The Tortoise and The Hare

by  Candice Cain

Short Play, Comedy  /  10boy(s) or girl(s)

Flash the Hare wants to prove that he is the fastest animal in the forest. He only has one more forest animal to beat in a race so he can claim his title: Theodore the Tortoise. Flash is so confident that he can beat Theodore that he doesn't prepare for the race. Furthermore, he brags to anyone who will listen that he is going to beat Theo.

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The Tortoise and The Hare

by  Candice Cain

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Flash the Hare wants to prove that he is the fastest animal in the forest. He only has one more forest animal to beat in a race so he can claim his title: Theodore the Tortoise. Flash is so confident that he can beat Theodore that he doesn't prepare for the race. Furthermore, he brags to anyone who will listen that he is going to beat Theo. You can imagine Flash's embarrassment when Theo beats him in the race in front of all of the other forest animals. Flash learns that it isn't smart to brag or make fun of others. Theo learns that believing in himself is also very important.

Based on one of Aesop's fables, The Tortoise and The Hare teaches children the importance of humility, not underestimating someone, and believing in themselves. A fun and educational play for children ages 5 - 9. There is a great deal of audience participation in this play, keeping them involved and interested.

Because of the minimal production requirements, this makes an excellent play for any group to perform.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"It still includes all the morality that Aesop wanted to pass along, especially: 'Slow and steady wins the race', but it expands the character roster and uber-anthropomorphizes the entire cast." - A Seat on the Aisle, Read More

Keywords

Fairy Tales

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The forest
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

10boy(s) or girl(s)
FLASH THE HARE - Cocky and over-confident. A braggart.
SLY THE FOX - Suave and intelligent.
THEODORE THE TORTOISE - Laid back and friendly. Happy to be included.
TRIXIE THE BUNNY - Silly and airheaded. A cheerleader.
DIXIE THE BUNNY - Silly and airheaded. A cheerleader.
FLO THE BUNNY - Smarter than the other two bunnies. Sarcastic and dry. A cheerleader.
JACK THE RABBIT - The bartender at The Rabbit Hole.
BARBARA THE BEAVER - The reporter for First Forest News. Can't pronounce the letter "R."
ROXY THE RACCOON - The camera operator for First Forest News.
EDWINA THE OWL - Very wise and mature.
VARIOUS FOREST ANIMALS
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Candice Cain

Candice Cain (formerly Candice Cook) was born and raised in Brookhaven, NY. She attended The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and graduated with a BA in Dramatic Literature. A few years later, Ms. Cain found herself in Los Angeles, acting in a variety of television shows and films. Ho ...

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