Have a flair for drama? Put on a play or skit with these free scripts and staging ideas in these short plays in English for children.
Children will enjoy these free English plays, skits, dramatic readings and pageants which are arranged according to difficulty. The activities help kids build confidence, followed by skit ideas for kids that require little or no rehearsal and are often quite funny. Readings take fewer people and some rehearsal, while plays require lots of people and lots of rehearsal. Near the end of this page, you’ll find a few plays for advanced actors or for older teens because of the nature of the topic of the scripts such as Shakespeare plays. There is a section for Christmas plays and one site with a lot of Christian scripts. At the very end you’ll find help with staging and costumes.
Selected Self-Confidence Building Activities
It matters not whether you have the good looks of a crumbling cathedral gargoyle or the sex appeal of a rusted cheese grater because self-confidence is a power greater than the sum of your parts.
Advice for Homeschoolers on Producing Plays
Directing a Homeschool Play
Before we began rehearsals, the moms asked whether I’d want help. Not to diss parents or anything, but homeschool moms tend to take control, and because I’m “rebellious,” I decided I didn’t need or want any help. I could do this on my own. The kids would take my direction. I knew what I was doing, and we could pull together everything we needed on our own. By Nathan Colpitts, HEM N/D 07.
Hard Choices: Casting your play
When you sit down to start making the tough decisions, take a list of characters, go through the audition sheets, and write each actor’s name down beside every key role you think they could play. The idea here is to get a list of potential actors who could tackle each role. In doing so, you should be able to give yourself two or three options for every key role. John Cosper, Righteous Insanity.
The Play’s the Thing
The goal of Stagelight is to help the kids carry their success into other areas of their lives, to help them become comfortable in their own skin. When that goal is reached, the play is most certainly the thing. By Sandra S. Gaffigan, HEM J/F 2010.
Skits for Kids
Most of the skits listed here require minimal preparation, and can be easily adapted to accommodate groups of all sizes.
Little Orphan Annie
CHILD 1: Little Orphan Annie’s come to our house to stay, (ANNIE ENTERS, picks up stuff, hangs it up)
And wash the cups and saucers up, and brush the crumbs away…
Short ‘n’ Simple Skits
Many comics make good short skits. Check out: Calvin & Hobbes (sold in book form now) and Dilbert and Zits for skits using ordinary clothing and few props. Other comics in the newspaper make good short skits.
Songs, Skits and Yells
Most of these songs, skits and yells have been taken from various places arround the internet. The original source is indicated where known.
Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?”
Complete script for a dramatic reading for two people. Sound file, too, so you can learn to get the timing right.
Generic Radio Workshop
Online repository of scripts from the Golden Age of Radio: the original and largest collection of radio transcripts on the World Wide Web.
Dinosaur Jokes, Puns & Riddles
Skit of dinosaur joke and puns. By Ann Zeise.
Perform rhyming poetry plays with these funny and short poems.
Aaron’s scripts for small groups of actors about 3rd-9th grade.
Free Plays for Middle School-aged Kids
Classic Movie Scripts
Scripts and Transcripts to Classic Movies (and others) made before 1970. Culled from various sources on the internet.
Hansel and Gretel and the Big Woods
Once upon a time, there was a brother and a sister named Hansel and Gretel. They lived in a cottage in the woods with their father who loved them very much, and their stepmother who had her sanity to consider.
Classic movie script. 1933, RKO Radio Pictures Inc., Directed by George Cukor.
By J. M. Barrie. The cuckoo clock strikes six, and Nana springs into life.This first moment in the play is tremendously important, for if the actor playing Nana does not spring properly we are undone.
This drama magazine for young people offers something for everyone. New plays monthly, with a huge archive of royalty free plays for children. Scripts in PDF format.
The Princess Bride
Does it got any sports in it? Are you kidding? It’s got fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, True Love, miracles and more!
Rinse the Blood off My Toga
My name is Flavius Maximus, Private Roman Eye. Licence number MCMLXXVIII. It also comes in handy as an eye chart. I’m gonna tell ya about the Julius Caesar Caper. It all began during the Ides of March. I had just nailed Sutoniuos the Gladiator, he had a crooked lion who kept takin a dive. Anyhow, I was just beginning to rest on my laurels when suddenly… HE burst in to my office.
Sasha and the Pearl
Fairy tale-style script that can be adapted to puppet theater featuring a princess, a witch, a lobster king and other assorted characters.
Wendy’s Wizard of Oz Script
Everybody’s cherished favorite, perennial fantasy film musical from MGM during its golden years.
Whootie Owl’s Free Fairytale Play Scripts
Eighth grade students of a middle school in Massachusetts, supervised by an English teacher, authored seven of the eight plays based on stories found on this web site. These are quite well done! Don’t pass up this site because the authors are young!
Advanced Scripts – Including Shakespeare – for Teenagers and Mature Actors
Folk Play Research Home Page
English folk plays, often called Mummers’ Plays, are short traditional verse sketches performed at Christmas, Easter and other annual festivals and taken round pubs and private houses.
The Foresters: Robin Hood and Maid Marian
By Lord Alfred Tennyson. Complete script for those who would like to do an olde English play.
The Oxford Shakespeare
You could layout the plays as you like it, illustrate, have scripts for everyone, and all’s well that ends well. From Bartleby.com.
By George Bernard Shaw. Consider the career of Joan. She was a village girl, in authority over sheep and pigs, dogs and chickens, and to some extent over her father’s hired laborers when he hired any, but over no one else on earth. Outside the farm she had no authority, no prestige, no claim to the smallest deference. Yet she ordered everybody about, from her uncle to the king, the archbishop, and the military General Staff.
Waiting for Godot
By Samuel Beckett. The basic plot revolves around two characters who have been told they must wait for Godot, though they aren’t sure who he is or what he looks like. Many opportunities come their way, but they turn them down because they might miss Godot.
The Baker’s Dozen
A Saint Nicholas Tale, Told by Aaron Shepard. In the Dutch colonial town later known as Albany, New York, there lived a baker, Van Amsterdam, who was as honest as he could be.
The Birth of Jesus
Your basic Luke 2 nativity skit, nicely formated for young actors.
Christmas Around the World – a Christmas Play
A simple Christmas pagent with lots of built-in flexibility so it could be performed by a family or a large group.
A Christmas Carol
Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
This must be distinctly understood or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.
Divide the group into four smaller groups and assign each group one of the words listed here. Read the story. After each of the words is read pause for the group to sing the first line of the song.
Yes, Virginia – The Musical
Macy’s is looking for schools to perform their new musical. The first 100 qualified schools will receive a $1,000 grant to cover production costs. (August 22, 2012) Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
The War Prayer
By Mark Twain. You have heard your minister pray, “Grant us victory, O Lord our God.” The Lord too has heard this prayer, and He will grant it-if such is your desire. But first I am commanded to explain to you its full meaning. For it is not one prayer, but two — one spoken, the other not. Listen now to the silent prayer.
Fake Blood Recipes
Here are some recipes for you to make your own realistic-looking fake blood. Real blood is reddish brown so you may need to alter the amounts of ingredients for the desired affect. Keep in mind, fake blood is messy and some of these recipes may leave stains, so use with caution and allow plenty of time for drying.
The History of Costume
These plates consisted of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century. This complete online book is an excellent source for students who are studying the history of fashion and for costume designers. By Braun & Schneider – c.1861-1880.