Peter Rabbit is the hilarious adaptation of the classic tale as told by Farmer McGregor’s scarecrow. Late for school, Peter and his sisters stop by Farmer McGregor’s garden for a quick breakfast. Eating more than he should, Peter passes out in a vegetable-induced coma. When Farmer McGregor appears, the other rabbits flee, leaving poor Peter alone. Will Peter make it out alive or will he just be stripped of his dignity forever?
Andy Pavey is a commissioned playwright, who writes short plays for Drama Notebook. He is a student who attends UWC-USA. He previously spent nine years with Davenport Junior Theatre, the second-oldest children’s theatre in the United States, where he acted in productions, managed the props building, and wrote plays for young actors to perform. In addition to writing, Andy is an avid backpacker!
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
The RABBITS are curled up in a small house with a kitchen table and other assorted furniture.
It was the first Monday morning of the spring season. The birds were chirping, the skies were blue, and the flowers were beginning to blossom. I’m stuck on a pole, still. Oh… and the rabbits just overslept from their long winter’s nap.
PETER, MOTHER, TINY SISTER, and LITTLE SISTER all sit up with a worried look in their eyes. Throughout the chaos that ensues, the BIG SISTER remains fast asleep.
PETER, MOTHER, LITTLE SISTER, TINY SISTER
The stage erupts into a panic as the RABBITS get ready to start their day.
It’s June 22nd?
The lettuce has already sprouted!
We overslept! Again!
The bus! We missed the bus!
PETER, MOTHER, TINY SISTER
What’s a bus?!
We don’t have time to make breakfast. Pick some berries on the way to school or something.
But Mom! My little rabbit teeth are too sensitive… The berries get all wedged between them!
Oh great, here he goes again with the teeth…
Sis. You don’t understand. It’s a medical condition.
Look, I think I’m just going to nab some of Old Man McGregor’s veggies and call it a day.
MOTHER (sternly )
Peter, be very careful around Mr. McGregor’s crops. Stealing isn’t very nice… and neither is he.
TINY SISTER (shaking her head )
And he doesn’t practice sustainable organic farming…
A crime against humanity, that’s for sure.
Wow. Melodramatic much?
The BIG SISTER sits up in a daze, looking directly at PETER, then says: