The Buttonhole Bandit

by Fengar Gael and Michael Silversher

About the Play

Musical. Book and lyrics by Fengar Gael, music composed by Michael Silversher. About 60 minutes. 3-6 males, 3-6 females (6-12 performers possible). Suitable for all ages.

Note about the score: A perusal copy of the score that may be printed once is included as part of a Digital Perusal Script, while printed scripts contain a link to a non-printable digital perusal copy of the score. A score that may be printed, copied and used in performance comes with the order of a Production Copy License (or a Classroom Copy license for classroom study only).

Under its original title, Phoebe's Closet, the play won the National Children's Theatre Festival Playwriting Award, sponsored by the Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables, Florida where it was given a full production. It was subsequently produced by The
Looking Glass Theatre of New York under its current title.

Qty Price Total
Printed Script $8.00 $0.00
Digital Perusal Script $10.00 $0.00
Performance Royalties $65.00 $0.00
Production Copy License $75.00 $0.00
Classroom Copy License $100.00 $0.00
Musical Tracks $75.00 $0.00
Bronze Package $80.00 $0.00
Fundraising Add-On $80.00 $0.00

Professional rights should be negotiated directly with YouthPLAYS at [email protected].


Little Phoebe Potts has a vivid imagination, which is why she spends her after school hours cowering in a closet. Then one day she follows a moth through a buttonhole and discovers an entire galaxy on the other side! With the help of an alien named Melf the Gelf, Phoebe embarks on a magical journey to save the Galaxy Clesto. There she encounters alien creatures who bestow wondrous gifts: gloves for seeing through densities of matter; anti-gravitational boots for leaping great distances; and beanies for breathing under water. Soon Phoebe discovers that by making friends and conquering her fears, an imagination can be a wonderful thing!

Music Files

Click on the titles below to hear MP3 demo recordings. (Be aware that these are big files.)