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Printable Scripts for Kids and Teens

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Drama Trunk has a number of teaching resources that include acting scripts for kids and teens. Find out more about the scripts and resources here...

The scripts included in Drama Trunk resources have been written with the age groups in mind. I have put on many plays with all of these age groups and over time came to understand the types of scripts (and the type of lines) that work well in performance with multiple skill levels (i.e. scripts and lines that less confident students will be able to handle, while providing more advanced students a strong base and character to work with and explore). Time is always limited in classes, so scripts should be able to be taken up quickly by students and provide them with an opportunity to present a performance that they enjoy.


The whole class scripts have been written with the challenges of whole class performance in mind - with 'open' lines to allocate to different students, thoughtful placement of chorus lines to lift performance energy, inclusion of lines which 'flow' naturally from one thing to another and are conversational (due to the difficulty with prompting less confident students) etc.


FAIRY TALES PHYSICAL THEATRE

Drama Unit (5 X 100 minute lesson plans)


This drama unit is suitable for years 6 to 9. The drama unit consists of 5 x 100 minute detailed drama lesson plans where students explore physical and abstract theatre through well known fairy tales. Alongside

other structured drama activities contained in the lesson plans, the

unit contains the following 3 acting scripts for in class performance

(two of the scripts are performed as alternatives in one lesson):


The Beanstalk is Alive

A short (1 page) script for 2 characters.

Script extract

Jack approached the Beanstalk and gets ready to climb it. Jack gets a big

surprise when the Beanstalk talks back!

Beanstalk: Ouch! Do you mind?

Jack: Huh!?

Beanstalk: I can feel that you know...

Jack: (shaking his head and pinching himself) Did... you just say

something?

Bringing home the beans

A short (1 page) script for 3 characters (note: the brother has been

added to the story for the purpose of mixing up script character

numbers in the unit and for narrative effect in the script).


Script extract

Jack's mother and brother are at home waiting for Jack to come home.

Jack's brother is looking out the window, waiting. Jack comes home with

magic beans.


Jack's Brother: He's coming, he's coming.

Jack's Mother: Finally! We're nearly starved.

Jack: (Bursting through the door with excitement) You will

never believe it!


Getting ready for the ball

A short (1 page) script for 4 characters exploring status through

physicality.


Script extract

The Evil Stepmother and the Ugly Sisters are getting ready for the ball.


Evil Stepmother: (yelling) Cinderella... Cinderella!

Cinderella: (puffed) I'm here.

Ugly Stepsister: Where have you been?


MIME

Drama Unit (5 X 100 minute lesson plans)


This drama unit is suitable for years ## to ##. The drama unit consists of ## x ## detailed drama lesson plans where students are introduced to and explore the performance of mime through guided drama

experiences, devising and script performance. Alongside

other structured drama activities contained in the lesson plans, mime

sketch scenarios, mime scenarios and more, the mime unit contains

the following acting script for in class performance:


The Restaurant

A short (1 page) script for 3 characters where the students use

the mime skills they have learnt during the mime unit - in a scripted

scene with dialogue.

Script extract

Two people are on a first date at a restaurant. The server ruins the date.

Server: Here's some water. (The server pours Customer 2 some

water)

Customer 2: Thank you.

Server: (The server looks at customer 2 while pouring water on

customer 1) Oh, you're very welcome.

Customer 1: Hey! What are you doing?

STATUS and THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Drama Unit (5 X 100 minute lesson plans)


This drama unit is suitable for teens (years 8 to 11). The drama unit consists of 5 x 100 minute detailed drama lesson plans where students explore status issues from the French Revolution period and how

status is shown in drama. The unit is based on historical events

and is a history unit as well as a drama unit. Alongside other

structured drama activities contained in the lesson plans, the Status

and The French Revolution Unit contains the following 4 acting scripts

for in class performance:


Status Script

A short (1/2 page) script for 3 characters based on the French political

cartoon 'a faut esperer q'ue se jeu la finira bentot' where a peasant

struggles along with an aristocrat and clergy ride on his back.


The March on Versailles

A short (1 page) script for 2 characters.

Script extract

It is the morning of 5 October 1789. The Queen of France, Marie

Antoinette, sits in a chair, weaving a tapestry. She is approached by a royal

advisor, Jean-Frederic.

Jean-Frederic: (bowing as he approaches the Queen) My lady, I've urgent

news from Paris. The Marquis de Layfayette sends word that women

are gathering from the marketplaces and the city armory has been

ransacked for weapons.

Marie Antoinette: (stopping and looking up) The women are arming

themselves? Whatever for?

Jean-Frederic: Yes. They are preparing to march.


Viva La Revolution

A short (1 page) script for 3 characters.

