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SOME WORDS WITH A MUMMY by Craig Sodaro
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Upper and Middle Grades; 4 male, 4 female; 1840s; 25 minutes.
Based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe: A professor gets permission to examine a long-lost mummy, only to jolt it back to life and witness as it learns about the modern age.

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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Adapted by Paul T. Nolan
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Upper Grades; 8 male, 2 female, and male/female extras; late 19th-century; 30 minutes. Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic story of a courageous man who fights for the health of his neighbors and community in the face of the potential impact cleaning up pollution will have on the local economy. Great lessons in doing the right thing in the fact of hypocrisy and corruption.
 
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MACBETH Adapted from Shakespeare by Elizabeth Boiko Burdick
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Upper Grades; 4 male, 4 female; 5 male or female; 30 minutes. Storytellers using modern language point the way to a thorough understanding of Shakespeare's original words, in this dramatic adaptation of one of the playwright's most powerful tragedies.
 
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THE GOBLINS AND THE GRAVEDIGGER by Craig Sodaro
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Upper and Middle Grades; 6 male, 8 female, 3 male or female; 19th-century England; 30 minutes. Goblins help to connect the meanest man in town with three loving orphans who desperately need a home, in this heartwarming Christmas tale.
 
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CYRANO DE BERGERAC Adapted by Joellen Bland
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Upper Grades; for round-table reading; 9 male and 1 female; 30 minutes. Edmond Rostand’s moving tale of appearance, intellect, and unrequited love set in 17th century Paris. Who could forget the lovely Roxane?
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THE LOVE POTION, based on the opera L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti, adapted by Jesse Martin
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Upper Grades; 2 female, 5 male, and as many extras as desired as villagers, soldiers, and workers; 30 minutes. An Italian opera set in the mid-1800s complete with competing suitors, class warfare, poor village girls, magical elixirs, and love everywhere you turn.
 
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BEOWULF adapted by Eddie McPherson
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Upper Grades; 13 male or female, plus; 25 minutes. A great introduction for students to Beowulf, the epic tale from 1000 AD with monsters and heroes, good and evil, fame and infamy.
 
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DRACULA by Bram Stoker and adapted by Joellen Bland
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Upper Grades; 6 male, 5 female; 35 minutes. A tension-filled adaptation of Bram Stoker’s thrilling tale set in Transylvania---if you listen carefully you can almost hear the doors creaking and the screams reverberating off the castle walls. A play your students will really sink their teeth into.
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THE BISHOP'S CANDLESTICKS (Les Miserables) by Victor Hugo and adapted by Lewy Olfson
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Upper Grades; 6 male, 2 female; 25 minutes. After nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread, the Bishop's gift of stolen candlesticks allows a poor man to get a new start on life, in this adaptation of a scene from Les Miserables.
 
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THE MILLION POUND BANK NOTE by Mark Twain and adapted by Joellen Bland
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Upper and Middle Grades; 8 male, 1 female; 30 minutes. An impoverished American in 1850s London is handed an envelope with a 30-day loan as part of a wager by two wealthy Londoners. The fascinating tale of how he will use his newfound wealth.
 
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THE MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY by Edward Everett Hale, adapted by Walter Hackett
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Upper and Middle Grades; 25 male and female; 19th century; 25 minutes.
A round-table readers' theatre that tells the heartrending story of Philip Nolan, a man whose punishment for treason is that he may never again set foot in his beloved United States.
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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, by Jane Austen, Adapted by Olive Morley
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Upper and Middle Grades; 8 female, 3 male; 18th-century England; 35 minutes.
An adaptation of Jane Austen's classic story of love and respect, choosing wisely, and keeping your eyes open to the possibilities that life offers.
 
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PELLEAS AND MELISANDE by Claude Debussy and adapted by Jesse J. Martin
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Upper Grades; 4 male, 2 female, 2 male or female; 40 minutes. Two brothers share an intense love for the same melancholy woman in this classic tragedy based on Debussy's opera.
 
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ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare, Adapted for round-table reading by Lewy Olfson
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Upper Grades; 8 male, 2 female, 2 male or female; 30 minutes. The greatest love story—and tragedy—of all time.
 
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THE PICKWICK PAPERS, By Charles Dickens and adapted by Lewy Olfson
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Upper Grades; 11 male, 2 female; male and female extras; 25 minutes.
Lighthearted adaptation of a fun scene in which Pickwick finds himself in quite a pickle after his kind words to his widowed landlady, Mrs. Martha Bardell, are totally misinterpreted to be a proposal of marriage.
 
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THE MYSTERY OF THE STAR OF CALCUTTA by Alex and William Goldsmith
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Upper Grades; 5 male; early 20th-century; 20 minutes.
A clever and fun mystery featuring the brilliant detective and his sidekick Dr. Watson as they try to solve the mystery of the missing Star of Calcutta diamond.
 
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JANE EYRE, adapted by Lewy Olfson
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Upper Grades; 2 female, 2 male; 19th-century England; 30 minutes.
An adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel of romance and suspense, in which a devastating secret threatens to destroy the happiness of the young heroine.
 
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THE BRAZILIAN CAT, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and adapted for round-table reading by Maurine V. Eleder
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Upper Grades; 4 male, 1 female, 2 male or female; 25 minutes. In this tale of terror, a double-dealing relative will do anything to protect his interest in the family fortune.
 
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MR. SCROOGE FINDS CHRISTMAS, from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and adapted by Aileen Fisher
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Upper Grades; 11 male, 4 female, 3 male/female, and extras; 30 minutes.
A heartwarming adaptation of a portion of Dickens' famous story that includes Marley's ghost and the spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Future.
 
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JO'S SACRIFICE, from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, adapted by Cheryl Capshaw
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Upper and Middle Grades; 6 female, 1 male; 20 minutes. A heartwarming holiday tale — of sacrifice, generosity, and giving to others — starring one of this classic novel's most favorite characters.
 
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, by Oscar Wilde, Adapted by Lewy Olfson
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Upper and Middle Grades. 5 male, 4 female; 30 minutes. A 19th-century British comedy that finds two charming ladies anxious to marry, but only if the groom is named Ernest. A dry, witty, and charming tale of the upper class.
 
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LOUISE, by Saki and adapted by Tracy Wells
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Upper and Middle Grades; 19 actors: 8 female, 5 male, and 6 male/female. 30 minutes. An oh-so-fun British comedy about a forgetful aunt who thinks she has left her niece somewhere in London during an outing. While retracing her steps, she runs into all kind of situations, discovering at the end that her niece has been home the whole time. Anyone for tea?
 
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