Plays for Young Audiences and Actors

I am very passionate about creating art for Young Audiences, and I have a strong history of making scripts for K-6 and junior high/high school audiences. These are often available for production by your TYA company, or may be a great choice for your High School Drama Festival. In the case of student performers, the kids are encouraged to change references, place names and the gender of characters. Scripts are available at the link below the title. 

The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (K-6)

The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Roseneath Theatre 2009)
Directed by Richard Greenblatt
From Left to Right: Aaron Willis, Emma Hunter. Photos by Jona Stuart.

Jamie Cavanaugh has a problem. She's always going too fast. "Slow Down!" say her parents. "Pay attention!" says the teacher, but Jamie just can't stay focused. The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh explores, with humour and compassion, the hurt and confusion of being different when you can't help it, and the challenges of being the target of a schoolyard bully. The hero of the play is a positive role model for young people with ADHD or other learning challenges.  

https://www.playwrightsguild.ca/play/incredible-speediness-jamie-cavanaugh

Wrecked (junior high/high school) 

Wrecked (Roseneath Theatre 2012) Directed by Richard Greenblatt From Left to Right: Kimwun Perehinec, Jajube Mandiela, Kevin Jake Walker. Photo by Mark Seow.

Wrecked (Roseneath Theatre 2012)
Directed by Richard Greenblatt
From Left to Right: Kimwun Perehinec, Jajube Mandiela, Kevin Jake Walker. Photo by Mark Seow.

16 year old Lyle has a plan: to get enough money to move him and his little sister Suzy out of the house, before their alcoholic mother does any more damage.  When he wins a video contest for Mothers Against Teen drinking, his dream becomes a reality, but is it the right thing to do? The main plot is embroidered by "Teens Scenes" which depict various aspects and consequences of teen binge drinking. 

https://www.playwrightsguild.ca/play/wrecked-toronto-version

 

The Day Billy Lived (junior high/high school) 

A young man decides to take pills to end his life. He ends up in a metaphysical 'weigh station' where his 'application for suicide' is processed. There is magic, laughter, and it ends with a message of hope. 

https://www.playwrightsguild.ca/play/day-billy-lived