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Eldridge Publishing, a leading play publisher since 1906, offers hundreds of full-length plays, one-acts, melodramas, holiday and religious plays, children's theatre plays and musicals of all kinds. We look forward to being a part of your next theatrical production!

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Featured new releases and most popular titles on 9/2/2014


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FLASHBACK TO MURDER
Book by Kelli Connors
Music and lyrics by Cathy Sanborn
2 m, 4 w
Script: 44 pages
It's 1975 - disco and polyester are in. Your audience is attending the 20-year reunion of the Class of 1955. Twenty years has brought about some drastic changes. Will everyone recognize the promiscuous Mitzy as Sister Mary Martha? Or how about that wallflower turned soap opera diva, Veronica West? Reunions are great for reminiscing. It's
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SUPERFREAKS
By Scott Haan
3 m, 3 w
Script: 66 pages
Lois Lancaster is a big-city journalist writing about the current state of mental health facilities. Her research takes her to a hospital populated with a unique group of quirky inmates who imagine they are crime-fighting superheroes. Speed Freak thinks he can run at incredible speeds, while Dim Bulb, the most enthusiastic person on the face of the earth, thinks he has the abili
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MAGIC FLUTE
The Magic Flute
Adapted by Steven Fogell
from the opera by Mozart
6 m, 6 w, 16 flexible, extras if desired
Script: 58 pages
Follow Prince Tamino in this hilarious tale as he travels to the castle of the evil Sarastro to save the princess Pamina. Along his magical journey he meets a wild cast of characters including Papageno, the three muses, the Greenbird, the spirits, and the fabled Queen of the Night. Armed with
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IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Adapted by Ken Womble
Cast: 4 -5 m, 4 w
Script: 62 pages.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” is Oscar Wilde's most perfect, and most popular, play. Since its premiere in 1895, it has given joy to generations of theatergoers. The play is often called a "comedy of manners," because in the world Wilde knew and wrote about, late 19th century British high society, manners were everything. In this play, young Jack Worthing
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SURVIVING REALITY
By Daniel O'Donnell
6 m, 13 w
Script: 71 pages
When the owner of a small local television station decides to jump on the bandwagon and produce his own reality show, sparks fly about the million-dollar prize. Harold Fastbuck sees an opportunity to make millions with the TV show, which casts the haughty Tuttletons of Park Avenue, New York, with the down-home Hatter family of Hog Holler, Kentucky. The families think the
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GREAT EXPECTATIONS
By Thomas Hischak
Cast: 17 m, 15 w, 4 flexible. With doubling 9 m, 10 w.
Script: 80 pages
The life of the poor country lad, Pip, changes one day when an unknown benefactor sees that the young man is brought to London and made a gentleman. But who is behind Pip’s “great expectations,” and why is it kept a secret? By the time Pip learns the truth of his circumstances, he has gotten involved with some fascinating people
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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
By Dirk Kuiper
4 m, 4 w, 3 flexible, numerous extras
Script: 72 pages
Young, gifted opera singer Christine Daae has just filled in for La Carlotta, the reigning prima donna, to a stupendous ovation at the Paris Opera. Christine has been tutored by an instructor whom she thinks of as the "Angel of Music." She convinces him to let her see his hidden world, for she realizes he is the feared "Opera Ghost," though he tell
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SCROOGE HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
SCROOGE HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
By Pat Cook
4 m, 2 w
Script: 20 pages
It's Christmas time. An old man sits in his sitting room eating his porridge. Just then Marley bursts in and begins to rattle his chains, scaring the man half to death. You all know the story or do you? "I have come to save you from a horrible fate, Ebenezer Scrooge!" Marley shrieks. "I'm not Scrooge!" the man points out. "He moved!" Sure enough, Marley is at the wron
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CHRISTMAS WITH A TWIST
By Carl L. Williams
Script: 23 pages
Three 10-minute holiday plays
Too much sugar this Christmas season? This trio of 10-minute plays provides the perfect antidote, a fun and funny twist to the holiday season. In "Another Turn of the Scrooge," (3 m) the old curmudgeon we all know and love pays the price for his first good deed as his life takes yet another Christmas turn. In the second play, "The Man Who Shot Santa C
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ATTENTION DETENTION
By Bradley Hayward
Entirely gender flexible cast of 6 to 21
Script: 36 pages.
Setting: Classroom.
Four honor roll students have been summoned to detention. To avoid punishment, they each come up with a preposterous excuse for their tardiness, and their wacky tales are acted out by an ensemble of performers. As one wild lie piles on top of the next, the principal gets further away from the truth. Will he be able t
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ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE, THE
By Alan Heckner
Cast: Flexible from 5 m, 6 w, to as many as 8 m and 14 w, not including extras.
Script: 31 pages.
