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RUFF! by Jenifer Nii — TYA

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plan-B Theatre Company Play, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Jenifer Nii (For grades K-3 performed by Teens through Adults for Child Audiences) RUFF! is a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs – Axel and Buddy. Together they discover what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to be the best they can be. It explores the issues of self-confidence, prejudice, and overcoming fear. RUFF! received its world premiere in 2015 as part of Plan-B’s third annual Free Elementary School Tour. A Plan-B Theatre Company Play PLAY DETAILS Anthropomorphic costumes, or simple suggestion Simple setting About 35 minutes 1M1F ORDER #3203 Available by September 1, 2017 COMMENTS: FROM THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS WHO SAW THE PLAN-B TOUR “On many levels RUFF! gave us discussion topics. One tiny reference to making the dogs’ experiences apply to humans caused my students...

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The Zenith Escape — a short musical TYA

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Award Winners, Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

by David Crespy Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy (Perfect for TYA companies with Professional, Amateur, College/University or High School aged actors.) In this madcap interactive children’s musical comedy, Hank & Cici Hunter are two kids sucked into the mysterious land beyond the TV screen: Zenith! Unless they save their Mom from the evil game show host, Neato Keen and his henchmen, the Couch Potatoes, they’ll be turned into couch potatoes themselves! Many opportunities for the audience to be coached into the action onstage through Creative Drama techniques. PLAY DETAILS Either 6 actors: 2m, 2f, 2either OR 7 actors: 2m, 2f, 3either HANK HUNTER — overweight ten-year-old boy CICI HUNTER — his sister, bespectacled and undernourished eleven-year-old girl MOM — their mother COUCH POTATO 1– a Creature of Zenith COUCH POTATO 2– a Creature of Zenith NEATO KEEN —...

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The Saga of Sasquatch C’lone

Posted on May 25, 2017 in Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Musicals

Doc Holliday’s Electronic Medicine Show (or The Battle of the Bottles) Book by Jon Robert Howe Lyrics by C. Michael Perry & Jon Robert Howe Music by C. Michael Perry Two competing Medicine Shows: “Doc Holliday’s Electronic Medicine Show” vs. “Slickery Q. Slidey’s Toilet Water Tableaux”. They both sell Sasquatch C’lone, which they both claim to manufacture from a secret recipe. Doc sells bottle after bottle. Slickery sells … well, less than that, at least not at Doc’s price. Slickery is jealous, too jealous, because he is, after all, the bottler of all the C’lone ever made. He just can’t sell much of it to anyone but Doc, because Doc has the machine to distribute it: The Buckskin-Talky-Picture-In-A-Box, broadcast on the Saddle-light Broadcasting System, to cabins and fine homes across Pioneer America. Doc suspects something as Slickery carefully hides...

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PINOCCHIO — A FAMILY MUSICAL

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Christmas Shows, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

A Family Musical Book and Lyrics by Max C. Golightly Music by Neil K. Newell  (Suitable for performance by large cast Community, University/College, High School and Youth Theatre) Inside each of us is a child–a little frightened, a bit unsure, wanting very much to find somewhere, someone to love. This is the story of a bond between a lonely woodcarver and a little wooden marionette who wanted so much to be a real boy. Through this story we learn that dreams are necessary–that love and belief are keys that open the doors to happiness. A new and delightful adaptation of Collodi’s classic. “A Broadway Quality Musical!”   A wonderful feature of this script is that it has two endings for TWO different times of the year. There is a Christmas Ending (the original ending), but there is also an...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (edited)

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s delightful comic romp of highborn, lowborn, Faerie, Human, magic, common sense, and sheer hilarity has been edited to under 2 hours as well as including an original Elizabethan-type music score set to Shakespeare’s lyrics. It is not a musical, any more that the original play was during Shakespeare’s time — but it does have songs in it.  Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups. PLAY DETAILS 13M   8W + fairies, attendants Doubling possible 3 major locations — Court, Forest, Faerie Glen Playing time is about 1 hour and 50 minutes Order #3200 PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available MSND PERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information.) EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us...

