The Awesome 80s Prom
Full Length Play, Comedy / 12m, 8f
The Awesome 80s Promis 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 Prom...in 1989!
- 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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Creating THE AWESOME ’80S PROM: A Trip Down Memory Lane
by Ishani Chatterji
March 14. 2016
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
or 10% of gross box office, if greater
- 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
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.
Music Material Rental Packages
Production Resource Guide Includes:
- Character Histories, Bios, Scene Notes, Costumes, and Props
- Production Suggestions
- Rehearsal Suggestions
- 80s Vocab
The Awesome 80s Prom premiered Off-Broadway at Webster Hall in New York City, under the direction of Ken Davenport.