List of over 200 short plays for kids and teens. These royalty-free plays include dramas and comedies for elementary, middle school and high school students. All are available as immediate PDF downloads. Use them to practice role-play, acting practice, reader’s theatre, and for performances!

Short play scripts ages 5-11

(In order of cast size, largest first.)

How the Rhinoceros Got Its Wrinkly Skin

How the Rhinoceros Got Its Wrinkly Skin
3-30+ characters, flexible casting. Approximately 5 minutes long. An animal origin story about how the rhinoceros got its wrinkly skin. Based on the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.

How the Kangaroo Got Its Jump

How the Kangaroo Got Its Jump
3-30+ characters, flexible casting. Approximately 5 minutes long. An origin animal origin story about how the camel got its hump. Based on the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.

How the Whale Got Its Throat

How the Whale Got Its Throat
3-30+ characters, flexible casting. Approximately 5 minutes long. An origin animal origin story about how the whale got its throat. Based on the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.

How the Camel Got Its Hump

How the Camel Got Its Hump
6-30+ characters, flexible casting. Approximately 5 minutes long. An origin animal origin story about how the camel got its hump. Based on the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.

Toy Store Play Script for Kids

Toy Store
5-30 characters (13 characters as written), approximately 10 minutes running time. When the shop owner leaves, all the toys come to life! (1 credit)

Short, funny play for teens-The Magic Necklace

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

Stone Soup with Simple Songs

Stone Soup with Simple Songs
10 characters. Approximately 10 minutes long. Based on the folktale about sharing with strangers. Includes simple songs to familiar tunes.

Thirteen Colonies Game Show Play Cover

Thirteen Colonies Game Show
20+ characters. 8 pages long. Approximately 10 minutes running time. American history play in which students portray the original thirteen colonies.

It Could be Worse play script cover.

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)

The Selfish Giant Play Script for Schools

The Selfish Giant
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.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Doctor Mercury

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.

Fred the Skunk

Fred the Skunk
15 characters. Flexible gender casting, as characters are all animals. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play about a skunk who wants to make friends.

Short funny play for kids-A Fly In The Eye

A Fly In The Eye
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.

Mystery Play Script for Kids-Rainforest Murder

Rainforest Murder
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.

Ear Today, Gone Tomorrow
14 characters. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Short play about fitting in, featuring an all-animal cast!

The Best Treasure ever

The Best Treasure Ever
14 characters. Approximately 20 minutes running time. Tall tale adaptation of a Polish folk tale-includes song lyrics.

Dorothy’s Adventure in the Magical Kingdom of Oz
12+ characters. Approximately 10 minutes running time.

Funny Play Script-A History of Messy Rooms

A History of Messy Rooms
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.

A Million Cats

A Million Cats
10+ characters. 1M, 1F, 8 or more of any gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Classic story about an old man who brings home millions of cats to his wife.

Alice in Wonderland Seussic

Alice in Wonderland Seussical Style
Flexible casting for 10+ characters. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Narration and rhyming make it perfect for elementary and middle school. Suggestions for adding more Lewis Carroll poetry to your performance.

Alice in Wonderland for Early Readers

Alice in Wonderland for Early Readers
Flexible casting for 10+ characters. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Leading narration and rhyming make it perfect for preschool and elementary. Includes suggestions for adding more poetry to your production.

Brer Rabbit and the Day of Learning

Brer Rabbit and the Day of Learning
10+ characters with flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. An original take on the Brer Rabbit trickster tale with lots of animal friends. Written by Malcom Henty.

Space Travel Rap

Space Travel Rap
10+ characters. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Fun space-themed short play featuring a ‘rapping’ chorus!

The Jabberwocky Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

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

Stone Soup with Simple Songs

Stone Soup with Simple Songs
10 characters. Approximately 10 minutes long. Based on the folktale about sharing with strangers. Includes simple songs to familiar tunes.

