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Merry Gentlemen — a play inspired by “A Christmas Carol”

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 in Christmas Shows, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Sheila Rinear (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Merry Gentlemen is a full-length play heavily inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Ben Dickens lost his wife, Isabelle, in a car crash on Christmas Eve. That was seven years ago. Since then Ben has focused only on his job, allowing his teenage son Tim to fend for himself. Isabelle appears to both her husband and son urging them to reach out to each other and mend their relationship…and it needs to happen by this soon-to-arrive Christmas when her Spirit must depart from their sphere for eternity. In this full-length play, Ben and Tim Dickens’ paths mystically cross those of various characters who lead Ben and Tim out of their bleak, estranged lives and into the Spirit of Christmas…with many laughs along the way. AVAILABLE   PLAY...

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The Pumpkin Child — short musical TYA

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Short Plays

A puppet or live action skit with original Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Love people for who they are. This little musical sketch is about loving and respecting others.  With 3 original songs. Can be done with puppets or live actors.       PLAY DETAILS: 1M 6F 1either NARRATOR (male or female) MOTHER SHARI 3 GIRLS: LITTLE RED, GOLDILOCKS and 3RD GIRL MURAD (m) NANA Simple Setting/costumes [Fantasy or Contemporary] About 15 minutes Order #3035 Now Available PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: PumpkinChildPERUSAL 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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Further Downeast — a play

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Coming Soon, Family Audiences, Plays, Seniors in Cast

by Brent Hutchins (Perfect for professional, educational, amateur groups.) A sequel to his popular CLOSER TO HOME, FURTHER DOWNEAST has more from the pointed pen of a true Downeaster! This time Ice Fishing provides the — well — icy glue that holds the show together, with each new adventure getting more and more dangerously funny, interspersed with other tidbits about life ‘Downeast!” Written in the style of the old time serial movies, each vignette allows you to laugh through it until the next Ice Fishing mis-adventure perks up and ramps up the action! Available Soon! PLAY DETAILS: 13m 7f 3either,  which can be readily doubled and ‘regenderfied” as needed About 60 minutes Several Simple settings Contemporary costumes ORDER #3037 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of the first act of the script is available: SOON This play makes a...

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep — play

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in Award Winners, Child/Youth Audiences, Family Audiences, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Short Plays

by Jerry Walker (A must for any group – professional, amateur and educational, performing for families and teens. A perfect play for High Schools and Youth Theatres.) They are called the best four years of our lives…and they are, but that four year trek is also dangerous and confusing. You will find all of the things that young people, especially high school students, need to know, want to ask, get stressed-out about and complain about. Between the familiar items of teen angst and adolescence will come those moments of pleasant memory, deep identity, shocking surprise, and utter devastation, as your onstage ‘child’ reaches out for comfort, help, direction––approval; wanting to belong to something/someone. The scenes and monologues in this on-target theatrical, will have you laughing one second and crying for …well, a considerable length of time. The play is...

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The Ruckus At Machias — a play

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Award Winners, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

The true story of the American Revolution’s first sea battle. by Richard Sewell (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Hannah won herself a red dress, and the town a warship! Starvation threatens the people of Machias, Massachusetts Colony, (now Maine) in June of 1775, when a British warship accompanies a local merchant returning from Boston with supplies. Machias was a lonely lumber camp in dire need of food, powder and shot. Instead of providing the lumber demanded by the British to build barracks for British soldiers near Boston, the desperate citizens erected a Liberty Pole to commemorate the fighting at Lexington and Concord. As the British navy was the undisputed master of the world’s oceans, the enraged Captain then ordered the warship to fire on the community, causing the townsfolk to muster their meager resources — axes,...

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Billy Goes To War — a Play to End All Wars

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

a play by Harley Marshall (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community and High School productions) A PLAY TO END ALL WARS! (ARE ALL WARS THIS WEIRD?!) Billy Bunders is the luckiest or unluckiest boy who ever lived. From his birth, on the 4th of July 1900, in Kansas––the son of a German immigrant––Billy survives catastrophic event after catastrophic event: The War to End All Wars; World War II; even the presence of The Korean Conflict, horrifies him; as did the Spanish-American War that haunted his father and affected Billy second-hand. With pointed pathos and barbed politicism, “Billy Goes To War” becomes an intensely involving history lesson as seen through Billy’s eyes and lived through Billy’s actions and with his point of view: “War is …weird!” Dark humor permeates this unsettling play for these darkening times. A small cast makes this...

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An Allagash Haunting: The Story of Emile Camile — play with songs

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audiences, Musicals

by Tim Caverly and Barbara Howe Hogan A play with songs adapted from Tim Caverly’s book “An Allagash Haunting” The woods of Northern Maine are full of a rich history and the tales that go with that history. Lumberjacks, small communities, fishermen, hunters, the Spirits of the forest – and the Spirits of those who were taken from their beloved land too soon, populate this play based on Tim Caverly’s novel, “An Allagash Haunting”. This play with music recreates life in the not-so-long-ago lumber camps of the 1920s––specifically Churchill Dam––the story centering around Emile Camile, who died in a logging accident in 1925. When a family goes camping, the family based on Caverly’s own, the children do not merely enjoy the Maine Woods, but become witness to some of it’s stranger stories, becoming a part of its history and...

