OPERATION EQUATION is a brief, humorous, and maybe even a little corny play about a Math Game Show in which the contestants—the Mathletes—compete to get the correct answers. The problem to solve in this short play is an equation that requires knowledge of the ORDER OF OPERATIONS.
The Mathletes on both teams get the wrong answer when they first try to solve the equation. With the help of the Emcee, the Equation Reader, the two Judges, and the Audience, the Mathletes learn the Order of Operations and get the correct answer.
All of this happens in just over 6 pages. The cast requires a minimum of 10 actors, but the collective role of the Audience means that an entire class can be involved.
This script could be performed Readers Theatre style or with the actors set up as if they are on the set of a Game Show.
One important note: The Audience has many lines in this play and these lines specifically involve the actors in reciting the steps in the Order of Operations.