This page lists all the scripts in our catalogue. You may find it easier to use the Play Scripts menu at the top of the page to see the catalogue broken down into categories.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted by Gary Owen
This is the first play adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel from an award-winning playwright who remains close to the original text but significantly updates the humor and fleshes out in spoken dialogue many of the important character passages from the book. This adaptation is not the stuffy stereotype of Victorian England but is unconventionally humorous, gritty and not at all tame in confronting poverty, greed and issues of unfairness in society: themes that will strikingly resonate with modern audiences.
This adaptation and the large size of the cast make it the perfect edition for the thousands of school performances which are held across the country each year during the holiday season. Unique to this adaptation, playwright Gary Own fills in the missing details in Scrooge’s background to explain his miserliness: how he was sent to a workhouse as a boy, starved, beaten and nearly worked to death. The Constable character from the workhouse then haunts Scrooge and appears every time he chooses money over humanity.
This version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, adapted and abridged by director Carl Heap, preserves the core of Shakespeare’s plot, retains the original language, yet is presented very much with the target age group in mind
And Carl Heap’s inspiring introduction will help readers, teachers, and practitioners to imagine, produce, and stage their own version
‘…in the night, imagining some fear, How easy is a bush supposed a bear!’
With all the dark undercurrents of the traditional fairytale, Shakespeare weaves in farce, slapstick, romance and revelry into some of his most lyrical poetry to create what is perhaps his most joyous play
A Midsummer Nights Dream for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett
“Who is William Shakespeare?” For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.
A Christmas musical show featuring an Advent Calendar with characters and objects appearing from the windows, taking the form of a journey towards the light at Bethlehem in an otherwise dark world
The play runs about 45 minutes and can be staged in almost any space using just simple props, or else a formal set with lavish costumes
Casting is also flexible and almost all parts can be play by either male or female
And the option to double-up, redistribute lines, and use additional musicians and dancers, makes it an ideal choice for Primary School, Drama School or Church Christmas production where it can be performed by a class, mixed age cast, or by adults for an audience of children
Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree by Michael Gravois
Aesop’s fables are given a festive spin …
There’s a mash-up of The Twelve Days of Christmas and The Tortoise and the Hare, where the six birds of Christmas compete in a comical race — with the turtle dove winning, of course. And a tiny snow mouse teaches the abominable snowman that little friends may prove great friends. Ebenezer Scrooge realizes that wealth unused might as well not exist. Santa’s elves dream of a life outside the workshop as they sing a “patter poem” about their ideal careers. And even though the eight reindeer panic when Rudolph gets a cold in the nose, they learn that necessity is the mother of invention
These dozen vignettes illuminate important life lessons by re-inventing the classic fables, blending humor, rhythmic elements, rapping, puppetry, poetry, song and storytelling to create a fast-paced, fun-filled show that’s filled with Christmas spirit.
8 to 50 gender-neutral roles
Single set – runs about 60 mins
Alex and the Warrior by Ann Coburn
Alex wants Grandad home from hospital for Christmas, so he makes a foolish wish. In spite of Cat’s warnings, he asks his favourite computer game character to come and help. But when The Warrior steps out of the screen, with a large sword and a lot of attitude, Alex begins to wonder what he’s let himself in for.
The Warrior’s deadly enemies, the Skarg, soon follow, trying to fit in as human beings in a world they don’t really understand. Alex and Cat struggle to keep The Warrior under control as they head through the winter streets to rescue Grandad, defeat the Skarg, conquer Karaoke and explain carol singing, all on one hectic and exciting adventure. Alex and the Warrior is a quest full of magic and danger, music and laughter: Dickens meets The Terminator in this modern fairytale for all the family.
Cast of 5 required
by Judith Viorst & Shelly Markham from Judith Viorst
Alexander has just received some really bad news from his parents … His dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his mom and his dad and his bossy older brothers, Nick and Anthony, are going to have to move to a whole new city.
And even though his mom says, “Wait, you’ll like it,” Alexander already knows that he’ll hate it. He’ll hate it because he’ll never have a best friend like Paul again. And he’ll never have a great sitter like Rachel again. And he’ll never again have his soccer team or his car pool or kids who know him or…
Anyway, he can’t bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won’t move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he’ll hide so that his parents’ll never find him, but that doesn’t work out either.
While Alexander barricades his bedroom door, his mom and dad and even his brothers find some special ways to make it easier for Alexander to leave. They also help him to understand that home is “where your family is, where you’re with the people who love you best of all”.
Finally Alexander agrees to leave, but warns that — Do you hear him? He means it! He’s not not not not not not going to move again!
Commissioned and premiered by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Unit set – runs about an hour
He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV. What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.
In this delightful adaptation of her popular children’s book, with musical score was composed by Shelly Markham, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters.
This new version for stage is so close to the original in intention and feeling that you might suspect that Carroll himself had written it! And yet, it includes many unusual and imaginative staging devices.
A group of performers seeks out Alice in order to provide “her turn” in Wonderland. And, as her adventure unfolds, they play the many characters she encounters and grows to love.
