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Plays for Children: Three short plays and one longer one Kenneth Edward Barnes

Plays for Children: Three short plays and one longer one

Kenneth Edward Barnes

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All of these plays were taken from stories I have written and are available in paperback, hardcover and e-books. The first three are in A Children’s Story Collection as a paperback, hardcover and e-book. They are also in Kenny’s Children’s Stories asMoreAll of these plays were taken from stories I have written and are available in paperback, hardcover and e-books. The first three are in A Children’s Story Collection as a paperback, hardcover and e-book. They are also in Kenny’s Children’s Stories as an e-book only. Besides being in a collection, they are available as individual stories.The first of the short plays is titled The Eagle and the Hummingbird. It only takes two actors and last about five minutes. This play is about a proud eagle that thinks only he is a real bird and the tiny hummingbird is too small and insignificant to be a real bird. The eagle, however, learns a valuable lesson about what it means to be a bird.The Second play titled The Grumbling Grasshopper needs three actors and takes about ten minutes to do. The main character is a grasshopper that has an attitude problem. The second character is a caterpillar that is trying to spin her cocoon before winter arrives. The third character is a large praying mantis that is looking for an easy meal. Children love this story because as the grumbling grasshopper they get to say the lines with a lot of attitude.The third play is the shortest, as it is a poem from one of my books about a mysterious creature. It needs only two actors and one narrator. The narrator reads the poem about the secretive creature that has a very strange name. As he or she reads the poem, the “creature” appears from his “cave”. Near the end of the play, the creature rushes from his abode, grabs a small child, and takes them back to his cave. Three fifth grade classes put on this play and their teacher was the creature as I narrated it. It was also done at a library with a spotlight on the “cave” of the creature. The title of this play is Pickle Nose and Butter Ears. The complete story is also in a paperback and hardcover edition as a bonus story in a book titled Invasion of the Dregs. It is also in an even longer updated version titled The Creature of O’Minee, which tells what happens to the creature when the first story ends.The fourth play is titled In Search of a Golden Sparrow and is a long one that needs ten actors. It is an inspirational story about a little boy named Jeremy that must struggle on crutches to walk. He lives during the Great Depression, which is a time of many hardships. He meets an old man called Hermit Bill and they strike up a friendship. There is a rich kid named Scotty Simmons that makes fun of Jeremy, an old country doctor, the grandmother, a little sister and of course mom and little Jeremy’s lumberjack father. There are also a couple of Scotty’s school friends, the teacher, Mr. Martin and the grandmother’s dog named Trixie. This is a heartwarming story of faith and should be done by a church or perhaps a school. This play was taken from the paperback and hardcover book by the same name and a longer updated version titled God’s Golden Sparrow that is available as an e-book.