Jack and the Beanstalk, the Play Script

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Scene 1: Jack's House.

Mother

There's a hole in my blouse.
I'm in need of a grouse!
The floor is now souse.
And there's a mouse in my house.

Mouse

Squeak!

Mother

Eek!

Mouse

Squeek!!

Mother

Eeeek!!

Wake up my son. Come here, quick.
This isn't fun! And, bring a broomstick!

Mouse

Squeak!

Mother

Ack!

Mouse

Squeak!

Mother

Jaaack!
Hurry up now, son. Come take a peek!

This mouse is big!

Mouse

Squeeeeeak!

Mother

Goodness, gosh I'm scared of it.
I am sure to yell and throw a fit!

Jack

Mother, should I take the mouse,
Outside of our quaint house?

Mother

Yes, my son. That would help!
I'm am about to let out a yelp!

Jack

Hit the mouse, I shall not do.
It's fine standing there; by your...

Mother

Shoo-oooo!!!!

Jack, my son, go in the house,
We must rid ourselves of this little mouse.

Go inside and get the broom!
It's right outside of your little bedroom.

Jack

Mother, I will take the mouse away,
And in our house, he'll no longer stay.

Mother

Jack, don't wait! Get on with it!
Go on now! I'm ready to sit!!

Jack

Hello there, you nice, little mouse.
I know that you like our quaint, little house.
But it's far too small - too tiny for us.
Please go out, so there's not a fuss!

Mouse

Squack.

Mother

Don't come back!

Mouse

Squack!

Mother

Jack!

Jack

I have an idea for the mouse to go.
This is really good. I'm smart.

Mother

I know.

Jack

We'll play hide 'n go, hide 'n go - hide and go seek!

Mouse

Squeek!?

Mother

Don't speak!

Jack

I'll count to ten,
Again and again.

And then,
You will hide,
And then hide,
And then hide,
And then...

I'll seek!

Mouse

Squeek?

Jack

I won't peek!

Mouse

Squeek!

Jack

Go find a spot, while I count one to ten.
1 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and then, 10!

Mother

Keep doing this Jack. You do have a knack. I am going on in...

Jack

Are you ready, my friend, to do it again?
Oh, please do not worry, it's alright to speak.

Mouse

Squeek?!

Jack

That squeek was quite peak!

This time though, from 10 down to 1.
Tell me mouse, are you having fun?

Mouse

Squeek!! Squeek!!!

Jack

It's not my turn. I can't yet seek! Once again, go hide from me. And then we will see if I find thee!!! 1 to 5 and 6 to 10. Your hiding time is at an end. Now's it's time for me to seek!

Mother

Where is that mouse? I'll make it squeek!!!

Jack

Mother, no!

Mother

It has to go! There you are, you little pest! You certainly have a large fill of zest! I'm gonna get you!

Mouse

Squeek!

Mother

Shoo!

Jack

Goodbye little mouse. Be safe. Have fun!

Mother

Away from my house, mouse! Run!

Jack

I'm done. So, mother can I get back into bed?

Mother

Jack sell the cow and then rest your head.

Jack

What do you mean? Our Bessie's divine!

Mother

We're much too lean, Jack. Sell the bovine!

Jack

Bessie's my pet, my friend and my pal. She's good and kind and a cow of a gal... gal of a cow is what I should have said. Please, oh please; I don't have to be fed!

Mother

For you, my son to eat and to grow, Bessie the cow has now got to go. Now, off to the market and find us a buyer, while I go inside for my feet to retire.

Jack

I'm sorry, mother. I don't mean to argue. I'll go sell Bessie for two plus two.

Mother

SIX pieces of gold for Bessie, the cow. Stay 'til she's sold. Go quickly now.

Jack

I'll walk for miles to do what you ask. I'll be back soon, after doing my task.

Jack and the Beanstalk Digital Music

Scene 2: On to the Market

Jack

Bessie, my cow, please forgive me now. For all will be well, but only if I go to the market and sell - you to a buyer...

Bessie

Moo? (Who?)

Jack

You. Now don't be a crier.

Bessie

Mop muttin' mool! (Stop cuttin' fool!)

Jack

I don't mean to be cruel, but this may be the end for you and me. You see...

Bessie

Mack, mah ma moo mahming muhmout? (Jack, what are you talking about?)

Jack

You, I'm afraid, have got to get out. Mother told me a short bit ago that Bessie, the cow has got to go! That's you.

