The Cheater Charmer is a comedy play in one act for the middle school drama student. It is a half hour play for 3 boys and 3 girls. This little farce is ideal for young budding actors to hone their skills at interpreting comic roles and managing tricky props and sound effects to get laughs. An innovative comic device is integrated into this work in the form of a sly 'interpreter' who crosses that mystical fourth wall and communicates with the audience as the play progresses.
Summary: Northern High is holding its annual science fair to showcase the work of its brainiest young scientists. Skater boy Ray decides to hijack a junior whiz-kid's exhibit to impress a girl. The judges of the awards for best exhibits include a T.V. soap opera star and their own head mistress. Their rocky romance is the backdrop against which Justin's project appears and disappears to his mystification and growing exasperation. Ray provides some extra comedy through his habit of peppering his language with texting acronyms either existing or of his own fabrication. Then lest the audience should miss out on what he means, there is an interpreter on stage to translate - sort of. A tipsy announcer adds to the fun and, in the end, the right boy gets the girl.
This drama will be ideal for students to acquire skills in comic timing and slap-stick technique. The exercise in crossing the fourth wall serves as an amusing satire on how social media influence the way we use language. The themes of ethical competitive behavior and the overturning of 'nerd' stereotypes come through without being preachy.
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