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American Symbols
A Social Studies Musical Play for Kids

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A Crucial Note of Explanation Before You Go Any Farther!

American Symbols contains TWO separate scripts for TWO different age groups.

The FIRST script is intended for younger students, especially those in kindergarten and first grade. This version of American Symbols contains 6 songs, each of which is to be sung by the entire class. Each song is introduced by a few short lines of dialogue spoken by Storytellers. This version of the show will take about 15 minutes to perform.

The SECOND script is intended for older students, especially those in second, third, and fourth grades. This version ofAmerican Symbols contains 9 songs, most of which are sung by small groups of actors in character. There is a short scene of dialogue between each song. In other words, this is your basic classroom musical play. This show will take about 28 minutes to perform.

American Symbols: shorter script for younger students

Casting

There are no individual roles in this version of the script. The entire class sings each song. There are Storytellers who have short bits of dialogue between each song. These can be distributed among all the students in the class or divided up in any way that seems to work best with a particular group of students.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

Song 1

   

CLASS (facing audience):
American symbols on parade
All our pride is now displayed
Great ideals that will not fade
American symbols on parade.

Oh I can't wait to see
The Statue of Liberty
Come dancing down the street.
Who even knew she had feet?

American symbols on parade
All our pride is now displayed
Great ideals that will not fade
American symbols on parade.

Bald eagles are on hand
They're marching right in the band.
The U.S. flag looks proud
It's waving to all the crowd.

American symbols on parade
All our pride is now displayed
Great ideals that will not fade
American symbols on parade.

STORYTELLER #1: Welcome to the parade.

STORYTELLER #2: Some of America's great symbols will be marching today.

STORYTELLER #3: Hey, here come the bald eagles!

STORY TELLER #1: The bald eagle is featured on the Great Seal of the United States.

STORYTELLER #2: I saw a great seal balance a ball on its nose at Sea World once.

STORYTELLER #3: Let's try to forget that and just listen to the eagles.

Song 2

   

CLASS:
Oh who who who
Is the national bird?
It's me me me
Did you not get the word?

So why why why
Shouldn't we all rejoice?
They wanted something regal
Nothing like a seagull
And so we great bald eagles were the obvious choice.

We sky sky sky
Up as high as can be
We fly fly fly
We're so strong and so free

We're brave brave brave
And as wise as an owl
We have so much appeal
We're on the U.S. seal
On stamps and money we'll be
the fairest of fowl.

Ben Franklin thought a turkey
Could be the bird of state
But should we serve our symbols
With gravy on a plate?
No no no

Oh who who who
Is the national bird?
It's me me me
Did you not get the word?

So why why why
Shouldn't we all rejoice?
They wanted something regal
Nothing like a seagull
And so we great bald eagles were the obvious choice.

STORYTELLER #4: What's a symbol anyway?

STORYTELLER #5: It's an object or image that stands for something else.

STORYTELLER #6: For example, the bald eagle is a symbol of strength and courage.

STORYTELLER #4: Oh. I get it. Like broccoli is a symbol of EVIL.

STORYTELLER #5 (giving #4 a strange look): Uh. Sure. Although I was thinking of something more like the Statue of Liberty.

STORYTELLER #6: And here she comes!

(This concludes the first one-third of the shorter script.)

American Symbols: longer version for older students

Casting

From 11-40 students. Use as many Bald Eagles, Paparazzi, etc. in each scene as
desired. One student can easily play several roles if needed, and
individual roles can be doubled up. Note that all roles can be played by
either boys or girls; see our comments on page 40 of the Teacher’s Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Uncle Sam
Rose
Bald Eagles (3)
Statue of Liberty
Pedestal for Statue of Liberty
Paparazzi (2)
White House
Secret Service Agents (2)
Star-Spangled Banner
Washington Monument
Fans of the Washington Monument (3)
Tomato Juice (official beverage of Ohio)
Praying Mantis (official insect of Connecticut)
Strudel (official pastry of Texas)
U.S. Constitution
Declaration of Independence

and a CHORUS composed of all students who are not playing
roles on stage at the time.

Song 1

   

(CLASS enters/stands, faces audience, and sings:)

CLASS:
American symbols on parade
All our pride is now displayed
Great ideals that will not fade
American symbols on parade.

Oh I can't wait to see
The Statue of Liberty
Come dancing down the street.
Who even knew she had feet?

American symbols on parade
All our pride is now displayed
Great ideals that will not fade
American symbols on parade.

Bald eagles are on hand
They're marching right in the band.
The U.S. flag looks proud
It's waving to all the crowd.

American symbols on parade
All our pride is now displayed
Great ideals that will not fade
American symbols on parade.

(ACTORS take their places, moving
quickly across the stage in various
directions, as UNCLE SAM enters and
comes to the front of the stage. HE holds
a clipboard with pieces of paper he keeps
flipping through. HE is a bit flustered.)

UNCLE SAM: Okay, icons, let's get lined up.
The parade is about to start. Has anybody seen
the Liberty Bell?
(shouts)
Rose! Where's my assistant Rose?!

