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Illustration by Sarah Kaufman.


Title
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Little Red Riding Hood

Creators
John Clark Donahue, playwright

Details

30 pgs., 6 female, 6 male
Originally produced in CTC’s 1969-70 season

Run Time: 60 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages

Synopsis

Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood is a play about these two traditional children’s stories. Kevin and Amy discover the narrator’s trunk and their curiosity causes them to open it. The narrator catches them and tells them the story of Goldilocks, a curious child just like them. Three bears—Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear—enjoy a relaxing life in their house in the woods. Papa Bear is the biggest, Baby Bear is the smallest, and Mama Bear is in between. They all love each other very much. One morning, the three bears woke up early like normal to do their chores. After a while, Baby Bear gets hungry, so Mama Bear makes porridge. When the porridge is ready, the bears try it, but cannot eat it because it is too hot. Papa Bear decides that the family will go for a walk so their porridge can cool.

While they are on the walk, Goldilocks arrives at the house, and finding it empty, decides to go inside. Goldilocks is not a very nice little girl and does not always do what is polite. She decides to try Papa Bear’s porridge, but it is too hot. Then she tries Mama Bear’s porridge, but it is too cold. Finally, she tries Baby Bears porridge and drinks it all because it is just right. Then she decides to sit in the chairs. Papa Bear’s chair is too hard, Mama Bear’s chair is too soft, but Baby Bear’s chair is just right, so she sits in it, but breaks it. Then Goldilocks wants to take a nap so she wanders upstairs to try out the beds. Papa Bear’s bed is too hard, Mama Bear’s bed is too soft, but Baby Bear’s bed is just right, so she falls asleep in it.

Then, the three bears return from their walk. First they discover that their porridge has been eaten, then that their chairs have been sat in. They wander upstairs and Baby Bear discovers Goldilocks in his bed. Goldilocks awakes and, seeing the bears, runs away. The bears would not have been mad if she just would have asked to be invited in.

The Sprites like this story very much. After hearing a wolf cry, the narrator proceeds to tell them a story with a wolf: there once was a little girl with a mother and grandmother who loved her very much. Her mother made her a red cloak with a hood to wear, which she loved, so her mother called her “Little Red Riding Hood.” Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother was sick, so her mother sent her with a basket of food to take to her house. Along the way, Little Red Riding Hood ran into the Wolf, who convinced her to go a different way to get to her grandmother’s house. Meanwhile, the Wolf went to the grandmother’s house and took her clothes and crawled into her bed. When Little Red Riding Hood arrived, the wolf leapt from the bed and tried to catch her. But Little Red Riding Hood was too quick, and hid in the closet. Just then the Woodsman arrives at Grandmother’s house and discovers Grandma locked in a trunk. He frees her and then Grandmother, the Woodsman, and Little Red Riding Hood capture the Wolf.

At the end of this story, the narrator packs up and leaves, taking the Sprites with him to help him tell stories.

“[Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Little Red Riding Hood] is, in sum, a gentle, imaginative little show, filled with activities that a child would recognize and also with an engaging theater magic.” –St. Paul Pioneer Press

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.


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