Santa Clara County Council
audience into five groups and assign each group a part -
I want to go
Take your sombrero
SOMBRERO: It’s too
Take me, Jose
Scene is a small town in
Mexico, about 65 years ago.
JOSE was excited. It was almost
time for the FIESTA parade. He was going with his MAMA and SISTER. His
father had already taken the BURRO and cart with a load of goods for the
market. “Hurry, JOSE,” called MAMA, “it’s time to go to the FIESTA. Get your
SOMBRERO and meet your SISTER outside.” JOSE looked all over the house but he
could not find his SOMBRERO. “SISTER,” he called, “have you seen my
SOMBRERO?” JOSE’s SISTER replied that she had not.
JOSE searched some more. He
must have his SOMBRERO to attend the FIESTA for the summer sun was very hot.
“MAMA,” called JOSE, “have you seen my SOMBRERO?” “Hmmm,” said MAMA, “I think
I saw your father put it on our BURRO when he left for market.” “Oh, no,”
said JOSE, “the BURRO is wearing my SOMBRERO. I cannot go to the fiesta.”
And JOSE sat down, very defeated.
“What’s the matter?” asked his
SISTER. “It’s time to go the FIESTA, but the BURRO is in town wearing my
SOMBRERO. I cannot go; the sun is too hot.” “I know what to do,” said his
SISTER, and off she ran. Soon she returned, and in her hand was the answer to
JOSE’s problem. It was yesterday’s newspaper. “Of course,” exclaimed JOSE,
“I can make a paper hat just like we did in Cub Scouts last week!”
Soon the hat was made and JOSE,
his SISTER, and MAMA left for the FIESTA. But, when JOSE got to town, he was
quick to find their BURRO and trade the paper hat for his SOMBRERO, since it
was more appropriate for the FIESTA.
The Grand Fiesta
audience into four parts and assign each one of the following parts -
Mexican: “Si si,
the Grand CASTILLO, a special FIESTA day in the village. It is the day that
the village honors it’s patron saint, as does every MEXICAN village once each
afternoon, there is a parade up and down the streets. At night the most
important part of the FIESTA takes place. All day long everyone waits
impatiently for the CASTILLO.
really means castle. To the MEXICANS, it means a special kind of fireworks
display that is part of almost every MEXICAN FIESTA. Men have fastened ROCKETS
and pinwheels to a light framework which is shaped like a castle. All of the
MEXICANS in the village contribute money to buy this CASTILLO.
begins to grow dark, the people crowd around. The band plays, the boys and
girls wear costumes. At last someone steps forward and lights a ROCKET near
the bottom of the CASTILLO. It sputters, then zooms high into the air to burst
with a wonderful display of red and green light. The pinwheel catches fire and
whirls around and around, sending out showers of white sparks. Then the next
ROCKET goes off, and the next pinwheel. One after another all the ROCKETS zoom
into the sky. Then darkness settles. The CASTILLO has burned out.
plays again and everyone buys refreshments. Nobody is in a hurry. They have
had a grand CASTILLO tonight and later they will have another, with eight
stories. That CASTILLO will last a long time.
At last the
FIESTA is over. There will be another FIESTA soon. All the MEXICAN’S work
hard, but they know it is not good to work all the time. They know that
FIESTAS are important too. One Mexican says: “To save money with no purpose
is foolish. But to save money for a new tractor or for a FIESTA, that is
from a story in “The First Book of Mexico”.)
A Real Mexican Hero
Great Salt Lake Council
Divide the audience into three
groups and assign each one of the following parts –
MIGUEL - Thanks, friend.
EMILIO is a
real hero. One day he and MIGUEL were goofing off down by a pond that was in a
remote area by where they lived. It was rumored that the pond had alligators
in it even though they couldn't see any. No one else was around.
wading along the shore when he suddenly disappeared under the water. MIGUEL
came to the surface sputtering and splashing wildly. EMILIO did not know how
to swim that well. He seized a long branch and pushed it into the water toward
MIGUEL. It didn't quite reach, so he waded in cautiously and pushed it
further. Finally EMILIO could get hold off it and was pulled to shore safely.
his father were so grateful, they tried to give EMILIO some money, but he
wouldn't take it. He said he was a Cub Scout and wanted to help others.
EMILIO is a
hero in other ways, too. One rainy, cold day he was on his way to school. In
the weeds he spotted a CHICK. It was cold and glassy eyed. He picked it up and
cuddled it in his warm hands. He thought he would take it to school and show
it to everyone, but instead he looked under a bush and saw a mother hen on a
nest. He set the CHICK down close to her and it pushed under her wing. She
clucked at EMILIO and pecked his hand. He knew the CHICK would be safe.
class in school there was a bully named Juan. He especially loved to pick on
Roberto. Roberto was timid and quiet and wasn't ever chosen to play games. One
day EMILIO got to choose the teams at recess. He chose Roberto first. All the
guys looked surprised, and Juan jeered. That afternoon, when they were walking
home from school, Juan grabbed Roberto and forced him to the ground. EMILIO
pulled Juan off and stood between them until Roberto could get up. Juan
threatened to hit him, but with two boys to fight, it wasn't so easy. Finally,
Juan left and the two boys walked home together.
Meetings EMILIO always helps fold up the chairs and pick things up.
All of us
can be HEROES. We may not save a life, but we can be helpful to others.