The Scavenger Hunt
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

The Scavenger Hunt — When teen angels are involved, heaven CAN’T wait! Teen angels Maisie and Tori are sent on an action-packed, time-traveling scavenger hunt by Big Momma Angel. It’s a side-splitting adventure of biblical proportions as they meet Abraham and Isaac, just in time for a hair-raising sacrifice. Watch them get caught between a rock and a hard place while David battles Goliath. Two favorite Bible stories are given a new spin when seen through the eyes of these totally awesome teen angels. Extremely simple production requirements make this an easy-to-stage, affordable, 30-minute comedy that is ideal for youth groups in touring or even classroom performance. CLICK HERE to purchase your Amazon-Kindle reading copy today!

Phobia Factory
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Phobia Factory — What’s better than screams of fright? Shrieks of laughter! Phobia Factory is a non-stop comedy machine, churning out thrills, chills, giggles, and guffaws. Four high school students visit a prototype “Phobia Factory” at the mall. Using cutting edge virtual reality simulations, the teens face their subconscious fears in supposedly safe computer generated environments..until a glitch makes the program go terrifyingly, hilariously haywire. Phobia Factory has plum roles for an extremely flexible cast of 16-40 teen actors, and can be performed with a tight budget on an open stage, with simple props and costumes. This slap-happy, action-packed, 90-minute sci-fi/horror comedy is loaded with off-the-wall humor, bizarre sight gags, and memorable scary and comical cameo roles. CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy today. Published by Brooklyn Publishers

Nightmare High School (plus musical version)
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Nightmare High School And… Tales of Terror from Nightmare High School — A student’s worst nightmares… live on stage! Six teenagers join forces one dark and stormy night, staking out the bare stage of their school auditorium to discover the identity of the mysterious Locker Stalker.  What begins as a half-hearted joke turns into a roller coaster evening of thrills, chills, and side-splitting laughter as each student’s nightmare comes to life onstage! One confronts a living, growing blob of cafeteria-style mashed potatoes. Another is horrified to discover the real reason why everyone at school is ignoring her, and a third student’s worst fantasies about science lab and what teachers do on weekends is like nothing you’ve ever seen! Audiences will be screaming — with laughter and suspense— when you produce this no-set, no problems comedy-thriller. Flexible cast of fourteen, plus ensemble/chorus. About 90 minutes. Available as a full-length comedy, or check out the musical comedy version, with music and lyrics by Stephen Murray. CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of Nightmare High School. Or… CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of Tales of Terror from Nightmare High School (musical version) right now! Published by Pioneer Drama Service.

Babushka’s Basket
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Babushka’s Basket — Exhausted by “holiday season” commercialism? Looking for a more heartfelt and rewarding alternative to staging yet another Christmas pageant? BABUSHKA’S BASKET is an uplifting one-act drama inspired by the cherished Russian folk tale about a peasant woman whose grief-inspired compulsiveness prevents her from joining the Wise Men on their journey to meet the Christ Child. Devastated by the death of her infant son and abandoned by her husband, Nadia receives a miraculous basket filled with presents she was never able to give her own child. But when she offers them to other children, the gifts provide much-needed help and healing. As she “gives away” her grief and learns to enjoy a meaningful life in the service of others, Nadia becomes everyone’s “babushka,” or “grandmother”…until she is challenged to offer one last gift from the basket, the only thing preventing her from continuing on to meet the King of kings…forgiveness. This emotionally honest and ultimately heart-healing play offers a challenging yet rewarding role for a middle-aged actress, with an inter-generational supporting cast. The simple set and minimal production requirements make BABUSHKA’S BASKET ideal for performance on a budget, in a variety of settings. With a hint of humor and…

Nutcracker
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Nutcracker — Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker without toe shoes! No dancing or choreography is required in this swashbuckling comedy that leaps back to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale and spins comic gold. The short and silly children’s musical adaptation of the classic holiday fantasy combines Tchaikovsky’s famous score with cute and clever lyrics, arranged and simplified for young voices by Bill Francoeur. On Christmas Eve, the mysterious Drosselmeier presents brave Marie with an unusual Nutcracker. That night she is awakened by a band of renegade mice, led by the evil Mouse King. The Nutcracker, joined by a Ballerina, Feline Legation, and Mistress Clara, battle the rodents. Marie defeats the Mouse King by hitting him with her slipper. The heroes travel to the Land of Toys to rescue Princess Pirlipat from the wicked Mouse Queen and her hilarious helpers. The Nutcracker and the princess are reunited, and the curse is broken. Marie and her toys return home in triumph. NUTCRACKER is a budget-friendly musical with a cast of 14, plus chorus. There’s even a music CD if your resources don’t include live accompaniment. Your cast and audiences will dance with unchoreographed delight when they experience the jolly joy of NUTCRACKER, the musical. CLICK HERE to purchase your reading…

Rip Van Winkle
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Rip Van Winkle — When Van Winkle lets the laughter rip, no one nods or dozes! Washington Irving’s supernatural time-warping tale comes to vibrant life in this action-packed comedy that combines faithfulness to the original text with slapstick humor, hilarious dialogue, and oddball characters. Young Rip Van Winkle escapes from an overly-critical wife, bowls with the ghostly Henry Hudson in the Catskill Mountains, then mysteriously awakens 20 years later to find life in his colonial village vastly changed. With minimal set requirements and maximum involvement by an extremely flexible onstage ensemble, this 45-minute “storyteller theatre” comedy is perfect for touring and contests, or paired with another colonial-era comedy for a full evening’s entertainment. Early American literature has never been so much fun! CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy today. Published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.

