look puzzled for a moment)

 

MARIPOSA

I know just the person, my friend Polly the Panda who lives in China is an expert in Qi Gong (chee - gong').

 

JOSƒ

Qi whaaaa??

 

MARIPOSA

Qi Gong, it's an ancient Chinese form of healing and Polly has helped many people in her land by using movements for the body that help it to get better.

 

ROY

Well, there are millions of people in her land and everyone has a headache at sometime, so she probably has lots of experience.

 

JOSƒ

Let's go!

 

MARIPOSA

Of course we'll go to get help for Jenny, but my wings are soooo tired from our flight to Africa, could we make one little stop.  I have a friend Pandava, a temple dancer in India and she has a lotion to rub on achy, tired muscles.  

 

JOSƒ

What's a temple and why do they have dancers?

 

MARIPOSA

A temple is a very, very sacred place and temple dancers do special dances for ritual ceremonies.  Anyway, you'll like Pandava when you meet her.

 

JENNY

Ohhhh, I don't know my head really may burst open before we get to Polly!!

 

JOSƒ and ROY

Jenny!!!!!

 

MARIPOSA (soothingly)  

Not to worry Jenny, just stay calm and take a few deep breaths.   Since we can't fly, why don't we take a camel ride to India?

 

JOSƒ

A camel??

 

ROY AND JENNY

Sounds like fun, let's do it!

 

(Actors set up the camel, while MARIPOSA speaks.)

 

MARIPOSA

Well, it wasn't easy getting from Africa to India.    Do you know what we had to do to convince a camel to take us there?  We had to give him Lakers tickets.  (to the camel)   Yes, they are front and centerÉright next to where Jack Nicholson sits.

 

JOSƒ

Mari, I was wonderingÉhow come there are so many different medicines?

 

MARIPOSA

What do you mean, dear?

 

JOSƒ

I mean, when people get sick, they usually take aspirin, or other pills to get betterÉbut now, I am learning that there are other ways, like aromatherapy, banana flavored dietary supplements, chiropractics, lotions, etcÉ

 

MARIPOSA

Well, Jose, humans are realizing now what animals have always knownÉ

 

JOSƒ (excitedly curious)

What?!

 

MARIPOSA

That one must stay in touch with nature and their own bodies to remain healthy. I told you that if you followed the advice of the animals that you would be able to make your friends get better.

JOSƒ

I guess if you spend all your time in nature, youÕre bound to find things you never thought you would.

 

(A leopard approaches, PANDAVA, dancing slowly)

 

MARIPOSA

Pandava!  It's me, Mariposa.  

 

PANDAVA

Mariposa.  How nice to see you.

 

MARIPOSA

Are you dancing at the temple tonight?

 

PANDAVA

You know I am, as always.  The   temple will be packed tonight, so I have to do a good job.

 

MARIPOSA

Pandava, I'm so stiff from flying over the ocean with my friends.   Do you have any of your magic lotions?

 

PANDAVA

HereÉhave some ÒlyptusÓ lotion, MariÉit feels so good!!

 

(MARIPOSA rubs lotion on, as does PANDAVA.    JOSƒ watches them dance.)

 

MARIPOSA

I Love Being Healthy!!! This lotion makes all my aches and pains just disappear!

 

(SONG - The Joy of Healing)

 

Healthy, healthy,  healthy

Healthy as can be          

We will all be healthy

Stronger than a tree

 

Healthy, healthy, healthy

Healthy everyday

WeÕll do well in school

And have lots of fun at play

 

Drinking lots of water

And getting exercise

Eating good nutrition

Makes us strong and wise

 

Going to bed early

And getting lots of rest

Will keep us wide awake at school

And help us do our best

          

Healthy, healthy, healthy

Both inside and out

Eating good nutrition

Is what health is all about

 

Healthy, healthy, healthy

Healthy as a bug

We all can be healthy

Come give me a hug

 

Healthy, healthy, healthy

At school and at play

Listen to the animals

And have good health today!

 

JOSƒ

Mari, that was wonderful.  But we do have to help Jenny.  Her headache is getting worse.  (JENNY groaning)

 

PANDAVA

You should take her to see Polly!

 

JOSƒ

Yes, that's what we're doing.  I'm Jose, and these are my friends. 

 

PANDAVA

I would take you there myself, but I must go to the temple now to purify myselt.   But if Mari is with you, you'll figure it out.   So long, all you friends of JosŽ!   Have a good journey!

 

(PANDAVA exits. JOSƒ huddles with JENNY and ROY.)

 

JOSƒ

But how can we get to China?

