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Earlier this week, Barrel of Monkeys invited writers of all ages to participate in free creative writing workshops in Millennium Park. The actors and educators at Barrel of Monkeys are now bringing the stories to life in a free show at Millennium Park (Cloud Gate). Enjoy the stories from our Millennium Park participates, along with stories written by our students in Chicago Public Schools.

We hope you enjoy the show!

1. A Story Blah Blah Blah

2. The Battle of Ice and Lava Go Bears

3. The Story of My Life

4. The Adventures of Little Butter

5. The Lowest Rate Hotel

6. Attack of the Facial Hair

7. El Jugo y La Hormiga

8. Rappers Airport Beef

9. The Destruction of Chicago

10. I am Lake Michigan
11. The Museum

12. CTA Zebras

13. Monster High

14. The Bubblegum

15. The Wind and the Rain

16. Chicago

17. The Bean

18. The Super Hero Squad

19. My Bugatti

20. Dogs

21. Work Together

Battle For The Light

By Simon W., 3rd Grade, Haines School
Dialogues Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2006

Characters: Black Elf/ Master of Darkness/ Magician of Light/ Master of the Sword of Light
Setting: Island of Darkness/ Island of Light/ Final Destination

Master of the Sword of Light (MOTSOL): Let’s head for the Island of Darkness.
Magician of Light (MOL): Be careful though.
MOTSOL: I will and you should help me.
MOL: I’ll come with you.
Master of Darkness (MOD): MOL and MOTSOL are fools.
Black Elf (BE): They will die!
MOD: They will once they come.
BE: They can’t stand up to our army of darkness!
MOTSOL: I sense darkness! Be careful!
MOL: I will MOTSOL. Spirits come to gather light! Yes spirits come!
MOL: Yes, now it’s an army of light!
BE: Head for the island of light!
MOD/BE: Yes, Island of light.
MOD/BE: Yes, Island of light is destroy!
MOD/BE: Yesssssssss!
MOD/BE: Muhahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!
MOTSOL/MOL: Head for the Final Destination!
MOD/BE: Follow them!!!
MOTSOL: Yesssss!!! DIE!!!!!!!
The End

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

Trapped In The Hospital

By Arturo S., 5th Grade, Cleveland School
Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005

Once upon a time in hospital there were only two patients a lonely scientist and a talking Potato Chip they were injured in a car crash they were mad at each other they were in the same room and tried to fight. One night the hospital people forgot about them and they were locked in. They yelled and yelled but no one heard them. The lonely scientist was hungry and told the potato chip I’m going to eat you. The potato chip said help! He is going to eat me. The Potato Chip ran and ran the lonely scientist ate him and said yum yum. The end. Monkeys Rule!

First Kiss

By Joshua I., 3rd Grade, Harold Washington Elementary
True Stories Holidays Valentine's Day Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma

In the summer time last year just about before the school year was over there was this girl named Diana [note from the typist: all i’s in ‘Diana’ written with a heart as the dot on the i] that I sorta had a crush on she smelled like fresh fruit or flowers she was like a dream come true so total hot that she could almost hypmatize me to do or give her something. I had the most scariest gang of rough friends ever even the 8th graders were horrified of us we were vicious like a swarm of wild sharks. Diana had the most prettiest friends and all of my friends go out with them but I got beauty and brains. One day something changed completely after we had art and washed our hands Diana walk in and turn off the lights and frenched me WOW tolito! Man she could kiss so could I ♥

The Dog Was Dead

By Dinelle H., 4th Grade, Dewey School
Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts That's Weird, Grandma Other Venues TOTL 2005 TOTL 2006 Wilmette 2007

the dog was dead. He Hit His Head and He come Back to life. He was nice this time to the cat that had hated him the cat was just so mad Because the dog was dead and now he’s alive and the cat touch the dog and the dog said Wolf Wolf Wolf. and the dog said mmmm and it was so sad the dog was back alive. The dog was dead. He Hit His Head? He Came Back to life He Was So Nice.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

El Perro Sin Dientes

By Martin S., Gladstone School
Spanish Songs Monkeys Come Alive Podcasts

Había una vez un perro que siempre jugaba con sus amigos los gatos. Pero un día que los animales decidieron jugar y correr. Uno de los perros corrió muy rápido y tropezó con una grande piedra, y el impacto fue muy grande que el perro se golpeó con una pelota en el hocico y eso le causó que perdiera su gran dentadura. Entonces el perro rápidamente corrió hasta un espejo y se miró y vió que había perdido toda su dentadura. Cuando llegó la tarde, el perro regresó a su casa muy preocupado por lo que dirían sus dueños. Los dueños dijeron: “No lo puedo creer, esa es mi mascota.” Entonces llevaron a el perro con su veterinario y dijo: “yo tengo la solución para ese problema, yo lo pondré con una dentadura de plástico.” Y así fué. Cuando los señores regresaron a su casa, ahora ellos regresaron con una nueva mascota y con una dentadura nueva en el perro.

English translation:

The Toothless Dog

There was once a dog that always played with his friends the cats. But one day the animals decided to play and run. One of the dogs ran very fast and tripped on a big stone, and the impact was really big so that the dog hit himself on the mouth with a ball and this caused him to lose all of his great teeth. Then the dog ran fast to find a mirror and saw that he had lost all of his teeth. In the afternoon the dog returned to his house and was very worried about what his owners might say. The owners said, “I can’t believe that is my pet.” Then they took the dog to the veterinarian and he said, “I have the solution for this problem, I will put in plastic dentures in his mouth.” And that’s how it was. When the owners returned home, they returned with a new pet and with a new set of teeth on the dog.

Listen to the podcast episode adapted from this story!

Why I think kids should be able to go buckwild and horse play for 5 hours straight

By Mikchayel W., Harold Washington School
Arguments Songs Monkeys Come Alive That's Weird, Grandma

First I think kids should go buckwild because kids don’t wanna learn. We wanna play. We wanna rule the classroom. We thirst for power.

Next I believe kids should play because most kids think teachers make learning boring.

Last I think kids should play in the classroom because why waste all our crazy energy on positivity. C’mon let’s destroy somethin’.


I disagree because I don’t wanna loose all my energy.

Next I disagree because there’s 24 hours in a day and we only get 5 hours.

Third I disagree with myself because I just like arguing.

My Day

By Julian A., South Loop Elementary
True Stories Poems Songs Monkeys Come Alive

My day is always good
I have a fun day
Sometimes I have boring days
And sometimes I have happy days
I have a singing day
I have a big day
I have a flying day
I have a super day
I have a balloon day
I have a cake day
I have a girlfriend day
I have a book day
I have a zoo day
I have a hyper day
I have a power day
I have a mad day
I have a test day
I have a swimming day
I have a TV day
I like Friday because it’s fun
And the last day of the week
I have a karate day
I have a quick day
I have a breakfast day.