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  The Wizard of Oz

Musical Theatre Youth by Dorothy E. Skinkle

35 pages

Flexible cast 50 to 500


Here's an excellent adaptation of the story with all the beloved characters including Dorothy, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, the Munchkins, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Wicked Witch. There's plenty of room for other performers, too, as winged monkeys, animals, guards and servants. Lively, original music, including music for the dances (which may be left out without hurting the story) make a musical your children and audiences will love. Performance time is 90 minutes.

  A Meteor, Right?

Comedy Musical by Steve Flowers

55 pages

5 m, 19 w, 2-8 flexible, extras


The townspeople of Flemmington get rocked back on their heels when meteors come crashing down from space. Amidst all of the excitement and chaos, three teenage girls find the meteorites and discover the special powers that come along with them. The girls use these space rocks to their advantage to control the townspeople, including the Gaggle of Geeks, the phone-obsessed tweens, and the old lady who thinks everything is evil. The story culminates with the meteorites being used against each other during an epic battle to determine which one is the most powerfu...

  Elephans

Musical by Goode and Fingerhut

36 pages

Cast of up to 28 mixed gender roles


On the lonely planet Eleph, where language was never invented, the mango-loving Elephans learn to communicate without words. The friendly (and not-so-friendly) aliens share their story in song with the help of the local children of Earth. A delightful score of 6 songs, including "I Am Only Me," and "Do You Know What It Means To Be Lonesome?" help to carry the message of the play: tolerance, understanding and listening. Very few roles, if any, are gender specific. The opportunities for creative costumes and sets are also present. Roles can also be expanded or ...

  Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (Condensed version)

Classic by Stephenson and Tucker

61 pages

With doubling: 7 m, 12 w, 2 flexible. Many extras including children


Lewis Carroll, the author of "Alice in Wonderland," has been contracted by a theatrical producer, Sir Henry Irving, to adapt his book into a stage play. Carroll, multi-talented but totally disorganized, has put off the writing of the play until the day before it is due. To help him create it, he gets Alice Liddell and her friends and family to improvise all the delightful characters. Even his staid housekeeper, a local handyman and two of Carroll's university students end up playing the roles of the Queen of Hearts, the Caterpillar, and the March Hare and Dor...

  The Edge of the Nest

Musical Theatre Youth by Stephen Murray

61 pages

Widely flexible cast (minimum 7 m, 5 w, chorus)


From the day we're hatched to the day we spread our wings and fly on our own, there are a series of requisite, riotous rites of passage that must be experienced. This collection of humorous scenes and hummable songs explores the innocent squawk of infancy, the terrible twos, the treacherous teens, and everything in between. There are tactics for dealing with those who endeavor to shape, stretch and warp our minds and bodies, like gym teachers, substitute teachers and those cafeteria culinary queens, "The Little Lunch Ladies." From the angst of acne, adolescen...

  The World of Beauty and the Beast

Musical Theatre Youth by David Slater Carter Burch Jennifer Madsen

65 pages

5 m, 3 w


Here is the timeless story of how a young maiden named Beauty bravely lives in the castle of a frightening Beast, and how her gradual love for him breaks the curse he is under, turning him back into a prince. All the favorite characters are here, including a likable prince, a kind, fair person even when he is a furry beast; Beauty, a beautiful young maiden who lives up to her name in spirit and self-reliance; and a wizard who wonders why the audience doesn't delight in his evilness. Other characters include Beauty's blustery and somewhat silly father, Otto Vo...

  Wind in the Willows

Classic by Frumi Cohen

51 pages

flexible cast (minimum 11 with doubling)


The adventures of the resourceful Rat, trusty Mole, gruff Badger, and the ever frivolous Toad are intermingled with the actual story of how "The Wind in the Willows" came to be written in this beautiful full-length musical. To entertain his son, Kenneth Grahame wrote stories about the rich Mr. Toad, who steals a car and ends up in jail. The story's villains, the Weasels and Foxes, take over Toad's estate in his absence. Badger, Rat, and Mole come to the rescue, conquer the Weasels, and save Toad Hall from ruin. Interspersed with the animals' adventures we see...

  Puss In Boots

Musical Theatre Youth by Greg Palmer Cliff Lenz

55 pages

Flexible cast, approx. 10 m, 4 w (or 7 actors with doubling)


A musical version of Charles Perrault's story, done in the style of the English Pantomime, and featuring the various pantomime traditions including a "Pantomime Dame" (played by a male), "Principal Boy" (played by a girl), "Principal Girl," fairies who talk in rhyme, and significant audience interaction. This script, with six delightful songs, was commissioned by Seattle Children's Theatre and later televised. A wonderfully antic version of the popular story with enough action for any member of the family. Recipient of the "Ohio State Award Best Children's Pr...

