"Alice's Adventures with Idioms" Musical Play by Bad Wolf Press
    • 40-minute musical play for grades 2-7
    • Includes the script, teacher's guide, and audio recording (which contains a vocal and instrumental version of each song)
    • Simple to do - no music or drama experience needed!

    Alice follows her cat and dog down the rabbit hole and arrives in...the land of idioms! And a crazy place it is. All the familiar Wonderland characters -- the White Rabbits, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the King and Queen of Hearts -- are there to share their kooky wisdom as they help Alice and her pets navigate the mysterious world of the English language.

    Please scroll down to read the script, listen to the songs, read reviews, and get all the details about the play (plot, curriculum/content, educational standards, and vocabulary).

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    Alice’s Adventures with Idioms is a curriculum-packed introduction to figurative language, focusing on idioms and similes (with appearances by metaphors and alliteration). Over 150 common idioms and similes are included in the songs and dialogue of this show! (Click on the "Standards & Vocabulary" tab above for the full list.) In addition to exploring the meanings of specific expressions, students will understand the difference between literal and metaphorical language and learn that idioms have a historical basis. Great for native speakers as well as English Language Learners!

    Alice's Adventures with Idioms is a great complement to your curriculum resources in language arts. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!

    Publication Information

    Author: John Heath (Book and Lyrics) and Mike Fishell (Composer)
    ISBN: 978-1-886588-58-5
    © 2013 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

    Song Samples


    From 11-40 students. Use as many White Rabbits, Caterpillars, Prosecutors, etc. in each scene as desired. One student can easily play several roles if needed, and individual roles can be doubled up. The larger speaking parts of Alice, Dinah, and Micah can be further divided into additional parts (add a friend for Alice or a few more pets). Note that all roles can be played by either boys or girls.


    DINAH, her cat
    MICAH, her dog
    SISTER (off stage)

    and a CHORUS composed of all students who are not playing roles on stage at the time.

    This is the first third of the script.

      Song 1 - Listen to a clip now!

    Here's a classic done up new
    Wonderland revised for you
    Here's Alice's Adventures with Idioms

    We've changed the book for your delight
    Good thing it's out of copyright
    It's Alice's Adventures with Idioms.

    We've got phrases like "a piece of cake"
    And "break the ice" and "hold the phone"
    We're learning and we're having fun
    We're killing two birds with one stone.

    ONE STUDENT (spoken to audience): Not really. It's just an idiom.

    We also have some similes
    Easy as your ABCs
    It's Alice's Adventures with Idioms

    We hope this show's your cup of tea
    You'll go hog wild for Tweedledee
    Here's Alice's Adventures with Idioms.
    Here's Alice's Adventures with Idioms.

    (THEY sit down/exit. ALICE enters with DINAH the Cat and MICAH the Dog. SHE carries a picnic basket.)

    SISTER (from off stage): Alice, don't get too close to the river. And try to keep the cat and dog from jumping in. They smell horrible when they get wet. Especially the dog.

    (MICAH shakes his fist in the direction of the SISTER's voice.)

    ALICE (to pets): My sister is such a worrier. What could happen to us on such a fine summer day?
    (THEY sit down.)
    Let's have our sandwiches. Of course, cats and dogs don't like sandwiches, so I'll eat yours for you.

    (MICAH, who had been quite excited at the word "sandwiches," slumps in disappointment. DINAH is too cool to care. Just then, WHITE RABBITS enter. THEY each have a pocket watch and are in a flustered rush.)

    RABBIT #1 (looking at watch): Oh dear, oh dear! We're late!

    RABBIT #2: The Duchess! The Duchess! She's waiting for us!

    RABBIT #3: Oh my fur and whiskers! We can NOT be late!

    ALICE (standing up): Dinah! Micah! Look! THIS is very curious! Three white rabbits. With pocket watches.

    RABBIT #1: Oh dear. We'll be thrown to the wolves.

    ALICE: Excuse me.

    RABBIT #2: Sorry, no time, no time!

    RABBIT #3: We're not crying wolf!

      Song 2 - Listen to a clip now!

    We've gotta make a beeline
    We cannot weasel out
    No time for horsing 'round now
    We're sitting ducks, no doubt.

    No time for playing possum
    Our cash cow has been spent
    No time to take a catnap
    Or fish for compliments.

    We'll all be in the Duchess's doghouse now
    If we're not on time she'll have a cow.
    We can't be late
    We can't be late

    RABBIT #1:
    Maybe we'll sneak by

    RABBITS #2 and #3:
    Yeah, when pigs can fly.

