THE MAGIC FOREST

"A One-Act Folktale for Teatro Dominguez"
(Revision 2 - 9/17/01)

by  Bill DeLuca

Lyrics by Elveria Buford
 
 

c    2001   Bill DeLuca
 CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre Arts
 1000 E. Victoria St.
 Carson, CA 90747




 Cast of Characters

Narrator: The wise Viejo (old man) of the Cuentos (stories), who introduces each character and their story.  He also plays parts in the scenes.  He is dressed as a Californio native american.

Papita: Mischievous child type of rabbit - little bit of a smart aleck, but still cute.  Papita loves a good joke, and is known to play tricks on her friends.

Yucky: A skunk.  Very excitable.  Feels like everybody dislikes her because of her smell.

Tet: Vietnamese monkey.  Very quick and ready to play a joke or go to a party.  He's athletic - a great climber and break dancer.

Hoot: An owl.  Very elegant servant to everyone in the forest.

Ganso: A goose that is dressed as a mailman.  He has a hard time keeping his envelopes in order.

Crock: The Giant Raven who steals Yucky.

Binh: A Bat.  Scary!

Vinh: Another bat.  Like Binh.
 
Nansi: A Spider.

Gordon: An alligator.
 

Scene

The Magic forest.
 

Time

The present.

 
 
 
 SETTING:  The Magic Forest.
AT RISE: The NARRATOR and the cast enter and address the audience.

NARRATOR (VIEJO)
Buenos dîas muchachos.  Good morning!  I am Viejo de los Cuentos.  Does anyone know what that means?
(Some children may answer and possibly give the right answer).
 Excellent!  I am the Old Man of the Stories, and I tell of the many wonderful characters who you find in folktales of our Southwest states of California, Arizona, and New Mexico.   I tell stories from when this area of Carson was occupied by Spain, long before it was America, and the people who lived here were called Californios.   I also want to welcome you to Teatro Dominguez, (they bow) a company of actors from Dominguez Hills, who perform stories from around the world.

(The cast sings Song #1: Teatro 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 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!

VIEJO
Today Teatro will introduce you to Papita the rabbit and her good friends who help her escape from Crock, the evil Raven.   So watch us now, and you may learn how being clever can help you someday.
(The cast exits, running in circles as they do).
Let me first tell you about the place where Papita lives, which is a very special place, not like anywhere else.   This is the Magic Forest.
(Sounds are heard of exotic birds, strange monkeys, and whirling winds, all created by the cast members).
This is not like any other forest.  The Magic Forest is magical because in it you can meet every kind of creature from every part of the world.
(The cast returns to center with their masks on to growl or chirp or peep momentarily).
Youll find zebras, elephants, snakes and polar bears.  Here we have jaguars, anteaters, eagles, and squirrels.  We even have fish and lobsters and whales.  But how could they all live in one forest?  Well, that's why it's the Magic Forest.

(The cast exits).

GANSO
Señor Viejo!  I have a letter for you!

VIEJO
Oh, you'll get to meet our very special mailman, Ganso the goose.  Hello, Ganso, come on over here and say hello.
(GANSO enters, but when he sees the kids, he gets very embarrassed and scared.)

VIEJO
Come on over, Ganso.  They're only second graders.  They won't hurt you.  Come and say hi to them.
(GANSO is frozen by fear).
Hey kids, help me out here.  If you can say "Hello, Ganso," I think he'll feel less afraid, and he'll come out to meet you.  Okay.  On the count of three, let's all say "Hello, Ganso."  Ready?  One. Two. Three.  Hello, Ganso!

(GANSO smiles and walks happily out to the center).

GANSO
Well, hello everybody.  I get scared easily, but when I'm invited nicely, like you all just did, then I feel real comfortable.  Hey, I've got an important letter for Señor Viejo, so excuse me for a minute.
(He begins to look for it, but can't find it anywhere).
Oh no, I must have left it back at Mrs. Bruja's Coffee house.  I'll be right back.

VIEJO
Ganso is a little forgetful, but he means well.  He's one of the many colorful characters in the Magic Forest!
(As SEÑor Viejo waves goodbye to GANSO, PAPITA enters from the opposite side, "shushes" the kids to be quiet, and stands behind VIEJO, imitating him and his walk).
Well, are you ready to meet Papita?  (work for response).   Let me introduce to you, Papita!  (waves to one side, but PAPITA stands behind VIEJO and laughs.  He walks to the other side of the stage).   Girls and Boys, let me introduce Papita!  (waving to the other side, but PAPITA has shifted and is still behind VIEJO).   Where's Papita?  Papita!  Papita!  (He circles, and PAPITA follows).  Has anyone seen Papita?  (VIEJO changes direction of his circle and bumps right into her).
Oh, Papita!  There you are!  You little tricky rabbit!  Up to your old games I see.  Well, why don't you say hello to the children?

