Bullies Anonymous

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Bullies Anonymous

An Easy-to-Use Bully Prevention Play
for Elementary and Middle School

Grades 3-8
25 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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This 25-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

In the tradition of our bestselling Bullies Anonymous show, Bad Wolf now takes aim at bullying. Using our famous pairing of goofy jokes and stick-in-your-head tunes, we examine just what bullying is and how to deal with it.

To avoid being preachy -- rarely an effective strategy! -- Bullies Anonymous approaches the problem from the perspectives of current and former bullies themselves. Even as the bullies talk about how much they enjoy their lives, students quickly see through the charade, understanding that bullies are usually lonely and friendless, feared perhaps but never liked. They learn about the different types of bullies (physical, verbal, social, electronic) as well as effective strategies for stopping bullying in its tracks.

Topics such as bystander engagement, reporting, and problem solving make Bullies Anonymous an excellent part of an anti-bullying campaign for elementary and middle school. It is also a fantastic launching point for open discussions about bullying and character. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget.

Key Concepts

  • Definition of bullying
  • Different types of bullying. e.g. physical, verbal, social, electronic
  • Motives for bullying
  • Characteristics of bullies
  • Stepping in to help
  • Reporting
  • Bullying as a learned behavior
  • What happens to bullies in the long term
  • What to do about being bullied
  • Zero-tolerance
Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-41-7
© 2007 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"My students LOVED Bullies Anonymous! The students liked every song and, much to my disbelief, there was a part that fit each of my students' likes! I chose this play because we've had lots of bullying issues. The students did a fantastic job working together. The performances for he parents and the other classes went so well I swear they could have taken it on the road! I was so impressed by them! They were ad-libbing, did little bullying vignettes that went with the songs, and choreographed dances for most the numbers."

---Lara Haleyr, Teacher, (4th grade, gifted/high achievers) Manatee Bay Elementary, Weston, FL

"Bullies is quite relevant to what is happening in the schools right now. It is non-threatening and treats the bullying issue with such insight and valuable information. The dialogue is very contemporary and that appeals to the students, as well as the audience."

---Cathy Foxhoven, After School Enrichment, Burlingame Parks & Recreation, Broadway By The Bay, CA

"My co-teacher and I have done a Bad Wolf Press play every year for the last four years. They all have been great. This year we had students performing Bullies Anonymous. We especially loved the musical numbers, simple costuming, and especially the minimal props for staging. (This year we had one of our board members attending. He was very impressed.)"

---Cori Hoverter, Teacher, 3rd grade, Monticello School, Tracy, CA

"Everyone loved the play and the message it conveys! Thanks for making productions fun and affordable for us in these tough economic times."

---Debbie Cook, Teacher (2nd grade), Andover Elementary School, Orlando, FL

"I read the script and decided it was perfect, since bullying is definitely a serious problem at school, and it reinforces our conflict resolution programs. It turned out to be one of my favorite musicals. The songs were fun and easy to sing and choreograph, and the students were always read with a suggestion for a move, a prop, or an extra line thrown in here or there. This musical is not only timely, but engages the children like few other curricular activities can."

---Lynne Shaw, Retired teacher now teaching an after-school GATE program, Hueneme School District, Port Hueneme, CA

"Kids loved it, especially the songs. We put it on for all of the other classes in the school and it was a big hit! We were even invited to go to a neighboring town and put it on for grades third through fifth in their school. Kids were pumped and really believed in the message they were sharing. They learned and so did the audiences."

---Brian Edgerton, Teacher (5th grade), Seth Boyden Elementary, Maplewood, NJ

"The songs were catchy and stuck in our heads. The lines were both funny and informative. Costuming was simple and students were really psyched up about performing it."

---Cara Bieber, Teacher (3-5 Drama Club) Charry Valley Elementary School, Newark, OH

"Excellent play! Teaches values and sends a good message. The songs are cute and really make the play. The kids loved doing the play."

---Cathy Wendel Teacher (5th grade), Standish-Sterling Middle School, Standish, MI

Casting

Flexible casting from 8-40 students.
Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls;
see our comments on page 31 of the Teacher's Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Mrs. Collins
Mr. B
Physical Bully
Verbal Bully
Social Bullies
Bullies A and B
Bullies C and D
Students
Sam
Alex
Mel
Intruder #1
Grandfather
Father
Goldfish
Rover
Jessie
Bill
Devon
Bullies E, F, G, and H
Intruder #2

and a CHORUS composed of all students who are not
playing roles on stage at the time.

