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Classics for Kids: Four Plays Adapted from the Books of Don Freeman by Wysteria Edwards

Anthology. 40 - 60 minutes. 3-13 females, 3-14 males (6-24 performers possible with considerable gender flexibility).
Elementary school and older.

A praying mantis with a passion for music, a boy in serious need of a haircut, a lion playing dress-up and the iconic teddy bear, Corduroy, are just a few of the characters from the magical and welcoming worlds created by Don Freeman.


Full-Length Plays

Alice in Wonderland (and back again) by Randy Wyatt

Adaptation. 75 - 90 minutes. 4 males, 4 females, 21+ either. (9-60 performers possible).
Suitable for all ages.

Alice chases a White Rabbit down a hole to a world in which she encounters strange creatures and even stranger poetry.


Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum by Greg Romero

Young Audiences. 60 - 65 minutes. 4-8+ females, 2-6+ males (6-14+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

Turtle carries the world on her back as the Red Fox, the Great Blue Heron, and otters Earle and Pearl must survive the wild banks of the Delaware River and each other, weaving together the wampum belt of their lives.


The Hanging of the Greens by Claudia Haas

Young Audiences. 60 - 70 minutes. 3 males, 8 females, 9 either (20 performers total).
Elementary school and older.

If children play instead of hanging up the evergreens for winter protection, they are in danger of being kidnapped by Pinella, the Winter Witch.


The Jungle Book by Callan Stout

Adaptation. 70 - 75 minutes. 7-24 performers possible (gender-flexible).
All ages.

Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, learns the Law of the Jungle as he is kidnapped by lawless monkeys, watches the elephants dance and comes face to face with his arch-enemy, Shere Khan, the tiger who is trying to eat him.


Patagonia by Robert George

Comedy. 80 - 90 minutes. 2-7 males, 1-6 females (6-8 performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

A nine-year-old boy joins a grumpy old man on an adventure that just might change both of them for good.


Queen Zixi of Ix: Or The Story of the Magic Cloak by Jason Tremblay

Dramedy. 60 - 75 minutes. 5-25+ females, 5-25+ males (10-50+ performers possible).
Suitable for all ages.

From the man who brought us The Wizard of Oz, this is the story of two orphaned children, aided by a group of misguided fairies, who unwittingly become rulers the great land of Noland and must battle to save it from the clutches of the evil Roly Rogues and the mysterious Queen Zixi of Ix.


The Snow Queen by Ruth Cantrell

Young Audiences. 60 - 65 minutes. 5-6 males, 6-9 females, 8 either (12-23 performers possible).
All ages.

Facing frozen monsters, freezing weather, and the evil Snow Queen, young Gerda searches the northern tundra to save her brother Kai in this adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story.


Musicals

Brats in Space by Steve Flowers

Musical. 45 - 60 minutes. 7-9 males, 8-15 females, 9+ either (15-35 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

When a fed up principal ships a group of bratty middle school students off into space and they encounter a group of bratty aliens on another planet...what will happen when brats collide?


Hank & Gretchen: A Modern Retelling of Hansel & Gretel; or Because Candy is That Good by Stacy Davidowitz and Mark T Evans

Musical. 60 - 75 minutes. 8-15 males, 8-15 females (23-75+ performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

In a suffering economy running on addictive candy, Hank & Gretchen embark on the greatest adventure of their lives to uncover family secrets, restore health and order, break evil spells, and form great friendships along the way.


It's Raining Tamales! by Kit Goldstein Grant

Musical. 55 - 65 minutes. 3-9+ females, 3-7+ males (6-13+ performers possible).
Suitable for late elementary and older performers, and elementary and family audiences.

Hector finds a bag of money hidden in the woods, but when he brings it home to his wiser wife, Inez, she must devise a clever plan to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.


K.C.@Bat by Zachary Israel Nobile Kampler and Rocco Natale

Musical. 45 - 60 minutes. 1-5+ males, 4-7+ females (11-50+ performers possible).
Suitable for elementary school and older.

The new girl in town whips her down-and-out local baseball team into shape, teaching them teamwork and dedication and leading them all the way to the championship game, where she may learn a thing or two herself...


One Smart Pig by Matt Buchanan

Young Audiences. 45 - 55 minutes. 3-20 males, 5-20 females (8-40+ performers possible).
Elementary school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

A respectful yet hilarious take on a traditional fairy story of three young pigs and their battle with the Bad Wolf, with eleven original songs, all carefully written to work well with young voices.


The Pirates of Penzance by Zachary Israel Nobile Kampler and Rocco Natale

Musical. 80 - 90 minutes. 4-50+ males, 4-50+ females (8-100+ performers possible).
Elementary and older.

Well-mannered, gentle and compassionate pirates woo and marry wealthy heiresses in this refreshing update of the classic nautical-themed musical comedy.


Prince Ugly by Matt Buchanan

Musical. 100 - 110 minutes. 7+ females, 6+ males (15-50+ performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

What is a true friend? A fun, often zany contemporary musical fairy tale about identity and friendship.


