Free Drama Scripts for Kids
Children will enjoy these free English plays, skits, dramatic readings
and pageants which are arranged according to difficulty. The activities
help kids build confidence, followed by skit ideas for kids that require
little or no rehearsal and are often quite funny. Readings take fewer people and
some rehearsal, while plays require lots of people and
lots of rehearsal. Near the end of this page, you'll find a few
plays for advanced actors or for older teens because of
the nature of the topic of the scripts such as Shakespeare plays. There is a section for
Christmas plays and one site with a lot of Christian scripts.
At the very end you'll find help with staging and costumes.
Children's Creative Theater Guide
A history of theatre, activities to help you get started, terms
used in drama, and a short Thanksgiving Day skit.
Selected Self-Confidence Building Activities
It matters not whether you have the good looks of a crumbling cathedral gargoyle or the sex appeal of a rusted cheese grater because self-confidence is a power greater than the sum of your parts.
Directing a Homeschool Play
Before we began rehearsals, the moms asked whether I'd want help. Not to diss parents or anything, but homeschool moms tend to take control, and because I'm "rebellious," I decided I didn't need or want any help. I could do this on my own. The kids would take my direction. I knew what I was doing, and we could pull together everything we needed on our own. By Nathan Colpitts, HEM N/D 07.
Hard Choices: Casting your play
When you sit down to start making the tough decisions, take a list of characters, go through the audition sheets, and write each actor's name down beside every key role you think they could play. The idea here is to get a list of potential actors who could tackle each role. In doing so, you should be able to give yourself two or three options for every key role. John Cosper, Righteous Insanity.
The Play's the Thing
The goal of Stagelight is to help the kids carry their success into other areas of their lives, to help them become comfortable in their own skin. When that goal is reached, the play is most certainly the thing. By Sandra S. Gaffigan, HEM J/F 2010.
Most of the skits listed here require minimal preparation, and
can be easily adapted to accommodate groups of all sizes.
CHILD 1: Little Orphan Annie's come to our house to stay, (ANNIE
ENTERS, picks up stuff, hangs it up)
And wash the cups and saucers up, and brush the crumbs away...
Meal Must Go On !-A Lesson in Cooperation
This skit takes place on Thanksgiving at the home of Grandma
and Grandpa. There is a little arguing going on in the refrigerator,
find out what happens.
'n' Simple Skits
Many comics make good short skits. Check out: Calvin & Hobbes
(sold in book form now) and Dilbert and Zits for skits using
ordinary clothing and few props. Other comics in the newspaper
make good short skits.
Skits and Yells
Most of these songs, skits and yells have been taken from various
places arround the internet. The original source is indicated
and Costello's "Who's on First?"
Complete script for a dramatic reading for two people. Sound file, too, so you can learn to get the timing right.
Generic Radio Workshop
Online repository of scripts from the Golden Age of Radio: the
original and largest collection of radio transcripts on the World
Dinosaur Jokes, Puns & Riddles
Skit of dinosaur joke and puns. By Ann Zeise.
Perform rhyming poetry plays with these funny and short poems.
Aaron's scripts for small groups of actors about 3rd-9th grade.
Classic Movie Scripts
Scripts and Transcripts to Classic Movies (and others) made before
1970. Culled from various sources on the internet.
and Gretel and the Big Woods
Once upon a time, there was a brother and a sister named Hansel
and Gretel. They lived in a cottage in the woods with their father
who loved them very much, and their stepmother who had her sanity
Classic movie script. 1933, RKO Radio Pictures Inc., Directed
by George Cukor.
By J. M. Barrie. The cuckoo clock strikes six, and Nana springs into life.This first moment in the play is tremendously important, for if the actor playing Nana does not spring properly we are undone.
This drama magazine for young people offers something for everyone.
New plays monthly, with a huge archive of royalty free plays
for children. Scripts in PDF format.
The Princess Bride
Does it got any sports in it? Are you kidding? It's got fencing,
fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes,
True Love, miracles and more!
the Blood off My Toga
My name is Flavius Maximus, Private Roman Eye. Licence number
MCMLXXVIII. It also comes in handy as an eye chart. I'm gonna
tell ya about the Julius Caesar Caper. It all began during the
Ides of March. I had just nailed Sutoniuos the Gladiator, he
had a crooked lion who kept takin a dive. Anyhow, I was just
beginning to rest on my laurels when suddenly... HE burst in
to my office.
and the Pearl
Fairy tale-style script that can be adapted to puppet theater
featuring a princess, a witch, a lobster king and other assorted
Wendy's Wizard of Oz Script
Everybody's cherished favorite, perennial fantasy film musical
from MGM during its golden years.
Owl's Free Fairytale Play Scripts
Eighth grade students of a middle school in Massachusetts, supervised
by an English teacher, authored seven of the eight plays based
on stories found on this web site. These are quite well done!
Don't pass up this site because the authors are young!
Folk Play Research
English folk plays, often called Mummers' Plays, are short traditional
verse sketches performed at Christmas, Easter and other annual
festivals and taken round pubs and private houses.
Foresters: Robin Hood and Maid Marian
By Lord Alfred Tennyson. Complete script for those who would
like to do an olde English play.
The Oxford Shakespeare
You could layout the plays as you like it, illustrate, have scripts
for everyone, and all's well that ends well. From Bartleby.com.
By George Bernard Shaw. Consider the career of Joan. She was a village girl, in authority over sheep and pigs, dogs and chickens, and to some extent over her father's hired laborers when he hired any, but over no one else on earth. Outside the farm she had no authority, no prestige, no claim to the smallest deference. Yet she ordered everybody about, from her uncle to the king, the archbishop, and the military General Staff.
By Samuel Beckett. The basic plot revolves around two characters
who have been told they must wait for Godot, though they aren't
sure who he is or what he looks like. Many opportunities come
their way, but they turn them down because they might miss Godot.
A Saint Nicholas Tale, Told by Aaron Shepard. In the Dutch colonial
town later known as Albany, New York, there lived a baker, Van
Amsterdam, who was as honest as he could be.
Birth of Jesus
Your basic Luke 2 nativity skit, nicely formated for young actors.
Around the World - a Christmas Play
A simple Christmas pagent with lots of built-in flexibility so
it could be performed by a family or a large group.
A Christmas Carol
Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
This must be distinctly understood or nothing wonderful can come
of the story I am going to relate.
Divide the group into four smaller groups and assign each group
one of the words listed here. Read the story. After each of the
words is read pause for the group to sing the first line of the
Yes, Virginia - The Musical
Macy's is looking for schools to perform their new musical. The first 100 qualified schools will receive a $1,000 grant to cover production costs. (August 22, 2012) Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
By Mark Twain. You have heard your minister pray, "Grant
us victory, O Lord our God." The Lord too has heard this
prayer, and He will grant it-if such is your desire. But first
I am commanded to explain to you its full meaning. For it is
not one prayer, but two -- one spoken, the other not. Listen
now to the silent prayer.
Fake Blood Recipes
Here are some recipes for you to make your own realistic-looking fake blood. Real blood is reddish brown so you may need to alter the amounts of ingredients for the desired affect. Keep in mind, fake blood is messy and some of these recipes may leave stains, so use with caution and allow plenty of time for drying.
History of Costume
These plates consisted of historical dress from antiquity to
the end of the 19th century. This complete online book is an
excellent source for students who are studying the history of
fashion and for costume designers. By Braun & Schneider -
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