Like Jon Jory's University, these are mini-plays that connect and create a fascinating full evening of theatre. These plays are as real, as hard-hitting, as poignant and as funny as those in University, but in this case they're concerned with lives of people just a little younger. The title of this work is entirely appropriate. The play begins with Love in ways that are at times touching and at other times wryly humorous. Then the play proceeds to Death as some young people have to cope with the staggering news of a suicide. And, of course, it ends with The Prom. Out of these three related themes comes a fulfilling sense of beginning to understand, appreciate and enjoy these people and this time of life. These mini-plays are also a good vehicle to be used in the classroom, or in lieu of an exam in a drama class. They will challenge directors and actors without overwhelming them. These pieces can also be read in the classroom by non-actors as a stimulus for discussion.
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- Type of Show Collection
- Product Code L69000
- Cast Size 8
- Pages 56
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 75 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871291202
- "It's a great play for beginner actors and it allows lots of kids to be involved in the production. "
- Review by Kelly Judge, Abbey Park High School, Oakville, Ontario
- "This is a superior show for high school production. I cannot recommend it highly enough!"
- Review by Pepper Rhoads, Corona del Mar High School, Newport Beach, CA
- "This is the second time I've produced this piece. It's good writing that high school kids connect with, perform well, and oftentimes surprise their audience with a level of maturity."
- Review by Danny Eaton, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA
- "Love, Death and the Prom is the perfect play for teenage performers. It captures the joy, anxiety, love and angst of teenage life!"
- Review by Kathy Buck, Riverview High School, Riverview, Fla.
- "This is an entertaining, yet insightful and meaningful portrayal of high school life. In a series of vignettes, Jory explores the range of teen issues and experiences. It also offers a broad palette of acting opportunities for young people."
- Review by Ann Mershon, Cook County School, Grand Marais, Minn.
- "Great characters for high school performers. Because of scene, styleÑeasy to rehearse with a few students at once."
- Review by Scott Snyder, Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill, Pa.
- "Well writtenÑrealistic, humor is appropriate to the context and the drama has a level consistent with what the characters are experiencing. Teenage actors access the meaning readily and clearly. The pieces work well individually as well as as a whole."
- Review by Mary Margaret Coffield, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.
- "Lots of great roles appropriate for a high-school play. I had lots of first-time actors that had a positive experience."
- Review by Pete Nett, Corning High School, Corning, Iowa
- "Audiences, whether 12 or 60, enjoy these scenes since all of them provide funny, sometimes sad or poignant, moments of what teenagers experience. This piece survives the rapid changes in teen culture."
- Review by Jeanne Jackson, Ashdown High School, Ashdown, Ark.
- "Love, Death and the Prom is one of the most simple plays I've been involved withÑand I've been involved in more than 25 plays over ten years! The script is simple, but heartwarming and very familiar to, not only high schoolers but everyone. A great show and easy to produce. Five stars!!"
- Review by Allen Lollis, Clinton High School, Clinton, S.C.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We did short "hallway" improvs between scenes to smooth out the many scene breaks."
- Tip by Ann Mershon, Cook County School, Grand Marais, Minn.
- "We played up the '80's and added a prom scene for our curtain callÑit was a great finale."
- Tip by Andrea Parsons, Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, Calif.
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