How Anansi Got His Stories Script Royalty-free Play Script for Schools

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

Why The Bullfrog Croaks

Why The Bullfrog Croaks
9 characters. Flexible casting; 7 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. An comedy for children about humility written by Karleen Hayden.

A Sea Change in the Forest

A Sea Change in the Forest
9 characters. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Short environmental play about keeping our woodlands safe, while continuing to provide lumber for society.

Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Fox

Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Fox
9 characters with flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. An original take on the familiar Brer Rabbit Down the Well tale. Written by Malcom Henty.

The Day Global Trade was Saved by Kids from PS188
9 characters. Approximately 5 minutes long. Short funny play about global economics, politics, and making compromises!

King Arthur and the Queen of Hearts

King Arthur and the Queen of Hearts
9 characters. 5 minutes running time. King Arthur uses a homing pigeon to find himself a girlfriend!

Funny Thanksgiving Play for Kids-Terri and the Turkey

Terri and the Turkey
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

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Man Who Loved Clocks

The Man Who Loved Clocks
8 characters; Flexible cast; 25 pages in length. Approximately 20-30 minutes running time. A drama for all ages written by Jordan R. Young.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Man Who Loved Clocks

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

The-Noblemans-Bride

The Nobleman’s Bride
8-12 characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play about a nobleman who goes about finding a wife the wrong way. By Debra A. Cole.

Brer Rabbit Mr. Man and the Candy Store

Mr. Man’s Candy Store, A Brer Rabbit Tale
8+ characters with flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. An original take on the Brer Rabbit trickster tale with lots of animal friends. Written by Malcom Henty.

Chicken Little Investigates

Chicken Little Investigates
8+ characters with flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Science-based tale, where characters discover gravity. Includes drama lesson plan. Adapted by Lois Wickstrom.

Bumpy Ride

Bumpy Ride
8 characters, flexible gender casting. Approximately 6 minutes running time. A moose needs help on her way to work, but various animals refuse to come to her aid.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Pirates and the Monster

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.

Funny Barnyard Play-Why Pig Likes the Mud

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

Billy Goats Gruff Royalty-free Play Script for Schools

The Billy Goats Gruff
7 minutes long. Parts for 8 actors. Humorous re-telling of the classic Norwegian fairy tale. For ages 7-10.

Breathe

Breathe
8 characters, 1M, 1F, 6 flexible gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time.

Rainbowland Play Script

Rainbowland
7+characters. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Colorful characters like fairies, knights, witches, and butterflies share a message of kindness. Leading narration makes it easy for young children to perform. Written by Jennifer Reif.

Kindness Play Script for Kids-Sally the Stone

Sally the Stone
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.

Dolphins and Grolphins and the Keys to Success

Dolphins and Grolphins and the Keys to Success
7+ characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes long. Comedy play about dolphins teaching the keys to happiness and success. Perfect for elementary students and SEL, Social Emotional Learning.

Belling the Cat Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

Belling the Cat
7 characters; Flexible cast. 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedic adaptation of the classic fable written by Andy Pavey.

Boogie Shoes

Boogie Shoes
7 characters, any gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Adaptation of a Japanese folk tale.

Chicken Little Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

Chicken Little
7 characters; Flexible cast; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedy based on the classic fairy tale written by Andy Pavey.

Honey-cakes

Honey Cakes
7 characters, 4M 3F flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play adaptation from a story in ‘The Arabian Nights’ by Debra A. Cole.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Superhero Rejects

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 Royalty-free Play Script for Schools

Tom Sawyer and the Picket Fence Approximately 8 minutes long. 7 characters. Short play adaptation of the classic Mark Twain story!

Tasty Vegetables

Tasty Vegetables
7 characters, any gender…they’re vegetables. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A gang of vegetables devises a plan for getting kids to like them.

The Unlucky Man Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

The Unlucky Man
7 characters; Flexible cast. 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time (depending on casting). An Irish folk-tale adapted by Janea Dahl.

Peter's Big Adventure Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

Peter’s Big Adventure
7 minutes long, parts for 7 actors. Ages 7-10. Adaptation of the classic story by Beatrix Potter.

