7 characters; Flexible Cast; 11 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedic adaptation of the fable written by Andy Pavey.

The Fox and the Crow is a cheesy comedy that children will love! The cow is busy making the cheese, the rat is busy picking up leftovers and an old crow just wants to eat his cheese in peace. No chance of that happening when a hungry fox tricks the crow into dropping all his delicious snacks. The crafty fox will eventually pay the price for his false flattery and the least likely character will teach a lesson in friendship and sharing.

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:

CHARACTERS

FOX
CROW
PIZZA DELIVERY PERSON
COW
RAT
MAIL CARRIER
VETERINARIAN

At open, the COW is pushing a wheelbarrow full of cheese across the stage. A few hunks of cheese fall off as the COW progresses. There should be 3-5 chunks of stray cheese on the stage by the time the COW makes his way off-stage.

COW
Another day at the office. Long shift. Everyday, it’s the same old thing. Make the milk, separate the wheyfrom the curds… Turn the curds into some type of fancy-pants cheese…

The COW picks up a hunk of cheese from the wheelbarrow.

COW
I’m not sure why you people like this stuff so much. Just think about it for a moment. Think about where it comes from—what it is. (sarcastically:) Yum.

The COW puts some of the cheese back on the cart, but it falls off again.

COW
No five-second rules around these parts. That cheese was disgusting before it fell on the ground, but now it’s dirt-covered disgusting.

The COW exits. The RAT comes out of hiding and starts picking up the cheese. The RAT also notices the audience.

RAT
Oh, sure. You’re going to stereotype, aren’t you? I think the current terminology would be “implicit bias.” I’m a rat, picking up cheese. Big deal. You want to know something?

While the RAT is monologuing, a CROW flies in and steals the last piece of cheese, then lands on a high perch or tree.

RAT
Rats don’t even really like cheese. Gimme a choice and I’ll take a donut or a plate of spaghetti any day. (holding up the cheese) This stuff gives me the runs. But… a rat’s gotta eat. So, don’t judge me. You don’t really know me. (to the CROW) Ahh, go ahead, you can have it.

The RAT hears the FOX approaching from off-stage, then exits hastily.

FOX
I smell cheddar, gouda, gruyere, parmesan! Where is it? Where is it?!

The FOX notices the CROW.

FOX
Oh, hello there, you gorgeous ebony bird. Whatcha got there, huh?

CROW
I found some cheese, and I’m starving. I mean, it would be better with a side of earthworms, but I do love me some cheese.

The CROW starts to eat, but is interrupted by the following line.

FOX
You know what I like?

CROW
Cheese?

FOX
Yes! But, uh, what I love even more is your fabulous singing voice. Sounds just like Justin Beiber, One Direction, and Beyoncé, and Elvis, and The Beatles, and Johnny Cash combined.

CROW
You… you really think so?

FOX
I know so. Sing me a tune.

CROW
Um, what should I sing exactly?

FOX
Anything, anything.

CROW
I don’t know, I’m a little shy…

FOX
(growing impatient)
Nonsense!

CROW
Well, I don’t know what songs you like…

FOX
(very impatient)
Just sing anything! It all comes out the same anyways! Caw, caw, caw! Now sing!

The CROW looks offended. The FOX realizes his tone was harsh and tries again.

FOX
(sweetly)
Your voice is just so lovely.

CROW
(sing-song)
Caw, caw, caw! Caw! Caw! Caw!

The CROW drops the cheese as she sings. The FOX laughs, takes the cheese, and eats it up.

CROW
Hey! That’s my cheese!

FOX
The cheese was dirty. It got dropped on the ground. I was just doing you a little favour, that’s all.

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