for Kids to Perform!
Running Time: About 45 minutes
Flexible Cast of 20-30 (All can
Easily adapted for larger or
- Kid Scientist (M/F, 97 lines)
FRANKIE #1 - (M/F, 26 lines)
FRANKIE #2 - (M/F, 26 lines,
enter page 14)
FRANKIE #3 - (M/F, 21 lines,
enter page 25)
FRANKIE #4 - (M/F, 24 lines,
enter page 36)
Frankie's Best Friend (M/F, 79 lines)
IRVING #1 - (M/F, 24 lines)
IRVING #2 - (M/F, 23 lines,
enter page 14)
IRVING #3 - (M/F, 15 lines,
enter page 22)
IRVING #4 - (M/F, 17 lines,
enter page 32)
Principal's Daughter/Son (M/F, 51 lines)
HELGA #1 - (M/F, 25 lines)
HELGA #2 - (M/F, 26 lines, enter
KIDZ - School
Kids & Storytellers (Together 1 line, much action)
ABIGAIL - (M/F, 12 lines)
DARRYL - (M/F, 8 lines)
JAYDEN - (M/F, 8 lines)
MEGAN - (M/F, 7 lines)
SHAWNA - (M/F, 7 lines)
ZACH - (M/F, 7 lines)
GANG OF BONEZ
- Kid Troublemakers (Together 1 line, much action)
T-BONE - Ringleader (M/F, 15 lines)
BARBIE Q - (M/F, 6 lines)
CLEAVER - (M/F, 5 lines)
KNUCKLEHEAD - (M/F, 5 lines)
N. M. SKULL - (M/F, 3 lines)
RIBEYE - (M/F, 4 lines)
MRS. NEWTON -
Science Teacher - (M/F, 53 lines)
MRS. NEWTON #1 - (M/F, 26 lines)
MRS. NEWTON #2 - (M/F, 27 lines,
enter page 25)
MR. KLONDIKE - Principal (M/F,
MR. SPOTS - Zookeeper (M/F, 11 lines)
MRS. MAGILLACUTTY - Nearsighted
Neighbor (M/F, 17 lines)
MONSTER - Monster (M/F, 28
lines, mostly "Mmmmm...")
[ VILLAGERS - Optionally add
more Villagers (no specific lines) ]
Finally! Frankenstein is Kid-Friendly!
Kid Frankenstein! Frankie the Kid Mad
Scientist has some zany ideas!
IS THIS PLAY BEST FOR YOUR SCHOOL?
especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast
plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written
for adults or
professional actors to
perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or
complex language, and speeches too long for young children to
memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter
that may not be appropriate for children.
understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick
and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts
between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged
throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!
All children are involved
throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team
spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often
asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles!
All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large
parts (such as Alice or Cinderella) among several performers so that
no one child is the "star".
stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as
possible to the familiar story the kids already know. While
some authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our
SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible,
making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.
to edit! Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no
changes may be made to their scripts. We know that your
goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that
your needs are unique. Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add
as much as you like! Also, there are no restrictions on video
tapes. Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big
moment. Go ahead and tape away!
Kathryn Schultz Miller
is one the most prolific and most produced playwrights for
children. Her script, A THOUSAND CRANES, won the National
Endowment for the Arts Playwright Award (and countless others) at a
time when plays for children were not considered serious works. Now,
many of her published scripts are considered classics for young
audiences. When teachers voiced their need for great plays that
kids can perform Ms. Miller responded with ArtReachs School
Plays: I never dreamed Id write for anyone other
than professionals. But writing for child performers has been
the most profound and rewarding experience of my life.
FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
All kids love
the title Frankenstein. Just mention it and they will ooh and
ah and ask to see or read it. As a teacher or a parent you may
have thought this through at some point and decided the story is not
appropriate for kids even though they beg for it. Mary
Shelley's original novel and all the many adaptations that came after
contain gruesome elements; things we may
not want in
our stories for children.
For many years
I have considered writing a version of the novel for kids to perform
but just couldn't get past some of the darker aspects of the
story. Finally I came up with some possibilities and made some
unorthodox changes that devotees of the classic may consider
sacrilege. But I think you'll agree when you read it, that it
is not only safe for kids - it's great fun for them too!
always a joy when characters take over
and write their own scenes. This happened many times while I
was channeling this nutty cast of characters. Our hero Frankie
(or Francis) is a kid with big dreams and a big ego. Although
he seems to be intellectually ahead of all the other students in his
science class, he is really just exploring the world in his own
unique way. Kid Frankenstein is all about individuality,
curiosity and finding your own distinctive path.
In Kid Frankenstein
everyone gets to join in the great experiment! Just follow
Frankie's lead and let yourself be carried away by the thrill ride
that only imagination can provide. And don't forget to
laugh! Hilarity, silliness and laughter are the main
ingredients of Kid Frankenstein. Just trust your funny bone and
you can't go wrong. Have a great show!
Cues, sound effects, background
The CD Soundtrack contains
special sound effects and background music (traditional-classical)
that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not
contain music and songs for the performers to sing along with.
Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown include silence.
