6 minutes long. Parts for 11 actors. Best suited for ages 6-10. By Laura Rohrman.
Studying Native American history? This tale introduces younger students to a well-known Native American legend.
Synopsis: When the Bear thinks he rules the sun, there is a problem, because he may rule the little animals of the forest, but he does not rule the sun. He can’t do everything and laughing at someone when they are wrong never makes a right.
Laura Rohrman is a playwright and actress who grew up in Northern California and moved to New York City to pursue playwriting many years ago. She is the founder of ‘Playwriting for Kids,’ a specialized program where students write and perform their own plays. Laura’s plays have been produced all over the world. She is published by Smith and Krause. MFA: New School for Drama. More of her work can be found at: www.laurarohrman.com
Excerpt from the play:
CHARACTERS (In order of appearance)
The Narrators enter.
Once upon a time, long ago, many happy animals lived in the forest together.
I’M THE WOLF – Howwwwl.
I’m the hawk (makes a hawk noise).
I’m a tiny bunny. Don’t eat me hawk.
I’m a deer. I have big antlers.
I’m an owl. Who who.
I’m the squirrel.
I’m the bear and I’m the king of this forest.
Okay, fine. I’m the chipmunk. I’ll be around later.
And I’m the ever engrossing, famous, amazing granny squirrel. I live in a borough and I give good hugs.
One beautiful sunny day the big black bear was out walking.
I’m a bear. I am king of this forest. I can do anything, yes I can. I can do anything yes I can.
He went on like that for a long time. It was kind of annoying.
Until suddenly, there was a little tiny voice behind him. It was squirrel.
Can you really do anything?
Who said that?
Just me, little squirrel.
Yes, I can do anything, yes I can.
All the animals stop and look out.
He is bear!
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