PAPITA
(mocking VIEJO)  Hello children.

VIEJO
Hey, that's not your voice.  Come on, stop playing around.

PAPITA
Hi kids.  I'm Papita!  And I'm the quickest and most clever of all rabbits.
(She runs around Viejo twice, then stops).
VIEJO
What is 23 times 45?

PAPITA
Easy.  1,035!

VIEJO
Excellent!  You'll see that Papita is the sharpest rabbit in the Magic Forest!

(Song #2: Papita's Entrance Song (Waltz) - Papita.)

Part A
I'm the quickest
And the slickest
Little trickster in the forest
I'm the smartest
And the fastest
I can out run a little tortise
I'm the sweetest
And the neatest
Little bunny ever seen
I play jokes on
My friends, but no
Sir I'm not mean

Part B
I like to help
My friends when
They are in trouble
When they need
A hand, I'm there
On the double

Repeat Part A at a faster pace

VIEJO
Well, Papita, why don't you introduce the kids to some of your friends

PAPITA
Sure, Viejo.   (hollering left and right)  Hey Yucky!  Hey Tet!  Come on out here.  I want you to meet some friends.

(YUCKY runs on from left, TET from right).

YUCKY
Hey, girl friend.
TET
Hiya, Papita!  What's up?

(They do a greeting ritual of high fives, low fives, etc.)

PAPITA
Come on out here and say hi to los estudiantes.

TOGETHER
Halo!  Kiddoes!

PAPITA
Now this is Tet, the coolest monkey around.  He can climb any tree in this forest, and can travel from one end of the forest to the other without touching the ground.  Do you know how he does it?
(Interaction with students.)
That's right.  He swings on the branches, like Tarzan.  But best of all, Tet can really get down!
(Music for Tet's break dance.  They & cast applaud him.)
And this is my amiga and my partner in crime, Yucky.  Now just because she's a skunk, don't run away!  She's really a great buddy.  That's because she's loyal, which a great friend has to be, right!  And Yucky doesn't smell bad to people who like her.

YUCKY
Only strangers smell skunks!

PAPITA
Right!

(Two bats, VINH and BINH, fly across stage.)

TET
Look out, it's Binh and Vinh, the bats!

PAPITA
Oh, no, duck everybody.

(They cover their heads and run out into the audience.  VIEJO runs across stage.  Song #3:  The Bat Rap - Binh/Vinh.)

BINH/VINH

(Get audience to clap to a beat in a scary way)
Ha! Ha!Ha!Ha!
Here we are everybody
Now hear our screech
That means you better
Get out of our reach
I'm Binh, an I'm Vinh
And we came to say
When you see us coming
Move out of our way
Cause we're meeean
And that's a fact
We're two bad bats
So how about that
We work for a raven
Whose name is Crock
He's/She's the evilest bird
On the Magic Forest block
We make lots of trouble
Each and everyday
And we like to scare
Other animals away
Ahhhhhh!!!!!

 (BINH and VINH exit.)

PAPITA
Wow, that was a close one.  Are you kids alright?

YUCKY
Were you scared?

TET
Well, I was scared.  Binh flies right up close to your head.  It's scary.

PAPITA
And Vinh makes those screechy sounds!

VIEJO
(from his hiding spot.)  Hey, is he gone?

PAPITA
Yeah, you can come out now Viejo.

VIEJO
(Entering)  Boy, that was a close one!  I can't remember when I was so scared.

YUCKY
Really, Viejo?  I can think of a lot of scarier things than Binh and Vinh.
TET
Yeah, I've had a lot more scary things happen to me than that.

VIEJO
Oh really.  Well, tell me, I like to hear stories too, what was the scariest moment you've ever had in your life?

YUCKY
Oh that's easy.  The time I was caught in Anansi's web was horrible.

PAPITA
What happened, Yucky?

