Beatrix Potter Play KSI (5 – 7 yrs) Part IV

Beatrix Potter Class Play or Assembly for Key Stage I (5 – 7 year olds) Part IV
This is the fourth of a set of four – Parts I, II and III cover five tales each, and Part IV covers six. Thus, twenty-one in total.
Cast of 24 (easily adapted up or down) and duration of around 10 minutes – this is reading time so performance can take it beyond this with possibility of further additions.
Part IV consists:
Tale 16 The Tale of Samuel Whiskers
Tale 17 The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan
Tale 18 The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
Tale 19 The Tale of Little Pig Robinson
Tale 20 The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit
Tale 21 The Story of Miss Moppet
Cast of 24 plus Narrator (this role to be taken by the Class Teacher)
The character, Ribby, does appear twice – she appears in The Tale of Samuel Whiskers and the Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan; but for the sake of keeping the cast total at 24, she can be played by two different children.
6 groups:
Group I (6 speakers)
Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit
Tom
Ribby (Cousin and neighbour to Tabitha)
Samuel Whiskers (Old man rat)
Anna Maria (Old woman rat)
John Joiner (dog)
Sample Text
Narrator: And so to The Tale of Samuel Whiskers. (Pauses) Goodness, is this one about
Samuel Whiskers: (Interrupting) Me! A rat!
Narrator: I have to say I am just a little surprised that it is your name in the title.
Tabitha: A rat, indeed! Fancy!
Ribby: A rat that nearly made a dumpling
Tom: Out of me!
John Joiner: That will teach you to misbehave!
Group II (3 speakers)
Ribby
Duchess
Dr. Maggotty
Sample Text
Narrator: Oh, I like this tale – about a pie and a patty pan! And a dinner party that went badly wrong (pauses) we’ve all been to one of those!
Dr. Maggotty: But this one takes some beating!
Narrator: I have to agree. I mean, let’s start with the fact it was a cat inviting a dog to dinner!
Ribby: I was the hostess, Ribby!
Duchess: And I the guest, Duchess!
Dr. Maggotty: And I was the doctor
Duchess: A magpie!
Ribby: Called Dr. Maggotty!
Narrator: What a name! I’m not sure I’d call on your services if I were ill!
Group III (3 speakers)
Ginger (tom-cat)
Pickles (terrier)
Henny Penny
Sample Text
Narrator: Oh dear! This is not such a happy tale!
Ginger: We lost everything!
Pickles: (Sighing) Everything!
Henny Penny: And whose silly fault was that?
Narrator: (Gasping) Oh surely we should show these two shop-keepers some sympathy? It’s not every day your business goes under.
Henny Penny: But it was their fault! They gave everything away!

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