Mother’s Day Assembly
Cast of around 25 (easily adapted up or down)
Duration: around 15 minutes
This Mother’s Day Assembly has a cast of ‘real’ and ‘unreal’ mothers – conveying the message that, as mothers, we all do our best but perfection is a little beyond our remit! Thankfully, the cast members readily accept this – in fact, they favour the ‘real mums’ over the ‘sugar ‘n’ spice ones!
Cast of 25:
Sugar n Spice Mums (4)
Real Mums (4)
Old Woman and ‘crowd of children’ (4)
Child 1 - 10
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our Mother’s Day Assembly! Mothers, as we know, are something special. I mean, where would we be without them? Well, not here today, that’s for sure! March 18th Mothering Sunday, is a very special day which we would like to celebrate with you. This assembly was written in tribute to all those mothers who
(Sugar n Spice Mums step forward, one at a time)
S & S Mum 1: Leap out of bed every morning
S & S Mum 2: (Beaming from ear to ear) Smiling!
S & S Mum 3: Wishing everyone a ‘Good morning!’
S & S Mum 4: And then go straight down to the kitchen to make everyone the most scrummy breakfast!
Narrator: (Gesturing to all of them to sit down) Well thank you ladies! That was delightful!
(Exit S & S Mums)
Child 1: (Indignantly) Hang about!
Narrator: I beg your pardon?
Child 2: Well, are you seriously trying to say that this lot (pointing to S & S Mums) are what Mums are really like?
Narrator: Er, yes ..
Child 3: You cannot be serious!
Child 4: (To cast) Do any of you have a mum like that?
(All cast shake their heads)
Child 5: Let’s take a look at what real mums are like!
(Enter Real Mums)
(Sound of alarm clock going off)
Real Mum 1: (Groaning) Oh no! Not already! I can’t possibly face the day yet!
Real Mum 2: Time for breakfast! (Shrieking) Kids! Get down here now!
Real Mum 3: If you’re not down here in five minutes, there’ll be big trouble!
Real Mum 4: Eat! Get ready for school! Then out the door – on the double!
Narrator: (Whistling) Phew! That was (pausing) er um, a little harsh?
Child 5: But that’s what it’s really like first thing in the morning. Everyone’s grumpy – including mothers!
Narrator: So, what’s it like, last thing at night?
(Enter Sugar n Spice Mums)
S & S Mum 1: Now come along children!
S & S Mum 2: Time for beddie byes!
S & S Mum 3: Nightie nightie!
S & S Mum 4: Sweet dreams!
(Exit Sugar n Spice Mums)
Child 6: (Sarcastically) Yeah! Right! In your dreams!
Child 7: More like
(Enter Real Mums)
Real Mum 1: (Angrily) How long did I say you could be on that computer? Get off it now!
Real Mum 2: (Furiously) Get up these stairs now!
Real Mum 3: (Beside herself with rage) If I have to come and get you …!
Real Mum 4: (Shouting) Turn off that light now!
(Exit Real Mums)
Narrator: (Covering his ears) My goodness! Is that any way to treat children?
(Enter S & S Mums, all shaking their head and tutting disapprovingly)
S & S Mum 1: Well! That really is no way to speak to
All S & S Mums: (Chiming in together) Our little sugar plum fairies!
Narrator: Ah! That’s better!
Child 8: (Pretending to be sick) Ugh! I think I’m going to be ill!
(S & S Mum 2 rushes over to cuddle Child 8)
S & S Mum 2: Ah! There! There!
(Child 8 resists)
S & S Mum 3: He needs some proper tender loving care!
S & S Mum 4: (Trying to hug Child 8) Come to mama!
(Child 8 retreats rapidly; S & S Mums look puzzled, then sigh and return to seats)
Narrator: Well! How very strange!
Child 9: Not strange at all! Every mum is different.
Child 10: There is no right or wrong way of being a mother. Every family is different
(Enter Old Woman, with ‘house-sized’ shoe and crowd of children)
Whole cast recites nursery rhyme:
There was an Old Woman
Who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children
She didn’t know what to do.
(Enter Sugar n Spice Mums, interrupting)
All Sugar n Spice Mums: She gave them some broth
And a big slice of bread,
Then kissed them all soundly
And put them to bed.
Rest of Cast: (Shouting angrily) Oh no she didn’t!
Child 1: That’s not the version we know!
Narrator: (Sighing) OK! So let’s hear it from the rest of you!
Rest of cast: She gave them some broth
Without any bread
Then whipped them all soundly
And put them to bed!
(Exit Old Woman and crowd of children, followed by Sugar n Spice Mums tutting and shaking their heads in disgust)
Narrator: (Scratching chin) Hmm! Well, I believe some of these nursery rhymes have been changed a little over the years - for a reason!
Child 2: OK! So we’re not suggesting that that Old Woman was a particularly good role model!
Child 3: Yeah! I guess she would hardly be number one choice for Mother of the Year!
Child 4: But what we’re trying to say is, mothers are only human!
Child 5: They get tired and stressed – it’s not easy doing everything they have to!
(Child dressed as ‘Superwoman’ stands up, strikes brief pose, then sits down again)
Child 6: It’s hard trying to be Superwoman all the time!
Child 7: Of course we’d like them to have eternal patience
Child 8: But on the whole, a real mum doing the best she can is all we really need.
Child 9: We would now like to read you some poems about real mums.