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THE ORANGE BIRD

storles stalt out by saylngl "once upon a tlne.,,


That usually means that the story happenecl yesterd-ay, or 1ast
tceekr oT last monthr or last des or many years ago, But our
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$tory 1s dlfferent,,ft's ,'once upon a. now". Our story ls about
d Ufrar un1lke any blrd. you have ever seen or heard. about before.
4e's an orange blrd., and. hls song tells all about h1m. - (blrd.
{POears before curtaln and. moves around. whlle song ls sung. )
qONGr (sung by all puppeteers)
Narr. lThe orange bird. llves 1n a beautlful tree wlth shlny green
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Many tlmes

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leaves and eweet, smelIlng blossoms, but he has no $riends and.


hets very lonesoi!,::, Maybe one reason ls that he doesn't make
apy sound.s. No slnglngr no cheep, cheeo. cheeping, no talklng,
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oratrge blrd. thlnks wonderful. thoueirt.s in hJs hee.c. Brrt
the
rlobdy else hears a thlng. Once 1n a whlle, when he concentrates
lil hard. on hls thlnk3.ng ,,/o"un*" thoughts appear 1n the alr
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ve hls head.. ? ' &...111ce amd orangey

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blilowxr but they only

e,trer. one day, slnee ire was so lone1y, the orange blrd. declded
tb f Iy out ln the courrtry. Sooi: he came to a Ilttle h11.1- bedlse
wlrlch was a 1ltt1e 1111 (that's short for rlvert ), Besld.e the
tfttfe stream whlch was burgllng and gurgllng merrlly, there was a
lfttle park for plcnlcs. The orange b1rd. hrew thls was so because
tfrere vras a LlttLe slgn whlch salri, ,,park for p1cn1cs,'. As he
clme cl-oser to the park he heard. some slnglng, (ralse Curtaln)
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CBOW AND ROOSTER DUET

(C1ap) rnat was a wond.erful song,

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vrant so

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They are wonderful blrds"


Perhaps lf I thlnk very hard.

thelr frlend.s.
;'11 be able to slng wlth them. JThlnk
muclr

be

hard.

wlth

(Orange not

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hand.s

over eyes)

Rooster
1ng.
Crow

wr cawr. caw,

aIr. that came out was a snokey old orange


note
n the alr, and hers h1d1ng away very qulckly
Rooster
Ahi Ah, AhJrve never seen such an od.d. barl
:i_Fblrdr
?row

and.

jcawr cslrc cavt, yee.h,


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r,rho erv-cr sar; suci-r

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.rL:'!'i'-:i::'--;r,g: b;ai',- but oiairge.aii


blrds Leave stage)
OB

,ohy does everybodylaugh

at ne?

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caw.

over is going too far.

t r nate some f:clends?


aybe 1f r go away on a 10ng, 10ng trlp
to a sunny place ln the
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flnd sbme frlend.s there. I need. a vacatlon anyway.
'm golng to th1'k very hard. about a vacatlon. (hand.s
olei. e,:es )
$lhy canf

:;:'HT:ll ::I"-,"g song),"#"""


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ail or.arlgey blro,

chanee,

Llke most travelers 1n thls


""ffid.ld.n,t
he c'me to a clty. rt was very ercltlng
fefore

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he had. nany

dventures and. some nanow escapes, too.


After h1s flrst day
f explorlng the clty he was so tlred he ferl asleep
1n a bor
n an alley. IIe slept for a J-ong tlme. Then he woke
up.
e dld so very slowlyr one eye at a t1ne.

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OB

I mdst have been sleeplng. Maybe XXHts I'm stlll- sleeplng and.
drearnlng. Thls ls no dream. Thls ls a nlghtnare. That blg,
huge smll-e and those teeth, -and. those whlskers, theyrre
qulverlng and. those blg, yeLlovi eyes and those very polnty earso
It's a catl A very large, overgroiln, nenaclng, terrlble catt

Cat

eow, helLo breakfastl

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ftm ln trouble.

Cat
OB

Cat

OB

Cat

Bad.

last word.s, b1rd.1e?


f've never been 1n such terrlble perll before.
r hope you taste better than you sound, blrd., because you d.ontt
sound. at all, now how. Are you scared- speechless?
f've got to thlnk of sonethlngt
Meowr thls 1s a catrs world., blrd., and yourl'g got to conform to
Meorv, any

our feIlne r{aysr J'oll


CATS I SOIfG
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Troublel

seeo

cat was no exceptlon


and wh11e he was bragglng about htnself, the orange b1rd. had.
tlne to d.o some lntensely concentrated thlnklng. He had. a strnke
of genlus, He thought n mouse. A t1ny, llttle, orange ioouse.
(baloon wlth orange rnouse on 1t appears and squeaks)
Itlost v1111ans are over confldent and the

Belng alone and wlthout frlend.s 1s not very much fun, Hors the Vg
orange blrd. would" have 11ke a frlend.Ly face, It certalnly was
d.lscoqrag&ng not to be able to flnd a frlend. Somebod.y to thlnk
about. He could only thlnk about hlrnself' and. that mad'e h1m feeL

sorry for hlnself .

He was soooo

Ionely.

