Scene Detail

"I'm in charge here, you mysterious little bit of food! In you go!"

From: Champion of Breakfast
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Either Adult: Any Age ANNOUNCER
Either Young Girl or Boy SLICE OF BREAD / COLD CEREAL / HOT CEREAL / EGG / MYSTERY GUEST
 
Setup:
This is the beginning of the play. Read on...

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Scene

copyright 2004 by Matthew A. Everett


An ANNOUNCER steps out on stage, microphone in hand.


ANNOUNCER

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! It's time to find out who is -- the CHAMPION OF BREAKFAST!

ANNOUNCER waits for applause and cheers which are slow in coming.


ANNOUNCER

Come on! Work with me, people!

The audience gives a more acceptable response (hopefully).


ANNOUNCER

That's more like it.
All right, let's meet our first contestant vying for the title of the CHAMPION OF BREAKFAST!
Ladies and gentleman, I give you, a SLICE OF BREAD! Let 'em hear it!

SLICE OF BREAD walks out on stage.

A single actor plays all the different breakfast contestants. This could be handled in any number of ways, but since the actor will have next to no time at all for costume changes, elaborate costumes that are cumbersome to change are probably out of the question. The suggestion that comes to mind first is either a series of T-shirts with the different names of the contestants on them, perhaps of different colors - or a single T-shirt with velcro across the chest so a new name can be slapped on or ripped off quickly and the actor return to the stage. However, feel free to be as creative as you like.


ANNOUNCER

Welcome to CHAMPION OF BREAKFAST, Slice.

SLICE OF BREAD

Happy to be here.

ANNOUNCER

Are you ready?

SLICE OF BREAD

I'm ready.

ANNOUNCER

OK. Come over here and hop in THE TOASTER!

SLICE OF BREAD

Uh --

ANNOUNCER

Do you want to be the CHAMPION OF BREAKFAST, or not?

SLICE OF BREAD

(reluctantly)

Oooo-kay.

ANNOUNCER

In you go then!

SLICE OF BREAD hops in the toaster.

Again, all the many tortures the contestants must endure aren't to be taken literally. The ANNOUNCER and contestant of the moment can make it clear what's going on with their lines and actions. Special effects and elaborate set and props are not desired. If they say something is a giant toaster, we'll believe it's a giant toaster in the spirit of the game. Plus, if it's unclear what everything is on first glance, hopefully it will make the surprises amusing.

SLICE OF BREAD's head should remain in view after they hop in the toaster.


ANNOUNCER

We'll just set this on EXTRA TOASTY and see how you do.

SLICE OF BREAD

Bring it on!

ANNOUNCER

That's the spirit!

SLICE OF BREAD

Hey, it's getting kind of hot in here.

ANNOUNCER

You might even say EXTRA TOASTY.

SLICE OF BREAD

Get me out of here!

ANNOUNCER

Oh don't worry, you'll be out in a minute.

The toaster's bell rings and the SLICE OF BREAD comes flying out of the toaster and is flung across the stage, slamming into the wall and slumping onto the floor.


SLICE OF BREAD

Whoooaaaa! Ughh!!

ANNOUNCER

But wait, there's still more!

SLICE OF BREAD

No.

ANNOUNCER

But it's just a little BUTTER!

ANNOUNCER slaps a big gob of butter on the SLICE OF BREAD.


SLICE OF BREAD

No more!

ANNOUNCER

But we're not done. In order to be complete, we have to CUT YOU IN HALF!

SLICE OF BREAD runs off in terror as ANNOUNCER playfully chases them with a large knife.


SLICE OF BREAD

Aaaahhhhh!

SLICE OF BREAD escapes off stage.


ANNOUNCER

Oh well, I guess they weren't meant to be the CHAMPION OF BREAKFAST!
Let's bring out another contestant. Please give a warm welcome to a box of COLD CEREAL.

The box of COLD CEREAL appears.


COLD CEREAL

Howdy!

