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Script Library

The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts has written and produced original, high-quality Children’s Theatre productions for over 40 years. If you are looking to produce a new play for a school, group, or theater, AMFA licenses scripts from a selection of original and adapted plays in our archive.

Large Cast Scripts

  • The Legend of Robin Hood

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 23+

    Swords will clash, Arrows will fly. Truth and justice will be championed. From the treetops of Sherwood, the call rings out: “Come to the forest, all ye of stout heart and true. Rally to Robin Hood and his Merry Band as they outwit and outclass the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham. Now is the time to find your heart and your courage. Now is the time to liberate England’s honest poor from the strangling grasp of tyranny.”

  • Pinocchio

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 16+

    Once upon a time there was a block of wood. By luck, this piece of lumber found its way into the skilled hands of a woodcarver named Geppetto and the world’s most famous marionette was born. Journey with the little puppet as he runs away to discover the world. Meet strange creatures and share Geppetto’s delight as Pinocchio learns an important lesson as plain as the nose on his face-no lie!

    *A small cast version with 3 actors is also available.

  • Rio Grandie Candi and the Curse of the Mummy’s Heart

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 14+

    When Fancy Beard the Paper Doll Pirate is haunted by past deeds, he sets out on an adventure to return the sacred relict to it’s ancient home. With the help of Rio Grandie Candie, the cut-out Cardboard Cowgirl, and her faithful pony, Bobolink, they work together to unwind the mystery of the Mumblin’ Mummy.

  • The Emperor’s New Clothes

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 12+

    The emperor loves clothes. His favorite thing to do is dress up in lavish new outfits. One day a weaver arrives who claims to weave a very special cloth fabric so fine that garments crafted from it are totally invisible to anyone but the most sophisticated citizens. The emperor is delighted. He must have this outfit and he must wear it through the city. The whole city is dazzled by their emperor’s new clothes. That is, until one little boy pipes up: “Hey! The emperor has no clothes!” Then the real fun begins.

    *A small cast version with 3 actors is also available.

  • Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread Games

    By Keith Smith | Cast Size 16+

    Get ready for a whole new look at Hansel and Gretel. This not-so-grim version adds a fresh and playful twist to an old, old fairytale. Playfully adapted from the story by the Grimm brothers, this jaunty journey of songs and laughs follows our two child-heroes along bread crumb trails, through dark and spooky woods, and finally to a house that you can actually eat! How cool is that? The bad news: this delicious gingerbread cottage belongs to a wicked witch. Yikes! The good news: the wicked witch is none to smart and no match for the hungry heroes. Yay!

  • The Wind in the Willows Adapted

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 20+

    For Ratty, Badger and Mole, spring is a time for lazy boat rides and picnic excursions along the riverbank. That’s until gadget-crazed Mr. Toad careens onto the scene. After a merry spree of clashes and crashes, the pals team up to battle the scheming stoats and wheedling weasels who attempt to take over Toad Hall. This comedy will have you hooting all day long.

    *A small cast version with 4 actors is also available.

  • Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 12+

    Wonder and intrigue abound in this favorite rags-to-riches story about Aladdin, a poor street urchin who unearths a mysterious lamp with an enchanting secret. With the help of a clever genie, Aladdin learns to rely on himself instead of magic.

  • The Laughable Legend of Fancybeard the Bully Pirate

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 11+

    Every fifth-grader at Tortuga Pirate Academy knows just what it takes to be a pirate captain: a strong arm, a big sword, a loud voice, and a mean streak a mile wide. How else do you keep a boat full of salty seadogs and scurvy swabs in line? Right? But when three young buccaneers-intraining find themselves marooned on a jungle island with the ghost of their greatest hero, the legendary Captain Fancybeard, they soon learn a different lesson. Anybody can bully and bluster, but it takes a special kind of courage to be a real leader. Join the swashbuckling, rope-swinging, skeleton-rattling fun as pirate cadets Reynaldo, Esmeralda, and Brian uncover Fancybeard’s most secret weapons: fair play, tolerance and an open mind.

