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Vacation On Mars
A Musical Play for Kids about Our Solar System
Ron Fink and John Heath

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Note: This play was written when Pluto was a full-fledged planet. We had always treated it as a strange planet---not one of the gang. The numbers of moons of Jupiter have also changed but regardless, this play still remains one of our most popular.

--Ron Fink and John Heath

 

Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many Guides, Mechanics, Venettes, etc. as desired. One student can also play more than one role. Note that roles are not gender-specific; see our comments on page 34 of the Teacher's Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Dad
Mom
Ariel
Josh
Guides
Moons (different phases)
Sun
Mechanics
Mercury
Venus
Venettes
Pluto
Earth
Jupiter
Moons of Jupiter
Rings of Saturn
Neptune Dad
Neptune Mom
Neptune Kid
and a CHORUS made up of all students who are not playing roles at the time.

(Two kids are packing up suitcases without enthusiasm. There is a big dog sitting on
top of one of the suitcases.)

ARIEL: I am NOT looking forward to our vacation this year.

JOSH (petting GUS, the dog): Me neither. Gus always gets car sick.

ARIEL: Something always goes wrong.

JOSH: Remember last year? We got lost in the Everglades.

ARIEL: How could I forget? I didn’t know alligators could move so fast.

JOSH (holding up GUS): Yeah. But I think Gus looks good without a tail, don’t you?

(from off-stage)

DAD: Are you kids ready to go?

JOSH (to ARIEL): Where are we going this year?

ARIEL: Mom said Dad was on the Internet all night looking for something special.
Can you say "disaster"?

(MOM and DAD enter. MUSIC begins.)

MOM (excited): Hi kids! Your dad’s outdone himself this year. You won’t believe it.

ARIEL: We’re gonna get really really lost, aren’t we?

DAD: Not this time. Come on! We’re going to Mars!

ARIEL and JOSH: What?

Song 1

MOM and DAD:
Mars Mars
We’re going to Mars
Grab Gus
And pack up the car.
Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

MOM, DAD, and CHORUS:
Mars Mars
We’re going to Mars
Grab Gus
And pack up the car.
Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

DAD:
There’s riverbeds where we can hike
Volcanoes for your mountain bike.

MOM:
The rusty soil makes things bright red
There’s polar ice-caps—grab your sled.

MOM and DAD and CHORUS:
Mars Mars
We’re going to Mars
Grab Gus
And pack up the car.
Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

ARIEL:
Well I was hoping "Disneyworld"
To give Tomorrowland a whirl.

JOSH:
But on the bright side now I see
I bet there’s no humidity!

MOM, DAD, KIDS and CHORUS:
Mars Mars
We’re going to Mars
Grab Gus
And pack up the car.
Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

(3 TOUR GUIDES enter. TWO of them carry 7 portable teleports that look a lot like
doormats. THEY spread them out on the stage. The third GUIDE carries a little
remote control box with a large spinning dial.)

DAD: Here are the tour guides now.

GUIDE #1: Okeedokee. Here we are. We’re your guides from Betty’s Bargain
Basement Tours. Who’s travelling to Mars today?

MOM: We all are.

JOSH: And Gus.

MOM (to GUIDES, as she pulls food out of a large bag she carries with her at all
times): Would you like a cookie?

(THEY shake their heads)

GUIDE #2: No thank you. The crumbs might mess up the teleports. Everybody step
on up.

(DAD AND MOM DO; KIDS hesitate)

Come on now.

ARIEL: Are you serious?

GUIDE #3: Go on. These teleports are guaranteed. They’re the newest model: E52s!

DAD: Come on, kids. This is gonna be fun! What could go wrong?

(THEY all take places, including GUIDES.)

GUIDE #1: Okeedokee. Let me just set the dial here to "Mars" and we’ll be on our way.

(HE sets the dial on the control box, and there is a loud, ugly or funny NOISE.)

GUIDE #2: Ooh. That didn’t sound good.

GUIDE #3: Is it supposed to do that?

GUIDE #1 (shrugging shoulders): I’ve never seen an E52.

(3 MOONS enter, each representing a different phase of Earth’s moon: Full, New,
and Quarter)

GUIDE #2: Yikes! This doesn’t look like Mars.

MOON #1: Of course I don’t. I’m the moon.

MOON #2: I reflect the light from the sun back to you on earth.

MOON #3: Just look at my different phases.

MOM: You are all very lovely—just like a banana cream pie.

(points to FULL MOON)

Fresh baked…

(points to QUARTER MOON)

…after Dad has had dessert…

(points to NEW MOON)

…and after Gus gets finished licking the plate.

