One Stoplight Town
CAST: FLEXIBLE CAST OF 28 (1M, 4F, PLUS 23 ROLES THAT CAN BE ANY), OPTIONAL DOUBLING
TIME: ABOUT 90 MINUTES
One Stoplight Town is a story about people from a town so small that you might drive through without taking a second look. But if you stopped for just a moment, you might see a young boy and girl fall in love, a cantankerous grocery store owner coping with change, a son returning home while a daughter thinks about leaving, a beauty queen and a drum major striking up a friendship, and a handyman taking it all in while he fixes what is broken. These stories and more are filled with fun characters, lots of humor, plenty of heart and the theme that change comes for us all, whether we are ready or not.
Happily Ever Before
CAST: FLEXIBLE CAST OF 36 (11M, 16F, PLUS 9 ROLES THAT CAN BE ANY), OPTIONAL DOUBLING
TIME: ABOUT 90 MINUTES
The fairytale villains have had enough! For too long the Evil Queen, Wicked Stepmother, and Dark Fairy have been pushed into the shadows while princesses like Snow White, Cinderella, and Briar Rose get their happily-ever-afters. So, the scoundrels set out to change things. With the help of the sinister Rumpelstiltskin, the mischief-makers use their magic to travel back in time, planning to change the destinies of each of their princesses and send them down a new path that doesn’t end so happily. But as the villains set their plan in motion, a classic cast of fairytale extras — including the Big Bad Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks, and Robin Hood — unwittingly change the princesses’ stories and the course of the villains’ plans. This easy-to-produce and festive fractured fairy tale has a large, flexible cast of fun and familiar characters, providing ample opportunity for all actors to shine.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Cast: 14 M, 20 F, 20 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 13 M, 18 F, 16 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 120 minutes, 102 pgs
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo. In the towers of Notre-Dame lives Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, Quasimodo falls in love with the beautiful Gypsy, Esmeralda, who is the only one to show him kindness. When Esmeralda is condemned as a witch by the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, Quasimodo attempts to save her. Audiences will be spellbound by this tragic tale of love and human cruelty.
Cast: 6M, 15F, plus 2 roles that can be either, optional extras
Set/Time: Interior castle and exterior forest sets / About 85 minutes
Swan Lake with no dancing required?! Introduce your students to the classic story of the much beloved ballet with this lighthearted, large-cast play adaptation. The law of the land says that Prince Siegfried must chose a bride by the end of his twenty-first birthday, but the princesses assembled by the queen and Lord Chamberlain just won’t do! So Siegfried escapes later that evening for a quick hunting expedition into the woods, where he nearly shoots at what turns out to be his one true love, Odette. Unfortunately for her and Siegfried, Odette is under a spell of evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and is doomed to spend her days as a swan, taking her human form only at night. It’s all part of the master plan for Von Rothbart, who will stop at nothing to gain power over the kingdom — including using his daughter Odile to trick Siegfried and capture the throne. Luckily, just when it looks as though Von Rothbart will have his way, true love prevailsThis easy-to-stage play will be sure to delight audiences of all ages. For a more classical feel, orchestral underscoring or even a live string quartet can be added.
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
Cast: 9 M, 11 F, 14 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 6 M, 8 F, 7 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 90-120 minutes, 106 pgs
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum. Introduce your audience to the original story and characters of this timeless classic. After Dorothy’s house falls and accidentally kills the evil ruler of the Munchkins, the Good Witch of the North gives Dorothy a pair of silver shoes and tells her she must travel down a path of yellow bricks to get to Emerald City, where she can seek help from the Wizard of Oz. At the Emerald City, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion meet the enigmatic Wizard of Oz, who appears as a large green head to Dorothy, a lovely lady to the Scarecrow, a hairy beast to the Tin Woodman, and a fireball to the Cowardly Lion. The Wizard agrees to help Dorothy and her friends but only if they kill the Wicked Witch of the West, who rules over Winkie Country. This adaptation features the back stories of the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion and some characters not included in the movie including Mr. Joker and the Princess of China Country.
The Secret Adversary
Cast: 6 M, 6 F, 13 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 3 M, 4 F, 13 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 120 minutes, 108 pgs
MYSTERY. Adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie. WWI has ended and Tommy, a former soldier, and Tuppence, a former Army nurse, are out of work and money. The two decide to hire themselves out as adventurers willing to do anything and go anywhere with no unreasonable offer refused. The duo is soon hired by a British Intelligence agent to find a missing American woman, recover an important treaty, and discover the true identity of the mysterious “Mr. Brown.” While on the trail, the intrepid pair becomes enmeshed in a thrilling adventure filled with intrigue, deception, double-crossing, and harrowing escapes as they pursue their elusive secret adversary.