Bessie

Moo moo... (Boo hoo...)

Jack

Yes, my friend, we have to go now. Gather your things, but do raise your brow. We'll still be friends... (aside) though I don't know how. She'll no longer be my gal of a cow.

Bessie

My meard mat! (I heard that!)

Jack

(Aside) I really must learn how I should chat.

Bessie

My mot moe-ing. Mime monna mun amay. (I'm not going. I'm gonna run away.)

Jack

Bessie, don't run away, stay!!!

Bessie

Mih-me? O-may! (Really? Okay!)

Jack

I mean stay right there, but we still have to go. I do have to sell you so mother won't crow. Watch out...!!! You're about... to...!!! Oh, foo! Bessie, why did you step in the mud?

Bessie

Momee, my muhzen mooking. My muhz mooin' my mud. (Sorry, I wasn't looking, I was chewing some cud.)

Jack

Oh my goodness, how? How now, brown cow?

Bessie

Moo meemee maf moo mell me? (You really have to sell me?)

Jack

Mes! I mean, yes! I have to get six pieces of gold, see. At least that's what mother told me.

Bessie

My me...! Mats mall mime mirth?!!! Moo moo! Moo moo-moo!!! (I see...! That's all I'm worth?!! Boo hoo! Boo hoo-hoo!!!)

Jack

Bessie, we've got to go.

Bessie

Mack, my moe... mime monna me muh "Mest Men Moe!" (Jack, I know... I'm gonna be the "Best In Show!")

Jack

Then on to the market we go.

Scene 3: The Bean Lady

Bean Lady

Little boy with cow-friend, come to me, if you please. I can make your troubles end, and then you can go home with ease.

Jack

Little old lady, tell me please; just how can I go home with ease? I have to go to the market today to sell my cow - my friend...

Bean Lady

I say, Jack; my boy, do not linger. Sell the cow to me. You'll soon not have to lift a finger. I'm honest. You soon will see.

Jack

(Aside) I know not why, but I do believe that this old lady does not deceive. Even though I'm very blue, yes, I'll sell my cow to you. Gold is what you'll need to give to me, for us to eat and live.

Bean Lady

Jack... gold is not what you will lack. If you're not rich by tomorrow's end, come back to me, your new-found friend. Then I'll refund, to you, your cow, but beans are what you need, for now.

Jack

Oh?

Bean Lady

So... here's one for good faith and one for your heart and this one's for a brand new start. Here's one for you and here's one other. This last one here; it's for your mother.

Jack

But beans are not what I should get for Bessie, my cow - my only pet. Early this morning, my mother said that we need gold to live and be fed.

Bean Lady

These beans are full of wealth, my dear. You'll soon have gold up to your ear.

Jack

For some reason, i still believe that you are honest and do not deceive. So, Bessie, my friend will soon be sold and we will receive a whole lot of gold.

Bean Lady

Jack... Put the beans there, in that sack.

Jack

Where?

Bean Lady

There... the sack... right there Jack. The sack... the sack on your back.

Jack

Oh!! This sack on my back. It's called a knapsack.

Bean Lady

Thank you Jack for that information, but do beware of the beans' inflation.

Jack

Beware of the beans' inflation? (Aside) This lady has a big imagination!

Bean Lady

Jack, now please, pass her to me.

Jack

Alright. Here is she.

Bean Lady

Now that we have made the trade, you mustn't be anymore delayed.

Jack

I know. I'll go. I just want to say bye.

Bean Lady

Alright Jack. Don't make me cry.

Jack

Bessie, I'm sorry that you have to go. Though, I'm sure that there will be a day that we'll meet again...

Bean Lady

I say. Jack? Have a hanky handy in that knapsack.

Jack

I'm sorry. I don't. Bessie, I won't... ever forget the fun times that we've had. Goodness, I'm so very sad! I'm gonna miss you!

Bessie

Mime monna miss moo moo!

Bean Lady

Boo ... hoo!

Bessie

Moo... ...

Jack

My Messie.

Bessie

My Mack!

Bean Lady

We've got to part now, Bessie - Jack.

Jack

Thank you much for buying my cow. I'm going home to mother now.

Bean Lady

You're very welcome and please remember: tomorrow's word for you is 'timber!"

Jack

"Timber" is tomorrow's word. "Timber" is the word I heard.

Bean Lady

(Aside) That boy, there, has such a big heart and really is so very smart. I hope he remembers his word of the day. Otherwise, I'll have to find another way.