    We can't be late
    We can't be late

    RABBIT #1:
    She'll badger us

    RABBIT #2:
    We'll drop like flies

    RABBIT #3:
    If we make her wait

    Oh no we can't be late.
    No time to hold our horses
    And no frog in the throat
    We're fishes out of water
    She's gonna get our goat.

    We can't be late
    We can't be late

    RABBIT #1:
    Maybe we'll sneak by

    RABBITS #2 and #3:
    Yeah, when pigs can fly.

    We can't be late
    We can't be late

    RABBIT #1:
    She'll badger us

    RABBIT #2: We'll drop like flies

    RABBIT #3: If we make her wait

    Oh no we can't be late.
    We can't be late.

    (The RABBITS disappear down a rabbit hole. DINAH and MICAH run after them.)

    ALICE (shouting at her pets): Dinah! Micah! NO!
    (DINAH and MICAH go down the rabbit hole as well. SHE shouts down hole.)
    You get back here this instant! I am NOT going down this filthy rabbit hole to fetch you.

    (TWEEDLEDUM and TWEEDLEDEE enter, arms around each other's necks.)

    TWEEDLEDUM (to ALICE): There's no need to yell your head off.

    TWEELEDEE: Unless you're already out of your head.

    ALICE (startled, looking up from the hole): Oh! Who are you?

    TWEEDLEDUM: I'm Tweedledum.

    TWEEDLEDEE: And I'm Tweedledee. But you should keep that under your hat.

    ALICE: What should I keep under my hat?

    TWEEDLEDUM: Your head, of course.

    ALICE: You seem to be full of uncommon nonsense.

    TWEEDLEDEE (turning to go): Perhaps we should head off.

    ALICE: No, please wait. Did you happen to see my dog and cat? They just chased three talking rabbits down this rabbit hole.
    (SHE points to hole.)

    TWEEDLEDEE: Yep. They've gone to the land of idioms.

    ALICE: Where?

    TWEEDLEDUM: The land of idioms.

    ALICE: I'm afraid that went right over my head.

    TWEEDLEDEE and TWEEDLEDUM (delighted): Exactly!

    ALICE: Exactly WHAT? You two are very odd. My point is, I'm wondering if I should go down the rabbit hole as well.

    TWEEDLEDEE: Well of course you must go DOWN the rabbit hole.

    ALICE: I must?

    TWEEDLEDUM: You can't very well go UP the rabbit hole!

    TWEEDLEDEE: And going ACROSS it or BEYOND it would be of no use whatsoever.

    ALICE: What do prepositions have to do with anything?

    TWEEDLEDEE: Everything!

      Song 3 - Listen to a clip now!

    Down, down, down the rabbit hole
    Down, down, down that is your goal.
    It's clear from your position
    That there's just one preposition
    It's down, down, down the rabbit hole.

    You may be on the ball or way out on a limb
    Perhaps you're on thin ice and now it's sink or swim
    Off the hook
    Under the weather
    Knock you over with a feather
    You're out of steam, I know
    And there's just one way to go...

    Down, down, down the rabbit hole
    Down, down, down that is your goal.
    It's clear from your position
    That there's just one preposition
    It's down, down, down the rabbit hole.

    You may be up the creek or working 'round the clock
    Sitting on the fence or been around the block.
    Down to earth
    Down to the wire
    In the same boat or on fire
    You'll jump through hoops, I know
    But there's just one way to go…

    Down, down, down the rabbit hole
    Down, down, down that is your goal.
    It's clear from your position
    That there's just one preposition
    It's down, down, down the rabbit hole.

    (At the end of the song, ALICE goes down the rabbit hole and disappears. The TWEEDLES exit. From the other side of the stage, DINAH and MICAH enter. THEY are arguing.)

    DINAH: I TOLD you this was a strange place. Play it cool, I said. Don't do anything rash, I said. We're down a rabbit hole in some weird land, I said. But NOOO. You had to drink the potion.

    MICAH: But Dinah, it said "Drink Me." Right there on the bottle.

    DINAH (disgusted): You're such a DOG. It made you grow to be 10 feet tall.

    MICAH: Did you see the size of my tail? It could level forests!

    DINAH: And after that, you went ahead and ate the piece of cake! Where's the learning curve?

    MICAH: Hey, I'm a DOG. It said "Eat Me." And it was cake! Besides, you ate some too.

    DINAH: That's because you shrank down to three inches, and the one door in the place was three inches tall. It was the only way out. But now what are we going to do, Micah?

    MICAH: Let's look for some more food that tells us what to do.

    DINAH: Let's NOT. I HATE being so tiny.
    It reduces the impact of my feline aloofness.

    (CATERPILLARS enter)

    CATERPILLAR #1: I think three inches is the perfect size.

