by Dan Wilson
Chip DeMonk of the Forest Patrol teaches two children about the need to care for the environment.
Chip: My name's DeMonk, Chip DeMonk. I'm a member of the Forest Patrol. I carry an acorn. It's my job to make sure that things are under control in this part of town.
Sally: Ok, now I'll count to ten and you go hide.
Jake: Got it.
Chip: Oh oh, gotta hide. It's time for a stakeout!
Jake (enters): Boy, where am I gonna hide? Hey, this tree should be good. I'd better finish my Pop first. (drinks) Aw, now what am I gonna do with it.
Jake: I'll just throw it over there, maybe she'll think I went that way. (throws can. Chip drops acorn on his head) Ow!
Jake: Who said that? I didn't do anything!
Sally (enters): Boy, you're no fun. Don't you know how to hide?
Jake: Someone told me to freeze!
Chip: That's right. You have the right to remain silent, anything you say will be told to your parents...
Jake: AHHH! It's a giant rat!
Chip: I'm a chipmunk, and you're in no place to be insulting me.
Sally: Aw, he's so cute! Maybe we can keep him.
Chip: I am not a pet! I don't think you understand. Your friend here is under arrest.
Sally: What's the charge?
Chip: Vandalism, wanton defacing of the environment...
Chip: In other words...littering.
Jake: Well why didn't you say so? I'll go pick it up.
Sally: I'm sure that he just wasn't thinking, er.. officer chipmunk.
Chip: That's just my point! you humans never think. You're always walking around our homes, dropping your garbage all over the place.
Sally: Gee, we're sorry. Can we help?
Jake: Maybe if we're more careful, if we try to find garbage cans instead of just dropping things.
Chip: Well, that would help.. a little. There are just so many of you!
Sally: We could tell our friends!
Jake: And maybe they could tell their friends!
Chip: Could you?
Jake: Yeah, in fact, I'll start right now! Hey, could one of you pick up that can for me a put it in the garbage (or recycling bin if one is available). Thanks!
Chip: Ok, I'll let you off this time. But I expect you to do what you promised. Tell your friends not to litter! And remember..I'll be out there watching for you!
Jake: Ok, Chip.. can I call you Chip?
Chip: Sure, as long as you don't litter. (kids go off and chip climbs tree)
Chip: It's me again. Boy, things sure have been quiet around here lately.
Jake: Hey, it's the big chipmunk! How's it goin?
Sally: Hi, chip!
Chip: Well, it's good to see you too. Have you been careful about littering?
Jake: Oh yeah. We talked to the kids at school about it, and the playground has never looked better!
Sally: In fact, we came back to thank you.
Jake: And to plant this.
Chip: What have you got there?
Sally: It's a baby tree! We're going to plant a tree!
Chip: That's a wonderful idea! Whose idea was it?
Jake: Actually, it was our teacher's. She told us that if we plant trees, then the air will be cleaner.
Sally: Yeah, trees make clean air.
Jake: And we certainly need clean air in Chicago! (makes choking noises and pretends to faint) Air! Air!
Chip: And they also make homes for birds, and squirrels, and (of course) chipmunks!
Jake: no kidding, you mean that you live in a tree?
Chip: Right over there.
Jake: Check it out! (runs to tree)
Sally: Jake be careful!
Jake: I wanna see where Chip lives!
Chip: I didn't know that humans could climb.
Sally: Jake! get down from there! If you kill yourself you're gonna be in trouble!
Jake: Wow! I can see for miles up here! This is a totally cool place Chip!
Chip: Thanks, now don't mess the place up, ok. Come on down.
Jake: Yeah, ok. uh.
Jake: Uh, nothing, I'll be down in a minute.
Chip: Come on, you've gotta help plant the tree. Where's it gonna go?
Sally: How about over here?
Chip: Great. Jake? Are you still up there?
Jake: Uh, could somebody get me a ladder?
Sally: Maybe we should just wait for this new tree to grow tall enough for you to climb down it!
Jake: How long will that take?
Chip: About twenty years.
Jake: Mommm! (Exit)
Sally: Chip! Chip! Where is he?
Jake: I don't know. Maybe he's asleep.
Sally: Why don't you see if he's in his tree?
Jake: Uh, I don't think so.
Sally: Chip! Where are you?
Jake: Let's look around for him. (Jake and Sally search the stage)
Jake and Sally: Chip! Chip! Chipper! Chip off the old block! Chip-chiparooni! The chipster, hard to find.
Jake: No good, he's gone.
Sally: Where could he have gone? Have any of you seen him? No?
Jake: Gosh, this park isn't the same without him.
Sally: Yeah, I know what you mean. (Chip comes up behind them)
Jake: He taught us so much about the park.
Sally: How to take care of it.
Jake: How to appreciate it.
Sally: He showed us that the animals are our friends, and now we've lost him.
Jake and Sally: Chip!!
Chip: I was just getting some nuts. Did you really miss me?
Jake: Of course!
Chip: Because I can only stay if you want me to.
Sally: What do you mean?
Chip: In the past, people didn't really care if we were around or not. They destroyed our homes, threw garbage in our rivers and lakes, littered the ground with trash. A lot of us have had to leave. Many of us didn't have anywhere else to go.
Sally: That's so sad.
Jake: I'd never do that to you Chip.
Chip: I'm glad. But you must always remember me, and the park.
Sally: We'll always remember you!
Chip: Because when you grow up, it will be your decision if I and my friends stay or go.
Sally: I want you to stay!
Jake: I want you to stay!
Chip: (To audience) And what about you, do you want me to stay? (puppets sing song with children...exit.)
© Dan Wilson, all rights reserved.
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