Helpful Guides

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

Complete guide to creating plays based on children’s books!

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

Plays with Flexible Casting

(These plays contain characters which can be played by either male or female actors.)

Full-length play for 20-60 actors. Features ten fables told individually. Flexible cast! (10 credits.)

50+ royalty-free scripts for kids and teens!

31 characters. Flexible casting. 59 pages in length. Approximately 60 minutes running time. A compilation of 12 short plays for children written by Phyllis J. Perry.(10 credits)

Flexible run time, flexible cast. Use this easy outline to fully create a show based on Dr. Seuss stories.

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

30-45 minutes running time. Parts for 30 actors, flexible cast. Teaches the virtue of kindness! (5 credits)

45-minute adventure/comedy. Parts for 25 young actors. Ages 8-12. Flexible casting! (5 credits)

24+ characters. Flexible casting. 5 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A magical comedy for children and teens by Barbara Henderson.

45-minute adventure/comedy. Parts for 23 young actors. Ages 8-12. Flexible casting! (5 credits)

10 minutes long. Parts for 20+ actors (flexible cast). Best suited for ages 6-10. (3 credits.)

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

4-20+ characters. 1M, 1F, Flexible Cast; 25 pages in length. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A fantasy adventure for children and teens written by Leonard Goodisman. (5 credits)

25-35 minutes running time. Parts for 20 actors, flexible cast. Ages 8-12. A play that teaches students to accept each other’s differences. (5 credits)

Five-minute play. 20 parts. Best-suited for ages 6-10. Includes discussion questions, production notes and extension activities! (3 credits)

14 fairy-tale characters. Approximately 30 minutes running time. Fun, mixed-up fairytale/nursery rhyme play! (3 credits.)

16 characters. 8M, 8F, Flexible Cast; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A time-travelling comedy for children written by Terence Patrick Hughes.

15 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A comedy for children and teens about a scientific experiment gone wrong by Barbara Henderson.

14+ characters. Flexible casting. 5 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. An action-packed adventure for children and teens by Barbara Henderson.

12 characters; 4M, 5F, 2Either; Flexible casting; 11 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. An historical comedy about bed-making written by Wade Bradford.

9 characters; 4M, 3F, 2Either; Flexible casting; 5 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A Thanksgiving comedy about the perils of being a turkey written by Wade Bradford.

8 characters; Flexible Cast. 9 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy for young performers written by Andy Pavey.

8 characters, flexible cast, 7 minutes long. Best for ages 7-10. A monster tries to outsmart a band of pirates.

8 characters. 1M, 7F; Flexible casting; 5 pages long. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A germaphobic barnyard comedy written by Evan Baughfman.

7+ characters. 2M, 4F, 5 Either; Flexible casting; 7 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A play about kindness written by Sally Schnarr and Ken Urso.

6 characters. 2M, 4F; Flexible casting. 9 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A sci-fi rodent comedy written by Evan Baughfman.

6 characters. Flexible cast. Approximately 6 minutes long. Best for ages 8-11. A girl has a strange experience when she falls into a pool.

3 characters. 3F. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a very special birthday gift written by Phyllis J. Perry.

9 characters; 2M; 7Either; Flexible casting; 13 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. An adaptation about a well-loved stuffed animal written by Andy Pavey.

3 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a pirate adventure written by Phyllis J. Perry.

2 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about destroying someone’s property written by Phyllis J. Perry.

2 characters. 2F. 3 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a spooky hiking trip written by Phyllis J. Perry.

2 characters. Flexible casting. 3 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about disorganization written by Phyllis J. Perry.

Whole Class Plays

Full-length play for 20-60 actors. Features ten fables told individually. Flexible cast! (10 credits.)

50+ royalty-free scripts for kids and teens!

31 characters. Flexible casting. 59 pages in length. Approximately 60 minutes running time. A compilation of 12 short plays for children written by Phyllis J. Perry.(10 credits)

Flexible run time, flexible cast. Use this easy outline to fully create a show based on Dr. Seuss stories.

30-45 minutes running time. Parts for 30 actors, flexible cast. Teaches the virtue of kindness! (5 credits)

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

45-minute adventure/comedy. Parts for 23 young actors. Ages 8-12. Flexible casting! (5 credits)

15 minutes long. Parts for 25+ actors. Original monster-themed play best suited for ages 5-11. (3 credits.)

45-minute adventure/comedy. Parts for 25 young actors. Ages 8-12. Flexible casting! (5 credits)

24+ characters. Flexible casting. 5 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A magical comedy for children and teens by Barbara Henderson.

4-20+ characters. 1M, 1F, Flexible Cast; 25 pages in length. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A fantasy adventure for children and teens written by Leonard Goodisman. (5 credits)

21 characters. 2M, 3F, 16 Either. 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedy for children about the unpredictability of the weather by Barbara Henderson.

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

10 minutes long. Parts for 20+ actors (flexible cast). Best suited for ages 6-10. (3 credits.)

25-35 minutes running time. Parts for 20 actors, flexible cast. Ages 8-12. A play that teaches students to accept each other’s differences. (5 credits)

Five-minute play. 20 parts. Best-suited for ages 6-10. Includes discussion questions, production notes and extension activities! (3 credits)

16 characters. 8M, 8F, Flexible Cast; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A time-travelling comedy for children written by Terence Patrick Hughes.

