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					The Big Bad Wolf Meets the Blooms
           Written by Nancy McMunn
     From the Choral Reading by Barbara Hise
    Adapted For Daviess County Public Schools
                       by
                  Patrick Riley




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Characters:
LENNY: WOLF'S PSYCHOLOGIST, WEARS FAKE GLASSES AND A FAKE
MUSTACHE

WOLF: WEARS WOLF EARS

THE BLOOMS: KNOWLEDGE, COMPREHENSION, APPLICATION, ANALYSIS,
EVALUATION, AND SYNTHESIS

THE CHORUS: REST OF THE PARTICIPANTS, EVERYONE HAS A PART

The play opens with the Wolf seated downstage center on a log [classroom seat],
head in hands, and making groans of depression.

                            WOLF:
              For the love of a furry rabbit, why is it that I never
              do anything right? I have tried for years to wrap
              my claws around those three little pork chops...
              But with no success.
                    (Wolf sighs.)

                            CHORUS:
              We sing a song of sorrow.
              We sing a song of gloom.
              We sing a song of sadness...
              For the wolf who knows no Bloom.

Wolf lies down on floor. Enter Lenny, who sits in Wolf's chair while Wolf remains on
floor.

                              LENNY:
              Hello, Wolf. Did you huff and puff and blow
              down the brick house of that third pig? Did you
              finally rid the world of the Three Little Pigs?

                            WOLF:
              I huffed. And I puffed. And... [long pause]... I
              couldn't blow the house down.

                            CHORUS:
              We sing a song of sorrow.
              We sing a song of gloom.
              We sing a song of sadness...
              For the wolf who knows no Bloom.




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               WOLF:
Hey, you know I can hear you, right [stands up
and stares at the chorus]? I'm in no mood for
teasing. I've got problems. Big problems [Wolf
sits back down on the floor, head in hands].

             LENNY:
Have you tried the deep breathing exercises we
talked about?

               WOLF:
I tried slowing down my breathing... But, I just
ended up huffing and puffing again... Which
reminded me of the three little pigs.

             LENNY:
Have you tried the jogging we talked about?

              WOLF:
Yeah, but I always end up running by the same
three houses... Which reminded me --
     (Wolf starts sobbing.)

               LENNY:
-- of the three little pigs!
       (Pause. Lenny crosses his arms.)
Interesting. Very interesting... Wait a second...
Wait a second...

              WOLF:
What is it [Wolf raises up quickly]?

             LENNY:
How could I have forgotten?

            WOLF:
Forgotten what?

               LENNY:
I think I have the answer to all your problems.
Two words: BLOOM SOCIETY! They'll teach
you to think like the 3rd Little Pig. You'll catch
those creatures and all your problems will be
solved!

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                        CHORUS:
          Go on, Wolf,
          Open your ears.
          Listen to Lenny
          And get rid of your fears!

                         WOLF:
                 (Wolf jumps up and remains
                  standing.)
          What society? And how? How can they teach
          me to think? I'm about as useless as three more
          quills on a porcupine.

                       LENNY:
          Of course, you can succeed. You're not the
          Scarecrow and this isn't Oz. YOU DO HAVE A
          BRAIN! You just need to know how to use it
          better.

                         WOLF:
          I don't feel very smart. I don't even look smart.
          Have you ever seen a wolf chase his own tail?
                (Pause.)
          You know, life used to be so simple... that is...
          before those Three Little Pigs!

                        CHORUS:
          You're not a dunce.
          Just give Blooms a try.
          Listen to Lenny,
          Time to learn and not cry.

                         LENNY:
          Well, I know how to fix that. I'm going to
          introduce you to my six friends, they're all
          related... The Blooms!
                (Sees the six Blooms in the
                  distance.)
          Hey, Blooms! Come on in! I've got a friend that
          needs your help.

ENTER THE SIX BLOOMS. EACH CLEARLY LABELED WITH A SIGN AROUND
HIS/HER NECK. AS LENNY INTRODUCES EACH ONE, THEY STEP
FORWARD AND BOW.
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              LENNY: (CONT'D)
Wolf, I want you to meet my six secret skills
(Looks around.)... the thinking skills:
KNOWLEDGE, COMPREHENSION,
APPLICATION, ANALYSIS, EVALUATION,
and SYNTHESIS.

            WOLF:
What good are they going to do for me? Who
are they? What do they do?

               KNOWLEDGE:
Hey, Wolf! I'm the first skill you need. I'm
Knowledge and I'm easy to use. You won't have
to do much thinking at all... In fact, you're ready
to take a test now: What material did the 3rd
Little Pig use to build his house?

              WOLF:
Duh, that's easy! He used bricks. So, how are
you good for me again?

             LENNY:
Knowledge won't help you much without the
next step, Wolf. Let me introduce you to...

               COMPREHENSION:
Me. When you understand what you already
know, you are using comprehension. For
example, what can you say about the bricks the
3rd Little Pig used for his house.

