Leave It to Beaver: Season 2, Episode 11

School Play (11 Dec. 1958)

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Beaver is excited to be cast as the canary, the lead character in his school play, until Ward's "pep" talk gives him stage fright.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Sue Randall ...
Miss Wakeland
Stanley Fafara ...
Whitey Whitney
Jeri Weil ...
Robert 'Rusty' Stevens ...
Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)
Linda Beardon ...


Grant Avenue School is holding a performing arts festival, with each grade assigned a specific production. Beaver gets cast as the lead in the third grade production of "Flowers and Feathers". Beaver is to play a canary. Beaver is excited about his part and about the production. After the first rehearsal, Miss Wakeland, the director, doesn't think Beaver has what it takes to be a convincing canary, which he overhears. Although he doesn't tell his son so, Ward is also slightly embarrassed by Beaver's part, wishing his role had a bit more meat on it, or wishing the type of bird was a bit more majestic. June asks Ward to be a little more encouraging to the Beaver about the play and his role. Ward's words of encouragement the night of the play, in addition to Miss Wakeland's comments, have the effect of Beaver getting stage fright. Beaver refuses to go on. As Ward, June and Wally sit in the audience, they're sure that Beaver's stage fright will pass and that he'll be the best canary ever.... Written by Huggo

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Although he is referred to in several episodes, this is the only one in which Larry Mondello's father is seen, backstage with Larry at the conclusion of the school play. See more »


While Beaver is in the hallway of the school with his friends, you notice Beaver and Whitey mouthing the lines of the other kids while they are talking. See more »


Hubert Whitney: [discussing the upcoming school play] Did you tell your father you were playing a toad?
Larry Mondello: Yeah, I told him.
Hubert Whitney: What did he say?
Larry Mondello: He said, How come I'm dancing when I can't even spell!
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Beaver Is No Canary
4 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Don't try to be something you're not" was the message of this simple episode about the third grade staging a play.

Beaver gets the male lead role, which is nothing but a canary pretending to fly around for a bit. However, he isn't very good at it. The class nemesis and big pain-in-the-neck, "Judy Hensler," keeps telling Beaver he is no good and will get kicked out of the play. Beaver, however, seems excited about the role.

Ward isn't thrilled Beaver's playing a bird but, with prodding from June, gives his son a "pep talk" on the night of the play. He inadvertently says too many negative things....and the family winds up surprised at what they see at the play.

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