The Really Goofy Purim Play

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The Really Goofy Purim Play

An Easy-to-Use Purim Play
for Elementary School

Grades 2-5
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.

And if you ever have any trouble or questions, you can contact us at any time for help.

 

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For individual teachers/classes:
Book/CD - $39.95 for 1, $30/ea for 2+
Hint: order 1 for each teacher. (details)

For 3+ teachers or whole schools:
Site License - $75.00
Comes with 3 copies of book/CD plus unlimited photocopying rights (details)
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Musical extras:
Vocal Score - $9.95 (details)
Extra/Replacement CD - $9.95

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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!

Finally, a holiday with built-in goofiness: perfect for Bad Wolf Press! Our take on the traditional Purim story has Esther, Mordechai, Hamen and all the usual plot twists with hilarious new interpretations. Brave women, an evil and powerful villain, a really dumb king, and audience participation---this story has it all!

The Really Goofy Purim Play is written both for Jews to celebrate the Purim holiday as well as schools looking for an exciting multicultural tale. 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!

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-48-6
© 2009 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"I just had the children perform The Really Goofy Purim Play and it was spectacular! I can't begin to tell you how the parents raved. The children enjoyed performing and the audience was involved and found the play hysterical. It was well worth all the practice. Thank you so much for the magnificent play about Purim. It told the Purim story in English and with unforgettable humor and songs at the same time."

---Rhonda Bobchin, Teacher (6th grade), Sims School, Elk Grove, NY

"Our Children's Choir performed The Really Goofy Purim Play and it was a huge success! Everyone enjoyed it in our congregation and thought the kids did a great job. Of course, the audience was also a part, as each time the names of Esther and Mordecai the audience said 'yeah' and used their groggers for Purim...for Hamen many low 'boo' sounds were heard! What a great evening!"

---Deborah Goodhead, Children's Choir Director, Rosh Pinah Congregation, OK

Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many Attendants, Handmaidens, Estherettes, etc. as
desired. One student can easily play several roles, and with a
smaller cast that will be required.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Two Story Tellers
Hamen
King Ahasuerus
Attendants
Three Men
Queen Vashti
Handmaidens
Host and Hostess of Beauty Pagent
Two Pagent Contestants
Esther
Mordechai
Two Guards
Parade Singers
Estherettes
and a Chorus made up of all students who are not playing
roles at the time.

(CAST enters, faces audience, and sings:)

Song 1 - Listen now!

CHORUS:

Some holidays don’t have much pomp
You’re not supposed to yell and romp
But we want you to hiss and stomp
Because it’s Purim, Purim, Purim.

FOUR SINGERS:
The Jews in Persia will find hope

FOUR OTHER SINGERS:
And will the villain triumph?
CHORUS: Nope!

FOUR OTHER SINGERS:
The king will still remain a dope

CHORUS:
Because it’s Purim, Purim, Purim.

It’s fun cheering Esther on
It’s fun taking sides

HAMEN (pushing his way to the front of stage):
Look out—bad guy coming through

CHORUS (to audience):
You can boo
SOME of CHORUS: Boooo.
That’s fun too.
SOME of CHORUS: Boooo.

We’re thrown in jokes and added song
We may have got a few things wrong
At least the show is not that long!
Because it’s Purim, Purim, Purim
Purim, Purim, Purim
Whoa
Purim, Purim, Purim,
Whoa oh oh oh.

STORYTELLER #1 (Enters and addresses audience): In ancient Persia, a long time ago,
there lived a powerful king named Ahasuerus. He had a beautiful queen named…

STORYTELLER #2 (racing in, interrupting): Wait! First you gotta tell them about the villain.

STORYTELLER #1: Oh yeah!
(to audience)
This show has a villain. He’s an advisor to the king, and he’s a very bad man.

STORYTELLER #2 (To the audience): And you guys in the audience get to participate.

STORYTELLER #1: Whenever you hear the villain’s name, you need to boo and hiss and stomp.

STORYTELLER #2: Let’s practice. The name of the villain is…Hamen!

