Clifford, the quiet, retiring brain of the senior class, is cast as the romantic lead in the school play opposite his secret love, popular Donna Bratton. Donna is dating Biff Reese, a braggart and bully. In a jealous rage, Biff tries to kidnap Clifford and then sabotages the play during opening night. In a riotous, action packed final scene, Curtain Call for Clifford and the play within it are resolved simultaneously and Clifford becomes leading man in Donna's affections. The director of the school play is English teacher Eda Troutliver, who runs the full gamut of emotions and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown after hectic rehearsals and opening night.