What kind of Thanksgiving would it be without attending your children's school play? Even though some plays are redundant, there is still nothing cuter than your child dressed as a pilgrim or Indian, re-enacting their knowledge of the harvest feast. If you are a teacher planning the next holiday play or a parent who would like to suggest a theatrical production in reverence of the Thanksgiving tradition, hopefully these ideas will help.
The Old Standard
There is absolutely nothing wrong with presenting the traditional Thanksgiving Mayflower production. Reenacting the first Thanksgiving meal shared by the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims is as old as the story itself. Almost everyone has participated in this popular simplistic version of the Thanksgiving tradition at some point in their childhood.
This fun little popular skit is set at Grandma and Grandpa's house as an argument ensues in the refrigerator. The favorite Thanksgiving foods argue over whom is the most important and there is a nice little lesson in cooperation at the end for them all.
A cute play that evolved as an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling
For a more unconventional play, try this one. The moral at the end shows that being a braggart and being chosen is not always a good thing. Likely to be more age appropriate for 8 - 17 years olds.
A lively puppet skit in which a turkey and eagle debate the fate of all those gobblers.
The Group Gathering
Of course, not only schools put on productions. After the feast on Thanksgiving, many families turn to the reading of poems, stories and putting on small informal productions for the whole family to enjoy. Children can get together and make up a poem or story, then recite it for the adults when they finish. Parents can present kids with "story starters" - pieces of paper with a word or phrase on each one - to set a theme, tone or idea to get the group started.
Lastly, try online sources for classic, creative, or non-traditional scripts and ideas for a Thanksgiving to remember. Various sites have scripts for plays at a nominal fee or free membership. One such source for Christian based dramas is DramaShare. This site offers both free and paid for scripts with a free membership sign up.
Once you have chosen a script, assign roles to the children.
Put together costumes and which props you need.
Help the children rehearse their lines before the big day.
Put on the show and remember that those imperfect moments are always the best!