Performance Notes

AUTHORS: Retold by Elaine Lindy & Adapted by Lindsay Parker
COUNTRY: Norway
GENRE: AdventureAnimal Tales

The Ram, the Pig and the Big Bad Wolf Readers Theater Play Script for Kids

 

CHARACTERS

  • NARRATOR
  • MAID
  • RAM  (a male sheep)
  • PIG
  • GOOSE
  • HARE (a large rabbit)
  • ROOSTER
  • WOLF #1
  • WOLF #2

 

Scene 1 – Ram’s farm

[Stage set: At the top of the show, the stage is divided into two sections- RAM’S farm on one side, and PIG’S farm on the other side.  The farms are each designated by a free-standing fence, which sit towards the front of the stage.  Behind the fences are a few free-standing trees.  (See Performance Notes for how to make the free standing trees).  At the end of Scene 2, the fences are taken offstage, and the whole stage becomes the woods.  (See Performance Notes for how to make the two fences freestanding and easy to move).  If you’d like to make a backdrop it can be painted to show the woods, with trees and a dirt floor.  If you do not have a backdrop, you can just rely on set pieces throughout the play.]

[The play opens at RAM’s farm.]

[NARRATOR enters.]

NARRATOR:
Hello, everyone.  This play is from Norway, a country in northern Europe. It is called “The Ram and the Pig”, and it it brought to you by Stories to Grow by.

[NARRATOR steps forward.]

NARRATOR:
Do you know what a ram is?  It’s a male sheep, the kind that has big horns (put hands to head where horns would go).  Anyway, once upon a time in Norway, a Ram lived at this farm.

[RAM enters and RAM stands in front of the fence, next to a big bucket or pail with the words “RAM’S FOOD” written on it.]

NARRATOR:
Life seemed very good for this Ram.  Very good indeed.

RAM:
(looks offstage to where Maid will enter) Mmm!  (rubs tummy)  Time for another yummy meal!

NARRATOR:
Looks like the Ram sees the Maid coming.  Every day she would bring dinner for the Ram.

[MAID enters.]

MAID:
Hello, Ram! (pretending to put food into the bucket)  Lots of scraps from our dinner table – potatoes and corn, peas and bread crusts.

RAM:
How did I get so lucky? (pretends to eat from bucket)

MAID:
Eat up! For tomorrow, you will be on our dinner plates!

RAM:
(stop eating and looks up at maid)  Huh?! (to audience) Say.. what?

MAID:
Ram, can it be that you do not know?

RAM:
(to Maid)  Huh?! (to audience) Know WHAT?

MAID:
We raise animals on this farm so we can eat them!

RAM:
(to Maid)  Augh! (to audience) Can this horrible thing be true? 

MAID:
You might as well finish every bite, Ram. Tomorrow is your last day!  Gotta go.  ‘Bye!

[MAID exits.]

RAM:
I can’t believe this!  (paces back and forth a couple of times, then stops and turns to audience) What am I to do? I don’t want to be on the dinner plate! I have to get out of here! My friend, Pig, lives at the next farm. She’s very smart.  She’ll know what to do. (note: if actor playing Pig is a boy, the line is “He’ll know what to do.”)

[RAM walks over to PIG’s farm, on the other side of the stage.]

 

Scene 2 – Pig’s farm

[Stage set: A fence, as described earlier.]

RAM:
(calls offstage to Pig) Pig?

[PIG enters.]

PIG:
Hi, friend Ram! How are you doing? What a nice day, isn’t it?

RAM:
Not anymore! I found out why I am so well fed at the farm. I used to think it was because they liked me.

PIG:
Why else would it be?  They like me here, too.  (pats tummy)  My tummy here proves it.

RAM:
Pig, they fatten us up only because they want to eat us for dinner!

PIG:
What?!  Can it be true?

RAM:
I heard it from the Maid herself.  And for me, “someday” is going to be tomorrow!

PIG:
Yikes!  Tomorrow?  

RAM:
Pig, I am in big trouble! And the same is going to happen to you too, some day.

PIG:
What a fix we are in!  (paces back and forth, then stops)  Friend Ram!  I know what we must do.

RAM:
What?

PIG:
Run away! We will run into the woods together. And build our very own house in the woods.

PIG:
Our very own house in the woods.  That sounds great! We won’t have to worry anymore about the maid and her dinner plates!

PIG:
What dinner plates?

RAM:
Never mind. Let’s go!

PIG:
Follow me.

[RAM and PIG exit.]

 Scene 3 – Woods

[Stage set: As described before, the set pieces for RAM’s farm and for PIG’s farm are removed.  The free-standing trees are left behind.  STAGE HANDS add a few more small items to the stage- logs and moss.  STAGE HANDS can also add a few bushes.  The center of the stage should remain clear, for the house that will be “built”.  (See Performance Notes for suggestions on logs, moss, and bushes).]

[RAM and PIG enter.]

RAM:
What do you think? Is this a good spot?

PIG:
Yes, I think so. Let’s get started. We will need logs.  

[RAM and PIG start to look about and gather logs.]

[GOOSE and HARE enter.]

GOOSE:
Good day! What are the two of your doing?

RAM:
Good day to you, too! We are building our very own house in the woods.

HARE:
Wow, that sounds great! May we live there, too?

PIG:
If you help us. What can you do to help?

GOOSE:
I can stuff grass in the cracks with my beak. Then our house will be warm and cozy.

HARE:
I can chew wood with my teeth to make pegs. Then the house will be strong and safe.

PIG:
Warm and cozy… strong and safe… this sounds good!

RAM:
It sure does! The more help we have, the faster we will build our house!

