Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? The Super Non-Heroes by Taryn Temple is a fabulous middle school play that looks at friendship, acceptance and discovering yourself.
Have you ever felt like you don’t belong? Powerless Charlie sticks out like a sore thumb in a school full of superheroes. Smellinator can’t control her powers and forgot to do her Villain 101 homework. Golden Boy won’t follow protocol. And Toxic Sludge is, well, toxic sludge.
When a supervillain attacks the school Charlie must dig deep within herself. She may not be a superhero but she discovers her unique talents to save the day.
The super talented student performers at Chapin Middle School in Chapin, SC recently channeled their inner superheroes, bringing their own unique super powers to their performances. Director Shannon Boatwright was excited to share their success:
This is such a perfect play for middle school! From the super fun super heroes, to the subject matter and message – audiences loved it and the students loved it. As a director, there are many options with this play – you can go big with it or depending on your stage options, you can go smaller, but still have a blast. I took the opportunity to go bigger by doing a green screen video that opened the show and introduced the characters. This gave me the chance to teach some on-camera acting and allow the students the opportunity to get on the big screen. Of course the students and parents loved it, and it allowed the audience to have a better understanding of each character.
My advice would be to find ways to add your own special touch and feature any special, unique talents of your students. With a super hero theme, the sky’s the limit and depending on your resources and tech abilities at your school, there are a lot of cool things you can do with this play! I’d highly recommend this play to any middle school! What fun!
Super job, Chapin Middle School!
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