re: Comedy or dramas for a High School with large cast?

haddaddy3
Stand-by
joined:8/1/07
My drama club advisor is taking suggestions for our fall play. Does anyone know of any good straight plays with a large cast so she can put more people in the show? She would prefer it to be a comedy, but drama is fine too. Thanks!
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Taryn
Broadway Legend
joined:1/24/04
You Can't Take It With You
dramarama2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/6/07
WELL, an obvious one to me would be Fame. It's sorta a comedy, but with a definate serious side. It's quite dated though, so some of the jokes are extremely lame.

Grease is another good one. I mean, who doesn't know Grease?

High School Musical is a possibility. It's good for a high school coz there's plenty of parts, it's a comedy to a certain degree, and your students will most probably know it and like it.

All three of these shows are available off MTI.
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rosiemint
Swing
joined:8/10/07
Are there straight play versions of Fame, Grease and HSM?
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Piercemn
Leading Actor
joined:5/13/03
I second You Can't Take It With You. One of the greatest comedies ever written. Another show that's loads of fun is Dirty Work at the Crossroads. When I was in high school the musicals we did were Of Thee I Sing, Camelot and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella.

Inherit the Wind could be a good large cast drama, and many high schools do To Kill a Mockingbird or Up the Down Staircase.

Check the Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service or Dramatic Publishing Company websites for more titles.
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CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
Rypm25
Stand-by
joined:5/21/03
The Man Who Came To Dinner
center or back
Understudy
joined:4/8/07
You could do what my sons school did this year.. they did 2 plays actually. The Curious Savage and part 2 the Savage Dilemma. They are all set in the Coisters, a home for mental patients. Its both funny (never distasteful) and a drama. Each play can stand on their own or you can watch them back to back, or even as one longer play. When doing both plays you can have at least 25 total actors. They are wonderful
Funny Face
Broadway Star
joined:7/6/06
My high school did Once In a Lifetime by Moss Hart and George S. Kauffman my freshman year, and there were a LOT of parts.
Footlooser
Broadway Star
joined:3/7/05
Harvey
Arsenic and Old Lace
Idiot's Delight
You Can't Take It With You
The Man Who Came To Dinner
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violet72
Broadway Legend
joined:12/12/06
You Can't Take it With You is an awesome show
Harvey is good
The Man Who Came to Dinner
The Importance of Being Earnest
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neddyfrank2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/23/05
How large of a cast do you want?

The Adding Machine has a bigger sized cast,
tobiasragg
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/06
I second Our Town. My school did it with a cast of about 33. There are TONS of parts in that show!

(Who said The Importance of Being Earnest? There are like 7 parts in that show!)
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jaesdare
Broadway Star
joined:9/29/05
Curious savage is a great choice.

Dark of the Moon
Polish Joke (look at everything david ives)

do a search, i know there have been a lot of similar topics with good replies.
lickthelightbulb
Featured Actor
joined:5/17/07
Don't do Arsenic and Old Lace. Small, small cast. We had to double cast the female roles and change Witherspoon to a girl just so the roles would be equal.
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center or back
Understudy
joined:4/8/07
WHAT SHOW DID YOUR SCHOOL DECIDE ON?
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
High School Musical.
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Ed_Mottershead
Broadway Legend
joined:10/20/05
If you can get the right leading man, The Man Who Came to Dinner is a great choice. I speak from experience -- I did it when I was in the 10th grade and everyone loved it. Might also consider You Can't Take It With You -- they're old, but they're funny.
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