Category Archives: Plays for children

Happy 2019 Flag Day! The Re-United States of America

Happy Flag Day!  Yesterday the combined 4th grade Classes of Churchville Elementary School performed the 2nd Annual performance of our play, The Re-United States of America, by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher.  It was very special to collaborate with my daughter for another production of this play for the students who are learning about the United States and their Capitals in such a special way. We gathered information about each state and capital and transformed it into rhyme.

The play is narrated by the local radio weather forecaster, who explains that severe weather conditions have separated the states and their capitals, and they have to strive to re-unite them.  The meteorologist helps explain, and interjects a lot of funny riddles as the play progresses.  Each student presents a rhyming couplet about a state, with a partner who identifies the capital and special features. Many songs are interspersed throughout, and the play concludes with the wonderful Tour the States YouTube video and amazing song sung by all the students.  (These kids will NEVER forget the states and capitals!)

This photo was taken at the morning performance for the entire school, which was followed by a performance for family and friends in the evening.

This is our sixth joint play production, five of which have been published by Lazy Bee Scripts and performed internationally in over 25 countries including the U.S., Canada and the U.K. All of our plays are written so that every child has his/her own lines and a special moment to shine, and are for elementary school students K-4.

For further information, www.lazybeescripts.co.uk

Updated Author Bio…Including Plays Performed

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I was asked to update my author information on Amazon’s Author Central, so I have decided to share this with all of you as well…

For those of you who know me only as a children’s author or poet, I am also a playwright with seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children. These plays are all available at Lazy Bee Scripts in the UK.  Most of these plays were co-authored with my daughter, Kerry Gallagher, an acclaimed elementary school teacher.  (Our newest play, The Re-United States of America,  was performed last June for the combined 4th grade classes at Churchville Elementary – and has rhymes for each state and its capital. Each student has at least one line! It will be performed again this Flag Day by the 2019 4th graders, if anyone is in the area!)

This new bio also includes a list of the countries where our children’s plays have been performed.  If only I could have attended all of them!

Sherrill S. Cannon is a former teacher and a grandmother of ten, who is also a Multi-Award-Winning Best-Selling Author! Her children’s books My Little Angel, The Golden Rule, Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!My Fingerpaint MasterpieceManner-ManGimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys and Santa’s Birthday Gift as well as her two books of poetry, A Penny for Your Thoughts and A Dime is A Sign, have received seventy-one 2011-19 National awards.

She is also a playwright with seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children, produced in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom as well as Australia, Austria, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates (so far).

She is a resident of New Hope, PA and travels with her husband of 59 years throughout North America in their RV, sharing her books along the way!

Cast of Best-Selling “Have You Seen My Little Lamb?” (photo sent to me by the director)

Have You Seen My Little Lamb? is one of Lazy Bee’s Best Sellers:

A Lazy Bee Bestseller!

If you are interested in the plays, please contact www.lazybeescripts.co.uk

 

Special Flag Day Premiere of School Play “The Re-United States of America”

This Flag Day was the Premiere Performance of The Re-United States of America – by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher

Happy Flag Day!

This our sixth joint production, five of which have been published by Lazy Bee Scripts and performed internationally in over 20 countries including the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

The play is for elementary school 4th grade students who are learning about the United States and their Capitals. It was wonderful to perform it for the first time on Flag Day!

It’s also very meaningful to collaborate with my daughter – writing together such a special play, performed on such a special day!  There is another performance for the parents tonight…

 

Lovely Note from an Italian School performing When You Wish Upon a Star…fish

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I have mentioned earlier that I am also a playwright with seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school students.  They are all available at Lazy Bee Scripts in the UK.  So far, there have been over 130 performances in over 20 countries, in addition to the USA, UK and Canada. Whenever I get notification of an upcoming performance, I write a little note to the school or theatre to wish the children well and let them know I am thinking of them.  Imagine my delight when I received the following letter and package in the mail, sent from Scuola Paritaria Primavera – Patronato Leone XIII located in Vicenza, Italy.  The letter is written by “Ms. Silene Arnaldi (the 1st-5th grade Elementary English as a Second Language teacher) and Ms. Debbie Becht (who assists her with ESL extra-curricular activities) along with all the teachers of our school…” and concludes with “This is the first time the school puts on a school play and we couldn’t have chosen a better one to showcase all our 90 students. Thank you for creating such a delightful script with beautiful songs!”  This play “When You Wish Upon a Star…fish” was co-written with my daughter, Kerry Gallagher, an elementary school teacher.

