Free Short Play Scripts (7 Minute Funny Plays) and Guide

Free play scripts pdf

Youth love to perform funny plays just as much as people like to watch them being performed! In this article I will share with you my 10 top tips for presenting a killer play, and I’m gifting you two awesome free short play scripts that you can immediately download, print, and engage kids in fun filled drama performances.

As a schoolteacher I’ve used these two plays many times over with kids as young as eight through to fifteen-year-old teens. They are short (7 or 8 minutes) and are hilarious, especially with the right actors getting into character.

These plays are perfect for class assembly performances and as a camp activity.

Here is a quick blurb on each, and the link to download. Enjoy!

free short play scripts

Free Short Play Scripts pdf

High Noon

A slapstick comedy drama for 5 characters and a narrator. This script depicts a wild west cowboy setting where Billy the Kad kidnaps Whinny, the Lone Stanger’s girlfriend. Lone Stranger gathers a posse and pursues Billy. The action-packed drama ends in a shoot-out at high noon.

Suitable for children eight through to adults. The play takes about 7 minutes to perform. High Noon is an easy script to learn. You’ll have your team performing to an audience in no time at all!  

Costumes are not necessary, but certainly enhance the presentation. It is impossible to mess this play up as it is already crazy!

Download High Noon Free Play Script


Another action-packed slap stick drama for 5 characters and a Master of Ceremonies. This short play requires audience participation, enhancing the energy in the room by engaging spectators.

Mellow is a kidnapping drama play, where Grimeface Evilslime kidnaps Poppysweet Daisychain. Harvey Smiles, the hero, comes to the rescue of his sweetheart.

This is a story of sorrow, evil, love and courage. The audience will be captivated! Allow 7 or 8 minutes for the performance.

Download Mellow Free Play Scripts

10 Tips for Awesome Drama Presentations

1. Engagement

Actors should nearly always be facing the audience, making eye contact, and smiling (unless their character requires them to be different). Doing so will draw the audience in, making each listener feel personally addressed. This exudes confidence and connects the audience with each of the characters.

It is important not to focus on prompt cards, a screen, or the floor. Actors should be seeking out the eyes of spectators, deliberately engaging them.

A good idea to further engage the audience is to consider moving off stage and interacting with people in the audience.

Other ideas to engage the audience:

  • Asking questions of them
  • Tossing something into the crowd such as squirting a water pistol or throwing a bucket of confetti at them
  • Making a loud noise, like firing a cap gun or popping a balloon
  • Use real names of spectators
  • Single out one person in the audience and have that person the butt of the jokes, or include them into the play somehow
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2. Gestures and Facial Expressions

This is especially important for slapstick comedy plays (like the free short play scripts pdf we have available for you to download).

Gestures and facial expressions emphasize the character you are playing, conveys energy, and it will spice-up the content.

Make sure gestures are appropriate and it is always good to exaggerate them, especially with slapstick plays.

Do your best to inject emotion into your acting. Your facial expressions should be friendly and open unless your character requires it to be different.

3. Props and Setting

It is usually best to not overdo the props. Having too many causes distractions and opens the risk of a prop not working to your plan. Hands free for gestures will be more effective than holding unnecessary props. Having said that, color, costumes, and key props will liven up your performance.

Designing a backdrop will add to the atmosphere. Plan where actors can come on stage and leave stage. Having a large obstacle, or a doorway backstage provides the means for actors to appear and disappear as required.

Lighting, sound effects and music can add effect and mood to the drama performance.

4. Rehearsals

Be prepared- practice makes for a perfect play. By being well prepared, you will feel more relaxed and confident in your role, and in turn allowing you to embrace your character fully.

Here are some tips with rehearsals and learning your lines:

  • Experiment with different ways of presenting your character (voice, gestures, actions, costume).
  • Rehearse in front of an audience to help you get used to your role in a public performance.
  • Video yourself and watch it back.
  • Practice in front of a mirror.
  • Seek feedback from others.
  • Practise the lines until you have it automatic (no longer requiring palm cards).
  • Leave costumes until the play rehearsals are well underway.

5. Confidence

By appearing confident, you convey to the audience that you know your topic and have well prepared yourself.

