Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In a Play!
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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 & Piggie’s We Are In A Play
Wildfish Theatre, Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX
Elephant & Piggie We are in a Play (Online Edition)
320 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play
Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company, Gold Avenue Southwest, Albuquerque, NM
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play
Millbrook Playhouse, Inc., Country Club Lane, Mill Hall, PA
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play at Hangar Theatre
801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play at Plethos Productions
9990 Crow Canyon Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94552
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play
Spark Foundation: Dance, Art, Theater, Music, Texas 249, Houston, TX
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play at Florida Rep
2268 Bay St, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play
Raleigh Little Theatre, Pogue Street, Raleigh, NC

Synopsis

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

History

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

6. TOY BREAKER - All
6. TOY BREAKER - All

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

8. WE ARE IN A PLAY - All

9. WE'LL BE FRIENDS - Gerald & Piggie

10. WE'VE BEEN LUCKY - All

 

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

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

Male
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

Authors

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

Purchase

Listen to the original cast recording on Apple Music,  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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