Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play!

Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Megan Alrutz, Dramaturg
Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems


Elephant Gerald is often prone to melancholy, while Piggie is always ready to play.   Can these total opposites be best friends?  Absolutely!  Mo Willems’s award-winning and best-selling children’s books come to life onstage in the brand new vaudevillian musical We Are in a Play!    Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through pachydermal peril and swiney suspense with the help of their nutty back-up singers the Squirelles.    Before long, even the audience gets to be in on the action!

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In a Play is great fun for children, and it’s also wildly entertaining for moms and dads, with a script that incorporates a lot of humor and jokes for the adult crowd to enjoy. All together, it’s a fabulously fun show for families and a perfect weekend outing.” – Nashville Parent Magazine


We Are in a Play!  was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and enjoyed a sold-out run when first produced at the Kennedy Center during the 2013-2014 season under the direction of Jerry Whiddon. It has since gone on to be produced across the county.

Click here to see the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge documentary on the making of the show, featuring interviews with the creators, directors, designers and clips from the original rehearsals and final production.

We Are in a Play!  is published by Music Theatre International.

Even if you have no idea who Gerald and Piggie are, you will still adore this show.” – MD Theatre Guide

Musical Numbers

1. LUCKY TO SEE YOU - Gerald & Piggie
1. LUCKY TO SEE YOU - Gerald & Piggie

2. SWIMMY!  FANCY! - All

3. DON'T GO - Gerald & Piggie

4. ICE CREAM HERO - Gerald & the Squirelles
4. ICE CREAM HERO - Gerald & the Squirelles

5. ODE TO TOY - Gerald & Piggie


7. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM - Gerald & Piggie
7. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM - Gerald & Piggie


9. WE'LL BE FRIENDS - Gerald & Piggie


Elephant and Piggie 010 - Photo by Teresa Wood
Deborah Lubega, Ashleigh King and Brittany Baratz as the Squirelles in the Kennedy Center Premiere. Photo credit Teresa Wood

Audio demo features the voice talents of the original cast: Evan Casey (Gerald), Lauren Williams (Piggie), Brittany Baratz (Squirelle), Deborah Lubega (Squirelle) and Ashleigh King (Squirelle).

“The beloved characters of Piggie and Gerald come to life on stage. If there’s such a thing as an instant classic, this is it.” – Seattle’s Child

Production Elements

Nashville Children's Theatre
Nashville Children’s Theatre

Cast: 4 Women, 1 Man

PIGGIE – An ebullient, inquisitive pink pig. Best friends with Gerald. (Mezzo belt)

THE SQUIRELLES – A trio of back-up singing squirrels; friends with Gerald and Piggie.  Also play DOG and PENGUIN.  (Soprano, Mezzo and Alto)

ELEPHANT GERALD – A lumbering, somewhat formally attired elephant; prone to melancholy. Best friends with Piggie. (Baritone/Tenor)

Seattle Children’s Theatre

Music: Old-time Vaudeville, Jazz and Musical Theatre score for Piano, String Bass, Drums, and Reed player.  Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audience: Young Audiences/Families

‘We Are In A Play!’ was a fun experience, and a great way to introduce your child to theater.” – Broadwayworld


MO WILLEMS (Book and Lyrics) works in children’s books, animation, television, theater, and bubble gum card painting, garnering him 3 Caldecott Honors, 2 Geisel Medals, 6 Emmy Awards, 4 Geisel Honors, a Helen Hayes nomination, and multiple bubble gum cards.
He is best know for his characters Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon, andElephant and Piggie. He is worst known for his characters in Sheep in the Big City and The Off-Beats.  More information about Mo’s past, present, and future can be gleaned at www.mowillems.com

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page


Request We Are In a Play perusal materials/performance rights from Music Theatre International

Buy the We Are In a Play cast album from CD Baby.com
Featuring the voice talents of the original cast: Evan Casey (Gerald), Lauren Williams (Piggie), Brittany Baratz (Squirelle), Deborah Lubega (Squirelle) and Ashleigh King (Squirelle).

Shon Ruffin, Jake Walker, Catera Combs, Kimberly Horner, and Roan Ricker, The Coterie

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