for elementary schools, children's theatre,
kids drama clubs
Thanksgiving in the USA is one of the most important holidays of the year. It's a time for family and friends to gather and eat turkey and pumpkin pie. However, not all the turkeys get served up on the dinner table. Every year the President grants one lucky bird a “pardon”. Another contemporary feature of Thanksgiving is American football.
Of course, the original Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims, in 1621 with King Massasoit and ninety of his tribe featured games as well: displays of archery and musketry, dancing and more besides. The Pilgrims were celebrating the bounty of their first harvest in the New World, which owed so much to the goodwill of their new neighbours. So, on the 4th Thursday in November you might want to prepare some pumpkin pie and purchase our very funny play script 'First Thanksgiving' for enjoyment in class or on stage.
By Robert Reed
It's difficult enough deciding what to take for a two week holiday by the seaside, but what would you take on a voyage to establish a colony in the New World? The answer is as much as you can cram into a 35 metre long boat with 102 other Pilgrims plus 40 crew members. Oops, make that 103 Pilgrims, Oceanus, was born en route. Did anyone remember to bring some nappies?
In the New World things were desparate, starvation loomed, until some friendly local tribe showed the Pilgrims what crops to plant. Huzzah! It's time for a celebration of Thanksgiving and don't forget to invite King Massasoit and his tribe!
Age group: 6-8 (1st Grade -2nd Grade / Year 2 - Year 3)
Run time: 15 minutes
Topics: Thanksgiving, pilgrims, harvest
This play celebrates one of the first Thanksgivings by European settlers in the New World. It is both humorous and educational.
The play begins with the journey of the Pilgrims to the New World in their cramped vessel: The Mayflower. When the Pilgrims arrive in America they establish the Plymouth Colony. By the spring, the survivors are shown by friendly local Wamponoag Indians how best to plant crops. When the harvest is gathered, the grateful Pilgrims decide to give thanks for their bounty and invite King Massasoit, who arrives with vension as a gift and 90 of his tribe. The feast lasts for 3 days and the celebrations include: displays of musketry and archery, dancing and games. However, who has to do all the cooking? Moreover, who's going to do the washing-up?
By Robert Reed
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