New Kid: A Middle School Story

Cast Size – 11 principles, chorus of boys and girls that can be any number between 4-12 players

Running Time – 35 minutes

Price – $150.00

 

Synopsis

Arthur is the new kid, and it's his first week at Sherwin Middle School. Trying to learn the ropes in his new environment, Arthur finds himself surrounded by a group of classmates who have all known each other since kindergarten.  There's the popular football player Mike and his gang of adoring friends, the ultra school-spirited Sunny, the shy and artistic Margot, the class clown Chuck, the nervous hypochondriac Simon, and the outcast Bud.  Navigating the choppy waters of the middle school social scene, Arthur learns that being true to himself is the best way to make real friends.

Cast Info

Main Roles:

Arthur
Mike
Tiffany
Nell
Hailey
Morgan
Margot
Sunny
Chuck
Simon
Bud/Mr. Cosgrove
Chorus (expandable, between 4-12)

Settings

School hallway
School bus
Classroom
Arthur's basement
Note on the settings: This play was originally performed with absolutely no set, other than eleven small cubes (roughly 2' x 2') that could be moved around and used as seats on a bus, school desks, places to sit at a party, etc). If you don't have cubes, lightweight chairs can also be used.

Music and Sound

Elevator music (Muzak, for those who remember that) (Scene 1)
School bell (used throughout play)
Rap music (Scene 1)
Strange music for Simon (Scene 2)
Heavy metal music for Bud (Scene 2)
"Wheels on the Bus" or similar, sung (Scene 3)
Party music (Scene 8)

Props

Books, notebooks, pens, and paper
Headphones
Sketchbook
Donation sign & easel
Clipboard
Squirt gun
Joy buzzer
Rubber gloves
"Vote for Sunny" sticker
Inhaler
Pill bottle
Kleenex
"I'm a Total Dork" sign
Soda and cups
Chips and/or other snacks
Rubber snake