Full-length play for 20-60 actors. Features ten fables told individually. Flexible cast! (10 credits.)

This is a full-length play that can accommodate 60 or more young actors! As written, there are ten Aesop’s fables told as individual stories, yet strung together with the use of narration. Plenty of costume, prop suggestions are included as well!

Stories and roles may be edited to fit the needs of your group.

Excerpt from the play:

As the audience settles in, we hear music, simple and sweet. This would be a good time for the director to welcome the audience and indicate the start of the play. Applause. The music continues. From offstage we hear children’s voices.

ALL

(singing) Pass it on…pass it on…pass it on…

They are playing a simple tossing game in time with their song. Several colorful balls are kept in the air as they sing

If you hear a good story, pass it on.
Tell a friend, or your dad or your teacher or your mom.
A joke, a poem, some good news, or a song…
If you hear a good story, pass it on.
(pausing the game, singing to the audience)
These are treasures! They’re worthsharing.
Don’t you keep them to yourself.
These are treasures! They’re worth sharing.
They’ll get dusty on the shelf.
(resuming the game) Pass them on… Pass them on…Pass them on…

(Three BOYS have been circling the periphery of the game, looking for a chance to interfere. BILLY intercepts a pass)

BILLY
(shouting, triumphant) In-ter-CEP-tion!

BUDDY
(To BILLY) Pass it here! Here!

RUDY
(To BILLY) Pass it to me! To me!!

In an effort to gain possession of the ball, the BOYS end up tripping each other & land in a heap.

LEADER 1
Next time, better look before you leap.

LEADER 2
Yeah, look before you leap!

BILLY
Says who?

TREE
It’s an old saying. 

RUDY
So what?

TREE
So, it’s wise advice.

ACTOR
Sure! Like, “One good turn deserves another.”

ACTOR
Where do those old sayings come from?

BUDDY
Some old see-saw say-so.

TREE
Someone had to say them first.

BILLY
When?

TREE
Once…

ACTOR
(jumps in hopefully, helpfully) Upon a time?

ACTOR
(helpfully, hopefully) A long time ago?

RUDY
What happened??

LEADER 1
OK, get this around two-and-a-half thousand years ago there was a lowly slave, a terribly ugly man…

BUDDY
(to Billy, jostling him) UHG-LEE!

LEADER 2
But very wise…

BILLY
(to Buddy, jostling back) WISE GUY! 

ACTORS
(Ad lib) Shh! Hush up! 

LEADER 2
Ahem! People listened, (ahem), to his stories… People remembered his stories. They shared them with other people.

LEADER 1
Aesop’s fables have been told around and around the world thousands of times.

LEADER 2
Do you know what a Fable is?

ACTOR
A fable is a story with a moral.

LEADER 2
Right. And what’s a moral?

ACTOR
It’s a sort of message, a lesson. 

RUDY
(whining) It’s summertime. No lessons.

BUDDY
We don’t learn in the summer.

ACTOR
Could we just listen to a story?

BILLY
We don’t listen in the summer.  

ACTORS
(ad lib) Give it a break! Come on. Let ‘em tell. It can’t hurt!

TREE
I’m ready. Is everybody ready?

As the ACTORS adlib “Sure! Yes! Awesome”, etc., they take seats, facing the TREE.  BILLY and his buddies sit slightly removed, showing disdain and disinterest.

TREE
Aesop’s Fable of The Fox & The Grapes

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