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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 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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HANSEL AND GRETEL by the Brothers Grimm and adapted by Mary Flynn Casey HANSEL AND GRETEL by the Brothers Grimm and adapted by Mary Flynn Casey

Middle and Lower Grades; 3 female, 2 male; several male or female extras; 40 minutes.
Adaptation of the classic fairy tale starring inquisitive siblings, a wicked witch, gingerbread children, and more. Based on Engelbert Humperdinck's opera.

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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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HISTORY IDOL by Kate Wagner HISTORY IDOL by Kate Wagner

Middle and Lower Grades; 6 female; 1 male/female and extras. 20 minutes. Six famous quotes from history—by Abraham Lincoln, Neil Armstrong, Lou Gehrig, Chief Joseph, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr.—are celebrated in this spoof of a popular TV show.

 
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ANANSI AND THE KING'S DRUM by Penni L. Ericson ANANSI AND THE KING'S DRUM by Penni L. Ericson

Lower Grades; 10 male/female; 10 minutes.
Who is going to carry the King's heavy drum? The wily spider has a creative solution and the foolish monkey speaks out of turn.

 
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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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YOU DON'T SAY by Peg Juffer YOU DON'T SAY by Peg Juffer

Lower Grades; 3 female; 1 male; 8 to 10 male/female; 10 minutes. Perfect for Book Week: Librarian is stumped about how to get students to read until some creative characters pop out of the book shelves to help out.

 
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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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SLOW DOWN, JACK! by Jack Vaughan SLOW DOWN, JACK! by Jack Vaughan

Lower Grades grades; 6 male and/or female. 10 minutes.
"All aboard!" for a fun creative dramatics piece appropriate for the youngest children, with lines that are easy to say and remember and action that's easy to perform.

 
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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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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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MISS LOUISA AND THE OUTLAWS by Frances B. Watts MISS LOUISA AND THE OUTLAWS by Frances B. Watts

Middle and Lower Grades; 6 male, 4 female, and as many extras as desired; 20 minutes. Old-fashioned turn-of-the century schoolmarm commands respect while giving a lesson in bravery and brains after the bad guys slip into the schoolhouse to hid from the sheriff.

 
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THE LUCK OF THE IVIES by Frank V. Priore THE LUCK OF THE IVIES by Frank V. Priore

Lower Grades; 2 female and 1 male; 15 minutes. Set in a clearing in the forest, quick-thinking leprechaun thwarts the efforts of two young girls to steal his pot of gold.

 
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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 BUBBLE GUM ESCAPADE by Jo Ann Memming THE BUBBLE GUM ESCAPADE by Jo Ann Memming

Middle and Lower Grades; 5 male, 1 female, and as many extras as desired. 15 minutes. The situation turns sticky when Grandfather’s most valuable coin is “borrowed” from the home collection and turns up at school—stuck to the bottom of a lunchroom table.

 
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THE WHITE SPIDER'S GIFT by Jamie Turner THE WHITE SPIDER'S GIFT by Jamie Turner

Middle and Lower Grades; 9 female, 7 male, 1 male or female, and extras; 20 minutes. A South American folktale in which kindness is rewarded when a boy helps a spider in distress and the spider returns the favor in a very special way.

 
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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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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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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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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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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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TWO ISLAND TALES by Barbara Winther TWO ISLAND TALES by Barbara Winther

Middle and Lower Grades. Battle Between Sun and Sky: 4 male or female and as many extras as desired; 10 minutes. How Coconuts Came to Samoa: 2 male, 2 female, 2 male or female, and as many extras as desired; 10 minutes. Two short stories from the Pacific Islands that help explain the ways of nature.

 
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THE FOUR ALCHEMISTS by Penni Ericson THE FOUR ALCHEMISTS by Penni Ericson

Lower Grades; 10 male or female and as many male and female extras as desired; 10 minutes. A Chinese folktale that shows that good sense and smart thinking are better than all the gold in the world.