Area staging – cast of 8 to 13 characters
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Simon Reade from Lewis Caroll
When Alice falls down a mysterious rabbit hole she stumbles upon a magical fantasy world where anything can happen …
Take tea with the Mad Hatter, meet the White Rabbit, grin with the Cheshire Cat, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts
But whatever you do …
… don’t lose your head!
Lewis Carroll’s classic characters spring to life in an enchanting show for the whole family, bursting with music, madness and mystery
Simon Reade’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s much-loved fantasy classic is a witty and brilliantly inventive re-working
6 Male, 2 Female
Among Friends and Clutter by Lindsay Price presents a montage of characters who experience the most important relationships in life: friends, family, and love.
Starting with seven classmates, the play explores what they imagine their lives will be, and shows what their lives eventually become. They grow, succeed, and sometimes fail.
Students love this play for its well-rounded characters and its wealth of comic and serious moments.
Audition Speeches for 6 to 16 Year Olds, edited by Jean Marlow
Intended for students and children taking part in speech and drama competitions and exams, this book contains a range of audition speeches. It includes female, male and unisex speeches selected from both plays and children’s books. Where relevant the author has indicated how a speech could be shortened for younger children. There is also an introductory section with contributions from Alan Ayckbourn, Carol Schroder (teacher and examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), Richard Carpenter (TV writer) and Ed Wilson (Director of the National Youth Theatre) and senior casting directors for the RSC, TV and film. This edition has been freshly revised to include 10 new speeches from well known recent productions as well as children’s books including Harry Potter. ‘A superb compilation’ Amateur Stage
Beauty IS a Beast by D.M. Larson
Beauty might be beautiful on the outside, but she’s ugly on the inside. See what happens when her fairy godmother turns her inside out. Check out this “Taming of the Shrew” tale. Children’s Comedy – flexible casted extras.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: a play adapted by Richard George
Roald Dahl’s much-loved story about how Charlie Bucket wins a ticket to visit Willy Wonka’s amazing chocolate factory is turned into a play for children to act. With tips about scenery, props and lighting, the play is easy to stage and there are lots of parts for everyone.
Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children’s writers, died in 1990 but his books continue to be bestsellers.
Richard George was an elementary school teacher in New York when he wrote this stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s bestselling story – and Roald Dahl himself recommended that it should be published.
The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation
The costumes and unit set may be quite simple – it’s the story and relationships that make the show – or they may be as colorful and elaborate as you wish.
All the enchanting characters are here – Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer”
Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give your actors a great opportunity and your audience an evening of enchantment. Unit set.
This exciting, new musical version of Charlotte’s Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White’s beloved classic
With Music & Lyrics by Charles Strouse ( Annie & ‘Bye, ‘Bye Birdie) and Book by award-winning playwright Joseph Robinette your audiences will thrill to such numbers as Eating, Wilbur the Pig’s humorous yet poignant song about growing up; Who Says We Can’t Be Friends, an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn, featuring all the story’s unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and Summer, a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone’s childhood
For children from 7 – 13, here is a treasure chest of excerpts from a rich and exciting variety of sources.
Scenes and monologues come from such plays and films asThe Diary of Anne Frank, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Curse of the Starving Class, The Secret Garden and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
And, most appropriately, from writings by children themselves.
Christmas on Stage – An Anthology of Royalty-Free Christmas Plays for All Ages – editor Theodore O Zapel
You’ll find Royalty-free plays, readings, and monologs for all likes and all ages in this comprehensive anthology, all dramatizing the true meaning of Christmas. They offer both traditional and contemporary settings, drama and humor, new offerings and old favorites, and can be easily staged with a minimum of costumes and props. They may also be presented as live readings, tape recordings or radio-style broadcasts through sound systems.And since no royalty payments are required for performances, this low-cost anthology is a money-saving program resource for anyone with the responsibility of Christmas programming.
There’s enough material for many years of Christmas planning, and it’s conveniently divided into six sections -
- Elementary Grades
- Middle Grades
- Programs for Teens and Adults
- Readers Theatre for Christmas
- Adaptations from Classics and Legends
- Christmas Readings
This Collection of hilarious festive comedy offers a wonderful alternative to the traditional seasonal play. The five short (10-15 minutes) comedy plays humorously comment on holiday themes – family, the nativity, Xmas cards, and elves!
The 5 Plays are …
Going Home - M1,F1
Newlyweds Greg and Cheryl have resolved to spend Christmas together alone in their tiny apartment for the first time
The Christmas Witch - M2,F1
Two dudes find their relationship challenged when an ex-girlfriend with a penchant for breaking hearts and feasting on human flesh shows up on Christmas Eve
Xmas Cards - M1,F1
Every year, prosperous, conservative couple Ned and Nelly fill out their Christmas cards together. Or rather, Ned tries to fill them out and Nelly slowly drives him insane. Why should this year be any different?
Nativity - M2,F2
Two strangers – one dressed as Mary, the other as Joseph for separate upcoming holiday pageants – meet in the waiting room of the Bethlehem, PA Fertility Clinic one Christmas Morning …
The Student - M2
Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival
A two-character holiday comedy about a burnt-out, adult education writing teacher who rediscovers his passion in one of the strangest student-teacher conferences of all time
“Four Stars! Touching and inspiring … a favorite!” ~ Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner
Cinderalla by K I D S I N C O based on the story Cinderella by Brothers Grimm
The classic tale of Cinderella who, aided by a fairy godmother, breaks away from the cruelty of her step-sisters sisters to go to the palace ball where she enchants the prince. All looks lost when she must return home at the stroke of midnight before the price learns her name, but all ends happily when the prince tracks her down using her abandoned shoe. Suitable for younger kids; requires a cast of 7.
