Running Time: About 45 minutes
Flexible Cast of 20-30 (All can be M/F)
Easily adapted for larger or smaller cast
STEIN - 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 page 32)
- 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)
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)
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, 25 lines)
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) ]
Frankenstein is Kid-Friendly!
Dramatic Fun! - Mandurah Catholic College, Mandurah AU
WHY IS THIS PLAY BEST FOR YOUR SCHOOL?
Written 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.
Easy to 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".
Familiar 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.
Feel free 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!
A NOTE 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!
It is 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!
"Just trust your funny bone and you can't go wrong."
Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake Theatre for Children, NY
CD SOUNDTRACK CUES
Cues, sound effects, background music (traditional-classical)
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]
6. ELECTRICITY (0:17) [sample]
7. TIPTOEING MUSIC, THUNDER (0:39)
8. GLASS BREAKING (0:11)
9. ELECTRICITY (0:21)
10. MONSTER THEME MUSIC (1:25) [sample]
11. ELECTRICITY, MONSTER MUSIC (0:46)
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 (0:14) [sample]
18. ORGAN, THUNDER (0:36)
19. SAPPY MUSIC (0:40) [sample]
20. ELECTRICITY, ORGAN, THUNDER (0:48)
21. CURTAIN CALL MUSIC, SOUNDS (2:29)
Note: 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.
Music & Sound Resources Available on the Internet
( Sheet Music, Song Books, CDs, DVDs, Sing-along, Karaoke, Sound Effects )
Friends are whisked into a sci-fi fantasy adventure!
Pearl Theatre, Houston TX - Kids Performance
Nutty kid scientist FRANKIE and his best friend and "trusted assistant" IRVING receive a 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!
IRVING: (Entering.) 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 friend, Igor!
IRVING: (Getting candy bar from backpack.) Huh?
FRANKIE: My faithful assistant and constant companion, Igor!
IRVING: Not this again.
FRANKIE: (Prompting.) 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 experiment, master?
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!
IRVING: (Unimpressed.) 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.
FRANKIE: (Dramatically.) But then!
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 dust. Reads.)
How I Did It
IRVING: How he did what? Who wrote it?
FRANKIE: It says right here. Written by Herr Doctor...
IRVING: Herr Doctor who, what? What?
FRANKIE: Herr. Doctor. Victor. Von.
IRVING: What? What?
(FRANKIE looks up amazed.)
(SOUND 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 behind it.
SOUND: School bell. SOUND CUE ENDS.
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.
Note: This is a sample from the actual script. To review the entire play, order the PERUSAL SCRIPT (online instant download). Or to save 20% on the full production kit and royalty for one performance, order the SCHOOL PLAY PACKAGE and start rehearsals today!
"Thanks for being awesome!"
Kid Frankenstein, Youth Summer Theatre Program, Grand Rapids, MN