This was accompanied by the most wonderful package of illustrated notes in color, from the 90 students… There are nine pages of notes!!!  (The pages are about 16×20 with about 10 per page!)  Here is a sample:

Some Illustrations by the cast of When You Wish Upon a Star…fish

Please take note that the children are performing the play – and have written their notes – in English!  (I’m happy I don’t have to reply in Italian!)  I especially like the “Thank you for writing this play” in many of them.

What a very special package… my heart is still smiling!!!

(All of my plays are available at www.lazybeescripts.co.uk – just search under Sherrill S. Cannon.  They all are written for elementary school students, using class sizes, and each student has at least one line.  Further details are also here on my blog site under Meet Sherrill and then Plays…)

 

My Children’s Plays are at Lazy Bee Scripts!

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Thank you Bethany Edwards for sharing!

Thanks for Sharing!

I tend to forget that my seven plays are all available at lazybeescripts.co.uk

They are for elementary school students, for K-4, and Bethany had her students perform one of them while overseas…

This information is also on my Blog at www.sherrillcannon.com   

The plays are written for elementary school classroom performances, where each student has at least one line.  Most of them have been co-authored with my daughter, Kerry E. Gallagher, who is an elementary school teacher.  It is very rewarding to work with one’s daughter!!!

The link for the plays is http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk There have been many purchased performances already,  in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Botswana, Poland, Spain, Ireland, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Austria, India, Turkey,  United Arab Emirates, and Cambodia!  Please search for Sherrill S. Cannon at the website.

Have You Seen My Little Lamb? by  Sherrill S. Cannon

Mary has brought her lamb to school and now the lamb is lost. Mary, with the help of Mother Goose, meets many storybook friends as she searches for her lost lamb.

Roles: 24 (9 female, 8 male, 7 non-specific)

This play is suitable for grades 1-3 and has been performed by classroom students several times! The play is designed to accommodate ALL the students in the classroom, and each student has at least one line (but sometimes with a classmate, for the shy ones!)

The King’s Spell by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher

Something is not right in Mother Goose Land, when Old King Cole casts a spell on the characters. Mother Goose wanders through the kingdom finding everything mixed up until she can prevail upon the King to remove his spell.

Roles: 30 (7 female, 8 male, 15 non-specific)

This play is suitable for grades 2-4 and has been performed by classroom students several times! The play is designed to accommodate ALL the students in the classroom, and each student has at least one line (but sometimes with a classmate, for the shy ones!)

When You Wish Upon a Star…fish by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher

A little girl (or a little boy) finds a starfish while she is walking on the boardwalk and throws it back while making a wish that she could see what is under the sea. The play continues with the starfish introducing the little girl to different sea creatures, who each tell her a little about themselves. This play is educational in nature, and can easily be used in connection with a classroom project about undersea life.

Roles: 26 (all 26 are non-specific. The main character “Little Girl” can be changed to “Little Boy” if desired.)

This play is suitable for grades 3 & 4 and has been performed by classroom students several times! The play is designed to accommodate ALL the students in the classroom, and each student has at least two lines (but sometimes with a classmate, if there are shy ones!)

The Wonderful World of Weather by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher

A bird family starts the play, which continues through the different weather scenarios as they go through the seasons, and the bird family concludes the play returning to their nest at home. This play is educational in nature, and can easily be used in connection with a classroom project about the weather.

Roles: 40 (all 26 are non-specific except for the Mother and Father Bird and the Mother and Father.)

