Character Matters II II

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Character Matters II

An Easy-to-Use Character Education Play for Elementary School

Grades 1-5
30 minutes
(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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Book/CD - $39.95 for 1, $30/ea for 2+
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Site License - $75.00
Comes with 3 copies of book/CD plus unlimited photocopying rights (details)
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Vocal Score - $9.95 (details)
Extra/Replacement CD - $9.95

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This 30-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!

The Fairy Tale Advice Council is back...with more character education for the stars and villains of folk tales! Can Hansel and Gretel teach the witch to be a good neighbor (as opposed to, uh, eating them)? Will the Troll learn from the Three Billy Goats Gruff and stop bullying? And why didn't Snow White ever thank the Seven Dwarves? This show has all the answers, as students learn through traditional tales and silly jokes.

Absolutely no familiarity with Bad Wolf's first Character Matters II play is required. Honest! This is a "sequel" only in terms of basic setup (the Fairy Tale Council) and the topic (character education). Everything is explained for you, your students, and your audience in the play itself.

Character Matters II II is a great, non-threatening way to get students thinking and talking about character issues. 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 Terms and Concepts

  • The Golden Rule (treat others as you want them to treat you; put yourself in another's shoes)
  • Trying hard and not giving up
  • Difference and tolerance: don't judge a book by its cover
  • Being a good neighbor
  • Showing gratitude and forgiveness
  • Being polite
  • Dealing with bullying
  • Taking care of the environment
Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-43-1
© 2008 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"A smash hit -- over the top, fabulous! And, of course, so much fun. I LOVED this musical; the kids LOVED the musical. The gal who did Miller's Daughter literally begged me to do the part. She glowed as she sang. And the princess. A quiet girl I didn't know even had a voice just opened up one day and sang tunefully, beautiful. All of the characters were amazing. So thanks. You guys are the best. And I'm buying more musicals for next year."

---Betty Carlson, Teacher (5th grade), Westview Elementary, Champaign, IL

"I have done many of your plays but I have to say this one is my favorite. The humor, music and script made it a show everyone enjoyed. Love it, love it, love it! It was great!"

---Melissa Deck, Teacher (2nd grade) St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Kenner, LA

"We performed our play today and it was a big hit! The adults really enjoyed the humor and everyone just loved the characters and the music! Thanks for producing such a wonderful play!

"I also wanted to let you know that one of the best things about the play was that we were able to have our special education students be a part of it. The parents really appreciated that."

---Seema Raufr, Teacher (3rd grade), Mill Creek Towne Elementary School, Gaithersburg, MD

"This was very simple to direct and produce. My students performed it seven times in front of nearly a thousand people. We ALL thoroughly enjoyed it!"

---Nance Contreras, Teacher (5th grade) Lincrest Elementary, Yuba City, CA

"We loved the songs, the funny lines in the script and the CD. "

---Elain Smith, Teacher (2nd grade) Darlington Lower School, Rome, GA

"So easy to put on -- catchy tunes."

---Betty Dunn, Teacher (4th grade), Valley Elementary, Beaver Creek, OH

"Great play -- great characters."

---Paige Sorbo, Teacher (3rd grade), Gateway School, Ridgecrest, CA

"Packed with great lines from start to finish."

---Betty Carlson, Teacher (5th grade), Westview Elementary, Champaign, IL

"The kids and parents enjoyed the performance. We definitely got rave reviews!"

---Jaime Ruhl, Teacher (4th and 5th grades), Buckner Elementary, Buckner, KS

"This is a great play. It's straightforward and the kids loved both watching and participating in it."

---Susan Irving, Teacher (3rd-5th grades), Redlands First United Methodist Church, Redlands, CA

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---Rich Howell, Founder, EnRiching Education, Nevada City, CA


Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many Rangers, Ducklings, Rates, etc. as desired;
one student can easily play several roles. Note that all roles
can be played by either boys or girls; see our comments on
page 37 of the Teacher's Guide.


This is the first one-third of the script:


Humpty Dumpty
Snow White
Dwarves (2)
Billy Goats Gruff
Little Red Riding Hood
Princess (and the pea)
Miller's Daughter
Hansel and Gretel
The Boy Who Cried "Duck!"
The Golden Rule Singers
Pied Piper
and a CHORUS comprised of all students who are not playing roles on stage at the time.

