Schoolhouse

Written by:

Leanna Brodie

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 11
  • Women: 10

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

Agriculture
Bullying
Children
Education
Great Depression
History
Poverty
Xenophobia

Length:

120 min.

Synopsis:

Schoolhouse evokes a way of life shared by generations of rural North Americans. It is set in 1938 in S.S. #1 Jericho School just outside the fictional village of Baker’s Creek, Ontario. It is a tribute to all good teachers, but especially those young women who worked on their own shaping the lives of students by inspiring loyalty, fear and a love of learning.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Miss Melita (Meh-lee-tuh) Linton / Russell Yellowlees: ringleader; ‘Big Boy’; 14 / Dwight Varnum: follower; ‘Big Boy’; 15 / Ewart Rokosh (Roe-kosh): training school boy; 14 / Flossie Needler: scrapper; 13 / Beryl Baptie (Bap-tee): future teacher; 12 / Milton Coyte: only child; 7 / Effa Baptie: tattletale; sister of Beryl; 8 / Vern Yellowlees: baby of the family; brother of Russell; 5 / Callum Yellowlees: farmer; trustee; Russell and Vern’s father / Clinton Cochrane: young local man / Colonel Burnett: Inspector of Schools / Evie Bothwell: city girl / The Father: from Evie’s letter / Mrs. Coyte: farmer; trustee; Milton’s father / Zellah Baptie: church choir leader; trustee’s wife; Beryl and Effa’s mother / MRs Varnum: farmer; Dwight’s father / Millie Needler: farmer; widow; Flossie’s mother

First Produced:

2006, Blyth Festival

Resources:

Schoolhouse is available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

This play allows for flexible casting choices, such as doubling the children with their own parents, or swapping genders. It can be scaled up or down as needed.

Visit the playwright’s website here.

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