The Good Man and His Son

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THE GOOD MAN AND HIS SON

 

CHARACTERS:

FATHER

SON – Peter

MAN

MRS. LIZ

OLD MAN

GIRL

 

SCRIPT:

 

ACT 1 – ON THE COUNTRYSIDE

 

(Father, his Son Peter, and the Donkey enter stage)

 

FATHER:  (to his son) Tell me Peter, did you feed Snooky?.

 

SON: Yes, father, I did.  Where are we going so early?.

 

FATHER: We´re going to town to do some shopping.  Come on, hurry up, it´s getting late.

 

(they walk a little. A man enters stage)

 

MAN:  Good morning.  Where are you going so early?.

 

FATHER:  We´re going to St. James.

 

MAN:  Forgive me for asking, but why are you going on foot if you can ride your donkey?.

 

SON: (to his father) He’s right!.  Tell me why?.

 

FATHER:  (to the Man) I appreciate your advice… and good bye, it´s getting late. (the man leaves stage) Who´s going to ride the donkey?.

 

SON: You are, father. I can walk.

 

(the man gets on the donkey and walk a little. A woman carrying a basket enters stage)

 

FATHER: Good morning, Mrs. Liz.

 

MRS. LIZ: Good Morning (she stops and watches them). I know that this is none of my business, but why is this poor, little and sweet boy walking?.  And why is this strong man riding the donkey?.

 

SON:  (to his father) Mrs. Liz is right. Don´t you think so father?.

 

FATHER:  Ok, I’ll get off the donkey, and you get on.

 

(Father gets off the donkey and his son gets on. They walk a little.  An old man enters stage).

 

OLD MAN: Good morning.  (he stops and watches them)

 

FATHER: Good morning.

 

OLD MAN: Oh my!.  When I was young these things never happened!.  Why is a young and healthy boy riding the donkey, and his poor father is walking?.  This is so disrespectful!.  Oh, my!.

 

(the old man leaves the stage whispering)

 

FATHER: What do you think about what the old man said?.

 

SON: I think he´s right. It would be better if you too ride the donkey.

 

(Father gets on the donkey, now both are riding the donkey, and walk a little. A girl enters stage running).

 

GIRL:  (approaches the donkey) What a sweet donkey! . What´s his name?.

 

SON: His name is Snooky.

 

GIRL: Oh, poor Snooky!.  Look at his tired face. Why are you both riding this poor donkey. (she leaves stage whispering) Poor donkey!.

 

FATHER: (a little impatient) And now, what are we going to do, my son?.

 

SON: I think that the girl is right, father.   Snooky looks tired, let´s carry the donkey ourselves and nobody will critize us.

 

FATHER: Ok,  lets see what happens.

 

(both get off the donkey and carry him. They can hardly walk. The man, Mrs. Liz, the old man, and the girl enter stage)

 

MAN:  (laughing) What´s this!.  I´ve never seen anything like this!.

 

MRS. LIZ: (laughing) What a pair of fools!.

 

OLD MAN: How funny you look carrying a donkey.

 

(they leave the stage)

 

FATHER: (angry) And now, what are we going to do, my son?.

 

SON: To tell you the truth.  I don´t know, father. We did what they told us to do, but we couldn´t please them.  Everybody critized us, and now they laugh at us.

 

FATHER: Look, my son. I wanted you to see with your own eyes that there are many different opinions and that it´s not possible to please everybody.

 

SON:  What are we going to do now?.

 

FATHER: Well, you must think right and decide what you think it´s better.

 

SON: Even if not everybody agrees. I know what to do!. You will ride the donkey half of the way, and I will ride him the other half. Along the way we can also walk a little, so that Snooky can rest.

 

FATHER: (gets on the donkey) Well done, my son. We will do just that.   Come on Snooky, start walking!.

 

SON: (looking convinced) Let people talk!.

 

(they leave the stage singing)

 

THE END

 

Author: Aesop Fable

 

Adapted by: K I D S I N C O

 

Moral:  We can not always do what people want us to do.  We can´t please everybody because there will always be someone who will not  agree with us. Don´t listen to other people’s gossip.

 

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THE OLD MAN, THE CHILD, AND THE DONKEY

 

A man and his son were once going with their donkey to market. As they were walking along by his side a countryman passed them and said, “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” So the man put the boy on the donkey, and they went on their way.

But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said, “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”

So the man ordered his boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other, “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”

Well, the man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his boy up before him on the donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passersby began to jeer and point at them. The man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at.

The men said, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours — you and your hulking son?”

The man and boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, until at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them until they came to a bridge, when the donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the donkey fell over the bridge, and his forefeet being tied together, he was drowned.

 

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