(Entire CLASS faces the audience and sings:)

Song 1- Listen now!

Math and science are important
Reading is good for you
But when it comes to good decisions
Character matters too.

Even folks who live in folktales
Struggle to think things through
Yes even in enchanted kingdoms
Character matters too.

Pied Piper
Don't get mad like that
Pied Piper
I think I smell a rat!

Rumpelstiltskin's not behaving
What can an ogre do?
And even for poor Sleeping Beauty
Character matters too.

Snow White's been dissing the Seven Dwarves
Things are not as rosy as they seem
Life has been tough for Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Ugly Duckling needs some self-esteem.

Math and science are important
Reading is good for you
But when it comes to good decisions
Character matters too.
(STUDENTS sit in a large semi-circle around stage, facing
DUMPTY walk to front of stage and address the audience.)

RAPUNZEL: Hello. I'm Rapunzel. From the fairy tale.

CINDERELLA: And I'm Cinderella.

HUMPTY DUMPTY: And I'm Humpty Dumpty. We're delighted
you're here for our meeting of the Fairy Tale Advice Council.

RAPUNZEL: Today's meeting is special because this is the
very first time Cinderella and Humpty have been on the Council.

HUMPTY: It's so exciting. We get to give advice to fairy
tale characters who find themselves in a bind.

RAPUNZEL: Even us fairy tale folk don't always know
what's best to say or do in tough situations.

CINDERELLA: Like when it was
midnight at the ball and my
carriage turned back into a yam.

HUMPTY: A yam? I thought it was a pumpkin.

CINDERELLA: No, it was a yam. I should know, I was sitting
on it. It took those mice FOREVER to drag me home.

RAPUNZEL: But it all had a happy ending, which is what we
like to see. Humpty, what's our first case today?

HUMPTY (looking at a list): Ooh, looks like trouble
between old friends. It's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.


RAPUNZEL: Welcome.

CINDERELLA: Hey, I only see two dwarves. Aren't you short
a few dwarves?

DWARF #1: Is that some sort of comment?

CINDERELLA: Oh no, I'm sorry. I just thought there were
seven of you.

DWARF #2: It's the recession---we've been downsized.

(CINDERELLA starts to say something, but RAPUNZEL
cuts her off)

RAPUNZEL (to CINDERELLA): Don't even go there.
(TO the newcomers)
Now, what seems to be the problem?

SNOW WHITE: My friends are very upset with me, and it's
so, well, upsetting.

DWARF #1: Of course we're upset! After all we did for you.

DWARF #2 (to Council): And she never even stopped to thank
us. Just rode off into the sunset with her prince without a word of

Song 2 - Listen now!

We never faltered
We never shirked
We even whistled
While we worked.

But did she thank us
As she now claims?
She never never ever really knew our names.

That's not true
One was Lumpy
Maybe not
Was it Stumpy?
Was it Bob or Billy...oh poor me!


It's the proper attitude
Take time and don't be rude
It's the proper attitude
Be thankful, show some gratitude.

DWARF #1(spoken): And what about when she ate the poisoned

We did the Heimlich
And when she woke up
SHE's the star!

She got Prince Charming
She got the fame
She never never ever really knew our names.

That's not true
One was Lumpy
Maybe not
Was it Stumpy?
Was it Bob or Billy...oh poor me!


It's the proper attitude
Take time and don't be rude
Its the proper attitude
Be thankful, show some gratitude.
Be thankful, show some gratitude.

RAPUNZEL: Snow you have something you'd like
to say to your friends?

SNOW WHITE (to DWARVES): I'm terribly sorry. You were so
kind and helpful. I just got caught up in that fairy-tale ending and forgot.
Thank you. Thank all of you very much.

DWARF #1: Oh, that's okay.

DWARF #2: And our names ARE kind of hard to remember.

(THEY hug)

HUMPTY: That's so nice to see. It's always good to be
thankful. You know, I can never remember the names of all
seven dwarves myself. What are they?

DWARF #1: Sorry, we can't say them aloud.

DWARF #2: They're copyrighted. Every time we call each
other we owe Disney 10 bucks.