The title says it all, and every actor and actress who has ever graced the stage knows it all too well. Bobby, Danni, and Christina are three high school students who share the same bad dreams of forgetting their lines, blanking on their monologues for a big audition, looking foolish in a death scene, or b
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GHOST DETECTIVE
By Billy St. John
6 m, 9 w
Script: 72 pages
An international film star is found drowned in the swimming pool at his remote island estate and his houseguests make excellent suspects. But fog prevents the police from getting to the island to investigate the murder so Jeff Burke, a young private investigator serving as a consultant on the star's latest film, takes over. But before Jeff gets very far he is shot and kil
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BEFORE JULIET
By Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia
5 m, 3 w, 15+ ensemble
Script: 30 pages.
Performance time: 60-70 minutes.
Death and Strife, along with the Chorus of Darkness, serve as narrators in this foreboding tale, the story of Romeo and his first love, Rosaline. Although their families have been at war with each other for centuries, the young couple are so enamored with each other, they are ready to defy their families and face the
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LITTLE TOWN OF CHRISTMAS
By Pat Cook
Flexible cast of 15 to 50
Script: 68 pages
Here's a comedy package of 12 yuletide sketches just perfect to give your audience for an evening's entertainment this Christmas! Everybody in the little town of Christmas is friendly and funny and you'll meet them all, including Skeezix and Sylvester, an elf comedy team that is short in stature and long in laughter; Dancer, the reindeer with a whacky sense of hum
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DONOVAN'S DAUGHTERS
By Shirley McNichols
12 m, 15 w
Script: 72 pages
Seattle, Washington, 1895. There are 10 men for every woman in the territory -- excellent odds for Shamus Donovan, an Irish fisherman with five daughters to marry off. Several town council members immediately fall for the younger daughters, but unfortunately, a family tradition says the oldest must marry first. But the oldest daughter is Katherine, a wild cat! In a woma
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SHUFFLING
By Ken Preuss
1 m, 1 w, 1-14 flexible
Script: 29 pages.
Lacey, a teenage girl, has finished work at the mall and is waiting – and waiting – for her boyfriend to pick her up. Left stranded yet again, she reevaluates her love life while shuffling through the songs on her iPod. Actors portraying each of the songs appear with comedic monologues that stir her emotions, offer advice, and affect her decisions. Ethan, a good-h
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JUST ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL PLAY
By Bryan Starchman
Minimum cast of 10 plus drama teacher, maximum of 40
Script: 72 pages
Here's a comedy that covers nearly every angle of the typical high school play with a dose of history and improvisation thrown in for good measure! A group of actors, who have apparently been abandoned by their drama teacher, have to fend for themselves opening night in front of a live audience. Their teacher has left them hanging
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IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE
By Craig Sodaro
7 m, 15 w, 6 or more flexible, doubling possible
Script: 70 pages
Nurse Betty has been bumped off because somebody at County General doesn't want the world to read her novel "ER Confidential." But whose secret has she uncovered? Surely not the two candy stripers who earn extra money by smuggling in fast food to the patients. Maybe it's bossy Nurse Rackett, who longs for the good old days. Or could i
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SATURDAY MATINEE
By Dan Roberts
3 m, 7 w, 4 flexible
Script: 28 pages
Movie audiences can often be as entertaining as the film itself. This imaginative one-act comedy takes place during the waiting period before a movie begins, offering a rare look at the personalities and idiosyncrasies of typical teen audience members. Alice only wants to enjoy the movie alone but someone's always invading her space. Kent doesn't know how much he
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CHRISTMAS COMES TO DETROIT LOU
By Bobby G. Wood
7 m, 7 w
Script: 40 pages.
In this rest home-clinic setting on Christmas Eve, a group of people are waiting to see the doctor. Among them are Detroit Louie, the hard-hearted pickpocket; Harry, his dumb, but loyal right-hand man; John and Cara, who have just brought their father to be committed permanently and the Old Man, who refuses to believe his son would do such a thing. Also present are Mrs. Ai
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ALADDIN
Adapted by Craig Sodaro
Approx. 37 parts, doubling possible
Script: 59 pages
Romance, mystery, and more fun than a magic carpet ride - that's what makes this richly imaginative version of the story of Aladdin such a winner. You'll love all the colorful characters, including Yahoo and his pet snake, who serve as narrators; the evil magician, El Kahsid; the beautiful Princess Celestia; the spoiled, obnoxious Gorgan, who
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TIL DEATH DO US PART
By Craig Sodaro
5 m, 11 w
Audience Participation
Script: 67 pages.
You are invited to the most offbeat wedding of the season, where murder takes center stage and all the guests are suspects. Neither the groom's parents nor the bride's former boyfriend want the marriage to happen. The family lawyer has a little something up his sleeve and it might involve an enigmatic guest who dies mysteriously before revealing who
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CINDERELLA?
