The Plays


Max + Minerva's Magical Machine

 

Cast Size – 11 principles, 15-20 smaller roles that can be easily be expanded or combined as needed. 

Running Time – 45 minutes.

Synopsis – Max and Minerva are a typical brother and sister. Their Mom wants them to play outside, but they'd much rather play video games or watch their favorite TV shows... that's because the sneaky Mr. Monotonous, the "spirit" behind technology and screen time, is always there to keep them on the couch.  But thanks to the ingenious Ms. Marvel (the "spirit" of creativity and adventure-seeking) and her gang of "Inspiration Sprites", Max and Minerva and their friends drop the remote control in favor of building a giant "Magical Machine", a fantastic cardboard box that will take them anywhere and everywhere their imaginations will allow.  With catchy songs and a powerful message, Max & Minerva's Magical Machine is a story about finding the balance between technology and creativity.  It's a timely story that parents and kids will equally appreciate. NOTE: This play contains original songs, music is available upon request.

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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.

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.

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Sparklemuffin: The Story of Fowler Webber

 

Cast Size – 28 (10 principles, 18 smaller  parts  that can be easily combined or expanded)

Running Time – 45 minutes

Synopsis – This hilarious romp through the highs and lows of middle school features Fowler Webber,an 8th grade inventor who just doesn't fit in.  Born to a "perfect" family that fits the mold in every way, Fowler struggles with the quintessential questions "Who am I?" and "Where do I Belong?".  Luckily, his loyal gang of misfit friends (known as the "Cheese Cutters" due to an unfortunate 4th grade experience they can't seem to live down) are there to help cope with the other kids in school who seem to have it easier. These groups include the ultra-creative "Artistas", the cookie-cutter "Happy Hollys" and the uber-popular "Fabulas".  Things seem pretty bleak for Fowler and his friends until the new girl,Swanson, moves to town and provides some new perspective on life in general.

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Mystery At Vonwrinkle Mansion

 

Cast Size – 13 principles, 8 smaller  roles

Running Time – 45 minutes

Synopsis – Set in the 1940's, this film noir-esque comedic thriller features Detective Don Underwood, a seasoned gumshoe, and his rookie partner, Lt. Laverne Shirley.  They're hot on the trail of a mysterious criminal, the crook who poisoned Gloria Vonwrinkle, the glamorous billionairess. There are a slew of suspects, including the beautiful (and clumsy) Hollywood movie star Norma Diamond, the happy go-lucky paperboy Jimmy O'Reilly, the silly Southern belle Cookie Van Creme, the grouchy French ChefLouis, the always hungry lounge singer Debbie Twinkle, and many more.  It's a nail-biting mystery that will have audience members on the edge of their seats (and rolling in the aisles).

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Rapunzel's Haircut

 

Cast Size – 9 principles, 19 smaller roles (can be easily combined or expanded).

Running Time – 45 minutes 

Synopsis – Princess Rapunzel is plain fed up. Tired ofbeing locked in a tower, forced to lend out her hair as a climbing rope to clueless princes, she embarks on a new lifestyle by giving herself a late night haircut and setting out to cause some trouble. Rapunzel's mother, the chain smoking Witch, can't understand her daughter's mischievous lifestyle and enlists her best friend, the stylish Rumplestiltzen to help change Rapunzel's ways.  This updated version of the classic tale introduces new themes to a familiar storyline, and poses a serious question to audiences: do princesses always have to follow the rules?

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Sleeping Beauty (Sort of)

 

Cast Size – 26 (10 principles, 16 smaller parts  that can be easily combined or expanded)

Running Time – 45 minutes

Synopsis – The Wiggly Knots Semi-Professional  Theatrical Troupe is trying their best to put on a show, but they just can't  seem to get their act together.  Their dramatic leader, Graciella VanShine, wants to direct the world's  greatest production of Sleeping Beauty (with the help of her eternally confused stage manager Roger) starring a rambunctious cast of actors who really know how to put the drama in the drama.   In this highly comedic "play within a play", your students will all play two roles (the actor and the character in "Sleeping Beauty").  Will this zany crew be able to pull off their production?  The answer is yes! (Sort of).

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Cindy and the Saddle Shoes

 

Cast Size – 12 principles, 15 smaller roles (can  be easily combined or expanded)

Running Time – 45 minutes

Synopsis – What do you get when you combine the well-loved fairy tale of Cinderella and set it in a 1950's  diner?  Cindy and the Saddle Shoes, of course!  The story revolves around Cindy Relish, a sweet hardworking girl who is terribly mistreated by her awful stepmother, diner owner Maybelline Relish, and her nasty daughters, Sharon, Shirley, and Maxine.  Throw in a leather-jacket clad gang of cool kids, a peppy cheer squad, some adorable nerds, and a famous Hollywood movie director, and you've got a goofy, joyous, heartwarming comedy that students will love to perform.

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