              WOLF:
Well, they were hard. They were sturdy. And, I
sure couldn't huff, puff, and blow them down!

               COMPREHENSION:
That's right. But, I'm no good to you without
knowing my sister!

              APPLICATION:
And that's me. My name is Application. When
you take something you have learned and put it
to use, you are applying knowledge.
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                WOLF:
Let's see if I got you right... I learned that the
Three Little Pigs built their houses out of straw,
sticks, and bricks and that was my first level of
thinking. I only used Knowledge there. And,
then I realized that bricks were really hard to
blow down. That's Comprehension.

              LENNY:
Keep going!

             WOLF:
Now, I know your name is Application--but I still
don't understand what you can do for me.

               APPLICATION:
I bet the 3rd Little Pig used Application when he
built his house out of the pile of bricks.

               LENNY:
Well, yes, because if you think about it all the
Little Pigs used Application when they
constructed their houses. Or, you used
Application when you demonstrated that you
could blow down the straw house because you
knew that the house was constructed from straw
and straw was easy to blow away.

               WOLF:
Oh, I think I understand.

              CHORUS:
Look at you, Wolf.
You're getting smarter by the hour.
You're grasping knowledge.
And knowledge is power.

              WOLF:
This is fun. What's the next step?

             ANALYSIS:
That's me! My name is Analysis. And if you think
Application was smart, wait until you try me!

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             WOLF:
What do I do when I analyze?



             ANALYSIS:
You take things apart.

                 WOLF:
I get it. If I know what all the different parts are,
then maybe I'll understand the whole picture
better. Am I analyzing if I examine the brick
house closely so I could detect all its parts, and,
just maybe, I find a weak spot? Maybe I'll find an
open window or chimney large enough to enter?
Or, maybe the bricks in the house are easy to
break with a hammer?

               CHORUS:
Wolf's getting the picture.
A spot that is weak.
Break down the brick.
That's the answer you seek!

              WOLF:
I gotta scram. I'm going back to the third house
now...

              LENNY:
Wait just one minute, Wolf. You have two more
parts to consider. Besides, we need to make
sure your brain is really working before you go
back to the house.

              WOLF:
Well, hurry up!

                EVALUATION:
Well, I guess I'm up. I'm Evaluation. With me,
you have to make decisions... sometimes very
difficult ones.

               WOLF:
But, I do that all the time. If I want to huff, I huff. If
I want to puff, I puff.

                EVALUATION:

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Wolf, you may make decisions all the time... but
do you ever stop to consider WHY you make
those decisions or judgments?



              CHORUS:
Why? Why? Why?
Our friend needs a meal.
Will you hurry up?
Tell us what is the deal!

             LENNY:
And, the hardest part is knowing when you need
to go back and start over again.

             WOLF:
You're confusing me. What do you mean?

               LENNY:
It's not always easy to know if your way is the
best or not. For example, do you think you might
need to make a NEW judgment on WHY you
want to eat the Little Pigs?

             WOLF:
Well... Come to think of it, I don't really know. I
have plenty of food to eat. Besides, I really don't
like pork!

               CHORUS:
All that precious pig meat,
Just running around.
How's a wolf to resist,
From just wolfing it down!

               WOLF:
Hey, cut it out!
     (CHORUS hides their faces for a
      few seconds.)
So what's the last step?

            LENNY:
The most popular Thinking Skill of all:
Synthesis!

              SYNTHESIS:

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Hola! I'm Synthesis, sometimes called
Creativity. And I'm much more complicated than
some people think and much easier than other
people think.



              WOLF:
    (Turns to Lenny.)
What is this? A riddle?

               SYNTHESIS:
Synthesis puts things together in a new or
different way.

            WOLF:
You mean I analyze...

                CHORUS:
... take apart...

               WOLF:
... so I can synthesize by putting things back
together?

               LENNY:
That's right. Wolf, sometimes it's hard to see a
new way of doing things.

                WOLF:
You're right, it doesn't sound very easy. But, let
me give it a shot. If I look at all the parts to the
whole picture then I can rearrange those parts.
Like if I look at the different parts to the 3rd Little
Pig's House and then figure out how it's made...
Then maybe I can create something to use to
help me get into the house or down the
chimney? That is, if I still was interested in pig
meat.
      (Wolf, Lenny, and Chorus all
         laugh.)

               LENNY:
Wolf, maybe you need to use your energy by
trying to help the other Pigs build brick houses
instead of trying to figure out how to blow them
down. Just think what you could accomplish!

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                            WOLF:
             Hey, that's a really good idea. I think I like the
             Blooms! Do you think the Blooms will help work
             with my cousin? He is hiding in the woods...
             waiting for this cute little girl in a red cape,
             walking to Grandma's house?
                   (Everyone smiles.)

                             CHORUS:
             All is well in Wolf's town.
             The Blooms solved it all.
             Now if only we'd get Humpty,
             To come down from that wall.

Play ends. All characters take a bow.




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