INTERACTIVE PUPPET PERFORMANCE TRACKS
“OLD MACDONALD” 5 min.
FOR USE WITH AXTELL’S “OLD STORYTELLER” PUPPET
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You may want to actively pause the mp3 during your performance in case you get a large audience laugh (we hope you do) after one of the jokes.
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Storyteller puppet in a case or off-stage out of view. Begin your presentation with the
YOU: Hey, everyone! How many of you have heard
the song “Old MacDonald Had A Farm”?
(audience response) Well, we have a very
special guest for you today: it‟s Old MacDonald
himself. Let‟s give him a big round of applause
(Bring him out looking at the ground and back
at you nervously).
Mac: Ooh no! Uhh…careful now. Don‟t drop me- it‟s
a l-o-n-g way down there (he leans over
horizontally staring at the ground).
You: Well, don‟t worry. I won‟t let you fall.
Mac: (Looking up at you) Oh no, I‟m stuck. Can you
help me up?
You: Oh, sure.
SQUEAKY FX (Pull on his elbow to lift
him back upright during sound effect.)
Mac: (Slowly turns) Thank you.
You: You‟re welcome.
Mac: You know, I like to keep my feet on the
ground. I‟m and old farmer.
You: How old are you, anyway, 70?
Mac: 70!!…ha, ha, ha,…70!!…ha, ha,
(He begins laughing, becoming
hysterical- loses his balance)
You: Careful now, don‟t fall.
Mac: Oh no, it‟s a l-o-n-g way down there.
SQUEAKY FX (He leans over horizontally staring at the ground- his back creaks again as
you lift him up).
You: You‟re welcome. Old MacDonald, so, how old are you? Are you 80?
Mac: Hah! Not even close.
Mac: (Shakes head and chuckles)…Nah, I‟m so old that at my last birthday party, they had to
call the fire department to help me blow out the candles! Hah!
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Mac: I‟m a very old antique, so don‟t drop me- hah… it‟s a l-o-n-g way down there (he stays
down staring below). Uuh…nice shoes. . (He comments while looking down)
SQUEAKY FX. (His back creaks as you help him up again).
Ah, Thank you.
You: You‟re welcome. Now Old MacDonald, tell us about that famous song.
Mac: Well, it‟s a really catchy tune. Goes like this:
Old MacDonald had a farm
You: Excuse me…don‟t you mean E-I-E-I-O?
Mac: E-I-E-I-Oh yeah, I keep forgettin‟. Huh! You know, there‟s
two ways to tell if you‟re getting old: one is a loss of memory,
the second, ( Scrunch his face down by pulling down on your
pinky and index fingers in his eyebrows) ...I forget.
Oh well, here we go:
Old MacDonald had a farm
E-I-K-L—M---N---O----Q… (becoming confused)
You: Old MacDonald?
Mac: Oh no, I forgot it again…aah. Hey, how „bout if you help me sing that part, would ya‟?
You: Sure, we‟ll do that, won‟t we? (audience response)
Old MacDonald had a farm…
All: E-I-E-I-O (you encourage audience to sing here)
Mac: And on this farm I had a cow…
Mac: …Yeah, yeah, old Bessie… you know, and I, and I had a horse...hee hee...and I, and I
had a few chickens too...don‟t forget the pigs...and then there was the ducks (laughs) little
wobblin‟ back and forth when they walk... I had a dog…and a couple of cats...oh, and
Smittie the goldfish (laughs)...and an armadilla and a gorilla, or was it a gorilla with an
umbrella? I don‟t know.
You: (Interrupting him- you act like you are talking, but he can’t hear you).
Mac: Huh? What? Hang...hang on a minute…(turns away from you and yells into the air)
Q-U-I-E-T!! (all noise stops)
(Old Mac turns directly to you) How can I help ya‟?
You: Could we finish the song, please?
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Mac: What song? O yeah, ha…I was getting‟ to that. And now for the big finish:
Old MacDonald had a farm,
Mac: …Ooooh...careful now, it‟s a l-o-n-g way down there (he stares down)).
You: Ha, ha…thank you, Old MacDonald, for coming in today (You are struggling to keep him
from falling). Give him a big round of applause.
SQUEAKY FX (He sits upright during the sound effect) Ooh…careful, careful...thank you.
NOTE: You won’t be able to pull him up by his elbow because you will be holding him with both
hands, so make a deliberate act of helping him upright and it will look like you helped him
with your other hidden hand.