Bully No More!
DescriptionA charming musical allegory, BULLY NO MORE explores the repercussions of bullying and celebrates the power of individuals to band together and stand up for what is right. With colorful animal characters and lively songs, the show empowers and inspires its audience to look out for one another, treat each other with kindness and respect, and “Hold Onto Hope” in an imperfect world. BULLY NO MORE runs approximately 60 minutes.
Dinosaur, who has been traveling through the galaxies, enters to discover a world inhabited by two groups of animals: the dominant Bullies (Lion, Monkey, Owl, and Rabbit) and their helpless Targets (Duck, Unicorn, Skunk, and Elephant). The conflict between the two groups appears unresolvable (“We Got Issues”). When Dinosaur crash-lands on the mountaintop, the animals explain that they live in “The Land Between.” Dinosaur, a born mediator, senses that these two groups need some guidance (“What’ll You Do?”).
Skunk is a studious scientist. But the Bullies, led by Lion, break into Skunk’s laboratory, trash everything, and lock Skunk inside. From outside the lab, the Bullies proudly share their malicious social media posts about Skunk (“Copy. Paste. Send”). Dinosaur intercedes, but the Bullies stalk off, unconvinced.
Next, the Bullies harass Unicorn, pretending she doesn’t exist. Unicorn is shaken, doubting her self-worth, but Dinosaur reassures her (“I Am For Real”).
The Bullies steal Unicorn’s backpack and run to a nearby pond, where they discover Duck sitting on a rock, reading an easy reader book. Owl taunts Duck (“Beg A Little, Crawl A Little”) but Duck has trouble finding the right thing to say (“Longing To Qua…”). The Bullies use Unicorn’s backpack to tie Duck on the rock. Dinosaur and Unicorn discover Duck, but they can’t swim, so they go looking for Elephant.
Elephant has been playing soccer, despite the insults hurled by Rabbit and the other Bullies. Dinosaur and Unicorn convince Elephant to help (“Time To Stand Up!”) and the three of them successfully rescue Duck.
Unicorn, noticing Monkey’s bananas sticking out of the backpack, quickly hides them (“Going Bananas!”). Unicorn begins to taunt Monkey, but Dinosaur steps in, and Monkey realizes how painful it is to be the target of bullying. To the dismay of Lion and the Bullies, Monkey tentatively joins the Targets as they return to the lab to rescue Skunk.
Dinosaur, Monkey, and the Targets free Skunk, who feels newly empowered (“I Feel Strong!”). Dinosaur is impressed, and everyone feels optimistic (“Hold Onto Hope”).
Freed to do as they like, the Targets consider bullying back, but decided instead to tell the Bullies how they feel. The Bullies, however, are unmoved. Monkey suddenly has a choice to make, and he decides to officially join the Targets (“Latitude To Your Attitude”).
Duck convinces Owl to use his brain for good. Dinosaur and Elephant try to make Rabbit understand and change (“Hop, Rabbit, Hop!”). Rabbit is reluctant at first, but eventually gives in (“Rabbit! Rabbit!”).
This leaves only Lion, who remains stubbornly unshaken (“Greed”). The former Bullies join the Targets in their attempt to persuade Lion (“Bully No More!”), but still, Lion resists. Skunk tries a different tactic, telling Lion, “Everyone has problems, but we all have choices and are responsible for what we do.” (“A Perfect World”). Finally, Lion silently crosses the stage and joins the rest of the animals (Finale: “Don’t Bully Me Down!”).
Story Concept, Characters & Dialogue by Elaine Davida Sklar
Lyrics by Elaine Davida Sklar, Jon Gailmor & Danielle Davis
Music by Jon Gailmor, Elaine Davida Sklar & Danielle Davis
1 Prompt Book with Vocal Parts (for the Director)
9 Prompt Books with Vocal Parts (for the Cast)
1 Rehearsal CD with Vocals
1 Performance CD (accompaniment)
Dinosaur (A million years old, charismatic, trustworthy and protective with the wisdom of the ages.)
BULLIES: (Egotists and narcissists without concern for anyone but themselves.)
Lion (Tyrannical dictator.)
Monkey (Taunting prankster.)
Owl (Snooty bookworm.)
Rabbit (Arrogant athlete.)
TARGETS: (Scapegoats and underdogs without the confidence to protect themselves against abuse.)
Skunk (Anxious scientist.)
Unicorn (Introverted diva.)
Duck (Dyslexic scholar.)
Elephant (Cowardly loner.)