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Appropriate Plays

  • 1.  Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-14-2019 11:27
    I teach at a conservative catholic school and always have a hard time finding plays. Affairs and sexual innuendos are a no-no. We have performed Curious Savage, Out of The Frying Pan, Southern Hospitality, Fools, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (murder is ok apparently since it was funny and we had to change a few things for censorship), Leaving Iowa, Her Majesty Miss Jones, Don't Tell Mother to name a few...My hope is that the school will begin to let me put ratings on the shows, but no success yet. Any ideas?
    Anna Boedigheimer


  • 2.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-14-2019 15:06

    Up the Down Staircase
    Steel Magnolias
    Of Mice and Men
    The Importance of Being Earnest
    I Never Saw Another Butterfly
    any of the versions of Anne Frank's diary
    Charlotte's Web
    Alice in Wonderland
    The Diviners
    Anne of Green Gables
    The Good Doctor
    Clue



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    Laura Steenson
    Theatre Director
    Reynolds High School
    Troutdale OR
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  • 3.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-15-2019 03:22
    Harvey
    The Outsiders
    Arsenic and Old Lace 
    You Can't Take it With You
    Heaven Can Wait
    The Mouse Trap (is fun!)
    are just a few more I could think of...

    Julie Ingram
    Norris Middle School - Room 40
    8th grade Language Arts & Theatre Teacher
    ASB Advisor

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  • 4.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-15-2019 03:24
    Oh - and It's a Wonderful Life

    Julie Ingram
    Norris Middle School - Room 40
    8th grade Language Arts & Theatre Teacher
    ASB Advisor

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  • 5.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-29-2019 15:55
    Miracle on 34th street

    circus   Olympus

    snow queen



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    William Sorenson
    Lawrenceville GA
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  • 6.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-15-2019 13:50
    Our Town
    The Matchmaker
    Crucible
    Shakespeare
    My Sister Eileen
    Everyman




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    James Van Leishout
    Olympia WA
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  • 7.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-16-2019 06:19
    Similar situation. We've produced the following:

    Little Women
    Pygmalion (play version of My Fair Lady)
    Romeo and Juliet
    Marvin's Room
    The Somewhat True Tales of Robin Hood
    Stuart Little
    Jack and the Bean Stalk
    The Jury Room
    Treasure Island
    Our Town
    The Crucible
    The Man Who Came to Dinner
    The Jungle Book
    Miss Nelson is Missing (very easy musical with 6 actors)
    Much Ado About Nothing
    The Heiress
    Charlotte's Web
    Still Life with Iris

    Coming soon...
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    Sense and Sensibility

    The Secret Garden would work also. Good luck! I feel your pain!

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    Maralie Medlin
    Director of Fine Arts
    Gaston Christian School
    Gastonia, NC
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  • 8.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-17-2019 09:19
    I haven't produced it, but you might also look at one of the versions of A Wrinkle in Time.

    Stage Partners has five different versions, adapted by four different playwrights.  At least one of them has the potential for really challenging ensemble work.  (The longer ones, logically, retain more of the story from the original novel.)

    https://www.yourstagepartners.com/collections/plays/drama

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    Kristin Hall
    Drama Director
    Lincoln Public Schools
    Lincoln MA
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  • 9.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 5 days ago
    I’m also in a Catholic School. We’ve done:

    Oz!
    Meet Me in St. Louis - Pioneer version
    Mirrors Image - Pioneer
    You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
    Godspell
    Li’l Abner
    Secret Garden-Pioneer version

    In my old school we got away with:

    Annie Get Your Gun
    Applause
    Drood!

    Maria Stadtmueller
    St. Augustine School
    Kendall Park, NJ
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  • 10.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-17-2019 09:35

    How about The Diary of Anne Frank? Or some of the older comedies like You Can't Take it With You? Or The Man Who Came to Dinner



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    Jean Klein
    Playwright/Founder HaveScripts/BlueMoonPlays
    Playwriting Teacher in MFA program, Wilkes University]
    Virginia BeachVA
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  • 11.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-19-2019 01:19
    I teach at a conservative Christian school too. In the past five years since I began directing, we've done: Our Town, Swallows & Amazons (great literary adaptation, a play with music), Twelve Angry Men, Brainstorm (a semi-devised play about the teenage brain - amazing experience), and this year, my first play written for teenagers (most of which I dislike): Don Zolidis's "Nooses Off", an homage to Noises Off (which we could not do, unfortunately) and a spoof of Agatha Christie. Hilarious and really challenging to get the timing btw on and off stage action in Act 2 synchronized. Audiences loved it and the actors had a great time working on it.

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    Steven Slaughter
    English/Theatre
    Rosslyn Academy
    Nairobi, Kenya

    "Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts." - W Berry
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  • 12.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-20-2019 08:24
    My HS too is fairly conservative when it comes to language and specific adult references. Here is a list of plays that have hit the mark with both my students and my audiences over the years:

    The Miracle Worker - William Gibson (story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan)

    David and Lisa - James Reach ( HS students in a school for emotionally disturbed kids) 

    A Room With A View - Christina Calvin (classic romantic comedy- guy 'skinny dipping' scene is hilarious with the guys in long underwear)

    Our Hearts Were Young and Gay - (if you can get past the title, this is a wonderful classic comedy from the 20's about two young women off on their grand tour all by themselves)

    Harvey - Mary Chase (classic comedy- man sees invisible rabbit)

    Moby Dick Rehearsed -  Orson Welles, (great ensemble divised 'rehearsal' of the classic tale with music) 

    The House at Pooh Corner - (children and families loved this)

    The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

    Pride and Prejudice - Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan, but versions out there


    Jill Campbell
    Gifted Support/Learning Enrichment ARTsmART
    State High Thespian Troupe 5029
    State College Area High School
    State College, PA 16801
    jkc11@scasd.org
    (814) 231-4114








  • 13.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 05-26-2019 15:22
    Contact me and I have a few titles that have done well.

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    Leon Kaye
    Playwright for the Ages
    Lhk@koa1.com
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  • 14.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 4 days ago
    I highly second Still Life With Iris, which is one of my favorite shows for young audiences, as well as Kate Hamill's Sense and Sensibility.

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    Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
    Theatre Department Coordinator
    Fishersville VA
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  • 15.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 4 days ago
    Another thought for sources. I might have sent this another way, so sorry if this is a duplicate

    Any adaptation of a classic novel or play usually has a number of characters. Dickens is a good choice for adaptations. As well as any adaptations of C. S. Lewis. You might also look at Christian writers who aren't preachy-Lucas Hnath who wrote The Christians comes to mind. I don't personally know that play. And check out which plays A.D. Players in Texas have produced.

     



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    Jean Klein
    Playwright/Founder HaveScripts/BlueMoonPlays
    Playwriting Teacher in MFA program, Wilkes University]
    Virginia BeachVA
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  • 16.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 3 days ago
    I’m actually in a similar position that you are. I work at a Jewish high school with only boys. It’s very challenging to find two appropriate shows to do a year that are the right type of cast ,exciting ,interesting , and “kosher” ! So far I’ve done- Treasure island, a few good men, Caine Mutiny court martial, hound of the baskervilles, west wing follies. This year I’m doing Lord of the Flies and maybe Bamzooled or Star Stars. I’d love to create a list of appropriate shows!
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  • 17.  RE: Appropriate Plays

    Posted 3 days ago
    These are all great suggestions! Please add..
    Mystery at Shady Acres
    Anne of Green Gables
    The Little Princess
    A Midsummer Night's Midterm
    The Boys Next Door
    The Boyfriend (Musical)




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