Try to relax and calm your nerves. Try grounding yourself before a performance by taking 2 or 3 deep slow breaths.

6. Start and Finish with a Bang!

Captivate your audience straight away by starting with a bang! Gain their attention by doing something that may shock or awe them. Some ideas to consider:

  • Try starting with a character arriving from the audience
  • Share a personal story or joke
  • Enter with a loud noise
  • Blackout the lights
  • Have something go wrong ‘deliberately’
  • Introduce your characters with them coming out one at a time
  • Play tension music or sound effects

Ending you play is as important as how you started. A poor ending will leave your audience uninspired. Whilst a strong ending will leave them talking-up your play.

7. Know your lines

fun play scripts for 6 characters

It is always better if actors know their lines by heart. By doing so the presentation will be lively and enjoyable.

If you do require cards to keep you on track, then do not write down endless text that you will need to read. Write jot points to jog your memory.

Do your best to at least remember the beginning and ending of your presentation, allowing you the opportunity to make eye contact with your audience.

Palm cards should be inconspicuous and in plain color.

Never rush your lines, project your voice clearly and slowly. Use a characters voice embellishing the accent with intonation and expression.

8. Effective Pauses

Use pauses to emphasise a key message or key point. When done properly and deliberately, using pauses is a powerful tool to add a great deal of emphasis to your play.

Pausing is also helpful in giving you time to remember your next lines.

Confidence will exhume with deliberate pausing, and your listeners will be less likely to miss dialogue and meaning.

When the crowd laughs loudly or applauses during your act, pause for a moment so they don’t miss dialogue.

9. Where to stand?

How and where to position yourself when presenting your play is important. Always maintain regular eye contact with your audience. Therefore, avoid having your back to them. When in dialogue with other characters in the play, stand side on to the audience.

It is good to move around making full use of the stage. Come towards the front of the stage when it is your turn to speak.

If you plan to introduce the characters of the play, then have them come out to the very front of the stage. Do the same when you come together to bow and receive applause at the play conclusion.

It can enhance the performance having the narrator move onto the stage when it is time for them to speak, and off again when it is the characters turn; rather than just standing in the background.

10. Concluding Your Play

Always remember to thank and acknowledge the audience. This can be a job for the narrator.

All the actors come together at the front of the stage to bow/curtsy and receive the applause. Synchronicity with the bow/curtsy looks professional. During the applause make eye contact, smile and do not walk away until the applause is complete.

Free Short Play Scripts Final Thoughts

Have fun with the free short play scripts we have given you. Let us know how you go. Our intention is to add more fun drama plays for you to spice up your youth group or class. So, check back from time to time to see if we have.

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Sculptor, An Awesome Team Building Game! (Easy and Fun)

Sculptor, a fun team building game

Are you looking for an awesome team building game that inspires creativity for your youth group?

Why not give Sculptor a go! A perfect game for between lessons in the classroom; as a youth camp game; or as an icebreaker for a corporate workshop. Sculptor requires small teams to cooperatively work together to create an awe-inspiring sculpture made out of people. That’s right… they are human sculptures!

The Aim of the Game

To create an awesome human sculpture.

Sculptor Game Rules

Team Building Game
  • Nominate someone to be the game Leader. This person keeps time and coordinates the game. You’ll see what I mean when you check out the video below.
  • The Game Leader splits the players into small groups of about five or six people. Each group designates a ‘Sculptor’.
  • Players are given a minute to have a team meeting to plan their sculpture. Then three minutes is given to the construction of the sculpture.
  • Each ‘Sculptor’ manipulates their team into a sculpture.
  • Players must be compliant with their Sculptor and freeze into the positions they are placed in. All players must be joined somehow. The game works best with the expectation of no talking during the creative process.
  • When the three minutes is almost up, the Game Leader counts down from ten and sculptures remain frozen in place.
  • The Game Leader asks each of the Sculptors to present their sculpture to the audience. They must name their creation and explain it.
  • The Game Leader can score each sculpture based on creativity, presentation and complexity. Alternatively, just have fun with the game and not have scoring.

