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HEART OF A STRANGER by Christina Hamlett HEART OF A STRANGER by Christina Hamlett

Upper Grades; 4 female, 5 male or female; contemporary; December holidays; 25 minutes.
A chance meeting in a Boston coffee shop gives a young woman mourning the loss of her beloved sister a new outlook on the world. A heartwarming, sensitive holiday drama about friendship and “the gift of life” (organ donation).

 
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THE WALLS HAVE EARS by Sam Reisman THE WALLS HAVE EARS by Sam Reisman

Upper Grades; 2 male, 4 male or female offstage voices; 10 minutes.
Winner of 2005 PLAYS/California Student Playwriting Contest (High School) and coming in the wake of the Columbine shootings, this play focuses on a high schooler’s inappropriate joke at a school assembly and the ensuing dramatic heart-to-heart conversation with the guidance counselor.

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TALK TO ME! by Daniella Hicks and Estefania Morales TALK TO ME! by Daniella Hicks and Estefania Morales

Middle Grades; 2 female; contemporary; 10 minutes.
Winner of the 2005 PLAYS/California Student Playwriting Contest (Middle Schools): A heartfelt conversation between two sisters—one in high school, one in middle school—about their relationship.

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DEAR JOURNAL by Judy Culp DEAR JOURNAL by Judy Culp

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 STOCKBROKER AND THE FAIRY GODMOTHER by Glenda Leznoff THE STOCKBROKER AND THE FAIRY GODMOTHER by Glenda Leznoff

Middle grades; 1 male; 1 female; 15 minutes.
Thoroughly modern fairy godmother helps a hardworking father realize the importance of spending time with his daughter.

 
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ROMEO ON THE INTERNET by Juliet Garver ROMEO ON THE INTERNET by Juliet Garver

Upper Grades; 3 male, 3 male, 1 male or female; 25 minutes.
Cindy's email "friend" turns out to be very different in person (no surprise there!). Is there any way this couple can sustain their virtual connection in real life? A great springboard for a discussion about sharing your thoughts and feelings with strangers; truthfulness; and the role of computers in our lives.

 
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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Adapted by Paul T. Nolan AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Adapted by Paul T. Nolan

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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AMAZING GRACE by Christina Hamlett AMAZING GRACE by Christina Hamlett

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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BEYOND SANTA CLAUS by Virginia Miller McDonough BEYOND SANTA CLAUS by Virginia Miller McDonough

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 NEWTON'S DOLLHOUSE by Steve Pricone

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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GENUS DE MILO by Christina Hamlett GENUS DE MILO by Christina Hamlett

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 SCHOOL FOR PRINCESSES, by Irina Kuznekov THE SCHOOL FOR PRINCESSES, by Irina Kuznekov

Middle grades; 5 female; once upon a time; 25 minutes.
A new student at an exclusive medieval boarding school for daughters of kings and queens learns important lessons about about being at peace with yourself and respecting differences in others.

 
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MACBETH Adapted from Shakespeare by Elizabeth Boiko Burdick MACBETH Adapted from Shakespeare by Elizabeth Boiko Burdick

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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TWO DESERT TALES: THE MISSING CAMEL AND SENOR COYOTE AND MAMA RABBIT by Barbara Winther TWO DESERT TALES: THE MISSING CAMEL AND SENOR COYOTE AND MAMA RABBIT by Barbara Winther

Middle and Lower Grades; Missing Camel: 2 male, 1 female, and at least 5 male or female. 10 minutes. Senor Coyote and Mama Rabbit: 1 male, 1 female, and at least 5 male or female, 10 minutes. Thoughtful and interesting African and Mexican folktales set in the desert where humans and animals use their wit and wile to survive in harsh conditions.

 
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MRS. JAYE by Eric Alter MRS. JAYE by Eric Alter

Upper Grades; 1 male and 1 female; 25 minutes. The poignant story of a man’s visit to his favorite teacher in the twilight of her life, set in a nursing home with flashbacks to the incredible impact she had on his life.

 
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CYRANO DE BERGERAC Adapted by Joellen Bland CYRANO DE BERGERAC Adapted by Joellen Bland

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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FIRE AND FRIENDSHIP by Renee C. Rebman FIRE AND FRIENDSHIP by Renee C. Rebman

Middle Grades; 7 female, 3 male, and as many extras as desired; 20 minutes. Set in 1911 New York City. The true story of the tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that killed 146 garment workers—most of them young women—and sparked the creation of laws to improve working conditions around the country.