(AUDIENCE makes noise)

STORYTELLER #2: That was actually pretty…terrible. Come on, this guy is EVIL.
You gotta let it out!
(HAMEN walks on, carrying and admiring a snow globe)
Look, there he is! It’s…HAMEN!
(HAMEN turns to look when his name is called. AUDIENCE should let him have it.
HAMEN approaches audience, stares in annoyance.)

STORYTELLER #1: Now you’re ready! Let’s get this thing going.

(STORYTELLERS exit. KING AHASUERUS enters with ATTENDANTS.
HAMEN runs up and falls on his knees.)

HAMEN: Welcome, your most graciousness. How is your royal splendidness today?

KING (dejected): Ah, it’s Queen Vashti again. She doesn’t like the new crown I bought her.
And it’s so wonderfully SHINY!

HAMEN: I’ve brought you something. I found it in the bazaar.
(HE shakes up the snow globe and hands it to the KING)

KING (holding it up): Look how it sparkles! A perfect gift from my favorite advisor…
(pause; then with special clarity for the audience)
…Hamen!

(AUDIENCE should make noise. The STORYTELLERS can peek in from the
side when the word “HAMEN” is said to encourage the audience. HAMEN should give
the AUDIENCE a dirty look.)

KING (delighted): Can you find me another one of these?

HAMEN: Right now, your glowingness?

KING: That would be splendid! This one’s broken—the snow has stopped.

HAMEN: But you just have to shake it a bit and…

ATTENDANTS (together): His majesty does not shake.

HAMEN: I shall return promptly, your imperiousness.
(Exits; to audience HE gives the “I’m watching you” signal with two fingers to
the eyes and then back to the audience).

Song 2 - Listen now!

KING:
Show me something shiny and I want one
Something that has sparklers—I’ll take two
Candlesticks and mirrors and some tinsel
I love clothes with sequins, well, don’t you?

ATTENDANTS (spoken): Absolutely, your highness!

KING:
Put some little diamonds on my slippers.
ATTENDANT (spoken): Right away.
Pour some extra glitter on my bed
ATTENDANT (spoken): Of course!
Someone go and fetch my prize possession
My favorite spot for sparkle--is my head!

I love my crown
ATTENDANTS: Loves his crown!
I love my crown
ATTENDANTS: Loves his crown!
Wax it here
Buff it there
Make that sucker glow
Oh you know I love my crown.

(INSTRUMENTAL: KING dances with his crown; that is, with his crown as
his partner. ATTENDANTS join in.)

See it sparkle!
I love my crown!
Shine! Shine!

KING and CHORUS:
I love my crown
ATTENDANTS: Loves his crown!
KING and CHORUS:
I love my crown
ATTENDANTS: Loves his crown!

KING, ATTENDANTS, and CHORUS:
Wax it here
Buff it there
Make that sucker glow
Oh you know I love my crown.

KING:
Oh yes I do

KING, ATTENDANTS, and CHORUS:
Oh you know I love my crown.

(KING and ATTENDANTS exit. STORYTELLERS enter.)

STORYTELLER #1: The King had a big party to celebrate his new snow globes.

STORYTELLER #2: He also wanted to show off his beautiful queen, Vashti, to all the guests.

STORYTELLER #1: So he ordered her to put on her new crown and come dance.

STORYTELLER #2: But Vashti refused! The men at the party were shocked.

MAN #1 (stepping forward): In Persia, women must obey their husbands. It’s the law!

MAN #2 (stepping forward): What a terrible example to set for all the wives of the kingdom.

MAN #3 (stepping forward): What do YOU say, Hamen?

(AUDIENCE reacts.)

HAMEN (stepping forward): I say she must be punished!

STORYTELLER #1: And that’s just what King Ahasuerus did.

STORYTELLER #2: He banished Vashti from the palace forever.

(VASHTI and HANDMAIDENS enter; OTHERS exit.)

HANDMAIDEN #1: Vashti, what will we do now?

VASHTI: We’ll be fine.

HANDMAIDEN #2: But I LOVED living in the palace.

