Play for Glove Puppets: "Little Red Riding Hood and the Lovely Wolf"

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Characters for Player 1:

Little Red Riding Hood (or Gretel wrapped in a red blanket)
Wolf

Characters for Player 2:

Grandma
Policeman

Note: The story may be slightly modified depending on which characters are available. You can reenact the classic fairy tale version, or put on the modified version included here.

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(enters singing) La la laaa, what a lovely day it is today! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping... and I'm out in the woods carrying my basket. Wow! There's a lot of children here! Are you all here?

(the children answer)

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It's great that everyone's here already! Now you accompany me to my Grandma's house. My mother told me to always stay on the path, because there is a wolf lurking in the forest. But no-one here is scared of the wolf, right? No!

(the children answer)

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I'm not scared at all! Lalala … lalala … lalala …. (continues merrily, then suddenly stops singing and stops) Hey, what was that? Did you all see that?

(the curtain moves)

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Oh dear! Let's take a closer look. What if it was the wolf? And what if he is really as big and bad as they say? I'd better hide before he sees me! (Little Red Riding Hood exits)

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(enters) Oh, what a lovely day it is today! The sun is shining and I'm on patrol in the forest. Hi kids, I'm Sergeant Waldemar. Did any of you see a wolf wandering around here?

(the children answer)

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(looking out from behind the curtain and watching what's happening)

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Did you see anybody else here in the woods?

(the children answer)

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(enters) Yes, I'm here taking a walk in the woods. Good afternoon Sergeant! Good thing it's you and not the Big Bad Wolf!

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(looking surprised) Oh hello! Who are you? (to the children) Do you know this person? Who is it?

(the children answer)

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So your name is Little Red Riding Hood, is it? And what are you doing all alone in the forest?

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I'm on my way to my Grandma's house to bring her this freshly-baked cake.

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Then I'll better go with you so I can have a slice. (exit together)

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(enters and growls) Uaaaa, I'm hungry. When you sleep as long as I do, you get realllllly hungry. I guess I'll go over to Grandma's house, she always has delicious things for me to eat. (tiptoes over to Grandma's house and scratches on the door)

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(hears the scratching and gets frightened) What's that noise? Heeelp me! My eyes are so bad... and I've lost my glasses again. Who is it?

(the children answer)

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(calmly) Oh, it's just the wolf. I guess I can open the door then. And where are my glasses? Oh yes, on my nose! (goes to the door) Hi Wolf! How are you today?

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(comes inside) Hello Grandma, ohhh I'm so hungry today! Ow, ow, owww... (whines pitifully) My tummy is rumbling. Do you have something for me to eat?

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(worried) Oh, you poor, poor wolf. You look almost starved. Let me see if I have a bit of soup and maybe some cookies for you. Wait here, I'll come back in a minute. (Grandma exits)

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(knocks on the door) Hi Grandma! It's me, Little Red Riding Hood!

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(holds a paw in front of his mouth and whispers)  Oh dear, someone's at the door. That's all I need. I need a hiding place fast!
 

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(enters and is startled when she sees the wolf) Oh my goodness, Grandma, whatever's the matter with you? What big eyes you have! What big ears you have! And... why do you have such a big mouth?

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(chuckles) A big mouth, hehe. Yes I have such a big mouth, that's right!

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Hey, you're not my Grandma!

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You're so clever, Little Red Riding Hood, haha. (laughs mockingly) I'm the Big Bad Wolf. I have big eyes, all the better to see with. I have big ears, all the better to hear with. And I have a big mouth, all the better to eat with!

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(shouting) Oh no!  did you eat my Grandma? (begins to beat the wolf) You ugly hairball, spit out my Grandma right now! Children, help me to call the Sergeant. Sergeant!

(children join in)

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(curls up and remains very still)

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(enters running) What's going on? Where? What? Who called me here?

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There's the Big Bad Wolf who has devoured my grandmother!

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(enters looking worried) Oh, my goodness! Red Riding Hood, what you have done to the lovely wolf? You can't just beat him up!

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(gets up slowly) That's right, Little Red Riding Hood! This isn't like you: Shame on you!

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(getting upset) But, but... (stammers) I thought you'd eaten my Grandma! (is close to tears)

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What nonsense! I would never eat your Grandma. She always gives me something to eat when my stomach is growling... just like today.

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(confused) What? The wolf isn't evil after all? And Grandma and the Wolf are friends?

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Yes, that's right. This is my dear friend, the Wolf. Unfortunately I only have a bit of soup left. The biscuits have been eaten all up, I'm afraid.

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Uyeeee, but I'm soooo hungry.

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(disappointed) Too bad, now I can't arrest anyone and send them to jail.

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I'm sorry, wolf. What do you think about us all eating the delicious cake I brought in my basket together?

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(claps enthusiastically using his paws) Oh, yes, yes, yes!. Cake! Cake for everyone!

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Goodbye children! Until next time!