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The Drama Department

The Drama Department

By James Hindman.

Product Code: DG1000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 4m., 3w.

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout Canada, the United States.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$9.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock

Synopsis

For the past 16 years, Rob Chalmers, the head of the drama department at Chippewa Valley High School, has given his blood, sweat and tears to make his department #1 in the region. Determined to win best musical in the state of Kansas, Rob announces his fall production, Seussical, casting a talented newcomer, David, and a local favorite, Greg Barnes. Rob even fights for a massive state grant to build a new auditorium, and he gets it. Rob's team rallies around him, and the riotous process of putting on a high-school musical ensues. Elise, the math teacher and Rob's best friend, sacrifices date after date with her new boyfriend to turn last year's Anatevka into this year's Whoville. Gerald, the underpaid and overwhelmed music teacher, is determined to use some of the new grant money to build his orchestra. Even Sarah, the most popular girl at school, comes out for the show, and school spirit is soaring! All goes well until the president of the school board, Mr. Barnes, finds out his son Greg isn't the lead. Barnes bullies the new principal into recasting. Stuart, desperate to hang onto his job as principal, tries to coerce Rob into changing the casting. When Rob, Elise and Gerald balk at Stuart's attempt to thwart their production, he is forced to use dubious means. Rumors spread online and in high-school blogs about David and, worse, about David and Rob. Even Sarah's new friendship with David is questioned. Here begins a battle of wills. What starts as a funny and innocent look at high-school culture, reminiscent of Waiting for Guffman, becomes a compelling examination of the relentless and unconscious pressure we all use to get what we want. This poignant and gripping dramatic comedy serves as a reminder of how innocent gossip and social media can irrevocably change our lives. The Drama Department is based on a true story.

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code DG1000
  • Cast Size 7
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 95 min

Categories

  • Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781619591073
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.