Putting on plays and musicals is a fun way for middle schoolers to work on different skills including teamwork, cooperation, and responsibility. There are many excellent short plays and musicals for middle school classes and drama clubs.
Where to Find Short Plays and Musicals for Middle School
Several publishing companies and dramatic suppliers specialize in providing scripts for educational and community theater productions. When evaluating titles, verify which age group the productions you are considering are designed for.
Many plays designated for educational and community theater use are ideal for middle school students, but others are written for younger age groups, high school students, or adults. If you can't find information about age appropriateness in a play's description, ask a representative of the publishing company for guidance.
Pioneer Drama Service
No matter what type of play you're looking for, there's a good chance that Pioneer Drama Service will have it. This company has exclusive rights to more than 700 musicals and plays, many of which are well suited for use in middle school programs. Available titles can be browsed by category, including type, length, age group of participants, season, and more. You can search the online catalog for scripts that meet your needs. The searchable database allows you to request targeted results by entering variables such as cast size, type of production, and running time.
- Anne of Green Gables
- Beauty and the Beast
- Jack and the Magic Beans
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- The Glass Slipper
- The Golden Goose
If you're looking for a musical, be sure to check out the selection of musical plays and reviews carried by Clarus Music. This company carries an extensive selection of musical plays for primary and secondary school grade levels. Along with an excellent selection of short plays and musicals for middle school students, this company also has titles designed for elementary and secondary school students. Available scripts include:
Heuer Publishing carries an extensive selection of play scripts designed to be used in school and community theater productions. The company carries titles in several genres, many of which are appropriate for middle school productions.
- The Polar Bear Prince
- Short Scenes and Monologues for Middle School Actors
- The Velveteen Rabbit
- The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland
If you're looking for contemporary short plays and musicals for middle school students, be sure to look at the titles available from YouthPlays.com. This company carries both previously published works and new manuscripts that have been stage tested. Available manuscripts include:
- From Shakespeare with Love
- Prince Ugly
- The Adventures of Little Red Robinhood
- The Beggar Prince
Factors to Consider When Selecting Middle School Plays
If you're going to be involved in selecting and staging a middle school play, remember that choosing a script isn't the only important decision. Before finalizing script selection, think about just how easy or difficult the titles you are considering will be to stage. Think about the expense and work involved with creating the sets and decorations, making the costumes, and other relevant factors when evaluating suitable options for middle school productions. Select a title that will be fun and educational for everyone involved, but that can also be staged without a great deal of effort or unnecessary cost.