One-Act Plays

The Adventures of Little Red Robin Hood by Katherine Dubois

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 7-12 females, 2-7 males (14 performers total).
Suitable for all ages.

In this madcap mash-up of Robin Hood and Little Red Riding Hood, will Grandma lose her cottage to a developer who wants to cut down Sherwood Forest, or can her granddaughter, Robin Hood, save the day?


The Adventures of Rocky & Skye by Kelly DuMar

Comedy. 30 - 35 minutes. 2-16 males, 2-21 females (4-37 performers total).
All ages.

Four characters grow up before our eyes as they journey from elementary to middle school in this fast-paced series of scenes that inspire us to appreciate the extraordinary moments of ordinary life.


Alice in Wonderland by Randy Wyatt

Adaptation. 35 - 45 minutes. 2 males, 2 females, 14+ either. (9-30 performers possible).
Suitable for all ages

Alice chases a White Rabbit down a hole to a world in which she encounters strange creatures and even stranger poetry.


Brave Little Tailor by Randy Wyatt

Comedy. 40 - 60 minutes. 2-20+ males, 2-20+ females (13-30 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

A child, through the magic of his grandmother's attic, is transported into the fable of the Brave Little Tailor and must outwit a host of colorful characters to learn where true bravery comes from.


Charlie the No-Good, Really-Rotten, Cheat-A-Saurus Rex by Tommy Jamerson

Comedy. 35 - 40 minutes. 2-3 females, 2-4 males (4-7 performers possible).
Suitable for middle school and older performers, and elementary and older audiences.

Journey back in time with Charlie Cheat-A-Saurus Rex, a young dinosaur who’d rather spend his time playing Rex Box video games than studying for his SAT’s (Scales and Tails Examination)--but on the day of the big test, an underprepared Charlie is forced to make a tough decision, try the best he can...or cheat! 


The Cinderella Chronicles by Susan M. Steadman

Comedy. 30 - 40 minutes. 1-11+ males, 7-17+ females (8-21+ performers possible).
All ages.

When two girls discover Cinderella’s diary in an old museum trunk, the stage is soon flooded with characters in a strangely different version of the oft-told tale.


Clever Catherine by Rachel Bublitz

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 1-6 females, 1-6 males (5-7 performers possible).
Elementary and older.

The King marries Catherine for her wit, only to discover that she is unable to turn it off--but perhaps crafting the most clever riddle of all will prove just how much she loves him...and he needs her.


Crimes and Rhymes by James Grob

Comedy. 55 - 65 minutes. 5 males, 5 females, 5 either (with some flexibility).
All ages.

Strange things are afoot in Storyland.  Can the world's greatest special agent get to the bottom of this fairy tale mystery?


Dodge by Ed Shockley

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 6-15 males, 5-15 females (11-30 performers possible).
Elementary and middle school.

When a lazy but basically good elf disappears, will her apparent abduction trigger a war between the elves and the gnomes?


Furry Tales by JoŽl Doty

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 8-28 males, 7-27 females (15-35 performers possible).
All ages.

When the animals in Furry Tale Land begin losing their tails because the famous book characters are forgetting the fairy tales, it's up to three brave animals to find a human who still knows the stories, bring her back to their magic land and unscramble the mess before the tales and tails are gone forever!


How the Elephant Got His Trunk by Cary Nothnagel

Comedy. 25 - 35 minutes. 7-18 females, 2-13 males (9-20 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

When a nosey young elephant tangles with the wrong reptile, has he bitten off more than he can chew?


The Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragons by Kemuel DeMoville

Comedy. 20 - 30 minutes. 10-14+ performers, gender-flexible.
Elementary school and older.

With the help of some friendly fish, a leafy sea dragon and a weedy sea dragon learn how to hide from predators and dance in the currents around Australia's Kangaroo Island.


Manuelo, the Playing Mantis by Wysteria Edwards

Young Audiences. 10 - 15 minutes. 6 either (with the potential to use puppets instead of live actors).
Elementary school and older.

After many failed attempts, Manuelo the praying mantis learns to make a cello with the help of his friend the spider in this adaptation of the book by Don Freeman.


Mop Top by Wysteria Edwards

Young Audiences. 10 - 15 minutes. 2-4 males, 1-3 females (3-7 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

An almost-six-year-old with a mass of floppy red hair tries to postpone the inevitable trip to Mr. Barberoli's barber shop in this adaptation of the Don Freeman book.


Nessie and the Terrible Troll by Jean Lorrah and Lois June Wickstrom

Young Audiences. 30 - 40 minutes. Flexible ensemble of 8-25+ performers.
Elementary school and older.

A little boy, a seal, and a mermaid join forces to save Nessie when a troll threatens to drain Loch Ness.


A Pocket for Corduroy by Wysteria Edwards

Young Audiences. 10 - 15 minutes. 1-3 males, 2-4 females (5 total performers).
Elementary school and older.

