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Play Suggestions Needed!

  • 1.  Play Suggestions Needed!

    Posted 01-08-2019 11:43
    Needing some quick suggestions from all of you, as I find myself in an interesting position this semester. I have taught theater for many years, and usually spend the summer reading new material for the upcoming year.  Last year, I asked the school to find a replacement for me, (which they did) but the new person resigned at the end of last semester. I have agreed to finish out the year, but I am at a loss as to what to do for the spring show. Help would be appreciated!
    A quick list below of what I am looking for, and thank so much for your suggestions!

    • Would prefer a classic or more popular/recognizable play, but not stuck to that idea
    • Small cast of 5-10, most of the experienced students have quit the program.
    • Easy/representational or unit set
    • Either comedy or drama is fine
    • Something that new students could feel successful performing. I am going to try to get some of the older students to come back, but I have no guarantee that will happen.
    • Family and community friendly.

    Basically, I need a perfect miracle play that will make some beginning students look like they loads of experience.  (...and selfishly, a show I can look back on with satisfaction as it will be my last!)

    Anyone?  Thanks!


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    Sheri Templeton
    Valley Christian High School
    Chandler, AZ
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  • 2.  RE: Play Suggestions Needed!

    Posted 01-09-2019 12:14
    The Miracle Worker?





  • 3.  RE: Play Suggestions Needed!

    Posted 01-09-2019 14:12
    The Importance of Being Earnest

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    Rebecca Black
    Teacher/Director
    Wayland MI
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  • 4.  RE: Play Suggestions Needed!

    Posted 01-10-2019 10:37
    Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard, Jr. is a lovely play with a small cast and representational set. I highly recommend! (Carried by Sam French)

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    Suzanne Maguire
    Associate Director,
    LCHS Tiger Drama
    SpokaneActing
    Spokane, WA
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  • 5.  RE: Play Suggestions Needed!

    Posted 01-11-2019 08:46
    How about:
    The Diviners - A powerful play that takes place during the depression era.
    Daisey Pulls It Off - A comedy about life at a boarding school in England during the 20s.
    Scapino
    Goodnight Desdemona, Good morning Juliet - 5 actors play multiple parts.

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    Jennifer Jordan
    Director of Theater and Dance
    Miss Hall's School
    Pittsfield MA
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  • 6.  RE: Play Suggestions Needed!

    Posted 01-11-2019 19:08
    Thank you everyone for your help!
    Several of these plays I have done already and I loved them. (Earnest, Miracle Worker, Scapino, one of my all time fav's)  But you've also given me several new plays to think about and look for.  Thank you so much!

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    Sheri Templeton
    Valley Christian High School
    Chandler, AZ
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  • 7.  RE: Play Suggestions Needed!

    Posted 01-12-2019 07:49
    Hi -
    I second the recommendation of The Diviners;  beautiful play.
    The ending is tough, though - very sad - and technically somewhat difficult
    to pull-off in terms of lights and sound.  When it works, though, it is really
    stirring.  The play has a great message and vibe to it;  cast of about 11, if I
    recall correctly.
    Best wishes,
    Marc Raia
    Seven Hills School Theatre
    Cincinnati, OH

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    Marc Raia
    Theatre Teacher and Director
    Cincinnati OH
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