Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with this idea for a classroom theater production!
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: When a feuding cat and dog discover that their family has holiday travel plans, they join forces with a spunky mouse to keep everyone home for the holidays.
Roles: Narrator 1 (speaks in rhyme), Narrator 2, Mother, Angela, Muffin (the cat), Rascal (the dog), Moose (the mouse)
Setting: Christmas Eve at home, present day
Theme: Friendship and turning the other cheek.
Props: Optional props include cat ears, dog ears, and mouse ears.
Follow-Up Activity: Have the students divide into small groups of about three and write "interviews" with the character of Moose from this story. They should prepare a list of questions and write responses as Moose. Questions might focus on what really happened on Christmas Eve, how Moose happened to be in the house that night, and his true identity. If you choose, students might share their interviews as skits, with one or two students acting as reporters and one playing the role of the mouse.
Additional Notes: The lines for Muffin (the cat), Rascal (the dog), and Moose (the mouse) contain words that replicate sounds made by those animals -- "purr," "ruff," and "eek." Before reading the script, discuss with students the correct spelling and meaning of each of those words. Encourage readers to emphasize the animal sounds in those words as they read them.
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Cara Bafile
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