Plays for High School Students

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

There are many high school plays to choose from. Here are the most important details you need to know about some of today's most popular high school plays.

High School Plays

High school plays can be a lot of fun for those dramatically inclined, but can also be fun for the other students, teachers, and parents to watch. However, choosing a play can be rather difficult, with so many options available. To make things easier, this lesson will provide you with a list of possible school plays, and then go into detail about a few of them including their synopses, and number of students required.

Here are some of the most popular high school plays you can try:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Our Town
  • You Can't Take It With You
  • Twelve Angry Jurors
  • The Crucible
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Rumors
  • Almost, Maine

Play Details

Before you consider one of the plays above, it's important to know certain details about them. You need to know how many students are required, the ideal mix of sexes, and what the plays are about, among other things. Here are some details for a few possible high school plays.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Synopsis: Four young lovers, and six tradesmen, are manipulated by fairies. Under this magical influence, chaos ensues.

Playwright: William Shakespeare

Number of Students Needed: 6 male, 8 female, 7 either

Number of Acts: 5

Approximate Run Time: 60 minutes

Our Town

Synopsis: The story of a small American town in the early 20th century.

Playwright: Thornton Wilder

Number of Students Needed: 14 male, 4 female, 8 either

Number of Acts: 3

Approximate Run Time: 90 minutes

You Can't Take It With You

Synopsis: A couple fall in love, but when Tony meets his prospective in-laws, the extended family is more eccentric than he expects.

Playwright: George S Kaufman & Moss Hart

Number of Students Needed: 12 male, 7 female

Number of Acts: 3

Approximate Run Time: 135 minutes

Twelve Angry Jurors

Synopsis: A jury must decide if a man is guilty of murder. Most think he is, but they must convince the one remaining juror to change his mind.

Playwright: Reginald Rose and Sherman L Sergel

Number of Students Needed: 15 either

Number of Acts: 3

Approximate Run Time: 90 minutes

The Crucible

Synopsis: The story of the Salem Witch Trials.

Playwright: Arthur Miller

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