(CLASS is seated as if in a meeting, perhaps with MRS. COLLINS
and MR.B in front. The music begins.There is some introductory
music before the singing begins.This music has 3 distinct parts,and
the students can react to each part. For example, when the music
begins(part 1), perhaps the class stands. After 8 beats comes part
two---students can begin walking to the front of the stage. With part
three---you'll hear the lead electric guitar---the students can gather
and face the audience.)

Song 1 - Listen now!

Welcome, welcome
Come on in
Please join all of us
It¹s our greeting
To the meeting
Bullies Anonymous.

Welcome, welcome
Don't be shy
So much to discuss
Lots of seating
At the meeting
Bullies Anonymous.

Woh oh oh oh oh
Change your ways
Woh oh oh oh oh
End all your bully days!

Welcome, welcome
Here we go
We won¹t make a fuss
We're repeating once again
It's the meeting come on in
You'll be glad to say you've been to Bullies Anonymous.
You'll be glad to say you've been to Bullies Anonymous.

(CLASS returns to seats. MRS. COLLINS and MR. B step forward
and face audience)

MRS.COLLINS: Welcome to our weekly meeting of Bullies Anonymous.
This is a place were bullies can talk openly so we can all help them stop
being so...so...

MR. B: So bullyish.

MRS. COLLINS: Exactly.

MR. B (to audience):So listen up, you bullies.

MRS. COLLINS: Who are you talking to, Mr. B?

MR. B (pointing to the audience):THEM, of course, Mrs. Collins. Looks
like a tough crowd.

MRS. COLLINS: Oh my no.
(pointing to audience)
These are just visitors. THESE are the bullies.
(SHE points towards class sitting behind)

MR. B: Oh, yeah. I see what you mean. They got that look.

MRS. COLLINS: Now Mr. B., we know that there is no one way a bully
looks or acts. A bully wants to hurt or control people, but there are all
kinds of bullies.

PHYSICAL BULLY (jumps up): Like me. I'm a physical bully. I like to
get in your face.

VERBAL BULLY (jumps up): Or me---I'm a verbal bully. I love to pick
on kids.It makes me feel so cool.

MR. B: I told you they had the look.

MRS. COLLINS (pointing to two girls): What about those two girls?

MR. B: What, them? No way. They couldn't be bullies. Besides,
they're girls.

SOCIAL BULLY: #1: Hey, that's discrimination. We have just as much
right to be obnoxious brats as the boys.

SOCIAL BULLY #2: That's right. It's in the Constitution.

SOCIAL BULLY #1: Like for sure! We're social bullies. Our favorite thing
is to spread all kinds of rumors about other girls.

SOCIAL BULLY #2: And then we totally exclude them from our way
cool group.

SOCIAL BULLIES (in unison): We're BULLY-ICIOUS!

PHYSICAL BULLY: Ah, that's nothing compared to my fist. That's what
makes me cool.

VERBAL BULLY: Are you some kind of moron?

SOCIAL BULLIES: Talk to the hand!

Song 2 - Listen now!

PHYSICAL BULLY:
I keep things simple
I shove and punch
I break your glasses
I steal your lunch.

I'm in the hallway
And on the stairs
I'm in your locker
I'm everywhere.

(On the recording you'll hear how the Bullies grow increasingly less confident as the Chorus stands up to them. The Bullies can speak their final lines in a very hesitant fashion.)

Aren't we cool when we're cruel?

ALL BULLIES:
Aren't we cool when we're cruel?
Aren't we cool when we're cruel?

VERBAL BULLY:
I'm into insults
That's what I do
I'll find your weakness
Then pick on you.

I love name-calling
I know them all
And some I'm writing
In bathroom stalls.

Aren't we cool when we're cruel?

ALL FOUR BULLIES:
Aren't we cool when we're cruel?
Aren't we cool when we're cruel?

CHORUS:
You're not cool
You are pathetic
You're not cool
You are pathetic
You should quit
Not one bit of cool
You should quit
Not one bit of cool.

TWO SOCIAL BULLIES:
We make up rumors
We spread the dirt
Then we exclude you
Man that must hurt.

ALL FOUR BULLIES:
We are all bullies
Bullies unite
We are all bullies
Tell us we're right.

Aren't we cool when we're cruel?
Aren't we cool when we're cruel?
Aren't we cool when we're cruel?

CHORUS:
You're not cool
You are pathetic
You're not cool
You are pathetic
You should quit
Not one bit of cool
You should quit
Not one bit of cool.

(FOUR BULLIES return to their seats.)

MRS. COLLINS: You see, it's actually hard being a bully. No one else
thinks being mean is cool at all. It¹s just cruel, and hurts both the victim
and the bully.