Collected Plays for Children by Ted Hughes
This volume contains six plays by Ted Hughes which are particularly suitable for performance by children. Four of them were published originally under the title, The Coming of the Kings and Other Plays. Added to these are Orpheus and The Pig Organ, the former only ever published in America, the latter (which was written as a libretto) never before published.
Hughes enters the timeless world of folklore and fable and brings home a wonderful haul, managing to produce comedy, tragedy and magic from the same net, and then to move effortlessly between them. He makes stories from familiar elements (the Nativity, or Beauty and the Beast or a quest to save a sickening king), but approaches them from unexpected angles and sets them off in different directions. What characterizes the pieces is the energy Hughes generates not only in the unfolding action but in the drama of the language itself, which is as robustly up-to-date as it is lyrical.
Whether it’s for a competition, an audition or for class, these monologues will help get the job done.
Specifically geared for students, this collection contains a wide variety of characters, genres and lengths.
All the monologues come from plays published by Theatrefolk and include approximate timing, character/story background, and performance suggestions.
It offers a total of 40 Monologues – 19 Men, 21 Women
There is also a second volume available, Competition Monologues Book Two.
Coyote Killer a monologue by Matt Buchanan
A young teen’s cat is mauled by a wild coyote. Determined to avenge his pet, the teen sets out on a campaign to kill the coyote. But in order to get close enough to do it, he must essentially befriend the animal, and in the end his revenge sickens him. This emotional and sometimes shocking monologue is a great vehicle for showcasing an actor’s intensity.
Danny the Champion of the World: Plays for Children adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl
Could you be Danny, or his dad, or even red-faced Mr Victor Hazell? Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Now you can join in their daring and devilish plots with these fun-to-perform plays adapted by David Wood.
Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children’s writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after ‘a monumental bash on the head’, sustained as an RAF pilot during the Second World War. Roald Dahl died in 1990.
David Wood works in children’s theatre with huge commitment and enthusiasm. His Dahl productions, such as The Witches, have been successful in the West End and around the country.
This book is the first in a projected series offering a wealth of drama games for people of all ages and abilities. Their aim is to ensure that the drama leader never runs out of fresh ideas. A dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book, packed with 101 lively drama games for use in any classroom or workshop setting. The games are designed to explore a wide range of core drama skills: energy, focus, teamwork, trust, character, storytelling, imagination and improvisation. Each page features clear instructions on How to Play, notes on the Aim of the Game and advice on age range, number of players, timing and skills developed. The games are also ideal for directors in the rehearsal room, searching for new ways to energise and inspire actors.
Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. They try to kill him by any means possible. Outwitted at every turn, the farmer’s ploys backfire.
FANTASTIC MR FOX devises a plan which will ensure full stomachs for not only his family, but all his friends, who celebrate with a sumptuous feast.
This enthralling story by Roald Dahl, adapted for the stage by David Wood, can be performed by a small company of experienced actors supported by a large number of community and child actors
“Another excellent adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic by David Wood . . designed to capture fertile imaginations with its appealing storyline and simple language, no wonder it is a hit” – The Stage
“This is a fantastic show to be enjoyed by kids of all ages” – Coventry Evening Telegraph
by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Full Length, Musical / Characters: 9m, 8f
Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals. “A lively and funny musical–as well as the dancingest one in town…it’s a winner…the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm…the sheer energy of Grease carries all before it.” – N.Y. Daily News
by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Full Length, Musical/ Characters: 9m, 9f
ABRIDGED VERSION FOR SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS
Groups who perform for young audiences or produce musicals with young actors now have an ideal version of GREASE for their needs. Shorter and more suitable in content for teens and subteens, this abridged version retains the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make GREASE a favorite among rock and roll fans of all ages. Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.
Hamlet For Kids adapted by Lois Burdett
Perhaps the best-known of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Hamlet has all the ingredients for a gripping story: revenge and power, familial love and betrayal, dramatic sword fights, dark spooky scenes. Once again Lois Burdett has woven her own brand of magic by transforming Shakespeare’s complex verse into rhyming couplets. She has created a version of Hamlet especially for children, even as young as seven, and one that readers of all ages will enjoy.
At the appropriately named Hamlet Elementary School in Stratford, Ontario, where Burdett has taught for over 20 years, her students have created wonderful drawings of Hamlet to illustrate Burdett’s fluid rhymes. The students’ interpretations are vivid evidence of Burdett’s clever ability to bring Shakespeare’s complex characters and intricate plots to life for young people.
Happy Christmas Tommy – The Christmas Miracle of 1914 – Performance Pack – includes Backing Tracks CD & Full Score - by Anthony James
World War 1, the Western Front, both sides have quickly reached stalemate. Soldiers from Britain and Germany huddle in freezing muddy trenches, while shells and bullets explode around them. But on Christmas Eve 1914, the guns fall silent. For one brief magical moment the spirit and glory of Christmas shined across the battlefields of Flanders and Normandy, touching the hearts of mortal enemies. Dirty, tired, war weary soldiers from both sides climbed from their trenches to enter No-Mans land and to meet each other, to share chocolate, to tell stories, even to play a game of football.
