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Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  9 any gender

Story Concept, Characters & Dialogue by Elaine Davida Sklar / Lyrics by Elaine Davida Sklar with Jon Gailmor & Danielle Davis / Music by Elaine Davida Sklar & Jon Gailmor with Danielle Davis

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 compelling 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!
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    9 any gender
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
Description

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 compelling 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! is appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as colleges, community and professional theatres performing for young audiences. Individual productions are granted a wide range of flexibility: Direction and depth of production can determine the age level and the running time of the show. Costumes can be animals or creations of the actors and/or the director. Younger children can sing the songs as a choral group and each Bully or Target can be divided into more than one part. Bully No More! appeals to everyone!

Bully No More! can be presented as an ongoing anti-bullying theme in elementary schools: Teachers divide the show into scenes, select one class to begin with the opening dialogue, and end after the first song. The anti-bullying message continues throughout the school year as eighteen short presentations are performed by all grade levels at weekly or monthly meetings.

Bully No More! has a flexible running time of approximately 60 minutes.

Bully No More! is supported by PACER - The National Bullying Prevention Center and endorsed by The Center For Missing and Exploited Children, the national organization - Partnership With Children, Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Governor Phil Scott, Senator Patrick Leahy, Founder of Ben & Jerry’s, Congressman Peter Welch, Stand Up to Bullying, and Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.

Elaine Davida Sklar was recognized and commended by Governor Philip Scott for commitment to improving the lives of bullied children. (12/19)

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont has written a professional, validated Bully No More! Discussion Guide to use in conjunction with Bully No More! in elementary schools: Order Guides: [email protected]

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!”).

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Casting

9 any gender
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Flexible casting: a chorus may be added.

MEDIATOR:
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.)

Casting Notes

Ensemble Cast – 9 Characters – a chorus may be added
Expandable cast: roles can be doubled with younger children sharing a part
Flexible Casting:  Elementary Schools may perform the musical over time.

Note from the author: Teachers can divide the show into scenes, select one class, or group, to begin with the opening dialogue, and end after the first song. The anti-bullying message continues throughout the school year, presented at weekly meetings, with a different class or group, one scene at a time. Several songs, "Hold Onto Hope!" "I Feel Strong!" and "A Perfect World," can be taught for the entire school to sing along when those scenes are performed.

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Dance Requirements: Easy
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus
1. “We Got Issues” – Bullies & Targets
2. “The Land Between” – Bullies & Targets
3. “What’ll You Do?” – Dinosaur
4. “Copy. Paste. Send.” – All
5. “I Am For Real” – Unicorn & Dinosaur
6. “Beg A Little, Crawl A Little” – Owl
7. “Longing To Qua…” – Duck
8. “Time To Stand Up!” – Elephant
9. “Going Bananas” – Monkey, Duck, & Elephant
10. “I Feel Strong!” – Targets
11. “Hold Onto Hope” – Dinosaur, Targets, & Monkey
12. “Latitude To Your Attitude” – Targets & Monkey
13. “Hop, Rabbit, Hop!” – Dinosaur, Rabbit, Targets, Monkey, & Owl
14. “Rabbit! Rabbit!” – Dinosaur, Rabbit, Targets, Monkey, & Owl
15. “Greed” – Bullies & Targets
16. “Bully No More!” – All
17. “A Perfect World” – Dinosaur, Targets, Monkey, Owl, Rabbit
18. “Don’t Bully Me Down!” – All

Orchestration

Performance and rehearsal tracks

Materials

Scripts

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Rehearsal Resources

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11 Libretto/Vocal Books

1 Digital resource download, consisting of:

  • Sing-Along Tracks to help your cast learn the songs.
  • Performance Tracks with orchestral accompaniment for your production.

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Media

Press

Bully No More! is a wonderful effort to educate children about bullying and what they can do to prevent it. Bravo!” - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

“I am so happy to know that Bully No More! is available to schools and theater groups everywhere!... Bully No More! is a must-see-musical offering both wisdom and positive ways for kids to overcome bullying. Not only that, but it is thoroughly entertaining! So, if you are thinking about putting on a show, one that IS both fun AND speaks to kids experience, Bully No More! would definitely be my pick!” - Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s

“When I was a prosecutor, we all knew of the problems of bullying. Today, with all the various electronic media and ways of communicating, the problem is so much greater. Parents, teachers and students need to recognize the signs of bullying and unite against it. For our children’s sake, let us hope Bully No More! can help. I believe it will.” - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

Song Samples

1. We've Got Issues
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2. The Land Between
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3. What'll You Do?
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4. Copy. Paste. Send.
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5. I Am For Real
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6. Beg A Little, Crawl A Little
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7. Longing to Qua...
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8. Time To Stand Up!
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9. Going Bananas!
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10. I Feel Strong!
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11. Hold Onto Hope
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12. Latitude To Your Attitude
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13. Hop, Rabbit, Hop!
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14. Rabbit, Rabbit
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15. Greed
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16. Bully No More!
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17. A Perfect World
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18. Don't Bully Me Down!
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Videos

  • Bully No More! A New Musical

  • "I Feel Strong"

  • I Feel Strong!

  • Bully No More Promo

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Authors

Elaine Davida Sklar

Elaine Davida Sklar is a playwright, lyricist, producer, director, and educator. Ms. Sklar is a Founder of The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, and the Founder and Producer/Director of The Greenwich Repertory Theatre. Elaine directed for Connecticut Playmakers, served as Drama Chairman for the Masters School in D ...

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Jon Gailmor

Jon Gailmor has been performing in schools, colleges, resorts, restaurants and folk clubs throughout the country for almost 40 years, serenading at child care and senior centers, singing at prisons, hospitals, conferences, corporate and private parties and delivering unorthodox high school commencement addresses. He ...

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Danielle Davis

Danielle Davis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and a Master's in Mathematics. Danielle’s writing has been featured in several publications, including Literary Mama, The Journal for Compressed Creative Arts, Allegory Magazine, Nanoism, Twenty 20 Journal, Crossed Out Magazine

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