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Theatrefolk’s Top Program-Building Plays

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Building a Theatre Program. You’ve had a large group of seniors graduate. You’re starting at a new school that doesn’t have a theatre program You’re taking over a program that needs some serious love. What plays should you choose to build your program?

Click the link and you’ll be taken to the webpage for each play. There you’ll get the details and read sample pages. 

All the best with your search – and with building your program!


Choose a play with a familiar link that people know. Use the familiar as your hook.

Humbug High: A Contemporary Christmas Carol
A modern take on the classic Dickens tale. Eddie Scrooge is a 17-year-old Bah Humbug of a guy. Till one Christmas Eve when three ghosts change his life.
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Dracula
Based on Bram Stoker’s timeless novel, Dracula is a highly theatrical exploration of the evil that lurks inside all of us… and how it can become all-consuming, draining away our humanity and turning us into monsters.
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Choose a small cast play that will shine. Sometimes the best way to get people interested is by showcasing what you do. Make folks say – I want to get involved!

Tuna Fish Eulogy
The tragedy of a young boy’s death is examined. Written in the Ladder play format the text runs in vertical columns for fuller choral work.
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Upon A Sea of Dreams: A Journey on the Titanic
In a tiny third class cabin Emma dreams of a new life in America. But when the Titanic hits an iceberg, that dream becomes a nightmare.
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Have You Heard?
This monologue-based play explores what happens when rumours and secrets spin out of control. What makes a secret more powerful: when it’s true or a lie?
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Choose something fun. School is stressful enough, emphasize that your next production is going to be a place where students can have a good time. 

The Plucky Pie Murder
The star quarterback has been charged with murdering the mascot and a farce of a trial ensues. The audience plays the jury in this black comedy.
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Apostrophe’s
A silly comedy about how the misuse of apostrophes are ruining the lives of students. Flexible casting, audience participation, and fun staging
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Mmmbeth
A hilarious gender-bending take on the Scottish play! Everything goes wrong. The witches take over the storytelling, Queen Duncan would rather open a donut franchise than die, Lady M’s a bloodthirsty June Cleaver, and the murderers are preoccupied with creating a commercial for their services.
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Choose an ensemble based show. If the students in your show feel like a community, they’ll be your best advocates to your program.

The Butterfly Queen
We all have the capacity to put others before ourselves regardless of the consequences. That is the theme of The Butterfly Queen. A touching ensemble piece where sacrifice is as simple as a pair of wings.
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Shakespeare on a Shoestring: Cymbeline!
Did you know that Cymbeline has all of Shakespeare’s most famous plot devices? It has… Faked Death! Mistaken Identity! Parental Marital Veto! But wait, there’s more!
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betweenity
This vignette play explores the beats, pauses, and neverending silences in conversation. An excellent class project with parts for everyone.
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Choose a play that students relate to. If you want them to participate, choose scripts that speak directly to them.

Stressed
Stress is driving a teen quartet crazy – so much so they can’t stop talking about it. This play is a symphony of sound and character.
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Pressure
Four teenagers struggle with pressures. The Refugee, the newbie, the perfectionist and the less than perfect. Everything comes to a head the week before prom.
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darklight
darklight examines depression and anxiety in teens. Characters fight their inner thoughts, search for their truths, and have surreal conversations with death. Some fail, some find hope.
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Fidget
Kids are constantly being told to hold still. But that’s impossible when all they want to do is move forward at warp speed.
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