HANDMAIDEN #1: I know. All the clothes and jewels.

VASHTI: Well I’m not going to miss a thing! I HATED this place. Eat this. Wear that.
Dance NOW! I’ve got my own plans, and they don’t involve wearing stupid crowns!

Song 3 - Listen now!

VASHTI:
I’ve got a future in retail
I’m a natural at sales
Gonna be a star
Down at the bazaar
Selling off my crown and veils.
Oh
Gonna be a big star in retail

HANDMAIDENS:
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah!

VASHTI:
I’ve got a future in retail
Watch how far I will go
Pad my resume
Get an MBA
Soon I’ll be a CEO.
Oh
Gonna be a big star in retail

HANDMAIDS:
Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah!

VASHTI:
Pay my own rent
HANDMAIDS: Yeah!

VASHTI:
Buy my own bread.
HANDMAIDS: Yeah!

VASHTI:
Nothing bright and shiny on my head.
HANDMAIDS: Yeah!

VASHTI:
Dress how I like
HANDMAIDS: Yeah!

VASHTI:
I’m wearing pants!
HANDMAIDS: Yeah!

VASHTI:
Choosing where and when I want to dance!

HANDMAIDENS and CHORUS:
She’s got a future in retail
She’s a marketing brute
Nothing she can’t do.

HANDMAIDENS:
Infomercials too!

HANDMAIDENS and CHORUS:
She’ll make Walmart look minute.

VASHTI:
Oh
Gonna be a big star
HANDMAIDENS: Big star!
VASHTI:
In retail
HANDMAIDENS: Retail

HANDMAIDENS and CHORUS:
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

VASHTI, HANDMAIDENS, CHORUS:
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!

(VASHTI and HANDMAIDENS exit. STORYTELLERS enter.)

STORYTELLER #1: King Ahasuerus soon missed his queen.

STORYTELLER #2: His friends told him to hold a beauty contest to find a NEW queen.

STORYTELLER #2: Ministers were sent throughout the land to bring all the most
beautiful women to the palace.

(HOST and HOSTESS enter. THEY each hold a microphone.)

HOST: Good evening, and welcome to the final round of our Persian Pageant of Pulchritude.

HOSTESS: That’s right, Biff. We’ve gathered the most beautiful women from all
127 provinces. And now we’re down to the final three contestants.

HOST: And here they are.

(THREE CONTESTANTS enter. One is ESTHER. SHE remains calm.
The other TWO CONTESTANTS smile obnoxiously and pose ridiculously
throughout. THEY ALL stand to the side as the song begins.)

Song 4 - Listen now!

HOST and HOSTESS:
Smile
Oh just smile
We are looking for lips that beguile
Are you dumb as a rock?
Well that's no stumbling block
You can still take that walk down the aisle
If you just smile.

This completes the first one-third of the script.

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. Because it's Purim
2. I Love My Crown (King Ahasuerus)
3. Big Star in Retail (Vashti)
4. Smile (The Beauty Pagent Organizers)
5. Plot Device (The Guards plotting to kill the king)
6. You're the One (Hamen talks to his hand puppet)
7. The Big Parade (Mordechai rides through the streets with Hamen)
8. The King's Decree (Mordechai can't quite remember the problem)
9. Esther, Save the Jews! (She decides to act)
10. Closing Reprises

Common Core and Other National Standards

History/Social Studies

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

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

Vocabulary

pomp
romp
triumph
advisor
graciousness
bazaar
imperiousness
tinsel
sequins
banish
retail
veil
résumé
brute
infomercial
minute (adj.)
pulchritude
beguile
beam (verb)
repartee
pedigree
versatile
scribe
motivation
lackey
nosey
orbit
repulsive
petty
dismayed
decree
bling
Muse
gallows
promote
hues

Phrases and Slang

a dope
take sides
a natural
bully for you
dumb as a rock
in a fix
stumbling block
plot device
chow down
in a jam
risk life and limb
riding high
save one’s neck
inner voice
the blues
the munchies
j’accuse
PhD
MBA
CEO
an offer you can’t refuse