Magpie Pie: A Culinary Comedy for Middle School Theatre (Ages 11-14)

Magpie Pie: A Culinary Comedy for Middle School Theatre (Ages 11-14)

by Squire Spicket


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"Magpie Pie" by Squire Spicket is a theatrical play set in Pie Town, New Mexico, where the Annual Pie Town Pie Bake brings out the competitive spirit in area bakers. Desperate to be crowned the "Queen of Pie," one baker takes extreme measures to undermine the competition. Magpie Pie bakes small town gossip, magpies, microeconomics, and Pi together in one pie pan to create a humorous and engaging story for aspiring young actors to perform (ages 11-14).

• 23 speaking roles with expandable cast options
• 30-40 minute performance time
• Royalty-free performance rights
• License to modify and make copies
• Limited set and prop requirements
• Ideal for schools and community theatre

Squire Spicket scripts inspire creativity, promote the dramatic arts, and are teacher, parent, student, director, and producer friendly. Each script includes a nonexclusive performance license with royalty-free performance rights, subject to a $15/ticket price limitation, and rights to make nominal changes to the script, including dialogue, characters, characterizations, time period, and setting for performance purposes.

Squire Spicket believes that each young actor deserves a part that he or she can perform successfully. Therefore, each script includes characters with a few lines, a lot of lines, and lines that can be read naturally from a script attached to a podium, clipboard, or other prop. Additionally, there are numerous "main" parts; no one actor is the star of the show. The performance time for each Squire Spicket play is between 30-40 minutes; long enough to showcase your students, but short enough to keep the audience engaged throughout the entire production.

Each Squire Spicket script presents a number of intriguing topics to investigate, which help the actors appreciate the script and their characters. "Magpie Pie" includes the following:

• Archimedes of Syracuse
• Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein (Aunt Eller)
• Pie recipes, baking contests, and cultural references
• Cookbooks and chefs (e.g. Betty Crocker, Julia Child, etc.)
• Edible and non-edible nuts
• Beauty pageants
• Award ceremony acceptance speeches (e.g., Sally Field's misquoted 1984 Oscar acceptance speech)
• State of New Mexico geography and demographics
• Mark Twain
• Louisa May Alcott
• Locations and climates conducive for growing fruit and nuts
• Crows, magpies, and squirrels
• The term "Magpie"
• Idioms and similes
• Grammatical inconsistencies of speech v. prose
• Microeconomics, supply and demand
• Water chestnuts, nutmeg, corn nuts, and wing nuts
• The American Pie Council
• The Four Seasons by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
• Brahms' Lullaby by Johannes Brahms
• Johnny Appleseed
• Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
• Mother Goose Rhymes
• Sweet Potato Pie by James Taylor
• Shout by The Isley Brothers
• Fractions
• Circumference, diameter, and radius of a circle
• Pi equations
• Narcissism
• Orangutans, jalapeño peppers, grasshoppers, and crickets
• Mens rea (Latin for "criminal intent")
• Restitution and redemption

From Squire Spicket to your group of young actors, break a leg!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505625158
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/17/2014
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.06(d)

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