Happy Christmas Tommy is based on that extraordinary Christmas of 1914 – those two days when the reality and futility of war were never so relevant, and the spirit of peace and goodwill never so strong.
Total Characters, Main parts – 4, British troops 4, German troops 4, Girls back home 2, Officers 1, Chaplain. Troops general. (All numbers flexible)
This Performance Pack includes …
An Art Pack - containing instructions as to how to design and construct the scenery, make the costumes and recreate the props
Music Score - score for piano which usually includes guitar chords
Music CD - fully orchestrated Backing Tracks which can be used for performance & rehearsal
Holka Polka by D.M. Larson
Join a good little witch who sets out to save Fairy Tale land with the help of the Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella. This a Fairy Tale Mystery that puts a new twist on some famous fables such as Humpty Dumpty, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wizard of Oz and Hansel and Gretel – 6+ female, 2+ male, 11+ either and optional extras
A foolproof, enormously fun method of teaching your children the classic works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare’s plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poetry, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Jane Austen to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters, language, and themes. In a sense, his works are a kind of Bible for the modern world, bringing us together intellectually and spiritually. Hamlet, Juliet, Macbeth, Ophelia, and a vast array of other singular Shakespearean characters have become the archetypes of our consciousness. To know some Shakespeare provides a head start in life. In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig provides the tools you need to instill an understanding, and a love, of Shakespeare’s works in your children, and to have fun together along the way.
Ken Ludwig devised his methods while teaching his own children, and his approach is friendly and easy to master. Beginning with memorizing short specific passages from Shakespeare’s plays, this method then instills children with cultural references they will utilize for years to come. Ludwig’s approach includes understanding of the time period and implications of Shakespeare’s diction as well as the invaluable lessons behind his words and stories. Colorfully incorporating the history of Shakespearean theater and society, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare guides readers on an informed and adventurous journey through the world in which the Bard wrote.
This book’s simple process allows anyone to impart to children the wisdom of plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. And there’s fun to be had along the way. Shakespeare novices and experts, and readers of all ages, will each find something delightfully irresistible in How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
Roald Dahl’s irreverant Revolting Rhymes have an enduring appeal, and now for the first time, children can enjoy the fun of performing two of them as musicals. In Jack and the beanstalk, Jack and the friendly farm animals defy the Giant’s phenomenal sniffing powers and Jack’s mother’s murderous way with a vacuum cleaner to come out triumphantly rich – and squeaky clean. The Dahl script, the instantly enjoyable new songs, and clever staging ideas are all wrapped up in one accessible and affordable pack – complete with a performance/backing tracks CD and excerpts from the orchestral adaptation by Georg Pelecis.
Join James as he escapes from his horrible aunts and sets off inside the peach on his wonderful adventures. This dramatization of Roald Dahl’s hugely popular book can be staged in school, acted out at home or simply read together by a group of friends. With suggestions for staging, props and lighting.
Roald Dahl died in 1990 but his books continue to be worldwide bestsellers.
Richard George was an American elementary school teacher when he adapted James and the Giant Peach as a school play. Roald Dahl loved it and wrote an introduction.
Kids Musical Theatre Collection Vol 1 - Vocal Collection
This giant two-volume resource will be indispensible for teachers working with children singing solos. There is a large variety of material, from classic Disney songs to Broadway to movie favorites to songs from “Sesame Street.” Each volume has songs for both girls and boys.
Volume 1 includes 29 songs from stage, screen and television musicals, these are by far our largest collections of solos for children.
Contents: Any Dream Will Do (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) * Born to Entertain (Ruthless) * The Candy Man (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) * Castle on a Cloud (Les Miserables) * Consider Yourself (Oliver!) * Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians) * Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat (The Aristocats) * Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins) * Happiness (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown) * I Don’t Need Anything but You (Oliver!) * I Got the Sun in the Morning (Annie Get Your Gun) * I Know Things Now (Into the Woods) * I Whistle a Happy Tune (The King and I) * I’d Do Anything (Oliver) * It’s the Hard-Knock Life (Annie) * Les Poissons (The Little Mermaid) * Let Me Entertain You (Gypsy) * Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Mary Poppins) * Little Lamb (Gypsy) * Maybe (Annie) * My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music) * On the Good Ship Lollipop (Bright Eyes) * Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid) * Reflection (Mulan) * So This Is Love (The Cinderella Waltz) (Cinderella) * Tomorrow (Annie) * We’re All in This Together (High School Musical) * When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio) * The Work Song (Cinderella) .
This version of Macbeth, adapted and abridged by director Carl Heap, preserves the core of Shakespeare’s plot, retains the original language, yet is presented very much with the target age group in mind
And Carl Heap’s inspiring introduction will help readers, teachers, and practitioners to imagine, produce, and stage their own version.
“Who is William Shakespeare?” For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.
Macbeth for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.
