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Musicals for high school production (large cast)

arielle_<3sjb
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1. This sucks but, somehow I can't log into my second account, so don't hate on me, because no... i do no "<3sjb" ... i was like 10 (in my mind. and unfortunately in grade.)

2. My school is looking for a musical this year because my director can't seeem to find one. We need one that has a large cast and many roles. Can anyone help name a few? We're pretty desperate, especially us seniors. Thank you
Updated On: 1/11/10 at 06:14 AM
ggersten
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Go to the MTI Website or the Samuel French website and search around. Not knowing the size of your school, the talent levels of males and females - whether you can get enough boys - do you have people who can handle choreography - and any political considerations - it's kind of hard to make a suggestion.

If your director is having a hard time coming up with a musical, perhaps the director is not as interested, in which case, the directing is probably not going to be very good. Or giving the director credit, the talent levels at the school of which s/he is familiar won't support many large musicals.

It's a little confusing why the seniors are "desperate" If they really love theatre, they must have some shows in mind. Perhpas the director has vetoed those choices. It would help to know that as well. I would have the seniors get together with a wish list and go that way.

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Updated On: 1/11/10 at 08:04 AM
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Square Peg2
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I think the right answer for any school production is The Pajama Game. Large cast, lots of roles, all of which are super fun, and great score.
arielle_<3sjb
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Thanks for the website, that will help a lot!
We're pretty equal for male and female -perhaps more female- and we have a great choreographer in the senior year aswell. So basically it's up to him, if he wants to do one or not. He's just saying that he can't think of one. Which is kind of ridiculous because I know there's a ton out there... we're just having a hard time coming up with a decent list.

And though the seniors are desperate... not all of them "know" theatre, or have a wide range of musical knowledge. So they've been asking me, and as you can see I'm having some difficulty too.

Square Peg, I competely forgot about The Pajama Game! Thank you!
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Hmmm maybe Thoroughly Modern Millie?
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Titanic!

Tough score, and some potentiality difficult technical elements, but there are at least 25 named characters in the show, if not more.

You also would need a lot of men.
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Updated On: 1/11/10 at 03:10 PM
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Anything Goes!
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Pippin? Better yet...Urinetwon?

Edit: Depending how good the talent is...Beauty and the Beast, maybe? Aida? The Pajama Game is a really good idea. It's a fun show.

Most shows on MTI's website are decent.
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Updated On: 1/11/10 at 03:55 PM
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Actually one of the best shows I have seen for a High School lately is "All Shook Up"

It is funny, and the music isn't all that complicated. And there are something like 6 male and 6 female roles that all have their own solos and/or individual scenes...it is surprisingly good for a High School.
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arielle_<3sjb
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Pgenre - and the joke never gets old.
though i'd rather shoot myself in the face. :)

I have Titanic, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Aida on the list but I'll be adding All Shook Up and Anything Goes.
Thanks a lot everyone! :)
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Joseph is always a very popular choice in high schools, as is Godspell.
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My son's high school is very big on music and arts and they do a big musical every year, and sometimes a smaller one in the spring as well. This year the big show is "Guys and Dolls." Here are some of the ones they've done in prior years:

Les Miserables
Fiddler on the Roof
Beauty and the Beast
West Side Story
42nd St
Camelot
A Chorus Line
Little Shop of Horrors

"Les Mis" is quite challenging vocally (although they did do the student version, which cuts out a few of the more complicated singing parts) but it can accomodate a *huge* cast. "Fiddler" is always fun, the kids really seemed to enjoy that one. We moved here after the others had been done but I've heard from my son's friends that "Beauty & the Beast" was kind of a pain because of the costume requirements (I think they rented some of them, but that can get expensive.)
Hope this helps!
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Fiddler on the Roof?
& that's great, let us know the out come!
arielle_<3sjb
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Karen24 - thanks! I love Les Mis and Fiddler, they're two of my favorites. He already said he won't do Les Mis, but I did suggest Fiddler on the Roof. It's just difficult because we can't do a musical that has been put on by any of the schools around here from the last few years (including a number on your list). And those often happen to be the best.

TILuv2shop- thanks also! i texted him some of the ideas and his reply as "we'll see" - don't know what that means. We're having a meeting tomorrow.
Maceman91
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Back to the 80's (MTI) is a wonderful show for high schoolers! It has songs everybody knows, brings in a crowd, and is just fun! My school has done a multitude of shows and this was BY FAR the most enjoyable show I have ever been apart of. Oh! We sold out all 4 shows we put on and two of them sold out days before the show opened (300 seat theatre).
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My high school usually did shows with large ensembles, if that is what you are looking for.

Some examples I can think of off the top of my head:
Mame
Fiddler on the Roof
Once Upon a Mattress
42nd Street
The Music Man
Annie
Guys and Dolls
Carousel

And lots of others.
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My school is doing The Wedding Singer and we have over 70 kids in the show..it's really good for a big cast because they're a lot of smaller roles plus ensamble
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AwesomeDanny
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Another good licensing site to look at it Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals at rnh.com. They have fewer than MTI, but they license Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals along with many others, including the Andrew Lloyd Webber ones, I believe.
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gypsy4
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heres the list of show my high school has done!

Li'l Abner
Grease
Anything Goes
Fiddler
Kiss Me kate
Guys and dolls
Crazy For You
OKLAHOMA

and were currently doing Godspell.
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Once Upon a Mattress is usually a very popular choice. Very flexible cast, lots of female roles and an easy show to learn. :)

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INTO THE WOODS. But only if you have singers who can handle the score.
arielle_<3sjb
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So, the musical is on. We're all very excited!
Looks like it's going to be either Cats or Tommy...
Thanks for all your suggestions anyway!
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STAY AWAY FROM KATZ. KATZ, KATZ, KATZ!!!!!

My prayers are with you at this time - you'll never live to tell the tale of doing KATZ. It's almost as bad as WYKUD.

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