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Typecast

Typecast

by Amanda Murray Cutalo

The auditions for an upcoming production of Cinder White are underway and Ms. Thespis, the drama teacher, is greeted by a small group of students, each with a particular “look” and personality – the “diva,” the “quiet girl,” the “nice girl,” to name a few. To Ms. Thespis, casting this show seems like a no-brainer. However, when she comes down with a case of appendicitis, Ms. Ball, the gym teacher, needs to step in and direct the show, mostly because she feels guilty for balding Ms. Thespis’ pet ferret.

The other snag is that the students have all mysteriously been cast in the “wrong roles”- the “nice girl” is now the villain, the diva only has 2 minutes onstage, and the quiet, almost inaudible, “ensemble” girl is now playing a leading role with actual lines! As these characters awkwardly venture into unknown territory, they are forced to see themselves as more than their “type” and learn to, in the words of Ms. Ball, “play the roles they’re all totally wrong for.”

Comedy Backstage Comedy

Average Producer Rating:

Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

About 60 minutes
Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks
9 Characters
7 W | 2 Any Gender
Simple set
42 pages
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Praise for Typecast

JoLynn Minns
Widefield High School
My students had a wonderful time putting this production together. The script is fun, and allows for the student to really make the characters their own.
Jean Phillips
Wiscasset Middle High School Drama
From the very first read through to the final performance, my students and I had the best time working on this play.
Anna Beck
Lava Heights Academy
This is an easy play to produce, and the students found lots of room to experiment and create outstanding characters.

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