“A Caterpillar’s Voice” Characters: NARRATOR 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael NARRATOR 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . Angela HARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Violet HARE’S Friend . . . . . . . . . . . . Grace CATERPILLAR . . . . . . . . . . . . Eileen CATERPILLAR’S FRIEND . . .Esther JACKAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason ZEBRA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jinny LEOPARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek GIRAFFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin RHINOCEROS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June ELEPHANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex FROG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weenie NARRATOR 1 & 2: This play is “A Caterpillar’s Voice.” It is a folk tale from Africa. NARRATOR 1: Once upon a time in Africa there was a Hare. The Hare lived in a nice cave. Hare liked his cave very much. One day when the Hare was away, a Caterpillar went into the Hare’s cave. [HARE starts out on the stage. He is sitting in a chair. This is his cave. He gets up and speaks.] HARE: I think it is a nice day for a walk. Maybe I will leave my cave and go visit a friend. [Hare exits.] [CATERPILLAR and his FRIEND enter. They crawl.] CATERPILLAR: This seems like a very nice cave. (Both sit on chairs) This is nice. Maybe we should stay here. CATERPILLAR’S FRIEND: Oh, my! This cave has an echo. It makes our little voices sound big! Let’s stay here. NARRATOR 2: Soon, Hare came back to his cave with a friend. He saw marks on the ground by his cave. [HARE and HARE’S FRIEND enter and look around.] HARE: What is going on here? It looks like someone is in my cave. HARE’S FRIEND: (calls out) Who is in my friend’s cave? CATERPILLAR & FRIEND: (in big, loud voices) We are! We are the biggest and strongest of them all. HARE: Oh dear! I am a very small animal! HARE’S FRIEND: How are you going to get back in your cave? NARRATOR 1: While Hare and his friend were trying to think of what to do, Jackal came by. [JACKAL enters.] HARE: Oh Jackal, please help me. JACKAL: How do you need me to help? HARE’S FRIEND: There is some big, strong animals in Hare’s cave. Can you try to get them out? JACKAL: Sure, I can try. (calls out) Who is in the cave of my friend, the Hare? CATERPILLAR & FRIEND: (in big, loud voices) We are! We are the biggest and strongest of them all. JACKAL: Oh, Hare, I do not think I can help you. It sounds like you have some huge animals in your cave. Probably bigger than me. I must go now! Goodbye! [JACKAL exits.] NARRATOR 2: Jackal ran away. Then, Zebra and his friend Leopard came by. [ZEBRA & LEOPARD enter.] HARE: Leopard, please stop and help me! LEOPARD: Sure. What’s the problem? HARE’S FRIEND: There is a big animal in my friend’s cave. Can you get it out? LEOPARD: Definitely. I am big and strong myself. ZEBRA: And I am fast and brave. If anyone can do it, we can! LEOPARD & ZEBRA: (call out) Who is in the cave of our friend, the Hare? CATERPILLAR & CATERPILLAR’S FRIEND: (in big, loud voices) We are! We are the biggest and strongest of them all. LEOPARD: Uh, oh. If those animals are the biggest and strongest, I do not want to think what they could do to me! I am sorry, Hare. Find some other, stronger animal to fight. I am out of here. ZEBRA: I can run fast, and I can kick, but that animal sounds scary. He can crush my bones and stamp them into dust. Sorry Hare! Find some other animal to kick them out. I am not hanging around! [ZEBRA & LEOPARD exit.] NARRATOR 1: When his friends Giraffe and Rhinoceros walked by, he asked them to help. [GIRAFFE & RHINOCEROS enter.] RHINOCEROS: I’m glad you came to me for help. No doubt I am the scariest of all animals. Look at my horn. Look at my muscles. Nothing scares me. GIRAFFE: You want those animals out of your cave? I’m your best chance. They can’t even reach me! Just let them try. RHINOCEROS & GIRAFFE: (call out) Who is in the cave of our friend, the Hare? CATERPILLAR & CATERPILLAR’S FRIEND: (in big, loud voices) We are! We are the biggest and strongest of them all. RHINOCEROS: Hare, I am your friend and nothing scares me. Nothing, that is, except big and loud voices in a cave! You need a bigger and stronger animal than me. Maybe an elephant? GIRAFFE: I bet they’re really tall with sharp teeth and wicked long claws. They probably eat giraffes for breakfast. No way am I going in there. Sorry Hare, you have to be crazy to set foot in there. Go find elephant. NARRATOR 2: Then, Hare and his friend went to find Elephant and asked him for some help. [ELEPHANT enters.] ELEPHANT: Did I hear you talking about me? What do you need? I can do anything. I am the biggest and strongest animal in the forest. Nothing can beat me! HARE’S FRIEND: There are some things in my friend’s cave. Can you help get them out? ELEPHANT: Oh sure. Is that all? (calls out) Hey, who is in the cave of my friend, the Hare? CATERPILLAR & CATERPILLAR’S FRIEND: (in big, loud voices) We are! We are the biggest and strongest of them all. ELEPHANT: (screaming) AH! HARE: NOW what I am going to do? [FROG enters.] FROG: Hare, what is wrong? HARE: Oh, it is just terrible. I am trying to go inside my home, but there is something in my cave. FROG: Have you tried calling to the things in your cave? HARE: Oh yes. I tried. So did Jackal, Leopard, Zebra HARE’S FRIEND: Rhinoceros, Giraffe and Elephant. FROG: What happened? HARE: All the other animals were scared and ran away. FROG: I know I am not as big as Elephant or as strong as Rhino. Still, can I try, too? HARE & HARE’S FRIEND: Please help us get those animals out of the cave! FROG: (calling out) Who’s in the cave of my friend, Hare? I am the one who is the biggest and strongest of ALL the animals. Come outside this cave, right now! CATERPILLAR: Oh dear, what a loud voice! After all, we are just caterpillars. We are coming out. Please do not hurt us. [The Caterpillars get off the chairs, crawl over to the animals, and stand up.] CATERPILLAR: Oh dear, what a loud voice! After all, we are just a Caterpillar. I am coming out. Please do not hurt me. HARE: What? All that time it was YOU in the cave? [All the other animals enter.] JACKAL: Wow, it was only two little caterpillars. LEOPARD: Boy, they sure fooled us. CATERPILLAR & CATERPILLAR’S FRIEND: Oops. ZEBRA: I cannot believe that we were all scared of a little caterpillar. FROG: Everyone but me! RHINOCEROS: How did such little, tiny Caterpillars have such loud voices? CATERPILLAR: Well, when we spoke, there was a wonderful echo! It made us feel BIG! [JACKAL, ZEBRA, LEOPARD, GIRAFFE, RHINO, and ELEPHANT all frown at the CATERPILLARS. They look mad.] CATERPILLAR’S FRIEND: Um, right now I think we should move on. [CATERPILLARS crawl off stage.] ELEPHANT: Can you believe it? All of us were scared of those small, little caterpillars! [All the animals laugh.] ELEPHANT: (pointing to FROG) All of us, that is, except one. NARRATOR 1 & 2: Hare lived happily ever after in his cave from that day on. The end.