Comedy. By Albert Carrière.
Cast: 5m., 5w. The high school seniors wanted to put on a scary mystery play, with clutching hands and screams in the dark, but instead they had to uphold the traditon of the school and do Romeo and Juliet. The bare stage of the high school auditorium is bedlam as the cast rehearses, for Tubby is frantically painting scenery in the midst of actors declaiming Shakespeare in a way to make the Bard turn over in his grave. In fact, Shakespeare not only turns over, but he gets up and strides on to the stage and peps up the discouraged actors. It's all a very clever hoax, of course, between the janitor of the school (a former actor), who plays the part of Shakespeare's ghost, and the harassed student director, but it works. The cast goes to work, vowing to make Shakespeare proud of the production. It's a pack of fun and an ideal play for high school actors. It's easy to produce, for neither scenery nor costumes (except one simple one) are needed. Approximate running time: 30 minutes.