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.)

MOMMA SQUIRREL

Look at this mess!

PAPA SQUIRREL

Something big knocked down the feeder!

BABY SQUIRREL

I’m scared!

MOMMA SQUIRREL

Don’t be scared, baby. We’ll protect you.

PAPA SQUIRREL

Yes, we’ll protect you.

BABY SQUIRREL

What did this, Momma?

(Enter Chipmunks. They behave like rowdy teens.)

CHIPMUNKS

Hey guys! What’s happening?!

MOMMA SQUIRREL

You made this mess!

CHIPMUNKS

Wait a minute!

MOMMA SQUIRREL

Naughty chipmunks!

CHIPMUNKS

It wasn’t us.

BABY SQUIRREL

Then who was it?

PAPA SQUIRREL

Something bigger than a silly chipmunk

CHIPMUNKS

Hey man! We’re not silly. We’re the real deal!

BABY SQUIRREL

What’s a real deal?

CHIPMUNKS

Man, we are! We’re smooth and cool! We’re happening! We’re the realest deal there is!

MOMMA SQUIRREL

You’re a menace!

(Enter a flock of birds.)

BIRDS

Ahhhh! What happened!

SQUIRRELS

We don’t know!

CHIPMUNKS

It wasn’t us!

MOMMA SQUIRREL

Yes, it was!

CHIPMUNKS

No, it wasn’t!

BIRDS

What are we going to do?

(They chirp and chirp.)

PAPA SQUIRREL

We need help!

BIRDS

Let’s get Owl to help us.

BABY SQUIRREL

No, not Owl!

MOMMA SQUIRREL

Owl will try to eat Baby.

BIRDS

But Owl is wise.

PAPA SQUIRREL

Owl might have a good idea. And we will protect Baby.

MOMMA SQUIRREL

Fine.

BIRDS

OWL! OWL!

(Enter OWL. The animals huddle together.)

OWL

Enough! What is the big hoop-tee-doo?

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