 
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THE LOVE POTION, based on the opera L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti, adapted by Jesse Martin THE LOVE POTION, based on the opera L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti, adapted by Jesse Martin

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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QUEEN OF THE PLAYGROUND, by Eric Alter QUEEN OF THE PLAYGROUND, by Eric Alter

Middle Grades; 2 female; 15 minutes. An explanation of Tourette’s Syndrome and the problems of understanding differences as told through the conversation of the new girl at school and the popular “Queen of the Playground.”

 
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A MAN LIKE LINCOLN by Helen Miller A MAN LIKE LINCOLN by Helen Miller

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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THE BAKER'S NEIGHBOR Adapted by Adele Thane THE BAKER'S NEIGHBOR Adapted by Adele Thane

Middle and Lower Grades; 4 male, 6 female, male and female extras; 15 minutes. Peruvian folktale in which a greedy baker tries to charge villagers for smelling the good smells of his bakery and a wise judge determines what a fair price should be.

 
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A WHOLE LOTTA LATKES by Joyce Christmas A WHOLE LOTTA LATKES by Joyce Christmas

Middle Grades, 4 male, 5 female; 20 minutes.
Neighbors with different faiths join together to share their holiday traditions.
 
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PERAMBULATING PIE by Mary Thurman Pyle PERAMBULATING PIE by Mary Thurman Pyle

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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OCTAVE by Kevin Stone OCTAVE by Kevin Stone

Lower Grades; 7 male or female; adults for narrator and piano player; 10 minutes.
Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do! Here's a fun, easy way to teach children about the notes in a scale, major and minor chords, and the value of working together.

 
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VIKKI'S VALENTINE BOX by Sharon Brady VIKKI'S VALENTINE BOX by Sharon Brady

Lower Grades; 4 female, 4 male; 10 minutes. It's never easy being the new girl in class, and especially on Valentine's Day. Will anyone put a Valentine in Vikki's box?

 
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LETTER FROM A STRANGER by Leslie Wolfson LETTER FROM A STRANGER by Leslie Wolfson

Upper Grades; 3 female, 1 male; 35 minutes. A sophisticated play about a high school girl, in the midst of college applications, who gets a letter from her birth mother asking if they can meet -- 18 years after she was given up for adoption.

 
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A KWANZAA STORY by Claire Boiko A KWANZAA STORY by Claire Boiko

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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THE TAX-FREE GIFT by Bonnie Davidson THE TAX-FREE GIFT by Bonnie Davidson

Upper Grades; 5 female, 1 male; contemporary; 20 minutes.
Twenty-something friends trying to make it in the city find a bag of money that would surely come in handy to pay the rent and save the day. . .if only it was theirs. Staged almost entirely in an elevator, the question is, of course, should they keep the money for themselves or return it to the rightful owner?

 
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SLEEPOVER by Elizabeth Boiko Burdick A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SLEEPOVER by Elizabeth Boiko Burdick

Middle Grades; 3 male, 3 female, 17 male or female; contemporary; 20 minutes. Perfect for a large cast, this modern retelling of one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies is full of love and romance, mischievous dealings, and intrigue.

 
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TO GRANDMA'S HOUSE WE GO! by Mary Satchell TO GRANDMA'S HOUSE WE GO! by Mary Satchell

Middle Grades; 5 male, 5 female; contemporary; 30 minutes. Spoiled city kids see their freedom evaporate when they go to the country to visit Grandma. . .but they also learn a lot about themselves and what it means to be a kind and generous friend and neighbor.

 
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THE PICNIC PEACE by Jane Tesh THE PICNIC PEACE by Jane Tesh

Lower Grades; 4 male, 1 female, as many male and female extras as desired for ants; contemporary; 10 minutes. Red ants and black ants fight over a picnic, only to discover that working together, sharing, and making friends are the most important morsels of all.

 
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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, by Jane Austen, Adapted by Olive Morley PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, by Jane Austen, Adapted by Olive Morley

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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FOR THE LOVE OF GINNY, by Joanna Evans FOR THE LOVE OF GINNY, by Joanna Evans

Upper Grades; 3 female, 3 male; contemporary; 25 minutes. Selfish brother learns a hard lesson about compassion and generosity when his sister becomes very ill.