14 fairy-tale characters. Approximately 30 minutes running time. Fun, mixed-up fairytale/nursery rhyme play! (3 credits.)

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

Plays for Smaller Groups

31 characters. Flexible casting. 59 pages in length. Approximately 60 minutes running time. A compilation of 12 short plays for children written by Phyllis J. Perry.(10 credits)

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 credits.)

15 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A comedy for children and teens about a scientific experiment gone wrong by Barbara Henderson.

14+ characters. Flexible casting. 5 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. An action-packed adventure for children and teens by Barbara Henderson.

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

12 characters; 4M, 5F, 2Either; Flexible casting; 11 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. An historical comedy about bed-making written by Wade Bradford.

Approximately five-minutes long. 10 characters. Humorous re-telling of the classic Lewis Carroll poem.

9 characters; 2M; 7Either; Flexible casting; 13 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. An adaptation about a well-loved stuffed animal written by Andy Pavey.

Approximately 7 minutes long. 9 characters. A twisted narrator brings a play to life in real-time.

Approximately 7 minutes long. 9 characters. A twisted narrator brings a play to life in real-time.

9 characters; 4M, 3F, 2Either; Flexible casting; 5 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A Thanksgiving comedy about the perils of being a turkey written by Wade Bradford.

8 characters; Flexible Cast. 9 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy for young performers written by Andy Pavey.

8 characters. 1M, 7F; Flexible casting; 5 pages long. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A germaphobic barnyard comedy written by Evan Baughfman.

8 characters, flexible cast, 7 minutes long. Best for ages 7-10. A monster tries to outsmart a band of pirates.

7+ characters; Flexible cast. 12 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A drama for children ages 10 and older written by Cynthia Morrison.

7+ characters. 2M, 4F, 5 Either; Flexible casting; 7 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A play about kindness written by Sally Schnarr and Ken Urso.

7 characters, 11 pages. Short script that teaches tolerance and the value of diversity. For ages 11 and up.

7 characters; 1F; 1M; 5 Either. 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedy for teens written by Andy Pavey.

Approximately 8 minutes long. 7 characters. Short play adaptation of the classic Mark Twain story!

7 minutes long, parts for 7 actors. Ages 7-10. Adaptation of the classic story by Beatrix Potter.

7 characters; 4F; 3M. 7 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. An adaptation of the classic tale written by Andy Pavey.

Approximately 6 minutes long. 7 characters. A mystical fairy tale based on lyrics from a 1960’s song.

7 characters; 2F; 3M; 2 M or F. 5 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. An adaptation of the nursery rhyme written by Andy Pavey.

6 characters. 2M, 4F; Flexible casting. 9 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A sci-fi rodent comedy written by Evan Baughfman.

6 characters; 2F; 2M; 2 Either. 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedic adaptation written by Andy Pavey.

6 characters, 4 M, 2 F. (Mechanic could be female.) Approximately 7 minutes long. Best for ages 8-11. A funny play about a pizza man who cannot make pizza.

6 characters. Flexible cast. Approximately 6 minutes long. Best for ages 8-11. A girl has a strange experience when she falls into a pool.

5 characters; 2M, 2F, 1 Either; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A drama for children written by Barry M. Putt, Jr.

5 characters. Flexible casting; 6 pages long. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A comedy about the crocodile written by Evan Baughfman.

4 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a worried dragon written by Phyllis J. Perry.

3 characters; 1F, 2M; 10 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy for young performers written by Sarah Thewlis.

3 characters. 2F, 1M. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a gift for a princess written by Phyllis J. Perry.

3 characters. 2F, 1M. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about bringing cheer to the royal family written by Phyllis J. Perry.

3 characters. 3F. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a very special birthday gift written by Phyllis J. Perry.

3 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a pirate adventure written by Phyllis J. Perry.

3 characters. 1F, 1M, 1Either. 3 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about the perfect Christmas gift written by Phyllis J. Perry.

3 characters. 3F. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a very special birthday gift written by Phyllis J. Perry.

2 characters; 1F, 1M; 13 pages in length. Approximately 10-15 minutes running time. A comedy for teens written by Luke Stapleton.

2 characters. 7 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A puppet play written by award-winning playwright, Barbara Henderson.

2 characters. 2F. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about an enchanted hat written by Phyllis J. Perry.

2 characters. 2F; 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A scene for young girls about siblings written by David-Matthew Barnes.

2 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about destroying someone’s property written by Phyllis J. Perry.

2 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about two sneaky frogs written by Phyllis J. Perry.

2 characters. 3 pages long. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A comedy for children about the loss of a pet by playwright, Scot Walker.

2 characters. 2F; 2 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A scene for teens about potential humiliation written by David-Matthew Barnes.

2 characters. 2F. 3 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about a spooky hiking trip written by Phyllis J. Perry.

2 characters. Flexible casting. 3 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about disorganization written by Phyllis J. Perry.

Here are three high-energy short scripts to use when teaching melodrama!