 

MARIPOSA

Now Jose, Jenny  and Roy had to think of a way to get from India to China.   But you can't take a camel across, or a car or a truck.   And I can't even do it.  Do you know why?  Do you know what stands between India and China?

 

(They all stand and stare up, saying "Woooowwww!")

 

JOSƒ

The Himalayas - the largest mountains in the world!

MARIPOSA

That's right!

 

JENNY

Well, if Mari can't take us, and we can't drive or ride the camel, then how can we get over these mountains?

 

ROY

Let's take the Goodyear Blimp!  (General agreement)

 

MARIPOSA

So they did just that.  They got on board the famous blimp that lives right here in Carson.

 

JOSƒ

Girls always go first, so go ahead Jenny.   You go first.

 

JENNY

Jose, you're such a gentleman but what happens if the balloon might sink, or maybe worse the balloon can't carry us all, and it'll pop and we'll have no emergency parachutes.

 

JOSƒ

Jenny.  Your problem is you analyze way too much.

 

ROY

Yeah!  Makuta Matada, Jenny.   Remember from Lion King. It means "no more worries."

 

MARIPOSA

Ready for takeoff!  Here we go!

 

(The actors kneel to the side and provide dialogue, while others operate the blimp which includes small puppets of them)

 

EVERYONE

Yeeeeaaaahhhhh!

JOSƒ

Look at those beautiful snow covered mountains!

 

ROY

Yeah, they look like a huge ice cream sundae with lots of whipped cream.   Gosh, that sounds scrumptious right now. I wonder where the nearest 7-ll is or AmPm is?

 

JENNY

Roy, there is no AmPm or 7-ll in the Himalayas.

 

JOSƒ

And remember what Eli the Elephant told us! Take good care of your body, ...

 

JENNY, MARI AND JOSƒ

And it will take good care of you!

 

ROY

Alright, but I'm starting to feel cold up here and a hot, hot chocolate would fix this chill I have and warm me up.

 

EVERYONE

Rooooyyyyyyy!

 

ROY

Alright!

 

MARIPOSA

Look everyone.  There's China.   You can even see the Great Wall.

 

JENNY (pointing)

Oh, look at that cute Panda Bear over there!

 

MARIPOSA

You found her.  That's Polly!   Hellooooooo Polly!

 

(POLLY the Panda enters, looking out over the heads of the audience and calls to MARIPOSA.)

 

POLLY

Mariposa!  Are you coming to visit me?

 

MARIPOSA

Yes!  We'll be down in a minute.

 

(The Blimp exits along with the actors while POLLY addresses the children.)

 

POLLY

How splendid!   I haven't seen Mariposa in years.   It must have been the time Leonard got sick.   We have a lion here in China named Leonard who is a very smart lion too.  He knows his times tables up to 9.  But once he had a terrible

cold, and Mariposa came all the way from Mexico to give him an herbal drink that made him all better. 

 

(The friends enter.)

 

MARIPOSA

Hello Polly!

 

POLLY (giving a hug)

Hello, Mariposa!

 

MARIPOSA

Meet my good friends - Jose, Jenny and Roy.

 

(They each hold out their hands to shake.)

 

POLLY

I don't give out handshakes.  I give out hugs!  (She hugs them, JENNY last)

Jenny, you seem tense. I have just the remedy though.

 

JENNY

 Please, help me Polly.

 

JOSƒ

WhatÕs the remedy Polly? Tell us. Tell us. Please.

 

POLLY

 Well Jose, JennyÕs muscles are very tight and they need to be loosened up. Qi Gong (Chee-Gung) is the answer to this problem.

 

JOSƒ

Cheese what? (Mari and Jenny laugh)

 

JENNY

ThatÕs a funny word Cheese Gung.

 

POLLY

No sillyÉ Not Cheese-Gung, but Qi Gong (Chee-Gung).   Can you kids help them to learn it?   Repeat after me.  CHEE - GUNG.  (They repeat).   CHEE-GUNG (They repeat).  CHEE-GUNG  (They repeat.)

 

JENNY

Oh, CHEE-GUNG!

 

POLLY

Ok. Now letÕs all move like this.

 

(Polly does the movement and everyone follows her).

 

JOSƒ

What kind of movement is this?

 

POLLY

This is Tai Chi.

 

JENNY

I feel fantastic.

 

 

ROY

Me too.

 

MARIPOSA

Me three.

 

JENNY

Oh thank you so much, Polly.  The banging in my head is all gone.  I don't feel like there's anything up there now!

 

ROY

Well then, you are really back to normal, Jenny!

