Chorale Reading - Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2014

Who knew nursery rhymes were so … NOT politically correct? Well … here is how to fix them.


8 - 10 minutes

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An excerpt …

DUSTY: Good morning, children! And welcome to our storytelling time!

PARK: The greatest fairy tails and nursery rhymes of all times. Just the perfect little rhymes to lull you off into beddy-bye land.

DUSTY: That is so sweet.

PARK: Thank you. Okay! Our first nursery rhyme!

ALL: Three blind mice. Three blind mice. See how they run. See how they run.

GROUP I: They all ran after the farmer’s wife, who cut off their tails with a carving knife.

GROUP II: Did you ever see such a sight in your life,

ALL: As three blind mice?

DUSTY: Hold it! Hold it! Wait just a darned minute! That’s horrible! That’s disgusting!

PARK: And that’s the way the poem goes.

DUSTY: (indicating the audience) Just look at the faces of these poor children! Do you want them to go to bed at night dreaming about knives and mice with bloody tails?

PARK: But that’s the way the poem goes!

DUSTY: Then you’ll have to change it.

PARK: Change it? It’s a famous nursery rhyme!

DUSTY: It’s a terrible nursery rhyme! Rodents and weapons and all that tail chopping! Here … I’ve got a much nicer idea. Try this. (to the group) Ready, guys?

ALL: Three nice mice. Three nice mice. See how they dance. See how they dance.

GROUP I: They asked the farmer’s wife to prom. She went to the dance with her best dress on. Now she knows she can depend upon three nice mice.


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