 
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SHOP TILL YOU DROP! by Donna Hall SHOP TILL YOU DROP! by Donna Hall

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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BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT, OLD MAN MONKEY by Gillian L. Plescia BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT, OLD MAN MONKEY by Gillian L. Plescia

Middle and Lower Grades; 5 female or male; 15 minutes. A charming Japanese folktale that explores the importance of friendship: how easy it is to lose a friend over a silly disagreement, and how important it is to work things out and share.

 
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THE TOYS' GIFT by Melinda Williams THE TOYS' GIFT by Melinda Williams

Lower Grades, 8 male or female; 20 minutes.
A sweet story about a child who doesn't have enough money to buy Christmas gifts for his parents. . .but gets by with a little help from his "secret" friends.
 
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TURKEY SAVES THE DAY, by Peggy Bauer TURKEY SAVES THE DAY, by Peggy Bauer

Lower Grades, 4 male or female; 10 minutes.
Bird cries "Foul!" when he realizes he's going to be the main attraction for Thanksgiving dinner.

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THANKSGIVING AT RUBINO'S by Helen Louise Miller THANKSGIVING AT RUBINO'S by Helen Louise Miller

Upper Grades, 9 male, 3 female; 30 minutes.
High school students work at their family's diner on Thanksgiving, all the while missing the big game—a story about the American Dream, the balance between work and play, and the recognition that we have a lot to be thankful for.

 
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THE TORN PHOTOGRAPH by D. R. Kennedy THE TORN PHOTOGRAPH by D. R. Kennedy

Upper Grades; 9 female, 2 male, 6 male or female; contemporary; 20 minutes.
Hotly contested Student Council election puts a strain on a longtime friendship as students fight for presidency.

 
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PELLEAS AND MELISANDE by Claude Debussy and adapted by Jesse J. Martin PELLEAS AND MELISANDE by Claude Debussy and adapted by Jesse J. Martin

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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SARAH AT SEA by Lisa Swarbrick SARAH AT SEA by Lisa Swarbrick

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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VOICE AND COUNTERVOICE: THE BLIND DATE by Judine Brey VOICE AND COUNTERVOICE: THE BLIND DATE by Judine Brey

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 DESPERATELY SEEKING PRINCESS by Christina Hamlett

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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HALFWAY TO CONCORD by Marcella Rawe HALFWAY TO CONCORD by Marcella Rawe

Middle and Lower Grades; 6 male, 2 female; 25 minutes. It's hard to tell who is a friend and who is a foe when neighbors take sides at the start of the Revolutionary War, as Paul Revere spreads the word from Boston to Concord.

 
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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, Adapted by Frances Mapp THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, Adapted by Frances Mapp

Middle and Lower Grades. 1 male, 5 female, 5 male and female, extras. Follow the Yellow Brick Road! L. Frank Baum's beloved story and colorful characters come to life in this wonderful adaptation.

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ONE WISH TOO MANY by Jean Feather ONE WISH TOO MANY by Jean Feather

Lower Grades; 3 male, 2 female; 20 minutes. A charming Dutch folktale has an enduring message about showing kindness to strangers and sharing with others.

 
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ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare, Adapted for round-table reading by Lewy Olfson ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare, Adapted for round-table reading by Lewy Olfson

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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A TWIST OF FATE, Adapted by D. R. Andersen A TWIST OF FATE, Adapted by D. R. Andersen

Lower Grades; 3 male; 1 female; 5 male or female; as many male and female as desired for Guards and Citizens. 15 minutes.

Aesop's tale in which a slave's life is spared because of his kindness to a fearsome lion.

 
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CRUSH by Samara Siskind CRUSH by Samara Siskind

Upper Grades; 1 female, 1 male; 15 minutes.

To escape an obnoxious guy at a party, popular girl Julia makes her way to the attic, only to meet an entirely different sort of guy.

 
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THE PICKWICK PAPERS, By Charles Dickens and adapted by Lewy Olfson THE PICKWICK PAPERS, By Charles Dickens and adapted by Lewy Olfson

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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SECRET ADMIRERS by Frances Dowell SECRET ADMIRERS by Frances Dowell

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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JANE EYRE, adapted by Lewy Olfson JANE EYRE, adapted by Lewy Olfson

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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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by Lucy M. Montgomery and adapted by Jamie Turner ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by Lucy M. Montgomery and adapted by Jamie Turner

Middle grades; 6 female; 3 male; 25 minutes. An adaptation of this favorite warm-hearted, turn-of-the-century story of an orphaned girl who finds a loving home on Prince Edward Island.

