Choosing Your High School’s Musical: Part 2 (New Shows)

by KaitlinD on December 7, 2010

in Choosing Your High School's Musical,Hairspray,Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,The Drowsy Chaperone

Choosing your high school's musical.Welcome to the second blog post in our “Choosing Your High School’s Musical” series. Our newest series of blog posts is designed to introduce you to some of our shows that we know work in a high school setting. The following shows are some of the newest available for licensing, and are guaranteed to resonate with students and audiences alike! Read on for suggestions on which shows might be a smash hit for your school:


Visit Music Theatre International to license Hairspray.

HAIRSPRAY delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960′s Baltimore, where the 50′s are out — and change is in the air.  Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair?

HAIRSPRAY is a delightful selection for high school students! Cast members of varying shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and talents will all have an opportunity to display their individuality and strengths, have a ton of fun, and take away lessons in tolerance and diversity. In addition, the popularity of the recent film version can be leveraged to achieve superb ticket sales. I dare you to find an audience member who doesn’t leave the theater singing and dancing along.

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  • Read all about the incredibly innovative Australian production of HAIRSPRAY featured on the blog by clicking here.


Visit Music Theatre International to license Willy Wonka. WILLY WONKA is a wonderful show, especially for enthusiasts of the wonderful movie. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory,” which features the songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.”

WILLY WONKA is the perfect choice for a school looking to produce a musical the whole family can enjoy together. The legendary songs and characters will be familiar to your students, and the opportunities for classroom and community-linked initiatives are endless — you might bring in a community service effort by having students deliver Wonka candy to elderly residents of a nursing home or have students read Wonka stories to area elementary school classes, perhaps a marketing campaign could revolve around the discovery of a golden ticket or an opportunity for a “behind the scenes” tour, just like in the show!

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  • Tons of set pieces and props for your production of WILLY WONKA are available in the Community Rentals section of MTI ShowSpace. You can check them out by clicking here.


Visit Music Theatre International to license The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is an awesome choice for a school with a minimal or restricted budget. The show is set within the school gymnasium, and can be recreated using paraphernalia displaying your own school spirit! Costumes are similarly uncomplicated, and many pieces can often be found already hanging in your cast member’s closets. This is another show that offers nifty opportunities to get the school and community involved – host your own spelling bee and offer free tickets to the winner, or have a “school spirit” day where audience members may dress wearing campus apparel in exchange for a ticket discount.

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  • “Competition as Family in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE” is a piece focusing on the thematic elements of the show.  Click here to read the article.


Visit Music Theatre International to license The Drowsy Chaperone. A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you’ve ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good,” this is the show for you!

It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

With a number of featured roles for actors and actresses of varying shapes and sizes, this gem gives every one of your students a chance to shine. In addition, the flexibility in cast size allows you to easily adjust the ensemble to include any and all interested student participants.

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  • “Showing Off With THE DROWSY CHAPERONE” is an informative DVD with advice and production tips from the show’s author and creative team. E-mail to request your free copy!
  • THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is currently on tour. For tickets and more information, visit their website.

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    Karen Fruits January 14, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I am interested in the Spelling Bee and Drowsy Chaperone for next year for my High School production in March. Would this be possible. North Montgomery High School, Crawfordsville, Indiana.

    JasonC January 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Yes – both are available. Please email for info…

    Thea April 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Is the orchestration for hairspray too difficult for high school?

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