Stone Soup with Simple Songs

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10 characters. Approximately 10 minutes long. Based on the folktale about sharing with strangers. Includes simple songs to familiar tunes.

At its heart, Stone Soup is about the value of sharing, especially with strangers. In this European folktale, a group of hungry soldiers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food to make a meal that everyone can enjoy. This version weaves simple songs to familiar tunes that everyone will know and love.

About the Playwright…

Corinna Rezzelle is thrilled to be a playwright on Drama Notebook! Corinna has been an active actor, director, and stage manager since childhood and a theatre teacher for many years. Holding an M.A. in Educational Theatre and a teaching credential, Corinna’s goal is to create engaging theatrical scripts that all students will enjoy performing. You can purchase her other fantastic scripts, Pecos Bill and the Rip-Roaring Tornado, Puss in Boots, and Peter’s Big Adventure, in Drama Notebook’s Script Library!

Excerpt from the play:

CHARACTERS:

Solider 1
Soldier 2
Soldier 3
Baker
Governor
Grocer
Child 1
Child 2
Townsperson 1
Townsperson 2

*Feel free to add more soldiers and townspeople. You can even invite children to choose their own character names.

Scene 1:

SONG: “We Welcome You to Our Village”
to the Tune of “We Wish you a Merry Christmas”

We welcome you to our village,
We welcome you to our village,
We welcome you to our village
We know you’ll like it here!

(The whole cast comes on stage singing and gets into their village poses.)

Townsperson 1: Welcome to the village of Glen!

Townsperson 2: As you can see it’s the most beautiful village around!

Governor: I am the Governor and there are some rules that you need to follow if you live here:

Grocer: No one goes outside after 6:00 p.m.!

Child 1: No playing!

Candlestick Maker: No yelling! No loud noises!

Child 2: No fun!

Baker: And the most important rule of all:

ALL: No sharing!

(alarm sound)

Townsperson 1: Welp! You know what that means!

Townsperson 2: It’s 6:00 p.m.

Governor: Everyone, to your houses, it’s time for bed.

ALL: Good night!

(All cast leaves the stage, except the soldiers. The sound of crickets is heard.)

Soldier 1: We’ve been walking for days and days.

Soldier 2: My feet hurt (looks in a bag that they are wearing) and we’ve run out of food.

Soldier 3: Here’s a village, I hope that they have some food and a bed that they can share with us.

(They walk up to the Village of Glen sign and see the list of rules)

Soldier 1: It’s no use. Rule number 1: No sharing…I bet they run us out of the village.

Soldier 2: We could still try asking.

Soldier 3: We’ll never really know unless we ask.

Soldier 1: Ok, you two ask then!

(Soldiers knock on Baker’s door first, and knock on other doors as the song goes on.)

SONG-“Asking the Villager for Help”
To the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”

SOLDIER 1 and 2:
Could you please spare some things today,
A loaf of bread,
A bed of hay?
We’ve been traveling all the day,
We’re hungry and we’re tired.

TOWNSPEOPLE:
Can you please just go away?
It’s after 6.
It’s end of day.
We don’t ever share in Glenn.
Why don’t you just go ask him?

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