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19th Mar '17 4:42:30 PM Jeduthun
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A School Play featuring younger children will most likely be [[ChristmasEpisode the Nativity]]. Common tropes include a central character being cast as a BitCharacter like "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep third shepherd]]" or, worse, [[PlayingATree an inanimate object]], and [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter resent the fact]] that the AlphaBitch and TheAce got the starring roles as always. The CheerfulChild may get a solo speech at some point which will leave the audience overcome with CutenessOverload. Parents may have to make the costume themselves, so expect [[CheapCostume shoddy]] {{Rummage Sale Reject}}s if Mom does it and mortifying awfulness [[BumblingDad if it's left up to Dad]]. The kids will stumble through their lines awkwardly, and at least one will either (a) cry, (b) wet themselves, or (c) throw up.

Often a play (school or otherwise) will be such a disaster that the audience, usually including an important patron or theatre critic, will mistake it for a comedy, resulting in an [[SoBadItsGood unexpected success]]. If the badness is intentional in an attempt to get (back) at something, you may end up with SpringtimeForHitler.

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A School Play featuring younger children will most likely be [[ChristmasEpisode the Nativity]]. Common tropes include a central character being cast as a BitCharacter like "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep third shepherd]]" or, worse, [[PlayingATree an inanimate object]], and [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter resent the fact]] that the AlphaBitch and TheAce got the starring roles as always. The CheerfulChild may get a solo speech at some point which will leave the audience overcome with CutenessOverload. Parents may have to make the costume themselves, so expect [[CheapCostume shoddy]] {{Rummage Sale Reject}}s if Mom does it and mortifying awfulness [[BumblingDad if it's left up to Dad]]. The kids will stumble through their lines awkwardly, and at least one will either (a) cry, (b) wet themselves, or (c) throw up.

up. {{Corpsing}} is likely to ensue.

Often a play (school or otherwise) will be such a disaster that the audience, usually including an important patron or theatre critic, will mistake it for a comedy, resulting in an [[SoBadItsGood unexpected success]]. If the badness is intentional in an attempt to get (back) at something, you may end up with SpringtimeForHitler.
SpringtimeForHitler. TheLawOfConservationOfDetail dictates that things are much more interesting when they ''don't'' go according to plan, so TheShowMustGoWrong.
11th Mar '17 4:04:37 PM nombretomado
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** In ''Sabrina's Secret Life'', the play is 'Theatre/'AMidsummerNightsDream'' and Sabrina and Cassandra are gunning for the role of Titania the fairy queen. Cassandra gets the part and Sabrina is made producer instead.

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** In ''Sabrina's Secret Life'', the play is 'Theatre/'AMidsummerNightsDream'' ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' and Sabrina and Cassandra are gunning for the role of Titania the fairy queen. Cassandra gets the part and Sabrina is made producer instead.
11th Mar '17 4:01:54 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/GetOverIt'', they play ''AMidsummerNightsDream'', strangely mirroring the film's story itself. Oh, and that's [[RecursiveReality a movie about students playing a play wherein a there is another play.]]

