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BE-SWITCHED by Roger Kise
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Middle and Lower Grades; 5 female, 1 male, 2 male or female; 10 minutes.
Fairy-tale subject (Wicked Witch) gets extreme makeover, courtesy of the team of stylists on popular daytime talk show.
 
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A LOAN FOR COLUMBUS by Inez Carvalho
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Middle Grades; 2 male, 2 female; 15th century; 25 minutes. Bold explorer’s meeting with a bank loan officer goes poorly, but ends up in a lunch date with the Queen. And, the rest is history.
 
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A HALLOWEEN SLEEPING BEAUTY by Jane Tesh
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Middle and Lower Grades; 4 male; 4 female; 14 male and/or female; 15 minutes.
A ghoulish twist on the original fairy tale--where it's a curse to be beautiful!
Fairy-tale subject (Wicked Witch) gets extreme makeover, courtesy of the team of stylists on popular daytime talk show.
 
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THE PILGRIM WHO DIDN'T CARE, by JANE MCGOWAN
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Middle and Lower Grades; 4 male, 7 female; 15 minutes.
Feisty young Pilgrim girl realizes that there's a reason to give thanks after all.
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BEYOND SANTA CLAUS by Virginia Miller McDonough
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Upper and Middle Grades; 3 female; 10 minutes; contemporary.
What if you don't celebrate Christmas? This thoughtful play provides a great springboard for classroom discussion about tolerance, accepting and celebrating differences, and respecting all religions, cultures, and points of view.
 
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NEWTON'S DOLLHOUSE by Steve Pricone
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Upper Grades; 7 male, 7 female; 17th-century England; 30 minutes. A young girl and the shy, awkward, and brilliant Isaac Newton develop an unusual friendship, exchange meaningful Christmas presents, and build an extraordinary bond that spans a lifetime.
 
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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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SEASONAL. . .WHETHER by Frank V. Priore
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Middle and Lower Grades; 10 male and/or female; 20 minutes. The month of April feels left out and threatens to go on strike, throwing Father Time and the rest of the months into a tailspin.
 
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THE PRESIDENTS' DAY IN COURT, by Kathy Applebee
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Middle Grades; 7 male, 3 female, and 5 male or female, plus as many extras as desired; 20 minutes. When Patty O’Phurniture’s date with Jim doesn’t meet her expectations, she sues in court for breach of contract, and is confronted by the historical feats of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, and others who are pictured on American coins.
 
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A MAN LIKE LINCOLN by Helen Miller
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Middle Grades; 5 male and 4 female; 25 minutes. A present-day lawyer who is running for Governor as “A Man Like Lincoln” comes to terms with his son’s decision on his future direction, and in the process reaches common ground in the tradition of our 16th President.
 
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A WHOLE LOTTA LATKES by Joyce Christmas
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Middle Grades, 4 male, 5 female; 20 minutes.
Neighbors with different faiths join together to share their holiday traditions.
 
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DAVITA'S HANUKKAH by Renee C. Rebman
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Middle Grades; 4 male; 7 female; 25 minutes. Kids who celebrate Christmas gain a new perspective on holiday customs, thanks to the new Jewish girl in town.
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PERAMBULATING PIE by Mary Thurman Pyle
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Middle Grades; 5 male, 5 female; 25 minutes. Thanksgiving. “Re-gifting” reaches new heights as the perfect pie is passed around town, gladdening hearts along the way.
 
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THE FIRST THANKSGIVING by Robert Mauro
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Middle and Lower Grades; 4 male, 2 female, 1 male/female for turkey; 15 minutes.
With a bit of healthy doubt about the relationship of Native peoples and Puritans, families prepare for a day of feasting that not everyone is happy about—particularly the turkey.
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A KWANZAA STORY by Claire Boiko
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Middle Grades; 10 female, 8 male, 9 male or female; 40 minutes. An appreciation of Kwanzaa comes to a girl who tries to boycott her family's celebration because she's in a snit; mad about something she can't even remember!
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KWANZAA HEROES by Virginia A. Artist
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Middle Grades; 5 female; 4 male; 25 minutes.
Stacey learns about purpose, ethics, and the rewards of hard work when she writes a report about "lesser known" Black achievers for a Kwanzaa contest. Discussion questions at the end include the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
 
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FREEDOM RIDERS, by Tom Quinn
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Upper and Middle Grades; 12 male, 6 female, and male and female extras. 35 minutes. A story of the struggle and heroes of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, with reference to the basics of human dignity: riding a bus, using the restroom, eating in a restaurant, and going to school.
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CHRISTMAS PIE by Rowena Bennett
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Middle and Lower Grades; 2 male, 1 female, 8 male and female extras; 30 minutes. Jack Horner helps the Queen of Hearts learn how to bake a pie, say a rhyme, and bring a smile to the face of the hungry King.
 
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CINDER-RILEY by Claire Boiko
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Middle and Lower Grades; 5 female, 2 male, 3 male and/or female; 20 minutes.
A really clever and fun "Irish" version of the Cinderella story, complete with leprechauns and a lot of audience participation.

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CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY, by William Dean Howells, adapted by Adele Thane
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Middle & Lower Grades; 4 female, 3 male, 3 male or female; 25 minutes. In this charming fantasy, first published in 1892, a little girl discovers that there can indeed be too much of a good thing!
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STEALING CHRISTMAS by Craig Sodaro
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Upper and Middle Grades; 3 male; 3 female; 25 minutes. Petty thieves in the year 1920 rediscover the spirit of the holiday when they encounter a war widow and her young daughter.
 
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THE MISSING LIST by Melinda Williams
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Middle and Lower Grades; 1 male; 1 female; 8 male or female. 20 minutes. Christmas may have to be canceled because one of Santa's elves is tired of working and tired of greedy kids.
 
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MOTHER GOOSE FOR PRESIDENT by Jane Tesh
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Middle Grades; 20 male and female; 15 minutes.
Beloved nursery rhyme character and the Big Bad Wolf square off in a Mother Goose Land election.
 
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CUPID'S WEBSITE by Liz Boiko Burdick
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Middle and Lower Grades; 6 male, 7 female, 8 male or female; 20 minutes.
Will web designer's plans take all the charm out of boy-meets-girl?
 
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THE WITCHES' BREW by Carol D. Wise
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Middle and Lower Grades; 6+ female; 20 minutes.
Evil witches meet their match in good witch Clarice, who grows flowers and wears a sunny smile. Is there room for them all in the Witches' Council?

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WITCH WORD by Holly Simpson
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Middle and Lower Grades; 6 female, 1 male or female, male and female extras; 10 minutes.
The game show that will make all your spooky dreams come true!

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GINGERBREAD MEN by Michael Kerr
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Middle Grades; 5 female; 1 male; 15 minutes.
Trick-or-treaters let their imaginations run wild when they knock on the door of a newcomer to town.
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THE TALKING BURRO by Barbara Winther
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Middle and Lower Grades; 4 male, 4 female, 4 male or female; 25 minutes. Talented animal joins in Mexican Christmas celebration.
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THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELET by Patricia Clapp
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Middle Grades. 5 actors: 3 male, 2 female; 20 minutes. Prelude to Thanksgiving: A Pilgrim family and a Native American connect in friendship, thanks to a young girl’s generosity and spirit of diversity.
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