A Rocket In His Pocket

by  Tom Erhard

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 6f

Into Rimrock High School comes mild mannered Oswald Agnew, new graduate of Hackensack Teachers' College. One expects a certain number of problems in a new job - but Oswald discovers that he's the first male teacher in the school in ten years! Mr. Agnew's first day is an absolute shambles...

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A Rocket In His Pocket

by  Tom Erhard

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Into Rimrock High School comes mild mannered Oswald Agnew, new graduate of Hackensack Teachers' College. One expects a certain number of problems in a new job - but Oswald discovers that he's the first male teacher in the school in ten years! Mr. Agnew's first day is an absolute shambles. While he's diagraming a simple sentence on the blackboard, Spaceman sends up another one of his homemade rockets. Then Arlin gets his finger stuck in his desk. Then the fire drill bell rings! As they all carry Arlin, desk and all, towards the nearest exit, Mrs. Matchett, the principal, storms in! It looks like an impossible situation, but the students rally behind their new teacher who proceeds to win the respect of his fellow teachers!
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Keywords

Adolescence

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A Senior English classroom in Blue Rimrock High School, far off the beaten path somewhere in the West. The present. 
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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, 6f
SPACEMAN - an inventive, eccentric senior at Blue Rimrock High. 
ARLIN ABBOTT - the fun loving, but slightly bumbling class prankster. 
HARRY COOPER - Arlin's buddy and class "heart throb."
JANIS BROWN - Harry's pretty, spunky "steady" -well, at least once in a while. 
JACKIE - a muscular, athletic minded student. 
BARBARA - Jackie's studious friend. 
LULU - an older, more mature student -sophistication's gift to Blue Rimrock. 
MRS. MATCHETT - the ruggedly individualistic principal and football coach.
MR. AGNEW - a mild mannered, conscientious graduate of Hackensack Teachers College and first male teacher at Rimrock High in ten years. 
MISS CHISLE - a prim, grim English teacher who talks like a textbook and looks just about as glamorous. 
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Cross gender casting
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

By casting JACKIE as a girl and altering her dialogue slightly, the cast balance can readily be shifted to FOUR MEN and SEVEN WOMEN. 

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Authors

Tom Erhard

Tom Erhard

A Rocket in his Pocket was originally presented by the National Thespian Troupe of Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM in April 1959. It was directed by Anne E. Shannon. 

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