Brer Rabbit and Sister Swans Daughter

Brer Rabbit and Sister Swan’s Daughter
7+characters with flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Funny and short playscript about the trickster Brer Rabbit and many other animal friends. Written by Malcom Henty.

Three Blind Mice Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

Three Blind Mice
7 characters; 1M, 1F; 5 Either; 5 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A comedy for children based on the nursery rhyme written by Andy Pavey.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey Diddle Diddle
7 characters; Flexible cast. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. An adaptation of the nursery rhyme written by Andy Pavey.

Little Miss Muffet Royalty-free Play Script for Schools

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.

Peter Rabbit Royalty-free Play Script for Schools

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.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Happiness Stan

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

Huff Puff Grind Three Little Pigs

Huff, Puff, Grind… The Three Little Pigs Get Smart
6+ characters with flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Science-based tale, where characters discover a problem can be a solution out of place. Includes drama lesson plan. Adapted by Lois Wickstrom.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The First Fire

The First Fire
6+ characters; Flexible cast. 1 page in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time (depending on casting). An Aboriginal pantomime play for children adapted by Janea Dahl.

A Big Mess

A Big Mess
6 characters. 3M, 3F, flexible casting. Short play by Debra A. Cole about the importance of staying organized.

The Sleepy Bear

The Sleepy Bear
6 characters, 1F, 5 any gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Comedic play by Debra A. Cole about natural disasters.

pandamonuim

PANDAmonium
6 characters, 3F, 3M. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play by Debra A. Cole that addresses racism and diversity in a non-threatening way.

Funny Short Play Script-The Amazing Rat

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

Cutting-the-strings

Cutting the Strings
6 characters, flexible gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Play adaptation of a Burmese folk tale. Students play life-sized puppets!

Grateful Granny Pageant

Grateful Granny Pageant
6 characters, 1M, 5F. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Five modern grannies compete in a beauty pageant.

Dinner for Lion Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

Dinner for Lion
6 characters; flexible casting; 2 pages in length. Approximately 3 minutes running time. A short African folk tale.

Dinner Lessons

Dinner Lessons
6 characters, 3M, 3F. Approximately 10 minutes running time. The class prankster gets a surprise when his teacher comes to his house for dinner.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-At the Pool's Edge

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.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Don Quixote

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.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Pizza Man's Problem

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.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Three Fish Friends

Three Fish Friends
6 characters; Flexible casting. 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. An adaptation of an Indian Panchatantra fable written by Neha Bhatt.

Play Scripts for Schools-The Stonecutter

The Stonecutter
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 Wishing Pond

The Wishing Pond
6 characters, 1F, 5 any gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play based on an African American folk tale.

Little Red Hen Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

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

Goldilocks and the Six Simple Machines

Goldilocks and the Six Simple Machines
5+ characters with flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Science-based tale, where characters explore scientific principles. Includes drama lesson plan. Adapted by Lois Wickstrom.

Jaguar and Deer Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

Jaguar and Deer
5+ characters; Flexible cast. 3 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A South American folk tale adapted by Janea Dahl.

The Moon and Her Mother

The Moon and Her Mother
5+ characters. Approximately 3 minutes running time. Short play based on an Aesop fable.

The Pond

The Pond
5+ characters, flexible gender casting. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Short play based on a Native American fable.

red shoes

Red Shoes
5 characters. 4F, 1M. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play about a girl who finds herself in an unfortunate situation, yet finds her strength to overcome adversity.

The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse
5 characters; Flexible cast; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A comedy for children based on the popular folk tale written by Andy Pavey.

The-Honorable-Woodsman

The Honorable Woodsman
5 characters, 1M, 2F, 2 any gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Play adaptation of a Jean La Fontaine fable.

The-Price-of-Gold

The Price of Gold
5M characters-all male cast. Approximately 10 minutes running time. This amusing short play by Debra A. Cole is a cautionary tale about greed.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-A Nutty Tale

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.

