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. (For complete listing, scroll down to bottom of page).
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.
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.
Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit
Ribby (Cousin and neighbour to Tabitha)
Samuel Whiskers (Old man rat)
Anna Maria (Old woman rat)
John Joiner (dog)
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!
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!
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!
Little Pig Robinson
Sam the fisherman
Cat (on boat)
Captain Barnabas Butcher (Pound of Candles)
Narrator: Aha! Little Pig Robinson! Please tell me this tale has a happy ending?
Little Pig Robinson: Yes, it does!
Cat: The happiest ending of all, of all, of all, of all. The happiest ending of all.
Narrator: Aha! The Owl and the Pussycat, right?
Aunt Dorcas: But that’s not what this tale is about.
Aunt Porcas: It’s about our wee Robinson!
Narrator: Ah! You two aunts! I can tell how proud of him you were!
Sam: He was a very brave little pig.
Stumpy: To go all the way to market by himself
Narrator: A shame he fell in with such bad company at the end of the day.
Captain Barnabas: You mean me and my crew?
Cat: Well, you did want to turn him into roast pork!
(Both aunts shriek in fright)
Narrator: Oh please! Don’t let’s go upsetting the ladies!
Fierce bad rabbit
Nice gentle rabbit
Man with a gun
Man with a gun: (Pointing his gun at fierce bad rabbit) So, it’s action you want, is it?
Narrator: (Intervening quickly) We’ll have none of that kind of action, thank you very much!
Man with a gun: But that’s what happened in the tale!
Fierce bad rabbit: I lost my tail and whiskers!
Nice gentle rabbit: Serves you right!
Narrator: You did steal his carrot!
Nice gentle rabbit: And scratched me!
Miss Moppet: The Story of Miss Moppet
Mouse: And me!
Narrator: A cat and mouse! How can this possibly end well?
Mouse: Oh, there’s no hard feeling
Miss Moppet: We get on just fine!
Around 10 minutes reading time but this can of course be expanded, to allow more performance.
The lines/text is simple and short as appropriate for Key Stage I. If the teacher, who takes the role of narrator throughout all 21 tales (all 4 parts), wishes to release some of his/her lines to the more able/more confident in the class and add further text from the tales, then that is, of course, down to the teacher in charge. The idea of these scripts is to provide a template that can be edited according to the ability of the children.
Also available from www.plays-r-ussell.com are a set of guided reading scripts, written using the same format – 5 tales for Parts I, II and III, with 6 in Part IV; around 6 speakers per tale – the total number adding up to 30, each tale around 5 minutes in duration (not including Q&A/Discussion based around PSHE themes).
· Music 1 – All things Bright and Beautiful
Or another ‘animal-based song’.
· Tale 1 The Tale of Peter Rabbit
· Tale 2 The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
· Tale 3 The Tailor of Gloucester
· Tale 4 The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
· Tale 5 The Tale of Two Bad Mice
· Tale 6 The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
· Tale 7 The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
· Tale 8 The Tale of Tom Kitten
· Tale 9 The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
· Tale 10 The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
· Tale 11 The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse
· Tale 12 The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
· Tale 13 The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
· Tale 14 The Tale of Mr. Tod
· Tale 15 The Tale of Pigling Bland
· 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