 
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SIMPLY SHAKESPEARE, by Judine Brey SIMPLY SHAKESPEARE, by Judine Brey

Upper Grades; 3 female; 2 male; extras as desire; 15 minutes. Using the simplification of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as an assignment, a star student learns the importance of working with her team and accepting new ideas and different approaches to Shakespeare and life.

 
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TATTOOS by Joanna Evans TATTOOS by Joanna Evans

Upper and Middle Grades; 3 male; 3 female; and extras. 25 minutes. As a school project, students visit residents of a nursing home, where a reluctant teen and a crusty, battle-hardened vet, aided by a tattoo from the war, develop an unexpected friendship.

 
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THE FORGETFUL EASTER RABBIT by Helen Louise Miller THE FORGETFUL EASTER RABBIT by Helen Louise Miller

Lower grades; 8 male, 7 female, and 8 male/female; 15 minutes. A bunny forgets his list for Easter egg deliveries and meets children who are not at all happy about his forgetfulness----until they are reminded that they sometimes forget things, too.

 
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FIRE IN A PAPER by Loleta Hagy FIRE IN A PAPER by Loleta Hagy

Middle and Lower Grades; 6 male and female; 15 minutes.
Two new brides have to combine smart thinking and common sense in a test demanded by their mother-in-law. The two young women do what is asked of them, and more, setting the stage for a long life of family harmony.

 
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TURNABOUT by Margaret Bunel Edwards TURNABOUT by Margaret Bunel Edwards

Upper Grades; 3 male; 3 female; 1 male or female; 15 minutes. So you witnessed a traffic accident, and have other things to think about — why get involved? Use this skit as the springboard for a discussion on civic duty and responsibility.

 
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CUPID'S WEBSITE by Liz Boiko Burdick CUPID'S WEBSITE by Liz Boiko Burdick

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 ANCESTORS' BOX by Christina Hamlett THE ANCESTORS' BOX by Christina Hamlett

Upper & Middle Grades; 13 female, 3 male; 35 minutes. A large-cast play that tells part of the story of Japanese-American internment camps created in World War II, through the eyes of a high school girl who was sent off and her best friend, who stayed behind.

 
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STANDING BY by Tracy Wells STANDING BY by Tracy Wells

Upper & Middle Grades; 8 female, 3 male, 1 male or female; 25 minutes. Girls bully a classmate for no apparent reason. Will anyone stand up to make it stop? Provides a good starting point for classroom discussion.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, by Oscar Wilde, Adapted by Lewy Olfson THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, by Oscar Wilde, Adapted by Lewy Olfson

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 THE SHIP AROUND THE CORNER by Christina Hamlett

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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PUZZLING IT OUT by Judine Brey PUZZLING IT OUT by Judine Brey

Upper Grades; 3 female; 2 male; 15 minutes. Will friendships stay true when Jake falls for his best friend Aaron’s younger sister?

 
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EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSIES by Christina Hamlett EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSIES by Christina Hamlett

Upper Grades; 14+ actors: 10 female, 4 male; 35 minutes. The story of a “Rosie the Riveter” and the women who joined the previously all-male workforce when the men left their jobs and joined the military to fight in World War II. Historical notes are included to give perspective to the role women played in the war effort and the jobs the women lost when the war ended and the men came home.

 
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HOW SHALL I BE LOVED? by Michael Weems HOW SHALL I BE LOVED? by Michael Weems

Upper Grades; 2 actors: 1 female, 1 male. 15 minutes. A sweet, adult conversation between siblings after their grandfather’s funeral about the love and kindness they received, without really knowing it at the time. Remember the time you won the hamburger eating contest….and you didn’t realize that your burgers were smaller than the others?

 
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LOUISE, by Saki and adapted by Tracy Wells LOUISE, by Saki and adapted by Tracy Wells

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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GINGERBREAD MEN by Michael Kerr GINGERBREAD MEN by Michael Kerr

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 THE TALKING BURRO by Barbara Winther

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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ARMADILLO'S CHOICE by Pamela Love ARMADILLO'S CHOICE by Pamela Love

Middle & Lower Grades: 6 actors: male/female; 10 minutes. Animals meet in the desert and learn to respect their differences, without asking each other to change the way they are.

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THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELET by Patricia Clapp THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELET by Patricia Clapp

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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