PIG:
We will just make it a little bigger.  So we can all fit.

HARE:
That makes sense.  All right, I’ll start with these logs and chew pegs at the end.

GOOSE:
I’ll gather grass to stuff into the cracks.

[GOOSE and HARE start to work, gathering logs and moss from around the stage.]

[ROOSTER enters.]

PIG:
Hello, Rooster. What are you up to?

ROOSTER:
Sometimes I get out of the pen and see what’s going on in the world.  You all seem busy.  What are you doing?

HARE:
We are building our very own house in the woods.

ROOSTER:
Your very own house in the woods! May I join you?

PIG:
Well, what can you do to help?

ROOSTER:
I can crow and crow in the morning to wake everyone up.

RAM:
That would be good! If no one wakes me up, I could sleep all morning!

PIG:
Me, too.

GOOSE:
Me, three.

HARE:
Yup.

GOOSE:
Good, that’s settled.  Now, let’s all get back to work.

[HARE brings some logs to PIG.]

PIG:
Okay, I will go cut some of this wood.

[PIG exits with logs.]

RAM:
I will help you, Pig.

[RAM exits.]

[The ANIMALS will now bring on the three walls of the house.  (See Performance Notes on how to create the three sides and support them so they are easy to carry and will stand up straight).  While the following action is taking place, ROOSTER is sitting down.]

[Offstage, RAM and PIG pick up one of the free-standing side walls.  They bring it on and set it down.]

[While RAM and PIG are entering, GOOSE and HARE exit and pick up the other free-standing side wall.  They bring it on and set it down.]

[RAM and PIG exit again, and bring on the middle wall.  This wall is not free standing, so they hold it in place until HARE gives them the Velcro strips.]

HARE:
Here, I chewed some pegs for our house.

[HARE holds up pegs, or the Velcro strips.  (See Performance Notes for suggestions and options on making pegs and making Velcro strips).]

[RAM, PIG, and HARE work together to put the house together with the Velcro.  (See Performance Notes for and how to put house together).]

GOOSE:
Here, let me stuff some moss in those holes.

[GOOSE pretends to stuff moss in the walls of the house.]

GOOSE:
There!  All done!

[They all stand back at look at the house.]

RAM:
What a house!

PIG:
What a good team we are!

HARE:
(looks at Rooster) Though SOME of us are working harder than others.

ROOSTER:
I do my part!

HARE:
(grumbles) Right.

ROOSTER:
I mean- I will do my part!

GOOSE:
(yawning)  What should we do now?

HARE:
Take a nap?

[ANIMALS heartily agree, saying “Oh, yes!” and “What a good idea!”]

RAM:
Let’s take a nap.

PIG:
In our new home!

[ANIMALS crawl into the house and lie down, pretending to sleep.  They can snore loudly for a few seconds to give the impression they are sleeping.  They quiet down when WOLVES enter.]

[WOLF #1 and WOLF #2 enter.  They stay close by the stage wing.]

WOLF #1:
(whispers to Wolf #2) Mmm! Look at all those yummy animals.

WOLF #2:
(whispers to Wolf #1) All in one place, too! That makes it easy.

WOLF #1:
We will get these animals and have them for dinner!

WOLF #2:
I can almost taste them!

[WOLF #1 and WOLF #2 creep up to sleeping animals.]

[ROOSTER notices.]

ROOSTER:
Cockle doodle-doo! Time to get up!

[RAM and PIG wake up, sticking their heads out the windows or door.]

RAM:
Why did you wake us?

PIG:
It’s not morning!

ROOSTER:
Cockle doodle-DOO!

[GOOSE and HARE wake up, too, sticking their heads out as well.]

[WOLF #1 and WOLF #2 run over to the ANIMALS.]

WOLF #1:
All of you yummy animals are MINE!

WOLF #2:
(attacks) AUGHHHH!

RAM:
Get out of here! Stay away from us!

PIG:
(shows teeth) Take that! Argggh!

GOOSE:
Peck, peck. Get out of our house!  Peck, peck

ROOSTER:
(runs around in a frenzy) Cock-a-doodle-do!  Cock-a-doodle do!

HARE:
(runs around) Leave us alone!

WOLF #1:
(scared) AUGHH!

[WOLF #1 and WOLF #2 run off to the far corner of the stage.]

WOLF #2:
What happened? What happened?

WOLF #1:
There are monsters in that house!

WOLF #2:
(scared) So many of them!

WOLF #1:
We’re lucky to be alive!

WOLF 2:
Let’s get out of here!

WOLF #1:
Quick!

[WOLF #1 and WOLF #2 run offstage.]

PIG:
We did it!

RAM:
We saved our house!

GOOSE:
We did it together!

HARE:
Good job, everyone!

ROOSTER:
Me, too?

HARE:
Yes, you too!

PIG:
We couldn’t have done it without you, Rooster.

RAM:
Now we can stay in our very own house in the woods!

ALL ANIMALS, together:
Forever!

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The play script, "The Ram & the Pig," was adapted by Lindsay Parker from a story of the same name found at https://www.storiestogrowby.org/story/ram-the-pig/  and further described at the end of the story. ©2005 Elaine L. Lindy. All rights reserved.

 


FOOTNOTE


This storyline, where several barnyard animals build a home together and defend it against intruders, is a popular motif in folktales. The Brothers Grimm tell such a version in "The Bremen Town Musicians", where a dog, a cat an ass, and a rooster join forces. Another tale is the English-American "How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune" (North American Legends by Virginia Haviland, 1979), where Jack joins a cat, dog, goat, bull, skunk and rooster and together they scare a band of robbers from their house in the woods.