The Awesome 80s Prom

by  Ken Davenport

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  12m, 8f

The Awesome 80s Prom is a brand-new blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony 'n Tina's Weddingand The Donkey Show, set at Wanaget High's Senior 1989! All of your favorite characters from your favorite '80s movies are at THE PROM.

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The Awesome 80s Prom

The Awesome 80s Prom

by  Ken Davenport

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 8f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Period, Parody / Spoof
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    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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The Awesome 80s Prom is a brand-new blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding and The Donkey Show, set at Wanaget High's Senior 1989! All of your favorite characters from your favorite '80s movies are at THE PROM. From the Captain of the Football Team to the Asian Exchange Student, from the Geek to the hottie Head Cheerleader, they're all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on American Idol, the audience decides who wins! Travel back in time and join the breakdance circle, or just sit back and watch the '80s drama unfold.
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  • WINNER! 2006 Improv Theater Award - "Best Interactive Show"


"[...] the real appeal of this pleasingly nostalgic night out is that it will allow some members of the Atari generation to experience something once thought impossible - enjoying the high school prom." - The New York Times, Read More 


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The Prom of Wanaget High School.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock


12m, 8f
BLAKE WILLIAMS, THE CAPTAIN OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM - Charming, egotistical. Everything comes easily to Blake.
MICHAEL JAY, THE CLASS PRESIDENT - A preppie young Republican. A Guy-Smiley, game show host type. Born to be a politician.
LOUIS FENSTERSPOCK, THE NERD - Introverted, computer geek.
FEUNG SCHWEY, THE ASIAN EXCHANGE STUDENT - So happy to be in America. Speaks little English.
NICK FENDER, THE BAD BOY - Mean, defensive, obnoxious.
WHITLEY WHITIKER, THE HEAD CHEERLEADER - Sexy, bitchy and vain. Popular and proud.
KERRIE KOWALSKI, THE SPAZ - A sweet but hyper nerd. Wears headgear. In love with Blake Williams.
MELISSA ANN “MISSY” MARTIN, THE HEAD OF THE PROM COMMITTEE - Perfect. Way too perky. A goodie-goodie.
INGA SWANSON, THE SWEDISH EXCHANGE STUDENT - Tall and voluptuous. Speaks very little English, but speaks the ‘International Language of Love’ very well.
DICKIE HARRINGTON, THE DRAMA QUEEN - Flamboyant, fabulous and bitter. Wanted to play the lead in the Spring musical but Missy Martin beat him out.
MR. RICHARD “DICK” SNELGROVE, THE PRINCIPAL - A fascist dictator. Hates Prom night because the students get to have fun.
MRS. PATTY LASCALZO or MRS. L., THE DRAMA TEACHER - Loves everyone. Treats the students as if they were her friends. A bit of a leftover hippie. The teacher who always let you have class outside.
HEATHER WELLINGTON (#1), A CHEERLEADER - Whitley’s backup cheerleader. Beef’s girlfriend.
HEATHER WYNTERS (#2), ANOTHER CHEERLEADER - Whitley’s other backup cheerleader. Beef’s other girlfriend.
JOSHUA “BEEF” BEEFAROWSKI, A FOOTBALL PLAYER - Big and intimidating, but not too bright. The center of the Wanaget High Beavers football team. Blake’s “wing man”.
JOHNNY HUGHES, THE DJ - Although he’s called a DJ, he doesn’t have anything to do with music. He’s more of an “Emcee”. An extremely charismatic host who can warm up a crowd. A former student, Johnny is back at the Prom as the cheesy host. Keeps the action going all night long.
LLOYD PARKER, THE FRESHMAN - The president of the Audio-Visual Club allowed to come to the Prom to take pictures.
MOLLY PARKER, THE FRESHMAN’S SISTER - Lloyd’s tag-along twin sister, although they look nothing alike. A Junior Varsity cheerleader hoping to be like Whitley someday.
THE MYSTERY GUEST - An 80s impersonator.
THE PLANT - A breakdancer disguised as an audience member.
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Ken Davenport

Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Godspell, Chinglish,David Mamet's Oleanna (starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles) and Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America,Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13 on Broadway, as well as Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awes ...

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The Awesome 80s Prom premiered Off-Broadway at Webster Hall in New York City, under the direction of Ken Davenport.

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