The True Gift (Chicken Soup Series)

Short Musical, Comedy  /  6f, 7boy(s)

Inspired by the Story “Tears in the Bathroom Stall” / which originally appeared in Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2Lyrics and Music by Zoe Sarnack / Book by William Meade

What happens if everything that you hoped for doesn’t work out and in front of the whole school? This story is about discovering what really matters and being sensitive to everyone no matter who they are.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 7boy(s)
  • Duration
    40 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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The True Gift (Chicken Soup Series)



Students are gearing up for the annual Secret Buddy Week at Zoe’s high school. It is supposed to be a time for giving encouragement and praise but quickly it becomes all about who got what and how much did it cost. Zoe’s Secret Buddy gives her friendly cards but nothing compared to anyone else. When the tension finally reaches the boiling point, Zoe discovers a part of herself that she is not proud of. The True Gift is about discovering what really matters and being sensitive to people no matter who they are. 
Characters: 6 Female/7 Male 

1.     Eva
2.     Ruby
3.    Robert
4.    Alex
5.    Devon
6.    Lydia
7.    Bella
8.    Sarah
9.    Austin Lenter (Voice Over)
10.  Chloe Ritter (Voice Over)
11.  Adam
12.  Henry
13.  Linda Marcus (Voice Over)
14.  Brad Connor (Voice Over)

Chorus- 4 Female/4 Male (can be expanded)
  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 40 minutes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions



  • Introducing a brand new series of musicals based on the stories of Chicken Soup for the Soul


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  • Musical StyleContemporary Broadway
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizePiano Only
  • Chorus SizeMedium


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Zoe Sarnak

Zoe Sarnak is an award-winning composer and lyricist. Her work has been developed and produced at Second Stage, The Public, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Village Theater, Roundabout, The Transport Group, Goodspeed, Eugene O’Neill Artist Residency, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, ...

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William Meade

William Meade conceived and produced the Chicken Soup for the Soul Theater Series along with Chicken Soup for the Soul's Artistic Director Amy Newmark.

A Grammy-nominated producer with over one hundred recordings, his credits including Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing, Th ...

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