11 characters. As written, it is for an all-girl cast, but can be adapted to accommodate male cast members. 7 pages. Approximately 8 minutes running time.
Are you working with a group of all girls? This light-hearted short play centers on a group of girls who go on an overnight camping trip. They hear strange noises, and their pillows mysteriously disappear. The narrator interacts with the characters onstage making for some fun comic moments!
The playwright, Mariah Beachboard, has taught acting and directing over 13 years. She directed Mary Poppins, Honk!, Scapin, and The Canterbury Tales for CYT Fredericksburg. She performed with Theatre IV, Carpenter Science Theatre Company, the Rude Mechanicals, and Riverside Dinner Theatre in Virginia, and with Theatre Huntsville in Alabama. As co-owner of Spoken Word Events, LLP, she co-wrote and produced marketing videos for the Spotsylvania Education Foundation. Mrs. Beachboard holds a BA from Mary Washington College (MWC) and toured in Turkey with the college’s acting troupe. She apprenticed with the Fredericksburg Theatre Company. She holds an MBA in Marketing from American Intercontinental University. Most recently she was named a finalist in the Rocket City Playwright Series. Currently, she studies voice acting at Hollywood Huntsville.
Excerpt from the play:
(NARRATOR stands onstage and addresses the audience.)
Once upon a time, ten girls had a slumber party in the woods.
(Each of the ten girls enters the stage as she says her line.)
Also called camping!
You should say ‘once upon a time,’ ten girls went camping.
Fine. Once upon a time, ten girls went camping.
I love camping!
This looks like the perfect spot to sleep.
I’m so tired!
We hiked forever.
I could hike all night long.
Not me. Let’s go to bed!
And so, all the girls put up their tent and went to bed inside.
(They pantomime putting up a tent.)
Look! We made a tent!
(They go inside and go to bed. They snore loudly.)
Suddenly a strange noise woke them up.
(Narrator makes a strange, loud, long noise.)
What was that?
It sounded like a coyote.
No, it sounded like an owl.
Y’all are crazy. That sounded like an armadillo.
Armadillos don’t sound like that.
Oh yeah? Then what sound do armadillos make?
Everyone knows they make a weird squeak noise.
Yeah, like this:
(She imitates an armadillo.)
That’s not the noise we heard.
Then what made that noise?
(Narrator makes the noise again. All the girls scream.)
What are we going to do?!
Maybe if we all go to sleep, it will get bored and go away.
I don’t think it works like that.
Maybe it’s cold. What if we invite the animal in?
Are you nuts?
Yes, remember she’s the one who brought wood to the forest.
I thought you said it was a lumber party.
Slumber. She said slumber party.
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