Every time I play this fun group game with kids, they get more and more creative with their masterpieces. Everyone wants a turn at being the Sculptor, so you won’t be able to stop at playing it just once.

Amp it Up!

Once the kids have the hang of the game, try playing with larger teams of about ten players, each with two Sculptors. The Sculptors work together to put their creation together. This could be extended further, with a team of sculptors who create a work of art with the whole group.

Use ‘Sculptor’ as an Educational Group Game

Sculptor can be used as an educational group game to teach a concept or idea- great for classroom teachers looking for innovative ways to impart learning with their students. Use a subject theme, such as ‘3D Shapes’ or ‘Life Cycle of an Insect’. Up the difficulty level by using abstract themes like, ‘Feelings’ or ‘Colors’. With little kids, the theme could be ‘Marine Animals’ or ‘Numbers’. It’s also fun to play Sculptor whereby scenes from a novel or picture book are created. Check out other Educational Group Games HERE.

A Team Building Game for Parties

Playing Sculptor at parties is a lot of fun, especially if you give it a funny theme such as ‘Spooks’ or ‘Candy’. For little people parties try ‘Toys’ or ‘Fairies’. To spice things up, give each team a prop that must be used creatively as part of the sculpture. This could be a teddy bear, a chair or a balloon. The sculptures could have moving parts. ‘Futuristic Inventions’ or ‘Mythical Creatures’.

There is so much you could do with the game of Sculptor. Definitely add this one to your tool box of fun group games for kids!

Check out more ideas on Team Building Group Games HERE.

View our demo video on You Tube.

5 Awesome Educational Group Games for Teachers (Get These)

Classroom Educational Group Games for Teachers

As a classroom teacher I love to engage students in learning through purposeful or educational group games. It beats rote learning or learning from text books. Here are a five great educational group games that you may like to try in your classroom.

Use these games to engage students in learning their times tables, quick recall or spelling words.

Pac Man

A great game for learning the times tables or for reciting quick answers to content taught in any subject. For example; recall of capital cities of the countries of the world.

To play, students find a spot around the room. The teacher calls out a country and players call out that country’s capital city. The first to call it out correctly can take two steps in any direction in the room, aiming to reach and tag another player. If tagged that player is out of the game. Repeat this process until only one player remains in the game.

Times Tables Relay Game

Form up teams. Each team has a circle drawn on a white board. Write random numbers (about 9) around the inside edge of the circle. Teams line up the other side of the room to their circle. Decide upon a times table (say the 7 times table). The first player from each team must race up to their own circle and place one answer to the 7 times table on the outside of their circle. Then that player races back to tag the next player in their team. This player races forward and provides another answer, or corrects an answer. Keep going until one team completes all the answers to be the Champions!

Bonus: & Tips to Rock Your Times Tables

Shoot the Sheriff

This fun classroom game can also be applied to general knowledge or number facts.

Players take up a place somewhere in the classroom, holding their ruler (as a toy gun). The players are all cowboys in a shootout. The teacher calls out a question, the first to answer (all call out) correctly, get to shoot two other players. The players shot are out. Repeat until only two players are left. They are the Sheriffs. The Sheriffs finish the game with a duel. They stand back to back. Players 5 step away from each other, turn around and call out the answer to the basic fact question given. The sheriff who shoots their answer correctly first wins.

Bumper Board

Classroom Educational Group Games for Teachers

This is like a leader board for the times tables.

Place student’s names onto individual cards and attach these in a vertical line on the wall. The aim is to be at the top of the leader board. Any player can be challenged to a battle by a player sitting one or two cards below them. Fire them off with ten questions from the times tables. The player to answer most correct gets to take the position of the player who was being challenged.

Beat the Chalk

An excellent classroom game for challenging students to their spelling. Ask for five challengers to stand three meters from the whiteboard. Call a spelling word. Players race to the white board and write the word, then step back to their start line (cannot return to the whiteboard once back at the start line). The first player to spell the word correctly remains as the Champion. Call out four new challengers to take him/her on with another spelling word.

Teachers who are able to bring the fun into learning will have better engaged students. Having a ‘toolbox’ full of indoor group games and circle games, will not only keep the kids happy, but the teacher will be having fun as well!

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