[ Click on [sample]
to hear a short sample of the indicated cues. ]
1. THUNDER (0:25) [sample]
2. THUNDER (0:25)
3. ORGAN, THUNDER, SCHOOL
BELL (0:45) [sample]
4. SCHOOL BELL (0:16)
5. TRANSITION MUSIC,
TRAIN, THUNDER (0:51) [sample]
7. TIPTOEING MUSIC,
8. GLASS BREAKING (0:11)
9. ELECTRICITY (0:21)
10. MONSTER THEME
MUSIC (1:25) [sample]
11. ELECTRICITY, MONSTER
12. DOOR BELL, PAUSE, DOOR
BELL (0:27) [sample]
13. ORGAN, THUNDER,
MONSTER MUSIC (0:43)
14. THUNDER, ENTRANCING
VIOLIN MUSIC (1:32) [sample]
15. VIOLIN: TURKEY IN THE
STRAW (0:48) [sample]
16. VIOLIN: BOW, TURKEY IN
THE STRAW (0:57)
17. WAH-WAH SOUND
18. ORGAN, THUNDER (0:36)
19. SAPPY MUSIC
20. ELECTRICITY, ORGAN,
21. CURTAIN CALL MUSIC,
Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert
these songs into the play. We recognize that each school has a
wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be
creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions
that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our
own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright
permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is
up to you.
& Sound Resources Available on the Internet
Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along,
scientist FRANKIE and his best friend and "trusted
mysterious package from -- where else? -- Transylvania!
(Script pages 9-13)
FRANKIE: (Greeting IRVING, putting
on mad scientist voice.) Ah ha! My trusted
assistant! Welcome to my la-bore-atory! I see you
found the secret passageway!
Knock it off, Frankie. Anybody can see this is just your
basement and I came in through the cellar door.
FRANKIE: Quite right my faithful
IRVING: (Getting candy bar from backpack.)
FRANKIE: My faithful assistant and
constant companion, Igor!
IRVING: Not this again.
Once again I must express my sympathies for the unfortunate and
astonishing growth of some kind on your back! (Pointing.)
On your back!
(IRVING drops into Igor
stance. His backpack becomes his hump. He suddenly
hunches and drags one foot across the floor. Speaks in Igor voice.)
Thank you, master. Very kind.
FRANKIE: Never mention it! A
scientist must be aware of the infirmities and misfortunes all around
him! In this way science can improve the lot of mankind!
IRVING: (Forgetting to be Igor,
taking a bite of candy bar.) Speaking of which, whats
your big plan for the science fair?
IRVING: (Back to Igor.)
I mean... (Hunches.) What is to be your next
FRANKIE: It is interesting you should
ask me that! I was considering a wind experiment! It
would involve living birds and feathers and flare guns and
earwax! The result would tell us the properties of the heat
generated by a chickens wing as it tries to fly which it cannot
do! In short a study of alternative energy and advanced aerodynamics!
Mrs. Mulvaney keeps chickens in her backyard. You want I should get?
FRANKIE: Then I considered a quest
for the understanding of the chemistry of removing grass stains from
a soiled and wretched football jersey! An outcome that would
benefit overworked mothers everywhere for although detergents claim
to get out stubborn grass stains they never do! Such a
discovery would be a boon for mankind!
IRVING: No problem, plenty of those
in my closet.
IRVING: But then?
FRANKIE: The most miraculous thing occurred!
IRVING: Which is?
FRANKIE: (Removes a cloth from a box.)
Behold! It arrived quite out of the blue just this very morning!
IRVING: FedEx or UPS?
IRVING: (Becoming Igor.)
Ah, master! From whence came this marvelous new thing and what
in the Sam Hill is it?
FRANKIE: Look! Just take a
gander with your good eye at the return address.
IRVING: (He slides his foot over
and looks.) Transylvania!
(FRANKIE stands at ecstatic attention,
gloating. IRVING drops Igor routine.)
Oh, come on, Frankie. Theres no way
you got a package from Transylvania.
FRANKIE: (Dropping the mad scientist.)
It was on the front door step when I got up this morning. It
came from Transylvania. Look, Irving! Thats what it
says right there on the label!
IRVING: You put it on there.
FRANKIE: I did not! I totally
swear on my parakeets grave! Scouts honor! Cross my
heart and hope to die.
FRANKIE: In my eye!
(IRVING examines box, very big. He tugs it, kicks it.)
IRVING: Somebodys playing a
trick on you.
FRANKIE: (Back to mad scientist.)
There are no tricks in science! Everything can be
scientifically proven! I believe that what we have here, dear
Igor, is the clue to my most magnificent experiment yet!
IRVING: Open it.
FRANKIE: (Scientist completely
gone. Suddenly scared.) You think we should?
IRVING: What else are we going to do?
FRANKIE: Igor! Hand me my scalpel!
IRVING: Frankie, we dont have
any scalpels. Heres the scissors.
(FRANKIE cuts the string. Opens flaps and dives
into the box, packing peanuts flying everywhere. FRANKIES
feet are kicking above the box.)
(FRANKIE makes muffled sound, head in box.)
(FRANKIE comes up for air.)
IRVING: Nothing? Let me look.
(IRVING climbs in and scrambles around.)
Mmmm-mmm... (Muffled) ... on the bottom.
(He comes up for air.)
(IRVING holds up enormous book.)
FRANKIE: A book?
(IRVING hands it to FRANKIE. FRANKIE blows off the
How I Did It
IRVING: How he did what? Who
FRANKIE: It says right here.
Written by Herr Doctor...
IRVING: Herr Doctor who, what? What?
FRANKIE: Herr. Doctor.
IRVING: What? What?
(FRANKIE looks up amazed.)
CUE #3: Sudden terrifying organ music! Thunder! [sample]
IRVING and FRANKIE stare at each other,
open-mouthed, wide-eyed and frozen as KIDZ enter with a large piece
of silk cloth and flutter it in front of them to hide the scene.
FRANKIE and IRVING exit behind cloth as MRS. NEWTON takes her place
SOUND: School bell. SOUND
When the KIDZ flutter the cloth away, MRS.
NEWTON is standing behind it calling her class to order.
MRS. NEWTON: All right, class!
Everyone in their seats.
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