Pericles by William Shakespeare as performed by Ms. Gower's 1st

by  Jeffrey T. Bower

Short Play, Comedy  /  12boy(s) or girl(s)

Ms. Gower's 1st grade class proudly presents PERICLES by William Shakespeare!  A classic is restored as a group of hyper and unfocused children try their best at performing a light hearted and comical version of the traditional tale.

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Pericles by William Shakespeare as performed by Ms. Gower's 1st

by  Jeffrey T. Bower

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Pericles by William Shakespeare as performed by Ms. Gower's 1st

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Shakespeare)
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Ms. Gower's 1st grade class proudly presents PERICLES by William Shakespeare!  A classic is restored as a group of hyper and unfocused children try their best at performing a light hearted and comical version of the traditional tale.  Narrated by their teacher, Ms. Gower, the story follows Pericles' travles and adventures.  From saving starving nations by delivering fast food, to gallantly fighting knights with his plastic sword, to winning over hearts with his dance skills, this clever "play within a play" is a well crafted ball of mayhem, perfect for theatrical competitions or pleasing your audience.  The final moments will warm your heart as the performance brings together the once disorderly class, and changes the life of the most misbehaved student.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A classroom provides the set for the play within a play.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

12boy(s) or girl(s)
MS. GOWER - Caring but stern teacher that has organized this public performance.

THE CHILDREN
ROSS - Teacher’s pet, performs the role of Pericles.
SHAY - Troubled child who is turned around by the performance, performs the roles of Cerimon & Bawd.
AMANDA - Energetic, performs the role of Thaisa.
DEBRA - Ballerina, performs the role of Marina.
FARRAH - Popular, performs the role of Simonides.
ASHLEY C. - Sneaky, performs the role of Dionyza.
LALO - Nerdy boy, performs the role of Lysimachus.
STEPHANIE - Smart, performs the role of Helicanus.
BLAZE - Slow, performs the role of Boult.
ASHLEY E. - Mature, performs the role of Pander.
WHITNEY - Ditzy, performs the role of 1st Fisherman.
ANGIE - Loud/Spastic class clown, performs the roles of 2nd Fisherman & Philomen.
MARIA - Squirmy, performs the roles of 3rd Fisherman & Lychorida.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Cast can expand up to 17 roles

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Authors

Jeffrey T. Bower

Jeffrey T. Bower was born and raised in the small city of Auburn, New York.  He has come a long way since his theatrical debut as Farmer MacGregor in his Kindergarten play of Peter Rabbit. He received his BA in Mathematics from SUNY Binghamton and his MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic Uni ...

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Pericles... received its world premiere at the Loading Dock Theatre at G-Star School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida on October 9th, 2006.  A revised version of Pericles... was performed at the District X Thespian One Act Festival in Jupiter, Florida on November 17th, 2006.

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