The Allergens

The Allergens
5 characters, flexible casting. Approximately 5 minutes long. Short play by Debra A. Cole, in which allergy-causing foods bemoan their fate.

Humpty Dumpty Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

Humpty Dumpty
5 characters; 2M; 3Either; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedy based on the classic nursery rhyme written by Andy Pavey.

the secret

The Secret
5 characters, 1M, 1F, 3 any gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Funny short play about keeping secrets.

Funny play for kids-Why Crocodile is so Snappy

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

Lunch Time

Lunch Time
5 characters, 4F, 1 any gender. Approximately 7 minutes running time. A family of bunnies outwits a wily fox.

roofus and ryan

Roofus and Ryan
5 characters, any gender. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play about resilience.

Stinky Frank

Stinky Frank
5 characters. 3 M, 2 F. Approximately 7 minutes running time. Short play by Debra A. Cole about personal hygiene.

The Tiny Little Giant

The Tiny Little Giant
5 characters, 1M, 1F, 3 either. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A short play by Debra A. Cole about embracing our differences.

Brer Rabbit Meet Brer Lion

Brer Rabbit Meets Brer Lion
4 characters with flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Original take on a Brer Rabbit trickster tale using rhyming couplets. Written by Malcolm Henty.

How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
4 characters, 3 minutes long. Native American Legend about how the chipmunk got his stripes.

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather
4 characters, any gender. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Adorable short play by Debra A. Cole about beauty coming from within.

Short Play Script for Children-Calypso, the Royal Dragon

Calypso, the Royal Dragon
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.

A-Golden-Peace-of-Mind

A Golden Peace of Mind
4 characters, 1M, 1F, 2 any gender. Approximately 7 minutes running time. Short play that teaches the value of believing in yourself!

roosters today chickens tomorrow

Rooster Today, Chickens Tomorrow
4 characters, 2M, 1F, 1 either. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Short play about the importance of finding meaning in everyday occurrences.

DN Share the Burden

Share the Burden
4 characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play based on an African trickster tale by Debra A. Cole.

Play Scripts for Schools-The Smell of Soup and the Sound of Money

Smell of Soup Sound of Money
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. Includes one page of extension activities and discussion questions.

Virtual Life

Virtual Life
4 characters, 2F, 2M. Approximately 7 minutes running time. Short play about how video games distract people from real life.

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son
4 characters, all male. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play by Debra A. Cole, in which two boys brag about their fathers.

Boy Lizard

Boy Lizard
4 characters. 3M 1F, flexible casting. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Short wizard-themed skit, parodying Harry Potter.

Princess Play Script for Children-The Best Birthday Ever

The Best Birthday Ever
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.

Play script for kids-Pirate Treasure

Pirate Treasure
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.

Short play script for children-Hiccups

Hiccups
3 characters. 3F. 4 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short play for children about friendship, written by Phyllis J. Perry.

Short Fairy Tale Play Script for Childen-Gloomy, Rainy Day

Gloomy, Rainy Day
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.

snow day superstitions

Snow Day Superstitions
3 characters. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play about kids wishing for a snow day.

Play Script for Children-Never Empty Stew Pot

Never Empty Stew Pot
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.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Boomerang

Boomerang
3 characters; Flexible cast. 2 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. An Australian folk tale adaptation written by Janea Dahl.

A Candy for Kimo

A Candy for Kimo
1-3 characters. Approximately ten minutes running time. A Hawaiian boy gets more than candy on Halloween.

The Star Counter

The Star Counter
2 characters. Flexible casting. 9 pages. A fantasy for children written by Paul Antokolsky.

Short Moral Play for Children-Three Sticks

Three Sticks
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.

Short Play Script for Children-In the Cave

In the Cave
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.

Play Script for Young Children-Lost and Found

Lost and Found
2 characters. Flexible casting. 3 pages. A short play for children about disorganization written by Phyllis J. Perry.

Royalty-free Pirate Play Script for Schools Captain Stragglybeard's Apprentice

Captain Stragglybeard’s Apprentice
2 characters. 5 pages. A puppet play written by award-winning playwright Barbara Henderson.