    CATERPILLAR #2: It's a very good height indeed.

    DINAH: Well, we are not used to it. Who are YOU?

    CATERPILLAR #3: We're caterpillars, and we live under that mushroom over there.

    CATERPILLAR #1: If you want to return to your regular size, you will need to nibble on the mushroom.

    DINAH: Well, that is the best advice we've heard since we got here, hands down.

    (BOTH DINAH and MICAH immediately hit the floor and stick with their hands.)

    MICAH: Whoa! What happened? My paws are stuck.

    CATERPILLAR #2 (snapping fingers, which releases DINAH and MICAH): You must be very careful what you say in this part of the forest. Idioms are taken quite literally.

    MICAH: Idioms?

    CATERPILLAR #1: Expressions. You know, common phrases that mean something different from what the individual words say.

    MICAH (looking excited): OH!
    (then looking confused)
    I don't get it.

    CATERPILLAR #3: Most of the time we speak in literal words. For example, when you say, "I like being three inches tall," you mean exactly that. It IS the perfect size, after all.

    CATERPILLAR #2: But idioms work differently. They're figurative rather than literal.
    (looks at #3)
    C'mon, let's show them.

    CATERPILLAR #3: NO! Bad things happen when we demonstrate!

    CATERPILLAR #2: Come on, we're best friends. You could even say we're...joined at the hip?

    (The two CATERPILLARS instantly stick together at the hip. #3 looks very unhappy)

    CATERPILLAR #1: See what happened there? What he meant was that they are such good friends that they are always together. But you can't use those kinds of expressions here. In this forest, everything becomes literal.

    DINAH: You hear that, Micah? You'd better speak carefully. Being stuck to you for even ten seconds would ruin my reputation forever!

    MICAH: Mine too! We need to hold our tongues.

    (Immediately DINAH and MICAH grab their own tongues.)

    DINAH (unintelligible): Thee uh ooo eh?

    CATERPILLAR #3 (to DINAH): What's the matter -- cat got your tongue?

    CATERPILLAR #1 (giving high five to #3): That one never gets old.

    CATERPILLAR #2 (snapping fingers, which releases DINAH and MICAH): You must pay better attention.

    DINAH: Micah! Jeesh.
    You see the problem.
    Cat. Dog. We don't always see eye to eye.

    (Immediately THEY face and stare at each other, their foreheads almost touching.)

    CATERPILLAR #3 (snapping fingers, releasing THEM): Are you listening?

      Song 4 - Listen to a clip now!

    Don't hold your tongue or lose your head while in this land
    Don't pull somebody's leg or lend someone a hand.
    And if your heart is on your sleeve put it back in
    And try hard not to get under somebody's skin.

    Say what you mean
    Mean what you say
    If you say "smarty pants"
    Your pants will get an A.
    If you say you'll play it by ear
    Your ear is gonna play
    Say what you mean
    Mean what you say.

    Don't keep your eye on anyone or pick their brains
    And please don't cry your eyes out 'cause that always stains.

    And paying through the nose is a bad stratagem
    'Cause soon your nostrils will become an ATM.

    Say what you mean
    Mean what you say
    If you say "smarty pants"
    Your pants will get an A.
    If you say you'll play it by ear
    Your ear is gonna play
    Say what you mean
    Mean what you say.
    Say what you mean
    Mean what you say.

    (CATERPILLARS exit.)

    This concludes the first one-third of the script.

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    Customer Reviews: 5

    Ogden, UT

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    Loved it!

    This was a great play. We did this with 36 students from 5th and 6th grade, some did set design and others were the actors and singers. Everyone loved it! The parents enjoyed it, and when we performed it for our student body they were all attentive and we received rave reviews. It is a fun way to review idioms and other parts of speech. There is much to be said about the benefits of theater, especially when is is academically minded. We will certainly be doing this, and other plays from Bad Wolf Press, again!

    Glenwood, IA

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    • Great for Elemtary school
    • Easy to learn music
    • Fun and educational
    • Easy to Produce
    Great show For Elemtary Schools to Perform

    We were looking to try a musical with the 3rd - 5th grade students for LTD's after school program. I had seen "Alice's Adventures With Idioms" performed while visiting a school in another state and thought it might be a good fit. I talked with the teacher who put on the play and got the information about Bad Wolf Press. Though we are still in rehearsal the play has so far exceeded our expectations. The children are loving it! They are belting out the songs and having so much fun with it. Not only are they having fun it is supporting what they are learning in school. The younger children will ask questions like "What is an idiom?" or "What is a simile?" and the older children are great at explaining what they are. I am sure the parents will love the performance.

