The Lost Half-Hour

by  Colleen Neuman

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 6f, 18boy(s) or girl(s)

Bobo is a simple lad who is the subject of much ridicule. None of his cruel "friends" expects that he will actually find a lost half hour. But the boy returns from his search victorious, having found it, a lost temper, a lost reputation and a lost princess.

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The Lost Half-Hour

by  Colleen Neuman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 6f, 18boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

The Lost Half-Hour tells the story of Bobo, a simple lad who cheerfully endures much teasing from his "friends" who send him on a quest to find a lost half-hour, naturally assuming that he will fail.   Bobo takes his quest seriously and amazes everyone when he finds not only the lost half-hour but also a lost temper, a lost reputation and a lost princess who happily marries her heroic rescuer.

Published in The Princess Plays.

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Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection



  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    The Lost Half-Hour takes place in multiple settings that can be played on a bare stage or with a simple backdrop.  It can also be performed with a more elaborate set if that is desired.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


1m, 6f, 18boy(s) or girl(s)

Mother Time (may be played as Father Time)

Mother (may be played as Father)

Matthew (may be played as Martha)

Fernando (may be played as Fanny)


Princess Patty

Princess Court 1, 2, 3, 4


Horse (gender neutral)

Stranger 1, 2 (gender neutral)

King (may be played as Queen)

King's Court 1, 2, 3, 4  (gender neutral)

Three O'Clock (gender neutral)

Four O'Clock (gender neutral)

Eleven O'Clock (gender neutral)

Nine O'Clock (gender neutral)

Old Woman (may be played as Old Man)

Dragon (gender neutral)

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

The cast for The Lost Half-Hour is very flexible.  It can be performed by a larger or smaller cast by using more or fewer actors as PRINCESS COURT or KING'S COURT.




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