From the author: “Most students will be exposed to the works of Shakespeare, typically in high school. The language and content of the plays is seen as too difficult for younger children but primary children are underestimated as to what they can accomplish given the challenge. The study of Shakespeare has become an integral part of my grade two program at Hamlet School, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
When I first moved to Stratford, I had no intention of teaching Shakespeare to 7 and 8 year olds. Stratford is a beautiful city noted for its Shakespearean theatre and I was interested that the schools were all named after Shakespearean characters. I asked my class, “Who is William Shakespeare?” and “Why is our school called Hamlet?” Their answers were surprising. One thought he was a famous boxer. Another believed he was the President of Canada. A third student responded, “I don’t know who William Shakespeare is. I don’t know any of the big kids.” It was the children’s enthusiasm and excitement on making the connection between an historical figure and the name of their school, which led me to continue. Thirty years later I can’t imagine teaching anywhere in the world and not introducing Shakespeare. The study provided tremendous growth, particularly in the area of language and communication and evolved into a learning experience of a lifetime. I have endeavored in my books and workshops for teachers to share the excitement of exploring with children, the timeless emotions and ideas of Shakespeare.”
Making Theatre by Joss Bennathan
An inspiring, practical handbook for anyone working with young people to make devised theatre.
Managing the devising process is often demanding, difficult and challenging. It can lead even highly competent drama teachers to feel disempowered. However, help is at hand. Making Theatre: The Frazzled Drama Teacher’s Guide to Devising provides a framework that will take the stress out of the process, and help teachers to ensure their students realise their full potential.
Bennathan answers the common questions raised by drama teachers, from ‘What’s the best way of grouping my students?’ and ‘How long should the rehearsal process be?’ to ‘How do I enable students to avoid shallow, clichéd work?’ and ‘How do I ensure that boys engage and attain?’ He shows how to build the foundations that underpin devised theatre, and provides ten invaluable structures for devised work, to meet the needs of different students and situations.
The book also includes a range of stand-alone exercises covering key areas such as voice and movement, characterisation, communication, scene transitions, narrative economy and clarity, performance conventions, and the relationship between style, content and form.
Mary Poppins – Vocal Selections by Anthony Drewe & George Stiles & Richard M. Sherman
This offers all the songs from the new family-friendly Broadway musical from Disney and Cameron Mackintosh .
- Anything Can Happen
- Being Mrs Banks (Parts 1 and 2)
- Brimstone & Treacle Part 2
- Brimstone & Treacle Part 1
- Cherry Tree Lane
- Chim Chim Cher-ee
- Feed The Birds
- Jolly Holiday
- Let’s Go Fly A Kite
- A Man Has Dreams
- The Perfect Nanny
- Practically Perfect
- Prologue/Chim Chim Cher-ee
- A Spoonful Of Sugar
- Step In Time
- Temper, TemperThis 152 page book also includes a beautiful 8-page color section of photos from the Broadway production as well as an introduction from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe!
Note: this book contains songs from the show only, NOT a full script
Much Ado About Nothing for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett
“What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?” These famous lines from Shakespeare’s comedyMuch Ado About Nothing delightfully show the verbal sparring between the reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedick who are happily brought together at the end by the schemes of their friends. And, no story is complete without at least one evil character, Don John, who unsuccessfully tries to tear apart the wedding plans of Hero and Claudio, the other lovers in this sparkling tale.
Written in rhyming couplets, Much Ado About Nothing, the eighth book in this successful series, captures all the exciting elements of the original story, and is truly a delightful read for both adult and child.
Lois Burdett has been a teacher at Hamlet Public School in Stratford, Ontario, for over twenty years and her expertise in bringing Shakespeare to life for children as young as seven is reflected in the children’s clever insights and wonderful drawings which complement the play.
Her success has resulted in an ever-increasing demand for workshops as far afield as Europe and Australia where she instructs educators on how they too can familiarize young children with Shakespeare.
From the Foreword by Denzel Washington
“[Lois Burdett's] delightfully entertaining text is complemented by her students’ thoughtful interpretations and charming artwork which make Much Ado About Nothing come alive in a whole new way.”
Oily Cart – All Sorts of Theatre for All Sorts of Kids by Mark Brown
“There are good theatre companies, and there are great theatre companies. There are great theatre companies and there is Oily Cart” ~ Lyn Gardiner – Guardian drama critic
Acclaimed theatre company Oily Cart has for 30 years been making colourful musical interactive theatre for young children and for children and young adults with learning disabilities or on the spectrum of autism
This fascinating book presents a rich and illuminating picture of its three decades of skilled theatre making
It’s an essential source book for …
- theatre practitioners who make, or are seeking to make, theatre for young children or for children and young adults with learning disabilities
- teachers and students who are engaged in Special Educational Needs, early years and nursery work, or drama and theatre
- anyone interested in drama therapy or music therapy
Organised Chaos: A Very Practical Guide to Drama Teaching by Harry Tawse
I know how valuable time is for teachers. I remember well, thumbing through book after book looking for some practical advice on drama teaching; frustrated at having to wade through page after page of theoretical waffle to get to some practical gems. You need some real keys to success. What you need are practical ways to survive on a daily basis; teaching a subject that is, traditionally, vastly undervalued in schools and has challenged and will continue to challenge you to the core as a teacher.
What I share with you in this book is knowledge and information gained from 30+ years of tough teaching experience.