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Storm Boy – A Devastating Tale of Brotherhood, Love, and Loyalty

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

a play with music by Steve Eaton Evans with Tim Laycock (Perfect for all theatres, professional, amateur and educational.) One of the finest true stories to come out of the lives of the Life Boat Crews in the southwest corner of England: Lynmouth in Devon. Set in 1899, the play is inspired by the famous “Overland Launch” of the Lynmouth Life Boat, which was dragged in a terrible storm by its crew for 14 miles over Exmoor to launch at the more sheltered Porlock Weir. This award-winning play has a variety of lively and sombre songs, from haunting sea chanties to Exmoor folk songs–mixed in with original tunes, that punctuate the comic and tragic moments of this inspiring story. Twin brothers, Alfie and William Teale, have grown up wanting nothing more than to become lifeboat men. As they near...

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MY LIFE: The Musical — a musical

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Coming Soon, Family Audiences, Musicals, Women Playwrights/Composers

By Angela and Andrew Scullin PERFECT FOR AMATEUR THEATRES, YOUTH THEATRE GROUPS AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS When emotion gets to be too much…burst into song! A celebration of all things Musical Theatre. What could be better than living in a world where everyone punctuates even the most mundane activity with a song? Tony Anthony is an average New Yorker but he is stuck in a musical. At first he is blissfully unaware of the supporting cast who provide the musical enhancement. As his suspicions grow, the chorus does what they can to keep the secret and it is only when the self-important choreographer breaks the action that Tony realizes what is really going on. Tony feels that he can’t trust anyone ever again, especially his new love, Jennifer. Is she for real or was she sticking to the script? Tony...

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5 Children & It — The Musical

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, Classics, Family Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Angela and Andrew Scullin This musical is inspired by the enchanting book by E. Nesbit, who also authored the classic, “THE RAILWAY CHILDREN”  (Perfect for Educational, Community, Church and Youth groups) “A Psammead, a Sand Fairy, a wish granter extraordinaire!” A group of children travel from London to stay in the country and naturally, they start to explore. They discover a Psammead in a nearby gravel pit and the strange little creature promises to grant their daily wishes. Can they wish for something that does not end in disaster? NEW and straight from the U.K.! PLAY DETAILS: 10 Male, 8 Female, 10 Either (Doubling recommended) Imaginative indoor and outdoor settings Period Edwardian, or Contemporary costumes ORDER #3208 Available for licensing immediately. Rehearsal/Performance materials will be available in February 2018. PERUSAL MATERIALS PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of...

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Cinderella’s Miss-Adventures — TYA

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

a delightful TWIST by Alexandra Grace Gaver (For Professional, Educational an Amateur. Tours well) Gather around young princes and princesses, for the story of Cinderella… but this isn’t the fairy tale you remember! Due to a fairy godmother mix up, Cinderella’s magical trip to the ball does not go as planned. Join one of your favorite princesses as she helps her friends (with some assistance from the audience) get their Happily Ever After and make it home before midnight. An exciting and interactive show that’s great for boys and girls of all ages. The twists and updates to this classic will have your audiences in stitches, and yet learning all about themselves at the same time.  A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript. This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is...

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The Not-So-Scary Nightmare Adventure — TYA

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Alexandra Grace Gaver This thrilling new play follows Bri, a young tooth fairy on the adventure of a lifetime. Desperate to prove herself, she starts off on a daring quest to save the world from bad dreams. Bri’s quest takes her from the home of the Boogeyman, to the kingdom of trolls, even all the way to the moon! As with all quests, by their vary nature, Bri learns things she did not know––about herself and the world around her. This wacky, heartfelt show is extremely interactive and a hit with children and adults alike! A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript. This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is the only company that many perform the play in the following cities in Virginia: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport...

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Freedom Song — A Story of Hope — TYA

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Child/Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Alexandra Grace Gaver “Freedom Song — A Story Of Hope” takes a young, present-day student, Anne, on a journey through time with her guide, the incomparable Harriet Tubman. As her history unfolds around her, Anne discovers just a few of the different challenges and many triumphs of African-Americans, and meets a variety of individuals, including Ellen and William Craft and Martin Luther King, Jr. Join Anne on a journey through African-American history: the immense challenges, vital contributions, and unwavering courage. This play is educational, interactive and engagingly moving; a witty and exciting script to entertain and inspire both children and adults! A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript. This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is the only company that many perform the play in the following cities in Virginia: Virginia Beach,...

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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 now! 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 to do just...

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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, Religious Titles, 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, Religious Titles, 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, Religious Titles

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, Religious Titles

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 “Wind In The Willows” Musical

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, Religious Titles

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, Religious Titles, 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, Premiere 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, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights/Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear  (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 and a blast for your cast.   PLAY DETAILS  Large...

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