The Shakespearean Spoofs were originally written for an enthusiastic group of middle school teachers who performed them on stage to the delight of their student audience. However, this scenario could easily be reversed since the roles would be just as fun for young teenagers. Both of the spoofs require very few props and minimal items on stage, and therefore, either one of them would be an excellent traveling show!
Much Ado About Soup is an obvious twist on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and features characters that are named for an herb, spice, or vegetable. There are moments of confusion and romantic surprises throughout, but in the end, of course, all is well. Rosemary and Potato find one another, Garlic and Ginger fall in love, Onion and Thyme join together--all in spite of the antics of the Villainous Vegetables (Cabbage, Turnip, Radish, and Mushroom). It’s a light-hearted, easy play with lots of funny lines. Costuming and stage set-up is relatively simple. And to add to its appeal, it can easily transition into a potluck or fundraiser afterwards with the theme of “soup”!
For ideas as to how to transform either of these plays into dinner shows, check out the suggestions on my Serve up a Supper with your Shakespeare section on the Fundraiser Play Ideas page.
Looking for a funny twist on a Shakespearean play for middle school with crazy characters? Then take a peek at my Shakespearean spoofs for kids on stage. They are truly great scripts for middle schoolers.