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Makin' It  - The Musical - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Makin' It - The Musical

Cynthia Mercati, Ben Allaway

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Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

12m, 15f

ISBN: 9780874407075

Book by Cynthia Mercati
Music by Ben Allaway
Lyrics by Ben Allaway and Cynthia Mercati
Based on the ever popular Makin' It, the musical version takes the life of the high school student and turns it into song. A fast-paced musical tour through the light and dark days of growing up.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A student lounge, a row of lockers, benches. Signs and banners advertising various school functions decorate the walls.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget

Based on the ever popular Makin' It, the musical version takes the life of the high school student and turns it into song, using the monologues in the original play for the lyrics that propel this fast paced musical through both the light and dark days of growing up. Makin' It, the musical, tackles the same subjects the original play did, such as peer pressure, bullying.

Brooke wants desperately to be the popular girl and sings about it in, "I Want the Dream." Scott the average kid you see in every high school hallway,  has a crush on Brooke, but feels too shy and awkward in his own skin to make a move, revealing his doubts in the song, "Inside Out." The company, which can be added to or doubled has a few large scale numbers, "Detention Rap" and "A Geeky Kinda Loving." The first song, "How'm I Gonna Make It," sung by the company, sets the theme for the show, the difficulty of finding yourself in a confusing world. The lyrics tell it all:

"How'm I gonna make it through this year
Through these four years
Through this day!
How'm I gonna make it and get free
Be totally cool
But still be me.
How'm I gonna find it, what I need
And what I'm here for
What can I hope for?"

Audiences continue to remark about the timelessness of the show, that it tackles the hard issues all schools are trying to work through: Are the kids willing to give in to peer pressure to be popular? And how does one stand up against a bully?
Makin' It - The Musical was first presented at Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 15, 1993.
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CASTING

12m, 15f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Doubling can be used for a smaller cast. The majority of roles are for teenagers, with the exception of the principal, gym teacher, Miss Cozlowe, and Scott's family.

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

SCOTT BARROWS
KARL
HUNTER DUNBAR
BUZZARD FISHBECK
HOWIE
ALEX
TRAVIS
LEN
DWAYNE
JASON
DAVE
MARK
ED BARROWS
VINCE CARNELLI
BROOKE BENEDICT
LIBBY
JEN
PAT
CHRIS
LISA
MONICA
BURNOUT
JUICE
CARRIE
MEGAN
BEV BARROWS
CORLY BARROWS
MRS. COLZOWE
MS. HEALY
ANNOUNCE VOICE
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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Vocal Chorus Books

Flute/oboe (optional)
Alto sax
Trumpet I/II
Electric guitar/bass
Drums
Author(s)

Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional children's company at the Playhouse. The shows, which played to literally thousands of young people ... view full profile

Ben Allaway

Ben Allaway

Ben Allaway’s music has been featured on programs with such diverse luminaries as Garrison Keillor and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou and Hal Holbrook, Simon Estes and Odetta, Jamie Bernstein and Buffy Sainte-Marie, as well as Richie Havens, Susan Werner, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Thomas Friedman, Hillary Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug. In over 70 commissions, ... view full profile

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