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  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...

  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 Magic Machine

Musical Theatre Youth by Berger And Landes

40 pages

Approx. 6 m, 5 w, 6 flexible, extras. Much doubling possible


Calvin is a slight youngster who can’t compete with the more athletically-inclined kids in the neighborhood. A wise magician lends him an old “Magic Machine.” Through its erratic powers Calvin, his best friend Jenny, and a lost dragon drop into odd versions of three fairy tales. In "The Three Little Bears" Calvin stops the bears from eating them for dinner and teaches the bears how to be happy. In "Rumpelstiltskin" Calvin helps the miller’s daughter by shouting out the evil little man’s name, and in the third story, "Alice in Wonderland," Calvin stops the cou...

  The Pied Piper of Possum Kingdom

Comedy Musical by Cook And Kashoid

40 pages

Approx. 21 or more flexible roles


It's the Fourth of July, 1963 and rats have taken over the state park at Possum Kingdom Lake. Who can get rid of these pests that act more like gangsters than rats? It seems no one can, not the surfing dude Robbie Kahuna, the wacky lake vendors, the know-it-all park ranger, or even any of the visiting boaters, swimmers and fishermen. Things change when a mysterious stranger shows up and claims that for a fee he will get the rats to follow him far into the Palo Pinto Mountains. To save the holiday festivities the park ranger agrees but in the end refuses to pa...

  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...