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Ants and The Grasshoppers, The (Play) - Short Play, Comedy

Ants and The Grasshoppers, The (Play)

Ross Mihalko, Donna Swift

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Short Play, Comedy

1girl(s), 14boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573701115

With memorable characters and side-splitting silliness, this Greek comedy for children is the perfect show for any season!

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Description | Characters | Rental Materials | Author(s) | Reviews
: Acting Edition
: Large Print
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Short Play


Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

40 minutes

Time Period - Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play - An anthill in Ancient Greece.


No intermission, Physical Comedy

Cutting Approved for Competition

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Fantasy Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)


Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

The Ants and The Grasshoppers - A Greek Comedy is a hilarious twist on the classic Aesop's fable! When those goof-off grasshoppers arrive in Ancient Greece, the ants discover all the forbidden fun they've been missing, but when Winter arrives, the Queen leaves those good-for-nothing grasshoppers out in the cold and the ants become bored beyond belief and unable to accomplish their precious work!!! Now it's up to Eddie, the Queen's son, to lead a search party to rescue the grasshoppers and save the colony from dying... from boredom! With memorable characters and side-splitting silliness, it is the perfect show for any season!

Also available as a musical!

The Ants and the Grasshoppers first premiered at IMP for Kids on May 20 and 21 2011 in Martha's Vineyard, MA.


1girl(s), 14boy(s) or girl(s)


Ensemble cast, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Children, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras


Any of these characters can be played by/as boys or girls with the exception of ALEXANDRA, who should be a girl.

BETA, THETA, ZETA, PI & MU - The Greek Ant Chorus
EPSILON - The Ant Choral Master
HOP, SKIP & JUMP - Three fun-loving Grasshoppers
OMICRON - The wondrous blind oracle
ALEXANDRA THE GREAT - Queen of the anthill
ALPHA & OMEGA - The Royal Assistants to the Queen
EDDIE - The Queen’s Son (The One in the Eye-patch)
THE STORM - A terrible Winter’s storm
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)

Ross Mihalko

Ross Mihalko

Ross Mihalko is a writer, director, improviser, and lyricist living in Pasadena, California. His works for the stage have been published and performed across the United States, Off Broadway and on Martha’s Vineyard. He has written over 20 plays and 60 songs for children, directed original and existing work in New York and Los Angeles, and most recently created a dance/theater piece based on his ... view full profile

Donna Swift

Donna Swift

Donna Swift is the founder and director of IMP for Kids, a company committed to providing quality theater education and performance opportunities to young people ages 6-21. Since receiving her theater arts degree from Emerson College in 1990, Donna has worked professionally as an actress, stage manager and teaching artist. While working as a teaching artist she met Ross Mihalko and began writing ... view full profile

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