Plays for Middle School Students to Perform
Middle School Plays & Musicals For Student Actors. Havescripts has a reputation for publishing exceptional plays, plays with music and musicals specifically written by professional writers for student actors. From popular one-acts to award-winning full-length plays and musicals with a focus on plays that inspire, educate and uplift.
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A Touch of Frost
- 20 - 60 minutes
- 2 Males, 1 Female Max/Min 3
In these three short one act plays, Wilford, from New York, finally realizes that his new neighbors–Mila, her son Klig, and husband Kulerie Klee–may not be from this planet but live on a farm next to Wilford’s newly purchased homestead – in Vermont! Their adjoining farms are separated only by a stone wall which is beginning to fall apart. What to do? Knock it down? Build it back? – and by what are they walling in and walling out?
These three gentle one-act comedies raise a question suggested by Robert Frost himself: Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out, a question that hints at issues of knowledge, self-recognition, bias or prejudice—or even, these days, politics.
Small cast of 3; simple set: bare stage with a few rocks; downloadable PDF available; can be performed by high school, college, university students or groups. Excellent for touring to schools.Read More
Inside and Out
- 10 minutes
- 1 Male, 1 Female. 1 M or F. Max 3, Min 3
This 10-minute poetic play by Jean Klein dramatizes a mother’s attempt to reach inside the autistic mind of her young son. Characters include Jonah, the boy, his mother, Jonah’s mind. This play is a great change of pace in an evening of short plays and as an introduction to discussion groups and classes in social work and mental health settings.Read More
- 15 minutes
- 2 Males, 2 Females
Cell, a 10-minute play by Bonnie Culver, takes us inside connecting and disconnecting calls among 4 different cell phone users attempting to find answers to the central problems in their lives with sometimes odd results.Read More
Shorts for All Seasons: America Revisited
Shorts for All Seasons: America Revisited – a collection of six 10-minute plays written by the Virginia Playwrights Forum, skewers the American political and social landscape. From taxes and lotteries, to classrooms and talk show hosts, the foibles of present-day America are revealed.Read More
Shakespeare-On-The-Go: 4 Touring Plays For Young Audiences
These 4 adapatations of Shakespeare plays are skilfully adapted for young audiences and include: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Plays are each approximately 45 to 50 minutes. They are all fast paced, engaging, and include both Shakespeare’s original language as well as theatrical devices that make the language more accessible to young audiences. As exciting participatory theater they appeal to elementary school students. With the participatory elements removed, each play’s frame story is producible as a play for teens or for teen drama groups to perform for a younger audience.Read More
Romeo and Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words
- 50 Minutes
- 5+ Females 5+ Males Minimum 10 Maximum 20+
This adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” by Robyn Hilt pares down the original but retains the major plot points and beauty of the poetry. “Romeo & Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words” is an ideal choice for classroom presentation. All of the major scenes and plot points are intact, as well as the humor of the Nurse and Mercutio. Students take one role and develop that character through analyzing motives and decisions.Read More
- 90 Minutes
- 8 Males; 2 Females; Doubling Possible
Banned in Boston! Before a successful run off-off-Broadway, scheduled productions of Sniper were canceled by high schools after the Oklahoma City and Columbine shooting, fearful that this play would incite violence. Set in 1974, Sniper invites us into the fictional world of real-life sniper Anthony Barbaro, who on December 30, 1974, took a gun up to the third floor of his high school and became one of the nation’s first headlined teenage rampage killers.
Great for high school, college, and community theater and discussion groups.Read More
- 90 Minutes
- 10 Males 8 females Max 18 Min 15 (Doubling Possible)
Adapted by Mickey Coburn from Charles Perrault’s classical fairytale, this full-length comedy features delightfully nasty stepsisters and feisty take-charge Cinderella, in addition to several original characters. This is a play for children of all ages. Easily performed by a children’s theater, or by teen or college drama groups, it has possible casting for young actors as well.Read More
Frankenstein… or The Modern Prometheus
- 120 Minutes
- 7 Males 3 Females Max 13 Min 10 (Doubling Possible)
Earlier versions of this full-length adaptation by Kathleen McBlair have been performed in school and community theaters since 1980. Audiences love it and scream heartily every time the Creature arrives in the window. True to the Mary Shelley original, except for a comic servant role, the play depicts The Creature with as much horror and sympathy as the original. Ideal for Halloween!
- 90 Minutes
- 8 Male, 3 Female, 11 Min, 19 Max
Give Scrooge a break this holiday! THE CHIMES is a full-length, large-cast adaptation, by Jean Klein, of another Dickens’ classic Christmas/New Years tale. Toby Veck, an impoverished London porter wants to bless his daughter’s marriage by New Year’s Day. Alas, he doesn’t have even a shilling in his pocket. Surely, the wealthy families he carries packages for will find enough work for him to do before the New Year comes and he must break a promise made on his late wife’s deathbed.
This Dickens’ comedy is a great Christmas change-of-pace for schools, communities, and regional theaters.Read More
The Tempest for Youth
- 45 Minutes
- 4 Male, 2 Female, 6 Min, 12 Max
This 45-minute appealing adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a comedy to be relished. It has all the exciting elements: of the original play: shipwrecks, a love story, an evil plot, and the fun exploits of the spirits Ariel and her adversary, the rebellious fish-man, Caliban. Written by Gillette Elvgren, the renowned author of plays for school, college and university. The flexible cast roles ensures a part for everyone. A must-see for young audiences.Read More
- 120 Minutes
- 12 Male, 9 Female, Min/Max 21
Snow White, often considered a Grimm Fairytale, actually came from books by the French Huguenot Charles Perrault, the creator of Mother Goose. This re-creation of the story is remarkably contemporary in its dialogue and conception of the characters. Snow White is saucy and flippant, and the play has a sense of humor, timeless charm and a touch of “camp” that adults, as well as children, enjoy.Read More
The Selfish Giant
- 60 Minutes
- 3 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 5
A full-length fantasy play based on Oscar Wilde’s Story The Selfish Giant. This adventure tells the enchanting story of a group of city kids who discover a beautiful house and garden in the middle of their cement and broken glass environment. But they are chased off by the selfish giant, Gorgon, who places a ‘No Trespassing’ sign on the gate. Because of his selfishness, the elements of Frost, Snow, and Hail invade his garden and transform it into a place where Spring is banished.