(Character in the skit has a distinctive sound to make when the Narrator says their name during the reading of the skit. The Narrator should pause, after reading the name of each character so they can make their sound, and for audience reaction)
Cowboy – “Yippee!”
Old Paintbrush – Whinny
Chief Running-Deer – Make a war whoop
Sitting Bull – Hee Haw
Emma – Rattles stones in tin
Timber Wolf – Howooooooo
Sheriff – “Bang”
Deputy – “He went that-a-way”
Narrator reads story, pausing for character players’ sound effects/actions
One upon a time there was a COWBOY who went out into the desert, riding his horse, OLD PAINTBRUSH. Far off in the distance, he could hear the TIMBER WOLF. The COWBOY made camp and fell fast asleep, after making sure OLD PAINTBRUSH was secure.
Now, creeping through the desert was CHIEF RUNNING-DEER riding his mule SITTING BULL. He was being pursued by the SHERIFF and his DEPUTY. In his pocket, CHIEF RUNNING-DEER had his trained rattlesnake EMMA, who was trained to creep up and bit the COWBOY and his horse. While CHIEF RUNNING-DEER crept up, OLD PAINTBRUSH watched the camp, the TIMBER WOLF howled, the COWBOY snored, and SITTING BULL ate cactus.
In the meantime, the SHERIFF and his DEPUTY sprang their trap. “Halt, you are my prisoner!” shouted the SHERIFF. The COWBOY woke up and mounted his horse, OLD PAINTBRUSH, which frighten the TIMBER WOLF and EMMA.
Away went old CHIEF RUNNING-DEER on his faithful mule, SITTING BULL, and after them went the SHERIFF, his DEPUTY, the COWBOY and OLD PAINTBRUSH. But old CHIEF RUNNING-DEER led them into a blind canyon, so that was the last anybody ever saw of the COWBOY, OLD PAINTBRUSH, EMMA the rattlesnake, the TIMBER WOLF, the mule SITTING BULL, the SHERIFF, or his DEPUTY.