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Comedy - Nonmusical

  • 1.  Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 23 days ago
    I’m searching for a comedy for a high school cast of twenty or so. Need parts for at least fourteen girls and six boys.

    Thanks!


  • 2.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 23 days ago
    Full length?

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    Shira Schwartz
    Chandler Unified School District
    Chandler AZ
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  • 3.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 23 days ago
    One hour to a full-full-length.




  • 4.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 22 days ago
    In 2009 I did "You Didn't Say It Was Haunted." It was such fun and the audience loved it. Be sure to keep it in the 70's when it was written so that there is no question about why the kids can't call for help. https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/9429/you-didnt-say-it-was-haunted

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    Valerie Gargus
    NJ Thespians Festival Director
    Retired Theatre Arts Teacher
    Play & Thespian Troupe 4762 Director
    Northern Burlington County Reg HS
    Columbus, NJ
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  • 5.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 22 days ago
    Great Idea! Thanks!




  • 6.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 22 days ago
    My Advanced Drama class had a lot of fun putting on Bestest Bed Time Stories: https://www.playscripts.com/play/3117
    It's a short two act play (which means intermission and concessions!) and it has lots of parts.

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    Ken Buswell
    Drama Teacher
    Peachtree City, GA
    http://mcintoshtheater.org/

    Theater kills ignorance
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  • 7.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 22 days ago
    I have recommended this before, but Stardust by Walter Kerr is one of my favorite big-cast comedies.  The student ensemble is expandable.  You'll need to keep it in the 1950s.  It is a hilarious send-up of our interpretations of Stanislavsky's work.

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    C. J. Breland
    Retired Theatre Arts Educator
    Asheville NC
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  • 8.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 22 days ago
    Thank you for the suggestion!




  • 9.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 21 days ago
    Hi!  M*A*S*H is wildly popular!  And the students have such fun being in it.  The writers use the movie version and make it more appropriate for family audiences and it is such fun and so funny!  Look it up!  https://www.dramaticpublishing.com/m-a-s-h

    Michaela Moore

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    Michaela Moore
    Juneau AK
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  • 10.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 20 days ago
    Another great suggestion! Thank you.

    Donnie Bryan, Nashville




  • 11.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi Donnie -

    We did a show a few years back called "Shakespeare in Hollywood" authored by Ken Ludwig. Basically, it's about Oberon and Puck leaving the palace in Athens for the forest when Puck makes a wrong turn, and they end up in Hollywood on the set of the 1935 movie "A Midsummer Nights Dream."  Puck is up to his old tricks and in general throws a monkey wrench or two into the whole mess.  Lots of room for adding extras and it is a heck of a good romp. It was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Some roles could be played by either a man or woman. We made puck a girl, and added two additional fairy screw-ups.  There are many opportunities for sight gags and such.

    Best of luck with what ever production you choose.

    Best,

    Mack

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    Mack Dugger
    Teacher
    GUSD
    Glendale CA
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  • 12.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 19 days ago
    Thank you so much for this wonderful suggestion. This sounds like something a high school ensemble could have a lot of fun with. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.

    Best,

    Donnie Bryan, Nashville




  • 13.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 18 days ago
    We did The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon last year and the kids had a blast with it. It's very goofy and improv based so you can take it a lot of different ways. The cast can be easily expanded/doubled. I believe we ended up with like 23 kids in the show. Plus, there's a lot of different ways to do any of the tech elements that wouldn't be too difficult

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    Jaclyn Marta
    Moline IL
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  • 14.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 18 days ago
    Great idea. Thanks for sharing this with me.

    Donnie Bryan, Nashville




  • 15.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 17 days ago
    Donnie,

    You Can't Take it With You is one of the most popular produced high school shows and is very funny.

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    Crit Fisher
    Lighting/Sound Designer
    New Albany High School
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  • 16.  RE: Comedy - Nonmusical

    Posted 16 days ago
    Yes! I’ve done that show and love it! Great character studies.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    Donnie Bryan, Nashville