By: Mentis Cibum
CHARACTERS: (in order of appearance)
First group (all girls) - Bree, Jamie, Melanie, Cassie, Anna, Suzie
Piper - girl 1
Miss Gretel - Piper's stanky doll
Second group (all boys) - Tom, Bryce, Logan, Ashton
Luke - kid with the transformers
Ace - cool guy
Third group - bunching up around Ace
Mason - kid with books
Willie - the boy being bullied by Bob
Bob (Robert) - the bully
Carol - Willie's older sister
Unnamed girl - Carol's friend
Mr. / Mrs. Smith - the teacher (role can be played by either a boy or girl)
Lavender - girl who befriends Piper
Anti-Bullying Committee: Chloe, Oliver, Declan, Alex, Sawyer, Madeline, Wyatt, Nora, Finn, Isabelle, Paige, Evan, Eden
The first group (all girls) are onstage, showing off their Barbie / Bratz dolls and doll clothing and whatnot.
Bree: Jamie, can my Barbie borrow your Barbie's dress?
Jamie: Only if mine can borrow yours tennis outfit.
Melanie: Wait, Jamie, I wanted to borrow the dress!
Cassie: Here, Melanie. You can have mine; I don't want it anymore.
Anna: Where are my Barbie's high heels? Ugh, Suzie, they're under you leg!
Suzie: Sorry, sorry. (She retrieves and returns them.) Sheesh, Anna.
Anna: Cassie, let me have the pink purse.
Piper: (Enters stage.) Oh, you guys are playing dress up?
The group turns and looks up at her disdainly.
Piper: Can I play, too?
Anna: (Snottily.) You don't have a doll, Piper.
Piper: Well, sure I do. Miss Gretel is right here!
Piper reveals a hideous doll to them, and they recoil in disgust.
Bree: Ew! That's not a doll!
Cassie: Yeah, that's trash!
Jamie: Get it away from me!
Melanie and Suzie: (Holding their noses.) It stinks!
Piper looks at them hurtfully and hugs Miss Gretel to her chest. Then she runs away, the girls still insulting her doll.
Anna: Can you believe her?
Suzie: What a freak.
Melanie: Does anyone have one of those little hairbrushes?
Jamie: Oh! I have the salon set in my purse. Let's go get it.
Group 1 (all girls) exit the stage.
Group 2 (all boys) enter as Group 1 (all girls) leave. Luke is tagging along slightly outside of the cluster of boys who are chatting abou the newest models of Transformers.
Tom: My mom is so stupid. She won't get me one just because they're "too expensive."
Bryce: That's what my dad said. He said, "Maybe for Christmas, Bryce."
Luke: Hey, I have the Transform--
Logan: I want Optimus Prime, 'cause he's the best. He always wins on my Transformers video game.
Luke: Hey, guys, I have Optimus--
Ashton: No way, Logan. Bumblebee is the best, even the movies.
Logan: Ashton, you haven't even seen the movies! Tom and I went and saw it at Bryce's house, didn't we?
Tom: I don't care, I just want the toys! They look awesome!
Bryce: Yeah, they even transform!
Luke: Hey, I have the Transformers toys!
They look at him as though just noticing he was there.
Ashton: Can we play with them?
Luke: Yeah, sure! (He immediately takes off his backpack and pulls out two action figures.)
Tom: Oh, Bumblebee and Optimus Prime!
They all sit on the stage to play with them. Tom and Logan begin to enact a battle between the two plastic robots, then begin to violently bash them together in their play.
Luke: (Anxiously.) Hey, uh, can you guys be more gentle? You might break them…
Tom and Logan ignore him as Ashton and Bryce egg them on and choose sides. Suddenly, one of the toys breaks.
Logan: What? These things are so cheap! (He throws his down.)
Tom: Lame. (He shoves his bakc at Luke, who is in shock and on the verge of tears.)
Ashton: Hey, I think Manny brought his football.
Bryce: Then what are we waiting for? Let's go play some ball!
They run off the stage, leaving Luke alone. He sadly collects the pieces of his Transformers and trudges off.
Piper enters, stroking Miss Gretel. As she speaks, she slowly crosses the stage, occasionally "addressing" the audience.
Piper: Oh, Miss Gretel, don't cry. You're more beautiful than all those plastic Barbies combined.
Who cares if most of your hair fell off, or my brother drew on you with a marker, or if I accidentally spilled cranberry juice on your face, or if your only dress is made out of an old, dusty sheet from the attic? I love you just the way you are, Miss Gretel.
(She turns to the audience.)
But I really do wish I had a friend who's...you know, more...alive. It's nothing against you, Miss Gretel. It's just that you're not exactly a talkative person…
(She continues across the stage.)
Those girls just don't understand your beauty, Miss Gretel. They don't know that I filled you up with sugar, that's all, and that's why we can't wash you, because if we did, then all your sweetness will be washed away, too.
