6 characters, 4 M, 2 F. (Mechanic could be female.) Approximately 7 minutes long. Best for ages 8-11. A funny play about a pizza man who cannot make pizza.
When his automatic pizza machine breaks down, the owner of a pizzeria must find the self-confidence to make his food from scratch. Luckily for him, a helpful family of customers gives him the encouragement he needs to complete the task. This play teaches children the importance of believing in oneself, and that sometimes hope can be found in the kindness of strangers.
This play was written based on stories submitted from elementary students to the playwright. It therefore has the flavor of a whimsical/non-sensical story that a child would tell! If you are working with students on any sort of devised work, this would be a great short script to introduce children to original works based on stories or prompts!
Evan Baughfman, the playwright, has had various written works published and/or performed. Many of his plays have been produced across the U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, his children’s play, “R.O.M.3.O. and Julia” (Romeo and Juliet with robots) has been published in PLAYS Magazine. His script, “Lipstick and Heroics,” is available through YouthPLAYS. In addition, his middle grade play, “Percy Pangolin Wants to Go Viral,” is published by Heuer Publishing. Heuer’s also published “A Taste of Amontillado” (an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”).
Excerpt from the play:
At rise: The Pizza Man is in his pizzeria, scrubbing down a table.
I am the Pizza Man, that’s who I am. I am the Pizza Man, that’s who I am…
(A family of four enters the Pizza Man’s shop.)
Hello, Mr. Pizza Man. We would like a large pizza, please.
Sure, my good senor! I will have your large pizza pie done right away, sir!
What kinds of toppings would you like on it?
What would you like, Maribel?
Ah, yes! Scrambled eggs—a good choice!
Bryan, what’s your topping choice, son?
I want Jolly Ranchers!
Of course! Scrambled eggs and Jolly Ranchers—a perfect combination!
My wife would also like to add a topping.
Not a problem!
Some pepperoni, too, please.
Pepperoni on a pizza? That is a strange request! But I will allow it! I’ll be back in a jiffy with your delicious pizza pie!
(The Pizza Man disappears into the back of his shop. The family waits, impatiently.)
That pizza sure is taking long.
Let’s try to be patient. It said online that this is the best pizza place in town.
I think maybe we should leave.
(shouting into the back of the shop)
Hello? Excuse me? Mr. Pizza Man? What’s the hold-up?
(The Pizza Man appears, sad. He holds a pizza box and puts it on the table.)
(on the verge of tears)
I am afraid I have some very bad news.
Inside 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! Membership is only $9.95 a month. 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.