12+ characters, flexible cast. 8 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A short play featuring animal characters.
Do you need a simple script for younger children? The Dilemma of the Broken Feeder takes place in the forest where a family of squirrels has just discovered that their feeder has been broken. When the chipmunks insist that they are not the culprits, they all agree to seek assistance from the wise owl. This is a story of kindness and cooperation and a light-hearted mystery for young children to perform!
Mariah Beachboard has taught acting and directing over 13 years. She directed Mary Poppins, Honk!, Scapin, and The Canterbury Tales for CYT Fredericksburg. She performed with Theatre IV, Carpenter Science Theatre Company, the Rude Mechanicals, and Riverside Dinner Theatre in Virginia, and with Theatre Huntsville in Alabama. As co-owner of Spoken Word Events, LLP, she co-wrote and produced marketing videos for the Spotsylvania Education Foundation. Mrs. Beachboard holds a BA from Mary Washington College (MWC) and toured in Turkey with the college’s acting troupe. She apprenticed with the Fredericksburg Theatre Company. She holds an MBA in Marketing from American Intercontinental University. Most recently she was named a finalist in the Rocket City Playwright Series. Currently, she studies voice acting at Hollywood Huntsville. She hopes to work one day with the creative networks Minnow Beats Whale or Night Vale Presents.
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Momma Squirrel: A bold and sassy momma
Papa Squirrel: A calm, smart daddy
Baby Squirrel: Sweet, and tiny
Chipmunks: Teenaged rodents
Birds: A mixed-species flock of hungry birds
Owl: Kinda wise and always hungry
Bear: Hungry and big, polite
(In the middle of the stage is an imagined giant bird feeder sitting on the ground. Something spilled seed everywhere. A family of squirrels enters.)
Look at this mess!
Something big knocked down the feeder!
Don’t be scared, baby. We’ll protect you.
Yes, we’ll protect you.
What did this, Momma?
(Enter Chipmunks. They behave like rowdy teens.)
Hey guys! What’s happening?!
You made this mess!
Wait a minute!
It wasn’t us.
Then who was it?
Something bigger than a silly chipmunk
Hey man! We’re not silly. We’re the real deal!
What’s a real deal?
Man, we are! We’re smooth and cool! We’re happening! We’re the realest deal there is!
You’re a menace!
(Enter a flock of birds.)
Ahhhh! What happened!
We don’t know!
It wasn’t us!
Yes, it was!
No, it wasn’t!
What are we going to do?
(They chirp and chirp.)
We need help!
Let’s get Owl to help us.
No, not Owl!
Owl will try to eat Baby.
But Owl is wise.
Owl might have a good idea. And we will protect Baby.
(Enter OWL. The animals huddle together.)
Enough! What is the big hoop-tee-doo?
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