This original script can be used as an individual story or as part of a larger collection of stories, depending on your needs. Written as a school play, it can also be used for in-class drama activities. It includes major, medium-sized and minor speaking roles as well as a “chorus” so all of your students can be included fully in the performance. The script is good for grades 2 through 5. For a second grade, however, it depends on the maturity level of your students and is probably better later in the year when they’re developing into 3rd graders.
Everyone in the village fears the medicine man. Jack, the town fool, becomes his apprentice. As they get to know each other, each learns how everyone in the town has misjudged the other. When a crisis occurs, Jack must step in and save a sick villager. Through this experience, the townspeople learn how they have incorrectly judged both Jack and the medicine man. The script also includes comic relief moments throughout the story (some directed towards the adults in the audience). Additionally, “fun fact” characters step in and provide interesting trivia along the way, helping connect this fictional tale to non-fiction literature as well.
Percussion is incorporated to help drive the piece, however the script includes notes on replacing these with musical/sound system cues instead.