The Monkey's Paw
by W.W. Jacobs
Adapted by Wendy Lewis
February 2021 time frame
Cast needed: Cast: 3 males, 2 females and 2 that can be either
This updated version by Wendy Lewis of “The Monkey's Paw” is based on the suspenseful short story by W.W. Jacobs. It involves Mr. and Mrs. White and their adult son a-waiting the arrival of Sergeant-Major Morris, a friend who served with Mr. White in Afghanistan. After Morris retired from the military his travels took him to India. He introduces them to a mummified monkey's paw. An old fakir placed a spell on the paw, so that it would grant three wishes. The wishes are granted but always with hellish consequences as punishment for tampering with fate. Morris, having had a horrible experience using the paw, throws the monkey's paw into the fire but Mr. White retrieves it. Before leaving, Morris warns Mr. White that if he does use the paw, then it will be on his own head. The rest of the play deals with the choices and consequences of the White family. A suspenseful climax rounds out the story.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 2021 time frame.
Cast Needed: 4 males, 6 females, 8 boy(s), 9 girl(s)
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States!
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French publisher
"An American classic." - McCall's Magazine
"One of the best Christmas stories ever - and certainly one of the funniest." - The Seattle Times
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