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Life Cycles:  

How Plants and Animals Change

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Casting

Flexible casting from 8-40 students.
Use as many fish, rabbits, butterflies, etc as you wish.
All parts can easily be played by either girls or boys.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Hosts
Butterflies
Fish
Rabbits
Tadpoles
Plants
Snakes
Biologists
Gardeners
Forest Plants and Animals
Zoo Keepers
and a CHORUS comprised of all students who are not playing roles on stage
at the time.

(CLASS enters and faces audience)

Song 1:    

CLASS:
Here's our show about some life cycles 
How plants and critters grow
Here's our show about some life cycles
We'll tell you what we know.

We've been learning such a lot lately
Our brains are gonna sprout
Here's our show about some life cycles
It's gonna knock you out.

We are talking 'bout the stages
As an organism ages
And the changes it goes through
It's a basic introduction
From the birth to reproduction
And we're singing it for you.

Here's our show about some life cycles
How plants and critters grow
Here's our show about some life cycles
We'll tell you what we know.
Woh-oh.

HOST #1: Good afternoon [morning/evening]. Welcome to "Know Your Life Cycles."

HOST #2: Let's get started up close and personal with a look at the life cycle of a
monarch butterfly.

HOST #3: We're here on milkwood leaf with some recently laid butterfly eggs.

HOST #1 (to BUTTERFLIES): Tell us---how's the cycle going?

Song 2:    

BUTTERFLIES: 
I don't wanna grow up
I like it here in my egg
Don't have to brush my teeth
Don't have to clean my leaf.

I don't wanna grow up
I guess I don't have a choice
Bustin' out from our eggs
Look ma we all got legs!

Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
Don't know why or how
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
We're caterpillars now.

I don't wanna grow up
I like it here on my leaf
Munching on this milkwood
Us teenagers have it good.

I don't wanna grow up
I guess I don't have a choice
Spinning all afternoon
Trapped here in this cocoon.

BUTTERFLIES and CHORUS:
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
Don't know why or how
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
The chrysalis stage now.

BUTTERFLIES:
Guess it's time to grow up
I wanna spread my new wings
Time now to blow this town
Tired of hanging around.

Glad I finally grew up
Hey look at me I'm a beaut
Look ma I got a tongue
Nectar yeah here I come!

BUTTERFLIES and CHORUS:
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
Don't know why or how
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
We're butterflying now.
We're butterflying now.

(BUTTERFLIES exit. FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, and PLANTS enter, glancing
cautiously all around.)

HOST #2: Wasn't that fascinating?

HOST #3: We're here now with some plants and animals.
(to ANIMALS and PLANTS)
Excuse me---you're looking a little nervous. Is everything all right?

FISH: It's the food chain.

RABBITS (scream in terror): The FOOD CHAIN! Run for your lives!!
(RABBITS start racing around crazily)

TADPOLE (after a few seconds): Stop that!
(RABBITS stop)
We're just TALKING about the food chain.

RABBITS: Oh. Sorry.

PLANT: We're all a bit on edge. It's this predator and prey thing---eat or be eaten.

FISH: It makes it very hard to relax and enjoy a good book.

Song 3:    

FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, PLANTS: 
Predator or prey?
Which is it today?
It's a nervous game we play
Predator, predator or prey?

FISH:
I'm a fish and I have found a rule that must be followed
To swallow other fish is much more fun than being swallowed.

TADPOLES:
I'm a little tadpole and I rarely am the winner
I try to dine but soon I find I'm someone else's dinner.

FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, PLANTS:
Predator or prey?
Which is it today?
It's a nervous game we play
Predator, predator or prey?

RABBITS:
We are rabbits and it seems the world is out to get us
We're terrified by everything---look out, here comes some lettuce!

PLANTS:
We are plants and have you noticed how the food chain treats us?
Here at the bottom of the food chain---everybody eats us!

FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, PLANTS, and CHORUS:
Predator or prey?
Which is it today?
It's a nervous game we play
Predator, predator or prey?
Predator, predator or prey?

(FISH, TADPOLES, RABBITS, and PLANTS exit. BIOLOGISTS enter.)

HOST #1:
We're lucky to have with us on the show some famous biologists.

HOST #2: They'll help explain some of the mysteries of the life cycle. So tell us...

(HOST is interrupted by SNAKES rushing onto the stage)

SNAKE #1: Look out, snakes coming through.

SNAKE #2: Pardon us, pardon us. We're migrating.

BIOLOGIST #1 and #2: Snakes! I HATE snakes!
(SNAKES stop)

HOST #3: I thought biologists liked animals.

BIOLOGIST #1: We do. But snakes. Yech!

SNAKE #1: We get that all the time.

SNAKE #2: We feel the same way about biologists.
(SNAKES start to exit)

SNAKE #1: Yeah. They just sort of sneak up on you.

SNAKE #2: And they're so slimy to touch.
(SNAKES exit)

BIOLOGIST #2 (shouting after SNAKES): Oh yeah? Well snakes don't migrate!

SNAKES (from off stage): Just watch us, big shot!

HOST #1 (to BIOLOGISTS): So, tell our audience: how can you tell what kind of
offspring a plant or animal will have?

BIOLOGIST #1: That's an easy one.

BIOLOGIST #2: You're talking about shared characteristics.

Song 4:    

BIOLOGISTS: 
A cat will have kittens
A mouse will have mice
A fish will have fishes
A louse will have lice.

An eagle has eaglets
A dog will have dogs
They're puppies not guppies or wet pollywogs.

Offspring resemble their parents
Animals flowers and fruit
Offspring resemble their parents
Thank goodness all parents are cute
Thank goodness all parents are cute.

The seeds from your apples
Become apple trees
And daisies make daisies
And peas produce peas.

An oak was an acorn
In its early days
A carrot inherits its carrot-like ways.

BIOLOGISTS and CHORUS:
Offspring resemble their parents
Animals flowers and fruit
Offspring resemble their parents
Thank goodness all parents are cute
Thank goodness all parents are cute.

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

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