With the new year nearly upon us, now is the time to pick your school musical. From backing tracks to youth collections, the hardest part about putting on these shows is choosing which one to put on in the first place!
TRW School Editions have been carefully edited, with additional director's notes throughout, to make these popular Broadway and Off-Broadway shows more producible for high school groups. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director.
Perfect for schools and youth groups, these 65-70 minute authorized editions of your favourite Broadway musicals are tailor-made for young performers, with great parts for girls, boys, and any sized ensemble.
The Tams-Witmark Young Performers’ Edition musicals are one-hour adaptations of Broadway musicals specially tailored for primary school and middle school aged children. The materials have been prepared to help your school or organisation mount the best possible production and to give your actors an exciting and rewarding experience.
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Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis. Book by Joe Tracz. Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini.
Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy, Present Day
CASTING: 6M, 4F
Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about "The Squip" -- a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk?
Book, Music and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe.
Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy, 1980s
CASTING: 12M, 10F
Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition) is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her our of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather's aerobicized butt... but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. Are you in, or are you out?
By Chris D'Arienzo.
Full Length Musical, Comedy, 1980s
CASTING: 9M, 11F, 10M or F
It's the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and toll fairy-tale is about the end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gave save the strip -- and themselves -- before it's too late?
Introduce your kids (and re-introduce the parents) to the face-melting, guitar anthems of the 1980s in this hit Broadway musical.
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Edward Kleban.
Full Length Musical, Drama, Contemporary
CASTING: 11M, 12F
A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. A brilliantly complex fusions of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic.
A Chorus Line: High School Edition is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for high school performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate, dance sequences are of a length befitting high school dancers, and allowances are made to feature actors of any race or ethnicity.
Music and Book by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Charles Hart. Book and Additonal Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Based on the novel 'Le Fantôme de l’Opéra' Gaston Leroux.
Full Length Musical, Drama, Melodrama
CASTING: 6M, 4F
It is 1911 and the contents of the Paris Opera House are being auctioned off. Present are the auctioneer, porters and bidders. Raoul, now seventy years old and in a wheelchair, buys a poster and a music box. As the auctioneer displays the Opera House chandelier, he explains that it is connected with the legend of The Phantom of the Opera. With a flash of light, the audience is flung back in tome, when the Paris Opera was it its height.
The winner of seven 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Phantom of the Opera has been seen by over 140 million people in 144 cities in 27 countries.
Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
Full Length Musical, Drama, 1930s
CASTING: 6M, 12F
When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry.
Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.
Music by Tom Snow. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
Full Length Musical, Comedy, Contemporary
CASTING: 8M, 9F
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher determined to exercise control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home.
Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Looking for something else? Origin has a wide range of shows with Backing Tracks, perfect for school performance. Find all our shows with Backing Tracks HERE!