 

(Thunder.  Everyone screams and huddles together)

 

POLLY

Everyone calm down.  ItÕs only my friend Max.

 

JENNY

What is he?

 

POLLY

A Chinese Dragon.

 

EVERYONE

A dragon! Oh no.

 

POLLY

Don't worry.   He's big, but just a good friend.

 

MAX

 Oh my headÉ my head. It feels like someone is using my head as a drum.

 

JENNY

Oh no!  Do you feel a lot of banging inside your head?

 

MAX

Yes, and it's very loud.

 

JENNY

Does it make your eyes feel tight and your body feel weak?

 

MAX

Yes, exactly!   How do you know?

 

JENNY

I just had the same problem, but Polly will fix you up real well.   Polly?

 

 

POLLY

We all can help Max by giving him a massage to get his blood circulating.   Come on everyone, find a spot that you can massage Max.   Ready?  OK,   massage!

 

(Everyone starts giving Max a massage)

 

MAX

OuchÉ OuchÉoohÉahahah.     Oh, much better.    I feel like Tony the Tiger.

 

JENNY

What do you mean?

 

MAX

I feel great!

 

(They all are thrown back.) 

 

I donÕt know how to repay you.

 

JOSƒ

I know a way.

 

MAX

Tell meÉ Tell me.

 

JOSƒ

You can help us get home.

 

MAX

Sure!   Climb on board!

 

(Everyone climbs on MAX)

 

POLLY

That's a great idea.  Max likes to swim long distances, and a little trip across the Pacific Ocean will be great exercise for him.  Enjoy your trip.

 

MAX

So long, Polly.   Thanks for bringing me some new friends!

 

EVERYONE

Goodbye Polly.

 

POLLY

Goodbye everyone.

 

(POLLY exits.  They ride MAX.)

 

 

MARIPOSA

Our journey over the Pacific Ocean was quite peaceful.   The dolphins swam below us and the birds chirped in harmony around us.  And Max swam so gently that Jenny and Roy fell asleep.  But Jose always had his eye on the horizon, thinking about his adventures, and making plans for the future.  

 

JOSƒ

You know something, I know exactly what I want to be when I grow up. IÕm going to be a doctor so I can  help other children to get healthy and stay healthy, just like the animals helped me!   And that will make our world a safer place.

 

MARIPOSA

You'll be a wonderful healer, JosŽ.

 

JOSƒ

Thank you Mari for helping me to help my friends. And for teaching me so much about all the different ways there are to make people feel better.

 

MARIPOSA

Muchas gracias to you JosŽ, for being such a caring friend.

 

(JENNY wakes up.)

 

JENNY

Hey, there's ................  school.  We're back!   (They get off MAX.)  So long, Max.  We will miss you.

 

ROY

Yes, please email us when you get home.

 

MAX

When you all want to take a trip to Japan for some sushi, let me know!

 

JOSƒ

That sounds great, Max.  Have a nice trip home.

 

JENNY and ROY

Goodbye, Max.

 

MARIPOSA

Thank you, Max.  You're a darling of a dragon!

 

MAX

Ah Shucks!  Farewell, kiddoes, and stay healthy!

 

ALL

Ooooo  Kaaaaayy!

 

(MAX disappears behind the drop.)

 

MARIPOSA

Well ni–os, that was some journey we took today. Can you tell me anything you learned about the different ways that a person can help themselves to heal?

 

JOSƒ

Oh Mari, there were so many ways.  There is aromatherapy where different smells can help us feel better.

 

JENNY

Acupressure where touching different spots on your body can help relieve pain.

 

ROY

And nutrition.   What we eat can make a big difference in our health.   And we canÕt forget if we feel bad, we need to tell our parents so they can decide if we need to see a doctor.

 

JOSƒ

But the most important lesson is that there is a lot we can do to make ourselves healthy that will prevent or keep us from getting sick.  Like exercise and eating right.

 

JENNY

Oh Jose, thank you so much for being such a good friend and helping to take care of us.

 

ROY

Yeah, thanks dude.

 

JOSƒ

YouÕre welcome.  After all thatÕs what friends are for.   But you both must make me a promise.

 

ROY

Sure.

 

JENNY

Anything! What?

 

JOSƒ

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!

 

(Music: Full Cast comes out to sing Final Number)

 

So now you know how

to be good friends now

by treating everyone with care

 

By sharing with others

and lending a hand

and always being fair

 

What's a friend for

What's a friend for

To help you along the way

 

What's a friend for

What's a friend for

To brighten up your day

We hope you enjoyed our play!

Hooray!!!

 

THE END.