Shows that work for High School (even some
I strongly prefer works of actually literature, not overly cutesy or overly churchy stuff. But I recognize that too much profanity or certain subjects will alienate my audiences.
I’ve decided to make a sort of clearinghouse of ideas for plays for high schoolers. This is the hardest part of my job. Finding shows that work for my small talent pool and my conservative audiences. My goal is to have this be a place where we can share shows that are “Safe but not Shallow.”
Please give ideas in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. If you know cast size, quick comments on how elaborate the set is, and a mention of “hot buttons” that may make your show inappropriate for someone else’s theatre mention them.
If you just want to list shows you’ve done or seen done that worked, let me know.
The ListAll My Sons - Arthur Miller
5M, 4W, 1m (8-11 yrs old ) Some mild profanity (GD’s, D’s and H’s), a suicide. Very powerful drama about truthfulness.
Harvey - Mary Chase
6M, 4W one or two very mild profanities – hysterical and meaningful comedy.
Dial M For Murder - Fredrick Knott
4M, 1W (one extra M) – no profanity, but a murder is attempted on stage and someone dies in the attempt, the bad guy “gets it” in the end
The Foreigner - Larry Shue
5M, 2W – The funniest play ever made. A few very mild profanities, one female is pregnant before being married (she and others recognize its not the “best” situation).
Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand
many M (12-15), 5-7 W – A great show with a huge cast. The themes are PERFECT for high school or even Jr. High, Language is clean, but may be over some audiences’/casts’ heads.
Judgment at Nuremberg - Aimee Mann
15 M, 3W – Super powerful courtroom drama about the trials of Nazi War Criminals. No profanity, but discussion of holocaust issues (and footage of it if you choose to show it).
Others with further descriptions coming:
God’s Favorite – Neil Simon
Steel Magnolias – Robert Harling
Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
The Last Nights at Ballyhoo
Antigone – Jean Anouhl
Afternoon of the Elves
Anne of Green Gables
Welcome to Justice – Dan Buck (write me) J
Arsenic & Old Lace
Fools – Neil Simon
The Nerd – Larry Shue
Our Country’s Good