Reading Assembly or class play on children’s favourite reading books has a cast of 25 plus (there are at least a dozen extra parts which can be added on or ‘doubled’)
Duration: Around 10 to 15 minutes (without the inclusion of suggested ‘add-ons’)
Twenty-five favourite books are used in this script; plus many alternative suggestions included in a list in the Production Notes. Favourite books can be added onto or replaced by others.
Reading Assembly or class play Sample Text:
Narrator: Well, I guess that’s the wonderful thing about books and stories. (Pauses) Anything can happen!
Child 12: (Yawning and hugging him/herself) But sometimes it’s nice to feel cuddled.
Child 12: (Holding up book) In my book, Little Bear Can’t Sleep.
Narrator: Oh dear! That’s not good. But did he get to sleep in the end?
Child 12: Oh yes. Thanks to Big Bear. He was very patient!
Narrator: And kind.
Child 13: Like Dave’s sister Bella! She helped Dave get his favourite toy, Dogger, back, when Dogger got lost!
Narrator: Ah! (Wiping eyes) Oh dear! You’re going to set me off again!
Child 13: Well, favourite toys are very special.
Narrator: They are indeed.
(Optional burst of song Wild Thing by The Troggs; or sound of wild shouting and whooping)
(At this stage in the assembly, the cast could all become ‘Wild Things’ with just Child 14 ‘normal’, as Max in the story)
Narrator: (Blowing whistle) Stop! Order! What on earth is going on?
Child 14: Sorry. My fault.
Narrator: Ah yes. Your choice was Where the Wild Things Are, right?
(Child 14 nods)
Narrator: Well, can I just say (glaring at cast) – NOT HERE! That kind of wildness is (pauses) well, for somewhere else! Certainly not here in my assembly!
(Whole cast moans and sits down quietly)
Narrator: (Apologetically) I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be a kill-joy. But we have got some other books to look at, haven’t we?
Some other Literacy Reading Assembly or class plays.