I enjoyed reading this short, simple play by Caron Thomas, one of the girls at the Writers’ Club at St. Mary’s School. I’ve published it here for you to read (with her permission, of course).
The Puppy Who Wanted to Fly
A warm afternoon, under a tree. Stage right: A large field with many trees; stage left: a cottage
Puppy: I wish I could fly just like the birds.
(Goes around the tree and scratches his head)
Yes! I have decided. I will go to the birds and ask them to teach me how to fly.
(Looks at the tree)
Hey, hey everyone please teach me to fly.
Little bird: Ha, ha! How will you fly? You’re a dog, you don’t have beautiful wings like us!
(Puppy runs away making a sad face)
A warm afternoon in a cottage. Stage right: a dining table; stage left: the living room
Puppy: Mommy, Mommy! Why don’t I have wings like birds? I really want to fly.
Mother: Son, be happy, you are a cute little puppy. There are so many things that birds can’t do but you can.
Father: Son, you have soft and shiny fur. Then why do you need wings with feathers?
Mother: Now go back to the field and play with them.
Puppy: Yes, Mommy.
(Runs back to the field)
A cloudy dark evening in the field. Stage centre: Trees.
It starts raining.
Puppy: Ugh! I am wet, I should find my tree fast or else I will catch a cold.
(Looks at his tree, surprised)
Hey, What is this? A cat is taking shelter under my favourite tree.
Oh no, is that the little bird? Poor bird, she is trapped in the cat’s cage. I should save her somehow, she is my friend.
(Walks towards the cat)
Woof, Woof ,Woof.
(The cat screams and runs away)
Puppy: There now little bird, come out, don’t be scared, the cat’s gone, you’re free.
Little bird: Please forgive me for teasing you, you are my hero.