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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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DEAR JOURNAL by Judy Culp
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Upper grades; few to many actors; 10 minutes to 1 hour.
An exciting collection of monologues, dialogues, and one-liners that can be used as a flexible drama workshop piece, introducing “journaling” to a class or a whole school. Author Judy Culp writes, “This piece is highly adaptable: It may be used as is; users may pick certain selections for presentations; or certain selections maybe combined with new original pieces written by students on timely issues.”
 
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THE SHOP GIRL'S REVENGE by Robert Downing
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Upper and Middle grades; 4 female; 3 female; 1890s; 25 minutes.
A turn-of-the-century melodrama, complete with maiden-in-distress, moustache-twirling villain, and hero in disguise. . .all swirling around a pile of missing money and a long-lost daughter. And of course, it's curses, foiled again!
 
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THE CASE OF THE FRUSTRATED CORPSE by Ruth Wallace
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Upper and Middle Grades; 2 male; 2 female; 30 minutes.
A fun skit in which the dead man gets no respect and a detective, fearing he won't find any, brings clues with him!
 
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AMAZING GRACE by Christina Hamlett
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Upper Grades; 3 female; 1 male; 20 minutes. A quirky, fun romance: Karen's grandmother was always trying to fix her up with a nice young guy, and it seems as if Grandma Gracie's still at it—even at her own funeral!
 
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GENUS DE MILO by Christina Hamlett
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Upper Grades; 2 male, 2 female; contemporary Gothic; 25 minutes. Blood relatives join young couple and future mother-in-law for a late-night bite.
 
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THE SILVER-TONGUED SLICKER OF SASSAFRAS FLAT by Christina Hamlett
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Upper Grades; 4 female; 2 male; Old West; 25 minutes.
A slippery con man works to take advantage of new widows in this fun and clever tale of the set-up, the con, and--to the delight of the bereaved--capture. Curses! Foiled again!
 
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ONCE UPON A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS by Kate Falconer
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Upper Grades; 3 male, 2 female, 1 male or female; 1870s; 25 minutes.
Join a merry holiday gathering at the Perry Mansion in Southern California, where water rights, the immigration "problem," and other concerns of the day are being discussed. As for the predictions that were foretold by the I Ching and the visiting Archduke, see if you recognize how many of them actually came true!
 
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SHOP TILL YOU DROP! by Donna Hall
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Upper Grades; 10 female; 3 male; 1 male or female, and extras; 3 scenes, 15 minutes each.
High school students take center stage in this three-pack of plays about thinking of others at holiday time; creative gift-giving from the heart; and innovative sales techniques when jobs are one the line. Perform one, two, or three scenes, as time permits.
 
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VOICE AND COUNTERVOICE: THE BLIND DATE by Judine Brey
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Upper Grades; 4 female, 2 male; 15 minutes. Ever wonder what your date is really thinking? An innovative and amusing play about a blind date that bounces back and forth between what's said and what's thought.
 
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DESPERATELY SEEKING PRINCESS by Christina Hamlett
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Upper Grades; 2 female, 2 male; 25 minutes. Will a real European prince find true love through an ad he placed while on a trip to New York? A bittersweet courtship in the age of business travel, speed dating, and cell phones.
 
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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 SHADY LADY OF GOPHER JUNCTION by Celia Crispin
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Upper Grades; 1 female, 7 male; Old West; 30 minutes. Innocent stranger Miss Purity Goodside meets up with Sheriff Joe Wallace and Deputy Sagalong Donovan in this fun tale, as mysterious double agent foils dastardly desperados.
 
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SECRET ADMIRERS by Frances Dowell
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Upper Grades; 3 female, 3 male, as many extras as desired; 25 minutes.

Platonic? Hardly! Will offbeat hero of a band triumph over cute basketball star? A play of crushes, stereotypes, and young love.
 
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THE GOLD MINE AT JEREMIAH FLATS by Robert A. Anderson
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Upper & Middle Grades, 3 female, 3 male, 1 male or female; 30 minutes. A fun melodrama, featuring a dastardly villain, a daughter and her mother in total distress, a kind hero, and a promising gold mine. Curses, foiled again!
 
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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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THE SHIP AROUND THE CORNER by Christina Hamlett
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Upper and Middle Grades; 5 female, 4 male; male and female extras; 30 minutes. Love is in the air in this fun tale of romance and mystery on a cruise ship.
 
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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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RICHARD GRAWN IS GONE by Georgia Tuxbury
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Upper and Middle Grades; 5 male, 2 female; 20 minutes.
Message to the bride-to-be from her groom's kidnappers: "When we get the money, you get your honey!"
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