7 characters. 5F, 2 M. 6 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A beatboxing Halloween play for children and teens written by Donna Latham.
Dreary to Cheery is a short comedy about Ghost Girl, a very bummed out spirit. A lack of creepy things makes her house downright dreary. Poof! With Transformer Dust and some beatboxing rhymes her new ooky pals, Monster, Mummy, Skeleton, Bat, Zombie, and Vampire, the house will become fabulously cheery. The perfectly haunted short play for your next Halloween performance!
Donna Latham is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced coast to coast in the US and in Canada, France, Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, and Indonesia. Donna was a Kennedy Center Regional Finalist for the David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award and received the National Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Competition Award. Her works are licensed with several publishers and are included in Best American Short Plays 2017-2018, Best American Short Plays 2014-2015, and 2016’s Best Ten-Minute Plays anthologies. A resident playwright at Rising Sun Performance Company NYC, she’s a proud member of the Dramatist Guild. Visit her website: www.donnalatham.com.
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
MONSTER: M, beat boxing rapper
GHOST GIRL: F, bummed-out ghost
MUMMY: F, motherly Cleopatra
SKELETON: M, old-school beatnik
BAT: F, vivacious cowgirl
ZOMBIE: F, scaredy-cat
VAMPIRE: F, classic Transylvanian
CHORUS: all characters except GHOST GIRL
(At rise, GHOST GIRL sobs uncontrollably and snuggles her stuffed kitty.)
Moan, moan, groan. I’m always, always, always alone! Down. Dreary. Dying for cheery.
(Enters with SKELETON, BAT, and ZOMBIE. Gives GHOST GIRL a spooky handkerchief.)
Whoa! Stop! Imma need some beats. (Dances with his own beatboxing as he establishes a
rhythm.) Take two, Ghost Girl. Let’s spit some rhymes!
(With a pronounced rhythm as MONSTER provides beatboxing.) Moan, moan, groan. I’m always, always, always alone! Down. Dreary. Dying for cheery.
Poor Little Ghost Girl.
Quite frightfully blue.
So down in the dumps, she couldn’t say, “Boo!”
My house isn’t haunted.
It’s not even scary.
It’s bright and it’s cheerful.
It’s light and it’s airy.
Waaaaah! (Blows nose loudly.) Other ghouls’ houses are creepy and creaky.
Dim and mysterious.
Spooky and freaky.
They hide clattering skeletons.
Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, clickety-clack!
They have bats in the belfry. Yee-haw!
(Flapping like bats.) Fffttt, fffttt, fffttt!
But mine has the dulls. (Blows nose.)
Something’s not right.
Preach, girl. (Snaps fingers.)
But, oh, what can I do?
Caterwaul out an enormous—
GHOST GIRL AND CHORUS
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