International Children's Book Day Class Play or Assembly
This script was written in celebration of International Children's Book Day April 2nd 2017 including characters from Horrid Henry, Peter Pan, The Gruffalo, Charlotte's Web, Captain Underpants, Matilda, The Tales of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
NB This is the same script as World Book Day Class Play but adapted to International Children's Book Day.
Cast of 30 (easily adapted up or down)
Duration: Around 20 minutes not including music suggestions
Narrator: Thank you! Of course there is so much to celebrate in the world of literature! All those wonderful inspirational characters!
(Enter Horrid Henry, scowling)
Horrid Henry: Dah! I suppose you’ve got a whole line up of squeaky clean characters for us today? Just got one word to say to that – BORING!
Narrator: And you are? (Pauses) Oh, don’t tell me – Horrid Henry!
(Aside to Audience) A shame he had to start us off today! Definitely not one of our more likeable characters!
(To Henry) Now, if you don’t mind, I do have a lot of other, shall we say ‘more wholesome characters’ to introduce!
Horrid Henry: (Scowling) Please yourself!
(Exit Horrid Henry, giving exaggerated ‘yawns’)
Narrator: (To Audience) Oh dear! Sorry about that! Let’s see if we can ‘raise the bar’ a little!
(Peter Pan ‘flies’ onto the stage)
Narrator: Ah! Peter Pan! How nice to meet you!
Peter Pan: The pleasure is all mine!
(Enter Wendy and Tinkerbell)
Peter Pan: I’d like you to meet
Wendy: (Curtseying) Wendy (looking at Peter Pan adoringly) Darling!
Tinkerbell: (Trying to ‘swoosh’ Wendy out of the way) And Peter’s favourite, Tinkerbell!
Peter Pan: (Laughing) Now, now Tinkerbell! We have spoken about that jealousy thing!
(Tinkerbell pulls a face, sulking)
Wendy: Oh but she’s so adorable! You can’t be cross with her for long!
(Enter Horrid Henry)
Horrid Henry: What was I saying about those yukky sugary-sweet characters? Time to introduce some more interesting ones!
(Horrid Henry beckons to Captain Cook and Crocodile)
(Enter Captain Cook and Crocodile, snapping at Narrator’s heels)
Narrator: (Angrily) Who let this beast on here? (Glaring at Horrid Henry) Oh I might have known you’d be up to no good!
Other ‘Literature-based’ scripts:
• Take a Book: Different Genres of Writing
• Speaking and Listening Assembly
• Great British Writers Assembly (incl. Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll and J.K. Rowling)
• Roald Dahl Assembly
• Sherlock Holmes and the Great Mysteries of the World Assembly
• Selection of alternative Fairy Tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White)
· If – Rudyard Kipling; and Smugglers Song
· The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes
· The Listeners Assembly
· Just So Stories – adapted into Guided Reading Scripts
The current collection of Shakespeare scripts is as follows:
· A Midsummer Night’s Dream Assembly
· Midsummer Nightmare (cast of 10)
· Midsummer Nightmare II (cast of 17)
· Midsummer Nightmare III (cast of 25)
· Macbeth: Villain or Victim
· Romeo & Juliet in Love
· Valentine’s Play incl. ‘alternative’ Romeo & Juliet
· Another alternative Romeo & Juliet script entitled ‘Romeo & Juliet in Love … Well, weren’t they?’
Guided reading scripts:
• Shakespeare Plays (8 mini condensed versions)
• Set of 4 alternative Shakespeare scripts - Hamlet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo & Juliet (incl. detailed synopses and lesson plans)
• Alternative Hamlet script plus lesson plan
• Alternative Macbeth script plus lesson plan
• Alternative Midsummer Night's Dream script plus lesson plan
• Alternative Romeo & Juliet script plus lesson plan