Hundreds of Plays and Musicals

Eldridge Publishing, a leading play publisher since 1906, offers hundreds of full-length plays, one-act plays, melodramas, Christmas plays, children's theatre plays, and musicals of all kinds.

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  Arms and the Man New Release

Classic by Ken Womble

54 pages

4 m, 3 w


Arms and the Man is a satire on the glorification of war and the folly of basing one’s affections on an unreal love. Set in the 1880s, Raina Petkoff, a Bulgarian whose father and fiancé Sergius are serving in the war, is warned enemy soldiers may be nearby. Soon Captain Bluntschli, a war-weary enemy, breaks in and holds her hostage. Over the course of the evening, they start to connect. Raina provides him with one of her father’s coats and some chocolates, giving him the nickname, “my chocolate-cream soldier.” When the w...

  Lavender & Lunatics New Release

Comedy by Tony Howell

65 pages

24-26 roles + extras (7m, 10 w, 7-9 flexible)


Lorelei Lavender is staging a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but unknown to her, a couple of would-be bank robbers are hiding out in her theatre and have become part of the cast. On top of that she has to deal with backstage drama, divorced movie stars, loan payments, and a tough-guy cop who keeps stopping rehearsals. Designed to work on a bare stage, much of the action plays in the house and is best staged to use all entrances from backstage to light booth. Costumes are modern with rehearsal pieces added throughout the course of the show, ...

  A Caterpillar’s Tale Featured Production

Children by Carlos Perez

39 pages

Flexible cast of 8 to 15. Min: 1 m, 1 w, 6 flexible


A screenplay adaptation of this play is an Official Selection of the 2022 San Diego International Kids' Film Festival. 

 

Periwinkle, a curious caterpillar, feels compelled to find out what happens when caterpillars climb up the Great Tree –and never return! He decides to follow grumpy Thistle, who seems to be next to do the climb, but Periwinkle encounters some big obstacles he must overcome, including evading the clutches of a black widow ...

  Totally Awesome! New Release

Musical by Stephen Murray

40 pages

1 m, 5 w, 15 or more flexible, extras and doubling possible


The Awesome family has been so successful at fighting Champion City crime that they have decided to release all the villains. Yes, General Mayhem, Corporal Punishment, and the others in the Army of Evil are free. 

 

The Awesome family now travels to where crime fighters are needed.  Meanwhile the youngest, Annie Awesome, is at odds with being in a superhero family as she’s often stuck doing not so heroic tasks. She meets normal citizen Fiona who dreams of making a real difference in the...

  Pandora and the Sickle Moon New Release

Drama Greek by Jessica Chipman

24 pages

2 m, 3 w, and unlimited ensemble


Pandora, the first woman created by Greek gods, has opened a box releasing all the evils of humanity. She can't undo the deed so she decides her penance must be to observe the evil play out in the world. She serves as the audience's narrator in this tragic fairy tale told out of time and place. Pandora tells of Freya, a young princess who has been captured in a battle that killed her family. A classically evil queen, Skadaas, is plotting a way to stay in power. Her first-born son, Brono, does not speak and, therefore, cannot be king. Her second-born son, Vol,...

  Mystery of the Scavenger Hunt Heist New Release

Interactive Mystery by Brian Sylvia

46 pages

4 m, 6 w - 1 optional


Detective Vic Torious is called to the ranch of Bill Yonnaire, the host of the Third Annual Super Spectacular Scavenger Hunt. This year’s event is to be televised for the first time. But the ultimate prize, a solid gold 12-inch laughing hyena worth a million dollars, has disappeared before it is officially “hidden.” Who stole the high-priced hyena? Could it be Duane Pypes, the former teen idol from an ’80s sitcom? Or perhaps it’s the newly-crowned champion of the American Superstar TV series, Carrie Oakey. Add in a retired supermodel, a ruthless defending cha...

