Cuckoo wants to be a star so she abandons her daughter Melody in the homely crow’s nest who, in turn, wants her brood of four, Do-ray, Me-Fa, So-La and Ti-Do, to be stars. She hires Mr. Bull Frog to train her children but Mr. Bull Frog thinks Melody cannot sing. Melody wants to sing too and she seeks the help of Senor Julio, the blind thrush. A contest is announced!
CUCKOO COOL COOL EXCERPT
PLACE : ANOTHER CORNER OF THE JUNGLE /TIME : DAY
CHARACTERS: MELODY/SENOR JULIO/BAT VAN FRIDAY.
Melody is singing as she walks in the jungle.
HIS IS THE LIFE!
Music,music,music,Music is my life.
Do, ray, Me, fa, so, la, ti do,
Melody is my life.
The seven notes of music
Are the wings that make me fly.
Fly, fly, till I touch the sky,
Touch the rainbow which spans my dreams
Violet, indigo,blue and yellow
orange,red and green serene.
As she hops and twirls she crashes into
a brown thrush who is wearing dark
glasses and has a blind man’s cane in
his hand. Walking with him is a bat,
wearing a cape, he also has fangs.
Oh, can’t you see?
Oh! I am sorry.
You are so beautiful, child. What are you doing alone in the jungle?
Oh, but…. How do you know I am beautiful, you are blind.
To see you don’t need eyes, a good heart is all you need,like
my friend here. He, too can’t see but he takes me everywhere.
BAT VAN FRIDAY
Bat Van Friday at your service.
He smiles showing his fangs.
(taking a step back, little scared)
Don’t be scared child. He is a fruit bat,he only eats fruit and vegetables
BAT VAN FRIDAY
No meat for me.
Yes, yes, I couldn’t have hired you otherwise.
I heard you sing, you are a wonderful singer.
But Mr. Bull-Frog doesn’t think so.
And who is this Mr. Bull-Frog?
He teaches my brothers to sing but he thinks I don’t have a
Come close, my child, let me feel your throat.
(Melody goes close to him. He touches
her throat with his hands/wings)
Beautiful but it lacks strength.
Oh! How do I get strength.
For strength you need training and practice.
Will you train me?
Yes, but on two conditions?
You won’t tell anyone about me.
All right. And the second?
You can tell only one person about me, the person who is
going to bring you here to learn. I don’t like to see little
girls without a grown up with them.
(clapping her hand happily)
Of course, I know just who will bring me here. He’s into
All right then, Bat Van Friday here will drop you to the edge
of the jungle and pick you and your friend early in the
Senor Julio, at your service, chiquita.
Muchas gracias, Senor Julio.
She holds on to Bat Van Friday’s cape
who makes a revving sound and they both
zoom off the stage. Senor Julio waves
Adios, my child. See you tomorrow.