Choosing show for next year

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  1. MissCeliaB

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    Hey, drama people, I'd like some advice! I'm trying to choose a show for next year. I'd like something with a fairly small cast, and something fun. It needs to be a main stage musical, but it can be a small one, if that makes sense.

    I'm looking at doing Little Shop of Horrors. Has anyone ever done that show before? I've not ever been involved with a production of the stage version. I'd also like to do Show Boat as I have a perfect actor to be Joe. I do not, however, have a strong soprano.

    In the past few years we've done Grease, South Pacific, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Guys and Dolls.

    Any ideas or thoughts?
     
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    I've had a song from Mame in my head all morning...
     
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    The high school in the district we live in did the Little Shop this year.
     
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    Godspell? I've done it a couple times and each time it was done with a different theme, cast size, and budget. You can pretty much do whatever you want if you are creative enough.
     
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    We just did Aida and made due with a small cast and even smaller stage area!
     
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    I always loved Cats & I love the songs for it! Even thought the cast is quite large, you can customize it to your group.
     
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    I don't want to think about seeing some of my students in spandex, or trying to acquire the kinds of dance skills needed for that show by this time next year.

    Godspell could work, but I worry about the religious content at a public school. There's a church in the community that does it almost every year.

    Keep the suggestions coming! They are reminding me of other show to look into.
     
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    What age group? I'm assuming high school. Bye Bye Birdie is fun, Once Upon A Mattress, Hello Dolly.
     
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    Out of your potential pool of leads, are you more male or female heavy? If you have more girls planning to audition, you may want to consider a show that has more more opportunities for them. Little Shop of Horrors is great but has many more male roles than you might have performers.
     
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    Little Shop has three roles for boys. Four for girls. I'm not worried about that.

    I'll look into Mattress, Hello Dolly, and Bye Bye Birdie!
     
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    I would love to do this one, but it's incredibly difficult to obtain the rights to make changes to the show. I will check to see if there's a school edition, though.
     
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    My high school did Pippin several years ago and turned the choreography of that particular scene into a ballet gone into dance number. The choreographer was a jazz dancer turned nun from the nearby Catholic school, so she kept it interesting without going wacko. It's a great idea if you have a few strong dancers. The set requirements are minimal.
     
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    We did "The Wiz" in my high school. It was sweet. We also did Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dream Girls.
     
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    We've recently done:
    Suessical the Musical
    Beauty and the Beast
    Phantom of the Opera
     
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    The Wiz and Dreamgirls would be hard because of the racial makeup of our student body, but are both excellent shows that I wish we could do.

    We just don't have the budget for Beauty and the Beast or Phantom. (We also don't have to talent for Phantom. We lack a strong soprano, and our two strongest tenors graduate this year...)

    Dancing is not really our strong point. I will consider Pippin, though.

    I'm loving the ideas!
     
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    Wicked
    The Lion King
     
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    I was in Me and My Girl in college and we almost did Crazy for You but they changed their mind last minute and did Joseph. I saw Crazy for You on Broadway and thought it would be fun to put on.
     
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    The Lion King is incredibly expensive, and the rights for Wicked aren't available.

    Crazy for You is fun! I'll definitely look into that one!
     
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    I was so upset that we did not end up putting that show on in college. When I saw it on Broadway I knew every song by heart. I even got to meet the lead female (I can't remember her name but she was actually the voice of Ariel in the Little Mermaid Movie).
     
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    Urinetown, Guys and Dolls
     
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    We just did Oklahoma at my HS. I had forgotten how much beautiful music is in that show.
     
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    Oooh, I'd say Rent - small cast - but I wonder just how much is lost in the school version.
     
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    Even the school version would not be considered appropriate for my school. I also try to stay away from school versions whenever possible.
     
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    I always forget about Oklahoma. I guess we could stage a small version with no chorus, but I think it would lose some of its charm.
     

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