Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood: A Fractured Version

An Easy-to-Use Language Arts Play for Elementary and Middle School

Grades 2-6
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!

Does your class find traditional folk tales a bit too, well, traditional? Then our "fractured" version of Little Red Riding Hood may be just what you're looking for!

Little Red's Mom is unusually proud of the Riding Hood family tree, the Woodsman has some spectacularly untalented apprentices, the Wolf needs some ketchup, Granny is a math whiz, and Little Red learns how to do the Acorn Dance with an odd band of Squirrels. Little Red Riding Hood is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school language arts. 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: 978-1-886588-03-5
© 1995 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"Thank you very much for creating such a wonderful, outstanding script. In my performance there were at least 52 students. They performed twice daily for four days. We only had one class signed for the first performance. When word got around of the incrediable job these students were doing, we ended up accommodating three classes in a classroom. The kids did a phenomenal job! The comments form parents and teachers were all positive and uplifting. We even had part-time teachers take leave so they could bring their young ones. Some of the parents came twice. The wonders of this play has reached other schools. Request for your products is on the rise. And the transformation of one of my students form an introvert to a dashing, expressive actor made me a believer that kids learn or get inspired through different learning modaliteies. (He was the wolf). Thank you very much."

---Rosita Huff, Teacher (2nd and 3rd grades), Weller Elementary, Fairbanks, AK

"My kids love to practice and beg for it from the time they come in in the morning to the time they pack up to leave in the afternoon! We have just begun this play, and they are hooked on the songs and characters already. They are reading and speaking without even thinking about it. Every part of it is doable--from the script to the costumes to the staging. I also like the suggestions you have to make things as simple as possible. I like the fact that parts vary in levels of difficulty within the same play so that every student can find a part with which to feel successful."

---Cindy Calderon, Teacher (4th grade), South West Park Elementary School, CA

"It had a great twist to a tradional story, and had cute songs. My kids have gained a lot of confidence in performance situation. I think many of them will have a lot less fear of public speaking, etc. We learned a lot of team skills in working together. We learned how to practice towards perfection."

---Steve Eberhard, Teacher, (4th-6th grade), Springdale Elementary, Sprindale, UT

"It was easy! The students were hooked after listening to the first song. The students gaind such self confidence! It was rewarding to both teacher and student."

---Jessica Schiefelbein, Teacher, (3rd grade),University Park School, Denver, CO

"I loved the show, and so did my class, the parents and other classes who came. Another class (3rd Grade) is doing Little Red Riding Hood next week and is loving it. The script and video gave very clear directions and was chock full of great advice to help me get past potential problems. I'm plannign to do three shows next year! It unifies the class, gives underdogs a class to shine. It challenges kids with memorization of music and songs."

---Dave Anderson, Teacher, (3rd grade), Robert H. Down School, Pacific Grove, CA

"My principal came to watch and is ready to get more people involved using your plays. Thanks for doing what you do. You have made the last three weeks of school so much fun for my class and those who came to see us."

---Jane Root, Teacher (4th grade), Cedar Heights Elementary, Lancaster, OH

"Thank you for creating such a super script for children. It was easy to do, and a real pleasaure to be a part of. I look forward to working at Mini University next summer, and I plan to order another script from your company. My employer and other staff were really impressed by the production, and loved the script as well."

---Natascha Jung, Teacher (mixed-age elementary), Mini University Summer Program, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

 

Casting

Flexible casting from 8-40 students.
Use as many Townspeople, Squirrels, etc. as desired.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Mrs. Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
Townspeople
Flower Family
Squirrels
Granny Riding Hood
Wolf
Woodsman
Junior Trackers
Storyteller A (can be played by one actor or several)
Storyteller B (can be played by one actor or several)
Chorus (comprised of everyone not on center stage at the moment)

The show begins as the actors come in from various directions to the stage. About half
of the actors freeze in a variety of poses that suggest deep thought. The others begin to clap.
They all sing:

(Note: The mood of this opening song is joyous, and the audience should get the feeling
they're about to see a fun and slightly quirky show.)

Song 1

ENTIRE CAST (sings):
We've been thinking
We've been thinking
'Cause our teacher says that thinking's good
We've been thinking
Really thinking
All about Little Red Riding Hood.

(Actors change poses, as they strike different "thinking" positions)

Was she little?
Was she red?
Why why why why
Why was there a wolf in her granny's bed?

(Actors change poses again, really thinking hard now)

We're still thinking
Yeah we're thinking
'Cause our teacher says that thinking's good
Mmm we're thinking
Yeah we're thinking
All about Little Red Riding Hood
All about Little Red Riding Hood.

STORYTELLER A (all lines spoken): Little Red and her mother live in a small village
at the edge of a big, scary forest.

STORYTELLER B (all lines spoken): And Little Red's mother likes to tell her about
this incredibly wonderful family they come from.

Song 2

MRS. RIDING HOOD (sings):
Little Red, my Little Red
You cannot go wrong
We have got a family tree
With roots a mile long.

We've got greatness in our genes
Courage in our blood
I can swear it's guaranteed
That you won't be a dud.

