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SOME WORDS WITH A MUMMY by Craig Sodaro SOME WORDS WITH A MUMMY by Craig Sodaro

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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NELLIE'S FISHY FATE by G.S. Cadette NELLIE'S FISHY FATE by G.S. Cadette

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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BE-SWITCHED by Roger Kise BE-SWITCHED by Roger Kise

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 A LOAN FOR COLUMBUS by Inez Carvalho

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 A HALLOWEEN SLEEPING BEAUTY by Jane Tesh

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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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 SHOP GIRL'S REVENGE by Robert Downing THE SHOP GIRL'S REVENGE by Robert Downing

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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PRINCESS IMPOSSIBLE by Claire Boiko PRINCESS IMPOSSIBLE by Claire Boiko

Middle Grades; 8 male, 6 female; 8 male and/or female; 30 minutes.
A fun large-cast play about the spoiled, demanding foot-stamping Princess Imogene who gets a lesson in nobility and humility from a family of kind shepherds.

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THE CASE OF THE FRUSTRATED CORPSE by Ruth Wallace THE CASE OF THE FRUSTRATED CORPSE by Ruth Wallace

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 HIP HOP HARES by Jane Tesh THE HIP HOP HARES by Jane Tesh

Lower Grades; 4 female, 2 male, and many extras; 10 minutes. Bunnies swing into action with a modern beat as last-minute order puts a crunch on the Easter egg factory.

 
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THE "TRUE" STORY OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Bruce Berger THE "TRUE" STORY OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Bruce Berger

Middle Grades; 7 male; 5 female; 3 male/female; 20 minutes.
A reading play—complete with sound effects—that spoofs the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tale of horror and suspense.

 
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THUNDERMUFFS by Cindy Blobaum THUNDERMUFFS by Cindy Blobaum

Middle and Lower Grades; 4 male; 3 female; 15 minutes. Mitchell, who likes peace and quiet, comes in conflict with the rest of his family who love the noise of a good storm. Good lessons about weather safety. Can they find a way to live in harmony?

 
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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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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 PREHISTORIC FOLLIES by Jane Tesh THE PREHISTORIC FOLLIES by Jane Tesh

Middle and Lower Grades; 3 male, 2 female; male and female extras; 10 minutes. Cheer for your favorite extinct reptile—and learn some interesting dinosaur facts along the way!—in this clever play about an Ice Age talent show.

 
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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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THE FASTEST THIMBLE IN THE WEST by Claire Boiko THE FASTEST THIMBLE IN THE WEST by Claire Boiko

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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SEASONAL. . .WHETHER by Frank V. Priore SEASONAL. . .WHETHER by Frank V. Priore

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 FISHERMAN, HIS WIFE, AND THE SEA OF DREAMS by Bruce Berger THE FISHERMAN, HIS WIFE, AND THE SEA OF DREAMS by Bruce Berger

Middle and Lower Grades; Radio play for reading; 2 male, 3 female, and 1 male or female for narrator; 10 minutes. A never-satisfied wife and a talking fish help teach a lesson in being grateful for what you have, in a fun tale that’s nothing to carp about.

 
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THE PRESIDENTS' DAY IN COURT, by Kathy Applebee THE PRESIDENTS' DAY IN COURT, by Kathy Applebee

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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THE JUNK FOOD KING by Glenda Slater THE JUNK FOOD KING by Glenda Slater

Middle and Lower Grades; 1 male, 1 female, 7 male or female; 20 minutes. The out-of-shape King gets help from the Prime Minister, a dietician, and physical trainer to slim down, get in shape, and eat more healthful foods. Complete with a song in rap—just say no to pie, cake, greasy burgers, and sugary shakes!

 
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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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DO IT WITH DEWEY by Jane Tesh DO IT WITH DEWEY by Jane Tesh

Lower Grades; 9 male or female; 10 minutes.

Using tried-and-true system, bookworms make quick work of straightening out a mess in the library. Perfect for National Children's Book Week.

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THE FIRST THANKSGIVING by Robert Mauro THE FIRST THANKSGIVING by Robert Mauro

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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THE KING'S CREAMPUFFS by Martha Swintz THE KING'S CREAMPUFFS by Martha Swintz

Middle and Lower Grades; 5 male, 4 female, many male and female extras; 30 minutes. Wicked witch steals the royal creampuff recipe, upsets the King, and causes havoc in the royal kitchen.

 
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THE SILVER-TONGUED SLICKER OF SASSAFRAS FLAT by Christina Hamlett THE SILVER-TONGUED SLICKER OF SASSAFRAS FLAT by Christina Hamlett

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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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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THE POLKA DOT THIEF, by Amy Paulson THE POLKA DOT THIEF, by Amy Paulson

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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ONCE UPON A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS by Kate Falconer ONCE UPON A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS by Kate Falconer

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 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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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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THE RELUCTANT COLUMBUS by Harold Cable THE RELUCTANT COLUMBUS by Harold Cable

Middle Grades; 3 male, 3 female, 6 male or female; 30 minutes. The story of how a guy who loved maps and a guy who didn't want to be a prince teamed up to find gold in the West, and prove the earth is round. . .all with a little help from their zany friends.

