Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"
Script and lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
When Gerald and Piggie get together, anything is possible. They might get invited to a fancy pool costume party, learn a crazy new dance, or decide to spend the day skipping and playing ping-pong in silly hats. These two pals and their devotion to each other through ups and downs will remind you of how good it feels to put friends first. Based on the wildly popular, beloved book series, this lively musical features Gerald and Piggie and the delightful back-up singers, the Squirrelles, discovering the fun of being in a play and making the audience do exactly what they want. Bring your “bestus” friend and share the laughter.
For fans of A Year with Frog and Toad and Go, Dog. Go!
ASL Interpreted Dates:
Public - November 7, 2:00pm
Schools - November 5, 10:30am
Age Recommendation: For Ages 4+
Discussion Topics: Sharing, Friendship, Creative Problem Solving
Running Time: approximately 1 hour
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
Be warned: This is a complete synopsis of the play, so it is full of spoilers.
Elephant Gerald and Piggie are looking for each other, but they manage to just keep missing as they pass by on their search, calling out anxiously for one another. When they finally meet they are overjoyed. They sing of how lucky they are to be the “bestus” of friends. Still, Gerald, who tends to worry, fears that something may go horribly, best-friendship-endingly wrong in the next hour. Piggie, as usual, has no worries. In fact, Piggie is incredibly excited. Why? Because she does not know what is going to happen today. And that means anythi ng is possible, and whatever that anything is, it will happen with Gerald.
Then the unexpected does happen—Delivery Dog arrives with an envelope for Piggie. Gerald eagerly opens it and finds an invitation from the Squirrelles to a party. Wow! But what kind of a party is it, and how should they dress? Not to worry—Gerald knows parties. First he tries out a top hat for a fancy party, but then adds a swim suit because it might be a pool party. Finally he adds a mask and cape in case it’s a fancy pool costume party. Piggie follows Gerald’s example by adding a cowboy hat to her snorkel and they are ready. Suddenly, the Squirrelles enter wearing costumes, singing and dancing in a wading pool. Gerald was right—he does know parties!
Piggie joins in the dancing, but Gerald is distressed. He claims that he cannot dance because he is an elephant. Piggie tries to teach him to dance, but every time she shows him a move, Gerald does the exact opposite, over and over. Exhausted and defeated, Gerald has a tantrum, throwing himself around in an amazing outburst. The Squirrelles are impressed. They want Gerald to teach them how to move like that. Gerald proudly teaches them his Elephant Dance, and they all rock out.
Piggie wants to thank Gerald for the “bestus” party and brings Gerald a trumpet. Gerald reaches for it, but Piggie explains that this trumpet is for listening. Piggie blows over and over into the trumpet, but only terrible sounds come out. The terrible sounds blow the Squirrelles right off the stage. Piggie is very proud of her blowing, and asks Gerald what he thinks. Gerald tries to be diplomatic, but finally receives permission to tell Piggie the truth—those terrible sounds were not music. Piggie retorts that she was not trying to make music. She was trying to say “thank you” in Elephant. Gerald is flattered and makes his own elephant sounds to help Piggie work on her “Elephant accent,” and Piggie follows along with her trumpet.
Overjoyed by everything that has happened, each insists that the other is the best of best friends. Then, suddenly, Piggie says she has to go. Gerald is very upset that Piggie is going away and that he won’t have his best friend to play with anymore. He sings, pleading for Piggie to stay. Piggie replies that she really needs to go. Gerald begs and begs to know why, why, why, why, why does she have to go? Piggie, finally able to get an answer in amidst Gerald’s lamenting, says she has to go…to the potty.
While Piggie is gone, Gerald grows lonely. But then the Ice Cream Penguin brings him an ice cream cone. Gerald loves ice cream and can’t wait to eat it. However he realizes Piggie might really like some when she comes back. He struggles not to eat it and almost gives in. Just then the Squirrelles return and agree with Gerald that sharing ice cream is what a best friend would do. Gerald and the Squirrelles sing about what an “ice cream sharing hero” he is. Then Gerald looks at his cone and sees all his ice cream has melted. He is desolate. But Piggie comes back with her own ice cream cone and shares it with him. She is also very excited about something. She has brought a brand new toy!
Piggie sings about this wondrous toy, though Gerald can’t tell what kind of toy it is. Piggie won’t let him hold it to find out. Gerald guesses it might be a throwing toy. Finally allowed to grab it, he throws it up in the air. Piggie and Gerald watch as it keeps heading up out of sight. Then they watch as it comes down fast and breaks on the ground. Piggie sings that she is mad that Gerald broke her new toy before she even got to play with it. The Squirrelles join in, singing about how Gerald has ruined the whole day. Piggie is very mad, and Gerald is very, very sad.
Then the Squirrelles pick up the broken pieces and realize that the toy is a “snap and break” toy. They put it back together so it can be played with over and over again. The Squirrelles see that Piggie is embarrassed at her mistake and that Gerald is growing angry, so they leave them alone. Piggie asks Gerald if he wants to play with her again, but Gerald is still too angry. Piggie sings that she would rather be with her best pal Gerald than with any toy. Finally, Gerald and Piggie rejoice in how everything is so much better when they’re together.
Suddenly, they realize there are people out there…in the audience…watching them. They are nervous at first, and then they realize they must be in a play. That is so cool! Piggie and Gerald bring out the Squirrelles and Piggie reveals that they can make the audience do things. Like clap. And say “banana.” And dance. And, finally, do all three things at the same time.
Piggie and Gerald are having lots of fun with the audience.
But then Piggie realizes every play has an ending, and they are almost at the last page of the script. As they near the end, Piggie and Gerald sing about how they will always have each other even after the lights fade to nothing. Then the lights fade to nothing. And then they come back up. Piggie and Gerald and the Squirrelles are still here, and so is the audience! They can keep having fun, making up new adventures, even without a script. And of course, they will always keep being the “bestus” of friends.