The Nickel

by  Charles Webb

Short Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

From the moment Herbie O'Hara steps into his inner-city grade school, everything that could possibly go wrong, does. What would be every fifth grader's nightmare is actually this unfortunate boy's reality

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

From the moment Herbie O'Hara steps into his inner-city grade school, everything that could possibly go wrong, does. What would be every fifth grader's nightmare is actually this unfortunate boy's reality. He's late for class, then his teacher mistakes him for the boy who was murdered at a gas station, the lead in his pencil breaks, and on and on. Will anything ever go right? Will he survive this day? Will he ever find a friend? A bright new nickel offers the boy hope in a "secret admirer." This is a play for every age.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • 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

5m, 3f
HERBIE - A fifth grade boy
MS. PETERSON - His teacher
BECKY - A classmate
ANDREA - A classmate
JAKE - A big classmate
TOMMY - Teacher's pet
RALPH - A classmate
MR. HANO - Principal
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Authors

Charles Webb

Mr. Webb was a finalist of The Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference.

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