The Snow Queen
Cast: 2 M, 17 F, 9 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 2 M, 12 F, 9 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 90 minutes, 97 pgs
COMEDY. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” To defeat Mother Nature and cover the world with ice and snow for all eternity, the Snow Queen kidnaps Kay and holds her prisoner at her ice palace. If Kay can’t solve an ice puzzle in 24 hours, her heart will freeze solid, and with it, the world. In the meantime, Kay’s best friend, Gerda, sets out on a journey to rescue Kay from the Snow Queen’s icy clutches. Along the way, Gerda meets up with a witch who is horrible at casting spells, a penguin who’s an aspiring standup comedian, a band of robbers, and even a couple of Vikings. But in the end, only love will melt the Snow Queen’s icy reign of terror.
Peter Pan and Wendy
Peter Pan and Wendy
Cast: 14 M, 14 F, 3 flexible, opt. extras. (With doubling: 13 M, 10 F)
Performance Time: Approximately 90-120 minutes, 95 pgs
CLASSIC. Adapted from the 1911 novel by J. M. Barrie. When Peter Pan is spotted at the open window of the Darling nursery, he tries to escape but loses his shadow. Wendy, the eldest of the Darling children, sews Peter’s shadow back on, and Peter invites Wendy and her two brothers to fly with him to Neverland. In Neverland, Peter welcomes Wendy to his underground home, where she agrees to be the mother to Peter’s band of Lost Boys. The Darling children go on many adventures with Peter and the Lost Boys and encounter mermaids, natives from the tribe of Neverland, and pirates, including the notorious Captain Hook. Determined to seek revenge on Peter, Captain Hook concocts a plan to poison Peter, kidnap the Lost Boys and Wendy, and make them walk the plank. Audiences of all ages will love this endearing, timeless story.
The Little Mermaid
Cast: 7 M, 15 F, 4 flexible (With Doubling: 6 M, 13 F, 4 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 90 mins, 89 pgs.
CLASSIC. Adapted from the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. Melody, a teen mermaid, lives in the undersea kingdom of Undinia with her father, grandmother, older sisters, and her albatross, seahorse, and sea turtle friends. When Melody turns 15, she is allowed to swim to the surface for the first time to view the world above. When she reaches the surface, Melody watches as Prince Dylon is knocked overboard in a storm. She saves the unconscious prince from drowning and lays him on a large rock, where Princess Camilla discovers the Prince and takes him to safety. Desperate to be reunited with Prince Dylon, Melody seeks the help of a fearsome sea witch, who has a potion that will transform Melody’s mermaid tail into human legs. In return, the sea witch demands Melody’s beautiful voice as payment and warns Melody that she will never be able to return to the sea. In addition, if Prince Dylon should marry someone else, Melody’s human body will dissolve into sea foam. Despite the warning, Melody drinks the potion and is discovered on the beach by Prince Dylon, who is instantly smitten with her. But Melody soon learns that Prince Dylon is determined to marry Princess Camilla, who he mistakenly believes saved him from drowning. As the Prince’s wedding day approaches, Melody’s sisters cut off their long hair and give it to the sea witch in exchange for a magic knife, which Melody must use to stab Prince Dylon in the heart in order to save her life. Unable to kill the prince, Melody resigns herself to her fate, but Prince Dylon has another plan in mind.
Anne of Green Gables
Cast: 9 M, 14 F, opt. extras (With doubling: 5 M, 9 F)
Performance Time: Approximately 120 minutes, 94 pgs
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by L.M. Montgomery. Matthew Cuthbert and his sister, Marilla, are getting older and decide to adopt a boy from an orphanage to help out on their farm, Green Gables. But when Matthew arrives at the train station, he is disappointed when he discovers that the orphanage mistakenly sent a girl instead of a boy. However, Anne Shirley, a cheerful young orphan with freckles and red hair, instantly charms Matthew, and he convinces his sister to keep Anne instead of returning her to the orphanage. The precocious, imaginative Anne happily settles into her new life at Green Gables but manages to get into a few misadventures along the way. She dyes her hair green, jumps off the roof in a dare, and mistakenly bakes a cake with liniment instead of vanilla. Anne proves to be one of the smartest pupils at her school and earns a prestigious scholarship to attend college. But when Matthew unexpectedly dies, Anne shows her devotion to Green Gables by giving up her scholarship and staying at home to help Marilla on the farm. Audiences will love this charming, heartfelt classic.
