Awe and Wonder Assembly
Awe and Wonder Assembly is a class play is on the awesome world of nature including ‘7 plus’ Wonders of the Natural World.
Putting the WOW factor back into our lives proves a bit of a challenge for this particular set of children – that is, trying to impress the ‘awe-full-not’ teacher who is taking the assembly!
Cast of 30 (easily adaptable up or down)
Duration – around 15 minutes not including music suggestions
This Key Stage II script is the first in a series of Awe and Wonder Assemblies – the second one being on Man Made Wonders – loosely based on the Seven Wonders of the World but probably with a lot more thrown in! There will be ‘parallel’ simpler scripts for Key Stage I children on this theme.
Music 1 Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
(Whole cast files in, in order of speaking, seating themselves along two rows of 15, facing the audience; the narrator stands to one side throughout)
Narrator: Good morning and
(Whole cast gasps in unison)
(Narrator turns in alarm)
Narrator: What’s wrong?
Child 1: (Surprised) Wrong? Who said anything about there being anything wrong?
Child 2: Everything is
Whole cast: (Shouting together) Awesome!
Child 3: Sorry to alarm you! We were just expressing ‘awe’!
Child 4: Awe and wonder, to be precise!
(Narrator studies notes)
Narrator: Well, that is the name of today’s assembly!
(To cast) Seems like you all got a head start on me!
Child 5: Well, we are all a little younger than you, sir! No offence!
(Child 6 digs Child 5 in the ribs)
Child 6: (Hissing to Child 5) Careful! You know how sensitive adults are about their age!
Narrator: (Coughing) Not at all! And what’s age got to do with anything, anyway?
Child 7: Everything! You adults see everything in a totally different light!
Narrator: What do you mean?
Child 8: Well, let’s just say, you, er, em, …
Narrator: (Impatiently) Spit it out!
Child 8: Well, you just …
Narrator: I’m waiting!
Child 9: (To Child 8) Oh come on! Tell him as it is!
Child 8: Awkward!
Narrator: I’ll give you awkward if you can’t just tell me the truth!
Child 10: Oh,let me say it for you! We’ve all noticed that adults tend to lose their sense of awe – in some cases have lost it, altogether!
Narrator: (Exploding) Lose their sense of awe? I hope you’re not including me in this category?
Child 11: Well,
Narrator: (Interrupting) Well, nothing! I’m full of awe!
Child 11: Does that make you, awe-full, sir?
(Whole cast falls about laughing)
Narrator: (Huffily) Now, now, children – a little repect
(To audience) You’ve heard what people say about never working with children? They’re right!
(To cast) Now then. I think the adjective you were looking for was ‘awesome’, correct?
(Whole cast mutters agreement)
Narrator: So. Let us make sure this assembly is (pauses) awesome! What have you got for me?
Child 12: Well, we thought we’d start with all the most awesome places in the world.
Child 13: Aside from our school, of course!
Narrator: (Smiling) Of course!
Child 14: So, what about
(Each child in turn holds up a picture of the place they are describing)
Child 14: This great lump of rock!
Narrator: Great lump of rock? What’s so awesome about that?
Child 14: (Indignantly, to Child 10) What were you saying about adults? This lump of rock just happens to be Uluru – otherwise known as Ayer’s Rock, in Australia.
Narrator: Well, it does have a pretty amazing colour.
Child 14: Red sandstone! Formed six hundred million years ago!
(Whole cast cheers)
Child 10: Wow! We got a wow!
Narrator: Well, I’m not that hard to impress!
Child 14: Difficult not to be impressed by the world’s biggest monolith – that’s a single rock, by the way!
Narrator: Yes, yes. I knew that!
Child 14: And that it’s some nine kilometres in circumference?
Narrator: Hmm. Of course! I am a teacher, you know!
Child 15: Well. What about this. The Grand Canyon!
Narrator: More rocks?
Child 15: (Indignantly) Yes but these rocks form one of the deepest gorges on Earth!