Short Play Script for Children-The Magic Hat

The Magic Hat
2 characters. 2F. 4 pages. A short play for children about an enchanted hat written by Phyllis J. Perry.

Scene for Teens about embarrasment-Right Foot, Wrong Shoe

Right Foot, Wrong Shoe
2 characters. 2F. 2 pages. A scene for teens about potential humiliation written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Scene for teenagers-The Hula Hoop Girls: Sibling Rivalry

The Hula Hoop Girls: Sibling Rivalry
2 characters. 2F. 3 pages. A scene for young girls about siblings written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Play Script for Young Children-Two Fussy Frogs

Two Fussy Frogs
2 characters. Flexible casting. 4 pages. A short play for children about two sneaky frogs written by Phyllis J. Perry.

Short Scenes About School

Short Scenes About School
Eleven short scenes about school are perfect for elementary and middle school. Includes 10 funny scenes for pairs and one scene for three people. Also includes ideas for using the scripts and discussion questions.

Practice Scenes for Three Young Actors

Practice Scenes for Three Young Actors
Short scenes for three actors. Best suited for elementary and middle school.

Mad Lib Scripts

Mad Lib Scenes
Ten funny scenes with five suggestions for how to use them. Great for elementary through high school.

More Mad Libs Scripts

More Mad Lib Scenes
Ten funny scenes with five suggestions for how to use them. Great for elementary through high school.

Fable and Folk Tale Scenes for Early Readers

Fable and Folk Tale Scenes for Early Readers
Ten short fable and folk tale scenes for early readers or English language learners.

Friendship and Fun Scenes for Early Readers

Friendship and Fun Scenes for Early Readers
Ten short friendship and fun scenes for early readers or English language learners.

Fairy Tale Scenes for Early Readers

Fairy Tale Scenes for Early Readers
Ten short fairy tale scenes for early readers or English language learners.

Occupations-Short Scenes for Early Readers

Occupations-Short Scenes for Early Readers
Ten short scenes about different jobs for early readers or English language learners. Each script is one page in length. Sight words and rhyming make scenes easy and fun to read.

Emotions Scenes for Early Readers

Emotions Scenes for Early Readers
Ten short scenes about emotions for early readers or English language learners. Each script is one page long and contains a discussion prompt at the end. Sight words and rhyming make scenes easy and fun to read.

Short play scripts ages 12 and Up

(In order of cast size, largest first.)

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Roll of the Dice

Roll of the Dice
20 characters. 6 pages long. Approximately 7 minutes running time. A short comedy by playwright, Barbara Henderson.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Here We come

Here we Come
18 characters. 6 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A short comedy by playwright, Barbara Henderson.

The-Great-Chicago-Fire

The Great Chicago Fire / The Trial of Bessie
16 characters. 4F, 5M, 7Either; Flexible casting; 10 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A cowtastrophe written by Holly Winn.

Play Script for Schools-The Little Known Voyage of Christina Columbus

The Little Known Voyage of Christina Columbus
15 characters. 7M, 8F; 11 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A semi-historical comedy for children written by Terence Patrick Hughes.

The Plucky Wives of Henry VIII

The Plucky Wives of Henry VIII
14 characters. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Comedic script featuring the many wives of Henry VIII.

What Should You Do?

What Should You Do?
13 characters. 10 minutes running time. Play warning about the dangers of drug and alcohol use among teenagers.

Middle School Brain

Middle School Brain
13 characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. One teen character is split into many aspects of her personality in this entertaining short play by Debra A. Cole.

A Middle School Science Project Time Machine

A Middle School Science Project Time Machine
11 characters. Approximately ten minutes running time. Middle school students travel to a bleak future during the science fair.

Incognito

Incognito
10 characters, 3M, 2F, 3 any gender. Approximately 7 minutes running time. Funny short play about Superman wanting a day off!