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 10+

    For years, the king and queen have wanted a child. So when their sweet princess is finally born, they invite the entire kingdom with the exception of one bad fairy. What follows is sure to leave audiences of all ages feeling happily ever after.

  • Mother Goose Christmas

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 13+

    When Memory comes to stay at the Piper house, Bella Piper and her Grandpa Andy are flabbergasted to learn that the girl has never heard of Mother Goose! How can you get to be 8 years old without learning about Mother Goose? Well, Grandpa Andy—Gandy for short—makes it his Christmas Eve mission to school young Memory in the ways of that great dame of nursery rhyme fame. With Bella’s help and with the aid of a certain magic music box, the three set off an on adventure in Mother Goose’s Realm of Romp and Rhyme. It is in this fantasy land that Memory meets Mother Goose and all her nursery rhyme children. But more importantly, she learns that family may be found anywhere and that everyone deserves love—even her.

  • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 22+

    The amazing story answers all the questions we have ever had about Santa Claus, like where he came from, why he lives forever, and why he has a sleigh and reindeer. If you also want to know why he gives gifts to children and who the elves are, you will be delighted with this fun-filled production.

  • The Gingerbread Man

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 13+

    Grandma Tic & Grandpa Toc couldn't be more surprised (or pleased) when the Gingerbread Man springs to life and dances around their little clock shop. He’s a happy little cookie man made of ginger and molasses. But when the sly, hungry fox comes along, playtime is over and the race is on!

    *A small cast version with 3 actors is also available.

Small Cast Scripts

  • The True and Terrible Tragedy of Humpty Dumpty the Daredevil Egg Boy

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 3

    Dixie Valentine Wheeler, who lives on a farm, tells the story Humpty Dumpty, the daredevil-egg-boy, who loves nothing more than to zip around the farm, romp through pastures, and climb tall ladders. One day, Humpty ventures into the great wide world. He sees a wall and decides to climb it. The egg boy loses his balance and falls to the ground, but there are no king’s horses nor king’s men to put the egg boy together again. As Dixie mourns the loss of this terrible tragedy, a surprise ending—or two! —hatches before her eyes.

  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod: A Play for the Very Young

    By Katie Campbell | Cast Size 4

    Toddlers and preschoolers will delight in the enchanting and whimsical journey of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod as they sail away one magical night and meet the mystical Moon! Inspired by Eugene Field’s poem, this interactive musical for early-childhood audiences explores the fantasy world of dreams. When the Moon asks, “where are you going, and what do you wish?” the night sky becomes the sea and stars become fish as audience members see, touch, and participate throughout the play. Join Wynken, Blynken, Nod and the Moon on this 45-minute multi-sensory adventure for the very young.

  • Stone Soup

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 4

    One day, a loveable wanderer came upon a little house at the end of a long road. “Hello inside,” he called. “Is anyone home? I’m a hungry traveler who wants food to feed his tummy.” A little woman peeked out and smiled. Then she opened her door. Delighted, the traveler stepped inside to discover a treasure even more precious than a pot of delicious soup: he found a friend. Earnest charm, playful imagination, and heartwarming music are the key ingredients in this fresh, nourishing new play.

  • The Emperor's New Clothes

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 3

    The emperor loves clothes. His favorite thing to do is dress up in lavish new outfits. One day a weaver arrives who claims to weave a very special cloth fabric so fine that garments crafted from it are totally invisible to anyone but the most sophisticated citizens. The emperor is delighted. He must have this outfit and he must wear it through the city. The whole city is dazzled by their emperor’s new clothes. That is, until one little boy pipes up: “Hey! The emperor has no clothes!” Then the real fun begins.

    *A large cast version with 12+ actors is also available.