YUCKY
Well, I was jumpin' rope with Goona the gorilla, when I heard a strange sound.
 (Eerie sound from offstage.  The others begin forming the spider web while YUCKY tells the story to the students.)
It scared Goona away, but I went to find out what it was.  (Backsteping towards center.)    All of a sudden, I got stuck in a huge spider web.  I couldn't get my tail free from it, and when I tried to pull it away, my paw got stuck, and then my other paw got stuck.  I was stuck!

(NANSI the spider enters.)

NANSI
Aha!  I've got you in my web!

YUCKY
Oh no, it's Nansi the spider.

NANSI
You'll make a tasty meal!  I'll be right there!

(NANSI gets onto the web right and begins moving toward YUCKY on the web left.)

YUCKY
I'm toast!  Heeeeellllllllppppp!

NANSI
I've never tasted skunk before.  Are you too crunchy?

YUCKY
I'm all bones, and greasy, and sour.  You'll hate me.  Leave me alone.

NANSI
(halfway there)  It's worth trying everything once.

YUCKY
Hellllllppppp.  Papitaaaaaa!   Papitaaaaa!

PAPITA
(Entering)  Yucky!  Where are you?

YUCKY
Over here.  I'm  stuck in Nansi's web, and she's starting smacking her lips!  Do something.

PAPITA
Hey, why don't you do something!

YUCKY
Papita, I have no time for an argument.  Get me outa here.

PAPITA
Yucky, why don't you just release your skunk smell.  It will probably make Nansi give up on you.

NANSI
(Almost there)  Time for lunch!

YUCKY
Hey Nansi.  Smell this!

(YUCKY shakes herself so that her smell gets released.  Both NANSI and PAPITA make horrified faces.)

NANSI
Eeeeuuuuu!  What's that funky smell?

PAPITA
That's what a skunk smells like when you try to hurt them.  So back off Nansi!

NANSI
Eeuu!  With pleasure!

(NANSI exits and the web is struck as YUCKY finishes the story to the others.)
 

YUCKY
So thanks to Papita's quick thinking, I got free from the spider's web, but I was never more scared in all my life!

VIEJO
You were lucky Yucky.

YUCKY
As we skunks say, we're Lucky to be Yucky!

(Song #4:  Lucky to be Yucky - Yucky, Tet and Papita.)

Part A (slow) - No, I'm not mad or sad
Because I smell so bad
Or when other animals
do not want to play
I have two good friends
Who will stay my friends
And they say my smell
Is quite okay

Part B (Fast) - I am lucky to be Yucky
It's the greatest thing for me
I can choose my friends
Instead of my friends choosing me

Part C - I am lucky to be Yucky
You may wonder how that's true
I can make big animals run away
So I won't be their food

Part D (slow) - Now Papita and Tet will say
I'm not Yucky everyday
Only when the bad guys come
I shake my long tail
And give off an awful smell
Then I hear them all yell, "Run!"

Part E (fast) - I am lucky to be Yucky
No baths for me today
When I get out of the tub
I still smell bad anyway

(Pap and Tet sing Part C and replace 'I' with 'He/She' and 'Me' with 'Him/Her.'  GANSO returns with a letter for VIEJO.)
GANSO
Signor Viejo!  I have the letter.   Here it is.

(GANSO gives letter to VIEJO.)

VIEJO
Hey, it's a letter from my brother in San Gabriel.  Well thank you Ganso.

GANSO
You're welcome.

HOOT
Hoot!  Hoot!

PAPITA
Hey, it's Hoot.  Hiya Hoot.  What's up?

HOOT
Hey, Ganso.  Mrs. Bruja says that you didn't leave her the stamps you said you were going to give her.  She's a little upset.

GANSO
Oh, that's right.  I promised to bring her stamps, because she can't walk.  I better go right away.  So long everyone.  I must go.

HOOT
Oh, that Ganso.  He's so forgetful.  I'd better fly after him, and make sure he gets back to Mrs. Bruja.

PAPITA
You're the eyes of the forest, Hoot.  Thank you.

HOOT
(Exiting)  Bye now.

VIEJO
So, Tet.  What is the most scary thing that has ever happened to you?

TET
Oh, I almost got caught by Gordon the Alligator!

VIEJO
How did you get away?
 
 

TET
Well, if it wasn't for Papita and her cleverness, I wouldn't be here to tell you my scary story.

VIEJO
What  happened?

TET
Well, I was on my way to the playground over by the swamps, and I was swinging from one vine to the next.
(TET mimes swinging while others set up GORDON, a large combination puppet of a jaw, tail, and two claws.)
 It was a beautiful morning, and everything seemed so peaceful.   But all of a sudden, as I was swinging over the swamp, the vine broke and I fell into the water.  It was wet!  And what was even worse, monkeys don't swim.   Heeeelllllppp!

