Three Children's Story Parodies

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Play Information
Rating: Dependable
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Janet B. Reyes
Publisher: Contemporary Drama Service
Year: 2004
Pages: 21
Acts: 3
Estimated Runtime: 25 minutes
Number of Characters: 4 male, 5 female, 13 either

Three works of classic children’s literature are parodied in this collection of plays designed to be performed together. Curious George becomes Furious Joe; Green Eggs and Ham becomes Green Sweat with Fizz; and Mary Had A Little Lamb is retold as Mary’s Lamb. In Furious George, the usually happy monkey is now a primate with anger issues who just wants to return to return to his jungle. Green Sweat with Fizz is written in recognizable Seussian verse but this time around Liz is trying to convince her friend to drink Green Sweat -- a disgusting drink with claims to make the drinker smart. In Mary’s Lamb, Mary is less than thrilled that her lamb will not leave her alone and has caused her to be kicked out of 22 schools. She eventually foists the lamb off on Little Bo Peep.

The ridiculous situations and gag-comedy will no doubt produce some laughs in audiences with young children. However, the one note comedy and beat-to-death jokes with no real depth or meaning leave something to be desired in a children’s theatre production. The best use for this script would be for the actual young children to use it as a first attempt at presenting a play. The plays are each short enough to present all three at once and the short scenes, multiple characters, and opportunity to be silly make it a good choice for an elementary age classroom to have some fun with.