Since my teaching tenure at StoneBridge School in Chesapeake, Virginia in 1994, I’ve had the privilege of writing, directing, and producing scores of students in Christian and home school venues, retelling the events of the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving of 1621. It is the dramatic tale of the pilgrims who sailed the Mayflower from Plimoth, England, to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, that we look back upon marking Thanksgiving Day.
I drew primary source material for the five scripts I’m making available from the famous Thanksgiving account by William Bradford, the first governor of Plimoth Plantation, titled, The History of Plimoth Plantation.
From this first hand account of American history, I distilled the core events and principles learned from those events into flexible scripts for casts large and small, young and old, to suit multiple venues.
This 88 plus page 8.5 x 11 resource is a compilation of those variations, designed for classroom instruction as an in-class read aloud (reader’s theatre) or stage play, produced as simple or fanciful as your budget of time and money can afford. It is packaged as a loose-leaf, three-hole-punched document, ready to load into your binder for ease of printing scripts and adding your own notes.
PRODUCTION NOTES and the sheet music to the central tune, The Ballad of Plimoth Plantation, are included. Additional music is suggested and readily available in traditional hymnals. Associated crafts, costuming, and stage design are also featured, plus additional reading recommendations.
The Plimoth Plantation Chronicles:
A Resource for Teaching History Through Drama
Teacher’s Resource INCLUDES PRODUCTION ROYALTIES @ $30.00
The Plimoth Plantation Chronicles: Thanksgiving Stories for the Stage Teacher’s Resource Paperback ~ 88 pages
Table of Contents:
A Little History of His Story
The Concise Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving Story
The Pilgrim Chronicles: Four-Act Thanksgiving Story for Grades 6-9
Act 1: To Leyden and Liberty
Act 2: The Mayflower Memoirs
Act 3: Lifestyles of Plimoth Plantation
Act 4: Welcome Thanksgiving Day
The History of America’s Thanksgiving: Reading & Responsorial—Grades 7-8
Pilgrim’s Praise: A Thanksgiving Reader’s Theatre for Grades 4-5
Life on Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving One-Act Drama for Grades 2-5
General Production Notes:
Music: The Ballad of Plimoth Plantation
Production Notes: Costumes
Production Notes: Props & Accessories
Additional Resources for Teaching and Learning
About the Author
Details of Plays Included
The Pilgrim Chronicles: 4-Act Thanksgiving Story for Grades 6-9
Act 1 ~ To Leyden and Liberty
Act 2 ~ Mayflower Memoirs
Act 3 ~ Lifestyles on Plimoth Plantation
Act 4 ~ Welcome Thanksgiving Day
Cast: Approximately 15-30 male/female roles–The script is written with expanded parts to adjust to student population; parts can be doubled up for smaller casts.
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour
Script Page Count: 38 pages
Requires simple but multiple set pieces, traditional pilgrim and Indian costume, and music as outlined.
The History of Our American Thanksgiving: Reading & Responsorial for Grades 7-8
Costumes optional. No set required. Up to 12 readers.
This 10 minute reading and responsorial is perfect for your group’s Thanksgiving service.
Pilgrim’s Praise: Thanksgiving One-Act Reader’s Theatre for Grades 4-5
Cast: 5 Male, 5 Female, Assorted male/female extras if desired. Adaptable for large or small classes.
Script Page Count: 8 pages
Costumes optional. No staging required, designed as an in-class read aloud. Adaptable to the stage with simple set, props, and costumes as desired.
Life on Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving One-Act Stage Drama for Grades 2-5
Cast: Approximately 11 male/female roles–parts can be doubled up for smaller casts.
Script Page Count: 10 pages
Approximate Running Time: 20-30 minutes
Special Features: Bell Choir specials (optional)
Requires simple but multiple set pieces, traditional pilgrim and Indian costume, music as outlined in the Teacher’s Resource paperback.