The Rumpus in the Rainforest

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The Rumpus in the Rainforest

An Easy-to-Use Science Play for Elementary School

Grades 1-5
35 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!

Frog in the rainforest desperately wants to get off the jungle floor and see the sky---but who will help him climb above the canopy? The Jaguar loves the jungle floor, the Sloth family keeps falling asleep, and the Howler Monkeys have gone nuts. The Boas offer to slither up a tree, but can you really ever trust a boa? Meanwhile, two bungling Explorers stumble by in search of the Lost Ancient City of Chocolate. No wonder the jungle is going crazy. And have you ever seen so many ants? The Rumpus in the Rainforest gives students a Musical tour of the various levels of the jungle and reinforces in fun fashion the importance of the rainforest.

The Rumpus in the Rainforest is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school science. 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: 978-1-886588-14-1
© 1999 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"It was a smash hit. You claimed it would be easy to do a Musical, and you were right. The two school performances went so well that we took the show on the road to two nursing homes, which we hope now to make an annual tradition. We enjoyed the experience so much we convinced our third grade to do one your plays, too."

---Sara Belyea, Teacher (2nd grade), Rutgers Preparatory School, Somerset, NY

"It was fab, fab, fab! Thanks again for the terrific Musical. I am quite new to a long established school ---raised my profile with the parents enormously! We had fantastic fun and folk were saying it was the best they have ever seen."

---Trisha Mills, Teacher (Years 3/4), Flitcham Primary, Norfolk, UK

"We performed 'Rumpus in the rainforest ' for the whole school. We loved the dialogue, the songs, and everything else. The paresnts were impressed, and the students in the audience loved it! A few of them told me, 'I wish MY teacher did plays with us!' This was a perfect culmination to our rainforest unit."

---Margaret Bergamin, Teacher (1st/2nd grades) Sundance Elementary, San Diego, CA

"At first I was a little nervous about the quantity of songs the children had to learn but they had no problem at all. I thought the way the play was written, the way the music was performed and the general tips that were given in the book were wonderful. Everyone loved the show and couldnt say enough about how well the children performed it."

---Ms. Patak, Teacher (2nd grade) Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, Jamaica, NY

"The songs were easy to learn. I could adapt the parts to fit the number of students in my class. The songs could be sung as solos or multiple students could sing. Costumes and stage props could be simple or as elaborate as you wanted. All students, regardless of their actual part, felt like an important memeber, and some students who struggle academically were able to really shine throughout the play."

---Amy Hill, Teacher, (3rd grade), Wayne Elementary, Wayne, NE

"Songs were easy for the kids to learn, and the costume suggestions were wonderful. It added a demension for students to explore the arts. It was an opportunity for students that are not strong academically to excell in the arts. I was able to see a side of students that is often hidden in a desk - acting. It was a connection from science to geography to music; it is wholistic learning."

---Hilde Cline, Teacher, (3rd grade), Vine Street Elementary, Aberdeen, MS

"The children loved the show. We loved the music. I think it was great for my kids' self-esteem. They will remember doing the play---and the parents loved it."

---Mary Skreik, Teacher (2nd grade), Washburn Elementary, Washburn, WI

"It was a unique experience that cleverly wove the messages and concepts through word and song. You would have been so proud of our children as they worked with me during recess to develop the unique choreography that added to the splendor of your creation. Children realized it was OK to let their inhibitions go. Many discovered a hidden talent for song, acting and dance. Everyone had so much fun working in the multilevel experience. We all laughed a great deal!"

---Jane Aikens, Teacher, (5th-8th grade), St. Maria Goretti School, Schiller Park, IL

"The music was excellent, and so were the number of speaking parts. It was perfect for our small rural school."

---Debra Vance, Teacher (Pre K-5), Panther Creek Elementary, Valera, TX

"Our class has performed this play about four times in the last six years. I keep coming back to it because of the uplifting message and fantastic music."

---Sharon Silverglate, Teacher (3rd grade), Mar Vista Elementary, Aptos, CA

Casting

Flexible casting from 8-40 students.
Use as many Sloths, Monkeys, Ants, etc. as desired;
one student can also play more than one role. Note that
roles are not gender-specific; see our comments on
page 30 of the Teacher's Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Frog
Toucan
Jaguar
Sloth Family
Boas
Explorers
Howler Monkeys
Army Ants
Shaman
Storytellers
and a Chorus made up of all students who are not playing roles at the time.

(CHORUS is seated on floor. FROG enters, staring longingly up towards the sky.)

STORYTELLER: Once, not very long ago, in the Amazon rainforest, there lived a
frog. This is his story – the story of a frog with an impossible dream that came true.

