This article is from the Scouting FAQ, by Bill Nelson email@example.com, Soaring Golden Eagle firstname.lastname@example.org and Alan Houser email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
The Bicycle Shop
(The scene begins with three players on their hands and knees, in
a row, as bicycles.)
Shop Owner: Well, there we are, three brand new bicycles all set
up for sale.
Customer : (Entering) Hi. I'd like to buy a bicycle.
Shop Owner: Sure thing. Why don't you try them on for size ?
(Customer sits on the first bike and it falls down.
The second is too big, while the third is too small.)
Customer : I sure like the first one, let me try it again.
Shop Owner: Why not ? (Setting up bike again) There you are,
it's all set up again. (Customer sits on it, and
again it falls down.)
Customer : I don't know. I really like this one but it keeps
falling down. I'm afraid it's not made well enough.
Shop Owner: Our bicycles are all very well made. It was just
assembled this morning, and it may need a little
adjustment. Let me get some help.
(A volunteer is chosen from the audience, who is instructed to
hold one 'wheel' of the now upright bicycle.)
Customer : (Sitting on the bike) That's perfect now. What was
the problem ?
Shop Owner: Oh, we just need a big nut to hold it together !
(One participant is on his hands and knees as the mower.)
Owner : (Yanking imaginary rope, while mower sputters) This
darned old mower, I can't get it going. I need some
help. (Gets help from another participant.)
Helper #1: So you just want me to yank on this rope, and get it
started ? That's easy ! (Yanking rope)
Mower : (Splutters, bobs up and down)
Helper #1: I'm sorry. I can't seem to do it. Have you checked
the gas ?
Owner : Yes, I have. Thanks anyway. Well, let's see who else
has a strong arm. (Selects another participant) What
I need you to do is to give a real good yank on the
starting rope and make it run.
Helper #2: Sure thing. (Yanks rope a couple of times.)
Mower : (Bobs up and down, sputters, coughs)
Helper #2: Sorry, I can't do it either.
Owner : What I need is someone big and strong (Selects a
Leader) (Leader will probably make some comments, but
let him talk and get him to pull the rope)
Mower : (Splutters, coughs, starts to vibrate and run)
Owner : There. All it needed was a good jerk.
The Lost Lollipop
(Small boy is sitting, crying)
Passer-by #1: (Enters) What's wrong little boy, why are you
Boy : (Sobbing) I lost my lollipop !
Passer-by #1: Have you looked for it ?
Boy : (Continues to sob) Oh, yes, I've looked under my
bed, in my sock drawer, and even in Charlie's
Passer-by #1: I've heard that chanting often works. You think
very hard about the lollipop until you can see it
in your mind, and chant 'lollipop' over and over
Boy : (Closing eyes tightly) Big red yummy lollipop, big
red yummy lollipop, big red yummy lollipop.
Passer-by #1: (Nods approval and strolls out)
Boy : (Continues chanting for a while, then starts crying
Passer-by #2: (Enters) What's wrong, little boy ?
Boy : (Sobbing) I lost my lollipop, and I hunted and
hunted, then this man told me to chant, and I did,
and it didn't work !
Passer-by #2: Chanted ?
Boy : Yeah, like this (Demonstrates, then starts to cry)
Passer-by #2: Don't cry little boy. Maybe we need more help.
Boy : (Turns to audience) You're my only help to get my
lollipop back. Everybody, very softly now, chant
with me, "Big red yummy lollipop, big red yummy
lollipop, big red yummy lollipop." (Gets everyone
doing it in unison) Great ! I think it's working,
keep going now.
Passer-by #1: (Re-enters) Hi little boy. Did it work ?
Boy : (Loudly) No, it didn't, but I did find a whole lot
of suckers !