Script extract

A rural peasants hut in July 1789, when the 'Great Fear' swept across

France. The mother sweeps the floor while the father sleeps on a chair. It

has been a long day.

Son: (Entering with great purpose) Mother! Father! You won' believe

it.

Father: (Stirs, mumbling, waking) Wha'?

Son: It's finally happenin'. The people - are gatherin'.


Facing the Guillotine

A short (1 page) script for 2 characters.

Script extract

King Louis XVI is about to be executed by guillotine. He has given his

last confession and received a blessing by a priest. He goes to the

guard, ready to be transported to his execution.

Louis XVI: I am ready to do as you command.

Guard: Well yes. I do command.

Louis XVI: Do not mock me here at my end.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Drama Unit and Whole Class Performance Script


This drama unit is suitable for years 2 to 5. The drama unit consists of 5 x 60 minute detailed drama lesson plans and the following whole class script:


Whole class performance script 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

The unit builds up to a whole class performance (performed in

addition to the lessons and suitable for presentation to an audience).

The resource includes a teachers copy of the script (with detailed

stage directions) and a student copy. It is a short play (once

rehearsed, around 15 minutes long and 4 pages).


Script Characters

Jack

Jack's Mother

Milky White: a comedic role who only ever says "Moo"

The Old Man

The Giant's Wife

The Giant

The Harp

Chorus: Plenty of chorus lines

Open: 19 'open' lines to allocate to students in the chorus


SNOW WHITE

Drama Unit and Whole Class Performance Script


This drama unit is suitable for years 3 to 6. The drama unit consists of 4 x 60 minute detailed drama lesson plans, the Evil Queen Drama Circle plus the following whole class script:

Whole class performance script 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'

The unit builds up to a whole class performance (performed in

addition to the lessons and suitable for presentation to an audience).

The resource includes a teachers copy of the script (with detailed

stage directions) and a student copy. It is a short play (once

rehearsed, around 15 minutes long and 4 pages).


Script Characters

Narrators (4 narrators - can be split for smaller groups)

Queen (just a single scripted line)

Evil Queen

Mirror

Snow White

Huntsman

The Giant

Dwarfs (x7 - can be split)

Prince

Chorus: Plenty of chorus lines

Open: 14 'open' lines to allocate to students in the chorus

THE TEMPEST

Drama Unit (5 X 100 minute lesson plans)


This drama unit is suitable for years ## to ##. The drama unit consists of ## x ## detailed drama lesson plans where students are introduced to Shakespearean language and characters through exploration of The

Tempest. Alongside other structured drama activities contained in the

lesson plans, the full play and more, the unit contains the following

acting scripts for in class performance:


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The Romeo and Juliet Drama Unit includes multiple amended versions

of the famous 'Balcony Scene' which you can choose based on skill

level of the group. The original version is also included.


Romeo kills Tybalt (the climax scene)

The Romeo and Juliet Drama Unit includes multiple amended versions

of the climax scene of the play where Romeo kills Tybalt. The original

version is also included.


The Tempest Shakespeare Machine

The Romeo and Juliet Drama Unit includes multiple amended versions

of the Capulet's Orchard scene where Juliet is told she will marry Paris.

The original version is also included.


ROMEO and JULIET

Drama Unit (5 X 100 minute lesson plans)


This drama unit is suitable for years ## to ##. The drama unit consists of ## x ## detailed drama lesson plans where students explore Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet through performance. Alongside

other structured drama activities contained in the lesson plans, the

full play and more, the unit contains the following acting scripts for in

class performance:


The Balcony Scene

The Romeo and Juliet Drama Unit includes multiple amended versions

of the famous 'Balcony Scene' which you can choose based on skill

level of the group. The original version is also included.


Romeo kills Tybalt (the climax scene)

The Romeo and Juliet Drama Unit includes multiple amended versions

of the climax scene of the play where Romeo kills Tybalt. The original

version is also included.


Capulet's Orchard

The Romeo and Juliet Drama Unit includes multiple amended versions

of the Capulet's Orchard scene where Juliet is told she will marry Paris.

The original version is also included.


FREE SHAKESPEARE SCRIPTS

Nicely formatted PDF versions of Shakespeare's original plays. Ready to print out and go! Each play comes with a character handout for students to research the characters before they begin!








DRAMA CIRCLE ACTING SCRIPTS FOR KIDS

Character Machine Drama Circles are a perfect way to explore a story and characters in a whole class guided (scripted) performance. Find out more about them HERE!















REVIEWING LIVE THEATRE?

Are your students seeing a play? Check out these theatre review templates. A simpler version for junior school and more detailed version for seniors.









PROMPTS GALORE

Drama Trunk also has a number of resources with prompts for script writing and scene creation. You can check them out HERE!


Happy drama teaching!