Bessie

Moo moo mave may mawn more me? (Do you have a lawn for me?)

Bean Lady

Why yes, Bessie. I certainly do. Come with me to your home, anew.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Shari Lewis

Scene 4: Jack's back!

Jack

I'm back mother, come out and see. I sold Bessie for three plus three.

Mother

Son? Jack? I'm glad you're back. Alas and alack, what's in your knapsack?

Jack

Be patient mother and close your eyes. Close them now. I have a surprise.

Mother

Oh, I like surprises. I can't hardly wait. Go on now. Don't hesitate.

Jack

Here's one for good-faith and one for your heart. This one's for a brand new start! Here's one for you and here's one other. This last one is for you - my mother.

Mother

You got six my son! A job well done!

Jack

Keep your eyes closed and I will tell what happened today at Bessie's farewell.

Mother

Alright son, I'll do as you say. Tell me now. Don't keep me at bay.

Jack

Just like you asked, Bessie was sold. Sold to a lady that truly fore-told. Fore-told of a future that was filled with gold. And what she gave - was really quite bold.

Mother

I don't understand. What's in my hand?

Jack

Gold is not what she gave to me. See for yourself, while I step away - from thee.

Mother

Beans! ... Jack!!!

Jack

Ahh! Ack!

Mother

Stop! Jack! Get - back - here.

Jack

Oh dear!

Mother

Don't worry, my son, I haven't the air. I'm going inside now, if you care. Tonight, Jack, I must get some sleep. Maybe I'll dream of how to keep - our land - our house - and get something to eat! Jack, you cannot believe everyone that you meet! I'm going inside now to rest my feet! From all this - excitement - I'm beat!

Jack

Do go inside and please get well. If you don't mind, I think I'll go to Jill to tell her everything that happened today. Can I go mother? What do you say?

Mother

Jack, you may go now, but only if you hurry. Be back soon though, so that I won't worry.

Jack

Oh, thank you mother! I'll see you soon! I'll be back, quick! Before the moon!

Scene 5: Jack's friend, Jill

Jill's Mother

Jill, you know you're my favorite daughter. So Jill, go fill this pale with water.

Jill

But mom... I'm kind of om...

Jill's Mother

Yes, I know you're my only daughter. So you will get up and get the water.

Jill

Mother, I'll go, so that's enough! Goodness. Golly, my mother is tough!

Jill's Mother

Jill will be fast and so very quick and if it gets dark, here's a candlestick.

Jill

I'm going. I'm going. There's no need for crowing.

Jill's Mother

Don't forget a match - and don't forget to latch...

Jack

Hello Jill and how are you?

Jill

Hi Jack. To be honest, I am quite blue.

Jack

What do you know, Jill. I am too!

Jill

Tell me Jack, what's wrong...

Jack

Boo hoo!!! Jill, you see, today has been bad. I awoke to a mouse and mother was mad. She screamed, it squeeked and went out the door.

Jill

Well...

Jack

That's not all! There's a whole lot more. Bessie, my cow then had to be sold before days' end for six pieces of gold. We were on our way to the market and I met an old lady with beans in her hand. I then sold Bessie. The lady was kind. I sold her for beans. Was I out of my mind? The beans she gave, I took to mother. Why did I do that?

Jill

Oh brother!

Jack

My mother was mad, but then got sad. So Jill, what kind of day have you had?

Jill

Nothing like that happened to me. I've been really bored and quite lazy. Oh, look, my friend, we're at the well. Let's have some fun, Jack. Farewell!

Jack

Hold on Jill. We can have some fun, but we're on a hilltop and should not run!

Jill

I know how we can have a good time. You can do whatever I rhyme.

Jack

Oh, that sounds great! I will do whatever you state! Alright Jill, I'll play along. Maybe you should rhyme - in song?

Jill

No. So - first you'll do a simple trick. You must jump a burning stick. Hurry Jack! You'd best be quick! Quick to jump that candlestick! Jack, be nimble. Jack, be quick. Jack, jump over the candlestick! Good job Jack, but up comes the moon. We have to hurry and be home soon.

Jack

I'll get the water and be very quick.

Jill

Jack! Watch out for the candlestick!

Jack

Uh oh!

Jill

Oh no!

Jack

Whoa!

Jill

That was fun Jack. Do that again.

Jack

Not today Jill, rest on that bin. I'll go up and fill the pale.