By Bill Springer
3 m, 7 w, extras
Script: 26 pages
A broad version of the classic fairy tale containing all the original characters as the Fairy Godmother from the FGA (Fairy Godmothers Anonymous); Cinderella (an alias - her real name is Beulah Yenkowitz); Judy Andrews, the stepmother; and Patsy, Maxi and Levine, the Andrews sisters. After the Fairy Godmother creates the perfect ball gown, Cinderella finds it's the w
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FOUR TO GO FOR CHRISTMAS
By Eldridge Authors
Flexible cast and performance time
Script: 56 pages
Here are four plays tailor-made for traveling with minimal props and scenery. In "The Christmas Caper" (9 parts), Santa is kidnapped by a little-known fairytale character who just wants to be popular. In "The Night of the New and Improved Christmas" (9 parts), a Madison Avenue public relations firm wants to update Santa and the wh
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HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES
By Tim Kelly
Flexible cast
Approx. 7 m, 14 w, extras
Script: 67 pages
Gram Hawley and granddaughter Cindy Lou run the general store in Happy Hollow, deep in the Ozarks, but there is a new highway coming through and that means Happy Hollow soon will be dynamited off the map. It's discovered Gram's property contains the biggest store of natural gas ever, and a couple of crooks want to have the unsuspecting Gram sign h
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FRUMPLED FAIRY TALES
By Bill Springer
Flexible cast 5 - 18
Script: 26 pages
Puns and pratfalls abound in this fun, frumpled 35-minute version of three Grimm fairy tales. And with the help of a narrator, the audience can cheer the heroes and boo the villains. In "Rumpelstiltskin," a greedy king, a miller's daughter and a comical chap named Rumpelstiltskin all mix together in the story of gold spinning and name guessing. In "Rapunzel," a
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PARENTS JUST DON'T... MUSICAL
Book by Bryan Starchman, Music by Stephen Murray,
Lyrics by Bryan Starchman and Stephen Murray
Cast: Minimum cast of 5 with doubling: 3 m, 2 f
Maximum cast of 24: 12 m, 12 f and as big a chorus as you like!
Script: 90 pages
Are we there yet? The Stathem family is on a loooong car trip, giving everyone lots of extra time to reminisce about the past 12 months. Here is a collection of hilarious (and often too close to
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LOON MOUNTAIN
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By Brian Borowka
Cast of 12-17: 6 w, 11 flex
Script: 28 pages
Bethany, a stressed out student, is trying to complete a school project with two less-than-helpful classmates. The three students are taken by surprise when Bethany’s phone and all of its widgets come to life. The trio soon finds themselves trapped inside of a bizarre video game filled with talking widgets, not-so-magical creatures, and a
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WRITER'S MUSE, THE
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By Richard C. Fink
Cast: 20: 8 m, 12 w. With doubling: 5 m, 9 w
Script: 60 pages
The blank page. It strikes fear into the hearts of writers everywhere, but not student Jan Clark. She thinks writing a novel is the way to an easy A in English class. After battling constant interruptions of well-meaning friends and family, Jan discovers this assignment may be more than she bargained for. All is not los
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ROSIE THE RIVETER
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By Trey Clarkson
Cast: 21: 6 m, 8 w, and ensemble cast of 7 w or more
Script: 64 pages
It’s January 1942, in the throes of World War II. Eddie, the owner of Eddie’s Auto Parts Factory in Cook County, Illinois, is struggling now that there is a freeze on the manufacturing of car parts. His secretary, Rosie, wonders if the factory can secure a government contract and be converted to make airplane part
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MERRY CHRISTMAS, DEAR GRANDPA
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By Michal Jacot
Cast: 6, 3 m, 3 w
Script: 42 pages
Amber has invited her whole family to her new home to have the "perfect family Christmas." She has decorated her house, carefully planned the meal, and even ironed her shoelaces! Once her brother, sister, parents, and curmudgeon of a grandfather show up, though, nothing goes right. When a last-minute accident prevents Amber from making Christmas din
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JUSTICE IN DUSTY JUNCTION
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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Territo
Cast: Minimum cast of 13 with doubling: 6 m, 6 w, 1 flex
Maximum cast of 16: 8 m, 6 w plus extras
Script: 70 pages
Dusty Junction is in big trouble! The roaming outlaw Ugly Monroe is terrorizing the citizens. First he shoots stable owner Joe and steals his boots; next he shoots the sheriff and steals his badge; and then he shoots the doc and steals his stetho
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CHARLES DICKENS'S A CHRISTMAS
By Kevin P. Kern
Cast: 11 m, 10 w, 3 boys, and 12 flexible. With doubling, 4 m, 3w, 1 boy, 6 flexible.
Script: 53 pages
Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser, choosing to spend Christmas Eve alone instead of with his cheerful nephew, Fred. That night, he is visited by his old colleague, Jacob Marley, who explains that three ghosts will come. After seeing his Christmas Past, Present, and Future, Scrooge awakens wit
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IVAN AND THE BIRDS
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By Alaska Reece Vance
Cast: 18 – 50+ 14-24 f, 4-26 m. Doubling is appropriate.
Script: 57 pages
Ivan’s greatest ambition has always been to learn the Language of the Birds. When he shows off his pet nightingale for show and tell at school, he is teased until he runs away. Seeking shelter in the forest, Ivan protects baby birds from a storm. In gratitude, the mama bird grants Ivan’s wish and teache
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