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NELLIE'S FISHY FATE by G.S. Cadette
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Middle Grades; 4 male, 4 female; turn-of-the-century; 30 minutes.
Egad! Gadzooks! A wonderful fun old-fashioned melodrama. Will two fiends succeed in their plot to swindle wealthy widow Mrs. Vanderhoff out of her fortune, or will it be “Curses, foiled again”?
 
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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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THE FASTEST THIMBLE IN THE WEST by Claire Boiko
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Middle Grades, 15 female and 21 male, 30 minutes (cast may play more than one role). A rollicking, large-cast musical melodrama complete with orphans, an evil lawyer, poetry-loving cowboys, and a long-lost sea captain, all set in the Old West.
 
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POLLY PUREHEART PREVAILS, by Marilee Jackson
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Middle and Lower Grades; 4 male, 4 female, 1 male or female; 20 minutes.
Fun melodrama with Polly Pureheart and Dexter Do-Good, where goodness triumphs and boy gets girl. And of course, for moustache-twirling, evil, rent-collecting landlord Wesley Wicked, it’s curses, foiled again!
 
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SNEAKY SAM IN SUNNY JUNCTION, by Ellen M. Eleder
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Middle and Lower Grades; 3 male, 2 female, 1 male or female adult or gifted reader for Narrator; 20+ male and female. 1880s; 15 minutes. Sure-to-please large-cast melodrama with the usual dashing hero, moustache-twirling villain, and sweet heroine named Sue. . .but this one also has plenty of audience participation, songs and choreography.
 
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THE POLKA DOT THIEF, by Amy Paulson
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Middle Grades; 5 male, 3 female, and 1 male or female; 15 minutes. Police follow a trail of gum wrappers to try to figure out the "whodunit" of a "sticky" crime!
 
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SARAH AT SEA by Lisa Swarbrick
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Middle Grades; 11 female, 6 male, 8 male or female; 40 minutes. Spunky 1830s English girl flees her demanding guardian by impersonating a boy so she can find work on a ship bound for New York — and an uncertain future in a new country.
 
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WAY, WAY OFF BROADWAY by Betty Tracy Huff
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Middle Grades, 5 male, 6 female, 6+ male or female; 30 minutes. A fun melodrama featuring the poor but honest Daisy Cornball, the villainous Count Von Cliché, and the rich society lady Mrs. Smythe-Dashington, in search of wealth and fame on the stage. Be still, my thumping heart!
 
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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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GHOST LIGHT, by Craig Sodaro
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Upper & Middle Grades; 7 female, 2 male; 30 minutes. Unexpected inheritance makes a young couple's dream of owning their own theatre come true. . . but ghostly occurrences may thwart their plans for a successful start.
 
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ROWDY KATE by Claire Boiko
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Middle Grades; 14 male, 6 female; the Old West; 35 minutes.
When the Mayor invites schoolmarms to town to help bring respectability to a small corner of the old West, the good old boys have plenty to say about it. It turns out that if anyone is going to get married around these here parts, Rowdy Kate is goin' to be the first!
 
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THE WILL by Phyllis J. Perry
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Middle and Lower Grades; 5 male, 4 female, 1 male or female narrator; 20 minutes. A fun-filled mystery melodrama complete with hero, evil villain, and audience cue cards: ooh, aahh, cheer, boo. Did a rich uncle really cut family members out of his will, as Slippery Lawyer claims, or is there a dastardly deed afoot that will leave them in the poorhouse? Of course, it's curses! Foiled again!
 
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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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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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