Halibut High
Halibut High
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Everyone has a story, most especially teenagers. Halibut High is a kaleidoscopic slice of life look down the hallway and behind the gym of an All-American high school. Lives intersect, personalities clash, and the hopes and dreams of students are given voice in this look at what lies beyond the stereotypes of the kids at Halibut High.

Note: Each of Halibut High’s acts can stand separately and be played as one acts.


Act I

The Hallway at Halibut High: 28-32min

After meeting some of the students, Lolo, the popular girl and star athlete, explains the importance of the hallway at Halibut High. Whack, the class bully, confronts Adam for supremacy of the hallway. Adam loses, but is revived and dusted off by Trudy, the new girl from Minnesota. They attempt to figure each other out. Where does Trudy sit? With the Jocks? The Brains? She’s a bit of a loner but lets Adam in just enough.

Bo watches them walk off together before addressing the audience directly about the pitfalls of dating. Sal and some other kids join in the discussion about just what love means. Bogo slides in on his skateboard dispersing that chatter and opens up about his past homelessness and the scratch off lotto ticket that changed his life. Keesa and Judy talk about the secret shame of eating with the wrong clique, and Hally and Maude talk about velociraptors. 

Sal-Sal hits on Adam, and Bo is in a bind whether or not to go to college or stay in town and help his mom run her bakery. Jake brings in a unique item for show and tell. Meanwhile Trudy and Whack have an awkward encounter, but ice breaks and we learn he isn’t as hard as he lets on. 

Act II 

Out Behind the Halibut Gym: 28-32min

Juice approaches a surly Ginny behind the gym. They talk about the star basketball player that spurned Ginny. Treyanne and Boise discuss prom but are interrupted by an appearance from… Frankenstein’s Monster, who takes a shine to Treyanne.


Emily, a sophomore, makes a ham-fisted speech about her aspirations to be class valedictorian, and Griff and Jace talk football. Ilona and Destiny do NOT get what all the fuss is about. The game is boring and boorish. The theatre kids bust in and silently rehearse a musical number. Over this performance, Louis tells about the class loudmouth who heroically stopped a school shooting. Adam and Eva mull over a gap year in France and in the end, the show buttons with a ‘where are they now’ and what their lives eventually become long after their four-year stint at Halibut High. 



Act I - The Hallway at Halibut High

Judy – Female, Cheerleader; now a red person
Hally – Female, A girl with a weird problem
Adam – Male, Big guy on campus; always takes a dare
Bo – Female, Student leader
Jake – Male, A good looking guy with a short attention span
Keesa – Female, A green person, literally
Trudy – Female, Cheerleader
Bogo – Male, Used to be homeless
Lolo – Female, In charge of everything
Sal-Sal – Female, Likely to run everything
Whack – Male, Big guy on campus
Maude – Female, Cheerleader
Act II - Out Behind the Halibut Gym

Ginny – Female, Dealing with first love
Juice – Female, Has some negative energy
Cole – Male, 
Julia – Female, A possessive type
Toni – Female, A problem solver
Treyanne – Female, Cheerleader
Boise – Female, Cheerleader
Monster – Male, Frankenstein’s Monster
Emily – Female, Valedictorian
Jace – Male, Football player
Griff – Male, Football player
Ilona – Female, Brain
Destiny – Female, Brain
Rollo – Male, A loner
Cindy – Female, A loner
Louis – MaleA brave guy with a story
Adam – Male, A nerd boy in love
Eva – Female, A nerd girl in love
Musical Kids – 4 Female, 1 Male, Musical comedy types
Announcer – F/M (V.O.)

Act I: 8 women, 4 men
Act II: 15 women, 8 men, 1 F/M

Casting Note: Through doubling and tripling the cast could be as small as 7 women, 3 men.
Setting: Hallway of a high school/behind the gym

Set Note: Both plays may be done with or without a traditional set. Platforms creating two playing areas might be helpful but not crucial.

Jon Jory (author) Founding Artistic Director of The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Co-Artistic Director Springfield Rep., Producing Director Actors Theatre of Louisville, Founding Artistic Director Humana Festival of New American Plays. Special Tony Award-winner. Inducted into the New York Theatre Hall of Fame. New York Drama Guild Person of the Year. As a writer, he has over one hundred plays published. Has been one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize (Albee won). He is a four-time winner of The American Critics Association’s Best New Play Produced Outside New York. Directed in nine nations. Has four books on acting and directing published by Smith and Kraus. Currently teaching acting at UCLA.

Performance Royalties for AMATEUR and EDUCATIONAL Groups begin at $90.00 performance for theaters under 150 seats, and rise depending on ticket prices and theater particulars. Please fill out an application for your personalized quote. 

Performance Royalties for PROFESSIONAL Theaters will be quoted as a box office percentage, with a minimum guarantee based on ticket prices and theater particulars. Please fill out an application for your personalized quote. 

An Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package must be purchased from Stage Rights as a part of your licensing agreement (see Materials).

Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement.

An Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package must be purchased from Stage Rights as a part of your licensing agreement. Your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date, unless other arrangements have been made in advance with your Stage Rights Licensing Representative.
The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for Halibut High consists of:
36 Production Scripts / $390.00 (shipping included)
Production Scripts for Plays are professionally printed and bound with a full-color cover.
You will have the option to purchase additional Production Scripts at a discounted rate when you complete your Licensing Agreement.
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Optional Materials:
Stage Manager’s Script– Printed on standard 8.5” x 11” 3-hole-punched paper, with the same page numbers and text as the Printed Production Scripts, but with more space on the page for notes and cues.