And A Partridge In A Pear Tree
Cast: 24-30+ flexible (Doubling possible)
Performance Time: Approximately 60 minutes
A guy with an invisible drum, a medieval restaurant host who won’t break character, a milkmaid who just wants to get rid of some cheese, and a dancing snowflake in the world’s ugliest costume. These are just some of the characters you’ll find in “And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.” This 60-minute holiday play weaves together 12 five-minute scenes based on the well-known verses of the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” With a basic set and hugely flexible cast from adults to children, this play uses humor and heart to remind us about the gifts we give and receive… and not just the ones you can buy in a store. Two endings are provided, one secular and one religious.
A Christmas Carol
Performance Time: Approximately 45 minutes
Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey toward kindness and redemption is faithfully told in this one act adaptation. As Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future he learns the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of showing love toward all mankind. All of the crucial characters from this beloved Christmas story are present as are the memorable scenes that have delighted readers and audiences for ages. This large cast play is easy for any school or community group to produce.
Out of Darkness
Cast: 4 M, 10 F, 8 flexible, opt. extras (With doubling: 4 M, 10 F, 1 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 45-60 minute
Adapted from the autobiography, Helen Keller, the Story of My Life. At just 19 months old, Helen Keller was stricken with an illness that left her blind, deaf, and mute. Her struggle to overcome her handicaps with the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, is recounted in this heartfelt adaptation. Keller’s extraordinary educational advances under the tutelage of Sullivan are highlighted, including the monumental moment when Keller learns how to spell “doll” on Sullivan’s hand and at the Kellers’ water pump when Helen understands the word “water” to mean the cold liquid flowing over her hand. Audiences of all ages will love the story of Helen Keller, who overcame immense hurdles to become an activist and author.
One Stoplight Town
Cast: 1 M, 2 F, 13 flexible (Doubling possible)
Performance Time: Approximately 45 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.
Peter Pan and Wendy
Cast: 12 M, 9 F, 3 flexible (With doubling: 11 M, 6 F, 3 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 45 minutes,
Newly revised to be more culturally conscious, this adaptation of the 1911 novel by J.M. Barrie faithfully tells the story of Peter Pan while removing any racial stereotypes. 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 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 fanciful, timeless story.
A Recipe For Disaster
Cast: 2 M, 7 F, 11 flexible (With doubling: 2 M, 6 F, 9 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 29 pgs
CHILDREN’S COMEDY. When Jana enters her basement science lab, she becomes “Dr. Noodles, scientist extraordinaire”! But just as Dr. Noodles is on the verge of a scientific breakthrough, her siblings―Maddie, Carter, and Ellie―accidentally spill a purple liquid in the lab, transforming Dr. Noodles into a hungry monster. But that’s not all! The potion also turns a cheese sandwich, a rubber chicken, a baby doll, a worm, a container of slime, and a Bigfoot statue into walking, talking creatures! As Maddie, Carter, and Ellie race to find an antidote to return everything back to normal before Mom gets home, a nosy neighbor and two detectives arrive to investigate the ruckus. Monstrously mindboggling, this children’s comedy is perfect for elementary students and is easy to stage.
Cast: 6 M, 9 F, 5 flexible
Performance Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 27 pgs.
CHILDREN’S COMEDY. Mother Goose throws a birthday party for the Big Bad Wolf and all the big names in the fairytale world show up: Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Snow White and three dwarves, Rapunzel, the Three Pigs, a witch, and even a frog prince. When Aladdin arrives with his genie, he gives the Big Bad Wolf three wishes for his birthday, and the Big Bad Wolf wishes that all the partygoers get to make one wish. Even though Mother Goose warns everyone to be careful what they wish for, no one heeds her advice and the party soon becomes a party to remember for its craziness, chaos, and calamities!
The Importance of Being Earnest
Cast: 4 M, 4 F, 3 flexible (With doubling: 4 M, 4 F, 2 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 60 minutes, 55 pgs
CLASSIC. This 60-minute adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s uproarious play is easy to stage and perfect for young actors. Jack has fallen in love with Gwendolen, the cousin of his best friend, Algernon. Meanwhile, Algernon has plans to woo Cecily, Jack’s young ward. The only problem is that both women will only love a man named “Ernest.” To win Cecily’s hand in marriage, Algernon poses as Jack’s brother, Ernest. But when Algernon arrives at Jack’s estate, he discovers to his dismay that Ernest has recently “died.” In the meantime, Jack has made plans to be christened with the name “Ernest” at 5:30 p.m. not knowing Algernon has also made arrangements to be christened “Ernest” the same day. In the end, Algernon and Jack realize the importance of being earnest!
The Gift of the Magi
The Super Duper Dupe
Cast: 20 flexible
Performance Time: Approximately 30 minutes, 26 pgs
CHILDREN’S COMEDY. Miss Sticky’s Super Duper Bad Guy Locator leads her to an abandoned warehouse where she sees a banner that reads, “B.A.D. is G.R.E.A.T!” Realizing it could be the hideout of the League of Dastardly Villains and All-Around Bad Guys, she calls the other superheroes in the Good Guys Gang to help her apprehend these scheming villains. Wanting to avoid a sticky situation, the superheroes hide in the warehouse so they can find out what the villains are up to. But it turns out “B.A.D. is G.R.E.A.T!” is an acronym for “Board Game Assembly Day is Good Recreation and Enjoyment for All Troublemakers.” You see, these game-playing villains just really love to play games…board games, that is.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Cast: 8 M, 8 F, 18 flexible (With doubling: 6 M, 8 F, 16 flexible)
Performance Time: Approximately 45-60 minutes, 54 pgs.
HOLIDAY 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.
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