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Wishful Thinking

By: Kenneth R. Preuss

Age Level: Middle Grades to High School
Cast: 21 players, mixed, adjustable
Time: About 30 minutes

In English class, some weird things happen. No one’s there to give a quiz on "The Monkey’s Paw," the short story about wishes that tempt fate. The students look on the desk only to find a rabbit’s foot. They pretend it’s the paw. With many hilarious arguments, they wish for the sub to be Janet Jackson. Mysteriously, a Mrs. Jackson arrives but has to leave briefly. So they make another wish, that she be "cool." She returns, chilled, and turns up the heat. The class swelters. Some slackers make another selfish wish, which also backfires. But the rest of the class has discovered that tampering with fate can have unexpected results. Funny situation, fast-paced dialog. Easy to stage.

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