The more I have learned the more convinced I am that there are no easy answers to effective drama teaching but there are clear strategies and approaches that can make life easier and ensure a high measure of success.
Chapter 1. Portrait of a Sucessful/Failed Drama Teacher
A brief outline of my career from it’s early beginnings till now.
Chapter 2. The Teacher/Student Relationship
Some hard lessons I learned on how to establish the right relationship with your students to ensure success.
Chapter 3. The Drama Class is Dynamic and Unpredictable
Some insights into what to expect and how to deal with the dynamics of a drama class.
Chapter 4. The Drama Space
An outline of what are the best spaces and best resources for an effective drama teaching space.
Chapter 5. The Problem with Mandatory Unitised Curriculum?
Some key guidelines on how to organise a drama program and what to expect when you run it.
Chapter 6. A Practical Approach to Drama
My personal approach on how to structure a drama program and why.
Chapter 7. Sell Your Subject
Some keys on how to promote drama as a subject within the school community to students, parents and colleagues.
Chapter 8. Games are Essential not Optional
Insights into the importance and use of games in the drama class.
Chapter 9. Group-Work Keys
Real gems on how to work with diverse groups of students to achieve desired outcomes. What to look for in group dynamics and
some solutions to problems.
Chapter 10. Improvisation – The Foundation of Drama Work
A very thorough outline of how to teach improvisation in the drama classroom and why it is so important.
Chapter 11. Clowning
One of my most successful units of work with young drama students and an excellent foundation for future work.
Chapter 12. Theatre-In-Education Project (TIE)
One of the most popular, productive units of work in my drama program. Excellent for teaching a broad range of performance and
stage craft skills.
Chapter 13. Community Theatre Project
An outstandingly successful and popular unit of work for senior students. This project has enormous value by itself but could also be
the springboard for other Community Theatre projects.
Chapter 14. Characterisation
I have been absolutely ‘blown away’ by the standard of performance and depth of characterisation that students have achieved in this
unit of work.
Chapter 15. Scripted Drama
This unit of work lays great foundations for student understanding of the complexities involved in taking a script, analysing and
interpreting it and finally turning it into a performance.
Chapter 16. Group Devised Performance
This outlines a journey which is not for the faint-hearted but one which has the potential to produce your most memorable moments in theatre performance and your most rewarding achievements as a drama teacher.
Chapter 17. The Big School Production
The keys to mounting a successful large scale school production. Distilled from years of experience working not just in the school
environment but also in professional and amateur theatre.
Chapter 18. Cross-Curricular Units of Work
The outline of several units of work designed to be conducted in collaboration with colleagues in other teaching disciplines.
Appendix: The appendix includes a range of resources to help organise and conduct your drama program.
This is something of a rarity and, as far as we are aware, now only available second-hand.
Based around Michael Bond’s popular Paddington Bear books, this book of seven short play scripts is intended for young children to perform.
The scripts were based on the play The Adventures of Paddington Bear published by Samuel French.
The plays included are:
- The arrival of Paddington
- Paddington paints a picture
- Paddington has a holiday
- Paddington visits the dentist
- Paddington goes to the launderette
- Paddington goes to hospital
- Paddington turns detective.
The book also contains costume notes and the lyrics (but not music) of two songs: I try so hard, and Paddington Bear.
Play Time by Julia Donaldson
From the best-selling and much-loved author of THE GRUFFALO and other classic picture books, eleven fun-to-act short plays for primary-aged children (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) complete with helpful, simple guidance on target age, running time and cast! Ranging from adaptations of traditional tales (eg, the legend of Persephone and Three Billy Goats Gruff) to original and contemporary short plays, Julia Donaldson has produced an entertaining, simple, satisfying play collection.
About the Author
Julia Donaldson MBE is the Children’s Laureate and author of many bestselling books for children, including the acknowledged modern classic THE GRUFFALO, which has won the Smarties Prize and the Blue Peter Award for the Best Book to Read Aloud. Julia has also written many children’s plays and songs, and runs regular storytelling and drama workshops. She lives in Glasgow with her family.
Playscripts for Primary Schools moves beyond the traditional end-of-year or Christmas production to show that working together with variously sized groups of pupils can be a valuable curricular activity. The author’s playscripts can be used for many purposes e.g. to reinforce or introduce history topics, for group writing exercises, to build co-operation and problem-solving skills and a way of opening up discussions on any range of topics. The playscripts can also be customised to suit individual schools and location, and to include opportunity for improvisation.
BL Full accessible notes ideal for students
BL Additional information and reading lists
BL A range of llustrations, both decorative and explanatory
BL A school edition that is both accessible and academically rigorous
BL OSS range also includes Romeo and Juliet Reading Guide and OxBox to support study of the text
BL Provide essential background material for students
BL A reusable booklet with magazine-style feel to engage students
BL A useful ‘way in’ to various aspects of the play
BL A flexible resource that can be used throughout the study of the play
Romeo and Juliet for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett
“Who is William Shakespeare?” For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.
Romeo and Juliet for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.
Shakespeare with Children: Six Scripts For Young Players by Elizabeth Weinstein
Does your class or children’s group need a jump start in producing thrilling, engrossing, lively theater?
