The Hare and the Genie

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Never underestimate

What you can accomplish

When you believe in yourself

Never give up!

 

THE HARE AND THE GENIE

 

 

CHARACTERS:

 GENIE

HARE

5 BLUE BIRDS

5 WHITE BUTTERFLIES

1 HUGE BEE

CROWD – ANIMALS FROM THE FOREST

 

 

SCRIPT:

 

 

ACT 1

 

 

(In the forest.  The Hare is at the Genie’s palace)

 

 

GENIE:  It’s a pleasure having you in my palace.  What can I do for you?

 

 

HARE:   Almighty genie!  YOU have the control over everybody and everything in this forest. YOU are a true master!  I really need a favor. 

 

 

GENIE:   What kind of favor?

 

 

HARE:  Just one thing.  Please, make me wise and intelligent.

 

 

GENIE:  Well, well, well!  Everybody wants to be rich, and you’re asking me to make you SMARTER.  Why? 

 

 

HARE:  Because I want  to be more intelligent than all the animals in the forest.

 

 

GENIE:  Fine!  But you have to show me what you’re capable of. 

 

 

HARE:  I’ll do whatever is necessary!

 

 

GENIE  If you can get me five blue birds, five white butterflies, a bee as big as you… then I’ll see what I can do for you.

 

 

HARE:  I’ll get them!  I won’t fail!

 

 

(Hare leaves the stage)

 

 

ACT 2

 

 

(In the forest.  Hare enters looking tired.  She sits on the floor beside a pond.  All kind of animals enter and start drinking water from the pond, then they leave.  5 blue birds enter and drink water from the pond.  Then they start playing and jumping.) 

 

 

HARE:  Today I’ll know what I’m capable of.  (yelling) No!  It can’t be!  That’s impossible!  That is not true!  I can’t believe it!  No, they are not that many. 

 

 

(The 5 blue birds approach her)

 

 

BLUE BIRD 1:  Hey, HARE!  What are you talking about?  What’s the matter?

 

 

HARE:  (disappointed) It’s nothing. It’s just impossible. 

 

 

BLUE BIRD 2:  Please, tell us what’s wrong.  

 

 

HARE:  Someone told me that you could come with me, but I know that is impossible.  You would get tired from the trip.   

 

 

BLUE BIRD 3:  (laughing)  Are you kidding? 

 

 

BLUE BIRD 4:  We never get tired!

 

 

BLUE BIRD 5:  We always fly long distances!  Flying doesn’t make us feel tired!  We can go with you wherever you go! 

 

 

(The Five Blue Birds laugh and dance around the hare) 

 

 

HARE:  Great!  (5 White Butterflies enter and start drinking honey from flowers by the pond) Wow! They are the most beautiful butterflies I have ever seen!  But no!  I don’t think they can do it.  That would be imposible!  But what am I thinking about?  

 

 

(The 5 White Butterflies approach her)

 

 

WHITE BUTTERFLY 1:    Hey, HARE!  What are you talking about?  What’s the matter?

 

 

HARE:  (disappointed) It’s nothing. It’s just impossible.

 

 

WHITE BUTTERFLY 2:  Please, tell us what’s wrong.  

 

 

HARE:  Someone told me that you could come with me, but I know that is impossible.  You would get tired from the trip.  

 

 

WHITE BUTTERFLY 3:  (laughing)  Are you kidding?  You’re not serious, right?

 

 

WHITE BUTTERFLY 4:  We never get tired!

 

 

WHITE BUTTERFLY  5:  We always fly long distances!  Flying doesn’t make us feel tired!  We can go with you wherever you go! 

 

 

(The  5 White Butterflies laugh and dance around the hare)

 

 

HARE:  Great!  (A big Bee enters and drinks honey from a flower)  What a beautiful bee!  But no!  I don’t think she can do it.  That would be impossible.  But what am I thinking about?

 

 

(The Bee aproaches her)

 

 

BEE:  Hey, HARE!  What are you talking about?  What’s the matter?

 

 

HARE:  (disappointed) It’s nothing. It’s just impossible.

 

 

BEE:   Please, tell me what’s wrong.  

 

 

HARE:  Someone told me that you could come with me, but I know that is impossible.  You would get tired from the trip.  

 

 

BEE:  (laughing)  Are you kidding? 

 

 

HARE: No, really, you couldn’t.

 

 

BEE:  I never get tired!  I always travel long distances! 

 

 

HARE:  Perfect!  Let’s go everybody!

 

 

5  BLUE BIRDS, 5 WHITE BUTTERFLIES, AND HUGE BEE:  Yeah!

 

 

BLUE BIRD 1:  Hey, wait, you haven’t told us where we’re going. 

 

 

HARE: That’s a big surprise!

 

 

WHITE BUTTERFLY 1: Is it good…or bad?

 

 

HARE:  Good, of course!  Come on, before it gets dark.

 

 

(They leave the stage)

 

ACT 3

 

 

(At the Genie’s palace.  The Hare, 5 Blue Birds, 5 White Butterflies, and the Huge Bee stand before the Genie)

 

 

GENIE:  (to the Hare)  I was waiting for you.  (looking at the 5 birds, 5 butterflies, and the bee)  I see you brought company. 

 

 

HARE:  Will you grant my wish now?

 

 

GENIE:   I don’t think so!

 

 

HARE:  Why not?

 

 

GENIE: If I make you more intelligent, I would be making a big mistake. 

 

 

HARE:  How come?

 

 

GENIE:  Because YOU ARE very intelligent!  If you get smarter, you could become my master. 

 

 

HARE:  Then…am I more intelligent than the other animals in the forest?

 

 

GENIE:  You’ve always been smart, but you didn’t know it. 

 

 

5 BLUE BIRDS, 5 WHITE BUTTERFLIES, BEE:  What about us?

 

 

GENIE:  What is your wish?

 

 

(They all start talking at the same time.  Hare leaves the stage walking out triumphally) 

 

 

THE END

 

 

Author:  Folktale from Africa

 

 

Adapted by: K I D S I N C O

 

 

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