THE SHIPWRECK SOLUTION
What do a box jellyfish, a mako shark, an anglerfish and a tiger shark have in common? They all want to live in the same abandoned shipwreck on the ocean floor! No one wants to share, no one wants to live somewhere else and…uh oh…what if someone can’t help but want to eat someone else? Check out The Shipwreck Solution to discover if these four, very different creatures, can find a way to work it out!
*The Shipwreck Solution includes a “Yes, It’s True” page featuring fun facts referencing the animals you read about, as well as a glossary with a few key terms.
Cast: 4 male or female (gender neutral cast)
Genre: Comedy/children (teens and adults can have fun with the roles too!)
Set: Minimal, a shipwreck in the ocean
Running time: 5-7 minutes
The Shipwreck Solution is part of Tara Meddaugh’s Reader’s Theater series. These are great plays for any age in a theater setting, competition or classroom. But as Reader’s Theater, they are designed to make reading aloud enjoyable for children. Children don’t need to memorize or “perform,” but simply benefit from the act of reading out loud together, in dramatic form. Reader’s Theater can promote fluency, confidence, creativity, empathy, oral expression and connections among peers. Children at home or in the classroom enjoy reading these fun scripts aloud.
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CHRISTMAS SUPERPOWERS AND BELIEVING IN BLITZEN
To four children, Christmas is no simple sleigh ride. Annie’s new best friend is a talking reindeer, and she’s not sure if that’s really okay. Sam is experiencing the pressure of being the Lead Shepherd in the church pageant. Dylan has a very secretive wish he hopes Santa can deliver. And Lauren needs to make sure someone is giving her little brother a very special Christmas. Experience the joys and challenges of Christmas through the eyes of these children in this monologue-driven one-act comedy.
A one-act play for children/teens
Cast: 3 male, 2 female (male and female parts can be interchangeable, if needed)
Genre: Comedy/Children's/Teen/Monologue play
Running time: Approximately 30 minutes
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When mean vegetables draw Carrot and Potato together, they must decide if their new friendship is worth risking their safety.
Cast: 2 females (or 2 males, or 1 female/1 male)
Age range: Characters are children, so they may be played by child actors, teens or adults
Genre: Comedy/Drama 10-minute play, teen play, children's play
Set: A garden
Running time: 10-minute play
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MY BEST MYSELF
While Megan and Kel are waiting for their school bus to arrive, Megan challenges Kel to prove how she received her latest Girl Scouts badge.
Cast: 2 females
Set: A bus stop
Running time: Approximately 5 minutes
My Best Myself is part of Tara Meddaugh’s Reader’s Theater series. These are great plays for any age in a theater setting, competition or classroom. But as Reader’s Theater, they are designed to make reading aloud enjoyable for children. Children don’t need to memorize or “perform,” but simply benefit from the act of reading out loud together, in dramatic form. Reader’s Theater can promote fluency, confidence, creativity, empathy, oral expression and connections among peers. Children at home or in the classroom enjoy reading these fun scripts aloud.
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When Jenna breaks a special gift a boy gave her older sister, they are not only faced with broken glass to clean up, but they are also faced with the changing dynamics of their family.
Cast: 2 female (1 teen & 1 child, or 1 young adult & 1 teen)
Set: Minimal, a house
Length: 10-minute play
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WHAT HAPPENED AT THE MUD PUDDLE
Taylor and Chloe have been best friends for years. At least, they had been, until Taylor suddenly and mysteriously throws an over-the-top yacht party the same day as Chloe’s birthday party. Despite Taylor’s reputation as the meanest girl in school, her party fills up, as no one wants to turn down the chance to sample an extravagant candy station, dance to the live music of the hottest new band, or receive a $50 gift card goodie bag. But before the boat even leaves the dock, Taylor begins to turn on her guests, moving in on Jasmine’s crush, telling Ronni to “walk the plank!” and humiliating the new girl, Amanda. Will the lure of the luxurious yacht, complete with its very own ferris wheel, and live entertainment, be enough to keep the guests from walking? Or will they abandon ship for nicer ground at Chloe’s backyard ice cream party? Loyalties and friendships are tested in this ensemble cast play, and of course, someone gets pushed into a mud puddle.
Cast: 8 female, 4 male
Genre: Comedy/teen, monologue play
Set: Minimal, a yacht party, a backyard
Running time: Approximately 25-35 minutes
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A LIFE SPURRED INTO MEANINGFUL ADVENTURE
When Goldilocks and Little Bear find themselves alone in the forest, they must decide if they will embark on a new future together.