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Julius Caesar: A Confederate Conspiracy

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s tragedy of political intrigue set in the South of the American Civil War. The lines of the Bard have been edited, not rewritten. Think of the parallels between the South of the Confederacy and the falling Roman Empire–the upper-class driven government, the overwhelming slave issue, the unpopular yet popular military effort, the plots and ploys concerning political power. For these reasons the play has been set during the Civil War. No dialog has been changed to accommodate this, but the play has been shortened and edited for archaic language. One song, SHENANDOAH, has been inserted as sung by Lucius in the tent, accompanied by his guitar. Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups.   PLAY DETAILS 32M 9F + extras Doubling possible Six settings Playing...

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Winterblum — A New Musical

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Premiere Musicals

Book, Music & Lyrics by Mark Ogden  (Perfect for Professional, University/College, Community, High School,  Youth groups, TYA) An older youth must have freedom. He or She, depending on which version you choose, is ready to leave Foster Parents and find the origins that he/she has left behind, and head to a land that is no longer filled with light. A past that has been kept hidden out of fear is what is waiting to be discovered by the questing youth. But so many things stand in the way of the quest, including the leader of this forgotten land who has magical powers. But there are many things besides memories that need to be awakened in our hero or heroine. A musical as FROZEN as the recent film delight! This is available now for PREMIERE production. And you get to...

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Cinnamon Stick — Short Musical

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Deen Ferrell (For production by College/Universities, High Schools, Youth Theatre Groups, Community Theatres, Professional TYA) A tattered circus Ring Master takes us on a magical, musical tour of the human heart, as viewed through the eyes of a young, teenage girl. We see hope, dreams, disappointment, disillusion, love, laughter, and a tear-marked determination rising from the confrontation between life as it is, and life as we dream and believe it should be. PLAY DETAILS 12 Characters — 4m 6f 2 either Symbolic unit set Abstract Costumes Running Time: 30 mins ORDER #3197 Available! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available CinnamonStickPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information.) DEMO mp3 Clips: (no demos available — yet) MUSICAL NUMBERS #1 — WORDS     — Ring Master #2 — JOLLY...

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The Archer Who Went I Know Not Where To Fetch I Know Not What — TYA musical

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Book & lyrics by Deen Ferrell Music by Larry Pearson (Suitable for all theatres, companies who perform for children and young people.) Based on a Russian folk tale, the story concerns Andrei, the Royal Archer, who, when he chases down one of his arrows, finds it imbeded in a magical white dove. Andrei removes the arrow. The dove turns into a beautiful girl (a princess) and becomes his wife. Enter the King and his Counselor. Jealous, smitten by the young Princess Tia, they devise three quests that are sure to rid themselves of Andrei. But through the magic held by Tia, and her former servant, now invisible, the seemingly impossible quests are completed, and in the end there is a new King and Queen on the throne. Seven delightful contemporary songs help to drive the story to its end....

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Toad! — A Musical “Wind In The Willows”

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Beverly Warner, Mimi Bean & Wes Wright (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, Community Groups, Children’s and Youth Theatres, High Schools, and Professional Theatres that can handle 15 characters + chorus) A lively and sprightly version of Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind In The Willows”.  This adaptation is packed with fast-paced, non-stop action from lights up to lights down. All of the wonderful characters are waiting for you in this Broadway style adaptation: Mr. Toad, Ratty, Moley, Badger and a delightful story of reckless abandon. The dialogue is witty and the script is cleverly devised to portray the foolishness of the self-centered, egotistical Mr. Toad and his warmhearted, well-meaning friends. Great opportunity for the use of creative animal makeup and costumes! Plenty of chances for good, exciting choreography. PLUS a well hidden yet, discernible moral is entertainingly presented. A first class score!...

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The Wind in the Willows — Short Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy Suitable for Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres for Children and Youth, TYA Written in melodrama style — in keeping with may of the theatricals of the period in which the original novel was written and the story set — the script encourages audience participation. It chronicles the adventures of Toad and his friends with a fast-moving storyline, lots of humor, and a nod to Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful prose. Although the primary audience is children, the script also contains references for adults, in the vein of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.   PLAY DETAILS 1M, 4 actors of either gender. Several fluid settings. Running Time: 40 mins Order # 3195 Available! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available WITW PERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of...