He al-most turned. blue,

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but not qulte. For sud.denly, he reallzed he was back 1n fanl1lar
urround.ln8. Down below was the 11tt1e plcnlc park and there
the rooster and. the crow.havlng a plcnlc. As he flew d_or+n to
hem, he heard. slnglng. (curtaln up)
ROW AND ROOSTER

PICNIC

SONG

hey look l1ke they are rr"vG such a good. tlne,

OB

t"" happy and- they slng wellr too.

They are

They laughed at me before

ibut naybe they are havlng such a dun tlme 1 they wllr forget
Ithat f cannot make a sound. and. that f Look a I1ttIe pecullar an6
Ffr"y w111 1et ne Joln 1n on thelr plcnlcl
Rooster I H"y,1ook, therers that orange b1rd. aglan. you know, he Looks
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pretty" tame and he rea11y looks klnd. of__gU!e-l


iYeahr he looks tame and he 1s klnd.a cute, but I wouldn't mess wlth
fstranSe blrdsn He hasn't 1et out a eheep. He probably has
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ilarengltls or somethlng.
Rooster iBlrd.s don't have larengltlst Here blrdle, herebtrdle, eorte heret
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lrh" "ooster sald. f was cute! And. he's ca1llng nel He seem,s to
Ittke ne better than the corw d-oes. I llke the rooster better too.
tRooster;He Looks nlce to me. Come here b1rd.le. I'd- ]1ke to touch your
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orarge festhers. I thlnk he's ;ute and. swe,e-Lt
crow lr thlnk he's k1nd. of strange. He hasnlt 1et out a peep , uuch
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less s1ng. Yourd. better keep away from that oran8ei/' blrd.. r,ve
got to go get some more wood. for our bondlre.
He1lr Bt least the rooster seens to l1ke a l1ttle. I've got

to let them lrrow I llke them too. Maybe the rooster won't laugh
lf I thlnk a nlce orange thought. THINK THINK
THINK
(hand.s

LOVE

Y O U (words appear over

over eyes)

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ls f,ayln8 he loves us. He wants to become our frlend.l


Crow
How do you know he wants to becone our frlend?
Rooster He mad,e orange rqord.s that satd, "I love Pou"
Crow
I don't see any word.s. Its some klnd of a trlck. $one rtwfangled. trlck toy blrd-. Canrt be for real-.
Rooster Oh, frlend crow, letfs ask hlrr to Joln our plcnlc?
Crow
Are you out of your ralnd.? Here we are, of f on a plcnle, Now
you want to mess up the whole afternoon by lnvlt1ng that crazy
nlred. up orange thlng-a-na-J1g to Joln us,
Rooster
I d.on't thlnk he would be any bother.
::Crow
Irm puttlng my foot down. Welre not 1nv1tlng hln and that's
that. Come onr I'm not 1n a plcnlc mood. anymorer Letrs gather
up a.11 our sturff errd- get out of here,
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orange b1rd.

d.o

riant to

go.

wlth yorro I

d.o **a4t

to be your fr1end.61 /

(curtaln dorrn) ("":Yu,I** ,6 GA''7-a"'-' !) /lta^'**a


So onee agaln the orange blrd was aband.oned" The crors and the
rooster gathered. up all thelr plcnlc thlngs and begr,rn to fly away.
The orange blrd couldnrt stand. to see them go, After al-Ir the
rooster had seemeu- to I1ke hlm very much and haC wanted. hin fcr
a frlend. So he splrlled- up lnto the sky and fler.r ln the $ame
dlrectlon they had taken. Faster and. faster he flew untrl he
was way ahead of the 6ther two. And. then, he se,w J-t..,.o,..o.
a huge, black funnel cloud.... r r..,a' tornado....tl,I1st1ng and.
turnlng and. stoallorvlng up every blrd., every tre.e, everythlng that
carne wlthln 1t's reach. Unless he could- warn the rooster and. the
crow, they would. fly rlght lnto the terrlbl-e tornad'o and be
oran8e blrd.
swallog,ed up by the vlcbous wlnd'l Up to now, the
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only thought L1ttle orange thoughts, but he reallzed thls


[rad. to be hls blggest and best effort.
tJ nust save them. I nust thlnk a powerful warnlng. Hope I
pan d.o 1t@ I | 11 thlnk a hugh orarge stop s1gn. Bleht nowl
j(crow and rooster enter and stop qutck)

had.
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l0nlxDo you see

Rooster

that. That orange blrd. made that hugh orange

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top slgn to warn usf


Yeah, saved- us.

Crow

hear orange blrd., I want to thank


Yourre reaLly a marvelous blrd, orange blrd., I thlnk you
serve a plaque or a med.aL or somethlng.

Rooster
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Crow

Yes, a medalo Yourre rea1ly a frlend orange blrd.. I

Booster

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t al-i aiong but the crrow d,ldn'i.


lVoutre right, rooster. I jumy'ed. to too man;' concluslons ;;bout
Xour orange blrd.. I was wrong about you. Youtre really OK.
You can come along wlth us and. werll go back to the plcnlc
park and f1nlsh our plcnlc and wbat's more, you can be our
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frlend- foretrer.
OB

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Narr.

ne so happyl
wlth help of a]-l puppeteers