A Caterpillar’s Voice Reader’s Theater Play Script for Kids ~ Sample

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The Caterpillar’s Voice-Reader’s Theater Play Script for Kids

 

CHARACTERS

NARRATOR
• HARE – another name for rabbit
• CATERPILLAR
• JACKAL
• LEOPARD
• RHINO
• ELEPHANT
• FROG

Scene 1 – Hare’s cave
(this play has one scene)

[Stage set: Outside of and inside the HARE’s cave.  The set inside the cave has a chair. Outside the cave, students can create small trees, flowers, and bushes, or paint these onto a large butcher block paper for a backdrop.]

[When the play opens, HARE is sitting on the chair inside his cave (or her cave, if the actor playing HARE is a girl).]

[NARRATOR enters.]

NARRATOR:
Hello, everyone.  You are about to see a play called “A Caterpillar’s Voice.” It is a folktale from Kenya, that’s a country in Africa. The story is brought to you by Stories to Grow by.

[NARRATOR steps forward.]

NARRATOR:
Once upon a time in Africa, there was a Hare. He (or she, depending on the actor) lived in a nice cave.

[HARE starts out on the stage. He is sitting in a chair. This is his cave. He gets up and speaks.]

HARE:
What a nice day for a walk. I will leave my cave for a bit and get some exercise.

[HARE exits.]

[CATERPILLAR enters. It is good if CATERPILLAR can crawl.]

NARRATOR:
What is this? It’s a little caterpillar.

CATERPILLAR:
This seems like a very good cave. Maybe I’ll just go for a bit. (sits on the chair) Ah! I like it here. I could stay and be very happy. (looks around) Say, this cave has an echo. It makes my little voice sound big!

[HARE enters onstage and looks around.]

HARE:
It’s good to be home. (looks at the ground outside the cave) Oh, my! I see footprints outside my cave! What’s going on? Did someone go in there while I was out? (calls out) Hello there! Who is in my cave?

CATERPILLAR:
(in a big, loud voice) It is I! I am the biggest and strongest of them all.

HARE:
Oh dear! What a loud voice!  What will I do?  

[JACKAL enters the stage.]

HARE:
Oh Jackal, I am glad to see you. I need help!

JACKAL:
Sure. What is it?

HARE:
There is a big, mean animal in my cave!  How will I get back inside?

JACKAL:
That is a problem, but don’t worry. (calls out) Hello!  Who is in the cave of my friend, the Hare?

CATERPILLAR:
(in a big, loud voice) It is I! I am the biggest and strongest of them all!

JACKAL:
Oh, Hare. I don’t think I can help you. It sounds like you have a giant animal in your cave. Probably bigger than me. I am just a jackal. I must go now! Goodbye!

[JACKAL exits.]

[LEOPARD enters.]

HARE:
Leopard, please help me!

LEOPARD:
Sure. What’s the problem?

HARE:
There is a big, scary animal in my cave. Can you get it out?

LEOPARD:
Most definitely. As you can see, I myself am big and strong. (calls out) You there!  Who is in the cave of my friend, the Hare?

CATERPILLAR:
(in a big, loud voice) It is I! I am the biggest and strongest of them all.

LEOPARD:
Uh, oh! If that animal is the biggest and strongest, I’d hate to think what he could do to me! I’m sorry, Hare. I’m out of here!

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