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Before Nevermore: A Poe Adventure — Short Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy Suitable for Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres for Children and Youth, TYA BEFORE NEVERMORE is a mashup of Poe tales including The Gold Bug, The Purloined Letter and The Pit & The Pendulum, with references to others. Aided by a raven named, Nevermind, Poe investigates a mysterious paper that was found in a bottle, creating history’s first detective fiction along the way. With a dash of audience participation, a bumbling villainous duo, jokes for young and old, and four delightful songs, this show points to many of the masterworks created by Edgar Allan Poe, and gives a humorous look into the process of how a story is discovered. The SFX clips are included with the rental of the script/show, but they should still be ordered below PLAY DETAILS 1M, 1F and...

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The Riddle of the Sphinx and More of History’s Mysteries Revealed — TYA

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, History Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) The show, written especially to fire up young imaginations, is like a three-ring circus with a banana-loving Yeti, an elusive Sasquatch, a riddle-demanding Sphinx and an Amazonian Queen…all kept in line by a wandering ringmaster. Kids love this globe-trotting tour in search of the truth about these fantastic legends. The setting is a Carnival Sideshow where fantastic stories have always been told in very theatrical ways! A part of the SERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors, or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting simple costumes and props About 45 minutes Order # 3175 Available Soon! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available COMING SOON (The PDF file contains...

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The Mummy’s Tale: And other Voices from the Great Beyond — TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audiences, History Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) The Mummy’s Tale. . . is a family-friendly journey exploring the ultimate mystery: the afterlife as viewed across centuries and cultures! Visit ancient Egypt, where Ra the Sun God makes his first journey across the sky and a subsequent trip into the afterlife; from Greek mythology, the famed minstrel Orpheus will travel to the Underworld to save his lost love, Eurydice; experience the unique paradise of the Aztec’s Gods and find out how they created human beings. Most importantly, The Mummy’s Tale takes a lighthearted, child-appropriate look at The Great Beyond. A part of the SERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors, or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting simple costumes and...

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Way Out West: The Journey of Lewis and Clark and Other Tales — TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audiences, History Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Seize the adventure! Explore Native American legends, jump on The Pony Express, and take a chance on the Gold Rush in this historical expedition to the Wild West. Set in the atmosphere of a Carnival Sideshow, this fast moving and hilarious play will delight young audiences and their parents, as well. A part of the SERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors, or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting simple costumes and props About 45 minutes Order # 3174 Available Soon! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available COMING SOON (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information.) EMAIL us for rights...

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Aesop’s Network — PLAY, TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

Broadcasting Theatrical Fables by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Learn the tragic truth about “The Ants and the Grasshopper.” Get the scoop on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and hear both sides of the story in “The Lion and the Mouse.” All this is set in a TV Broadcast format with locations in the studio,  a commentary panel set, and on the ground reporting for the ESOP Network. It’s a clever mash-up of several of Aesop’s fabulous fables, with strong lessons inherent in the dramatic action. PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast of 29 characters that can be doubled to as few as 2 Male and 2 Female actors, or each character can be played by a single actor...

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E. Gray Simons III — AUTHOR

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in Authors

Playwright E. Gray Simons III has worked for fourteen years as an Artist-in-Residence at BTF. In 2000, he became Artistic Director of BTF PLAYS! and has since written and directed more than a dozen original plays, among them Aesop’s Network, Nursery Rhyme Café, Mystery Sideshow 2: Strange Waves, and Mystery Sideshow 3: Way Out West. Simons made his BTF directorial debut in 2000 with The Wind in the Willows and in 2001 he became director of the Summer Performance Stories, The Odyssey, The Magic Flute, Arabian Nights, and Monkey. Other directorial credits include The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver! and Peter Pan(2009) on BTF’s Main Stage, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? and Holiday Memories in the Unicorn Theatre, Robin Hood at the Berkshire Museum, The Who’s Tommy at Brandeis University with co-director Eric Hill, and Big Love...

