Tasty Vegetables

Join Now Button

7 characters, any gender…they’re vegetables. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A gang of vegetables devises a plan for getting kids to like them.

Everyone knows that kids hate vegetables. But veggies deserve love too! So, Farmer comes up with a way to make vegetables more appealing, and he tries out his idea on the world’s pickiest little girl.

Students will have a blast coming up with vegetable costumes, and playing talking vegetables in this delightful short play!

The script includes discussion questions and director’s notes on casting and set design.

Debra A. Cole is a celebrated humanities teacher, youth theatre director, and children’s playwright with degrees in journalism, art history, and elementary education. She understands the needs of young performers and their directors and creates pieces that encourage engaging discussion, creative thought, and quirky playfulness. Her goal is that young performers discover the power and delight that theatre brings to actors and audiences alike.

Visit her website:
www.debraacole-playwright.com

Excerpt from the play:

CHARACTERS

FARMER — (M/F) kind and wants to help kids like green veggies
BRUSSEL SPROUT — (M/F) slick and smooth advertising agent
KALE — (M/F) wants to be loved
SPINACH— (M/F) wants to be loved
BROCCOLI — (M/F) wants to be loved
PEAS — (M/F) wants to be loved
POLLY — (M/F) picky eater, strange child

(The action takes place modern day times on a farmhouse steps.)

(Lights come up on the steps of a farmhouse. Farmer is standing at the top of the steps and trying to keep the peace. Kale, Brussel Sprout, Spinach, Broccoli, and Peas are carrying signs and yelling at the farmer. Protest signs include: “Give Peas a Chance,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Broccoli,” “If Kids Hate Kale, Why are We so Tasty?” and “Iron Power!”)

SCENE 1

FARMER
Okay, okay. I hear you. Can we just settle down, so we can talk?

KALE
(angrily) We’ve had enough!

PEAS
It’s just not fair!

FARMER
If we keep yelling, we’ll never solve this problem.

SPINACH
Yelling is our last chance to find a solution.

BROCCOLI
(starting to cry) Why do they hate us so much?

FARMER
We can solve this, but we need to work together.

PEAS
We’ve tried that. Nothing works.

FARMER
Maybe this time will be different.

KALE
That’s the problem. We keep doing the same things and expecting different results. Kids have hated us since the dawn of time.

FARMER
Not all kids.

SPINACH
Come on, farmer. MOST KIDS. You know that. Don’t act like you don’t know.

(All the green veggies start yelling and flashing their signs once again. Chaos erupts.)

FARMER
Okay, okay. I hear you. Let’s just stop all of this and try to come up with a plan. You are all high in fiber, low in fats, and offer calcium, magnesium, and so much more.

PEAS
(angrily) No kids care about fiber!

ALL VEGGIES
(yelling with signs) YEAH!

FARMER
I know, but we need to work on a new image for you guys. Look at you, Spinach.

SPINACH
What about me?

FARMER
You had a big decade with that cartoon character eating YOU to build muscles and be stronger.

SPINACH
I miss those days.

FARMER
And you, Broccoli.

BROCCOLI
Me?

FARMER
In the sixties, people used to put you in Jell-O and call you a dessert. That changed everyone’s mind for a while.

BROCCOLI
It was disgusting, but kids seemed to like me for a bit.

FARMER
We just need someone who is strong at marketing. Any ideas?

PEAS
There is one green veggie who is having a heck of a year.

ALL
(in unison) Who?

Join Risk Free
Follow Us…

Follow us on social media

Testimonials
Member of…
Member of ASCD
Member of National After School Association

Why Subscribe?

DN Why Subscribe to Drama NotebookInside Drama Notebook, you will find a huge collection of well-organized lesson plans, scripts for kids, drama activities, 50 drama games on video and more! Join today and dramatically reduce your planning time while delivering fresh, innovative drama lessons to your students!If you are new to teaching drama, this site will be a Godsend!You will immediately feel confident about teaching drama like an expert. The site guides you step-by-step and provides you with materials that you can use right away with your students.

If you have been teaching for years, Drama Notebook will inspire you with a fresh new approach and innovative ideas!

The site is packed with original, innovative lessons and activities that you will not find anywhere else—and new materials are added monthly.

DN Explore Button
DN Join Now Button