English Skit for ELLs: Spring Fever

Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods? Have you taught your learners some spring idioms? Spring Fever is an easy skit to celebrate the beginning of spring. This skit has five main parts (one narrator and four neighbors). There are also a few lines for the chorus (other neighbors). You can change the names to your students’ names. Happy Spring!

Characters

  • Narrator
  • Ella
  • Lucille
  • Juan
  • Ralph
  • Neighbors (who will say everything in bold)

Props

  • sunglasses or Easter bonnet for Ella
  • cane or gray wig for Lucille
  • briefcase or file folder for Juan
  • garden tools for Ralph
  • rakes or brooms for the neighbors

Script

Spring Fever

The energetic, joyful narrator stands in the center of the stage. Each character walks toward the narrator (or performs an appropriate action) when it is his/her turn to speak. The other neighbors (the chorus) can busy themselves raking or sweeping in various corners of the stage. The chorus joins in for all of the idiomatic language and expressions in bold.

Narrator: It’s the first day of spring and I am full of the joys of spring. Let’s see how my neighbors are doing. Here comes Ella. She’s a ray of sunshine. Well hello there. Happy spring! How are you today?
Ella: I couldn’t be better! I have spring fever. Don’t you?
Narrator: I sure do! Oh, look. Here comes Lucille. Hi, neighbor. Long time no see. How is your back?
Lucille: Well, I may be no spring chicken, but even I have a spring in my step today!
Narrator: That’s great to hear. Oh look. Here’s my friend, Juan. He seems to be walking on eggshells. Is everything okay, bud?
Juan: I sure hope so. I have a job interview today.
Narrator: Didn’t you just get a new job?
Juan: You know me! The grass is always greener on the other side.
Narrator: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Hey, have a look at Ralph. He seems ready to spring into action!
Narrator: [shouting to neighbor who is kneeling in garden] Happy spring, Ralph! You aren’t planting flowers already, are you?
Ralph: You bet I am! Everything is coming up roses!
Narrator: [aside to the audience, skeptical that winter won’t return] Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!
Narrator: [to Ralph] I think I’ll spring for some tulips myself!
Narrator: [back to audience] Well, there you have it, folks! Spring has sprung! How are things looking in your neck of the woods?

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Meaning
full of the joys of spring very joyful
a ray of sunshine a person who is very positive
spring fever a feeling of happiness when balmy weather returns
no spring chicken not a young person anymore
have a spring in one’s step to feel alive and energetic
walking on eggshells feeling nervous
bud a friend (short for “buddy”)
the grass is always greener on the other side one always thinks the alternative will bring more happiness
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t rely on one thing to make you happy or achieve success.
Everything is coming up roses. Life is wonderful.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Don’t get too excited until you know that something is really going to happen.
spring for to spend a bit more money on something
your neck of the woods your neighborhood/community

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    Sharon says:

    Mar 20, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    This is great! Thank you so much. I appreciate the integration of the idioms into the role play. This will be great speaking practice for our group.

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    • Tara Benwell says:

      Mar 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Sharon! We hope you have fun with it. Happy first day of spring!

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