MOON #1: It all depends on how much of my reflection you can see.

Song 2

MOONS :
New moon
There’s not much to see
Real soon
There’s a slice of me
Full moon
Shine bright and round
Real soon real soon
I will shrink back down.
Real soon real soon
I will shrink back down.

New moon
There’s nothing to see
Real soon
There’s a sliver of me
Full moon
I just might burst
Real soon real soon
I’ll go in reverse.
Real soon real soon
I’ll go in reverse.

These are the simple lunar facts
I wax and wane and wane and wax
It takes me almost thirty days
I guess I’m in a lunar phase.

MOONS and CHORUS:
New moon
There’s not much to see
Real soon
There’s a slice of me
Full moon
Shine bright and round
Real soon real soon
I will shrink back down.
Real soon real soon
I will shrink back down.

(MOONS exit)

GUIDE #1: Okeedokee. Wasn’t that fun?

ARIEL: We are supposed to be on Mars.

GUIDE #2: Don’t worry. There’s only a slight extra charge for seeing the moon.

GUIDE #3 (fiddling with control box): Let me just set this thing for Mars. Everybody
on your ports.

(THEY stand on them as before. Same horrible NOISE.)

DAD: What now?

JOSH: Dad, I think we’re on the sun!

GUIDE #1: Wow. I didn’t even know this thing went to the sun.

(SUN enters with very loud hiccups. JOSH sneaks around sun and jumps out at
it trying to scare it.)

JOSH: BOO!

SUN (jumping in fright): Aaach. Don’t do that.

JOSH: Sorry. I was just trying scare the hiccups out of you.

Song 3

SUN: Oh those? Don’t worry.

Pardon me
It will pass
You see I’m filled with gas.
If I burp
Watch your hair
Here comes a solar flare.

I am just an ordinary star
Ninety million miles from where you are
But I’m hot
To the core
I’ve got helium galore
I am just an ordinary star.

All my gas
Makes me bright
I give you heat and light.
Watch out folks
As I spin
I shoot out solar wind.

SUN and CHORUS:
I am just an ordinary star
Ninety million miles from where you are
But I’m hot
To the core
I’ve got helium galore
I am just an ordinary star.

(SUN exits)

GUIDE #1: Okeedokee. Don’t worry, folks. I’ve called in some teleport mechanics.
They’ll have this thing fixed in a jiffy.

GUIDE #2: Here they come now!

(MECHANICS enter. THEY carry various tools.)

MECHANIC #1: So, the ol’ teleport is having problems, huh?

MECHANIC #2: Here, let’s have a look.

MOM (approaching THEM): Would you like a lemon square?

MECHANIC #1: No thanks, ma’am. Might get crumbs in the control box. (grumbles
as THEY look at control box)
Uh huh. Uh huh.

MECHANIC #2: Yep yep yep.

MECHANIC #1: Uh huh.

MECHANIC #2: Yep yep. Yep.

GUIDE #3: What is it?

MECHANIC #1: Happens all the time. This baby is an E52.

MECHANIC #2: Yep yep yep.

GUIDE #1: An E52?

MECHANIC #1: Sure. The E52 can only go through the solar system in the right order.
You gotta start from the sun.

MECHANIC #2: Yep yep.

ARIEL: You mean we have to go through the whole solar system to get to Mars?

MECHANIC #1: Oh it’s not far at all. You’re already on the sun, see? The center of the solar system.

MECHANIC #2: So now just start with Mercury and head on out!

Song 4

MECHANICS:
Mercury and Venus
Earth and Mars
Flying in their orbit
’Round a star.
Jupiter and Saturn
What a view!
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.

Mercury and Venus
Earth and Mars
Flying in their orbit
’Round a star.
Jupiter and Saturn
What a view!
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.

Solar solar solar system
9 great planets
I can’t resist ’em.
There are meteors
CHORUS (echoes): Meteors
Comets and asteroids as well…
But I love those planets most—
Can’t you tell? Can’t you tell?

MECHANICS and CHORUS:
Mercury and Venus
Earth and Mars
Flying in their orbit
’Round a star.
Jupiter and Saturn
What a view!
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.

Solar solar solar system
9 great planets
I can’t resist ’em.
There are meteors
CHORUS (echoes): Meteors
Comets and asteroids as well…
But I love those planets most—
Can’t you tell? Can’t you tell?

(THEY do Mechanic Dance)

Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.


(MECHANICS exit)

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

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