ROSE (running in): I'm here, Uncle Sam.

UNCLE SAM: Where've you been? You'd think the national flower would always be around. Rose, I can't find the Liberty Bell. I've been in charge of this parade for 200 years and the Liberty Bell has always been on the first float.

ROSE: Sorry I'm late. We're having troubles with Mt. Rushmore.

UNCLE SAM: Again?

ROSE: It's Teddy Roosevelt this time. He keeps speaking softly and then pokes Jefferson with a big stick. I've tried to separate them, but they won't budge.

UNCLE SAM: I warned them, didn't I? I told them you can't put four presidents on one mountain and expect it to work. They're like children. Giant 60-foot children.

(BALD EAGLES enter,)

BALD EAGLE #1: Hey, Uncle Sam, where are WE this year?

BALD EAGLE #2: We want to go first.

BALD EAGLE #3: After all, we're the national bird.

BALD EAGLE #1: Yeah. Bald eagles are important American symbols.

BALD EAGLE #2: Yeah! We're symbols!
(pause)
Uh. What's a symbol?

BALD EAGLE #3: It's an object or image that stands for something else.

BALD EAGLE #1 (proudly): The bald eagle is a symbol of strength and courage.

BALD EAGLE #2: Oh. I get it. Like the raven in Edgar Allen Poe's poem is a portent of impending death.

BALD EAGLE #3 (shaking head, to audience): English majors.

Song 2

   

BALD EAGLES:
Oh who who who
Is the national bird?
It's me me me
Did you not get the word?

So why why why
Shouldn't we all rejoice?
They wanted something regal
Oh nothing like a seagull
And so we great bald eagles were the obvious choice.

We sky sky sky
Up as high as can be
We fly fly fly
We're so strong and so free.

We're brave brave brave
And as wise as an owl
We have so much appeal
We're on the U.S. seal
On stamps and money we'll be the fairest of fowl.

Ben Franklin thought a turkey
Could be the bird of state
But should we serve our symbols
With gravy on a plate?
No no no

BALD EAGLES and CHORUS:
Oh who who who
Is the national bird?
It's me me me
Did you not get the word?

So why why why
Shouldn't we all rejoice?
They wanted something regal
Oh nothing like a seagull
And so we great bald eagles were the obvious choice.

BALD EAGLE #1 (looking offstage): Let's go. I see the Statue of Liberty coming.

BALD EAGLE #2: And she brought her pedestal this time. She's going to be extra tall.

BALD EAGLE #3: Come on! If she gets in front of us we won't be able to see a thing!

(THEY exit. STATUE of LIBERTY and PEDESTAL enter.)

STATUE: I'm really looking forward to the parade this year. I can use the exercise—it was a cold winter in New York and I think I've put on a few tons.

PEDESTAL: I haven't noticed anything—you still feel like the same 450 thousand pounds as ever.

STATUE: Aren't you sweet! You're always so supportive.

(PAPARAZZI rush in with cameras.)

PEDESTAL: Hey, here come the paparazzi.

PAPARAZZO #1 (to #2): Have you seen the Washington Monument? I want to get a photo for tomorrow's paper, but these American symbols can be tough to track down.

PAPARAZZO #2: I don't know. I saw a 500-foot obelisk with dark glasses and a fake mustache catching a cab.

PAPARAZZO #1: Man, it got away! What am I going to tell my editor?

STATUE: You can take a picture of us.

PAPARAZZO #PAPARAZZO #2: Yeah? Are you American symbols?

PEDESTAL: You don't recognize us?

PAPARAZZO #1: How 'bout a hint?

STATUE: A colossal neoclassical sculpture presented to the United States as a gift from France?

PAPARAZZO #2 (puzzled, rubbing chin): Hmmmn.

PEDESTAL: A symbol of freedom holding a torch and wearing a crown with seven rays, one for each continent?

PAPARAZZO #2: Nope. Not ringing a bell. Any other clues?

Song 3

   

STATUE of LIBERTY and PEDESTAL:
I hold a torch
The torch of freedom
Up high to fan the flame
I'm kind of green
I'm made of copper
Do you know my name?

I came from France
I was a present
And I got instant fame
Now I stand proud
Upon an island
Do you know my name!

I may be hollow but I'm big and strong
A thirty-five-foot waistline and a nose
that's five feet long!

Folks come each year
To New York harbor
And climb up in my frame

I do not mind
It kind of tickles
Do you know my name?

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
Yearning to be free
I'm the Statue of Liberty!
I'm the Statue of Liberty!

PAPARAZZO #1: Hey! I think this is the Statue of Liberty!

PAPARAZZO #2 (pauses, looks at the STATUE and PEDESTAL carefully, then shakes head): Naaah.
(points offstage)
Come on, I think I see the Declaration of Independence eating a sandwich.

(THEY all exit. WHITE HOUSE enters with two SECRET SERVICE AGENTS, speaking with ROSE.)

(This concludes the first one-third of the longer script.)

 

 



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