Indian Nations CouncilThe Greatest Show on Earth
(Sit exhausted with hands at sides of chair)
THE FIRE SIREN (Moan)THE LIBRARIAN (SSSSh!)
THE DOG (Arf, Arf)THE PIGS (Snort, Oink)
THE POLICEMAN (Loud Whistle)THE DUCKS (Quack-quack)
THE CHICKENS (Bok-BOk-Bok)TWO BOYS (sing Row your Boat)
If there is room, appropriate motions can accompany the sounds, such as marching feet for the boys, flapping wings for chickens, etc.
It was a beautiful spring afternoon in the sleepy little town of Blodgettville. In the balmy air the fragrance of early tulips mingled with the rich aroma of skunk cabbages in nearby marshes. The only sounds to be heard were the faint moan of a in a neighboring village, the distant barking of a , and the occasional whistle of the at the main intersection. Within the town library, someone turned a page too loudly, and the said, "SSSH!". On the main road, at the outskirts of the town, a farmer was lazily driving his animals to market. Each time he hit a bump, the grunted, the squawked, and the quacked. Yes, all was peaceful in the sleepy little town of Blodgettville.
Suddenly, appeared on the quiet street. They were singing "ROW YOUR BOAT" and marching in time to the rhythm. They reached the c enter of town where the blew his whistle to let them cross. Still singing, they marched up the steps of the library. The looked up quickly and said, "SSSH". EACH BOY took a book, then sat down at one of the tables. One of the boys looked around the almost empty library and said, "They'd do a lot more business in here if they had comic books!" Guess what the said? That's right, "SSSh".
Outside, the barking could be heard more strongly. The blew his whistle as a car approached the intersection, followed by the farmer's truck. As they started up again, the woman driving the car signalled a right turn. Oddly enough, her car made a left turn. The farmer slammed on his brakes, and there was a LOUD CRASH (everyone clap their hands together). Down went the tail gate of the truck and out tumbled the , the crates burst and out flew the and the . The , who by now was quite close, began an excited chase, barking wildly.
Frightened, the ran up the library steps, grunting, followed by squawking , quacking , and yelping . The was so startled she had time to let out only one "SSSH", before a flew into her face. The jumped up and delightedly burst into song. In rushed the , frantically whistling. From across the street, old Miss Spindle saw the disturbance, and called the .
So then, at that moment in the quiet library of the quiet town of Blodgettville, these things were going on: The were grunting, the were clucking, the were quacking, the were singing, the was screaming, the was whistling, and the was hopelessly saying over and over again "SSSh, SSSh!". And for awhile at least, all these things were going on at the same time (EVERYBODY).
But an hour later, everything was peaceful again in the sleepy little town of Blodgettville. The had somehow been caught and put back in the truck; the had gone home for supper, the was back in the station house, and the again stood at his post by the intersection.
And the ?? Well, the looked around the library at the floating feathers, the muddy floor, the mixed up books, the overturned tables and the broken chairs.
And then, all of a sudden, the (EVERYBODY)
(Do not rehearse the audience on the ending; let it be a surprise)
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