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Suggestions for High School musicals next season

  • 1.  Suggestions for High School musicals next season

    Posted 07-01-2019 10:30

    I am looking for two musicals – one junior type (shorter length) and one full length.  Last spring I picked the perfect full length for my juniors (all strong singers and actors - okay dancers) and will have the same students again for their senior year.  We did Fiddler on the Roof and the students loved traditional musical (excuse the pun) that was a little bit funny but had a serious under tone with a message that is still very relevant today. So the question is - what to do this season with a group of leads who are like Teveye's family? 

     

    The students have suggested Hello Dolly, and Drowsy Chaperone, but I am wondering what else is out there?  We have also done Mary Poppins (a favorite), as well as, Freaky Friday & High School Musical (not favorites) with this same group. Thanks for your help : )



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    Marla Blasko
    Director/Teacher Theatre Arts
    Long Reach High School
    Columbia, Maryland
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  • 2.  RE: Suggestions for High School musicals next season

    Posted 07-01-2019 15:06
    Take a look at Bright Star.  It's such a beautiful story - great for singers and actors with lots of roles - and light on the dancing. The only tricky part is you really do have to hire in a good banjo player.

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    Rachel Brady
    Theatre Teacher and Outreach Coordinator
    Performing Institute of Minnesota
    Eden Prairie MN
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  • 3.  RE: Suggestions for High School musicals next season

    Posted 07-01-2019 15:46
    Peter & the Starcatcher!

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    Scott Bier
    Whittier, CA

    "Your fear of looking stupid is holding you back."
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  • 4.  RE: Suggestions for High School musicals next season

    Posted 07-02-2019 10:23
    Hi!

    For Jr musicals- we just did Seussical, Jr - when I first announced it kids were lukewarm. But once cast it became a favorite. Very fun and colorful.
    Also James and the Giant Peach Jr was a blast. Lion King Jr the kids loooved. Little Mermaid Jr was fun too-those costumes almost killed me though. 😊

    Full length- Addams Family? I'm currently doing 9 to 5 and am in love with the powerful messaging for females. Plus 4 strong female leads. Urinetown is a blast.

    Good luck!
    Shawn Hann
    Denver School of the Arts

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    Shawn Hann
    Denver CO
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  • 5.  RE: Suggestions for High School musicals next season

    Posted 07-03-2019 09:23
    The new Aladdin Jr is great for a short show!





  • 6.  RE: Suggestions for High School musicals next season

    Posted 07-03-2019 20:06
    We just finished Music Man. Everyone loved it. It is not too dance heavey. All of the ensemble have names and lines. Wizard of Oz is fun and if you have a local gymnastic club or studio you can bring them in.  I have also done Curtains, and Bells Are Ringing. Loved both of them. I have not done it yet but I just read,. Singing Down The Moon by Mary Hall Surface. It is sort of an Appalachian into the woods.

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    Cathy Archer
    Rutland VT
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  • 7.  RE: Suggestions for High School musicals next season

    Posted 07-02-2019 10:46

    It sounds like you might have the right group to do Tuck Everlasting.


    Myndee Fleury Washington

    Music & Drama Teacher

    Union Park Charter Academy


    "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you EVERYWHERE"- Albert Einstein






  • 8.  RE: Suggestions for High School musicals next season

    Posted 07-02-2019 15:05
    Three shows come to mind that we have done recently:

    Into the Woods
    Addams Family
    Grease -school edition

    Smaller shows for your junior high could be:
    Flapper
    Oliver
    Annie

    Best of luck.

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    D. Jay Kendall
    Theatre Manager
    Moses Lake School District 161
    Moses Lake WA
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