Franklin could count by twos and tie his shoes .He liked to tell stories and act in front of an audience.
But one day Franklin learned that you don’t have to be at center stage to be a star. And George tiptoed into the cave. It was so dark, he couldn’t see a thing! Suddenly there was a big whoosh of fire! It was the fire-breathing dragon!
And it was breathing fire right at George!
Don’t give up George!
Go George, go!
When George got through with that dragon, it could barely toast a marshmallow.
It flew away as fast as its wings could carry it. Right over the mountains. The king gave George a huge reward of gold coins! And everyone in the valley lived happily ever after. The end.
Great story, Franklin!
That was good.
I liked that.
You are a really good actor, Franklin! I bet you’ll get a big part in the spring play!
You think so? I hope I do. Last time I had stage fright, but this time I won’t be worried at all!
Well,we’ll soon find out what parts we’re getting. C’mon!
I hope I get the starring role!
I wanna play the witch! Hope I get it!
The king gets to eat…I can’t wait..
I’d like to play the tallest character.
Welcome back class.
Now, I know you’re all anxious to find out about your parts in the spring play… so I won’t keep you in suspense. Now let’s see: Sleeping Beauty will be played by Badger.
There’s only one Badger in this class.
The role of the Prince will be played by Fox.
Do I get to use a sword?
Yes, and you wake Sleeping Beauty from her enchanted sleep with a kiss.
In front of everybody?
Bear will be our king.
Yahoo! I’m the king!
Goose will be the Queen.
Beaver will be the wicked witch.
I’ll cast an evil spell on all of you!
Raccoon and Skunk are the Nobles…and Rabbit and Snail will be the King’s Guards…
the King’s Guards…
What about me Mr.Owl?
What’s my part?
Don’t worry Franklin.
I haven’t forgotten you. You have an important part to play.
You’ll be our Stage Manager.
What part is that?
It’s not a part on stage, but it’s a very , very important job.
You will be in charge of the props, the lights ,and running the curtains.
Oh… that’s great Mr. Owl.
Alright then, we will start rehearsals tomorrow.
I’m going to wear a cape and ride a horse!
I’m going to wear a cape too, and carry a magic wand!
I’ll be the actor wearing a crown! And I’ll be wearing armour.
I wear armour all the time.
Franklin does too.
Don’t you Franklin?
Our shells… they’re like armour.
I guess so.
And this lucky turtle gets to run the curtains.
I’m not lucky. You guys are the lucky ones.
You get to be on the stage. Um…I know, let’s all go to the pond for a swim!
Yeah, let’s go swimming!
I don’t feel like swimming. I’m going home.
Do you want to play at your house instead?
I’ll see you tomorrow.
Oh Sam, today was terrible.
I was the only one in the class who didn’t get a part in the play. Mr. Owl must think I’m not a good enough actor.
Time for dinner! Oh,no!
How am I going to tell Mom and Dad?
And how was your day, Franklin?
Ok I guess.
Has Mr. Owl started rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty? We start tomorrow.
Oh, that’ll be fun!
What part did you get?
Uhm… it’s a surprise. A surprise!
But don’t I have to make a costume for you?
No, I don’t need a costume.
Well, we’ll be looking forward to finding out your secret part.
You were wonderful in the Christmas play.
Could I have the nobles step back to make way for the king….
And now our majestic king steps forward to center stage to celebrate the birth of the princess, we…uh..we…we shall….we shall throw a grand party and invite everyone in the entire kingdom.
Uh…oh yeah, I remember we shall throw a grand party and invite everybody in the kingdom.
Oh, I know all the lines…why didn’t Mr. Owl pick me?
I’m sure I won’t be receiving an invitation to their little party. But I’ll still give a present to the princess. A present that she’ll never forget.
End of act one.
Dim lights. Close curtains.
I cast my big spell in the next act.
Franklin, so I’ll need my sparkle..
Your sparkle dust is on the prop table. I filled it at lunch. Thanks, Franklin.
Aw… which sword is mine? I keep forgetting. I put a piece of red tape on the handle of yours. Oh thanks, Franklin. You’re welcome.
Well done class. I dare say our audience will think they’re watching professional actors!
No one’s going to clap for me.
Oh, no! they’re not going to see me any better from the front row. I should have told them I don’t have a part.
Look! Franklin is the Stage Manager!
That’s an important job! No wonder he was keeping it a secret!
You don’t scare me!
Hello , young Prince!
I’m warning you! Foolish youth!
Do you think you can succeed where all others have failed?
How beautiful she is!
Thank you kind Prince, for saving us from this terrible spell!
Hooray for the prince!
Hang on ,snail!
Yay for Franklin!
Way to go,Franklin!
Good job! Yay!
Thanks for helping me when I forgot that line again, Franklin.
No problem, Bear.
And thanks for handing me my sword.
I guess I was nervous and forgot about the red tape. I remembered , fox..
In a line everyone!
Back out for your bows!
And Franklin! Well done!
You know, that’s why I made you stage manager!
Because I know you were quick-thinking!
I thought I was backstage because I wasn’t good enough for a part!
Goodness me, no!
After the wonderful job you did in the lead time, I just wanted to give someone else a chance!
Just because you’re not on stage doesn’t mean you’re not important!
Why, this play couldn’t have happened at all without a stage manager!
And an excellent stage manager. You were.
Thanks, Mr. Owl.
Come on Franklin!
Yeah, hurry up.
You have to take your bow too!