  The Grimm Brothers Present: Puss in Boots

Theatre Youth by Leavengood And Crom

52 pages

4 m, 2 w


An inventive and hilarious retelling of the famed fairy tale that features the bickering Grimm Brothers, who narrate the story of a talking cat who helps her downtrodden master become a noble lord by using his wits and resources. With its lively music, witty lyrics and quick-paced script, this play is both entertaining and educational, as the audience helps the Grimms decide upon the morals and merit of an unusual tale. Some songs include “Once Upon a Time,” “Alas, Alack,” ”Keep Your Wits About You,” “What You Do To My Eyes,” “Okra, The Ogre,” and “The Great ...

  Rapunzel

Musical Theatre Youth by Ryzuk and Ryzuk

184 pages

3 m, 3 w, 2-6 flexible


This musical version of "Rapunzel" is abundant with rich humor. When the old Witch catches the farmer stealing from her tantalizing garden, she allows him to escape her wrath only when he promises to give her his firstborn child. Thinking his wife is barren, he agrees. But soon after, Rapunzel is born and the Witch imprisons the child in a tower to protect her. She grows into a beautiful young woman. When a handsome prince, who is followed everywhere by his "loyal entourage," woos Rapunzel, the Witch is devastated and throws a wild tantrum...until she is save...

  Space Pirates!

Musical Theatre Youth by Dianne Saichek Jeff Bengford

77 pages

5 m, 10 w, 8 flexible and 20 or more extras


Here is a musical adventure through cyberspace, a song-filled battle between technology and imagination. The story begins simply in the home of a couple of ordinary kids, but when their babysitters are sucked into a video game, the adventure begins! To rescue their babysitters, the kids must figure out how to get "into the game." Once inside, the kids discover that their babysitters are not the only ones in trouble! An evil sorceress called Chasm is draining all the imagination and color out of Cyberspace and soon there will be nothing left! The kids enlist t...

  Mr. Toad and Company

Musical Theatre Youth by Frumi Cohen

41 pages

7 speaking parts, extras


The adventures of the resourceful Rat, trusty Mole, gruff Badger, and the ever frivolous Toad from the popular story, "The Wind in the Willows," are brought to stage in this entertaining, hour-long musical. Rich Mr. Toad steals a car and ends up in jail. The story's villains, the Weasels and Foxes, take over Toad's estate in his absence. Badger, Rat, and Mole come to the rescue, conquer the Weasels, and save Toad Hall from ruin. Beautiful, melodic music makes this program unforgettable. Ideal for community theatres. (Song sample: "Rat and Mole Duet.")

  Pirates of Chesapeake Bay

Musical Theatre Youth by Wayne Simpson Phil Nelson

59 pages

Flexible cast of 16 or more


The pirates are stealing everything and the town council is helpless until the Sutton children, acting as spies, find out where the goods are being hidden. Ten rousing, original songs plus lots of opportunity for fun as colonial townspeople, pirates, serving maids, sea men, and militiamen, roles unique to this colorful period of American history. Performance time is 60 minutes. 

  The Apple Kingdom

Fantasy by Carol Lynn Pearson C. Michael Perry

41 pages

4 m, 4 w, 1 boy, 1 girl + villagers 1 exterior


The people in the Apple Kingdom live on apples: apple soup, apple salad and, of course, apple pies. Jonathan and Blossom are two fun-loving but not so innocent twins and on their birthday they play a trick on the townspeople that backfires. They say that an "Applephoon" is coming that will destroy all of the apples in the kingdom's orchards. The villagers, all being selfish, immediately run to the orchards and begin picking all the apples and carrying them home by the buckets full. After all the apples are picked, the villagers find that they are stricken wit...

  Cinderabbit

Musical Theatre Youth by C. Michael Perry Mimi Bean

45 pages

8 m, 8 w, numerous flexible roles


A wonderful musical adapted from the classic Cinderella story with animal characters. Prince Richard--the Rabbit-Hearted and Princess Tabitha of the Blue Mountain Grove are the center of this adaptation. It seems that when the Grove burned down years ago, Tabitha's parents left her on the doorsteps of the Bugmerks, a family of toads on the edge of a swamp. Life is only bearable for her by her close friend and confidant, Mercedes, a mouse. When the night of the ball comes, the Bugmerks leave poor Cinderabbit behind. And who appears? Gracie--Cinderabbit's Jewis...