The Ants and The Grasshoppers (Musical)

by  Donna Swift, Ross Mihalko

Short Musical, Comedy  /  1girl(s), 10m or f, 14boy(s) or girl(s)

With memorable characters, side-splitting silliness and toe-tapping tunes, this Greek musical comedy is the perfect show for any season! 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 now it's up to Eddie, the Queen's son, to lead a search party and save the colony.

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The Ants and The Grasshoppers (Musical)

by  Donna Swift Ross Mihalko

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1girl(s), 10m or f, 14boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    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 Musical 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, side-splitting silliness and toe-tapping tunes, this Greek musical comedy is the perfect show for any season!

Also available as a play!

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: An anthill in Ancient Greece.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Casting

1girl(s), 10m or f, 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
  • Features 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. The cast can include as many or as few non speaking Greek Ant Chorus members as you choose.

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Full Package

15 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

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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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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First produced at Oak Bluffs School March of 2009.

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