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  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...

  Hula Hoops and Halos

Musical by Jeffrey Smart Scott Keys

73 pages

9 m, 7 w, 1 flexible, extras


It's the '50s, so come join the kids as they hang out at the local diner in this heavenly hit of a musical comedy! But for Betsy Harding, it's all work and no play. Since her mom passed away, Betsy has her hands full running the family diner, minding her little sister, competing with her all-star athletic brother, and taking care of her toy-inventing father. She doesn't have time to be "a typical teen." Enter Angela, a tough-talkin' angel-in-training, sent down to earth to earn her halo. But she seems to create more problems than solving them. Between Angela ...

  Magnolia

Musical by Craig Sodaro Bill Francoeur

73 pages

10 m, 10 w, 3 flexible


Fiddledeedee! Just as beautiful young Charlotte O'Mara is starting to have a good time at Magnolia Plantation's annual barbecue, that blasted Civil War breaks out! All the eligible young men rush off to join the fight--all except Magnolia's faithful servant, Bret Butler, who suffers from fallen arches. Four years later, as the war draws to a close, the O'Maras owe back taxes on Magnolia and unless they can come up with the money, their former overseer, Carlton Creepstone, now a villainous carpetbagger, will take it over. He and his slithery sidekick, Sherman,...

  Castles and Dragons

Musical Theatre Youth by Anna Murdock and Cami Jensen Beverly Thomas

43 pages

Widely flexible cast of 25


It’s been peaceful at Camelot for years. Merlin the magician put the fearsome dragon, Fog, in a sleeping spell and turned the evil Morgan Le Fay into a fragrant flower – although she can still talk! But when everyone in Camelot celebrates the impending nuptials of Lady Marian and Sir Lancelot with a Maypole dance, Morgan Le Fay is able to work some magic. She steals all the knights’ swords and trips the Pages, creating enough noise to wake the dragon. She coaxes Fog to kiss her, and her spell is broken! From then on it’s a wild and crazy chase as the knights,...

  Phantom of the Soap Opera (Musical)

Musical by Craig Sodaro

73 pages

8 m, 9 w, extras


Bring the mysterious Phantom to your stage in this Broadway-quality musical with eight original songs. A Phantom, who inhabits the depths of a TV studio, creates murder and mayhem when he seizes a beautiful soap opera heroine, for whom he has an obsessive love. The cast and crew, including a haughty, aging actress, a scatterbrained secretary, an uptight director, a long-suffering writer, a leading man who is a star on a rival soap, and others are thrown into chaos. A laid-back police detective decides he'll trap the Phantom at a masquerade ball! Lighthearted ...

  Vaudeville's My Home

Musical by Ken Bradbury

71 pages

9 m, 11 w


Set in the 1920s, this semi-musical play (contains five piano songs) starts out with two vaudeville troupers who are fleeing New York following their robbery of a theatre box office. They become stranded in the village of Pleasant Corners, Ohio. Broke and hungry, they devise a plan to swindle the local populace by convincing them they have enough talent to produce their own vaudeville show to raise money for a new school. The play tryouts are hilarious: Eloise Findley, the rich spinster, recites "The Bells"; the hillbilly McDowell clan gives their own deadpan...

  The Velveteen Rabbit

Classic by George Gray

59 pages

5 m, 5 w, 12 or more flexible. (With doubling, 7 actors)


"The Velveteen Rabbit" is Margery Williams' endearing tale of love between a boy and his favorite toy. At first the Rabbit is new and lonely in the toy chest, where the other toys deride his inability to "do" anything ... until the Skin Horse teaches him "It isn't what you do, it's who you are," and sings to him about becoming REAL. Sure enough, in time, the Boy begins to love the Rabbit, and when he says to Nana, "He's not a toy!" the dream comes true. When the Boy gets scarlet fever, the Rabbit's constant vigil helps save him. But later the Doctor orders th...