Spotlight

"Top-shelf fear!" - Niagara Falls Gazette

New Drama for Community Theatres -Tuesday, May 24, 2022

This show explores treatment of POWs. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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Celebrate Women's History Month -Thursday, March 18, 2021

"The human drama of Helen Keller's life is rich for theatre – but for us, it's the desire to preserve history in our small way and raise awareness."

 

Bestsellers

  Just Another High School Play

Comedy by Bryan Starchman

73 pages

Minimum cast of 10 plus drama teacher, maximum of 40


Here's a comedy that covers nearly every angle of the typical high school play with a dose of history and improvisation thrown in for good measure! A group of actors, who have apparently been abandoned by their drama teacher, have to fend for themselves opening night in front of a live audience. Their teacher has left them hanging because no one has been showing up to rehearsals and no one is really quite sure what they are supposed to do. The student assistant director and the stage manager step in, find a box of scripts which they pass out to the cast, and ...

  The Cry of the Peacock

Drama by Billy W. Boone

42 pages

3 m, 4 w, 10 flexible


Young Mary Blanton has suffered some kind of trauma as evidenced by her monster-filled dreams and the horrific scratches on her neck and back. Who did this to an innocent 9-year-old girl, a child who finds comfort through an imaginary pet peacock? Dr. Janice Todd is called before a review board to defend her investigation of the child abuse case. She recounts her discoveries and interviews with the Blanton family, and scenes of Mary’s recent past are brought painfully to life. Three judges, staged as omniscient, skeptical shadows, and several surreal nightmar...

  An Experiment

Fantasy by Brent Holland

28 pages

6 Actors


Portrayed in a fantasy world, five confused participants wake up with no memory of their past life … with only one word, a personality descriptor (such as compassionate, courageous or orderly) written in type on their shirts.  The doctor explains that each is here willingly, and that they are all being compensated for their participation in a research study. Will the assigned attribute of each participant affect their behavior when under extreme duress? Once the experiment begins and they find out that to lose is to die, all five do what they must to survive ...

  The Little Town of Christmas

Christmas Comedy Holiday by Pat Cook

68 pages

Flexible cast of 15 to 50


Here's a comedy package of 12 yuletide sketches just perfect to give your audience for an evening's entertainment this Christmas! Everybody in the little town of Christmas is friendly and funny and you'll meet them all, including Skeezix and Sylvester, an elf comedy team that is short in stature and long in laughter; Dancer, the reindeer with a whacky sense of humor; Mrs. Claus, the REAL boss of the outfit; and a hilarious street corner Santa, tested and almost bested by one tough little kid with a sticky sucker. Also included are old favorite stories such as...

  Help! I’m Trapped in a Musical!

Comedy Musical by Stephen Murray

46 pages

4 m, 16 w, 1 flexible, extras


There’s something strange going on at Sondheim High School. New transfer student, Norma LaBelle, is having trouble getting accustomed to the school’s unusual traditions. At any given moment, students and teachers burst into song for no apparent reason.  Each time they sing, it sounds almost like a famous Broadway musical. The math teacher sings a lesson on the Pythagorean theorem. The history teacher delivers a rap-filled class on Alexander Graham Bell. Mrs. Lovett, the Lunch Lady, delivers a menu filled with Broadway-themed meals. The students sing a celebra...

  Superhero Sanitarium

Comedy by Scott Haan

41 pages

3 m, 3 w


Lois Lancaster is a big-city journalist writing about the current state of mental health facilities. Her research takes her to a hospital populated with a unique group of quirky inmates who imagine they are crime-fighting superheroes. Speed Freak thinks he can run at incredible speeds, while enthusiastic Dim Bulb thinks he has the ability to turn off lights with his brain. Mental thinks she can read minds, despite being prone to sudden outbursts of bizarre non-sequiturs. Kevin, much less quirky and flamboyant than the other inmates, doesn’t embarrass himself ...