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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.
2nd Oct '16 12:10:06 PM NegiSpongie
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%% cont. commented out as ZeroContextExample ** A musical on food in the very first episode.
%% cont. commented out as ZeroContextExample ** A Thanksgiving pageant in the Thanksgiving special.
%% cont. commented out as ZeroContextExample ** The seemingly pre-requisite ''Romeo and Juliet'' in an episode that is actually titled "School Play".
%% cont. commented out as ZeroContextExample ** A musical called "Eugene, Eugene!" in the show's last 15-minute episode.

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%% cont. commented out as ZeroContextExample ** A musical on food in the very first episode.
%% cont. commented out as ZeroContextExample ** A Thanksgiving pageant in the Thanksgiving special.
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** The seemingly pre-requisite ''Romeo and Juliet'' in an aptly titled episode that is actually titled "School Play".
%% cont. commented out as ZeroContextExample ** A musical called "Eugene, Eugene!" in
Play" features the class putting on a production of Romeo and Juliet. Arnold himself playing Romeo and Helga trying to land the role of Juliet so she can share a kiss with Arnold on stage.
** The
show's last 15-minute episode.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.
** The very first episode featured Helga directing a musical about the food groups.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had the episode "Spellementary School". When Poof and Foop wind up in the school play, Foop plans to destroy the school and all of Fairy World by sucking them into a black hole. He actually succeeds but the ringing of the final bell for the day acts as a magic rest button the fixes everything.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' had the episode "Spellementary School". When where Poof and Foop wind up in the Spellementary school play, Poof gets the lead role while Foop plans to destroy is give the school role of [[PlayingATree Table #5]]. Foop later rewrite the play so Poof will be featured as the play's ButtMonkey and all of Fairy World by sucking them into a black hole. He actually succeeds but he'll come out as the ringing of the final bell for the day acts as a magic rest button the fixes everything.hero. But Poof figures out what he's up to and pretends to be sick, forcing Foop to be his understudy.
5th Sep '16 9:35:56 AM AHI-3000
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' Christmas special "A Huey Freeman Christmas", Huey's teacher gives him the task of producing a Christmas play for the school. Huey decides to create an action drama titled ''The Adventures of Black Jesus''; however he [[DisproportionateRetribution fires all the kids in the play just for goofing off and dancing]], and replaces them with adult actors. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He doesn't understand why the Parent-Teacher Association boycotted the play afterwards]].
28th Jul '16 2:16:39 AM PaulA
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* ''The One In The Middle Is The Green Kangaroo'', a book written by Judy Blume, is about a kid who has the main part in a school play.
* In Creator/JudyBlume's ''Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great'', a side story in the ''{{Literature/Fudge}}'' series, the Tarrytown summer camp program that Sheila and Libby were part of is hosting a production of ''Peter Pan''. Libby wants to get the role of Wendy, but instead is given that of Captain Hook, which she despises but makes the best use of and even gets applause for performing well. Besides Maryann Markman as Wendy being unable to recite her lines, another problem with the production is that the archway kept falling to the side, Sheila and her friend Mouse have to hold it up the entire time.

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* ''The One In The Middle Is The Green Kangaroo'', a book written by Judy Blume, Creator/JudyBlume, is about a kid who has the main part in a school play.
* In Creator/JudyBlume's ''Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great'', a side story in the ''{{Literature/Fudge}}'' series, ''Literature/OtherwiseKnownAsSheilaTheGreat'', the Tarrytown summer camp program that Sheila and Libby were part of is hosting a production of ''Peter Pan''. Libby wants to get the role of Wendy, but instead is given that of Captain Hook, which she despises but makes the best use of and even gets applause for performing well. Besides Maryann Markman as Wendy being unable to recite her lines, another problem with the production is that the archway kept falling to the side, Sheila and her friend Mouse have to hold it up the entire time.
27th Jul '16 6:12:59 PM nombretomado
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** In Season 3 episode "Temporary Insanity", ''CyranoDeBergerac'' is being played, with Mr. Chardin stating that the only reason they are doing this specific play is that it, too, has a balcony scene, and they don't want to waste a good stage prop.

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** In Season 3 episode "Temporary Insanity", ''CyranoDeBergerac'' ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' is being played, with Mr. Chardin stating that the only reason they are doing this specific play is that it, too, has a balcony scene, and they don't want to waste a good stage prop.
3rd Jul '16 6:26:06 PM Adept
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* In the first ''Literature/HenryHuggins'' book, Henry's school is having a Christmas play about some little kid who dreamed about having adventures in Santa's place, and Henry is cast as the main character, which he detests.
20th Jun '16 2:37:11 AM Chabal2
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* In his commentary for ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'', Albus Dumbledore mentions an occasion when Hogwarts tried to put on a school play -- an adaptation of the wizarding {{fairytale}}, ''The Fountain of Fair Fortune''. [[HilarityEnsues The play ended badly]], resulting in a ban on any future productions.