The Tale of the Nutcracker
Cast: 9 M, 12 F, 10 flexible (With Doubling: 8 M, 8 F, 8 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 90-120 mins, 88 pgs.
HOLIDAY CLASSIC. Introduce your audiences to the original story of the Nutcracker with this adaptation, which is based on the novella by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and incorporates elements from the story by Alexandre Dumas and the ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It’s Christmas Eve and Marie’s godfather gives her a nutcracker for Christmas. Marie takes an immediate liking to the nutcracker and is dismayed when her brother Fritz breaks the nutcracker’s jaw. Later that night when the rest of the family has gone to bed, Marie goes to check on the nutcracker and he magically comes to life along with the other dolls in the toy cabinet. Soon the Mouse Queen and her mouse army arrive to exact revenge on the Nutcracker. With the help of toy soldiers, the Nutcracker defeats the Mouse Queen and her army in battle and whisks Marie away to the magical Kingdom of the Dolls, which is guarded by fairies. There, the Nutcracker presents the Mouse Queen’s crown to Princess Pirlipat, hoping to end the curse that has plagued them both. This imaginative, fantastical play is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Cast: 17 M, 13 F, 1 flexible (With doubling: 13 M, 10 F, 1 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 120-150 mins, 100 pgs
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens. Pip, a young orphan, lives with his abusive sister and her husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith. While visiting the graves of his parents, Pip encounters an escaped convict who asks Pip for food and a metal file to saw off his leg iron. Pip obeys, but the convict is soon captured. Years later, Pip is taken to Satis House, where the wealthy, reclusive, eccentric Miss Havisham has arranged for Pip to play with her adopted daughter, the beautiful but haughty Estella. After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, the now elderly Miss Havisham still wears her old wedding dress and keeps all the clocks in her house stopped at the same time. The house has been left as it was on her wedding day and even the old wedding cake is still on the table. When Pip meets Estella, she treats him coldly and contemptuously, but he falls in love with her and dreams of becoming a wealthy gentleman someday so that he may marry her. One day, a London lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, appears and informs Joe Gargery that Pip has “great expectations.” A secret benefactor has given Pip a large fortune and Pip must go to London to begin his education as a gentleman. Overjoyed, Pip assumes Miss Havisham must be his benefactor and that she intends for him to marry Estella. As Pip becomes gentlemen, he deserts his true friends but is humbled in the end when he discovers the true identity of his benefactor.
Cast: 26 M, 20 F, 1 flexible (With Doubling: 18 M, 14 F, 1 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 120 mins, 96 pgs.
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo. Convict Jean Valjean is released from a French prison after serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. No one is willing to give him food or shelter because he is an ex-convict until he meets a bishop who treats him with kindness. Valjean repays this kindness by stealing the bishop’s silverware. When the police arrest Valjean, the bishop claims the silverware was a gift. After Valjean is released, the bishop gives Valjean two silver candlesticks and asks Valjean to use the money from the candlesticks to make an honest man of himself. In the years that follow, Valjean changes his name, becomes a prosperous factory owner and the town’s mayor, struggles to stay a step ahead of a zealous police officer, and raises his adopted daughter Cosette with love and compassion. Easy to stage. A tour de force!
The Phantom of the Opera
Cast: 12 M, 17 F, 1 flexible (Doubling possible)
Performance Time: Approximately 100-120 minutes, 96 pgs.
CLASSIC HORROR. Adapted from the novel by Gaston Leroux. Christine Daaè, an opera singer at the Paris Opera House, attracts the attention of the Phantom of the Opera, who falls madly in love with her. The Phantom is a violent, mad, musical genius who secretly lurks about in the hidden catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. The Phantom, who must hide his disfigured face behind a mask, kidnaps Christine and takes her to his lair in the Opera’s cellars. There, he reveals his true identity to Christine and attempts to force her to marry him by threatening to blow up the opera house, killing all those within including Christine’s true love, Raoul. The suspense never ends in this masterful, spellbinding tale of obsession. A tour de force!
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Cast: 8 M, 18 F, extras (With doubling: 6 M, 12 F)
Performance Time: Approximately 120 minutes, 95 pgs.