RAPUNZEL: Well, that worked out nicely. Humpty, who's next?

HUMPTY (looking at list): Our next appointment is with...

(HUMPTY is interrupted by the loud entrance of THREE

BILLY GOAT GRUFF #1: This has GOT to stop. I can't take
it anymore.

TROLL: But I've changed my ways.

BILLY GOAT GRUFF #2: Oh sure. The last time you told me
that you tried to EAT me.

TROLL: It was just a nibble.

BILLY GOAT GRUFF #3: All that was sticking out of your
mouth was a foot.

TROLL: Okay, it was a BIG nibble. But I don't DO that
kind of thing anymore.

HUMPTY: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Who ARE you?

BILLY GOATS GRUFF: We're the Billy Goats Gruff.

BILLY GOAT GRUFF #1: And this is a Troll.

HUMPTY: I'm sorry, but you're not on the list. You'll
have to wait.

BILLY GOAT GRUFF #2: But we CAN'T wait! He's gonna
EAT us!

CINDERELLA: Is that true?

TROLL: NO! I want to be their friend.

BILLY GOAT GRUFF #3: Every time we get to his bridge, he
tries to swallow us.

TROLL: That was before! I USED to be a big bully. I
thought it was cool eating people on the bridge. But it WASN¹T
cool. I know that now. Being a bully is never cool.

Song 3 - Listen now!

Yeah I'm a troll it's true
I guard a bridge or two
I eat folks like you if you attempt to pass

I'm tired of this work
'Cause all I do is lurk
When tales need a jerk that's how I am cast.

But I don't want to be a bully anymore
I don't wanna be the villain I have been before
I will be an ogre folks adore
I don't want to be a bully anymore.

Yeah when it's said and done
We bullies have no fun
Always on the run, nobody cares for me

I wanna walk the street
With friends that I don't eat
Billy goats I meet I'll invite to tea.

and GOATS put arms around each other):

But I don't want to be a bully anymore
I don't wanna be the villain I have been before
I will be an ogre folks adore
I don't want to be a bully anymore.
I don't want to be a bully anymore.

(ALL exit. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD enters holding an


Hi there. I'm Little Red Riding Hood, and this is the part
of the meeting where I introduce this month's winner of the
Good Manners award. You may remember what a polite child I
am. When I saw the wolf in my grandmother's bed, I said things
like "Grandmother, what big eyes you have." And, "Grandmother,
what big teeth you have." But I was just being polite. What I
was thinking was, "Grandmother, what happened to you? Were
you in some horrible accident?" My politeness paid off, though,
giving the Hunter time to save all of us. And now, this month's
Good Manners award goes to...
(SHE opens envelope)
The Princess from The Princess and the Pea.

(CHORUS applauds. PRINCESS, KING, and QUEEN enter.
LITTLE RED exits.)

PRINCESS: Thank you, thank you. I'm so honored. I'd like
to thank my agent for getting me the gig, and especially the King and Queen
here for deciding to test me.

KING: It was our pleasure.
(to audience)
We had to make sure she was a very polite princess if she
was to marry our son.

QUEEN: So we came up with a whole slew of tests to see how
she would respond. The pea under the mattress was just one small part
of the evening's examination.

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

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. Character Matters II Too
2. Gratitude
3. I Don't Wanna Be a Bully
4. It Pays to be Polite
5. Never Give Up
6. Take Good Care
7. Helpful Neighbor
8. The Golden Rule
9. Stop! Don't Do It!
10. Character Matters II Too (reprise)

Common Core and Other National Standards

Character Education

Language Arts

  • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
    • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
    • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
  • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

History/Social Studies

Fine Arts

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


General Vocabulary:

(to be) cast
ecologically sound
mass transit
old growth
endangered species
greenhouse gasses
sustainable harvesting
finger food
soy sauce
guilty conscience
swan dive
"smell a rat"
"in a bind"
"said and done"
"ride off into the sunset"
"get caught up in something"
"on the run"
"air tight"
"second wind"
"caught red-handed"
"cramp my style"
"go bad"
"Thick and thin"
"an offer she couldn't refuse"
"make them pay"

Performance Photos

Performance Photos from Bad Wolf Press