 
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DANITA'S DISGUISE by Susan Lee DANITA'S DISGUISE by Susan Lee

Lower Grades; 4 male, 3 female; 10 minutes. Young actors will have loads of fun trying on all sorts of costumes and performing in this Halloween play with a simple setting and easy-to-find props. A little creativity can go a long way!

 
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CHRONICLES OF NUMERIA, by Kendall Larson CHRONICLES OF NUMERIA, by Kendall Larson

Lower Grades; 20 male or female; 15 minutes.

Puns, jokes, and music make math come alive in this clever skit.

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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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MERE MIRROR by Roger Kise MERE MIRROR by Roger Kise

Middle and Lower Grades; 3 male, 6 female, 4 male or female; 20 minutes.
A modern, fun take-off of Snow White (without the dwarfs) featuring a wicked stepmother who finds that vanity comes with a high price.

 
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THE SHADY LADY OF GOPHER JUNCTION by Celia Crispin THE SHADY LADY OF GOPHER JUNCTION by Celia Crispin

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 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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CSI: MOTHER GOOSE LAND,  by Jane Tesh CSI: MOTHER GOOSE LAND, by Jane Tesh

Middle and Lower Grades; 7 female, 6 male, male or female for Cat, King's Horses, King's Men; 10-15 minutes.
Did Humpty Dumpty fall. . .or was he pushed? A large-cast mystery featuring a host of familiar fairy tale characters.

 
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ROWDY KATE by Claire Boiko ROWDY KATE by Claire Boiko

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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CINDER-RILEY by Claire Boiko CINDER-RILEY by Claire Boiko

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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MOTHER GOOSE HAS TALENT by David Ely MOTHER GOOSE HAS TALENT by David Ely

Middle and Lower Grades; 34 male and female; 25 minutes.
A wonderful spoof of a make-believe television show—complete with funny advertisements—with nursery rhyme characters participating in the competition and solving the mystery of the missing sheep.

 
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JACK AND THE BEAN STOCK by Marilee Jackson JACK AND THE BEAN STOCK by Marilee Jackson

Middle and Lower Grades; 5 female, 3 male; 20 minutes.
An engaging and fun take-off of the familiar tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, with mother, bean stock (soup), giant, and golden hen. A fairy tale that sets a good example.

 
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THE COURT OF KING ARITHMETIC by Gwen Chaloner THE COURT OF KING ARITHMETIC by Gwen Chaloner

Middle and Lower Grades; 8 male, 8 female, 10 male and female extras; 25 minutes. Subtract, add, divide, and conquer. . .a fun, large-cast play that teaches math concepts and the importance of math in everything we do. Go figure!<

 
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THE MISSING LIST by Melinda Williams THE MISSING LIST by Melinda Williams

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 MOTHER GOOSE FOR PRESIDENT by Jane Tesh

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 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 GOLD MINE AT JEREMIAH FLATS by Robert A. Anderson THE GOLD MINE AT JEREMIAH FLATS by Robert A. Anderson

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 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 MIRACLE OF SPRING by Helen Hanna THE MIRACLE OF SPRING by Helen Hanna

Middle & Lower Grades; 3 male, 6 female, 19+ male or female; 15 minutes. A large-cast play to welcome Spring and learn about the environment. Petulant King Bartholomew bans Spring, only to realize in a dream courtroom drama that he has upset the cycles of the seasons and destroyed the food supply.

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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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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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EDITED by David LaBounty EDITED by David LaBounty

Middle Grades. 7 actors: 4 male, 3 female (or any combination desired); 25 minutes. A take-off on a television game show where contestants are given key words and a short amount of time to write poetry and prose, with judges eagerly waiting to “edit” them out of the show.

 
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RICHARD GRAWN IS GONE by Georgia Tuxbury RICHARD GRAWN IS GONE by Georgia Tuxbury

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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THE WITCHES' BREW by Carol D. Wise THE WITCHES' BREW by Carol D. Wise

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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TRAPPED by Carol D. Wise TRAPPED by Carol D. Wise

Middle Grades; 3 male, 4 female, 4 male and/or female. 20 minutes.
What happens when seven people, including an overly cheerful retired teacher, an obnoxious (and nauseous) kid, a chatty cellphone user, and an odiferous fisherman get stuck in an elevator.

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MAIL-ORDER BRIDE by Carol D. Wise MAIL-ORDER BRIDE by Carol D. Wise

Middle Grades. 5 female, 4 male; 30 minutes.
Deputy works to find his boss the perfect match.

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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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HELP WANTED by Amy Green HELP WANTED by Amy Green

Middle Grades. 7 actors: 3 male, 2 female, 2 male and/or female; 25 minutes. Zany cast of characters—including a banana-cream-pie-wielding robot—tries to thwart evil mad scientist’s plans to destroy the world.

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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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