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					       “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.

				
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