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Middle School Play Recommendations?

  • 1.  Middle School Play Recommendations?

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hello, In previous years I have directed Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. and Shrek the Musical Jr. at our middle school. They were both a success, but I feel like I want to try a straight play this year instead of another musical. I have about 30 students to cast from: 26 girls and 4 boys (some of those kids will become techs). I would really like to do a comedy. Obviously, the hard part is it has to be appropriate for middle schoolers and relevant(nothing too old fashioned). Besides performing at night for parents and the community, we would also like to perform it at an assembly for 6th graders. So given all that - do you have any recommendations? I would appreciate any suggestions.
    Thank you!

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  • 2.  RE: Middle School Play Recommendations?

    Posted 17 days ago
    The Phantom Tollbooth? We had great fun with that one.

    Melanie Pittner
    Director, Theater Department
    New Hope-Solebury School District
    New Hope PA

  • 3.  RE: Middle School Play Recommendations?

    Posted 17 days ago
    I can't remember how many students are in these plays, but here are a few I have loved: (There are straight play versions of all of these!)
    Tom Sawyer
    Mystery at Shady Acres
    Miss Nelson Is Missing
    The Little Princess
    The Secret Garden
    A midsummer Night's Midterm ( super clever version!)
    The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf
    A Wrinkle in Time

    Break a Leg!

    Suzanne "Mama" Craig
    MS/HS Theatre/Speech
    Lipscomb Academy
    Nashville, TN

  • 4.  RE: Middle School Play Recommendations?

    Posted 15 days ago
    Have a look at Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last by Sandra Fenichel Asher, based on the book by Avi, through Dramatic Publishing.  It's about a bunch of eighth graders, completely middle school appropriate, and very funny.  I love a lot of things about it, but particularly love that the characters are not all stereotypes.  We've done it twice.  Large, and expandable, cast.  I think you can get away with just four boys (some male roles could easily be played by females).

    Very short synopsis to give the idea: in act 1 a bunch of eighth graders decide to produce R&J in order to matchmake for two shy friends; there is a dream sequence, which is a very short (but done well) version of R&J.  Act 2 has a hallway sequence (lots of room for creativity) with characters discussing rehearsals, then complete farce as they put on the play.

    In a completely different vein, our sixth through eighth graders also all loved doing Charlotte's Web (straight play).

    Kristin Hall
    Drama Director
    Lincoln Public Schools
    Lincoln MA

  • 5.  RE: Middle School Play Recommendations?

    Posted 15 days ago
    Edited by Crit Fisher 15 days ago
    Great show Melanie. The Phantom Tollbooth is a fun one. It's been a while but you might want to look up The Just So stories.

    Crit Fisher
    Lighting/Sound Designer
    New Albany High School