6 minutes long. Parts for six actors. Humorous re-telling of the classic folk-tale.

The playwright, Andrew Pavey, is a guest author on Drama Notebook. He specializes in creating hilarious versions of classic folk-tales, fairy tales and fables. This version of ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ features a lazy, napping Queen Bee and a disco-loving grasshopper.

The script can be adapted to suit a slightly larger cast by doubling the number of ants and creating simple funny lines for them! Use this script along with other short plays to create a spring or summer showcase of pieces with your class/group.

Excerpt from the play:

CHARACTERS
Narrator
Ant 1
Ant 2
Ant 3
Ant Queen
Grasshopper

At rise: ANT 1, ANT 2, and ANT 3 are hard at work.

NARRATOR
One autumn day, a group of busy ants were preparing their anthill for winter.

ANT 1
Hurry, fellow ants! We must prepare the anthill for winter!

ANT 2
Yes, we simply must! Or else the Ant Queen will be very upset.

ANT 3
I’ll get the firewood!

ANT 2
I’ll get the peach preserves!

ANT 1
I’ll get the playing cards!

ANT 2 and ANT 3 look at ANT 1, confused.

ANT 1
What ELSE are we going to do all winter long?

ANT 2
You’re right! That does sound fun.

ANT 3
But right now, we have to work.

ANT 1
The winter will be full of relaxation as long as we prepare.

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