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin. With Rebecca’s family barely scraping by after the death of her father, she is sent to live with her two aunts, Miranda and Jane, to help with household chores. Rebecca dearly misses Sunnybrook Farm and her mother and six siblings but tries to make the best of her new home. Miranda and Jane, expecting the arrival of Rebecca’s older, levelheaded sister, are at first taken aback by the lively, imaginative Rebecca. Rebecca finds it difficult to please her stern Aunt Miranda and abide by her rigid rules, but Rebecca quickly forms a close bond with her Aunt Jane, who teaches her how to sew. Determined to guide Rebecca into becoming a proper young lady, Miranda and Jane send Rebecca to school, where she proves to be an excellent student. Over time, Rebecca’s charming, energetic personality wins over her aunts and classmates and even attracts the attention of a wealthy businessman, who takes an interest in her education. Audiences are sure to be charmed by this heartfelt play.
Pride and Prejudice
Cast: 9 M, 17 F (With doubling: 8 M, 13 F)
Performance Time: Approximately 90-120 minutes, 103 pgs
CLASSIC/ROMANTIC COMEDY. Adapted from the 1813 novel by Jane Austen. When Charles Bingley, a wealthy bachelor, moves into a nearby house, Mrs. Bennet is overjoyed because she and her husband have five unmarried daughters who they are eager to see married. Mr. Bingley is taken with Jane Bennet, who is considered to be the most beautiful of the Bennet daughters, and introduces his wealthy friend, Mr. Darcy, to Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Darcy is drawn to Elizabeth’s intelligence and independent nature, but Elizabeth thinks Mr. Darcy is arrogant and spiteful. In the end, Elizabeth must learn to overcome her own pride and prejudice in order to find true love.
Cast: 9 M, 13 F, 3 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 7 M, 10 F, 2 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 100-120 minutes, 89 pgs.
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by Johanna Spyri. After her parents die, Heidi is taken by her aunt to live with her reclusive grandfather in the Swiss Alps. At first, Heidi’s grandfather resents her arrival, but Heidi’s cheerful spirit quickly wins him over. Heidi comes to love her new mountain home and becomes best friends with Peter, a goatherd, and his mother and blind grandmother. But Heidi must leave her grandfather and her life in the Alps behind when her aunt arrives to escort her to the city to work as a wealthy girl’s hired companion. This delightful play will charm audiences of all ages with its timeless, heartfelt characters.
Cast: 8 M, 14 F, 3 flexible (With doubling: 7 M, 13 F)
Performance Time: Approximately 120 mins, 94 pgs.
CLASSIC/ROMANTIC COMEDY. Adapted from Jane Austen’s novel. In this humorous romantic comedy, the wealthy, mischievous Emma Woodhouse has a penchant for meddling in the love lives of others and delights in playing matchmaker. Even though Emma imagines herself to be quite skilled at matchmaking, it turns out she’s horrible at it! When Emma plays matchmaker for a friend, a wildly hilarious tangle of misunderstandings, mix-ups, and mayhem ensues. And in the end, it may be Emma herself staring love in the face without even knowing it!
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Cast: 9 M, 9 F, 23 flexible (With doubling: 7 M, 9 F, 16 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 75-90 minutes, 79 pgs
CLASSIC. Adapted from the book by L. Frank Baum. As a baby, Santa Claus is found orphaned in the Forest of Burzee and is adopted by a wood nymph. When Santa becomes an adult, he goes to live in the Laughing Valley and begins to make toys in his workshop and give them to children in the nearby village. This enrages the Lord of Lerd, who has banned all toys in the village. Santa’s toys have also angered the Awgwas, who are annoyed that the children are so busy playing with toys, they don’t have time to be naughty anymore. The Awgwas, with the help of the Lord of Lerd and Jack Frost, set out to rid the land of Santa Claus once and for all. Young audiences will delight in learning Santa’s real name and what it means, how he became immortal, who built his workshop, why he loves the color red, and why he delivers toys at night.
A Little Princess
Cast: 6 M, 16 F, 1 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 3 M, 14 F, 1 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 90-120 minutes, 96 pgs
CLASSIC. Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Sara Crewe is sent to live at an upscale boarding school run by Miss Minchin, a greedy and domineering head mistress. Sara’s wealthy father, Captain Crewe, leaves instructions that his daughter is to be given a private room with a parlor and a maid. Some of Sara’s fellow classmates are envious of Sara’s fortune and make fun of her by referring to her as “Princess Sara.” On her birthday, Sara receives news that her father has died, all of his fortune has been lost, and that she has been left a pauper. With her school bills unpaid, Miss Minchin makes Sara a servant, making her wear rags and live in the attic. Hungry, cold, and overworked, Sara finds that she is left with only her imagination to comfort herself. However, Sara’s luck changes one day when she looks out her attic window and sees that a new family has moved into the house across the street.