Thingamajig Junction: An Inventive Comedy for Middle School Theatre (Ages 11-14)

Thingamajig Junction: An Inventive Comedy for Middle School Theatre (Ages 11-14)

by Squire Spicket


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"Thingamajig Junction" by Squire Spicket is a theatrical play set the day before the famous "UFO" crash in Roswell, New Mexico. On that ordinary day, residents are hoping to put the town on the map with the successful test of Phineas Brown's time machine. After a devastating failure, Phineas Brown admits that true defeat only comes with giving up. "Thingamajig Junction" mixes famous inventors, the Theory of Relativity, alien conspiracies, and road kill in a post WWII jitterbug for aspiring young actors to perform (ages 11-14).

• 25 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 performer 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 performer 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. "Thingamajig Junction" includes the following:

• Roswell, New Mexico (i.e. geography, climate, location, and history)
• World War II battles, leaders, and experiences on the home front (i.e. women working in factories, rationing, war bonds and fundraising efforts, etc.)
• U.S. Military (i.e. service branches, history, career choices, uniforms, vessels, role in society, etc.)
• 1940s music (i.e. Andrew's Sisters, Glenn Miller, etc.)
• Swing dancing
• United Service Organizations (USO) and celebrity visits to soldiers overseas
• Women Factory Workers (i.e. Rosie the Riveter)
• Bob Hope, Katherine Hepburn, and Charlie Chaplin
• The Night People by Francis Flagg
• The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.G. Lovecraft
• Ken Arnold
• UFO sightings, conspiracies, and theories
• Nikola Tesla
• Anne Boleyn
• Cleopatra
• Jane Austen
• George Washington
• Benjamin Franklin
• Orville and Wilbur Wright
• George Washington Carver
• James Watt
• Inventors and Inventions
• Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity
• Time travel theories and experiments
• Time travel in television and film (i.e. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Back to the Future, Dr. Who, etc.)
• The history of baseball in America (i.e. Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, the American and National Leagues, etc.)
• Grammatical inconsistencies of speech v. prose
• Road kill and jalopies

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505658392
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/19/2014
Pages: 30
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.06(d)

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