This play is suitable for grades 3 & 4 and has been performed by classroom students several times! The play is designed to accommodate ALL the students in the classroom, and each student has at least two lines (but sometimes with a classmate, if there are shy ones! Some lines can be combined if there are not enough students.)

ABC December by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher

This play is seasonal, and must be performed in December, but it is about the month of December and not just a “holiday” play. It includes many different customs and celebrations.

Roles: 26 (all 26 are non-specific) Can be expanded, by having two children share one of the stanza.

This short play is suitable for grades 1-2 and has been performed by classroom students several times! The play is designed to accommodate ALL the students in the classroom, and each student has at least two lines (but sometimes with a classmate, if there are shy ones! Some lines can be combined if there are not enough students.)

NOTE:  This play has been included in the new JoAnn Ross Christmas in Shelter Bay, as part of the Christmas on Main Street release.  Very exciting!

We Have Character! by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher

This play is all about the ways in which children learn character traits through reading. (The traits are exemplified by suggested books, referenced in the Notes at the end of the play.) Each child (or pair of children) comes center stage to tell about the particular character traits of their book: Being Trustworthy, Being a Good Listener, Accepting of Others’ Differences, Caring, Working Together, Being a Good Friend , Thinking of Others, Being Fair, Having Good Judgment, Truthfulness, Being Patient, Never Giving Up, Perseverance, Being Helpful, Showing Respect, Having a Positive Attitude, Having Courage, Sharing, Showing Compassion, Being True to Self, Not Afraid to Make a Mistake, and Being Confident are all included. This play is educational in nature, and should be used in connection with a classroom project involving reading the suggested books.

Roles: 26 Minimum, All non specific. There are 25 books, plus a narrator for the introductions and ending. These roles can be divided to include more students, and was originally performed by combined first grade classes.

The play is suitable for grades 1-3 (determined by book reading levels) and has been performed quite a few times. The play is designed to accommodate ALL the students in the classroom, and each student has at least one line.

The Alphabet Trip: by Sherrill S. Cannon

The title explains the material of this short play, introducing children to the alphabet as well as to the world of theatre!

This play requires 26 children, and has usually been staged in collaboration with more than one class.

It is best for First Grade, although it has been performed once by a couple of kindergarten classes combined.

Each child or set of children says a couplet for the letter of the alphabet, and with young children it is usually easier to have two children go forward to say the lines together – or each say one of the lines if the children are brave!

If you know of any elementary schools interested in children’s plays, please refer them to my site!

“The Teacher-Author Worlds Collide”

Fun to find this message from Bethany Edwards on her Read Your World site:

Thank you Bethany

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Please check out my Children’s Plays at Lazy Bee Scripts www.lazybeescripts.co.uk

They are written for elementary school classrooms, and each child has at least one line… (no “trees”, standing on stage!)  They are co-authored with my daughter, elementary school teacher Kerry Gallagher.

Author Bethany Edwards mentions performing one of my Children’s Plays in Egypt!

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I had an unexpected response to my post on the Multi-Cultural Children’s Book Day blog about winning contests…  If you didn’t see it, the link is MCCBD Post on Winning Contests

I got a lovely comment note from author Bethany Edwards:

“This is amazing! Thank you so much Sherrill S. Cannon for sharing your insight! I submitted two picture books to the Lee & Low New Voices Award and am already dreaming big! I am an international teacher and have actually performed your “We Have Character” play with my students in Egypt as part of our character focused assembly. What fun to connect with you here. Will continue sharing your books, and definitely sharing this article on all of my social media channels. If I had a dollar for every time a teacher told me “I have trouble finding quality diverse books”, I could pay for all of us in this group to enter all the contests you listed.”

Many of you may not know that I am also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children.  My daughter Kerry Gallagher is the co-author.

The plays have been produced in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom as well as Australia, Austria, Botswana, Cambodia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, New Guinea, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (so far).

All the plays are designed to use all the children in a classroom (or combined classrooms) and each child has at least one line…one time to shine! (although the teacher may always allow a shy child to have a friend share that limelight…)

They are all available at www.lazybeescripts.co.uk