MelodramasWe are proudly known as The House of Melodrama! And it is no wonder why our company is considered the best resource of melodrama materials in the world! The list below not only has melodramas that are ideal for schools, community theaters and churches, but also professional theatres. These entertaining playscripts are fun not only for audiences, but also for the producing groups. Also included in the list are melodramas that are ideal for Christmas. Of course, melodrama texts and aids are also offered to help you put on your show. Your audiences will not only be cheering the hero, but they will also be applauding your choice of one of our plays!
Pioneer Drama Service is pleased to offer 115 melodramas.
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Peril on the Mighty Mississippi
Or... A Disaster of Titanic Proportions
Cast: 6M, 4F
Set/Time: Exterior riverboat set / 55 minutes
With hysterical (and constant!) asides, your audience will love this traditional melodrama in a fresh and fun setting. More...
The Perilous Passing of Prudence Proudwell
or.. A Gold Mine in the Hand Is Worth Two in the Bush
Cast: 5M, 4F
Set/Time: Simple interior and exterior sets / 55 minutes
Enjoy all the fun of a traditional melodrama with clever and unique twists! More...
The Paper Bag Bandit Rides Again
or... Behind the Cheap Mask
Cast: 5M, 14F, plus 1 role that can be either, optional extras
Set/Time: Interior hotel lobby set / About 30 minutes
What seems to be the question on everyone’s lips in the desert town of Cooked Goose? Is it, “Who is that ’Masked Man?’” Well... uh... no. More...
Dogsbreath Devereaux — The Dastardly Doctor
or... Nurses! Foiled Again
Cast: Flexible cast of 16 (4M, 6F, plus 6 roles that can be either), optional doubling
Set/Time: Interior hospital set / About 60 minutes
Our villain plots to wed and do away with a wealthy widow so he can inherit her fortune and her late husband’s clinic. This melodrama will leave your audience in stitches. More...
Buckshot and Blossoms
Cast: 9M, 14F, optional extras, doubling
Set/Time: Interior Western hotel lobby set / About 90 minutes
Here’s a rip-roaring spoof of the Old West sure to delight audiences of all ages. This west is not only wild, it’s hysterically funny! More...
How the West Was Dun
or... Left High and Dry in Low Humidity Chasm
Cast: Flexible cast of 23 (8M, 10F, plus 5 roles that can be either), optional extras
Set/Time: Simple interior and exterior sets / About 90 minutes
Slick and wealthy Richard Coldheart must marry Polly Wanda Cracker to control the Cracker property. Meanwhile, our hero, Sheriff Wayne John, has his hands full surviving the antics of Deputy Doowrong. More...
The Treasure of Shiver River
or... It’s Hard To Drive Cattle When Their Horns Are Frozen
Cast: 6M, 6F
Set/Time: Interior hotel lobby set / About 55 minutes
This is the freshest old-fashioned mellerdramer we’ve seen, and it’s laugh out loud funny, to boot! More...
or... The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt
Cast: 4M, 7F
Set/Time: Interior restaurant set / About 45 minutes
The Pony Expresso, a friendly establishment run by Star Bright and Aunt Dee Caff, is struggling. Their customers are buying their coffee at a lower price from the scheming Mo Cabana. More...
Someone Save My Baby, Ruth!
or... Foil That Villain!
Cast: 5M, 8F, optional extras
Set/Time: Interior candy shop set / About 60 minutes
You’ll have the audience eating out of your hands... literally... with this tasty theatrical treat. More...
The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt
or... Always Wash Your Long Johns ’Cause It Makes a Lotta Cents
Cast: 4M, 7F, optional extras
Set/Time: Interior laundrette set / About 60 minutes
Phineas Flatworm discovers Olympia Klenz has become rich rinsing gold flecks from miners’ laundry. The highlight is a laundry fight where the evildoer is brought to the soap-bar of justice. More...
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