The playwright, Andrew Pavey, is a guest author on Drama Notebook. He specializes in creating hilarious versions of classic folk-tales, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. This version of ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’ features a bratty child, a sneaky lamb, and a clueless teacher.
The script can be adapted to suit a slightly larger cast by adding more student characters and writing 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: EVERYONE is onstage, standing in a line to deliver the first verse of the nursery rhyme. After it’s over, everyone but MARY and the LAMB exits. When “ALL” lines are delivered, only cast members not currently in the scene should say the lines, and they can stay them from offstage if necessary. The set is simple. One side of the stage is bare, and the other is a classroom with desks.
ALL (Except MARY and the LAMB.)
Mary had a little lamb! Little lamb! Little lamb! Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow…
I don’t think that is very true. I think my fleece is more “heather gray.”
Hey, let’s not get picky, lamb. I think Mother Goose knew what she was talking about when she wrote this nursery rhyme.
Yeah, when was that? A billion years ago? Did they even have snow back then?
ALL (except MARY and the LAMB)
And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went, everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go!
Okay, now that is weird.
Wait, let’s test it out.
MARY starts to walk away from the LAMB, but in a very cartoonish fashion, the LAMB is pulled towards MARY almost magnetically.