Joy, greed, love, fear, and gluttony are just a few of the elements woven into Shakespeare’s plays; these timeless topics provide endless fascination for children of any age.
In Shakespeare with Children: Six Scripts for Young Players, Elizabeth Weinstein retains the beauty of Shakespeare s original language and the sheer fun of acting onstage, while substantially shortening and adapting six plays for children ages eight to thirteen.
These forty-minute scripts come with an arsenal of practical suggestions for simple productions. Teachers (and parents) will find ideas for easy back-of-the-closet costume pieces, as well as for sets, props, and music. Historical and literary background is also provided.
Why Perform Classroom Plays?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
King Henry IV, Part I
Romeo and Juliet
Appendix A. About Shakespeare
Appendix B. Bibliography
Appendix C. Sample Letter Home
Weinstein has created an amazing resource for teachers who want to introduce their own students to the richness and wonder of the Bard. Her beautifully adapted texts are especially well served by the wonderfully useful suggestions for staging and music. Hurray for Shakespeare with Children! –Bruce Coville, Author of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (and other Shakespeare picture books), My Teacher Is an Alien, Song of the Wanderer, and many other books for children.
As a fifth-grade teacher, I am thrilled that I can use this wonderful resource to introduce my students to the beautiful language, marvelous characters, intriguing plots, and fascinating history in Shakespeare’s plays. The adaptations in this well-chosen collection lend themselves beautifully to cross-curricular connections among social studies, reading, language arts, music, and art. It is hard to imagine a better way to hook young students on Shakespeare than by having them read and act in these delightful versions of the Bard’s work. –Elizabeth Ester, North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Illinois
Ms. Weinstein’s book is a must for every creative elementary classroom. She gives you all the tools you need to build a beautiful production of six different Shakespearean classics including comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest), tragedy (Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet), and history (King Henry IV, Part I). The book provides a detailed blueprint that includes a synopsis and ideas for music, props, backdrops, and costumes, as well as a hard-to-find pronunciation key for each character. A great gift for teachers that will benefit their students forever. –Ronald Bell, Artistic Director, Syracuse
The BFG: a set of plays by David Wood, adapted from Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl fans will rejoice at the opportunity to bring their favorite books and characters to life. Five of Dahl’s hugely popular, beloved books have been adapted into winning plays for children.
With useful tips on staging, props, and costumes, these plays can be produced with a minimum amount of resources and experience.
Teachers, parents, and children everywhere will recognize Quentin Blake’s appealing classic cover art and will find these easy-to-perform plays to be a great source of entertainment!
The Christmas Cracker
Mother writes a letter to Santa, asking him to help her children find the spirit of Christmas.Santa sends his Sprite, who travels in an enormous Christmas cracker, and who gives the children five crackers to pull. Each cracker contains a different scene showing people giving at Christmas, and the play ends in the stable where, surrounded by the traditional Nativity characters.
Cast : 38 ( mostly variable m/f ) + shepherds, angels etc
Suggested Age Range : 5 to 8 – runs about 45 minutes
Music : Various Christmas songs throughout
Set : Home; Santa’s workshop; in the sky; the soup kitchen; Bethlehem (One Christmas-style backdrop would suffice)
Who Is Welcome?
This is the story of a group of aliens who, whilst following the Christmas star, crash-land on Earth. Here they meet a variety of characters, pirates, animals, kings and shepherds all travelling to Bethlehem to see the new-born king. Worried that they are either too dirty, strange or wicked, they are relieved to find that all are welcome in the stable.
Cast : 36 ( mostly variable m/f ) + shepherds, angels etc
Suggested Age Range : 5 to 8 – runs about 45 – 50 minutes
Music : Various Christmas songs throughout; a suggested list is provided
Set : In a spaceship; in the woods; the stable, or can be played with a backdrop of woods throughout
The City Mouse and the Country Mouse from K I D S I N C O based on the classic tale by Aesop
The classic tale of two cousins, who live very different lives. They both explore life in the country and the city and each learns that things are not always as they first seem.
Cast of 3 required
Darker than the Disney classic, this is a Jungle Book red in tooth and claw. Packed with great songs and a snappy script, this show knows exactly what the kids want. The story begins with a little boy lost in the jungle. The evil Shere Khan, the tiger, stalks him but before he can kill him, Akela the wolf, and king of the jungle, protects the young boy and takes him in as his own. We follow Mowgli, the boy, as he grows in the wild, learning from his wise teachers, Balu and Bagheera, playing with the monkeys and trying to hide from Shere Khan. As Mowgli grows, he begins to wonder of his life with the men and following a large argument returns to his village where he is faced with yet more alienation and struggle. This is a heart-warming story,that shows the importance of friendship and trust within diversity.
Acting edition from Samuel French
Here are Milo’s adventures in the Land of Wisdom where he’s forced to think about many new things. Milo learns of the argument between King Azaz and his brother, the Mathemagician whose disagreement over words and numbers has led to the banishment of Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. Milo is dispatched to rescue the Princesses from the Land of Ignorance. The knowledge and skills Milo picks up on his journey help him to save the Princesses. When he must return home, Milo’s sorry to leave his friends– but enriched by his experience, he realizes his attitude towards learning will never be the same.
