Gargoyles

by  Chris Mathews

Short Play, Drama  /  7m, 7f

Based on a real school incident - written from the viewpoint of the gargoyles perched in the architecture of a local church - the story of a high school drama group forbidden from performing an innocuous Halloween comedy because of superstitious beliefs and the resulting outpouring of community love which conquers fears.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Based on a real school incident - written from the viewpoint of the gargoyles perched in the architecture of a local church - the story of a high school drama group forbidden from performing an innocuous Halloween comedy because of superstitious beliefs and the resulting outpouring of community love which conquers fears.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

7m, 7f
FIRST GARGOYLE
SECOND GARGOYLE

Cast of "Raising Spirits"
SALLY (played by SHANNON STERLING) - somewhat flighty
BILLY (played by CHRIS COLLINGSWORTH) - Impressionable, naive
RHONDA (played by KARA SULLIVAN)- The realist
SAM (played by MARC MATSON) - The fact-finder of the group
GEORGE MAUPASSANT (played by JAMIE ROSS) - Middle-aged, a ghoulish host
SISTER SOPHIA (BET WILDER) - A spiritualist, other-wordly
A GHOUL
REVEREND RATHBONE - Pastor of Narrow Gap Church of God
SARAH WILLIAMS - 25, Drama director of Mount Holly High School
MADAME CHAIRMAN - 43, Chairma of Narrow Gap School Board

Students:
SHANNON STERLING - 17, first-year student at Mount Holly High, senior
CHRIS COLLINGSWORTH - 16, small for age
KARA SULLIVAN - 16, bright, articulate, future lawyer
MARC MATSON - 17, student boyd vice-president
JAMIE ROSS - 18, slightly eccentric, drama student
BET WILDER - 17, a rebel, perhaps a Goth
NATE WALKER - 18, tall, very athletic, a stagehand
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Authors

Chris Mathews

Chris Mathews

Gargoyles was originally produced by the Asherville High School Drama Department in Asherville, North Carolina in April, 1997 and was directed by Chris Matthews.

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