Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Genre Comedy/Satire
Composer George Stiles
Lyricist Anthony Drewe
Book By Anthony Drewe
Other Credits
Format Book Musical
Type One Act
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
Version Original Version (2013)

Short Synopsis

The classic tale that reminds children not to fiddle with the belongings of others, lest there be consequences to bear. When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem in the Theatre for Young Audience version of Goldilocks And The Three Bears. Award-winning writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Honk!, Mary Poppins) inject a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem into this classic fairytale making it "just right" for the entire family.

Goldilocks, on a trip into the forest, ventures into a seemingly uninhabited house. In the process of making herself feel at home, she turns the place into a gigantic mess! Little does she know that the house belongs to a family of three bears, who will not be too pleased to witness her handiwork.

Featuring an unforgettable score and a story every child knows and loves, this adaptation is perfect for family audiences. The minimal cast size and limited design needs make Goldilocks And The Three Bears a great show for touring or for any theatre with a strong Theatre for Young Audiences component.

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Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Minimal/None

Character Breakdown

BABY BEAR The Baby of the Bear family. Curious about the world and unfamiliar with humans. Likes to sneak honey from the pot when his parents are not looking. Male, Any Age Range: D#3-Bb4

FATHER BEAR The Father in a family of bears that has no worries and cares. Suspicious of humans and very loving towards his family. Male, Any Age Range: B2-Gb4

GOLDILOCKS Mr. Locks' daughter. An inquisitive, feisty girl who carries around a Teddy bear. Lover of animals. Female, Any Age Range: Ab3-F5

MOTHER BEAR The Mother of the Bear family. Excellent porridge maker and reassuring presence. Can also be tough when she needs to be. Female, Any Age Range: Ab3-E5

MR. LOCKS A lumberjack who is building a road through the woods. Cares deeply for his daughter, afraid of bears. Good at his job. Male, Any Age Range: C3-G4

PUPPET BIRD The newspaper delivery bird. Non-singing

Detailed Synopsis

Somewhere in the woods a Father Bear, Mother Bear and Baby Bear appear. They are making their way home after foraging. They live a carefree existence in their cabin in the woods, far away from the dangers of people (“A Family of Bears”). They go home and go to sleep.

The next morning, a giant alarm clock goes off. As the Bear Family sits down to breakfast, Father Bear receives the newspaper, the Grizzly News. The news does not look good – the people are planning on building a road through the woods. Mother explains to Baby that this means the people may cut down the woods to make way for the road; though Baby Bear wants to stop them, Mother also explains that it is difficult to stop people from doing what they want. Father explains that people find bears dangerous, but really the people are the dangerous ones for bears. Mother and Father agree that in their cabin they are far away from people, and therefore quite safe. Nevertheless, they warn Baby Bear to stay away from people (“Beware”).

Mother Bear begins making the family porridge for breakfast. As she recites the recipe to make the porridge, she asks the audience for help remembering what she needs (“Porridge”). After she makes the perfect porridge, she pours it into three bowls. It is, however, too hot to eat, so the Bear family decides to take a morning stroll while they wait for it to cool (“Family of Bears – Reprise”).

Elsewhere in the woods, Goldilocks has come to work with her father Mr. Locks, who is a lumberjack. Mr. Locks’ job of cutting down trees is not nearly as exciting as Goldilocks had hoped. She wants to do something more fun, but Mr. Locks warns her not to wander off in the woods. The woods are dangerous, full of scary animals that might harm her (“Beware – Reprise”). Goldilocks says that she is not afraid of bears.

Goldilocks asks Mr. Locks how long it will take for him to cut down all of the trees. He reminds her that it is not all of the trees, just enough to make room for the road. He explains that he will sell the “timber” from the chopped trees. Goldilocks wonders what people will do with the timber when they buy it. Mr. Locks expounds on the many uses of wood (“Wood is Good”).

Mr. Locks then says that his axe needs sharpening. Goldilocks wants to do it, but Mr. Locks tells her no. Goldilocks finds this very unfair, she’s sure that if she were a boy she would be allowed to sharpen the axe. He tells her to stay where she is and that they will have breakfast when he is done sharpening. Goldilocks is already hungry. They left home early that morning. Mr. Locks assures her that her mother has packed them a meal, and at her insistence, agrees that they also have a snack for her Teddy bear. As Mr. Locks assesses his tree cutting, Goldilocks vents to her Teddy bear. She is frustrated that she is not allowed to do the same things that her brothers are allowed to do (“Just Because I’m A Girl”).

As she laments her lack of adventures, Goldilocks wanders through the woods. She stumbles upon the Bear Family cabin, which at this moment is empty. After knocking on the door, with no response, Goldilocks enters the cabin and finds the porridge on the table. She asks the audience who lives there, but doesn’t believe them when they tell her that bears live there. Seeing the porridge, and not having had her breakfast yet, Goldilocks samples the three bowls. The first is too hot, the second too salty, but the third is just right. She eats the whole bowl. She deduces that there must be three “people” living in the cabin, because there are three bowls of porridge and three chairs. As she tests out the chairs, she finds the small one to be just right, as well, but maybe not quite as she accidentally breaks off part of the chair. Getting tired, Goldilocks notices three perfectly made beds. She finds the little one to be just right and falls asleep. Elsewhere in the woods, Mr. Locks notices Goldi is missing.

The Bear family returns home. Baby Bear is concerned that he heard a chopping sound, but Mother and Father tell him that there are no humans nearby. The sound he heard was probably just other animals. Suddenly, Father Bear is overcome with an itch. Baby Bear doesn’t understand his discomfort at a little tickle, but Father explains that it’s much more drastic than that (“Itch and Scratch”). As Father goes to scratch it on his favorite tree trunk, he finds that trunk is missing. Just then they hear Mr. Locks yelling “timber!” and they realize that the humans are here and cutting down trees.

They hide as Mr. Locks appears; he is on the phone. The Bears overhear him say that he is missing Goldilocks, but also that he plans to clear the forest and the humans will send in bulldozers. Concerned with these developments, the Bears hurry back to the cabin, only to find something amiss. Someone has been eating the Bears’ porridge and sitting in their chairs – Baby’s is broken! (“Who’s Been…”). When they arrive upstairs they see Goldilocks’ Teddy bear in Baby’s bed. At first they think another bear is in their cabin, but then they that this bear cannot be real, it is too small. Just then, Goldilocks stirs! She and the Bears both start screaming in a comic fashion upon seeing each other.

Goldilocks hurriedly apologizes for breaking into the cabin. She and the Bears establish that they don’t mean to hurt each other, but then Goldi refers to her father’s axe and Father Bear realizes her father is building the road past their house. Goldilocks cannot believe her father would do such a thing. When Father proves it to her, she says it must be because he doesn’t know the Bear family lives here. She also assures them that her father will put the wood he cuts down to good use. Father Bear, however, explains why the woods are good – and shouldn’t be cut down (“Woods Are Good” – Reprise).

Resigned, Father Bear says they better start packing, it is not safe for the family in the cabin if it is by the road. Goldilocks thinks she can persuade her father to put the road somewhere else. Just then, Mr. Locks arrives. He is worried for Goldilocks’ safety as he bursts into the cabin in protective gear. However, he quickly realizes how silly he is being when he sees Goldilocks and the Bears sitting down to a cup of tea.

Goldilocks asks her father to build the road somewhere else. He consults a map to see if this is possible. He decides that it is, and everyone celebrates. Goldilocks and Mr. Locks join the Bears for a bowl of porridge (“Finale”).

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