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DRAMA: Grimmly Speaking

The Louse and The Flea

This is one of the cutest and silliest of the Brothers Grimm tales. You should read this just so you know how dangerous it is to brew beer in an eggshell. You were thinking about doing that, right?

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Cast In Order Of Appearance:

Narrator
Broom
Door
Cart
Furnace
Tree
Girl
Spring

NARRATOR

A louse and a flea kept house together.

SFX: happy noises

NARRATOR

One day they decided to brew beer in an eggshell.

SFX: mmmmmm, wheee!

NARRATOR

Suddenly, the little louse fell into the hot beer and burned herself.

SFX: ow!

NARRATOR

So the little flea began to weep loudly.

SFX: Boo-hoo-hoo

NARRATOR

Then the little door began to creak.

SFX: creak

NARRATOR

Hearing this, the little broom in the corner said -

BROOM

Why are you creaking little door?

DOOR

I'm creaking because the little louse has burned herself and the little flea is weeping.

NARRATOR

So the little broom began to sweep frantically.

SFX: sweeping sound

NARRATOR

Just then a little cart was passing by and it said -

CART

Why are you sweeping, little broom?

SFX: sweeping sound in the background

BROOM

I'm sweeping because the little louse has burnt herself and the little flea is weeping and the little door is creaking.

CART

Then I will run!

SFX: wheels spinning and squeaking

NARRATOR

As the little cart ran, it passed a little furnace. The furnace said -

FURNACE

Why are you running so, little cart?

CART

I'm running because the little louse has burnt herself and the little flea is weeping and the little door is creaking and the little broom is sweeping.

FURNACE

Then I will burn furiously!

SFX: burning sound

NARRATOR

A little tree stood next to a little furnace and it said -

TREE

Little furnace, why are you burning so?

FURNACE

I'm burning because the little louse has burnt herself and the little flea is weeping and the little door is creaking and the little broom is sweeping and the little cart is running.

TREE

Then I will shake myself!

SFX: leaves shaking

NARRATOR

The tree shook so hard that all its leaves fell off.

SFX: thud of leaves

NARRATOR

A little girl was walking past and she said -

GIRL

Little tree, why are you shaking so much?

TREE

I'm shaking because the little louse has burnt herself and the little flea is weeping and the little door is creaking and the little broom is sweeping and the little cart is running and the little furnace is burning.

GIRL

Then I will break my water pitcher.

SFX: glass breaking

NARRATOR

A little spring next to the girl said -

SPRING

Little girl, why have you broken your water pitcher?

GIRL

I broke it because the little louse has burnt herself and the little flea is weeping and the little door is creaking and the little broom is sweeping and the little cart is running and the little furnace is burning and the little tree has shaken all its leaves off.

SPRING

Oh ho! Then I will begin to flow!

NARRATOR

So the little spring began to flow violently and, in the water, everything was drowned. The little girl -

SFX: oohhh!

NARRATOR

- the little tree -

SFX: crack of wood and thud

NARRATOR

- the little furnace -

SFX: sssssssss

NARRATOR

- the little cart -

SFX: blub, blub, blub

NARRATOR

- the little broom -

SFX: long sweep and a sigh

NARRATOR

- the little door -

SFX: slam

NARRATOR

- the little flea -

SFX: eek!

NARRATOR

and the little louse.

SFX: darn!

NARRATOR

All together. Just like that.

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