Cast: 1 f/1 m, or 2 females
Set: A forest, minimal
Running time: approximately 10 minutes
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THE WITCH IN THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE
After giving up her dreary home at The Witches' Estate in search of warmth and sweetness, Delphine creates a new life for herself on the outskirts of a busy village. She builds a beautiful and welcoming gingerbread house to live in, and opens her home and treats to the children of the village. Despite her openness, the children return her kindness with mischief and terrorism. Delphine’s giving spirit retreats, and she draws upon her witch’s disposition to survive. But when she finds two strange and other-worldly children, named Hansel and Gretel, gnawing at the icing on her house, her true nature is put to the test--and her life changes once again.
Cast: 1-2 male, 1-2 female, 2+unlimited children* (flexible casting)
Genre: dark comedy/drama
Set: minimal, impressionistic
Running time: Approximately 40 minutes
*Note: This play has roles for children or teens, but 1 female role and 1 male role are characters of adult age and written so.
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Jack didn’t give it much thought when he climbed up the 15,000 foot beanstalk. But now that he has reached the clouds, he is starting to miss his mother, his turkey, and even his fence post. Unfortunately, he appears to be stuck and unable to climb back down the slippery stalk which was so easy to climb up. When a roving black bird passes by, Jack solicits his company and aid in figuring out how on earth he should now get down the beanstalk he has carelessly climbed up. Unless, of course, he is not meant to climb down.
Cast: 2 male, or 1 m/1 f
Set: On a tall beanstalk, up near the clouds
Length: Approximately 10 minutes
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JUMPING THE WIND
Two pieces of pollen must make the daring jump from a dying flower to a fresh one.
Cast: 1 male, 1 female (2 females, OR 2 males)
Genre: Absurd, Dark comedy, Comedy, Teen
Set: A dying flower
Length: Ten-minute play
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Monologue Packet: 19 Extracted Children’s Monologues from the one-act play, Christmas Superpowers and Believing in Blitzen Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN/TEEN, Cast FEMALE/MALE Setting: Various
A Waste of a Totally Good Jelly Bean, monologue. Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S/TEEN, Cast: MALE/FEMALE, Setting: A KITCHEN
A Life Spurred into Meaningful Adventure, monologue Genre: DRAMA/COMEDY/TEEN/CHILDREN, Cast FEMALE, Setting: FOREST
Begging Blitzen, monologue. Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S/TEEN, Cast: FEMALE/MALE, Setting: A HOUSE
Christmas Superpowers, monologue. Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S/TEEN, Cast: MALE/FEMALE, Setting: A MALL
Covering My Ears, monologue Genre: DRAMATIC/TEEN/CHILDREN Cast: FEMALE/MALE Setting: A BATHROOM
Forgiveness and Defeat at a Pokemon Gym Genre: COMEDY/TEEN/CHILDREN, cast MALE (female), Setting: A PARKING LOT
Grinching Mom by guest playwright, 6-year-old, Luke B. Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN, cast MALE/FEMALE, Setting: Child’s bedroom
How to Eat Sand in Your Spinach Genre: CHILDREN’S/COMEDY, Cast: FEMALE (Male), Setting: ROOFTOP GARDEN
I am a Shark, monologue Genre: DRAMATIC/CHILDREN'S/TEEN, Cast: MALE/FEMALE, Setting: A BEACH
If I Were a Kind of Flower, monologue Genre: CHILDREN'S/TWEEN/PRETEEN/COMEDY/DRAMA, Cast: FEMALE/MALE, Setting: A CAFE
Iowa Is Gonna Be So Jealous, monologue Genre: COMEDIC/TEEN/CHILDREN, Cast: MALE/FEMALE, Setting: SAFARI JEEP
Ipad Fury, monologue Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S, Cast: MALE/FEMALE, Setting: A MINIVAN
Livvy's Vase, monologue Genre: DRAMATIC/CHILDREN'S, Cast: FEMALE (MALE), Setting: HOUSE
Mr. Swimmie, monologue Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S Cast: FEMALE/MALE Setting: A HOME
My Missing Skittles, monologue Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN/TEEN Cast: MALE/FEMALE Setting: KITCHEN
Santa's Lousy Job monologue Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S, Cast: FEMALE, Setting: A MALL
Shepherd Superheroes monologue Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S, Cast: MALE/FEMALE, Setting: A CHURCH
Teddy Shouldn't Go to Space monologue, by guest playwright, 8-year-old Dylan B. Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN/TEEN, Cast: MALE/FEMALE, Setting: Front Porch
The Mud Puddle, monologue Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S Cast: FEMALE (MALE) Setting: OUTSIDE, NEAR A MUD PUDDLE
Skunk Moms, a trio of monologues Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S Cast: FEMALE (MALE) Setting: A HOME
The Standoff, monologue or The Standoff, the play Genre: COMEDY/CHILDREN'S Cast: MALE (FEMALE) Setting: SIDEWALK BY HOUSE
The Statistics Aren’t Real, monologue Genre: COMEDIC/DRAMATIC/TEEN, Cast: MALE (female), Setting: A DYING FLOWER