(GORDON is formed upstage of TET.)

GORDON
Dinner!

TET
Just then, I saw Gordon the Gator coming at me, and all of a sudden, I learned how to swim.
(They mime the chase in place.)
Help!  Help!

PAPITA
(Entering)  Swim, Tet, swim!  Faster!  Faster!

TET
He's gaining on me!

GORDON
Monkey burger!

PAPITA
Jump up on his back, Tet, and I'll throw a vine down to you!

(TET jumps up and lands on GORDON's back.  GORDON tries to shake him off.)

GORDON
Aaarrghhh!

PAPITA
Hold on tight, Tet!

TET
No kiddin'!  I'm a goner if I let go.  Aaaahh!  He's skaking pretty hard though!

PAPITA
Here, Tet, grab a hold of this.  I'm gonna swing you up here.

(PAPITA throws TET a long vine.  He grabs it, and PAPITA swings him around the stage while GORDON disappears.)

TET
Wooooaaaa!  Hey, this is fun!
(TET is pulled back next to PAPITA.)
Thanks, Papita!  What would we do without your cleverness!

PAPITA
No problem, Tet.  When a friend's in trouble, you just have to figure out how to help them.

(Song #5: What's a friend for? - Papita)
Verse 1:
So you may be down
and feeling low
sometimes we all feel blue

But you got a pal
who's on your side
who will always help you through

Chorus:
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

Verse 2:
When your day gets rough
And the going gets tough
When clouds make the sky turn grey

In the blink of an eye
All your friends come by
And say, "Come out and play!"

Repeat chorus twice and end

VIEJO
That's a good point, Papita.  And it makes for a nicer ending to a great story.  Thanks for telling us your scariest story, Tet.

TET
Hey, it was great.  Almost like it was happening again to me!

(The BATS fly in overhead.)

YUCKY
Lookout, it's Binh and Vinh again.

TET
(Ducking)  Why don't you both go and bother somebody else in the forest?

BINH
It's more fun to bother you.
 

VINH
(As they fly off.)   Yeah, everybody else is too busy to bother.

PAPITA
Oh, well.  I guess that makes us lucky.

VIEJO
So, Papita.  Do you have a story to tell us?

PAPITA
Well, Binh and Vinh just reminded me of my scariest story.  And it happened right on my seventh birthday!

YUCKY
Oh no!  I remember Papita's birthday.  That was scary!

VIEJO
Why?  What happened?  Tell us!

PAPITA
Well, everything was going great.  Everybody was there, at least I thought.
(The others set up the birthday party.)

PAPITA
We had played some games, and before cake and gifts, we were about to bust open the pinata.  (Swinging at the imaginary pinata.)  And just then, I remembered - Hey, where's Ganso?  I'm sure I invited him.

TET
Yeah, that's not like him to miss a party.

YUCKY
But maybe he forgot.  You know how forgetful he is.

(HOOT flies in from off.)

HOOT
Help!  Help!  Viejo, what should we do?  Crock, the Giant Raven, has got Ganso.  She's going to cook him and eat him.

YUCKY
She better not.  How will we get our mail?

TET
Yucky!  Don't be crude!

PAPITA
How did it happen, Hoot?

HOOT
He told me that Binh and Vinh asked him to pick up a package at Nansi's web, but later on I heard some hollering at Nansi's.  I flew over there and saw Crock dragging a huge bag behind her, and it sounded like Ganso was inside.

TET
Those bats told Ganso a lie.  Nansi didn't have a package.  Vinh and Binh are helping Crock.  We'd better be careful.

PAPITA
You're right, Tet, but we've got to go save Ganso.  Where are they, Hoot?

HOOT
They're at Raven's Haunted Hangout!

PAPITA
Viejo, can you go to the pond and see if there are any animals who can meet us at Raven's Haunted Hangout?
VIEJO
(Exiting)  I'll try, but nobody likes to get near Raven's Haunted Hangout.

PAPITA
Hoot, can you lead us to there?

HOOT
Right away!

PAPITA
  We have to make it fast.

YUCKY
Okay, let's go.

PAPITA
(As they leave, she addresses audience.)  I didn't know why Raven did that to Ganso.  She never tried anything like that before.  Something didn't make sense.

(GANSO is seen at center, tied up, and alone.)