 
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MASON MAKES A STAND by Steve Pricone MASON MAKES A STAND by Steve Pricone

Middle and Lower Grades; 7 male, 4 female, 4 male or female; 20 minutes. The humans are coming! Bunny takes a brave stand when urban renewal threatens the last meadow in town.

 
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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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THE PIE THAT CHANGED HISTORY by Maureen Crane Wartski THE PIE THAT CHANGED HISTORY by Maureen Crane Wartski

Middle & Lower Grades; 4 female, 3 male; 20 minutes. The story (maybe true, maybe not) of a couple who baked their way on to a wagon train to Oregon so they could open a school where Native people and settlers could learn together in peace. Their children settled in Kansas, where they were active in the 1850s Underground Railroad.

 
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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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PICCOLA Adapted by Rowena Bennett PICCOLA Adapted by Rowena Bennett

Lower Grades; 2 female, 1 male, 1 male or female; 15 minutes. The magic of Christmas shines in a poor fisherman's hut in this adaptation of a charming French folktale.

 
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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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RACE TO THE FUTURE, by Janet Carl RACE TO THE FUTURE, by Janet Carl

Middle and Lower Grades; 5 male, 5 female, plus many extras; mid-1800s; 25 minutes. A young girl invited to a "Bloomer" picnic—an unheard-of event for women to wear pants!—stands up for her beliefs in women's rights and freedom of expression.

 
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SNEAKY SAM IN SUNNY JUNCTION, by Ellen M. Eleder SNEAKY SAM IN SUNNY JUNCTION, by Ellen M. Eleder

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 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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RAINING ON THE PLAYGROUND by Rebecca Watson RAINING ON THE PLAYGROUND by Rebecca Watson

Lower Grades; 9 to 30 male and female. 10 minutes. This creative dramatics play in poem form is a wonderful way for young children to act out what happens when rain starts pitter-pattering on the playground . . . plenty of opportunity for body movement and sound effects.

 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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RAINFOREST TRIO by Barbara Winther RAINFOREST TRIO by Barbara Winther

Middle and Lower Grades. Three plays in one: Play 1, Crocodile Gives Monkey a Ride, 2 male or female, 10 minutes; Play 2, Trapping the Jaguar, 1 male, 2 male or female, 15 minutes; Play 3, Wild Woman, 4 male, 3 female, 7 male or female, 20 minutes.
Set in different types of rainforests, three folktales of mystery and magic, featuring characters with pluck, ingenuity, and common sense.

 
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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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GO, GREEN! by Jane Tesh GO, GREEN! by Jane Tesh

Lower Grades; 4 male; 5 female; 10 minutes. As bottle, can, and paper fight their way out of the trash can, young children will learn a valuable lesson in recycling.

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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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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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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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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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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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SQUEAKNIBBLE'S CHRISTMAS, by Helen Louise Miller SQUEAKNIBBLE'S CHRISTMAS, by Helen Louise Miller

Lower Grades; 2 male, 3 female, 5 male or female; 15 minutes. A doubting little mouse meets Master Cat, and learns that there may just be a Santa Claus after all.

 
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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 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 GOLDEN COW OF CHELM, a Polish folk tale adapted by Sandra Fenichel Asher THE GOLDEN COW OF CHELM, a Polish folk tale adapted by Sandra Fenichel Asher

Middle & Lower Grades. 8 actors: male or female; 20 minutes. Villagers are convinced by the Mayor to buy a gold-giving cow from a passerby, only to find that the poor creature can barely even give any milk. The villagers, of course, realize their mistake, but somehow draw the wrong conclusion. How silly.

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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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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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MOUNT RUSHMORE by David LaBounty MOUNT RUSHMORE by David LaBounty

Middle and Lower Grades; 8 male, 4 female; as many male and female extras as desired for Other Students; 15-20 minutes. Four presidents have a little fun with visitors to a national memorial.

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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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