Go Jump in the Lake

by  Elaine Berman

Short Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

Ferdinand is a boy who when he is mad can't talk -- he fights instead. His mother suggests using his head and words to defend himself against teasing. But it doesn't work and he runs away after kicking a teacher. On the road he meets a skunk who can't produce a skunk smell and a nice girl dragon who…

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Go Jump in the Lake

by  Elaine Berman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)

Additional Info

Ferdinand is a boy who when he is mad can't talk - he fights instead. His mother suggests using his head and words to defend himself against bullying. But it doesn't work and he runs away after kicking a teacher. On the road he meets a skunk who can't produce a skunk smell and a nice girl dragon who can't breathe fire. The three see they have the same problem - difficulty with self defense. Two knights looking for dragons to slay - Ferdinand had met them previously -- find him, the skunk and the girl dragon. The three are forced to learn to defend themselves. They succeed and Ferdinand saves the day by controlling his impulse to fight. A great lesson play with a sense of humor for children.
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Keywords

Childhood

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 3f
<em>Go Jump in the Lake</em> was originally done by a company of young adults playing children. It can also be cast with teenagers and/or children. All actors except the leading character play multiple roles.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Elaine Berman

Elaine Berman

Go Jump in the Lake was produced by and toured for The Children's Theatre Company of the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut.

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