The Trial of the Stone

by  Colleen Neuman

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f, 16boy(s) or girl(s)

A judge accuses a stone of stealing a penny, the trial lures in the real thieves who are caught when they steal again, as the clever judge knew they would, and the stone's good name is happily restored.

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The Trial of the Stone

by  Colleen Neuman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f, 16boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

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

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In The Trial of the Stone a couple hides their one and only coin under a stone, not knowing they are being watched by thieves who then steal the coin.  They tell the facts of the case to a judge who accuses the stone of being the thief.  The trial begins and lures in the real thieves who are caught when they steal again, as the clever judge knew they would, and the stone's good name is happily restored.

Published in Stones.

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Considerations

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

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

    The Trial of the Stone takes place along a road and may be played on a bare stage or using 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

Music

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

Casting

1m, 1f, 16boy(s) or girl(s)

MAN

WOMAN

PRIEST (gender neutral)

BAKER (gender neutral)

VILLAINS 1 AND 2 (gender neutral)

SHERIFF (gender neutral)

TOWNSPERSONS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (gender neutral)

FARMER (gender neutral)

CHILD (gender neutral)

GRANDPARENT (gender neutral)

JUDGE (gender neutral)

CLERK (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 Trial of the Stone is very flexible.  The play can be performed by a larger or smaller cast by using more or fewer TOWNSPEOPLE.

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