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Suggestion for a High School show

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Suggestion for a High School show#1
Posted: 12/18/08 at 8:57pm
We have an unusual amount of really good singers both male and female, so preferably a show with a lot of leads or supporting cast. Also, the show needs an ensemble so not many are cut. I'm having a hard time finding a show that meets this criteria that is not really crappy. Les Mis was done last year, so that is out of the question. Thanks for any suggestions! :)
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#2
Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:07pm
Kiss Me Kate
Anything Goes
Rags
Ragtime (if you have the diversity)
Once on This Island
The Pajama Game
City of Angels
Grand Hotel
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#2
Posted: 12/18/08 at 9:07pm
OKALHOMA!, perhaps? A lot of lead and supporting roles that require strong singing, it's a great show that's not too difficult technically.
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#3
Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:21pm
I second the Pajama Game. Lots of leads, and all of them interesting, quirky characters. And great music for chorus. Always my first vote for a school show.
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#4
Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:27pm
Children of Eden is a great choice for a high school. There are plenty of chances to showcase numerous students, and the ensemble can be as big as you want it to be.
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#5
Posted: 12/18/08 at 10:46pm
My Alma mater did The Wedding Singer a few months ago, and although they really didn't have great singers everything else was excellent.
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#6
Posted: 12/18/08 at 11:10pm
Last year my school did Thoroughly Modern Millie.
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#7
Posted: 12/19/08 at 9:16am
I second Grand Hotel. (There's a few clips of a high school production floating around YouTube).

The only other show coming to my mind right now is Godspell (which can have a larger or smaller ensemble, depending on what the director wants).
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#8
Posted: 12/19/08 at 10:09am
Did any one see the new MTI website?

I can't believe that they're releasing Spring Awakening!
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#9
Posted: 12/19/08 at 10:09am
All these are great suggestions! Other limitations for us include no diversity (other wise Ragtime would be amazing) and very limited dancing abilities. Does Pajama Game require lots of dance?
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#10
Posted: 12/19/08 at 10:20am
SEUSSICAL or Beauty and the beast or RENT (if you can do it) would work well with your restrictions
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#11
Posted: 12/19/08 at 11:01am
singer, I just saw the new MTI website. I kind of like the new layout. But I cannot believe all the shows they just got: Xanadu, Spring Awakening, 13, Gepetto & Son's. I can imagine that a few will be added when more shows close in January. I cannot wait to see a few of these restricted productions performed by high schoolers.
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#12
Posted: 12/19/08 at 12:05pm
Pajama Game does require dancing usually. Oklahoma has a ballet sequence and needs trained dancers. Millie also needs dancers (basically entire cast..)Once on This Island needs dance (the opening number is 'we dance'....)

Children of Eden is a great suggestion

Also adding:
Anne of Green Gables (MTI version)
Cinderella (Rodgers & Hamm)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Urinetown
Fiddler on the Roof (needs one good dancer (ballet))
Carousel
How to Succeed...Trying
Once Upon a Mattress (you can add in a chorus...but there is some dance that can be made simple)


Hope this helps! let us no what you end up doing!
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#13
Posted: 12/19/08 at 12:20pm
Beauty and the Beast.
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#14
Posted: 12/19/08 at 12:22pm
Brigadoon.
West Side Story.
All Shook Up
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#15
Posted: 12/19/08 at 1:47pm
My top 3 choices would be:

Grand Hotel
City of Angels
All Shook Up
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#16
Posted: 12/19/08 at 6:53pm
West Side Story requires extremely good dancers...especially boy dancers...so i bet that wont work
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#17
Posted: 12/19/08 at 7:03pm
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

or Urinetown
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#18
Posted: 12/19/08 at 7:25pm
Once on this Island is dance heavy.

What about Sweeney Todd? The kids would probably love to do it because of the recent movie.

Does Mack and Mable have dance?

Also, look at Bat Boy and bare: a pop opera. They are more PG 13 or R rated though if that affects your decision
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#19
Posted: 12/19/08 at 7:43pm
Uggh, please don't do Urinetown! Regardless of the quality of the show, every single high school has been doing that for the last three years and it is getting so obnoxious.
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re: Suggestion for a High School show#20
Posted: 12/19/08 at 9:03pm
i agree with all of you. i will add.
guys & dolls(close to nyc might not get the go, same with west side story), damn yankees, my hs did peter pan lie 10 yrs ago, king & i, oilver, the music man, bye bye birdie, the wiz/wizard of oz, and how to succed in business without really trying.