The Lion and The Mouse

by  Candice Cain, Aesop

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f, 1m or f

The classic tale updated in an easy-to-perform format for children. By the author of The Lovesick Cat.

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The Lion and The Mouse

by  Candice Cain Aesop

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f, 1m or f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


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


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

Balthazar the lion traps Tess the mouse, but Tess appeals to Balthazar by saying she could be his friend if he lets her go. Balthazar agrees, which works out to his benefit when Tess is able to save him from the Hunter who ties him up with rope. The classic tale updated in an easy-to-perform format for children. By the author of The Lovesick Cat.
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Fairy Tales, fable


Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Exterior. A forest landscape with a cave.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes


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


1m, 1f, 1m or f

TESS - a mouse
BALTHAZAR - a lion

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

The Hunter can be male or female.




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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Legendary figure Aesop is presumed to have been born around 600 B.C. and is the supposed author of a collection of Greek fables. Various attempts were made in ancient times to establish him as an actual personage. He was most likely invented to provide an author for fables centering on beasts, so that “a story of Aesop ...

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