CHORUS:
Not a dud, no way!
She's Little Red

MRS. RIDING HOOD:
You're gonna be so special

CHORUS:
She's Little Red

MRS. RIDING HOOD:
You're gonna be so good

CHORUS:
She's Little Red

MRS. RIDING HOOD:
And it's easy to tell
Easy to tell
Easy to tell you're a Riding Hood.

(MRS. RIDING HOOD takes LITTLE RED by the hand and walks with her to the
other side of the stage)

Your grandma has got the brains
I have got the looks
You will be the kind of girl
They'll write about in books.

We've got greatness in our genes
Courage in our blood
I can swear it's guaranteed
That you won't be a dud.

CHORUS:
Not a dud, no way!
She's Little Red

MRS. RIDING HOOD:
You're gonna be so special

CHORUS:
She's Little Red

MRS. RIDING HOOD:
You're gonna be so good

CHORUS:
She's Little Red

MRS. RIDING HOOD:
And it's easy to tell
Easy to tell

MRS. RIDING HOOD and CHORUS:
Easy to tell you're a Riding Hood.

STORYTELLER A: Little Red's mother makes lunch for Granny, who lives way on
the other side of the dark and scary forest. Mrs. Riding Hood asks Little Red to take
the basket to the famous Woodsman, so he can bring it safely to Granny.

(We see Little Red go up to a door which says "Famous Woodsman" on it; a sign is
hung on the door which reads "Gone Tracking.")

STORYTELLER B: That's funny. Looks like the Famous Woodsman isn't home.
Well, I guess that's all. No lunch for Granny. You've been a wonderful audience,
and thank you very much for coming to our play.

(STORYTELLER B starts to exit into audience)

STORYTELLER A: No, wait, this is crazy.
(To STORYTELLER B)
Get back up here!
(To AUDIENCE):
Don't believe it! The play's not over! Our Little Red Riding Hood isn't finished yet!

Song 3

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD:
Oh it's a great big ol' world
Here is my chance to explore
I'm an adventurous girl
When I'm allowed out the door.

Granny your food's getting cold
It's time for me to be bold, so
I'll skip along
CHORUS: She'll skip along
What could go wrong?
CHORUS: What could go wrong?

(LITTLE RED starts walking away from the WOODSMAN's hut)

Oh it's a great big ol' world
Only the bravest survive
I'm an adventurous girl
Long as I'm back home by five.

Granny I'm coming to you
Right through the woods with your food, ooh
I'll skip along
CHORUS: She'll skip along
What could go wrong?
CHORUS: What could go wrong?

LITTLE RED and CHORUS:
What could go wrong?

WOLF (rushing on stage): Where's that Granny? I'm hungry! I'm really hungry!

STORYTELLER A: Excuse me, Mr. Wolf, but you're not scheduled to be on
stage yet.

WOLF (to STORYTELLER B): When do I get to eat something?

STORYTELLER B: Don't ask me-I'm still wondering what happened to the
Famous Woodsman.

(WOLF exits, mumbling about being hungry)

STORYTELLER A: Little Red has never been in the forest by herself. Before she
starts, she meets some people from town who tell her to be very careful on her
journey through the scary forest.

Song 4 - Listen now!

TOWNSPEOPLE:
(Note: during the song, the TOWNSPEOPLE show LITTLE RED how to stay on
the road. She is clumsy at first and has trouble, but by the end of the song she
does very well.)

Stay on the road
Stay on the road
Keep the path in sight
Stay on the road
Stay on the road
Don't stray left or right.

Stay on the road
Stay on the road
Keep the path in sight
Stay on the road
Stay on the road
Don't stray left or right.

Ooh bah, ooh bah
Ooh bah bah, ooh bah bah.

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

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. "We’ve Been Thinking"
2. "Easy to Tell You’re a Riding Hood"
3. "Oh It’s a Great Big Ol’ World"
4. "Stay on the Road"
5. "Come On, Let’s Go"
6. "The Acorn Dance"
7. "I Want Something"
8. "I’m a Math Whiz"
9. "The Tracking Song"
10. "Granny, What Big Eyes You Have"
11. "I am a Tracker"
12. "Good Thing I’m a Math Whiz"
13. "We’re Done Thinking"

Common Core and Other National Standards

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

incredibly
family tree
genes
guaranteed
dud
woodsman
tracking
explore
bold
hut
survive
scheduled
daises
Laurel & Hardy
marigold
flax
acacia
dandelions
bouquet
lilac
sage
tulips
dahlia
dally
“feeling squirrelly”
bushy
appetite
mathematician
challenge
whiz
divide
guppies
trout
teaspoons
amount
hike
hoof-prints
eager
poison ivy
canteen
zebra
yak
footprints
excellent
“number-crunching"

Vocabulary From Stage Directions

joyous
slightly
quirky
poses
mumbling
clumsy
overlapping
confident
consistently
observations
emerges
wielding
gigantic
visible
method
strikes
collapses

Performance Photos

Performance Photos from Bad Wolf Press