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  Young Ebenezer New Release

Christmas Musical by Elliott B. Baker

69 pages

11 m, 4 w, 2 flexible, 1 girl, 1 child, and large chorus


Gather ‘round with the ghosts in the graveyard who will show you the real story of Ebenezer Scrooge! This rousing new adaptation of the beloved novel by Charles Dickens has up-tempo songs of melody and memory. With three actors playing Ebenezer Scrooge, we go back to see Ebenezer through young boyhood, young manhood, and finally to the character we know. In “This Christmas,” Ebenezer’s family is left homeless thanks to his father’s well-intentioned but unrealistic gift giving. When his mother sells the young, gentle boy into servitude, fellow child laborers p...

  My Life - Socially Distanced New Release

Resource by Steve Flowers Jon Jory Steven Stack Dale Lisa Flint

37 pages

2-15


ABOUT THIS COLLECTION

2020 was an unprecedented year for all of us and teens are still processing our new reality. This collection of four plays-- heartfelt, silly, absurd, and dramatic -- cover a range of emotions and are perfect for virtual or in-person classroom, competition, or stage. So dive in, get creative, and keep acting!

* The scenes on reproducible pages may be produced in class royalty free, but a reasonable royalty fee is due when performed in front of an a...

  A Friend for Potato New Release

Youth by John Shanahan

24 pages

Flexible cast of 20


Potato the pig just wants a friend —but doesn’t know what that word means. With help from his friend Casey, Potato sets out to find a friend. It’s a seemingly simple quest that quickly turns into a house full of scheming cats, energetic dogs, a few friendly bears ... and who invited the Singing Raccoons? Not Casey’s parents, that’s for sure! Underneath all the wackiness, A Friend for Potato is a look at what friendship means, and what it takes to be a good friend. About 40 minutes. No specific set requirements.

  And a Partridge in a Pear Tree New Release

Christmas by Tracy Wells

60 pages

24 - 30+ flexible, doubling possible


A guy with an invisible drum, a medieval restaurant host who won’t break character, a milkmaid who just wants to get rid of some cheese, and a dancing snowflake in the world’s ugliest costume. These are just some of the characters you’ll find in “And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.”  This 60-minute holiday play weaves together 12 five-minute scenes based on the well-known verses of the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” With a basic set and hugely flexible cast from adults to children, this play uses humor an...

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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."

 

Fierce Creatures

Women's History Month -Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 

This play explores what it means to be a woman. It highlights the strength, love, and commitment women develop with each other when they work together to achieve a common goal.

 

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Bestsellers

  Witch’s Brew

by Kimberly Barger

51 pages

2 m, 6 w, 5 flexible, extras, doubling possible


Hazel is a teenage witch who’s somewhat different from every other witch in Frogshire Forest. She can brew a mean cup of coffee but can't brew a potion to save her life! And she’s an accident waiting to happen when she tries to fly on her broom.  While Hazel dreams of becoming a barista, her mother, the head witch of the forest, wants only for Hazel to focus on her witch studies and preparations for the upcoming annual festival, the most important event in the forest. She would forbid Hazel from trying to fly into a coffee shop in the city—if she knew about i...

  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 ...

  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 ...

  Desdemona in the Afterlife

Drama by Nelly E Cuellar-Garcia

26 pages

6 female speaking roles, unlimited female ensemble


Set in the realm of Purgatory, the all-female cast of Desdemona, Emilia, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Ophelia explore the roles women choose in their pursuit of love and self-identity. Taking its inspiration from Dante’s Inferno, this visceral play allows powerful actors to reach heightened levels of awareness as they grapple with the ideas of an individual’s purpose in their mortal life and the ramifications it carries over into the immortal world. About 40-50 minutes.

  No Signs of Intelligent Life

Comedy by Bryan Starchman

68 pages

Widely flexible from 5 to 29


If you think you’ve suffered too many awkward moments or been in the dark in conversations, just think how poor, innocent aliens feel! Hungry to fit in, (a little too hungry at times!) they do and say things that we humans aren't allowed to. Join in the laughter as these extraterrestrials meet all kinds of humans -- teenagers, rednecks, survivalists and the most enigmatic, tech support nerds. Will these hapless aliens be able to figure out the daily rituals of dating, gossiping at the water cooler, camping, or even fixing our computers? The aliens have the kn...

  Pets in Quarantine

by Stephen Murray

13 pages

3 m, 5 w, 1 flexible


New Play -  written to be performed online

It is the spring of 2020. Humans are staying home, practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The pets of these humans are confused. Their lives have been changed by the sudden constant presence of their human companions. Eight pets tell their stories of confinement. This play is designed to be performed online. Actors can portray the animals with their faces visible on conferencing software or choose an avatar image of the animal they are pla...