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Searching for Musical

  • 1.  Searching for Musical

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi guys, I'm having trouble finding a musical to suit our unique environment.  We are K-12 international school in Japan.  Over the past 30 years we've done all the obvious choices or we can't do them (no Disney in Japan.  Long story...) so I was wondering if I could collect some lesser known options that don't come up obviously with an MTI or Google search.

    An ideal show for us would be:
    -opportunity for younger students in a chorus type role
    -we have LOADS of talented females and only a few males
    -the play can't rely on witty dialogue as most of our parents are non-English comfortable.  Slapstick comedy is a hit.
    -something with a positive message.  We've had many discussions about choices like Grease and the messages they send to our young ladies

    So, any obscure musicals that we haven't considered?

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    Brodie Nicholl
    Osaka
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  • 2.  RE: Searching for Musical

    Posted 18 days ago
    Hi Brodie,

    A musical that might fit your needs is a commedia 'del arte  version of "Androclese and The Lion."  It may be done with or without the music and is a lot of fun. Being as it is in the style of commedia, there are lots of opportunities to add a good deal of 'slap stick.'  The cast can have as many in the ensemble as you wish. Perhaps a cadre of students to play everything from shop owners to statues.  You can get by with a minimalist set, but you may set it in any geographical area or any time.  A fun show with which you students could have a lot of fun.

    Best,

    Mack

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    Mack Dugger
    Teacher
    GUSD
    Glendale CA
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  • 3.  RE: Searching for Musical

    Posted 18 days ago
    A musical we did a few years ago, which remains a favorite and which seems to have very little exposure is ZOMBIE PROM. It is campy, smart, playful, (although a teeny bit raunchy). The dialogue may not fit the criteria you set forth, but I am always surprised more high school's don't produce this show. it's a winner!

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    Keith Burns
    Theatre Arts Director
    Paradise Valley AZ
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  • 4.  RE: Searching for Musical

    Posted 17 days ago
    I did “Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates” with a girl-heavy class a few years ago. There is both a one-hour and full-length version. It's lesser known but a single set with lots of opportunity for visual play. Good luck!