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Lifelines — A Play

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear Perfect for High Schools, Youth Theatres, Colleges/Universities, Community, Church and Professional theatres. Lifelines is the story of a grief counselor (Nell Hennessey) who has a reputation as an expert in helping others get through the pain of losing loved ones to suicide. Her assumed expertise lies in the fact that she herself has lost a brother to suicide. But when Nell recognizes her own signs of depression and that she is merely handing out platitudes and text book answers to her hurting patients’ quests for help and peace, Nell must decide to seek help herself. By working with some sincere and relentless teens who push the counselor with deep and searing questions, Nell realizes that she still has to go through the pain of her own loss in order to be effective in helping others....

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Reindeer Games: A Christmas Panto for Young and Olde!

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Christmas Shows, Latest, New Releases, Plays

A play with songs by Martin R. Collin Suitable for a mixed-age group in Schools, Churches, and Community Theatres An evening of ragtag holiday merry-making, festivity, revelry, audience participation, happy yuletide songs and dances, and jollification featuring: Elves, Fairies, Children, Choristers, Musicians, Ancient Citizens, The Christmas Bear, Red Riding Hood and The Wolf, Rudolph and Clarisse, a holiday quiz show, Big-Head Characters, The Giant Blunderbore, and the retelling of the old mummers tale, Saint George and the Dragon, with Father Christmas himself!   PLAY DETAILS 55-60 minutes Traditional period and contemporary costumes Simple representational set with props (or as elaborate as you desire) Cast size: Minimum Male roles(doubled)=8. Minimum Female roles(doubled)=5. Minimum total with doubling=22. Minimum total without doubling=57+Chorus. Could be done with a lot of doubling, or even tripling, but is intended as a large-cast piece [25-100] with...

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Well-Behaved Women — A Play for TYA

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Jes Marbacher (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and the launch of the women’s right’s movement, women worked tirelessly for their right to vote. After 72 long years the 19th Amendment was passed, and women were legally allowed to cast their ballots for the first time in the 1920 election. This movement spans decades and involves many women. Playwright Jes Marbacher deftly crafts a work in two Acts, the first focusing in on Susan B. Anthony’s attempt to vote and subsequent arrest in 1872, and the second on Alice Paul and the suffragettes of the 1910’s. Women’s suffrage was a complex issue for a lot of people and students of today have a hard time wrapping their heads around why. Even more difficult to understand is why many of these issues...

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It’s Up To Me — A Musical Revue

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Musicals

by Mark Ogden  (Perfect for Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, High Schools, Youth groups) “WHAT DO YOU NEED TO SURVIVE? TELL ME WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING. WHAT LETS YOU KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE? WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL?” (The Cast sings from the opening song) This show provides some answers to these and other questions. Loosely based on Dr. Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”, this is a fun approach to a serious subject. Welcome to the typical American neighborhood, where eighteen kids of all ages –  all ethnicities – all interests – are learning to identify their needs and then taking the responsibility for filling them. Well, they’re supposed to be taking responsibility, but a few of them are dodging it at every turn, some are even trying to escape it completely! Their quest for self-discovery has been stifled...

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The Ransom Note (or Sweet Katy’s Peril) — A Melodrama of Unusual Mirth

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Musicals, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear  with Musical Arrangements of well-known songs by Aimee Beliveau Flores (Perfect for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, High Schools and many youth theatre groups.) This show is great for fun-get-everyone-involved-fund-raisers, as well as for schools and youth groups. Want some silliness that doesn’t mean anything and goes nowhere but no one cares because they’re having too much fun? Then you have the idea of THE RANSOM NOTE. The typical melodrama characters are present in the story of money to be stolen by the Villain, a Heroine to be kidnapped, and a Hero to be educated. There are orphans, and animals, and fathers who come to the rescue. There are old time songs to be sung, talent to be auditioned, and Villains to be thwarted. It s a smile-a-minute, laugh-out-loud evening of frivolous merrymaking...

