Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Kenneth R. Preuss
Publisher: Contemporary Drama Service
Estimated Runtime: 50 minutes, 30 minute version available
Number of Characters: 13
On Halloween night, a group of high school students sneak into their school theatre to borrow costumes for a party. As the dates decide on famous couples to dress up as, various romantic entanglements unfold. Amidst this excitement, the somewhat spooky Wendy appears with the story of a ghost that appears on the stage every Halloween night after dying before she had a chance to play Shakespeare’s Juliet. After one failed attempt to make the ghost appear, a new student takes the challenge seriously and Kate (who left earlier,) appears to play the part of Juliet. When the real Kate shows up a few minutes later, everyone realizes that they have actually seen the real ghost.
A spooky ghost story with some real chills, revelations and surprise connections make this show perfect for teenage cast. All characters are age-appropriate and the author has a good feel for natural teenage banter. The innocent romance makes the show all the more appealing for the age group – audience and actors. Several of the main characters are strong and well-developed - though the supporting cast is mainly one-dimensional with a “mean girl”, a “dumb guy”, an “odd girl”, etc. The minimal scenic and costume needs also make this play an ideal choice for an educational production. A thirty minute cutting of the script is also available.