Jill

I'd rather softy sit - maybe here, on this bale.

Jack

Alright Jill, I wasn't slow. Just like you said, we've got to go.

Jill

Thank you Jack for playing tonight. Let's go now, while there still some light.

Jill's Mother

You're finally back, my lovely daughter. Thank you so much for getting the water.

Jill

We have a little story to tell about Jack and me at the water well. You see, Jack

Jack

And Jill

Jill

Went up the hill

Jack

To fetch a pale of water

Jill

Jack fell down and broke his crown.

Jack

Jill came tumbling after.

Jill's Mother

Daughter - it sounds like you both had fun.

Jill

Yes, we did.

Jack

But now, I must run. Goodnight and sweet dreams to both of you. I'll see you tomorrow. I bid you adieu!

Jill

Goodnight my friend. I'll see you soon. Mother I'm tired. I'm going to bed.

Jill's Mother

Goodnight Jill. Go rest your head.

Scene 6: The Next Morning

Jack

Ah, such a bright and beautiful morning today! It's time for adventure and fun and play. Or I could relax and reminisce - on yesterday. What's this?

Do my eyes deceive and should I believe? Here is a stalk of beans to the sky? I know that I shouldn't even ask why, as I'm sure this is from the magic beans - and I do know just what this means. I'll be rich and no longer be lean! Boy I'm smart - so very keen!

But I do wonder what is at the top of this green and leafy, over-sized crop. I'm almost certain that I'd be allowed to climb all the way up and onto that cloud. Since my mother won't awaken for hours, when I get back, I'll pick her some flowers.

Jack and the Beanstalk Fairy Tale

Scene 7: Into the Clouds

Jack

Wow... Everything here is very big! If this was a tree, I'd be a twig. I wish that this was my big house. I bet it has a big, big mouse; or even more, like nine or ten - armies of mice, the size of men. I hear steps, I'd better hide. Why did I come inside?

Lilly

Whomever is here, they'd best watch out. The giant will soon be coming about - soon! Well before noon! He'll use his harpoon and then put you in his spoon! Please come out before he's here. I'm very - nice, so have no fear!

Jack

Hello up there!

Lilly

You'd best beware!

Jack

I'm not scared at all right now. I'm too famished to lift my brow. I've not eaten for a while, you see. Do you have some food to spare - for me?

Lilly

Yes, of course! What will you eat?

Jack

Hmm... a sandwich would be a big treat!

Lilly

Wait right there. Don't move an inch. Making a sandwich will be a cinch!

Jack

That giant lady, familiar she looks. Come to think of it, so do those books. That picture right there; up on the wall - it used to hang in our family's hall! Ooh - I'm about to fuss! The Giant must have stolen all of this from us! Hey lady, come out here please!

Lilly

Yes, Jack? Would you like some cheese?

Jack

That would be great, but I must inquire! Just what in the Giant do you admire?

Giant

Fee! Fie! Fiddle-e-dee! I wonder what the wife is cookin' up for me?

Lilly

He - Me - My - I - did not decide. The Giant is coming. Go and hide.

Jack

What? You did not?

Lilly

No. Now go!

Giant

Fee. Fie. Foe. Fan. I smell the likes of an English man But be he living or be he quite not, he'll soon be the stew in my gold-leaf-ed pot!

Lilly

I didn't know you'd be home for brunch, but I've already prepared your lunch. How was your day honey? Was it grand? Did you conquer another man's land?

Giant

Fee. Fie. Foe. Fange. Wifee, you are acting strange!

Lilly

No, I'm not. It must be you. In fact my Giant, your lips are blue! I think you must be sick, my fellow. Your head is hot and your face is yellow! Try to listen to the harp's sweet verse and then take a nap before you look, I mean feel much worse.

Giant

Fee. Fie. Foe. Fold. I think that I will count my gold. Here is one and here is three. One and three are four, you see. Four and four are eight. Wait! I almost forgot. I didn't count the biggest lot.

Lilly

There's three hundred thousand in that.

Giant

Well - drat! Why did you stop my count.

Lilly

Your total is the same amount - three hundred thousand and eight.

Giant

Lilly, that is great!

Lilly

Alright now, go to sleep. If you must, count some sheep.

Giant

Bring the harp to sing a song.

Jack

(Aside) I hope this doesn't take too long.

Lilly

Here's the harp. She'll sing a tune.