STORYTELLER: The leaves are so thick in parts of the forest that less than ten
percent of the sunlight reaches the jungle floor. Creatures may spend their whole
lives without ever seeing the sun. There, on a log, lives the frog with his dream.

Song 1

FROG:
Just once I gotta see the sky
Just once above the trees
Just once I gotta get up high
Just once beyond the leaves.

Just once I wanna have some fun
I've got to get a plan
Just once I wanna feel the sun
Just once I wanna tan.

CHORUS:
He's tried leaping like a lizard
He's tried jumps of every sort
But he's stopping all that hopping
'Cause he's a hundred feet too short!

FROG:
Just once I wanna leave my log
To see if skies are blue
Just once I wanna be a frog
Who casts a shadow too.

Just once I gotta see the sky
Just once above the trees
Just once I gotta get up high
Just once beyond the leaves.

CHORUS:
He's tried leaping like a lizard
He's tried jumps of every sort
But he's stopping all that hopping
'Cause he's a hundred feet too short!

(TOUCAN enters, wing/arm in a sling)

STORYTELLER: The Frog's friend the Toucan has stopped by to see what Frog
was singing about. Toucan hurt his wing the day before-and it still hurts.

FROG: Hello, Toucan. Can you fly me up to see the sky above the trees?

TOUCAN: I can't – my wing doesn't work. Every time I try to fly I just buzz around
in a circle until I get dizzy.

FROG: Then how will I ever get up to the sky?

TOUCAN: Here comes the Jaguar. Maybe he will give you a lift up the tree.

(JAGUAR enters)

FROG: Hello, Jaguar. Can you take me up to see the sky above the trees?

JAGUAR: Don't be silly! Why would you ever want to go up there?

Song 2 - Listen now!

I'm a cool cool cat
This is where it is at
Here on the jungle floor.

Where the plants smell sweet
And there's critters to eat
Here on the jungle floor.

Who needs more?
Who needs more?
Who needs more than the jungle floor?
Tell me, man, what are you looking for?
Who needs more than the jungle floor?

There are bugs to trounce
Oh it's so fun to pounce
Here on the jungle floor.

It's so dark and damp
What a great place to camp
Here on the jungle floor.

CHORUS and JAGUAR:
Who needs more?
Who needs more?
Who needs more than the jungle floor?
Tell me, man, what are you looking for?
Who needs more than the jungle floor?

I'm a cool cool cat
This is where it is at
Here on the jungle floor.

Where the plants smell sweet
And there's critters to eat
Here on the jungle floor.

(JAGUAR exits)

STORYTELLER: The Frog was disappointed, but still determined. He
spotted a family of sloths up in the branches of the tree.

FROG: Hello, Sloths. Can you take me up to see the sky above the trees?

Song 3 - Listen now!

SLOTHS:
I'm a sloth
I would help you up this tree
I'm a sloth
But I'm lazy as can be
I'm a sloth
So before I can agree to your request....[a good pause]
...I need to rest.

(SLOTHS fall asleep).

FROG: Hey, wake up!

SLOTHS:
I'm a sloth
I'd be down there in a blink
I'm a sloth
But I'm just too tired to think
I'm a sloth
Why just yesterday I blinked and ate some sap...
...I need a nap.

Did you see that?
DId you see that?
I'm getting set to go
Did you see that?
DId you see that?
I just moved a toe.

(THEY fall asleep again.)

TOUCAN: Hey you guys, wake up!
SLOTHS and CHORUS:

I'm a sloth
I'd come bounding in a blur
I'm a sloth
But I find it hard to stir
I'm a sloth
I've got algae in my fur two inches deep... ...I need some sleep.

(SLOTHS exit)

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

Sample Songs

Click on the song name to hear samples. Please note that internet song samples have low fidelity and rest assured that the CDs we sell sound much better! (This player requires Flash. If you have any trouble hearing the samples, just contact us for help.)


Full Song List

1. "Just Once"
2. "Who Needs More?"
3. "I’m a Sloth"
4. "Don’t Dither"
5. "Rumpus in the Rainforest"
6. "Cacao Bean"
7. "Up in the Canopy"
8. "Marching"
9. "The Forest is a Pharmacy"
10."If a Toucan Can/Rumpus in the Rainforest"

Common Core and Other National Standards

Science

  • National Science Content Standard C and D for K-4th
  • National Science Content Standard C and D for 5th-8th

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

critters
trounce
pounce
dither
slinking
fracas
ruckus
cavorting
motherload
vault
maraschino cherry
chums
clout
eagerness
pharmacy

Rainforest Terms
jungle floor
sap
algae
weasel
wild pig
hawk
cacao bean
flora
canopy
shaman
bulb

Vocabulary From Stage Directions
longingly
furiously
shrieking

Performance Photos

Performance Photos from Bad Wolf Press