As the African jungle animals rush their kids to the school bus, a new student has a difficult time fitting in with the others. When a tummy-ache crisis arises, the entire herd learns that finding new solutions to problems often requires making new friends with strangers. The laughs run wild and life lessons roam free in this funny and heartwarming play about the benefits of getting along with others.
Terence Patrick Hughes writes plays for all ages. His children’s plays include adaptations for middle and high school of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, and a comic spin on Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Doctor Faustus’. His shorter plays for grades K-4 offer a variety of adaptations from world history and mythology. His grown-up plays include LINES, Fake Plastic Love, A Harmony of Both, and Recess at Our Lady of the Bleeding Heart, Mind, and Spirit – Once Reformed. Other plays include Tea & Misery, Benched, Finding the Rooster, and Farewell Evenbrook. The New York Times noted that his work “…explores heavy subject matter with humorous dialogue and strong characters”. His plays have been developed and produced with the Lark, Horse Trade, Seven Collective, 13th St. Rep, Eden Prairie, Ovenbird, Playwrights Roundtable, and Boomerang theatres. He loves his wife, Danielle, and two kids, Harrison & Bb.
Excerpt from the play:
AFRICAN ELEPHANT DAD
AFRICAN ELEPHANT MOM
AFRICAN LIL ELEPHANT
ASIAN ELEPHANT KID
MONKEY BUS DRIVER
An animal school bus stop, somewhere deep in an African jungle. ELEPHANT DAD, ELEPHANT MOM and LIL ELEPHANT enter in a hurry.
I hope we didn’t miss the animal bus.
Lil Elephant can’t be late for school again.
Miss Zebra said that if I’m late one more time I can’t go on the field trip to Madagascar.
You need to wake up earlier in the morning.
Maybe we should get you a hyena alarm clock.
Guys, we sleep in a savannah. It’s so relaxing!
CHEETAH and CHEETAH JUNIOR enter from another part of the stage.
Please, Junior. You have to take the bus to school. It’s the only thing in the jungle that’s faster than us.
No, I want you to give me a piggy-back like we did when I was little.
Big kids don’t get piggy-back rides.
You’ve never seen how the other animal kids behave on the bus.
ASIAN ELEPHANT KID enters