Test anxiety! Best friends moving away! Lockers addresses the universal ups and downs in the lives of young people in middle school and early high school. Written in vignette form, Moving, Kim, Cheaters, Mudslingers, Lawn Guy, The Sneak Out, Slice, Weavers, The Team, Family Man, The Party and Locker can be performed as a full-length play or as individual scenes, monologues and short plays, making it an excellent vehicle for fully staged productions, classroom work and young actor training programs. This piece was originally staged at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.
- Type of Show Collection
- Product Code L99000
- Cast Size 6
- Pages 72
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 75 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Elementary School | Middle School | Community Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871299437
- "Lockers by Jeremy Kruse has been an excellent choice for our children's summer theatre. The messages and the handling of issues have been well received."
- Review by Laura Ryan, Waseca Public School, Waseca, MN
- "We really liked the way it is arranged into brief scenes that can be reorganized and cast to accommodate a variety of performers from different classes."
- Review by R. Smith, Cedar Creek Middle School, Bastrop, Texas
- "Put this play in the hands of middle schoolers and you will be very pleased. When I first read it I thought, well maybe it will work for my advanced acting class (11-12 year olds). When they read it they really wanted to produce it. Once we started on the project it really came to life. The kids could really relate to the material. They have also used the monologues for auditions."
- Review by Marianne Adams, Grand Street Theatre, Helena, Mont.
- "Jeremy Kruse has his finger on the pulse of middle school students! The dialogue in scenes from Lockers relates directly to the youth, teaches excellent lessons, and at the same time avoids a preaching tone. The students in our drama elective thoroughly enjoyed preparing and rehearsing the scenes. They presented them to their peers as part of our school's Character Traits & Values program. Students, teachers, and administrators thought it was fantastic! Their only questionÑwhere can we get MORE of this material written by Jeremy Kruse?"
- Review by Joan E. Behrens, Rolling Hills Country Day School, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
- "The production of Lockers was the most excellent performance in recent Dueitt Middle School history. The material was easily relatable to the young actors, and that gave them the power to create interesting characters. This is a terrific play to produce because of its flexible cast!"
- Review by Crystal Hart-Majors, Dueitt Middle School, Spring, Texas
- "It is easier to rehearse than the typical full-length play because the scenes are not connected. The casting is very flexible with much doubling possible. Ninth graders especially enjoyed it. I thought it was well written, relevant, and a nice change of pace."
- Review by Robert Rippenkroeger, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Fort Madison, Iowa
- "This play is perfect for middle schoolers with limited acting/theater experience. The short vignettes ensure less stress for young actors just learning to memorize lines and develop characters, and the characters themselves are within everyone's experience."
- Review by Melisa Ferris, Kasson-Mantorville High School, Kasson, Minn.
- "There is a wonderful amount of flexibility with this show. You can adjust cast size, segments that you want to use, costumes, set É everything! It's also nice because more actors get featured than would in a traditional play."
- Review by Wayne Manchester, Voorheesville Middle School, Voorheesville, N.Y.
- "Lockers is a delightful collection of short scenes and monologues perfect for a 9th-10th-grade troupe. While addressing some very real issues facing today's students, this play maintains a lightheartedness which is both entertaining and challenging for the players. Our cast of four men and seven women worked very well with something for everyone but not too much for anyone."
- Review by John Marrs, Northeastern High School, Manchester, Pa.
- "Lockers was the perfect script for a middle-school-aged cast. The audience loved it and, as a director, I appreciated the variable-sized cast. It provided the opportunity for everyone to have a "speaking part" as well as play an "extra" in the larger vignettes. It also allows creativity in the set, costumes and staging."
- Review by Cheryl McClurg, Harding Academy, Memphis, Tenn.
- "As a first-year middle-school teacher starting an after-school drama program from scratch with no budget, I had to find a simple but powerful script to kick things off. Jeremy Kruse's Lockers was perfect. It allowed for flexible casting and simple sets, and the students found it realistic and relevant. My 7th- and 8th-grade students were able to take complete ownership of the project, running the lights, sound and sets themselves. We received rave reviews from parents, teachers and students, many of whom mentioned the excellent and highly accessible script. An excellent choice for any middle-school drama teacher just starting out!"
- Review by Megan Morrison, Sylvester Middle School, Burien, Wash.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Don't just read this play, have age appropriate young people read it aloud. It makes all the difference. You can also cast enough children that this makes an excellent classroom project, too."
- Tip by Marianne Adams, Grand Street Theatre, Helena, Mont.
- "Adding in a boys' dance, girls' dance, and couples' dance spiced up the show. If you have good dancers, go for the choreography and put it in "The Party" scene."
- Tip by Paul Kocum, Franklin School, Nutley, N.J.
- "I set up my classroom into different committees (one for each vignette) and gave students jobs as actors, actresses, prop managers and stage directors. It was a true work environment, and each committee set up weekly goals (approved by me) to help ensure success."
- Tip by Ashley Brubaker, Tecumseh Middle School, Tecumseh, Mich.
- "For a backdrop we used free-standing flats with lockers painted on them and "graffiti" done by the kids."
- Tip by Cheryl McClurg, Harding Academy, Memphis, Tenn.
- "I thought this script might not be "gritty" enough for our student population (low-income, transient, lots of issues at home), but they LOVED it! It still had appeal for them."
- Tip by Megan Morrison, Sylvester Middle School, Burien, Wash.
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