The Burglar Alarm-Mark Twain Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

Mark Twain Play Script – The Burglar Alarm
4-10 characters, flexible casting. Approximately ten-minutes running time. Comedy based on a Mark Twain story.

Short play for kids-A Trip To The Forest

A Trip to the Forest
9+ characters. 3M, 3F, 3+ Either; 4 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. A short, family play for kids and teens by Jasmine Rodgers’s Class.

Animal Farm Script for Kids

Animal Farm
8+ characters; 3M, 5+Either; Flexible casting; 8 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A comedic adaptation of George Orwell’s story by written by Andy Pavey.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Search for a Director

The Search for a Director
8 parts, 9 pages. Short script for use in a directing class. Best suited for ages 10-13.

Ghosting for Good

Ghosting For Good
8 Characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes long. Short, black box play about two teens dealing with the cruelty of online bullying.

A River in Savannah

A River in Savannah
7 characters; 10 pages long. Approximately ten minutes running time. A play that addresses racial/cultural issues from American history.

Social Media

Social Media
Five different social media characters argue over who does the least harm. 7 characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time.

Curious Case of Benjamin Button-Play Script for Schools

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7 characters; 5M; 2F; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedic adaptation about aging written by Andy Pavey.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-THE MAYPOLE, or My Problem with Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Maypole
6+ characters. Flexible cast. 5 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A rapping comedy for teens written by Germaine Shames.

Useful Women, A Victorian Chat Show

Useful Women, A Victorian Chat Show
6 characters. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Historical and comedic script featuring exceptional women in the 19th Century. Suitable for elementary, middle and high school students, especially those studying 19th century England.

Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare
Four teen girls having a sleepover play a prank that backfires! 6 female characters. Approximately ten minutes running time.

The Big Dance

The Big Dance
6 characters, all female. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Cute play by Debra A. Cole about a group of teenage girls who are attending their first school dance.

The Contest

The Contest
6 characters, 3M, 3F. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Funny short play that teaches a lesson about being stubborn and fighting with your siblings or friends.

Project Humans

Project Humans
5 characters, any gender. Approximately 5 minutes running time. Alien abduction comedy!

The-Price-of-Gold

The Price of Gold
5M characters-all male cast. Approximately 10 minutes running time. This amusing short play by Debra A. Cole is a cautionary tale about greed.

Super Me

Super Me
A bullied teen gets unexpected help from his/her superhero alter-ego. 5 characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time.

Brighter Than the Others

Brighter Than Others
7 characters. Ten minutes running time. Funny scene in which cave people hold a board meeting.

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis
5 characters, all female. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play for teens about being yourself rather than trying to conform! Great play for students to get creative with costuming.

The Spy Next Door

The Spy Next Door
Short play about a group of students who think their teacher is a spy! 5 characters, flexible casting. Approximately ten minutes running time.

Honestly

Honestly
5 characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short, modern play by Debra A. Cole based on a West African folk tale.

Short Skit-LGBT Sketch

LGBT Sketch
4 characters. Flexible casting. 2 pages in length. Approximately 1-5 minutes running time. Four monologues about LGBT acceptance written by Corrina Bryant.

DN-Script-Looking-for-Juliet

Looking for Juliet
4 characters. 1M, 3F; 11 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A short comedy for teens about a Shakespeare audition written by Teresa Fogel.

The Golden Goose Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

The Golden Goose
4 characters. 8 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A drama for teens written by Scot Walker.

Geointerfering Inc.

Geointerfering Inc.
4 characters, flexible casting. Approximately 10 minutes long. An absurdist comedy about the environmental crisis by Leonard Goodisman.

Animal Conservation Play for Schools-Tsetse Valley

Tse Tse Valley
4 characters; 4M; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. Additional 7 page study guide included. A drama for teens and adults written by Tsungayi Hatitye. (3 credits)

A Night at the Human Garden

A Night at the Human Garden
5 characters. 7 minutes running time. Several misguided customers misinterpret the menu items at a Chinese food restaurant.

