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 Ants 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:
At rise: ANT 1, ANT 2, and ANT 3 are hard at work.
One autumn day, a group of busy ants were preparing their anthill for winter.
Hurry, fellow ants! We must prepare the anthill for winter!
Yes, we simply must! Or else the Ant Queen will be very upset.
I’ll get the firewood!
I’ll get the peach preserves!
I’ll get the playing cards!
ANT 2 and ANT 3 look at ANT 1, confused.
What ELSE are we going to do all winter long?
You’re right! That does sound fun.
But right now, we have to work.
The winter will be full of relaxation as long as we prepare.