"Peewee Soccer" Poetry Theater
A poem in nine voices
Adapted from the poem by Robert Pottle in I’m Allergic to f Pigs Could Fly…And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press


Adapted from the poem by Robert Pottle in I'm Allergic to School, published by Meadowbrook Press.



Summary: A peewee soccer team has mishaps while they play a game.


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: A soccer ball, 4-leaf clover (fake or real), and sneaker would make great props. If these are 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.










Billy Brown

The Goalie



Peewee Soccer




Christopher is counting clouds.




Hannah braids her hair.




Peter’s playing peekaboo.




Greg growls like a bear.




Kevin kicks with all his might,

and though the ball stays put,

his sneaker sails across the field

to land near Roger’s foot.




Roger starts to kick the shoe.


Kevin (sadly):


Soon poor Kevin’s crying.




Katie gives the ball a kick

and sends that ball a-flying.


Billy Brown:


Billy Brown is looking down.

He sees a four-leaf clover.

Billy wants to pick the plant,

and that’s why he bends over.


We see the ball bounce off his bum

and then sail toward the goal.


The Goalie:


The goalie gets confused.

We watch him stop then drop and roll.


The other team lets out a cheer

and our team starts to scream

as Billy’s bottom scores a goal

for the other team.



© 2006 by Robert Pottle. Adapted from the poem in I'm Allergic to School, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Peewee Soccer” 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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