The Trial

The Trial
4 characters. 10 minutes running time. A woman on trial for being a witch pushes back against her accusers.

Canine Connection

Canine Connection
4 characters, (3 speaking, 1 non-speaking) Gender flexible. All characters are dogs. Approximately 8 minutes running time. Hilarious play where dogs run a radio call-in show. Perfect for middle and high school.

Zero Hour

Zero Hour
4 characters. 6 minutes running time. Comedic scene in which a group of turkeys brace themselves against an unknown enemy.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Quest

The Quest
4 characters. 4F. 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A comedy for teens and adults written by Corrina Bryant.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Transmorpher

Transmorpher
4 characters. 4M; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A science fair comedy for teens by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Pollution Skit-Plastic World

Plastic World
4 characters. 2M, 2F. 6 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. An informational play about pollution written by Corrina Bryant.

Lab-Report

Lab Report
4 characters. Flexible casting. 10 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A short play for teens about therapy written by Louise Scoville.

Yes, Indeed

Yes, Indeed
4 characters, flexible casting, Approximately 10 minutes running time. Four intrepid explorers lead the audience to rediscover the value of imagination. Comedy script perfect for commedia dell’arte, clowning, or physical theatre. Great for teens.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Beauty Kweens

Beauty Kweens
4 characters. 3F, 1M. 9 pages in length.Approximately 5-10 minutes running time.A competitive comedy for teens written by Diana Burbano.

The Ghost in My Tent
4 characters. 4F; 9 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A ghost story for teens written by Elizabeth Rapoza.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Concert

Concert
4 characters. 4F. 9 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A dramedy for teens about religious tolerance written by Marj O’Neill-Butler.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Get Over Your Selfie

Get Over Your Selfie
4 characters. 2F, 2M. 3 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A short, selfie-absorbed comedy for children and teens written by Donna Latham.

Benchmark

Benchmark
4 characters, all males. Approximately 10 minutes. A funny yet sentimental script about true friendship. Perfect for middle school and high school students.

The Census

The Census
4 characters. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Short play that deals with the history of the US census and questions about race.

Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral Mark Twain Royalty-free Play Script for Schools

Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral
3 characters. 1F, 2M. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Comedic short play based on a Mark Twain tale. Very funny use of language!

The Spotted Skink

The Spotted Skink
3+ Characters, Flexible Casting. Approximately 10 minutes running time. Clever and witty script about two young people trying to save their town by claiming they’ve discovered an endangered species. Will they go to any length to convince people?

Play Script for Teens-The Human Room

The Human Room
3 characters. 2M, 1F; 8 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. An existential drama for teens written by Corey Pajka.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Masks

Masks
3 characters. 2M, 1F. 11 pages in length. Approximately 10 minutes running time. A comedy for teens about social anxiety written by Scott Mullen.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Hungry, Hungry Hippo Burgers

Hungry, Hungry Hippo Burgers
3 characters. 7 pages long. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A fast food comedy for teens and adults by playwright, Scot Walker.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-You Oughta Be In Pictures

You Oughta Be In Pictures
3 characters. 2F,1M; 7 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A science fiction comedy for kids by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Kidnapped by Pirates

Kidnapped by Pirates
3 characters. 3F; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A Renaissance comedy for teens or adults by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Music of Love

The Music of Love
3 characters; 1M, 2F; 6 pages in length. Approximately 5-10 minutes running time. A romantic comedy for teens written by Robin Blasberg.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Battle of What Bridge

Battle of What Bridge
3 characters. 3M; 5 pages in length. Approximately 3-5 minutes running time. A Renaissance comedy for teens or adults by playwright, Elizabeth Rapoza.

Balloon Ride

Balloon Ride
3 characters. 7 pages long. Approximately 6 minutes running time. Comedy scene that takes place in a hot air balloon.

Cold Case

Cold Case
2 characters, flexible casting. 5 pages. Funny mystery scene for middle and high school students.

The Unfortunate Teller

The Unfortunate Teller
2 characters. 7 pages. A hilarious scene between a fake fortune teller and a customer.