  Donovan's Daughters (Musical)

Musical by Shirley McNichols Scott Keys

77 pages

12 m, 15 w


In 1865 Seattle, there are ten men to every woman. Surely Shamus Donovan can find his eldest daughter, Kate, a husband ("I'll Never Meet a Man"). An old Irish tradition ("Donovan's Curse") demands that the eldest marry first, but unfortunately, Kate has the disposition of a wildcat ("What I Hate Most"). While his other four lovely daughters are forced to wait ("Waiting Out the Rain"), their amorous suitors are reduced to tutoring them ("Lessons in Survival"). Borrowing from Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," the men give Federal Marshal Danny O'Brien tips o...

  Stand Up and Shout – Rumpelstiltskin!

Children Musical by Kinerk and Murray

40 pages

3 m, 2 w, 1 flexible


Get the youngsters in your audience twitching their noses, making engine noises, bowing to the king, catching imaginary gold thread, and shouting out names, especially Rumpelstiltskin! With such audience participation, this fairy tale adaptation is loads of active fun. It features a braggart father, his long-suffering wife, their poor but beautiful daughter, a strict rule-enforcing chancellor; a monarch whose kingdom depends on straw being spun into gold, and of course, the mysterious little man who is willing to perform that exceptional feat – but at a treme...

  Big Bad Wolf (And How He Got That Way)

Comedy Musical by Greg Palmer John Engerman

70 pages

Approx. 11 characters + townspeople


Here’s a rousing musical defense of the wolf, presented in English Panto style. Panto employs hybridized fairy tales, puns, cross-dressed characters, big-head characters, magical transformations and silliness to the max. With plot aspects from “The Three Little Pigs,” “Red Riding Hood,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” and even “Frankenstein,” the pigs are shown to be the real culprits. They're clever media manipulators with strictly their own swinish interests at heart. The two-member orchestra also becomes a hilarious part of the performance as they interact with ...

  Boogie-Woogie Bugle Girls

Musical by Stephen Murray Craig Sodaro

88 pages

11 m, 17 w, extras as desired


While World War II rages, the Bugle sisters turn their Grandpa Buddy's Seaside Hotel into a canteen where sailors and soldiers can relax. Not only do the girls want to help the war effort, but they want to save the Seaside from the hands of a ruthless businessman, Skylar Schutt, who intends to buy it for back taxes. But when Schutt accuses Grandpa Buddy of being a German spy, the girls - with a little help from the Ladies' League for Coastal Defense - declare all-out war! And it isn't long before a platoon of spies surfaces! It seems everybody becomes suspici...

  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...

  Kitty Hawk: Wright Brothers

Musical Theatre by

79 pages

14 m, 10 w, plus ensemble; much doubling possible


Here is the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s quest to do what no one had ever done before: build and fly a heavier-than-air machine. We follow them as they grow up, open a bike shop, design and build gliders, and finally reach their goal in their historic powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They argue and reconcile, alternately ignoring and bothering each other, and ultimately share in the triumph of their flight. For easier casting, four actors fill the roles of Wilbur and Orville, two as youngsters, and two as young adults. The Wright Brothers...

  Onstage!

Musical Theatre by Nancy Zelenak C. Michael Perry

76 pages

6 m, 10 w, 2 flexible


Sixteen students have been invited to a week-long audition for a summer production at the Professional Actors School of Theatre and they are vying for the top eight leads. Working under the take-no-prisoners stage manager, we see the students in private moments of triumph and disaster as they learn lines, songs and dance routines. Penny misses her deceased father who used to encourage her so much; Jake is frantic because his assigned reading requires him to cry; and Melanie may have to go back home to help with the family finances. The exuberance and determin...

  Presenting Fanny Brice

Musical by Chip Deffaa

79 pages

Cast: About 35 speaking roles including a young girl and boy; can be performed from 15 - 40 actors


Here’s a unique and dynamic look at Fanny Brice, the original Funny Girl, and her rise from poverty to become a superstar, then falling for a man who's a crook. This musical couldn’t be timelier with a big-budget revival of “Funny Girl” coming to Broadway soon. In this version we get to meet lots of colorful characters, including Fanny’s good friend Gypsy Rose Lee, Flo Ziegfeld, W. C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Nicky Arnstein, and Brice's mother and father. Every actress will enjoy singing songs Fanny Brice made famous, as "My Man" and "Second Hand Rose." Other so...