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* In ''Film/GetOverIt'', they play ''AMidsummerNightsDream'', ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', strangely mirroring the film's story itself. Oh, and that's [[RecursiveReality a movie about students playing a play wherein a there is another play.]]
30th Jan '17 2:04:46 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the kids turn a school production of ''The Miracle Worker'' into a musical extravaganza in order to make sure they wouldn't be outdone by the preschoolers' Thanksgiving skit.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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kids turn a school production of ''The Miracle Worker'' into a musical extravaganza in order to make sure they wouldn't be outdone by the preschoolers' Thanksgiving skit.skit.
** Mr. Mackey puts on a play about dental hygiene with the Kindergartners to warn people about the dangers of Tooth Decay. Since [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Tooth Decay is a literal monster who killed his father and kidnapped the Princess of Canada]], the play is ''very'' SeriousBusiness to Mackey.
17th Jan '17 2:11:54 AM TroperNo9001
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had the episode where Poof and Foop wind up in the Spellementary school play, Poof gets the lead role while Foop is given the role of [[PlayingATree Table #3]]. Foop later rewrite the play so Poof will be featured as the play's ButtMonkey and he'll come out as the hero. But Poof figures out what he's up to and pretends to be sick, forcing Foop to be his understudy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had the episode where Poof and Foop wind up in the Spellementary school play, Poof gets the lead role while Foop is given the role of [[PlayingATree Table #3]]. Foop later rewrite rewrites the play so Poof will be featured as the play's ButtMonkey and he'll come out as the hero. But Poof figures out what he's up to and pretends to be sick, forcing Foop to be his understudy.
16th Jan '17 1:53:03 PM ErebusElysium
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* Jim and Claire from ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' play Romeo and Juliet respectively (with Steve Palchuck as Jim's understudy/turned-replacement in Arcadia Oaks High School's rendition of ''Romeo and Juliet''. Said play is an undercurrent subplot of Season One's first half, and part of the resolution of that half's threads sees the completion of the play.
8th Jan '17 5:01:43 PM BURGINABC
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Subtrope of ShowWithinAShow.
7th Nov '16 3:16:51 PM WillyFourEyes
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* ''The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'': The notorious Herdmans, six troublemaking kids who have just started attending Sunday school, are the only volunteers to play Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men, and the Angel of the Lord (none of the other kids want to risk their wrath by volunteering themselves) in the church's Nativity pageant. They don't actually ''know'' the Nativity story, and that's the start of the trouble. [[spoiler: However, owing in part to their disadvantaged lifestyles coloring how they approach their roles, they wind up unintentionally making the actual show more meaningful than anyone had reason to suspect.]]

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* ''The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'': ''Literature/TheBestChristmasPageantEver'': The notorious Herdmans, six troublemaking kids who have just started attending Sunday school, are the only volunteers to play Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men, and the Angel of the Lord (none of the other kids want to risk their wrath by volunteering themselves) in the church's Nativity pageant. They don't actually ''know'' the Nativity story, and that's the start of the trouble. [[spoiler: However, owing in part to their disadvantaged lifestyles coloring how they approach their roles, they wind up unintentionally making the actual show more meaningful than anyone had reason to suspect.]]
6th Oct '16 5:03:30 PM NegiSpongie
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** The show's last 15-minute episode features a musical called "Eugene! Eugene!" that had both Eugene and Arnold being in the musical, and their attempts to stop the director from changing the play's lighthearted ending to a DownerEnding.

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** The show's last 15-minute episode features a musical called "Eugene! Eugene!" that had both Eugene and Arnold being in the musical, and their attempts to stop the director from changing the play's lighthearted ending to a DownerEnding.DownerEnding where TheBadGuyWins.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had the episode where Poof and Foop wind up in the Spellementary school play, Poof gets the lead role while Foop is give the role of [[PlayingATree Table #3]]. Foop later rewrite the play so Poof will be featured as the play's ButtMonkey and he'll come out as the hero. But Poof figures out what he's up to and pretends to be sick, forcing Foop to be his understudy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had the episode where Poof and Foop wind up in the Spellementary school play, Poof gets the lead role while Foop is give given the role of [[PlayingATree Table #3]]. Foop later rewrite the play so Poof will be featured as the play's ButtMonkey and he'll come out as the hero. But Poof figures out what he's up to and pretends to be sick, forcing Foop to be his understudy.
2nd Oct '16 1:18:11 PM NegiSpongie
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had the episode where Poof and Foop wind up in the Spellementary school play, Poof gets the lead role while Foop is give the role of [[PlayingATree Table #5]]. Foop later rewrite the play so Poof will be featured as the play's ButtMonkey and he'll come out as the hero. But Poof figures out what he's up to and pretends to be sick, forcing Foop to be his understudy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had the episode where Poof and Foop wind up in the Spellementary school play, Poof gets the lead role while Foop is give the role of [[PlayingATree Table #5]].#3]]. Foop later rewrite the play so Poof will be featured as the play's ButtMonkey and he'll come out as the hero. But Poof figures out what he's up to and pretends to be sick, forcing Foop to be his understudy.
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