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High Energy Ensemble Cast

  • 1.  High Energy Ensemble Cast

    Posted 07-03-2019 11:04
    I come to you again looking for suggestions for High energy shows for an ensemble cast. Have  more strength with the boys, vocally. We are also in a rebuild year as we graduated about 40 seniors in the spring. Open to any thoughts and suggestions!

    Thank you.

    James Fry
    Director of Student Life and the Malvern Theatre Society
    Malvern, PA

  • 2.  RE: High Energy Ensemble Cast

    Posted 07-04-2019 07:53
    Check out Puffs. All 7 years of the Potter story from the Puff perspective. There is a good recording on Amazon for a few bucks or BroadwayHD

    Joseph Gels
    Theatre Teacher
    Boston Latin School
    Boston MA

  • 3.  RE: High Energy Ensemble Cast

    Posted 07-04-2019 08:56
    If you're looking for a non-musical, check out any of Mary Zimmerman's plays. The two that feature the most boys would be The Odyssey and Argonautika. 

  • 4.  RE: High Energy Ensemble Cast

    Posted 07-04-2019 09:05
    We just finished Seussical this year and it was perfect for a strong ensemble cast. What is great about the show is that there are a lot of ways to feature different actors and no one person is entirely in the spotlight. For guys there is Horton, Jojo, Cat and the Wickersham brothers ... you do need girls to play Mazie, and Gertrude... and the Bird Girls need to sing harmony ... we only had three girls but I've seen shows cast six ... and then a large ensemble of jungle animals and Whos. It's a super fun show with lots of energy!  If you're not familiar with it I'd suggest listening to the sound track rather than trying to read the script... since it's Seuss it's hard to read in my opinion...

    Toni Thomas
    English Teacher, Theatre Director
    West Branch MI

  • 5.  RE: High Energy Ensemble Cast

    Posted 07-05-2019 11:16
    It sounds like you are looking for a musical.  We had loads of fun with "Back to the 80's."   (MTI)  We were able to get a lot of the costumes from thrift stores, and we used student choreographers.  The audience was dancing in their seats and occasionally singing along.  Ours was a curricular production, and the students had tons of fun doing dramaturgical research to find pictures of the groups who sang the songs originally, which impacted our costume, hair, and makeup designs enormously.  Nobody is going to accuse it of having a substantial plot, but it is not just a jukebox musical.  The title sells it to audiences.

    C. J. Breland
    Asheville High School
    Asheville NC

  • 6.  RE: High Energy Ensemble Cast

    Posted 07-05-2019 18:26
    Awesome show, lots of boys: Treasure Island Ken Ludwig version is great. Did it a few years back. One of my all time favs.

    Break a leg and may all your theatre seats be filled!

  • 7.  RE: High Energy Ensemble Cast

    Posted 07-06-2019 15:10
    Is that cuttable for OAP?

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  • 8.  RE: High Energy Ensemble Cast

    Posted 07-06-2019 08:32
    Smokey Joe's Cafe by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller is a lot of fun if you're looking for a revue with roles that can be either male of female.  You can dress it up or down in terms of staging and props. I just saw it at a high school and it was totally produced and directed by students who had a lot of fun--so did the audience.  I also saw Feathers in the Wind by David Rush at a Chicago theater some years ago--based on Yiddish folk tales.

    For a straight play--maybe one of the versions of 12 Angry Men? Or any adaptation of Ibsen's Enemy of the People? That is a comedy, which most people don't get, but if you play it that way, it works. (I don't happen to like Arthur Miller's version--he misses the comedy.) It's also heavy on male roles.

    Jean Klein
    Playwright/Founder HaveScripts/BlueMoonPlays
    Playwriting Teacher in MFA program, Wilkes University]
    Virginia BeachVA