Enter Ace, surrounded by a group of anonymous, clamoring kids. Ace is the image of coolness, with slicked-back hair and shades over his eyes. He stands around as the center of attention smugly for a few minutes, perhaps signing a few autographs.
Enter Mason, struggling to carry a tower of books that blocked his view.
Ace, still looking cool, holds up his hands to quiet his crowd, then walks over to Mason, who had dropped a book and now stared at it helplessly.
Ace: Hey there, Mason.
Mason: He--Hey, Ace…
Ace: (He picks up the book and places it back on the book tower,
but doesn't remove his hand.) Where you headed, Mason?
Mason: (He shifts uncomfortably.) To--To the, the, the library.
Ace: Okay, I'll go with you. You look like you could use some help.
Ace takes half of the books in his own arms, and he and Mason exit. Third group hesitates, then tear after them excitedly.
Luke enters the stage with his toys and a bottle of glue. He is attempting to fix them, but it is apparent that it is not working, and he has all but given up. Enter Ace.
Ace: What's up, Luke?
Luke: My new Transformers, they're broken.
Ace sits down beside Luke and examines the toys carefully.
Ace: I don't think these are fixable, Luke.
Luke: (Upset.) And I'd just gotten them, too.
Ace: You know, I have the complete set of these things. My grandma bought them for my birthday, but, uh, I don't...I'm not really into them. Maybe you'd like them?
Luke: You really mean it, Ace?
Ace: Yeah, I mean, it's not like I'll ever play with them, and that's what they're made for, right?
Luke: Wow, Ace! You're the best!
Ace: No, I just believe in doing the right things. Mean people aren't cool, you know.
Luke: I want to be just like you, Ace! I'll be nice to everyone and do good things.
Ace: All right, then. Do you wanna come over to my place and hang out for a while?
Group 1 (all girls) are onstage again, playing with their dolls. One of the girls notices Piper coming and quickly draws the attention of the rest of the group.
Anna: Hey, Piper.
Piper: (She stops and looks at them warily.) Hey, Anna…
Anna: Still carrying around that ugly old thing?
Piper lowers her head and walks a bit faster.
Cassie: Is it supposed to be a hobo or something?
Melanie: (Snickering.) Piper's a hobo.
The girls giggle and snicker and go back to playing as Piper runs off again.
Willie runs onto the stage, closely followed by Bob, who catches up to him and gets him in a headlock.
Willie: Let me go!
Bob: Why should I, you little twerp? Aren't you having fun?
Willie struggles to free himself, but can't.
Bob: Noogie! (He #fake!# begins to noogie Willie.)
Carol and her friend enter and stop at the sight.
Carol: (Fuming.) Bob! Let go of my little brother!
She tries to pry him off of Willie, but Bob shoves her to the floor. Carol's friend runs off the stage.
Carol: Let go of Willie! You jerk!
Bob: Why don't you try and make me/
Carol does try again, and he once more pushes her, Willie still caught in a headlock.
The friend returns and points at the scene, and Mr. / Mrs. Smith enters. Bob quickly runs, and Mr. / Mrs. Smith chases him offstage.
Carol: Willie, are you okay?
Willie: Yeah, I'm fine, Carol.
Mr. / Mrs. Smith: (Returns to stage with Bob's ear pinched in his / her fingers.) You just wait until we get to the principal's office, Robert. You are in so mcuh trouble! I'm sure your parents are not going to be happy with this phone call--again! You three come as well, please.
They all exit.
By this time, Piper has already entered, for the audience was distracted by Mr. / Mrs. Smith and Bob.
She walks to the center of the stage and cries, Miss Gretel in her arms. Enter Lavender.
Lavender: What's wrong?
Lavender: Nothing? So you're just bored to tears?
Lavender: That's a cute doll. Did you make it?
Piper: You really think Miss Gretel is cute?
Lavender: 'Course I do. Who doesn't?
Piper: Anna and her friends…
Lavender: What? That's insane! It's incredible to be able to make dolls as good as this.
Lavender: Yeah, totally. Boy, I sure wish I could dolls like this.
Piper: Oh, well...Well, it's not hard. I can teach you how to do it, if you want…
Lavender: You'd do that? Gee, thanks, that's real nice of you! Hey, what's your name?
Piper: I'm Piper.
Lavender: (Extending her hand.) And my name's Lavender.
They shake hands and giggle.
Lavender: Race you to the hill! (She runs off stage.)
Piper: Hey, wait up! (She turns to the audience excitedly.) I've finally got a friend! (She chases after Lavender.)
The Anit-Bullying Committee is sitting in a group (either in chairs or on the floor), facing the audience. They are having a serious discussion about doing the right things.
Chloe: So, I think if, like, everybody was, like, nice to each other, then, like, the world would be, like, a nicer place.
Oliver: That's a good point, Chloe, thank you. What do you think, Declan?
Declan: Well, I always think about what I'm going to say before I say it. If I say this, is it going to make someone feel bad or hurt them? Because, een if it's meant as a joke, some people take it seriously.
