The Gingerbread Man

Characters: (9)  Narrator 1        Narrator 2         Narrator 3        Narrator 4       Old Man  
                 Old Woman         Cow                Bear              Fox
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Narrator 1:  Once upon a time there was a little old woman and a little old man who lived at the 
             edge of a wood. Every day the little old woman would bake wonderful pies, cakes and 
             cookies for the little old man because he just loved to eat her delicious treats.

Narrator 2:  One day the little old woman decided to make an extra special treat for the little 
             old man. She mixed up some gingerbread cookie dough, rolled it out on the table and 
             cut out a cute little gingerbread man. She gave him raisins for eyes, a red candy 
             nose and buttons and a licorice mouth. Next she popped him in the oven to bake. 

Narrator 3:  When the gingerbread man was done, she decorated him with white icing trim and a 
             bright green icing bow tie. He was the best treat the little old woman had ever 
             made. The little old woman left the gingerbread man on the table to cool and went 
             out to work in the garden with the little old man. 

Narrator 4:  As soon as the little old woman was out of sight, the gingerbread man sat up. He 
             jumped out of the pan, off of the table and ran out of the door. As he ran past the 
             little old woman and the little old man, they yelled, 

Old Man:     ³Stop! Stop!²

Old Woman:   ³Stop! Stop!²

Narrator 1:  But the gingerbread man just laughed and said, 

Gingerbread Man: ³Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man.² 

Narrator 2:  And with that he ran faster.

Narrator 3:  Next he ran past a brown and white cow who was chewing her cud in the field. When the 
             cow saw the gingerbread man, she thought how good he would taste and she yelled, 

Cow:        ³Stop! Stop!²

Narrator 4:  But the gingerbread man just laughed and cried, 

Gingerbread Man: ³Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man. I got 
            away from the little old woman and the little old man and I can get away from you. 
            I can. I can!²

Narrator 1:  And the gingerbread man ran still faster.

Narrator 2:  By and by the gingerbread man ran past a big brown bear who was getting some honey
             from the bees. When he smelled the wonderful gingery aroma, the bear thought how 
             good the gingerbread man would taste with his honey so he yelled, 

Bear:       ³Stop! Stop!²

Narrator 3:  But the gingerbread just laughed and yelled, 

Gingerbread Man: ³Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man. I got 
             away from the little old woman, the little old man and the brown and white cow and I 
             can get away from you. I can. I can!²
Narrator 4:  And the gingerbread man ran even faster.

Narrator 1:  By and by the gingerbread man came to the river and he did not know how he would
             cross it without getting wet. A wily red fox saw the gingerbread man and decided that 
             he would eat him.

Narrator 2:  The fox stepped out from behind a bush and said to the gingerbread man, 

Fox:        ³I will take you across the river. Just hop on my tail.²

Gingerbread Man: ³If I do, you will eat me.²

Fox:        ³Oh, no,² 

Narrator 3:  replied the sly fox. 

Fox:        ³I don't like gingerbread.²

Narrator 4:  When the gingerbread man saw the little old woman, the little old man, the brown 
             and white cow and the big brown bear all running toward him, he quickly agreed to let
             the fox take him across the river. 

Narrator 1:  He jumped on Fox's tail and the fox started across the river.

Narrator 2:  Soon the water was lapping about the toes of the gingerbread man, and he cried,

Gingerbread Man: ³Fox, I am getting wet.²

Fox:        ³Jump on my back.² 

Narrator 3:  said the fox.

Narrator 4:  So the gingerbread man jumped on the fox's back. But soon the water was lapping 
             about the toes of the gingerbread man, and again the Gingerbread Man cried,

Gingerbread Man: ³Fox, I am still getting wet!²

Fox:        ³Jump on my head.² 

Narrator 1:  shouted the sly fox.

Narrator 2:  So the gingerbread man jumped on the fox's head. In no time at all the water was 
             once again lapping at the toes of the gingerbread man.

Gingerbread Man: ³Fox, I am getting terribly wet!² 

Narrator 3:  cried the gingerbread man again, and the fox yelled,

Fox:        ³Jump on my nose² 

Narrator 4:  The gingerbread man jumped on the fox's nose and 

Narrator 1:     (All 
Narrator 2:           Narrators
Narrator 3:                      Together)
Narrator 4:   ³Snip!  Snap!² the fox gobbled him up! But after all, isn't that what a gingerbread 
              man is for!