Flexible run time, flexible cast. Use this easy outline to fully create a show based on the poems of Shel Silverstein.

Have you thought about putting on a show featuring the poems of Shel Silverstein? Putting together an evening of Silverstein poetry offers an easy way to put on a ‘play’ in which each young actor plays an equal and meaningful part. Certain poems lend themselves better to performance than others. Rather than wading through his entire collection and trying to figure it out yourself, use this helpful outline that includes the most performance-ready poems and some suggestions for casting and staging the pieces.


  • List of 29 poems best-suited for performing
  • Tips for putting on your show
  • Opening act suggestions
  • Closing act (finale) suggestions
  • Body of the show suggestions with ideas for staging each piece

NOTE: Drama Notebook cannot provide the text for the poems, as that is a copyright violation. Instead, the names of the poems are listed, along with the book in which they may be found.

*If you are charging admission for your performance, be sure to check with Harper Collins Publishers regarding royalty fees.

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