It's another sunny day as The Pasture prepares for their annual Big Race. Tortoise has always dreamed of running, but her friends Bear, Duck, and Deer remind her that each animal has their own role to play - Hares are the star runners, and Tortoises are accountants. Two unassuming and somewhat wiley trainers convince her otherwise, and she signs up to compete. Join brave Tortoise and an assortment of animals, as she sets out to prove that with hard work and perseverance, you can change the world!
TORTOISE: Lead. Meek, but not weak. Determined, smart, and kind.
Dreams of running in the Big Race.
HARE: Lead. A conceited bully. The fastest runner in the Pasture, and
she knows it.
MOLE: Supporting. Blind. Calm, and very focused. Speaks in proverbs
that always seem to come true.
WEASEL: Supporting. Sly, energetic, and unfocused. Always ready to
move onto the next con. Will do whatever it takes to get what she wants.
BEAR: Supporting. One of Tortoise’s close friends. Lazy, and always
thinking about food. Family of construction workers; dreams of being
DUCK: Supporting. One of Tortoise’s close friends. Plucky and energetic.
Family of farmers; dreams of being an actor.
DEER: Supporting. One of Tortoise’s close friends. Quiet and naive.
Family of engineers; dreams of being a counselor.
MOTHER TORTOISE: Supporting. Kind and understanding. Has more
in common with her daughter than either of them know.
FATHER TORTOISE: Minor. Kind, but pragmatic. Enjoys the simple life
of the Tortoise, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
GRANDMOTHER TORTOISE: Minor. Traditional, blunt, and borderline
SISTER TORTOISE: Minor. Tortoise’s younger sister. Energetic and sassy.
MAMA HARE: Minor. Former Big Race champion. A strict perfectionist with no tolerance for laziness.
CLAIRE HARE: Minor. Hare’s younger sister. A champion in training.
CHER HARE: Hare’s youngest sister. A champion in waiting.
HARE’S POSSE: Minor.
BEAVER: Eager, energetic, Jill-of-all-trades. The Sporty Spice of the group.
PORCUPINE: Tough, spiny. The Scary Spice of the group.
SQUIRREL: Girly, prim, and proper. The Posh Spice of the group.
FROG: Ditsy, easily distracted, energetic. The Ginger Spice of the group.
MOUSE: Tiny, quiet, but spunky. The Baby Spice of the group.
MAYOR MARE: The Mayor of the Pasture.
GOAT KID: A young citizen of the Pasture. Big Race fan.
This version was originally created for a cast of 32 elementary and middle school students, but is easily customizable for much smaller or larger casts!
approx. 90 min with an intermission
music style: contemporary musical theatre/pop
Audiences will learn that dreaming big, and working hard to achieve your goals, can help you accomplish the "impossible".
THE NEWS TEAM:
LADYBUG: Supporting. WBUG Lead anchor. Professional and charming.
BUMBLEBEE: Supporting. WBUG Co-anchor. Energetic, but dim.
GRASSHOPPER: Supporting. WBUG Field reporter.
SPIDER: Supporting. WBUG Field reporter.
WORM/ANNOUNCER: Minor. WBUG camera operator/announcer.
WOODPECKER: A citizen of the Pasture. Big Race racer.
OWL: A citizen of the Pasture. Big Race racer.
FOX: A citizen of the Pasture. Big Race racer. RACCOON: A citizen of the Pasture. Big Race racer. SKUNK: A citizen of the Pasture. Big Race racer.
CARDINAL: A citizen of the Pasture. Big Race racer.