Saints for the Seasons
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Saints for the Seasons (Four, 20-minute monologues for church or theatrical use) Put the “holy” back in several popular but misunderstood “holidays.” Four great Christians with famous names but less familiar legacies step out of history to share the inspiring, often funny, and historically accurate stories of their lives of heroic faith, sacrifice and service in the name of Jesus. Nicholas of Myra (December 6) — Popularly referred to as Saint Nick, this early 4th century champion of biblical orthodoxy and prodigal generosity sets the record straight on how different he is from “the other guy”. Valentine of Rome (February 14) — A defender of Christian marriage and sacrificial love, Valentine gladly faces martyrdom during the Roman persecution of the early church by Emperor Claudius “the Cruel” Gothicus. Patrick of Ireland (March 17) — An immature teenager becomes a slave, escapes captivity, learns to love his enemies, and answers God’s call to return to the dreaded Emerald Isle. He dedicates his new life to preaching the Good News, engages in spiritual warfare, baptizes tens of thousands, and plants hundreds of churches. Francis of Assisi (October 4) – Nature lover and friend to animals, Francis abandons wealth, comfort and worldly glory…

Pilgrim’s Progress
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Pilgrim’s Progress — John Bunyan’s rolling in his grave…with laughter! In this hilarious, action-packed and contemporary adaptation of English literature’s first great allegorical fantasy, the thrilling adventure of Christian’s perilous journey to heaven is punctuated by uproarious characters and situations. Favorite scenes from the original classic, though wacky and warped, keep the ages-old story fresh and funny. This ensemble comedy has non-stop laughs and dozens of delightful roles, both small and large. It’s perfect for a flexible, intergenerational cast of actors with varying levels of experience. With easy costume accessories, simple hand props and no set requirements, the 90-minute comedy may be presented on a shoestring budget. Whether or not your audiences know and love the monumental masterpiece of Christian literature, they will rejoice in this upbeat, silly-yet-sublime, faith-filled stage version, then run home to read the original Pilgrim’s Progress with fresh insight. CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of Pilgrim’s Progress today. Published by StagePlays and Amazon-Kindle.

The Gingerbread Man
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

The Gingerbread Man — Every child’s favorite talking cookie leaps off the picture book pages and onto the stage in The Gingerbread Man, an action-packed, fun-filled, easily staged comedy for kids. In a surprising and delightful variation on the beloved tale, city girl Sally is unhappy staying at her aunt and uncle’s farm while her parents are on vacation. To cheer her up, Sally’s aunt makes a gingerbread cookie, which promptly leaps out of the oven and takes Sally on a merry adventure to see traveling players perform Aesop’s “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.” Along the way, the intrepid runaways encounter a karate-kicking donkey with a scrambled vocabulary, a fashionable skunk with a nose for rare fragrances, and a sly fox who tries to put a bite on the Gingerbread Man. There’s even a gentle message about finding your place in the world. The Gingerbread Man is loaded with funny puns, comical characters, and slapstick humor, boasts a flexible cast, minimal costume and set requirements, is easily toured, and suitable for all ages. The cookie never crumbles in this silly and sweet version of The Gingerbread Man. CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of The Gingerbread Man…

Tales of Terror for Tweens
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Comedic ‘Twin Tales of Terror’ for Tweens! Spooky Slumber Party (for seven girls) and Creepy Camp Out (for five boys) are a pair of frightfully funny, easy-to-stage one-act comedies in which young teens get together and scare themselves silly, telling and acting out gross, gory and ghastly urban legends and classic ghost stories. These low-cost, east-to-stage extended skits and sketches may be rehearsed and performed separately, and are ideal for summer drama camps and contests, as well as elementary and middle school productions. Spooky Slumber Party Single Living Room Set. About 30 Minutes Seven “tween” girls have a slumber party on a dark and stormy night. When the thunderstorm knocks out television reception, they entertain themselves by telling and acting out not-too-scary, often silly, spooky stories and urban legends, including “The Viper,” “The Greedy Girl,” “The Brave and the Grave,” “Gotcha Where I Want You,” “You’d Better Not Laugh” and more. Yes, there’s a pillow fight, and a lot of popcorn gets spilled during the ensuing action. A couch, blankets, pillows, flashlights, buckets of popcorn and a handful of household toys and props are all that are needed to keep a bunch of hyper, imaginative girls – and the audience – shrieking…