Too Much Noise

Parts(17):  Narrator 1     Narrator 2     Narrator 3     Narrator 4     Narrator 5     Narrator 6
            Farmer         Wise Man       Wife           Mother-in-Law  Children(3)    Cow
            Hens (3)
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Narrator 1:  Once there was a farmer. He lived in one room of his small hut with his wife and her
             mother and his three small children.

Narrator 2:  He worked hard on his farm all day.

Narrator 3:  When he came home at night, the noises in his house drove him crazy.

Narrator 4:  His wife talked to him.

Narrator 5:  His mother-in-law talked to him.

Narrator 6:  His three small children talked to him.

Children:    And they all talked at the same time!

Narrator 1:  The poor farmer put his hands over his ears and cried, 

Farmer:     "Too Much Noise!! Please, please, quiet, please!"

All:         But they went right on talking.

Narrator 2:  At last, in desperation, he asked the advice of a wise man.

Farmer:     "What shall I do? The noise is driving me crazy!"

Wise Man:   "Will you follow my advice?"

Narrator 3:  the wise man asked, and the farmer answered,

Farmer:     "Yes."

Wise man:   "Good," 

Narrator 4:  the wise man said. 

Wise Man:   "Go home and bring one cow into the house with you."

Narrator 5:  Alarmed, the farmer asked

Farmer:     "A cow in the house! How could that help?"

Wise Man:   "Well, if you don't want my advice..," 

Narrator 6:  the wise man said.

Narrator 1:  So the farmer went home and brought the cow into his house.

Wife:       "A cow in the house!"

Narrator 2:  Exclaimed his wife

Mother In Law: "A cow in the house!"

Narrator 3:  said his mother-in-law.

Children:   "A cow in the house!" 

Narrator 4:  said the children.

Narrator 5:  And they all said it at once. 

All:        "A cow in the house!"

Cow:        "Moooooo, " 

Narrator 6:  said the cow, bewildered by the noise.

Narrator 1:  The poor man just held his head and cried out,

Farmer:     "Quiet, please, quiet, all of you!"

Narrator 2:  The next day he went back to the wise man.

Wise Man:   "Well, how is it?"

Narrator 3:  The wise man asked.

Farmer:     "Worse than ever; while they talk, the cow moos. It's terrible!"

Wise Man:   "Good. You have a dog?"

Farmer:     "Yes, two of them."

Wise Man:   "Good. Tonight bring the dogs into the house, too."

Narrator 4:  advised the wise man, and the farmer shouted in dismay,

Farmer:      "Bring the dogs into the house!"

Wise Man:   "Well--if you don't want my advice..." 

Narrator 5:  said the wise man.

Narrator 6:  So the farmer went home and brought the two dogs into the house, too.

Wife:       "A cow and two dogs!" 

Narrator 1:  said his wife.

Mother-in-Law:  "A cow and two dogs in the house!"

Narrator 2:  said his mother-in-law, and his children repeated,

Children:   "A cow and two dogs!"

Cow:        "MOoooo!"

Narrator 3:  said the bewildered cow.

Narrator 4:  And the two dogs barked at being locked up inside.

Narrator 5:  The poor farmer just held his head and moaned,

Farmer:     "Quiet. please, all of you!"

Narrator 6:  The next day the farmer went back to the wise man, who asked,

Wise Man:   "How is it now?"

Farmer:     "Worse, worse than ever. Are you sure you know what you are doing?"

Narrator 1:  asked the unhappy farmer. The wise man looked at him and said,

Wise Man:  "Yes.  Tonight I want you to be sure to bring indoors your rooster and all the hens.

Farmer:     "My rooster and all the hens! How will that help?"

Narrator 2:  cried the farmer in alarm, and the wise man said, 

Wise Man:    Well--- if you don't want my advice...,"

Narrator 3:  So the farmer went home and brought his rooster and all the hens into his house.

Wife:       "A cow, two dogs, a rooster and all these hens in our house!" 

Narrator 4:  said his wife. 

Wife:       "Are you crazy?"

Mother-in-Law: "A cow, two dogs, a rooster and all our hens! Are you crazy?"

Children:   "A cow two dogs, a rooster and all our hens!"

Narrator 5:  cried the children.

Cow:         "MOoooo...,"

Narrator 6:   went the cow.

Dogs:        "Woof woof woof,"

Narrator 1:   went the dogs

Hens:        "Cackle cackle cackle,"

Narrator 2:  went the hens, and the rooster crowed,

Rooster:    "Cocka doodle doooooo"

Farmer:     "Quiet, oh,  please be quiet."

Narrator 3:  moaned the poor man.

Narrator 4:  The next day the farmer went back to the wise man, who asked,

Wise Man:   "Well, how is it now?"

Farmer:     "Terrible, terrible! I cannot last another night like this."

Wise Man:   "All right," 

Narrator 5:  said the wise man. 

Wise Man:   "Now listen with care. Tonight, go home and be sure to put the cow back in the barn."

Narrator 6:  The farmer did, and while there was still a lot of noise, at least the cow was not 
             there to moo at him.

Narrator 1:  The following night he went to the wise man again, and the wise man asked,

Wise Man:   "How was it?"

Farmer:     "Better, better than the night before."

Narrator 2:  said the farmer with a sound of relief in his voice, and the wise man said,

Wise Man:   "Good. "Tonight go home and be sure to put the two dogs back in the barn."

Narrator 3:  That night there was a lot of noise. But at least there was no cow mooing and no 
             dogs barking.

Wise Man:   "How was it?" 

Narrator 4:  the wise man asked the next night, and with a smile on his face, the man said,

Farmer:     "Better."

Wise Man:   "Fine. Tonight go home and put out the rooster and the hens."

Narrator 5:  And the farmer did.

Narrator 6:  No cow mooed at him.

Narrator 1:  No dogs barked.

Narrator 2:  No rooster crowed.

Narrator 3:  No hens cackled.

Narrator 4:  It was wonderful!

Narrator 5:  The next night he went back to the wise man, who again asked,

Wise Man:   "How is it now?"

Farmer:     "Last night it was so wonderful, so quiet...so quiet; no mooing, no barking, 
             no crowing, no cackling."

Narrator 6:  Said the farmer in a very happy voice.

Wise Man:   "Good, I told you it would be better."

Narrator 1:  said the wise man, with satisfaction in his voice.

Narrator 2:  And the farmer went home.

Narrator 3:  His wife and mother in law and three children said, 

Wife:
  Mother-in-Law:
     Children:  "At last, you have come to your senses again."

Narrator 4:  But the farmer only smiled to himself.

Narrator 5:  For without the cow and the two dogs, and the rooster, and the hens, their voices 
             seemed very quiet indeed.

All together:

Cow:        Mooo Moooo Moooo.
Rooster:    Cockadoodledooo Cockadoodledooo
Dogs:       Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof Woof
Hens:       Cackle Cackle Cackle Cackle Cackle Cackle
Humans:     Chatter Chatter Chatter Chatter Chatter Chatter Chatter Chatter Chatter

First Cow drops out
Then Rooster drops out
Then Dogs drop out
Then Hens drop out
Then Humans says 5 more chatters and then drop out

All.        And never again did the farmer say "Too Much Noise!!"