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The Sideshow — a musical

Posted on May 5, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Musicals

a musical about young people (and the grown-ups who teach them) by Mark Ogden WHAT ABOUT JOE AVERAGE? WHERE DOES HE FIT IN? Perfect show for Middle Schools, Junior Highs, High Schools and Youth Groups using age-appropriate casting,  or for College & University, Community and Professional Groups where older actors can play the younger roles, or casting can be age-appropriate. Joel Barker, looking back on his childhood, when he was just Joe Average, interacts with the memories of his past. Younger Joey was competent, fun, and talented in ways that don’t regularly stand out. His father was the principal of The Institute for Gifted Children, and after a divorce, young Joey goes to live with his dad and go to school there. He meets the other kids of varying ages, who are all genius at something. He doesn’t fit...

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Caravan — a play

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

A Happy Journey through the Wisdom Tales of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Carol Lynn Pearson “An enemy is someone whose story you do not know.” This play is a celebration of three cultures that often live in distrust and misunderstanding, but that have much in common and indeed have much to be learned from each other. The framework in which the tales of wisdom are told is that of a Caravan whose sole purpose is to select the next Sultan from the current Sultan’s two sons. The trick is that they are seeking the answer to a riddle: What is the most powerful force in the world? The wisest answer given upon their return from a year-long quest will become the Sultan. Through dramatic and comic moments the wisdom of Faith in its many faces and aspects is...

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misFitting In (An anti-Bullying Musical) TYA

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Musicals

Book by Jamie Young Music and Lyrics by Rick Rea Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Taylor Williams Perfect for Middle Schools and Junior High Schools, as well as Youth Groups and Children’s Theatres, plus TYA. Based on a true story, this an original, anti-bullying musical about a boy, Ben, who is new at school and is trying to find his place to fit in with the other kids. As he struggles to make new friends, he is faced with a difficult choice of following the crowd or being true to himself. This show is an excellent story that presents powerful messages in an amusing, creative way that will keep both kids and adults entertained until the very end. Flexible casting allows all adults to play all roles, or also have the roles played by age-appropriate actors.  Also, multiple adults...

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Forest Secrets — TYA

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Genevieve Aichele (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) Set in Portsmouth, New Hampshire this beloved tale is about two children determined to save their beloved forest – and the enchanting mysteries hidden there in a story that is fun for the whole family!! When Kate Evans moves to a seaport town in New Hampshire, she is thrilled that her new home is located at the edge of an enchanted forest. She and her new friend and neighbor, Luke, explore the wonders of nature until they stumble upon an unsolved mystery hidden in a tree trunk. They ponder the questions: What are the magical secrets of the woods? Will we discover the secrets of the fairy houses? Can those secrets help us save the land we love before it’s sold and developed? This entrancing story is a delightful adventure...

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Once Upon A Candlemas in Arthur’s Court — TYA

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, NHTP Young People's Playscripts

by Genevieve Aichele (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) This tale follows three American children, Liz, Robin & Jenny, on vacation in England, who accidentally spend the night trapped in an old castle. There they encounter King Arthur and his Candlemas Court, filled with legendary characters that meet once a year to discuss important matters of state with other great and noble ones from in and out of their time: Gwenevere, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, Robin Hood & Maid Marion, Queen Boudicca, Lady Bettris, and Burd Janet. It is an amazing thing that the new can learn from the old, but even more special is what the old learn from the new. PLAY DETAILS: 4m 8f (2 teen girls, 1 teen boy, 6 women, 3 men) + ensemble About 1 hour. Several fluid settings Order # 3133 Available for...

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The Sheriff of Nottingham — TYA

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Plays

by Michael Megliola (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) Robin Hood is known by many as an heroic outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor but many of the details of the story are often ignored. Who was Robin and how did he come to be? With a fresh look at this beloved story, Michael Megliola has written a new play from the perspective of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Caught between loyalty to the absent King Richard (missing for 6 years while fighting a Crusade) and demands from the greedy Prince John (who is acting King), the Sheriff finds himself playing a cat and mouse game with one Robert Fitzooth (aka Robin Hood), Marion Fitzwalter (aka Maid Marian) and a band of merry (and not-so-merry) men! PLAY DETAILS: 18m 3f (Roles can be played by...

