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4 characters with flexible casting. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Adapted by Val Neubecker.

This very short and comical play is a take on the well-known nursery rhyme and perfect for primary students. The unlikely personalities of Miss Muffet and the spider make for a different story, as does the addition of the dragon, but it comes back to the familiar ending in a humorous manner.

Val Neubecker lives in Perth, Australia. She wrote scripts for a theatre restaurant for 18 years and has had three children’s books published. Her poems, short stories and plays have been published in The School Magazine, also NZ School Journal. She has published five e-books: The Rock, The School Photograph, What a Performance, An Alphabet of Australian Animals, and Santa’s Little Reindeer. ‘Ho! Ho! Ho! & Other Christmas Songs’, features Val’s work as a composer and lyricist. It also includes activities and worksheets to accompany the songs. Val is the Secretary and Poetry Coordinator for Creative Connections, an organization where poets write poems to works of art created by artists with disabilities.

More fun rap plays by Val Neubecker:

Cinderella Rap
Snow White Rap
Little Red Riding Hood Rap
Three Little Pigs Rap
Robin Hood Rap
Jack and the Beanstalk Rap
Space Travel Rap
Ghostly Rap

CHARACTERS

NARRATOR
MISS MUFFET
SPIDER
DRAGON

SETTING
Bad-tempered Little Miss Muffet, looking cross. Spider smiling, large web behind.

NARRATOR:
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on her tuffet

(MISS MUFFET sits, then jumps up)

MISS MUFFET:
This tuffet’s as TOUGH AS CAN BE!

NARRATOR:
And she yelled at the spider
Who smiled there beside her,

MISS MUFFET:
It’s gotta be SOFTER for me.

It’s hard when I sit,
It’s got lumps, it’s got grit,
And the edges are JAGGED and ROUGH!

NARRATOR:
So she gave it a smack
And a really good whack,
But the tuffet remained just as tough.

(MISS MUFFET with hands on hips)

The spider, he smiled,

SPIDER:
There’s no need to go wild.

NARRATOR:
And Miss Muffet screamed out,

MISS MUFFET:
That’s ENOUGH!
You can stop smiling wider,
You hairy-legged spider,
I tell you THIS TUFFET’S TOO TOUGH!

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