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NigHt of tHe pterodActyls

NigHt of tHe pterodActyls

By Julian Wiles.

Product Code: N32000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy
  • Cast size: 5m., 5w. (extras).

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Twelve-year-old Whit thinks Carly, who has just moved to town, is the ugliest girl in the universe. She is also the smartest person Whit has every met. Carly is obsessed with dinosaurs, and Whit becomes obsessed with Carly. But when Carly starts digging up the neighborhood, Whit has trouble explaining his affection for her to the GAs, his secret, all-male group of friends known as the Gross Associates. When Carly finds a nest of pterodactyl eggs in a neighbor's rose garden, the whole town is turned upside down. Pandemonium abounds and the National Guard has to be called out to keep away the curious. As one of Whit's friends explains to a TV reporter, "Yes, well, we all knew about her digging, but who could have thought that her digging up Mrs. Webster's rose garden would lead to something like this?" What it leads to is a dramatic finale where the pterodactyl eggs are excavated on live television. The glare of the TV lights is so bright that they warm the pterodactyl eggs and they begin to hatch...or do they? With this play the talented Julian Wiles achieves the almost impossible--he has written an entirely fresh and original play for children's theatre. As with his earlier play, the boy who stole the stars, you'll find his work to be of special quality, practical, and in every way a threatrical delight.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code N32000
  • Cast Size 10
  • Min. Royalty Rate $85/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 80 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
  • Genre Comedy
  • ISBN(13) 9780871299116
* 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.

Customer Reviews

"This script is appropriate for middle school and high school actors while still providing a script with realistic characters in some difficult situations. It provided a variety of lead, supporting, and non-speaking roles. I was able to cast accordingly. In this manner, I maximized rehearsal time and was able to involve a lot of students. The script is clever, fun, and tender. The audience loved it. There are some long speeches for Carly, but my 7th grade student was able to handle it. We have a cafegymatorium, but were able to get around some of the tricky visual effects by using sound effects and character reaction. I highly recommend this play."
Review by Tori January, Hawthorn Academy, West Jordan, Utah

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"We flew the pterodactyls on 80-lb. fishing line, using rubber Halloween bats as the hatching eggs instead of the mother. We added townspeople extras to bring more kids into the show."
Tip by Sharon Garrett, Longfellow Junior High, Enid, Okla.