Article Title

I Was a Rat!


Rebeca Wallin


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Barbara Field, Children's Theater, Theater For Young Audiences, Cinderella Story, Adaptations, Fantasy, Play

Document Type

Play Review


Bob and Joan, a childless couple, are surprised one night when a young boy appears at their door and announces that he used to be a rat. Confused but kind-hearted, they take him in, care for him as their own, and call him Roger, though they indeed notice many rat-like tendencies. After a mishap at school, Roger is taken advantage of by a side-show owner and a thief, and is eventually reduced to living in the gutter with the rats, hunted by the town as a menace to society. Meanwhile, Bob and Joan tirelessly search for him. When Roger is wrongly accused and sentenced to extermination, Bob and Joan desperately go to the new princess for help. Realizing who Roger is, the princess saves him, and Bob, Joan, and Roger live happily ever after.