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* In his commentary for ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'', Albus Dumbledore mentions an occasion when Hogwarts tried to put on a school play -- an adaptation of the wizarding {{fairytale}}, ''The Fountain of Fair Fortune''. [[HilarityEnsues The play ended badly]], due in part to the actors supposed to be in love breaking up just before the performance, resulting in a ban on any future productions.



* One of the earlier arcs for ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' involved Calvin's class putting on a play called ''[[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Nutrition and the Four Food Groups]]''. Calvin is cast in the *cough* [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] role of the Onion, with other characters cast as "Fat", "Bread", and "Amino Acid". Calvin's major struggle with this show, besides the zipper of his costume, is his difficulty in remembering his line. ''[[ChewingTheScenery "In addition to supplying vital nutrients, many vegetables are a source of dietary fiber!"]]''
* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Paige landed the lead role in the school production of ''Theatre/AntonyAndCleopatra''. HilarityEnsues as she has to cope with nerd Morton Goldthwait as Antony (they have to kiss), her fear of snakes, etc. [[AbortedArc However, we never get to see the play actually being performed]].

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* One of the earlier arcs for ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' involved Calvin's class putting on a play called ''[[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Nutrition and the Four Food Groups]]''. Calvin is cast in the *cough* [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] role of the Onion, with other characters cast as "Fat", "[[NeverHeardThatOneBefore Fat]]", "Bread", and "Amino Acid". Calvin's major struggle with this show, besides the zipper of his costume, is his difficulty in remembering his line. ''[[ChewingTheScenery "In addition to supplying vital nutrients, many vegetables are a source of dietary fiber!"]]''
fiber!"]]'' [[spoiler:He remembered it perfectly, but was stuck in the bathroom at the time.]]
* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Paige landed the lead role in the school production of ''Theatre/AntonyAndCleopatra''. HilarityEnsues as she has to cope with nerd Morton Goldthwait as Antony (they have to kiss), kiss and she can't get a stunt double), her fear of snakes, her dad informing the audience his daughter is the star of the show, etc. [[AbortedArc However, we never get to see the play actually being performed]].
4th Jun '16 3:29:15 AM arsepoetica
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In HighSchool [[SitCom sitcoms]], the play is usually ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', with the main characters cast in the lead roles. This is especially likely in a SheIsNotMyGirlfriend situation. The balcony scene is ''always'' shown, and the specific line "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" is ''always'' uttered. ([[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Expect the writers not to realize that "wherefore" means "why" and not "where".]]) Once in a while, the main plot is a less-lethal parallel of the tragedy of the play. All this is probably because the general public knows [[SmallReferencePools only a handful of actual plays]]. Also, Creator/WilliamShakespeare plays are public domain and therefore are free to show. The plot of these episodes usually revolves around the characters struggling to memorize their lines, trying to manoeuvre themselves into the lead roles, complaining/boasting about the roles they did get, or working up the confidence for a kiss scene. Also, despite real life high school plays generally being ''extracurricular'' activities rather than required participation (as grade and middle school plays usually are), you can expect ''every'' major character on the show to have some kind of role (even ones who wouldn't logically have any interest in theater whatsoever).

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In HighSchool [[SitCom sitcoms]], the play is usually ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', with the main characters cast in the lead roles. This is especially likely in a SheIsNotMyGirlfriend situation. The balcony scene is ''always'' shown, and the specific line "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" is ''always'' uttered. ([[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Expect the writers not to realize that "wherefore" means "why" and not "where".]]) Once in a while, the main plot is a less-lethal parallel of the tragedy of the play. All this is probably because the general public knows [[SmallReferencePools only a handful of actual plays]]. Also, Creator/WilliamShakespeare plays are public domain and therefore are free to show. The plot of these episodes usually revolves around the characters struggling to memorize their lines, trying to manoeuvre themselves into the lead roles, complaining/boasting about the roles they did get, or working up the confidence for a kiss scene. Also, despite real life high school plays generally being ''extracurricular'' activities rather than required participation (as grade and middle school plays usually are), you can expect ''every'' major character on the show to have some kind of role (even ones who wouldn't logically have any interest in theater whatsoever).
whatsoever). Expect at least one big, meaty lunk to suddenly find some talent for acting and be especially memorable in his role.
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