Using imaginative staging, Everykid, a one-act play for children, takes its young main characters through confrontations with the misguided values of contemporary life: an emphasis on money, beauty, fame, etc. Eventually, they learn to work together and to care about and share each other’s resources. This play has been produced by several university theater departments for children.
In addition to main roles, 4 other characters such as The Magician or Nit and Wit can be played by either male or female actors.
From the Play
Madge the Magician
Time: Once upon a time
(EVERYGIRL runs on led by MADGE the Magician and WIT her comic sidekick.)
EVERYGIRL: (Sitting.) Stop! I can’t go another step.
MADGE: You won’t have to take another step my dear. Have no fear for Beautyland isn’t merely near, it’s right here.
EVERYGIRL: Beautyland? Where?
MADGE: Close your eyes and sniff the beautiful flowers.
(WIT sprays perfume about using an aerosol can.)
EVERYGIRL: Oh, they do smell. . . beautiful. What kind are they?
MADGE: What kind? Well, they’re. . . (She reads label on can.)
Uh, ‘Desert Passion Flowers.’ And listen to all the beautiful birds. (WIT bird twitters and then a cow’s moo — and is chastised by MADGE, who then poses.) And now, open your eyes and look at all the natural beauty standing about.
(EVERYGIRL looks, but wherever she looks, MADGE is standing in front of her.)
EVERYGIRL: But all I can see is you?
MADGE: And aren’t I a beautiful view? Listen to me, Everygirl. Growing up is looking glamorous and gorgeous. Growing up is wearing perfume, and ruby red lipstick, and purple wigs. Growing up is looking like everyone else, and since I’m the only one in Beautyland who is worth looking at, growing up is looking just like me. Oh, but you’ll never do—just look at your hair. (Claps her hands.) Give her the treatment.