3 characters. 3F. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a very special birthday gift written by Phyllis J. Perry.
Hiccups is a short play for three children. Poor Robin has a very bad case of the hiccups. With the help of her friends, Casey and Pat, they’ll try every crazy cure they know to get rid of them. Will they be able to finish their homework and go out to play? Will Robin have the hiccups forever? Find out in this cute play about friendship!
This play is also included in Plays For You And A Friend Or Two, a compilation of twelve short plays, each with 2 or 3 characters, and simple staging. The plays are written for elementary school children and include: THREE STICKS; LOST AND FOUND; THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER; THE MAGIC HAT; PIRATE TREASURE; CALYPSO, THE ROYAL DRAGON; TWO FUSSY FROGS; IN THE CAVE; GLOOMY, RAINY DAY; NEVER EMPTY STEW POT; HICCUPS; and FOR YOU OR FOR ME?. These fun plays are full of friendship, humor, fantasy, and magic and children will love to perform them in class or on stage!
Phyllis J. Perry lives in Boulder, Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, holds a Masters Degree from San Francisco State, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been active in three community theaters. Phyllis is a retired teacher who writes for children and adults. She writes fiction and nonfiction books, poetry and plays. A list of her 92 books can be found on her web site, www.phyllisjperry.com.
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Robin, Casey, and Pat.
In front of Robin’s house where Pat and Casey have come on a Thursday afternoon to first do their home-work and then play with Robin.
Glass, 2 straws, sugar cube, paper bag, pitcher of water, 3 books, pencils and Paper, table and chairs.
AT RISE: As the scene opens, Casey and Pat stand on front porch. Pat rings the bell and Robin opens the door.
Hi, Pat. Hi, Casey. Hic! Come on in. Hic!
Hey! Do you have the hiccups?
How did you – hic – guess? (She laughs.) I got them just a couple of minutes ago, and they won’t stop.
(All three move inside. CASEY suddenly sticks out his tongue.)
Hic! How rude! What are you doing?
Actually, you’re in luck! I happen to know it’s a sure fire cure for hiccups. Just stick out your tongue as far as you can and keep it there while I count to twenty.
Are you kidding? Hic.
No, I’m serious. Now stick out your tongue while I count. (Robin obeys.) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…
(Robin hiccups loudly.)
Hic! See. It didn’t work. Come on. You can put your books out on the kitchen table. Hic. We might as well start on our math. Then we can have snacks and play.
No, wait! I have a hiccup cure that won’t fail. But we need a paper bag. Do you have a bag?
(Robin produces a paper bag.)
Hold the edges of the bag right around your mouth, and breathe in and out. Real steady.
Okay. (Sounds doubtful, but puts face into the bag and breathes for a minute.) Hic. Hic. (She gives up and puts the paper bag down.)
I’ve got another cure that my mom uses. It can’t fail. All we need is a glass of water and two straws.
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