The Present

The Present
2 characters. 11 pages. A comedic scene in which a gift is awkwardly given and received.

The Field Trip

The Field Trip
2 characters. 3 pages. A scene about a couple of students who sneak away from the school field trip.

Oscar

Oscar
2 F characters. 10 pages. A teenage couple visits the family home of one of the girls after her mother has died.

The Condor Egg

The Condor Egg
2 characters. 6 pages. An imaginative teenager dreams of doing something unusual for the school art show.

A Lively Outfit

A Lively Outfit
2 characters. 10 pages. An eccentric shop owner recruits his assistant to help him with a strange experiment.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Johnson And The Meaning Of Life

Nevada Johnson And The Meaning Of Life
2 characters. 1M, 1F. 10 pages. A comedy adventure for teens by Evan Baughfman.

The Gospel of Mom Mark Twain Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

The Gospel of Mom
Short Mark Twain play script for two females. Ages 12 and up. 8 pages. Based on the philosophical writings of Mark Twain.

Play Script for Teens-Visiting

Visiting
2 characters. 1M, 1F. 9 pages. A short drama about teen parents and crime written by Alan Stolzer.

Play Script for Teens-Alzheimer’s Diary

Alzheimer’s Diary
2 characters. 2F. 21 pages. A drama about a daughter and her ill mother written by Steve Gold.

Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb
2 characters. 9 pages. A pair of cats are stuck in a tree and they argue about how to get down.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Bequest

Bequest
2 characters. 1M, 1F. 8 pages. A touching drama for children and teens written by Jon Bromfield.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Puppy Love

Puppy Love
2 characters. 2F. 8 pages. A funny, warm comedy for teens and adults written by Corrina Bryant.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-An Imaginary Friend

An Imaginary Friend
2 characters. 2M. 7 pages. A short play about an imaginary friendship by Martha Patterson.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Revenge of the Howling Ring-Tailed Spider Monkeys

The Revenge of the Howling Ring-Tailed Spider Monkeys
2 characters. Flexible cast. 8 pages. A comedy about a meltdown for teens and adults by playwright, Scot Walker. (Language)

The Greatest Of Expectations Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-

The Greatest Of Expectations
2 characters. 1M, 1F. 6 pages. A futuristic tale for teens with Charles Dickens written by Steven Lancefield.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Rules

The Rules
2 characters. 2F. 5 pages. A short play about creating real friendship by Martha Patterson.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse
2 characters. 2M. 3 pages. A scene for boys about keeping a promise written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Leaving the Cave

Leaving the Cave
2M characters. 3 pages. A classical drama for teens and adults written by Cameron Corcoran.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-My Lips Are Sealed

My Lips Are Sealed
2 characters. 2F. 3 pages. A scene for teens about gossiping written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-One Stupid Moment

One Stupid Moment
2 characters. 3 pages. A scene for teens about a humiliating encounter written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Royalty-free Play Script for Schools-Thirteen

Thirteen-Play Script for Two Girls
2 characters. 2F. 3 pages. A scene for young girls about rejection written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Thomas Thomas

Thomas, Thomas
2 characters. 12 pages. Short play about Thomas Jefferson renting his slaves to another slave owner.

20 Practice Scenes for Pairs for Drama Classroom

Acting Scripts for Kids and Teens
Twenty, one-page scenes that can be acted out immediately!

20 More Short Practice Scenes

20 More Short Practice Scenes
20 more one-page scenes for pairs or three actors!

Another 20 Short Practice Scenes

Another 20 Practice Scenes
Another 20 short practice scenes for pairs.

Practice Scenes for Three Teenage Actors

Practice Scenes for Three Teenage Actors
Short scenes for three actors. Best suited for ages 12-18.

Mad Lib Scripts

Mad Lib Scenes
Ten funny scenes with five suggestions for how to use them. Great for elementary through high school.

More Mad Libs Scripts

More Mad Libs Scripts
Ten funny scenes with five suggestions for how to use them. Great for elementary through high school.