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  Fable of the Rock

Drama by Nick Sweet

18 pages

3 m, 2 w, extras, if desired.


Four Warriors, each with superior abilities, are sent to the Highlands by their respective villages to seek a military vantage point. Each warrior discovers a large rock that will help destroy their enemy and each encounters an old man who helps them learn to live in peace. This allegory of urban street gangs examines the lunacy behind "dying for one's colors."

  Girl Who Married a Ghost

Drama by Tim Wright

48 pages

4 m, 6 w, 1 child, flexible ensemble


The legend of a girl who married a ghost, which has been passed down for generations among the Nisqualli Indian Tribe, is brought to life here. As told by a "tribe" of actors, this play is rich in its surreal images, hypnotic poetic language and ancient Native American mythology. The daughter of an Indian chief accepts the marriage proposal from a Prince who rules a great nation many miles from her shore. Once she arrives to "the other side," it is too late to return, for the Princess realizes she has become Queen of Ghost Land, a place where the spirits of t...

  Griffin and the Minor Canon

by Vern Adix

50 pages

4 m, 4 w, 3 boys, 4 girls, 1 puppet and extras.


Adapted from the delightful story by Frank Stockton about the last surviving Griffin. A little bird tells the Griffin about a statue that looks like him which is mounted above the church door. The Griffin journeys to town to see his statue. Befriended by the children and the Minor Canon, the Griffin stays in town. But because the adults of the village are frightened by the Griffin, they drive him away but only after the Griffin has given them a lecture on tolerance.

  Heidi

Classic by Lane Riosley

35 pages

5 m, 5 w, 1 B, 2 G + chorus (can be doubled to 3 m, 3 w, and 3 chorus)


Joanna Spyri's classic story of the orphan who spreads sunshine everywhere she goes is well represented in this fast-paced adaptation. Heidi conquers her grandfather, Peter, Klara, Herr Sesemann and all those with whom she comes in contact.

  The Hero Squad vs. the World’s Angriest Cow

Comedy by Will Ledesma

60 pages

4 m, 2 w, 3 flexible


The Hero Squad, four superhero friends, decide to make amends and invite their arch-enemy, the nefarious criminal mastermind Nikolai Oshgoshbgoshnikov, over for a Christmas party and caroling. Little do they realize, Nikolai is secretly plotting against the heroes with special eggnog designed to turn them evil. Meanwhile, an old roommate from Nikolai's past, the gargantuan bovine supervillain Angus Khan, has returned with his own plan to rule the world. The Hero Squad have a lot on their plate: Not only must they deal with the wrath of one very angry cow, as ...

  Pirates of Atlantis

Comedy by Patti Veconi

48 pages

18-19 roles (2 m, 1 w, 15-16 flexible)


When a pirate ship inadvertently sails over the lost city of Atlantis, an adventure-seeking girl – who happens to be the granddaughter of Poseidon himself – makes friends with a charmingly naïve sailor, causing their two worlds to collide. As the pirates continue to arrr-gue and the Atlanteans ask an endless series of questions with no answers, new friends Duffle and Pana explore strange new worlds they have never seen before. With the help of a Narrator giving advice and a friendly dog who just wants to play, and with Poseidon’s undersea magic adding to the ...

  Plays for Teen Actors - Vol II

Resource by Elaine Taylor, O.P.

61 pages

Resource Book


Enjoy these three short plays in your middle school or junior high classroom. All three plays have roles which are mostly flexible in gender to include as many students as possible. The plays have interesting plots, easy settings, and short, easy-to-learn lines. Your student actors will have fun developing and portraying the varied characters. Young actors will enjoy performing them for their classmates and parents, too!

 

“Murder in the Cloister” - 9 characters+ extras. Who would murde...

  Princess and the Swineherd

Adaptation Classic by Vern Adix

44 pages

5 m, 5 w


This is a fun dramatization of the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Young King Rupert spies lovely Princess Grace from a neighboring kingdom and fall instantly in love. But in his attempt to woo her he soon finds out she is not as lovely in actions as she is in looks. She is snobbish, selfish, and self-centered waited on hand and foot by her three ladies-in-waiting. Even the Princess’ father, the Emperor, is helpless to change her behavior. King Rupert, however, has an idea. By switching places with a swineherd, he enacts a plan where she must kiss him ...

  Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin

Fairy Tale by Stacey Lane

44 pages

2 m, 2 w, 1 flexible


Two fairy tale classics collide in this fast-paced comedy for all ages. Dame Gothel prepares for a ball with the assistance of her magical minions, Rumpelstiltskin and Hob. Her young daughter Rapunzel ruins the festivities when she cuts her own hair. Dame Gothel banishes her to the tower until her hair looks normal again. Hob, after some awkward failures, places a spell on Rapunzel to make her hair grow faster. Her hair keeps growing, but her social-climbing mother keeps finding ridiculous reasons to keep her locked up. Freedom seems out of reach, especially ...

  Stolen Sword

Classic by Neal Barth

29 pages

4 m, 3 w, 2 flexible


Here is a classic children's tale told with Japanese Kabuki theatre techniques. Gosho-no-Goodo, an evil Samurai, has stolen the sword of Subi-Sumo, the good Samurai. Subi would not care that much because he'd rather paint than do battle, but unfortunately, he must retrieve his sword at all costs. To a member of the Samurai, a stolen sword is a disgrace. If he doesn't recover it, Subi cannot marry his love, a princess named Kyo-no-Imi. As Subi and his two servants go on a quest for the sword, they meet a witch posing as an old woman. They help her and she thanks Subi with a potion which s...

  Taming of the Shrew

Fairy Tale by Steven Fogell

41 pages

5 m, 3 w, 2 flexible


Mayhem and comedy are guaranteed when a small troupe of animal actors perform "The Taming of the Shrew" for King Louie, a lion, and Queen Marie, a lioness. Bartholomew, a fox, and Cassandra, a cat, are the leaders of an acting troupe consisting of a sarcastic crow, a bumbling bear, a young rabbit, and a sleepy dog. Include a diva cat opera singer, Miss Bianca, and the fur is guaranteed to fly! As the stage story of "The Taming of the Shrew" unfolds, we see that the actors are like the characters they portray. We also see how much can go wrong when performing ...

  Gretel Was a Princess

Comedy by Patti Veconi

29 pages

4 m, 7 w, and 7 flexible. Extras and sound effects/musicians for ensemble.


The drama club members assemble to perform “The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales,” but realize there isn’t enough time to do the whole collection and still eat the cookies waiting in the lobby for after the show. The actors condense the tome down to their favorite parts, mixing, matching and mashing up characters, while a clever casting director challenges stereotypes to meet the demand for princess roles among the girls in the company. With the help of a group of musician-dwarfs to play and punctuate the story, the characters head out on a quest to find t...

  Happy Prince and Other Storytelling Tales

Storytelling by Evan Guilford-Blake

43 pages

From 2 to 12


There’s nothing like real, live storytellers to catch the imagination of youngsters. With these six tales, each told by a pair of storytellers, students can go on an enchanted voyage, whether they’re in a classroom, cafeteria or theatre. Let your young audiences, from grades 2 through 9, connect, learn, and be entertained through these inventive scripts in one of the oldest forms of entertainment -- storytelling! Running from 6 to 12 minutes each, they include: "Anansi and His Children,” the classic African folk tale of a man and his unusually named children;...

  Twice Upon a Time

Fantasy by Craig Sodaro

57 pages

Large, flexible cast, much doubling (minimum 8 m, 8 w, 6 flexible)


Here are the hilarious stories that start after the traditional tales end! Consider Cinderella and her Prince, who are now ruling the kingdom. Little does Cinderella know The Dice Girls, the entertainers she's arranged for a state dinner, are really her stepsisters and stepmom, ready for revenge! Or how about poor little Pinocchio? The Blue Fairy never got around to getting rid of his wooden head, but it may be a good thing considering the evil plan he's overheard involving the Lampwick and Foxy. And finally Snow White, who's running her own fashion boutique,...

  Ugly Duckling Princess

Comedy by Craig Sodaro

73 pages

8 m, 16 w, 5 flexible


King Barney and Queen Rose suffer from a terrible jinx. Rose's sister, Jean, who wants to be queen herself, has cursed them with an "ugly duckling." Their oldest child, Dora, is as spoiled a brat as the kingdom has ever known. Desperate for help, the Queen calls on Magdelia, the witch who taught Jean everything she knows. Magdelia has only one antidote: some unlucky fellow must fall in love with Dora. A matchmaker suggests Bodkin, a simple woodcutter, who longs to marry. Dora is kidnapped and sent to Bodkin, who begins to slowly chip away at her nasty persona...