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  Irving Berlin & Co.

Musical by Chip Deffaa

67 pages

12 to 24+ actors: 14 m, 9 w, doubling possible


Inspired by actual events, legendary songwriter Irving Berlin shares his life story with two teens. It's a rags-to-riches tale--terrific for schools, colleges, community theaters, and more--about a poor immigrant kid rising to become the most successful songwriter in the world. Along the way, we get to hear such timeless Berlin songs as "I Love a Piano," "All by Myself," "Play a Simple Melody," "Ragtime Violin," and "Alexander's Ragtime Band." The songs are pure Americana--great for singing and dancing.  

  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 ...

  Justice in Dusty Junction

Melodrama Musical by Jim Territo

70 pages

Minimum cast of 13 with doubling: 6 m, 6 w, 1 flex


Dusty Junction is in big trouble! The roaming outlaw Ugly Monroe is terrorizing the citizens. First he shoots stable owner Joe and steals his boots; next he shoots the sheriff and steals his badge; and then he shoots the doc and steals his stethoscope. As the loyal community struggles to hold itself together, timid Deputy Shawn needs to step up and prove he is not Deputy Nancy-boy! He is bolstered by Marlene, the kindly saloon owner; Mindy Sue, his fiery sweetheart; and even Bobby Joe, the cute little boy…er, girl…well, child. The final straw breaks when Ugly...

  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...

  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 ...

  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

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...

  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...

  All Aboard for Broadway!

Musical by Craig Sodaro

69 pages

9 m, 17 w, 10 flexible, chorus


New York, 1917. Big time producer Florence Zweibach is putting on a Broadway show, and lots of hopeful girls long to be part of it. On the way to the audition, Mary Conklin, a sweet, budding ingenue, meets Harry Harrigan, a down-and-out Tin Pan Alley tunesmith, and the romantic sparks start to fly. To escape loan sharks, Harry enlists in the war that's just broken out in Europe, leaving Mary behind with his portfolio of sheet music and the dream of what might have been. Zweibach stars Mary in his patriotic revue and even falls in love with her, much to the ch...

  Anne With an 'e'

Adaptation Classic Musical by Neil K. Newell C. Michael Perry

73 pages

Main roles for 4 m, 8 w, 3 g, also numerous children and adults as extras


“Anne of Green Gables,” by L. M. Montgomery, is an enduring story of innocence, joy, and the true meaning of love that has delighted and inspired readers for over a century. Now this heartwarming story of the irrepressible Anne Shirley is impressively adapted to the stage and has inspired a musical score that will knock your socks off! The story begins as Anne arrives at Green Gables and follows her through mishaps and adventures, through Matthew’s death and her reconciliation with Gilbert, and finally to her determination to stay at Green Gables and help Mar...

  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...

  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...