When a curious stuffed bear is left at the Laundromat, many adventures await him in this adaptation of the Don Freeman book.


Puss N. Boots by Ruth Cantrell

Young Audiences. 50 - 55 minutes. 5-10 males, 8-13 females (14-18 performers total).
Middle school and older performers, middle school and younger audiences.

Puss N. Boots leads a ragtag group of misfits to help Robert, Duke of Wessex, regain his dukedom from an evil Ogre.


Stolen Fire by Cate Mullen

Drama. 25 - 35 minutes. 1 female, 8 either (with the flexibility to add speaking and non-speaking roles).
Suitable for elementary school and older.

Coyote tries to steal fire from the Great Spirit, and havoc ensues.


A Tale from the North Woods by Lynn-Steven Johanson

Fairy Tale. 55 - 65 minutes. 9 males, 7 females, 7+ either (17-40 performers possible)
Elementary school and older.

When a gnome and a troll become friends, they must overcome the prejudice of their families if they are to maintain their friendship.


A Tiny Tern of the Whole Wide World by Kemuel DeMoville

Young Audiences. 20 - 25 minutes. 6-10+ either.
Elementary school and older.

When a little Arctic tern is teased by the other animals for being so small, the tern sets off on the trip of a lifetime to show them that even though you’re little, you can still do big things!


The Wind In The Willows by Diane Grant

Comedy. 50 - 60 minutes. 7-20+ females, 3-20+ males (12-40+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

Mole leaves her underground home and finds adventure and friendship in the world above.


The Wise Peasant Girl by Donna Spector

Fairy Tale. 20 - 30 minutes. 1 male, 1 female, 9-13 either (11-15+ performers possible).
Elementary and middle school.

A wise peasant girl teaches King Alexander how to solve the bizarre problems in his kingdom.

 


Ten-Minute Plays

The Ants and the Grasshopper by Trevor Suthers

Comedy. 5 - 8 minutes. 3 either (originally written for 3 males, but there's no reason why actors of either gender cannot play these roles).
All ages.

An updated version of the classic fable The Ant and the Grasshopper.


Bath Time is Fun Time by Arthur M. Jolly

Comedy. 10 minutes, 4 either.
Elementary school and older.

Four bath toys face an existential crisis in the aftermath of a traumatic bath encounter with a little boy—so traumatic, in fact, that they’ve become afraid of the water.


The Catnapper Mystery by Isabella Russell-Ides

Comedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 2-6 females, 2-6 males (5-8 performers total, including 3 optional walk-on roles).
Elementary school and older.

First a boy and then a cat go missing from Witchy Way, a street that appears normal but is far from it...


Erasing the Brain by Nina Mansfield

Dramedy. 8 - 11 minutes. 1 male, 1 female, plus a female offstage voice.
Upper elementary and older.

A battle between two siblings over a diary and a video game controller gives way to fears about their dad being "erased" from their memories...


How Blue is My Crocodile by Arthur M. Jolly

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 females.
Elementary school and older.

Two young girls wait for their wounded father to return from his tour of duty.


Jamie's First Day by Joanne Greene

Comedy. 10 - 12 minutes. 4 males, 7 females, 10-20 either (11-31 performers possible).
Elementary school and older.

When a bratty twelve-year-old tells her mother three different versions of her first day at school, which one is the truth?


Message to Grandma by Claudia Haas

Dramedy. 10 minutes, 1-3 females, 1-3 males (4 performers total).
Elementary school and older.

A young boy devises a unique way to send a message to his grandma in heaven.
 


One Word Too Many by Joanne Greene

Comedy. 10 minutes, 12-16 either (plus possible extras).
Suitable for elementary and older performers and audience.

Navaeh’s drama class seems to be invading her other classes:  is she dreaming or is this nightmare real?


Piglet by Brian Armstrong

Comedy. 10 - 15 minutes. 3 males, 3 females (with possibility to expand cast with background animals).
Middle school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.

The Bard meets the barnyard in this ten-minute parody of Hamlet—with farm animals.


A Poodle More Beautiful by Stacey Lane

Comedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 2 either.
All ages.

A purebred poodle lands in the pound after running away from a home that isn't up to snuff, but will a meeting with a mutt change the pompous puppy's tune?


The UnderGroundHog Railroad by Jeri Weiss

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female (gender flexible).
Elementary school and older.

Two middle schoolers try to save a baby groundhog before it gets picked up by Animal Control.


Up A Tree by Nathaniel Kressen

Dramedy. 8 - 10 minutes. 1 male, 1 female.
Elementary school and older.

Up a tree in the middle of the night, two children consider pressures from parents, classmates, and unwanted Barbie pajamas, and come up with an exciting new adventure forward.


Featured Play


The Unscary Ghost by Matt Buchanan

Comedy. 40 - 50 minutes. 3+ males, 5+ females, 8+ either (13-30+ performers possible).
Middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.

What do you do when you're a ghost, but nobody is afraid of you?

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