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  A Little Princess (Musical)

Musical by Catherine McDonald Adam Morris

88 pages

9 m, 15 w, and numerous extras, doubling possible


Set in an all-female boarding school in Victorian London, young Sara Crewe loses all her money and place in society when her father dies. Forced by the merciless headmistress to work in slave-like conditions in the school she once attended, Sara dreams of a better life. She uses her vivid imagination to deal with her adversity and even bring happiness to those around her. She encounters all sorts of characters, from the school bully and her cronies, to the nervous servant girl, to the mysterious old gentleman who moves in next door... The songs have been writ...

  Little Red Riding Hood

Classic by Sidney Berger Rob Landes

36 pages

Approx. 3 m, 4 w, 3 flexible


Little Red loves playing in the forest with all her animal friends and doesn’t want any responsibilities—like taking food to Grandma’s house. But a hungry wolf changes that! Posing as an injured sheepdog, he’s able to trap her forest friends into a cave and con Red in to telling him where Grandmother lives. Once there he eats Grandma and Red! Luckily, the ever-cautious Sammy the Skunk saves the day with his brains and his “perfume.” Grandma and Red are rescued from the Wolf’s tummy for a happy ending, including a more responsible Red! A "country and western" ...

  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 ...

  Rumpelstiltskin - A Medieval Musical Fairy Tale

Comedy Musical by Mimi Bean C. Michael Perry

60 pages

3 m, 3 w, 3 flexible, and chorus


"Rumpelstiltskin, A Medieval Musical Fairy Tale" takes place during a May Festival, somewhere centuries ago. two traveling minstrels visit a small community where, with the help of the townspeople, they stage a production of the strange tale of a small man who steals children and sells them -- Rumpelstiltskin. It just so happens that they cast a real evil magician in the title role. Music, romance and magic weave together as the townspeople unite to outwit the man who sells children, both in the imaginary tale and in real life. We invite you to join with us a...

  Snow White - Miracle of Mirador

Musical by C. Michael Perry

56 pages

6 m, 4 w, 9 either


Here’s an exciting, magical and very untraditional version of Snow White! This time the evil Queen Zantha wants to change the ending so she’ll win. Her goal is to not only be the fairest in the land, but to unite a special scepter and mystical orb which will give her ultimate power. She will then rule both Snow’s kingdom of Aradon and the Prince’s kingdom of Mirador. Zantha cons Snow into eating a poisoned apple. The Prince, who wishes to marry Snow, and the Loyal Huntsman can only use magic and sorcery to fight Zantha, and her equally power-hungry family inc...

  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 ...

  Rip Van Winkle

Comedy by Patrick Rainville Dorn

33 pages

Widely flexible cast, minimum of 12. (Approx. 4 m, 3 w, plus 5-23 flexible, extras)


Adapted from Washington Irving's short story. No one will be caught napping as Washington Irving's supernatural tale comes to vibrant life in this action-packed comedy that combines faithfulness to the original text with slapstick humor, hilarious dialogue and fascinating characters. Young Rip Van Winkle escapes from an overly-critical wife, bowls with the ghostly Henry Hudson in the Catskill Mountains, then mysteriously awakens 20 years later to find life in his colonial village vastly changed. With minimal set requirements and maximum involvement by an extr...

  Enter Fairy Godmother

Fairy Tale by Eric Senne

52 pages

9 m, 9 w, 8 flexible, doubling possible


Seeking comfort from her miserable life and an easy ticket to the prince's ball, our heroine Ashenputtel cries out for her Fairy Godmother. The magical matriarch who arrives, however, is a no-nonsense narrator who works her magic by giving lesser-known folktales a playful yet empowering twist. This Fairy Godmother offers no magical pumpkin carriages, but rather spins three separate tales of women from around the world who make their own happily ever after. Story one, from Ecuador, is "The Search for the Magic Lake," which features a peasant girl who must bold...