Sherlock Holmes & the Killer Toy
Loosely based on The Great Mouse Detective, Sherlock once again stops a plot to kill the king and queen from the evil Professor Moriarty. This time Moriarty is using a toymaker to create a killer toy doll that appears sweet and innocent on the outside, but is a deadly machine when prompted.
This script provides the structure for a play or Reader's Theater for 7 or more students. Parts can be added or combined as needed. Many parts have ambiguous genders and can be altered easily. A very basic costume/prop list is provided, as well as music suggestions. This play was originally written for and performed by ELL in Russia, so the country and names of places can be changed to relate better to the students. The dialogue is simple, allowing ELLs to focus on pronunciation rather than memorizing long texts. A suggested vocabulary list is also provided. This is a great way to get your students interacting with English in fun ways that they relate to that also provides a template for public speaking and working as a team.
Run time: 4-8 min. depending on use of music