Helpful Guides

How To Put On Short Plays

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

How to Turn Stories into Plays

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

Books for Children to Act Out

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.)

A Tree Called Aesop

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

DN 50 Skits for Kids

50+ royalty-free scripts for kids and teens!

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.

Camp Kindness

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

Legend of the Blue Sapphire

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

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.

Olla and Ollie

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)

Henry the Monster

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)

It Could be Worse

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

Mother Duck and the Golden Goose

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

Doctor Mercury

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.

Pirate Treasure

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

The Pirates and the Monster

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

At the Pool's Edge

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.

The Lost Teddy Bear

3 characters (flexible casting). 4 pages, approximately six minutes running time. A short play for children by Evan Guilford-Blake.

The Velveteen Rabbit

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.

Whole Class Plays

A Tree Called Aesop

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

DN 50 Skits for Kids

50+ royalty-free scripts for kids and teens!

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

Camp Kindness

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)

Monster of Hodgepodge

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

Legend of the Blue Sapphire

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

Olla and Ollie

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)

Weird World of Weather

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.)

Henry the Monster

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)

It Could be Worse

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

Doctor Mercury

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.

Mother Duck and the Golden Goose

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

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 credits.)

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

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

Jabberwocky

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

The Velveteen Rabbit

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.

The Man Who Loved Clocks

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

Narrator Gone Bad

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

Pirate Treasure

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

The Pirates and the Monster

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

The Lemunion Tree

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.

The Heart of Puzzlania

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

Superhero Rejects

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

Tom Sawyer and the Picket Fence

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

Peter’s Big Adventure

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

Peter Rabbit

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

Happiness Stan

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

Little Miss Muffet

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.

Don Quixote

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

The Pizza Man's Problem

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.

At the Pool's Edge

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.

A Nutty Tale

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.

Cloud 9.45B

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

The Lost Teddy Bear

3 characters (flexible casting). 4 pages, approximately six minutes running time. A short play for children by Evan Guilford-Blake.

Bus Lessons

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

Captain Stragglybeard's Apprentice

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

Have A Hoppy Holiday

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.

Mini Melodrama Scripts

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