The Sick Lion

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THE SICK LION

 

CHARACTERS:

MONKEY

RABBIT

DEER

RACCOON

FOX

TOUCAN

 

SCRIPT:

 

ACT 1 – IN THE JUNGLE

 

(The animals are in the center of the stage.  The Fox enters running and sits on the floor)

 

FOX:  I have good news and good news.  Which one would you like to hear first?. 

 

MONKEY:  Aren’t you supposed to say good news and bad news?.

 

FOX:  No.  I have good news and good news.

 

RABBIT:  Then just say good news.

 

FOX:  It’s because I have two good news.

 

DEER:  Stop talking and just tell us the good news!.

 

FOX:  Fine, but you don’t have to yell at me!.

 

RACCOON:  Please, tell us the good news!.

 

FOX:  I heard the lion was very sick.

 

MONKEY:  Who told you that?.

 

FOX:  Toucan told me. 

 

RABBIT:  How sick is he?.

 

FOX:  Very sick!.

 

DEER:  Is he going to die?.

 

FOX:  Yes!.

 

RACCOON:  Well, that’s good news!.

 

MONKEY, RABBIT, DEER, RACOON:  Yessss!.

 

 

MONKEY:  At last there will be peace in the jungle.

 

RABBIT:  We will be able to wander through the forest without being afraid of dying.

 

DEER:  I’m very happy!.

 

RACCOON:  We are free!.

 

MONKEY, RABBIT, DEER, RACOON:  Yessss!.

 

MONKEY:  What other good news do you have?.

 

FOX:  The toucan told me the lion wants to see us one more time before he dies.

 

MONKEY:  What for?

 

FOX: Because he was really sorry for the way he treated us, so he decided to include us in his last Will and Testament.  

 

RABBIT:  So, he’s going to leave us something of value?.

 

FOX:  Yes.

 

DEER:  What could he give us?.

 

RACCOON:  We don’t know because his treasure is hidden in his cave.

 

FOX:  We have to talk to him and say good-bye.

 

MONKEY:  Let’s go now!.

 

FOX: The toucan told me he wants to speak to us alone, so we’re going together but we’ll wait outside the cave.

 

RABBIT: I agree.

 

DEER: Let’s go then!.

 

(They leave the stage)

 

 

ACT 2 – AT THE CAVE

 

 

(The animals are outside the cave.  The Toucan comes out of the cave)

 

 

TOUCAN:  Are you ready to go in?

 

MONKEY, RABBIT, DEER, RACCOON, FOX:  Yessss!.

 

TOUCAN:  Who will go in first?.

 

MONKEY:  Me!.  I want to know what the lion is going to give me.

 

DEER:  Don’t take too long.  I’m desperate to go in.

 

TOUCAN:   He will take only a few minutes with each one of you, so don’t worry.

 

MONKEY:  I like that!.

 

TOUCAN:  All of you will go in through the mouth of the cave, but you will have to go out through an opening on the back of the cave.  Just wait a few minutes, then the next one may come in.  Did you understand?.

 

MONKEY, RABBIT, DEER, RACCOON, FOX:  Yesss!.

 

MONKEY:  I’ll see you later my friends!.

 

MONKEY, RABBIT, DEER, RACCOON, FOX:  Good luck!.

 

(The Monkey enters the Lion’s cave.  The rest of the animals sit on the floor and wait a few minutes)

 

 

RABBIT:  How long should we have to wait?

 

TOUCAN:  The next one may come in.

 

FOX:  That was fast, don’t you think so?.

 

TOUCAN:  Remember that the Lion is dying.  He can hardly speak.  

 

FOX:  You’re right.

 

RABBIT:  (stands up)  It’s my turn.  See you later, my friends!.

 

DEER, RACCOON, FOX:  Good luck!. 

 

(The Rabbit enters the Lion’s cave. The Deer, the Raccoon, and the Fox wait a few minutes)

 

 

DEER:  I wonder what will the Rabbit get?.

 

FOX:  We will find out later.  

 

TOUCAN:  The next one may come in.

 

DEER:  (stands up) My dear friends, I’ll let you know later what the Lion left me in his Will.  Good-bye!.

 

RACCOON AND FOX:  Good-luck!. 

 

 

(The Deer enters the Lion’s cave.  The Raccoon and the Fox wait a few minutes)

 

 

FOX:  All this is very strange. 

 

RACCOON:  What?.

 

FOX:  I didn’t know the cave had a back opening.

 

RACCOON:  Don’t you trust the lion?.

 

FOX:  No.

 

RACCOON:  Everybody change when they are about  to die.  The Lion is very sorry for what he did to us, just remember that.  Don’t judge him anymore!.

 

TOUCAN:  The Raccoon is right.  He wants to give each one of you what you deserve before he leaves this world.

 

FOX:  Mmmm, I don’t know.  There’s something that’s not quite right.

 

TOUCAN:  Which one of you two is next?.

 

RACOON:  Me.  I’m dying to go in!.

 

FOX:  Good luck…I think you’ll need it.

 

RACCOON:  See you later.

 

FOX: Good-bye!.

 

 

(The Raccoon enters the cave)

 

 

TOUCAN:  Your friends must be really happy on the other side of the….jungle.

 

FOX:  I hope so.

 

TOUCAN: You may come in, Fox.  

 

FOX:  On second thoughts, I don’t want to see the lion right now.  I prefer to remember him as a strong and a healthy lion.

 

TOUCAN:  Go and see him, you won’t regret it.

 

(The Lion gets out of the cave and sees the Fox)

 

LION:  Come in, my friend.  I have something very important to tell you.

 

FOX: I prefer to come some other day.  You had a lot of visitors and you must be exhausted.

 

LION:  No, I don’t have much time left.  It has to be now!.

 

FOX:  I’m really sorry.  Don’t give me anything…or better yet…give it to the Toucan.  I’m tired of waiting.  I have to go now.

 

LION:  I’m ordering you to come in!.

 

FOX:  I can’t.  Bye!.

 

(The Fox runs offstage.  The Lion chases the Fox but falls down)

 

 

LION:  I ate so much that I can’t run!.  I’m full of monkey’s, rabbit’s, deer’s, and raccoon’s meat.

 

TOUCAN:  (approaches the Lion)  Rest Mr. Lion, the fox can’t go anywhere.

 

LION:  That’s for sure.  It will be some other time!.

 

THE END

 

Author:  Aesop Fable

 

Adapted by: K I D S I N C O

 

Moral:  Take warning from the misfortunes of others.

 

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