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 books by Mo Willems
Published by Music Theatre International as TYA, Junior and Online editions.

Upcoming Productions

Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play
Long Island Children's Museum, Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play
1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play
712 Union Street, Pella, IA
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play
3028 Southwest 8th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66606
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play
The Marriott Theatre, Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play
Derby Dinner Playhouse, Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN


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 vaudevillian musical Elephant and Piggie’s “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


Elephant and Piggie’s “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, with music direction by George Fulginiti-Shakar. 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.

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

Brittany Baratz, Evan Casey, Ashleigh King, Lauren Williams and Deborah Lubega at the Kennedy Center. Photo credit Teresa Wood.

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



Listen to the original cast recording on Apple Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music.

“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

MainStreet Theatre Company, Rancho Cucamonga

Production Elements

Nashville Children's Theatre
Nashville Children’s Theatre

TYA Cast: 1 Women, 1 Man, 3 any gender
JR Cast: 10 roles + ensemble
Online Edition: 15 roles + ensemble

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

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

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


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


Listen to the original cast recording on Spotify, or Amazon Music.

Purchase the CD on Amazon.

Request perusal materials from Music Theatre International.

Shon Ruffin, Jake Walker, Catera Combs, Kimberly Horner, and Roan Ricker, The Coterie.  Photo credit: J. Robert Schraeder

Vocal Work Out! CD

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