On a darkened stage, a tall figure in a trench coat and fedora blows a warm jazz refrain on a saxophone. This taller figure is joined by a much smaller figure, dressed in an identical trench coat and fedora. As the smaller figure raises his head, we see that under his fedora is a small boy with a very open, ordinary face. There is nothing ordinary about his expression, however. It is very "cool" and very serious. He is Nate the Great, the sharpest kid detective ever to solve his neighborhood's mysteries. With his faithful dog, Sludge, and his friends, he solves important cases, always remembering to leave a note for his mother and wear his galoshes! It's the Our Gang comedies meet Raymond Chandler. It's a spoof of "B" movie mysteries. It's a perspective of a child's vision of life's everyday mysteries—when past, present and future all combine to create a wonderful Now.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code A16000
- Cast Size 12
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 50 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9780871296658
- "Our middle school cast loved the personalities of the characters. The Noir style was challenging for them at first, but then they really got into it! "
- Review by Kristin Hall, Lincoln School, Lincoln, Mass.
- "Nate the Great is a very funny show, perfect for kids 10 to 13. All my students loved the story and all the props they created for it."
- Review by Kathleen Rudolph, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh, N.C.
- "This dry comedy is a fantastic acting piece for young character actors. It encourages them to breathe life into their characters, making each character quite fun and distinct."
- Review by Brandon Thomsen, Quincy Community Theatre, Quincy, Ill.
- "I was looking for a play that could be easily performed by elementary kids but yet offer great characters and freedom with the set. Nate was perfect. We performed it on a small stage which made it very intimate."
- Review by Cheryl McClurg, Harding Academy of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Having the characters search for clues in the audience kept the youngsters viewing the play rooted to the story."
- Tip by Carol Connelly, Theatre Factory Kidiworks, Trafford, Pa.