BULLY A (standing up): Hurts the bully!? How's that? It's such a power
trip when you're bullying someone and all the kids gather round to
watch.
(comes forward)

MRS. COLLINS: You're right, kids will sometimes do that. But they
don't really like you...they're just glad it's not them.

BULLY B (standing up): Maybe, but an audience is an audience,
and I LOVE the attention. Unless someone decides to step in and
help the poor kid I'm picking on.
(comes forward)

MR. B: What happens then?

BULLY A: It ruins EVERYTHING.

BULLY B: Man, I HATE that.

BULLY A (to audience): Let us give you some advice. When you see
someone being bullied, just sit back and enjoy the show.

BULLY B: Sure! Without you watching us being mean, it wouldn't be
any fun!

Song 3 - Listen now!

BULLIES A and B:
Don't step in
Don't step in
Don't step in
Don't step in.

Woh oh
Just stand around
And watch us work
Woh oh
Just root us on
And be a jerk.

We love an audience
That's the best
We really count on you
If you're the audience
One request
No matter what you do...

BULLIES and CHORUS:
Don't step in
Don't step in
Don't step in
Don't step in.

BULLIES:
Woh oh
Just hang around
And watch the show
Woh oh
We love a crowd
So don't you go.

BULLIES (continued):
You're just the audience
Stand and grin
That's how it should be done
You're just the audience
Don't step in
That would wreck all our fun.

BULLIES and CHORUS:
Don't step in
Don't step in
Don't step in
Don't step in.

(BULLIES A and B return to seats. MR. B holds a piece of paper in
his hand.)

MR. B: Okay, bullies, I've got here a list of basic characteristics you
all share. Sort of a guide to bulliosity.

BULLY C (coming forward): Let me see that. I don't share ANYTHING
with this pack of losers.
(grabs list from MR. B's hand)
Hey, can you believe this? It says here that bullies are aggressive,
need to feel in control, and want to get attention! Hah! Like I'm
aggressive or need to be the center of attention. That's not me.

BULLY D (rising up in seat): Don't bullies also tend to refuse to
accept responsibility?

BULLY C (shouting angrily): Hey, sit down, I'm talking here! It'll be
your own fault if you make me come over there.
(back to list)
Bullies are unhappy, and jealous, and take it out on others. They
don't feel any sympathy for their victims. That does sound pathetic.
Well I'm not any of those things so that proves I'm not a bully.

MR. B: Are you sure? Do you mind taking a little test?

BULLY C: Test? Sure, I'll take a test. I can pass any stinkin' test.
(pause)
Uh, what kind of test?

MR. B: It just so happens of couple former bullies---now crack
science students---have invented a device that can sniff out
bullies a mile away.
(shouts)
Bring 'er in!

(STUDENTS enter: they are dressed in lab coats, and one of
them holds the Bullyometer.)

STUDENT #1: We have created a machine that detects bullies.

STUDENT #2: That's right. We call it a Bullyometer. And if you're
a bully,it will tell us.

BULLY C: A Bullyometer? Man, I hate nerds.

Song 4 - Listen now!

STUDENTS:
This little gadget can detect all hate
It spots the ones who want to dominate.

And those who pick on difference for a laugh
Will be detected by this bullygraph.

(points it at BULLY C)

So if you're jealous and don't like yourself
This thing starts beeping and leaps off the shelf.

And it's been buzzing at you quite a while
But don't blame me 'cause I just read the dial.

BULLY C (shouts): Get that thing away from me!

STUDENTS:
The bullyometer does not lie
The bullyometer is not shy
The bullyometer it tells things true
And it's pointing right at you.

If you are hurtful and feel no remorse
This baby¹s gonna know it all of course

It shoots a laser at all those who flee
And do not take responsibility.

BULLY C: Turn it off, turn it off!
(runs back to seat)

STUDENTS and CHORUS:

The bullyometer does not lie
The bullyometer is not shy
The bullyometer it tells things true
And it¹s pointing right at you.

(STUDENTS return to seats)

(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. Bullies Anonymous
2. Aren't We Cool When We're Cruel?
3. Don't Step In
4. The Bullyometer
5. Except for Becky
6. Apples Don't Fall Far from the Tree
7. It's Great to be Alone
8. Don't You Hate It?
9. Bullies Anonymous (reprise)

Common Core and Other National Standards

Character Education

Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Fine Arts

  • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standard 1 for 5th-8th
  • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standards 2 and 6 for 5th-8th
  • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

Vocabulary

discriminating
compulsion
implore
"flaming" (internet)
obnoxious
ornery
power trip
"apples don't fall far from the tree"
gadget
deplore
"ratting out"
taboo
abhor
"vanishing breed"

Performance Photos

Performance Photos from Bad Wolf Press