Oliver: Very true, Declan. Alex, how about you?
Alex: A good way to help stop bullying is to take a stand. If you
or someone else is being bullied, then you should go and tell an
adult, like a parent or a teacher. They'll help you, right
Oliver: That's right. Sawyer, got anything for us?
Sawyer: You know it. Well, if you're reporting a bully to an adult, like you should, then you should always tell the truth. Don't exaggerate, because if they prove one small thing you've said to be false, then it throws everything else you've said into doubt, and then they might not believe you.
Oliver: Excellent advice, Sawyer. No one wants to become the boy--or girl--who cried wolf. Madeline?
Madeline: It's easy to say or do something you don't mean. That's why you should always think twice, like Declan, and avoid saying hurtful things, no matter your intention. Like, if Oliver, Sawyer, and Declan built a tree house and I asked to come inside, they could unintentionally hurt my feeling by telling me that there were no girls allowed. Really, they should invite me inside and share their snacks with me, because I really like Twinkies.
Oliver, Sawyer, and Declan: You're still mad about that?
Oliver: Well, I guess that was a little mean, but there was no room anyway; we'd only built it for three. Thanks, Madeline, we'll be more considerate of your feelings next time we build something or eat Twinkies...Wyatt, care to share your thoughts on bullying?
Wyatt: (Clears his throat importantly.) As student council president, I encourage everyone to koin the anti-bullying committee. Although you might never witness someone being bullied, you can still join the effort by making anti-bullying posters or carrying out surveys about bullying. And furthermore, we can raise money for the art and music departments by--
Oliver: Thanks, Wyatt, but we're still on the bullying topic.
Wyatt: Ah, yes, sorry. Ahem. Got a little carried away there…
Oliver: But that was very interesting, the posters. That way they can be put up around the school and everyone can participate. Nora, do you have anything to share?
Nora: Bullying can happen to anyone. It doesn't matter who you are, how old you are, where you're from, how you dress, how you look, or even what family you're from. None of those apply to a bully, either--even a bully can be anyone.
Oliver: That's a great point, Nora. No, it doesn't matter about
any of those things, and adults can be bullied, too, believe it
or not. That's why we're working so hard to prevent bullying in
the first place, so everyone can just be friends. Finn?
Finn: I, for one, always try to do the right thing. This includes holding the door for other people, helping someone carry something heavy, or even lending them an ear when they need someone to talk to. Maybe it's just me, but nice people sure have a lot of friends who like them for who they are, not because they can walk the walk or talk the talk.
Oliver: Finn, that's a great observation. Kind people really do
have more friends, and they lead happier lives than people
without friends. It doesn't seem so appealing to be that old man
yelling "Get off my lawn, you lousy kids!" You want to say
Isabelle: Yes, Oliver, I do. Did you know that in grades K-12, one out of seven students is a bully or a victim of bullying? That might not seem like a lot, but think of how many sevens of students are in this school, and in all the schools in the state. Think how many there are in this country, and then every country in the world! That's thousands of bullies and bullying victims!
Chloe: Wow...That's just, like, an eye-opener, Isabelle.
Oliver: Anytime, anybody, anywhere. Thank you, Isabelle. Paige,
what do you have?
Paige: So far, no one's really defined what bullying really is. Bullying is being mean to another person over and over and over again. This includes teasing, spreading rumors, leaving someone out on purpose, and physically hurting or annoying someone.
Oliver: That's right, Piage. Evan?
Evan: One word, man: cyberbullying. Wait...Yeah, that's one word...Anyway, cyberbullying is exactly the same as bullying, only online. Yeah, I'm talking about FaceBook, Twitter, Google, and any other information-sharing website that can seiously damage someone's reputation. I mean, even one picture can make sure that a person doesn't get a good career later in life. It's heavy, man.
Oliver: Yes, it is heavy, especially since once it's posted on the Internet, it will never, ever, ever be erased. Well, Eden, you're the last to share today.
Eden: Well, I had an idea that I wanted to share...I think we should have classroom meetings every once in a while.
Oliver: What do you mean?
Eden: Well, every once in a while, maybe our teachers can put a little time aside to have a classroom discussion--one that goes beyond academics or school-related things. This could benefit the teachers as well by keeping them up-to-date and informed about what is going on in their student's lives, because events that happen at home can often influence a student's grades.
Oliver: That is actually an intriguing idea.
Eden: Thanks, Oliver.
Oliver: Well, any last thoughts, comments? Yes?
Wyatt: (Jumps up and shouts:) Vote for Wyatt, student council president two years running!
Sawyer and Alex: But you're graduating this year…
Declan: Okay, okay! Anti-Bullying Committee group hug of awesomeness!!!
At this, every character and crew member run out and join the hug, then orderly take their bows and leave the stage. Optional: song can be played as characters bow, as though credits were scrolling up the screen. Suggestion: You've Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman. (Classic!)