Tim Kelly

The late Mr. Tim Kelly was once named in Dramatists Guild Quarterly as "among the most successful and most produced playwrights operating outside the New York market." At one point Tim had more than 300 plays in print. An active journalist and screenwriter, he particularly enjoyed writing for young audiences. A Tim Kelly Theatre Collection is located at the University of Wyoming.
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  Lagooned!

Comedy by Tim Kelly

71 pages

Flex. cast, approx. 10 m, 19 w, extras


Just sit right down and enjoy a tale - a tale that combines parts of Fantasy Island, Treasure Island, and Gilligan's Island. Now you've got some idea of what's in store when you're lagooned. In this sequel to Tim Kelly's ever popular play, "Don't Rock the Boat," some favorite characters do their best to survive on a weird atoll in the South Pacific, the home of cannibals, jungle drums, and nasty wildlife including a gorilla! They don't realize the island is actually part of Fantasy Tours, an organization that stages shipwrecks for clients willing to pay the p...

  Don't Rock the Boat

Comedy by Tim Kelly

67 pages

11 m, 14 w, extras


Tom Butterworth is determined to be the youngest cruise ship captain in history - even if this means sailing on a converted gunboat named "Vengeance" with a crew of rejects from Maritime High School, and a trio of girl singers who are passing themselves off as a famous show biz act. The engineer is seasick, the cruise hostess is pulling her hair in frustration, and a gung-ho nurse is practicing giving hypos by stabbing anything that's handy. And the passengers, well, they're a pretty unusual bunch! There's a fabulous Hollywood star, Honey Hotchkiss a clumsy p...

  Hollywood Hillbillies

Comedy by Tim Kelly

67 pages

Flexible cast (Approx. 7 m, 14 w, extras)


Gram Hawley and granddaughter Cindy Lou run the general store in Happy Hollow, deep in the Ozarks, but there is a new highway coming through and that means Happy Hollow soon will be dynamited off the map. It's discovered Gram's property contains the biggest store of natural gas ever, and a couple of crooks want to have the unsuspecting Gram sign her land over to them. Enter some folks from Hollywood who insist on making a movie about life in the hills - if they can find some money - and some snobbish California relatives who loathe every minute with the weird...

  Don't Rock the Boat (Musical)

Musical by Tim Kelly Larry Nestor

74 pages

11 m, 14 w, extras


Get out the "laugh" preservers for this rollicking musical that takes place on a wacky cruise ship. The ship is a converted gunboat manned by a crew of rejects from Maritime High School, a seasick engineer, an ambitious but very young captain, a gung-ho nurse, and a trio of girl singers who are passing themselves off as a famous show biz act. Everybody gets a chance to sing with the 10 rollicking, lyrical songs. The nervous crew sings, "There's a Hurricane Headed This Way" while the trio performs, "We Sing Loud, We Sing Clear." Among the loopy passengers, Hon...

  Hillbilly Reunion

Comedy by Tim Kelly

72 pages

Flexible cast of 32


Those wild and loveable Ozark hillfolk, the Hawleys, decide to pay a surprise visit to their California cousin, Charles "Chicory" Seabury, and his snobbish wife, Josephine. They couldn't have picked a worse time for Josephine is planning an exclusive reception for visiting royalty. After trying unsuccessfully to get rid of the relatives, Josephine decides they'll have to attend charm school. When that fails, she locks them in their rooms. But the clever hillbillies, led by Gram Hawley, are not so easily put off. On top of it all, Josephine realizes someone ha...

  Lagooned! (Musical)

Musical by Tim Kelly Lee Ahlin

73 pages

10 m, 19 w, extras


In this maritime musical comedy, a sequel to the musical "Don't Rock the Boat," a group of crazy castaways are shipwrecked in the middle of the South Pacific. But this isn't any old atoll! It belongs to Fantasy Tours, which create shipwrecks for wealthy clients, complete with jungle drums and a tribe of restless natives. The phony cannibals think the shipwrecked loonies are customers, and the passengers and crew think they're a real meal for the hungry island inhabitants! Add a band of homesick pirates, a belching volcano which demands a bride, a Robinson-Cru...

  Hollywood Hillbillies (Musical)

Musical by Tim Kelly Scott Keys

77 pages

14 w, 7m, extras


Gram Hawley and granddaughter Cindy Lou run the general store and post office in Happy Hollow somewhere deep in the Ozarks. Although Cousin Bubba and Clem are pretty eccentric, not much happens in Happy Hollow, until some big city folks descend makin' for a real "Hollywood Hoedown." Among the visitors are distant relations, Josephine and Charlotte from Hollywood who are terrible snobs; a big-time movie producer who is going to make a flick about "Life in the Hills"; and a pair of crooks who discover that "Granny's Got Gas" (under her property, that is, and it...

  Lost in Space and the Mortgage Due

Melodrama by Tim Kelly

80 pages

8 m, 12 w, extras


Zounds! It's the 25th century and that dastardly villain, Snivelling Snidely Backlash, is stealing a farm from some old people because he knows that under the soil there's some of the richest rocket fuel ever discovered. With it he can control the galaxy! Space Cadet Bob hopes to pay off the farm's mortgage with his latest invention, a rocket that goes sideways. Enter the lovely heroine, Rosa Budd, fresh from the Metropolis City Poor House and Collection Depot For Used Space Suits. Pity poor Rosa as she's tied to the rocket and almost launched to another plan...

  Wolfmania!

Comedy Musical by Tim Kelly Larry Nestor

62 pages

Flexible cast of 20. (Approximately 7 m, 13 w, plus extras.)


Teenager Jane Hastings inherits remote and creepy Wolfbane Abbey, a combination school and clinic for students who have trouble “adjusting.” No wonder — they’re werewolves! The doctor who runs the Abbey decides Jane must be driven out of her mind so he can be trustee. This isn’t as easy as it sounds — even though the place is filled with more horrors than a wax museum. With two friends, Jane does her best to sort out the Abbey’s problem and “curse.” The characters include the bewildered police, a werewolf hunter, weird students, a gypsy who spends most of her...

  One Doggone Wish

Comedy by Tim Kelly

64 pages

7 m, 15 w, optional extras


Coco is a lovable French poodle who dies of a broken heart after being DOGNAPPED! Every pooch in doggie heaven gets one wish, and Coco’s wish is to return to school on the day of the mid-term dance. Her former owner, a teacher named Steve Ritter, taught Coco to “sing” and he planned to have her entertain. Coco was anxious to make him proud. Keeper, the basset hound in charge of such things, grants the wish but sends two other dogs to keep an eye on Coco as French poodles are inclined to be somewhat frivolous. The two other dogs are Alice, a blood-hound, and R...

  It's a Howl

Comedy by Tim Kelly

70 pages

Flexible cast, approx. 8 m, 14 w, extras


Teenager Jane Hastings inherits remote and creepy Wolfbane Abbey. It's a combination school and clinic for students who have trouble "adjusting." No wonder - they're werewolves! The doctor who runs the Abbey decides Jane must be driven out of her mind so he can be trustee. This isn't as easy as it sounds - even though the place is filled with more horrors than a wax museum. With two friends, Jane does her best to sort out the Abbey's problem and "curse." The characters are great fun to play in this fast-paced spoof, including bewildered police, a werewolf hun...