The Ants and The Grasshoppers (Play)

by  Ross Mihalko, Donna Swift

Short Play, Comedy  /  1girl(s), 14boy(s) or girl(s)

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

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The Ants and The Grasshoppers (Play)

by  Ross Mihalko Donna Swift

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

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


    40 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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!

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Performing Groups

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


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: An anthill in Ancient Greece.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes


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


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

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

Casting Notes

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



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 ...

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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 mana ...

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

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