You don’t need a real train to stage this version of the much loved classic – though that’s what they had at Waterloo Station for a smash-hit production. The most powerful prop is the imagination of the audience, the most effective tool, the skill of the actors. This version of The Railway Children is eminently suitable for schools, youth theatres and drama groups – anywhere, in fact, where the cry of ‘Daddy! My Daddy!’ is likely to provoke a tear.
The Tempest for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett
The Tempest is an exciting tale of jealousy and betrayal, magic and romance, repentance and forgiveness, and has all the elements necessary to ignite a young child’s imagination and creative energy. By her use of rhyming couplets, Lois Burdett has once again succeeded in transforming Shakespeare’s complex verse into a format readily understood by children.
Children’s enthusiasm toward Burdett’s adapted Shakespeare is evident in the wonderful drawings and anecdotes created by her Grade 2 and 3 students at Hamlet Elementary School in Stratford, Ontario. Together with the five other books in the successful and beautifully produced Shakespeare Can Be Fun! series, The Tempest will delight teachers, parents and children.
The Twits Plays for Children by Roald Dahl
David Wood has created six short plays to read and perform. With notes on simple staging, props and costumes, the plays can be produced with the minimum of experience and resources.
The Twits is one of his many successful and highly entertaining books. The Twits are a couple that nobody would like to know. They are hairy, dirty, smelly and generally unpleasant. Roald Dahl’s characters are possibly the most horrid people you will ever read about. Mr and Mrs Twit spend their days inventing new ways to be be nasty to each other. Each time Mrs Twit does something bad to Mr Twit, he just invents something worse to do to her. The Twits are not only unpleasant towards each other but they also hate animals. It is because of the Twits’ attitude towards animals that we see their really awful side: Mr Twit keeps a family of monkeys that have to spend their days upside down and Mrs Twit likes to make pies with freshly caught birds.
Dahl’s story, as is characteristic with all his books, has a happy ending. Only how will the animals beat the Twits?
Keeping faith with the original story, the musical contains 10 catchy and lyrical tunes of differing styles. The story is set in a narrative style with cameo scenes acted out. There are 14 main characters, plus many smaller parts and a chorus.
Runs about an hour and is suitable for Junior Schools (8-12)
This delightful stage adaptation combines all the joy and mystery of Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic with the lightness of touch and playful theatricality that award-winning playwright Mike Kenny is known for.
Tired of spring-cleaning, Mole leaves Mole End and ventures out to the riverbank, where he befriends the resourceful Ratty, the gruff Badger and the infamous Toad of Toad Hall (Poop-poop!). Together they explore the Wide World, and the Wild Wood, and try to keep Toad out of trouble…!
With ample opportunities for creativity on stage and wonderful character parts for actors, it is ideal for schools and youth theatres, or any drama groups looking for a fresh new version of an old favourite.
Mike Kenny is one of Britain’s leading children’s playwrights, and was included in theIndependent on Sunday‘s list of Top Ten Living UK Playwrights. His adaptation of E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children won an Oliver award for Best Entertainment and has toured worldwide.
The Witches: A Set of Plays adapted by David Wood from Roald Dahl
Meet a hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable!
Roald Dahl fans will rejoice at the opportunity to bring their favorite books and characters to life. Five of Dahl’s hugely popular, beloved books have been adapted into winning plays for children. With useful tips on staging, props, and costumes, these plays can be produced with a minimum amount of resources and experience. Teachers, parents, and children everywhere will recognize Quentin Blake’s appealing classic cover art and will find these easy-to-perform plays to be a great source of entertainment!
This play is an adaptation of Philippa Pearce’s 1950s classic novel of a boy’s nightly voyage to a Victorian past. Quarantined in his Aunt’s and Uncle’s stuffy flat because his brother has measles, Tom is restless and bored.
Intrigued by a Grandfather clock, religiously wound by the elderly owner of the house, Mrs. Bartholomew, Tom is startled one night to hear the clock strike thirteen! Slipping out of bed he goes to what in his time is a concrete backyard, only to discover a beautiful Victorian garden of the 1880s.
He meets the unhappy orphan, Hatty, who initially is the only person who can see him, and he visits her each night at the same hour, writing enthusiastically to his brother, Peter, about his adventures. But although Tom stays the same exuberant 10-year-old, Hatty grows into a young woman during these visits. Before the story can reach its outcome, Tom has to return to his parents, but the truth is revealed in a touching denouement.
The play was first presented by Unicorn Theatre at the Pleasance Theatre, London in 2000. The following year, the production toured the UK and played at the New Victory Theatre, New York, USA.
The Unicorn production won The Equity Award for Best Show for Children and Young People in the 2001 Theatre Management Association Awards.
Read a review of the 2010 touring production here.
Twelfth Night for Kids adapted by Lois Burdett
Twelfth Night for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.
Winner Tony Award 2011 – Best Play
At the outbreak of the First World War, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, fate takes Joey on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find and bring him home.
Nick Stafford’s stage adaptation of the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-5) Michael Morpurgo leads us on a gripping journey through history.
The Oxford Playscripts series offers exciting and skilful adaptations of a range of modern novels and includes:
- New, innovative activities specifically tailored for Key Stage 3 – 11-14 year old students
- Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing
- Insights into the plays themselves by their popular authors and adapters
- Advice on staging