ANNOUNCER

Howdy yourself. Well let's get started. Come on over to this GIANT BOWL!

They walk over to the giant bowl.


ANNOUNCER

OK, now we just have to rip your head open!

COLD CEREAL

Hey!

ANNOUNCER opens the top of COLD CEREAL's box.


ANNOUNCER

And now we dump a heaping helping of flakes into the GIANT BOWL!

ANNOUNCER shakes COLD CEREAL vigorously to dump out their contents into the bowl.


COLD CEREAL

Easy there! Easy!

ANNOUNCER

Oh what the heck, let's just dump you all in.

ANNOUNCER pushes COLD CEREAL into the giant bowl.


COLD CEREAL

Ow!

ANNOUNCER

And now a generous portion of MILK! SOUR SKIM MILK!

ANNOUNCER simulates the pouring of milk into the giant bowl all over COLD CEREAL.


COLD CEREAL

Oh! Eck! Gross! Hey! Stop! I'm getting all -- soggy! Ahhh!

The COLD CEREAL wilts in the bowl.

ANNOUNCER shoves the bowl and COLD CEREAL offstage.


ANNOUNCER

Oh, too bad. Guess they weren't made to the CHAMPION OF BREAKFAST!

HOT CEREAL leaps into view.


HOT CEREAL

Just try that with me!

ANNOUNCER

Oh look, it's our next contestant. HOT CEREAL!

HOT CEREAL

Strong, flaky oatmeal to you, buster!

ANNOUNCER

So I guess you won't mind this other GIANT BOWL.

HOT CEREAL

Not a problem. I'll even rip off my own head!

HOT CEREAL does so, leaping into the other giant bowl.


ANNOUNCER

And I guess you also won't mind this SCALDING HOT WATER!

ANNOUNCER mimes pouring hot water from a tea kettle. HOT CEREAL is not phased.


HOT CEREAL

Ah! Soothing! I thrive on hot water! It makes me lumpy and good!

ANNOUNCER

Well, how about some HUGE GOBS OF BUTTER!

ANNOUNCER dumps in some butter. Not a problem.


HOT CEREAL

Hmmmm! Tasty!

ANNOUNCER

Well, how about some HONEY!

ANNOUNCER tries it. Still no problem.


HOT CEREAL

Sweet!

ANNOUNCER

Cinnamon!

ANNOUNCER sprinkles generous portions. Still nothing.


HOT CEREAL

I'm spicy!

ANNOUNCER

Well, then I guess you won't mind being LEFT IN THE MICROWAVE TOO LONG!

HOT CEREAL

Huh?! No! Wait! I'll splatter all over everything!

ANNOUNCER

Ha ha ha!

ANNOUNCER gleefully shoves the giant bowl with HOT CEREAL through a door (and offstage) into the microwave and cranks up the heat.


ANNOUNCER

Take that, Crispy Flakes!

We hear HOT CEREAL die a splattering death, throwing itself against the other side of the door.


ANNOUNCER

Since I'm in a good mood, I'll sneak another one of you in. Let's have a hearty round of applause for the EGG!

EGG comes on stage reluctantly.


EGG

You can serve me so many ways.

ANNOUNCER

Indeed we can, but first we need to CRACK YOUR HEAD OPEN!

ANNOUNCER cracks EGG's head open. EGG slumps to the floor in a puddle of yolk and white.


ANNOUNCER

Ooops, guess the YOLK's on them!

Audience will no doubt groan.
ANNOUNCER pushes the EGG offstage again.


ANNOUNCER

Oh come on, it's just a little breakfast humor.
And that brings us to our final MYSTERY GUEST!
Who dares the tortures needed to become the CHAMPION OF BREAKFAST?!

MYSTERY GUEST appears wearing a mask and a question mark over the name on their shirt, perhaps even a cape.


MYSTERY GUEST

I do!




(there's more, but the conclusion of the story, and the identity of the Mystery Guest, aren't available for viewing on this website)

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