TITLE:
The Girl Who Was Different
by Alan David Perkins
Copyright 2003

CLASSIFICATION:

A play for children, ages 8-12.

SYNOPSIS:

Leigh is all upset -- there's a new girl in school who's, well, different.  It's as clear as the third eye on her forehead, or the absence of it as everyone else has one EXCEPT Karen.  Leigh and her friends refuse to talk to this "freak," and challenge her to find someone more different than herself.  Her journey takes her first to the Artsy kids, where she picks up Holly, then the Brainy kids, where they pick up Michael, then the Hip Hop kids, and pick up Bebe.  All along the way they receive discouragement from Leigh and her friends.  Their last encounter is with the Jocks, who challenge them to Dodge Ball and lead them to a secret that identifies the person they've been looking for.

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CAST:

Karen
3 Mean Girls
Leigh
2 Artsy Kids (can be doubled)
Holly
3 Brainy Kids (can be doubled)
Michael
3 Hip Hop Kids (can be doubled)
Bebe
3 Dodge Ball Players (can be doubled)
Jane
Andrea

LENGTH:

25 - 30 minutes.

REQUIREMENTS:

All characters EXCEPT Karen should have a third eye in the middle of their foreheads.  The play takes place during a normal school day.  Needed are a table and some chairs, a small portable stereo, a jump rope and a dodge ball.  Costumes are normal school dress.  Dress should reflect the personalities and interests of the children's activities.  The DODGE BALL PLAYERS should be dressed for gym.

AUTHOR'S NOTES:

Written upon request, this play teaches lessons about prejudice.  The class it was originally intended for was mainly girls, which is why most of the leads are girls.  The lesser parts can be either.

 

CONTACTING THE PLAYWRIGHT:

The entire script of The Girl Who Was Different is available upon request from the playwright. No production of this play can take place without permission from the playwright.