  • Pinocchio

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 3+

    Once upon a time there was a block of wood. By luck, this piece of lumber found its way into the skilled hands of a woodcarver named Geppetto and the world’s most famous marionette was born. Journey with the little puppet as he runs away to discover the world. Meet strange creatures and share Geppetto’s delight as Pinocchio learns an important lesson as plain as the nose on his face-no lie!

    *A large cast version with 16+ actors is also available.

  • The Wind in the Willows

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 4

    For Ratty, Badger and Mole, spring is a time for lazy boat rides and picnic excursions along the riverbank. That’s until gadget-crazed Mr. Toad careens onto the scene. After a merry spree of clashes and crashes, the pals team up to battle the scheming stoats and wheedling weasels who attempt to take over Toad Hall. This comedy will have you hooting all day long.

    *A large cast version with 20+ actors is also available.

  • The Tortoise & the Hare and Other Turtle Tales

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 4

    One of Aesop’s most famous fables is about a boastful bunny who learns a very important lesson: “Slow and steady wins the race.” Of course, Aesop lived in ancient Greece, but there are turtle and tortoise stories from many different cultures and traditions– from Africa to the Philippines to Japan. Through music and dance and witty turtle wordplay, this lively roundup of culturally diverse tortoise tales celebrates one thing that every culture holds in common: the fun of storytelling!

  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 5

    In this familiar tale, a little shepherd boy is tired of watching the flock of sheep all day and wants some excitement in his life. So he decides to make things interesting by shouting for help from a wolf just for his own amusement. The villagers come running, but discover that the little shepherd boy has pulled the wool over their eyes.

  • Rumpelstiltskin

    Adapted by Keith Smith | Cast size 5

    Once upon a time there was a dwarf who tried to take things that just weren’t his. Now this dwarf lived in a land that was ruled by a king whose greed was as grand as his kingdom. And in that kingdom there lived a miller whose bragging mouth was nearly as grand as the king’s greed. And it so happened that this miller had a lovely daughter who was kind and good, but one day she did a very bad thing; she made a promise should could not keep. Now the king is angry, the miller is frightened, and the dwarf is simply out of control. Wheels spin and straw flies as the miller’s daughter works madly to make things right again, but the only way she can is by discovering the mean old dwarf’s secret true name. In searching for that, she discovers the only power in the world that will help her. The most magical power of all: love.

  • A Christmas Carol

    Adapted by Josh Rice and Katie Campbell | Cast size 2+

    Clever, comedic, and kid-friendly, this holiday play breathes new life into Dickens’ heart-warming classic. Schooled by a team of magical Christmas Eve visitors, Ebenezer Scrooge, the most miserable of all misers, rediscovers the true spirit of the season—one of love, generosity, and family. With these touchstones of happiness revived to him, he wakes Christmas morning to find himself “light as a feather, happy as an angel, and merry as a schoolboy!”

  • Jack Frost in Santaland

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 3

    The North Pole has never known a more mischievous elf than Jack Frost, and this year his antics are more rascally than ever. He’s the number one elf on Santa’s list—and I don’t mean his good list. The chilly little scamp is forever upsetting production in the toy factory, tormenting the magic reindeer, and playing ever sneaky trick you can think of on Santa himself. Yes, jolly old St. Nick is not so jolly. In fact, he’s at his wit’s end and so distracted by Jack’s bad behavior that he can hardly do his work. And if Santa can’t do his work…! One shudders to think! It’s a good thing that wise old Mrs. Claus is around to take her two high-spirited boys in hand and save the day.

  • The Gingerbread Man

    By Keith Smith | Cast size 3+

    Grandma Tic & Grandpa Toc couldn't be more surprised (or pleased) when the Gingerbread Man springs to life and dances around their little clock shop. He’s a happy little cookie man made of ginger and molasses. But when the sly, hungry fox comes along, playtime is over and the race is on!

    *A large cast version with 13+ actors is also available.

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