Jack

(Aside) This giant, here, is quite a buffoon.

Harp

I sing this song for great, big Giant. It will make the Giant, compliant. He shall sleep now and not soon awake. He will not make...

Giant

(snore.)

Harp

Jack - his - steak.

Lilly

Alright Jack, it's time to pack. Don't forget your knapsack.

Jack

Thank you lady. What is your name?

Lilly

My name is Lilly. Now stop being silly. Get your things and go. The Giant will awake. You'll be his steak! Don't make his belly grow!!

Jack

Don't worry about me Lilly. You're the one that's silly. Why do you stay with him? He's so - grim.

Giant

Fee!

Jack

You see, I don't understand. Is this not a liberated land?

Giant

Fie!

Lilly

You're going to make me - sigh. No. This land is not free.

Jack

I see.

Giant

Foe!

Lilly

Jack, hurry up and go.

Jack

Alright, but I'll soon be back.

Lilly

Wait! You forgot your - knapsack.

Giant

Fee. Fie. Foe. Feam. I'm having a very good dream...

Lilly

Did you hear what he said? Giant dearie, lift your head! The boy will soon be on is way back! Get ready for the boy with the little knapsack!

Giant

Fee. Fie. Foe. Fired. I can't do anything - I'm too tired!

Lilly

Alright then, I'll think of the plan. I'll get that puny English man!

Comments 28 comments

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Gawn Fishin' 8 years ago from Vancouver, BC

I simply wish to read this series to my grandchildren. Would that 'personal use' be prohibited?


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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina Author

"Personal Use" would be totally FREE!!! I would be honored if you'd read it to your grandchildren! Maybe this will encourage them to get involoved with acting. If they are old enough (~ age 4+), let them read aloud some of the roles, or have them repeat after you. Get each of them up - on their feet - and have them be active with it. It will help them build confidence with performing in front of others. Get them to remember the lines and then give each of them suggestions of what to do with each of the lines. I'll finish posting the rest of the scenes soon. Thanks Gawn Fishin'. Artistically, ProCW


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andrews 8 years ago

Ver good! I read it to my daughter lol


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Gawn Fishin' 8 years ago from Vancouver, BC

Thank you ProCW. As soon as I walk into their home there is a book handed to me by the 2, and 3 year olds. They do get involved in the stories, and yours have so much fun, excitement, and education, I know it will be their favorite. The 2 year old will be a good mouse!

Trisha


SirDent 8 years ago

It seems to be very well written. Not familiar with writing in this fashion. I love it though.


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commentonthis7 8 years ago

very good


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

This a wonderful play. I love how you promote literacy through your plays.


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Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

Heehhe, you so silly. So I guess I'm going to be reading the future parts tomorrow...or should I save reading them until I have a bad day that way I'm guaranteed to have a smile on my face ?


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

nice... squeek? hehe will be off to taking more peeks :-)


rhey anne 8 years ago

thanks for this site!!! now i already have something for my project... very well done,


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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thank you for your comment... hmm... I wonder what kind of project... :)


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betherickson 8 years ago from Minnesota

I'm reading this to my grand children. This is very nice. I like it. Thanks for sharing. :) Thumbs up!


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ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina Author

:) Thanks for the thumbs up! :)


lyleth 8 years ago

it is really a nice,nice story!i have fun readiing it!


Kasun 7 years ago

Nice .........:-)


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ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks! :)


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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Thoroughly enjoyable!


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ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thank you, breakfastpop! :)


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tonyhubb 7 years ago

Thanks :)


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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

The story of Jack and the beanstalk is very cool and excited and i wish i have magic beans like in this story.


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Dangazzm 6 years ago

This would definitely be something that I will pass on to some others with children... no use for it as of now but got it bookmarked just in case ;)


phonecads 5 years ago

This a wonderful play. I love how you promote literacy through your plays.


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andhe 5 years ago from Sweden

Nice way of publishing a play. Thanks alot!


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Yoovle 5 years ago from at the beach

Well done ProCW, very nice and simple play for kids!


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ProCW 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks for the kind comments, all! :)


Raj 5 years ago

Very well written and perfect for the puppet show I'm about to put on for my nieces and nephews. I'm wondering - did you get a chance to post up the remaining scenes? I would very much like to do this in its entirety.

thanks! :)


neelima 4 years ago

so good! :D :)


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apartmentsinminsk 3 years ago from Minsk, Belarus

very good!

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