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Galileo’s Pendulum — TYA

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts

by Michael Megliola (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) Galileo never did most of the things for which many people give him credit. He did not drop stones off the leaning tower of Pisa or invent the telescope. By the time Galileo came along, people had also discovered, forgotten, then rediscovered that the earth orbits the sun. Galileo, however, did something much more important, courageous, and dangerous than any of those things — he stood up for the freedom of thought. He demanded that academic, religious and political leaders accept scientific methods. He dared to challenge censorship at a time when people who spoke out were sometimes tortured or killed. Galileo was forced to recant his beliefs, at least publicly, but by then the truth was out. This script was written for children to perform for young audiences 7...

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The Gypsy Tree — a play

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Coming Soon, Premiere Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School,  and other Youth Theatre Groups) PREMIERE PLAY FILE PLAY DETAILS: TBA TBA Order #3126 Available for ALL producing groups by November 1, 2015. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: SOON (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number. PURCHASING REHEARSAL MATERIALS: (Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address) Before we ship any rehearsal material we...

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Olympus On The Moon — One-Act Comedy

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Short Plays

The History of Western Civilization in One Act by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School,  and other Youth Theatre Groups) At the fall of the Roman Empire, men have scaled Mount Olympus, driving Jupiter and his wife Juno to seek exile on the Moon where they will raise a new race of beings to serve and worship them.  Mercury relates what is happening on Earth in the absence of the King and Queen of the Olympian Gods as Apollo and Mars drive men on Earth between creation and destruction.  Diana and Athena steal the golden wings that Vulcan crafted for himself and his wife Venus to reach the new Olympus.  Removed from human history, centuries pass for Jupiter in seeming instants while his plans of creating a new race fail. In the end, the...

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The Doctor In Spite of Himself — Farce

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin) Adapted & Translated by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, and other Youth Theatre Groups) The long-suffering wife of Sganarelle, a woodcutter and former doctor’s assistant, decides to avenge herself for her husband’s neglect and abuse. She convinces two servants who are seeking a physician that they must beat her brilliant but eccentric husband until he admits to being a doctor.  When confronted by the servants, Sganarelle repeatedly denies any knowledge of medicine, but when they beat him, he decides to go along with their presumption. Sganarelle is brought by the servants to their master whose daughter has become mute.   He makes an effective pretense of trying to cure the daughter, quoting Latin and doing what he has seen other doctors do.  The lover of the master’s daughter confides to...

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Puzzles — a play

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) Harper, a boy of 11 or 12, strives to solve the puzzles of his fractured life.  His father died in a car accident, but Harper struggles to understand what death means.  An older boy tries to help Harper come to terms with his loss, yet furthers Harper’s belief that his father will return.  Harper must also help his grandfather, a recovering stroke victim, to find his alphabet and to connect with him the way his father did. All the while, Harper, himself, struggles with the puzzle of autism. PREMIERE PLAY FILE   PLAY DETAILS: 90 minutes 3m, 2f Order #3124 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: PuzzlesPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the...

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Crowns and Commoners — Premiere Play FIle

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Short Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for High Schools and Middle Schools and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) The King brings his three daughters out of hiding, intending to crown them as his heirs. When he discovers that the Princesses disobeyed him during their exile, he threatens to disown them. Before the family can reconcile, the Princesses are taken hostage by the King’s usurping brother and must fight for their lives and for the future of their people. PREMIERE PLAY FILE PLAY DETAILS: 7f 5m About 50 minutes 1 interior Order #3123 Available for ALL producing groups SOON. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: Crowns&CommonersPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group...

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The Yearning Season — Premiere Play File

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child/Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays

by J.D. Newman Jacques and Leigh have served Monsieur and Madame as farmhand and domestic servant throughout their adolescence.  Upon the death of their employers, they are bequeathed: the farm to Jacques, and money for a lady’s education to Leigh, both still young and needing assistance to find their stations in life.  In a moment of youthful willfulness, they switch inheritances and set aside their feelings for one another.  Rochelle, a young lady from town, comes to Leigh for shelter and the two of them work the farm until Rochelle reveals a secret that changes everything Leigh believed about herself. The story, a classic young-love triangle, is based loosely on the Biblical story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel, and set in the late 19th Century. The dialogue is written in verse; blank verse for those from town and free...

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