Middle School Full-Length Non-musical Suggestions

From METG Members, Middle School Division

Compiled in 2016

Purpose: Many middle school directors struggle with finding titles that suit the unique needs of middle school companies. The following is a list of time-tested middle school non-musical recommendations complied by METG middle school directors. If you have a suggetion to add to this list, please email it to kmccarthy@metg.org.

Dramatic Publishing

James and the Giant Peach Easy to expand; Olivia Moriarty has lots of very large orange umbrellas that they used for the peach and some costumes if you want to borrow.

Charlotte's Web (also is a musical version from Sam French) -3

Still Life With Iris (2nd hand referral)

I Never Saw Another Butterfly (mature, great learning experience, also in one-act version and both also available from Sam French)

The Mouse That Roared

The Pink Panther Strikes Again - fun

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood - It's a spoof and a bit goofy

Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics...they modernized the tales, but not in a goofy way

Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last (Fenichel-Asher, based on the book by Avi)

The Hound of the Baskervilles:  A Comic Thriller Starring Shirley Holmes and Jennie Watson (quirky, but very fun, and many of the roles changed to female)

The Rememberer (more serious, but it was great!)

The Outsiders (requires a male-heavy group)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Flowers for Algernon

Samuel French

James and the Giant Peach (different version also available from Dramatic Publishing)

Witness for the Prosecution (big cast, great story)

Dramatists Play Service

Epic Proportions (super fun – highly recommended)


Testing, Testing (a title that contains two Alan Haehnel one acts)

Eldridge Plays

Hercules - fun

Pioneer Drama Service

Tongue Twisted goofy, fun play with lots of characters for middle schoolers to sink their teeth into; many girl roles


The Book Of Everything - mature, but it's meant for a middle school audience

Just about every company has a version of:

Alice in Wonderland (many girl roles)

Jungle Book - fun

Publishers for both Full-Length & Festival-Length Shows

YouthPLAYS - www.youthplays.com

Theatrefolk - www.theatrefolk.com

Website good for middle school plays: