5 minutes long. Parts for 9+ actors (flexible cast). Best suited for ages 6-10.
The story of the Hat Seller and the Monkeys is told in many countries, but it probably originated in Mali. In this short script, a band of monkeys outsmarts a hat seller and his son.
The play is written with minimal stage direction, as the actor’s movements are obvious within the narration.
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Excerpt from the play:
Hat Maker Son
Outside of a small village in Mali.
Narrator One: Once upon a time there was a hat maker who made all kinds of hats, big hats, small hats, tall hats, short hats, top hats and bottom hats.
Narrator Two: It was market day and the hat maker wanted to sell his hats there. He put his hats into a basket, one hat on his head and lifted the basket of hats onto his shoulder. He then set off to market through the forest. While he walked he sang a song.
Hat Maker: (singing) I am going to market, to market, to market
I am going to market to sell my hats.
Narrator One: It was a hot day and the hat maker needed a rest, so he put down his basket and lay down under a tree and fell asleep. When he woke up, all the hats in his basket had gone.
Hat Maker: Oh no. It took me months to make those hats. I have to find them.
Narrator Two: He searched high and low and couldn’t find them until, by chance, he happened to look and saw that in the trees there was a crowd of monkeys and every one of them was wearing one of his hats!
Narrator One: He shook his fist at the monkeys.
Hat Maker: Why you monkeys!
Narrator Two: The monkeys copied him and shook their fists back.
Narrator One: The Hat Maker wagged a finger at the monkeys.
Hat Maker: Naughty monkeys!
Narrator Two: The monkeys copied him and shook their fingers back.
Narrator One: The Hat Maker held out his hands together and begged the monkeys.
Hat Maker: Please give me my hats back!
Narrator Two: The monkeys copied the Hat Maker again.
Narrator One: In frustration, the Hat Maker threw his hat down on the ground.
Hat Maker: That’s it! I’ve had it with you monkeys!
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