    Tucson, AZ

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    • Musica
    • 5th-8th grade
    • Fun
    Awesome Alice show

    I used this show for a summer musical theatre camp with 5th - 8th grade students. The students and parents loved the show and we had a great time producing it. Lots of lessons but the essence of the story was still there.

    Elk GRove, CA

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    A piece of cake!

    My 4th grade students loved performing this play last year! Every teacher commented that the play was informative, but hilariously funny and entertaining. I have performed 10 of the plays from Badwolf and loved them all. Can't wait to start this year's play!

    Chesapeake, VA

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    This was an awesome play for our elementary students to do ! they loved the music !

    Common Core and Other National Standards

    Language Arts

    Alice's Adventures with Idioms was developed specifically to teach the Common Core Language Standards.

    National Core Arts Standards


    Alice's Adventures with Idioms contains the following idioms, similes, and vocabulary words (yes, really! all these!):


    Apple of (someone's) eye (been) around the block Beat around the bush
    Beat the clock Beat the rap Bite off more than (one) can chew
    Bread and butter Break bread Break a habit
    Break (one's) heart Break the ice Break silence
    Break stride Burn (one's) bridges Cash cow
    Cat burgler Cat got your tongue? Catnap
    Chew the fat Cloud nine Couch potato
    Crazy about (something) Cry your eyes out Cry wolf
    Cup of tea Cup runneth over Cut corners
    Cut the mustard Down to earth Down to the wire
    Drop like flies Eat (one's) words Fish for compliments
    Fish out of water Food for thought Frog in the throat
    From the heart Frosting on the cake Get (one's) goat
    Get to the heart of (something) Get under (somebody's) skin Give (someone) five
    Go hog wild Go bananas Go nuts
    Grain of salt Gravy boat Gravy train
    Hands down Hard to swallow Have a bone to pick (with someone)
    Have a heart Have (one's) cake and eat it too Have a cow
    Head off Heart on (one's) sleeve Heart to heart
    Hit the books Hit the brakes Hit the dirt
    Hit the road Hit the roof Hit the sack
    Hit a snag Hit a wall Hold (one's) tongue
    Hold the phone Hold your horses Horse around
    In a pickle In the doghouse In the same boat
    Joined at the hip Jump through hoops Keep it under (one's) hat
    Keep your eye on (someone) Kill time Kill two birds with one stone
    Knock (someone) over with a feather Knock (one's) socks off Leave a bad taste in (one's) mouth
    Lend a hand Look out for number one Lose count
    Lose ground Lose (one's) head Lose heart
    Lose (one's) nerve Lose sleep Lose (one's) temper
    Lose touch Lose track Make a beeline
    Milk of human kindness No such thing as a free lunch Off the hook
    On fire On the ball On thin ice
    One-track mind Out of (one's) head Out of steam
    Out on a limb Over (one's) head Pack a punch
    Pay through the nose Pick (someone's) brains Pie in the sky
    Piece of cake Play by ear Play possum
    Pull (somebody's) leg Put (one's) foot in (one's) mouth Put (one's) heart in (something)
    Raining cats and dogs Recipe for disaster Salt of the earth
    Sink or swim See eye to eye Sitting ducks
    Sit on the fence "Smarty pants" Spice of life
    Spill the beans Square meal Take five
    That's the way the cookie crumbles (the) third degree Three's a crowd
    Thrown to the wolves Tough cookie Two can play that game
    Two left feet Under the weather Up the creek
    Weasel out When pigs fly White lies
    Work around the clock Yell (one's) head off


    Cool as a cucumber Cute as a button Easy as A, B, C Easy as pie
    Fight like cats and dogs Fit like a glove Free as a bird Fun as a barrel of monkeys
    Gentle as a lamb Gone like the wind Good as gold Good as gone
    Hard as nails Melt like butter Plain as day Pretty as a picture
    Pure as driven snow Quick as lightning Slippery as an eel Slow as snails
    Smooth as silk Snug as a bug in a rug Stubborn as a mule Sweet as honey
    Timid as a fawn Works like a charm


    idioms copyright duchess uncommon
    preposition potion level (verb) learning curve
    feline aloofness figurative literal
    "smarty pants" stratagem ATM eye-opener
    jazz (= "kind of stuff") "land of milk and honey" croquet "raving mad"
    au contraire bash dramatic suit (of cards)
    knave mallet eerie peculiar
    alliteration "crack a code" derring-do hue
    "make news" quid pro quo rife roguish
    savory veto exotic zing
    prosecutor tart (food) accusation vandalism
    irresponsible aggravated assault "on good authority" acquire
    appreciation origins condiment perplexed
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