Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools
A fabulously funny and high styling take on film noir.
About 75 minutes
Act 1: 35 minutes, Act 2: 25 minutes, Act 3: 15 minutes
Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks
4 M | 5 W | 16 Any Gender
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Trent Trowel is your typical gumshoe. Searching the mean streets for crimes to solve and dames to fall for. He joins some of the world’s most famous detectives at the International PD gala. There’s Shirley Holmes, Jean Louie Phillip Eustache… and Aunt Beatrice. But is this just an innocent gala? Will the world’s most dastardly villains foil them with a fiendish master plan? Will Aunt Beatrice ever get an English muffin? Everything is not what it seems.
A fabulously funny and high styling take on film noir - it’s a lighter shade of noir after all!
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I greatly enjoyed directing 'A Lighter Shade of Noir' last year with my middle school theater students. It had everything I was looking for in a script for 6th, 7th and 8th graders: lots of parts for girls or parts that could be changed to female roles, action without lots of fighting, multiple character scenes that had things to do while other people were talking, a main story line but also sub-plots, links to school subjects (like literature and history), and most importantly - dialogue that I could stand listening to over and over in rehearsal that gave the students motivation to look deeper and deeper into their character development.
I hope you write more for theater, especially children's theater. We need more good writing for these young actors.
I sincerely enjoyed directing your creation. There were lots of wonderful characters and I had a great bunch of students with creative ideas. Many of the plays I read before I chose one have similar themes but yours piqued my interest in the first couple of pages.
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