How To Put On Short Plays

Three-page guide to putting on a short play with young children.

Looking for free plays to use with your group? Check out this curated collection on Drama Notebook. There are over 400 plays that have been categorized so that you can easily find what you are looking for!

Books for Children to Act Out

List of 75 children’s books to use in drama class. Includes extra information on each title!

The Mitten Script

10 minutes long. Parts for 15-30 students. Winter animal story best for younger students.

15 minutes long. Parts for 25+ actors. Original monster-themed play best suited
for ages 5-11.

One Monster After Another

15 minutes long. Parts for 25+ actors. Original monster-themed play
best suited for ages 5-11.

18 minutes long. Parts for 12+ actors. Original pirate-themed play best suited for ages 7-13.

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

10 minutes long. Parts for 20+ actors (flexible cast). Best suited for ages 6-10.

5 minutes long. Parts for 9+ actors (flexible cast). Best suited for ages 6-10.

5 minutes long. Parts for 6 actors. Best suited for ages 7-13, however, this story is really ageless and may be performed by children all the way up to adults.

The Selfish Giant Script

Ten minutes long. Parts for 16+ actors. Best suited for ages 9-13, however, this story is really ageless and may be performed by children all the way up to adults.

3 minutes long. Parts for 4 actors. Best suited for ages 7-13, however, this story is really ageless and may be performed by children all the way up to adults.

2 minutes long. Parts for 4+ actors. Best suited for very young children.

2 minutes. Parts for 3+ actors (flexible cast). Best suited for very young children.

15 minutes long. Parts for 15-40 actors (flexible cast.) Best suited for ages 7-14.

24 page outline for a variety show featuring the work of Dr. Seuss!

Ten minutes long. Parts for 15-40 actors. Best suited for ages 7-14.

15 minutes long. Parts for 20+ actors. Best suited for ages 7-12.

12 minutes long. Parts for 20+ actors (flexible cast). Best suited for ages 8-12.

15 minutes long. Parts for 20+ actors. Best suited for ages 7-13.

34 short stories from around the world for students of all ages to turn into skits and short plays. Includes instructions for younger students and older students.

La Mariposa Script and Activities

20+ parts, but can be flexible. Includes production notes, discussion questions and extension activities!

The Santa Interviews

Hilarious short holiday play for 10 characters, ages 9 and up!

Cormorant And Rainbow Snake Script

Short script based on a Venezuelan myth. Parts for 15, flexible cast. Ages 6-10. Includes activities and more!

Nanuk And The Hunter Script

Short script based on a Canadian legend. Parts for 7 actors. Ages 6-10.  Includes activities and more!

Little Red Hen Script

5-22 characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular European folk-tale.

How Anansi Got His Stories Script

9-15 characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular African folk-tale.

Monkey And The Mango Script

8+ characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular Asian folk-tale.

Kiwis Gift Script

7-30+ characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular New Zealand folk tale.