GANSO
This can't be happening!  Crock the Giant Raven is going to roast me and have me for supper.  My goose is really cooked!  I hope Papita and her friends can find me.  Does anybody know where Papita is?

BINH
Your friends won't find you here, Ganso.  Nobody knows how to get into Raven's Haunted Hangout.  It's a secret.

VINH
Yeah, and by the time they get here, you'll be a gone goose!

GANSO
Why is Crock after me?  I've never done anything to hurt her.  I always remember to pick up her mail.

BINH
Well, maybe she's just in the mood for goose!

VINH
Yeah, tasty goose!

BINH
Uh-oh, lookout!  Here comes Crock!
VINH
Yeah, and she looks hungry, Ganso!

(CROCK enters.  She is a composite of a huge head and two large flapping wings.)

CROCK
Where is my little mailman?  Well, here he is.  Don't you look like a yummy treat.  I've got a special delivery for you Ganso.  And there's no return address either.  HA Ha Ha!

GANSO
Get away!  Leave me alone!

(PAPITA, TET, and YUCKY, with HOOT enter.)

PAPITA
You heard him Crock!  Let him go!

CROCK
Well, Papita.  How did you find Raven's Haunted Hangout?

PAPITA
I used my Thomas Guide.  Now let Ganso go.  Why are you threatening to eat him.

CROCK
Because I'm hungry, silly rabbit.   Binh, Vinh, attack them!

(The Bats rush at them and circle them.)

YUCKY
Lookout, it's those screechy bats!

TET
Papita, what should we do?

PAPITA
Do your break dance, Tet.  It might confuse them, and give me time to get Ganso.
TET
Okay.  Here goes.

(GANSO break dances down on the floor.  The Bats are stunned.)

BINH/VINH
(Staring) Wow!

PAPITA
Quick, Yucky.  Go set off your smell in front of Raven.  It will give me time to get Ganso free.  Hurray.

(YUCKY goes in front of CROCK and does her stinky shake dance.  CROCK recoils.  PAPITA grabs GANSO and pulls him away to HOOT who flies him home.)

CROCK
Woooaaaa!  What's that funky smell!  Worse than the stinky cheese man!

YUCKY
Just a very mad skunk, Crock.

PAPITA
Thanks, Yucky.  Okay, that's enough Tet.  Thank you.  Now Raven, Ganso is safe, but I want to know why you did this.  Ganso never did anything to hurt you.  In fact, he was always there to help you.  Remember when your Aunt Pecky was sick and you wanted to rush her a copy of her favorite magazine, Worm Digest.  Who helped you?

CROCK
Ganso.

PAPITA
And when you were sick with the chicken pox, who went all the way across the forest to get you lotion?

CROCK
Ganso.

PAPITA
And when

CROCK
Okay, okay, okay.  I'm sorry.  I really wasn't mad at Ganso.

PAPITA
What do you mean?

CROCK
I was mad at you, Papita.

PAPITA
At me, whatever for?

CROCK
Because you didn't invite me to your birthday party.  You invited Hoot, and Yucky, and Tet, but not me.  Because I'm different.

(PAPITA walks down to speak privately to the children.)

PAPITA
Crock is right.  I made a mistake.  I left her out of my birthday party.  I feel terrible.  Just because she's different doesn't mean I should ignore her.  Maybe I should try to invite her now?  What do you think?

(Responses from the children here.  PAPITA interacts with them.  Then she returns to CROCK.  (Song #6: Papita's Invitation - Papita).

You're welcome to come to my party
I'm sorry for leaving you out
You're welcome to come to my fiesta
We'll show you what friendship's about

There'll be cake and ice cream and salsa and dip
A pinata with candy and juice we can sip
There'll be games and prizes and great music, too
You will not get bored for there's plenty to do

So please won't you come to my party
You can bring Binh and Vinh along
And since I forgot your invitation
I'm inviting you with a song

Pleeeeeease Come!!!!!!!

CROCK
Okay!
(The cast puts on birthday hats, takes out balloons, and gathers around the cake.  PAPITA and VIEJO downstage address the children.)

PAPITA
So Crock came to my party and we all had a great time.

VIEJO
And you learned something about Crock that you never thought about, right?

PAPITA
Yes, I didn't know that she was hurt.  And that's what explained why she got crazy.  But I'm glad we got her to talk about it, because now she's one of my good friends.

(Song #7:  Reprise - What's A Friend For? - Full Cast).

Verse:
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.