"When the Bubble Burst" Poetry Theater
 
A poem in three voices
 
Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press

 

Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press.

 

Summary: A child gets into trouble with bubble gum.

 

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them.

 

Props: Bubble gum would make a great prop. If this is not available, the poem can be performed without props.

 

Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.

 

Characters:

Narrator

Father

Mother

 


 

When the Bubble Burst

 

Narrator:

 

When my bubble gum burst

it was really the worst,

I had gum spread all over my face.

It exploded—went bang— (pops bubble or claps hands to simulate bubble explosion)

And my father said,

 

Father:

 

“Dang!”

 

Narrator:

 

And my mother said,

 

Mother:

 

“You’re a disgrace.”

 

Narrator:

 

Everybody turned round,

when they heard the strange sound—

for the exit I started to search.

So please take my advice,

blowing bubbles ain’t nice—

when you’re s’posed to be praying in church.

 

 

© 2000 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in If Pigs Could Fly...And Other Deep Thoughts  published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “When the Bubble Burst” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.

Permission is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside individual classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.

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“If Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts”