MOTHER GOOSE ADVENTURES by Christine Dunning
SYNOPSIS: Twelve year old Ellen is babysitting her two little sisters. After reading them “Little Bo Peep,” she throws the old book away, only to have Mother Goose magically appear! Realizing that her sisters have disappeared into Nursery Land, Ellen and Mother Goose go searching for them, and trying to right the wrongs created when Ellen thoughtlessly threw away the book. Along the way they meet an Old Woman who needs a shoe to live in, shoeless Jack and his rapping Mice friends, the grumpy Wife of Peter Pumpkin Eater, Miss Muffet and a sly Spider, a reluctant Humpty Dumpty and an obsessed leader of the King’s Men, amongst many others. All works out in the end, and Ellen wakes up to find everything back to normal – almost!
One act play in five short scenes, running approximately 40 minutes.
This very flexible cast needs approximately ten females, seven males and fifteen or more “others.” The lead role of “Ellen” can easily be made male (“Evan”), the sisters could become brothers, and most of the animals can be either. I wrote the roles of the Old Woman’s children, the Soldiers and the little sheep for the students that I had – the numbers on those could easily be changed, and parts divided or combined accordingly. Some of the characters could be in the second scene (The Town) and re-dress for the fourth scene (The Rolling Hills) quite easily.
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