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Up the Down Staircase
Up the Down Staircase
By Christopher Sergel. From the book by Bel Kaufman.

Cast: 12m., 18w. (smaller with doubling.) "Hi, Teach!" are the first words to greet attractive Sylvia Barrett. There's a special happiness in walking into the still-empty classroom and for the first time writing her name on the blackboard. Students pour into the classroom—cautious, testing, challenging. Simultaneously, there's a blizzard of paperwork, warnings, contradictory orders, indecipherable instructions. Frantic, Sylvia begins to fear she doesn't even understand the language. An experienced teacher translates: "Keep on file in numerical order" means throw in wastebasket. "Let it be a challenge" means you're stuck with it. "Interpersonal relationships" means a fight between kids. And "It has come to my attention" means you're in trouble. Soon Sylvia finds herself the most involved person in the school—involved in the start of a romance and in a near war with a discipline-over-everything administrator, but, most of all, involved in the unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking problems of her students. The simple stage arrangement makes the play easy to produce and serves to convey a sense of the whole school. One critic said, "Seldom has a humorous work been at the same time so important." One int. set w/platform.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  U12
Cast Size:  30
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  79
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  100 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871292815
Bel Kaufman, writer, educator, humorist and sought-after public speaker, is the granddaughter of the celebrated Jewish author, Sholom Aleichem. She was born in Berlin and spent her childhood in Odessa and Moscow. She came to the United States at the age of 12 and went on to receive her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Hunter College, her master's degree ...More

May 7, 1918 - May 7, 1993
President of Dramatic Publishing 1970 - 1993

Christopher Sergel's interests and talents led him on many adventures throughout the world. As captain of the schooner Chance, he spent two years in the South Pacific; as a writer for Sports Afield magazine, he lived in the African bush for a year; as a lieutenant ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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