Homeroom The Musical

by  Selma Tolins Kaufman, Andrea Green

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  6m, 8f

"Thank you for creating a powerful musical that empowers middle school kids to find their voice and simultaneously communicate an important message to the world." - Ross M. Burkhardt, National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Selected by National Performing Arts Festival - for Disney World Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

HOMEROOM THE MUSICAL

Themes: acceptance of differences, standing up for self and others, developing feelings of empathy, compassion and respect. 

The show begins with Jeff, expressing the belief that the kids in his homeroom have nothing in common except for their last name beginning with the letter "V". Fifteen songs later, Jeff is more aware of the similarities than the differences. Teens share their feelings regarding relationships, success and failure, social acceptance and alienation in this powerful piece. Their individual stories weave together a musical with relevant themes of understanding, acceptance and respect. A sellout at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, this insightful show is a perfect choice for middle and high school theater groups and teen theater companies.

For detailed information about HOMEROOM the MUSICAL go to www.homeroomthemusical.com

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Thank you for creating a powerful musical that empowers teens to find their voice and simultaneously communicate an important message to the world." - Ross M. Burkhardt, National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee.

"Most young people feel different, but don't talk about it. One isolated teenager could become a victim and another could become a bully. "Homeroom" opens up a dialogue that can change the way our children see each other and themselves. I would like to see Homeroom in every school." - Dr. Dan Gottlieb, Psychologist and Family Therapist; nationally recognized mental health expert; Author of Letters to Sam and Learning from the Heart

"Character Education at it's best! Homeroom breaks down the barriers of labels and...KIDS CONNECT." - Dr. Frances J. Rhodes, Superintendent of Schools

RELATED ARTICLES 

Colegio Ponceño in Puerto Rico produces Homeroom. Read more (Article in Spanish)

 

Videos

  • Andrea Green on Homeroom: The Musical
  • Homeroom the Musical Promo
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    The play takes place inside a school, which can be achieved with actual or suggested sets. Locations within the school include: Hallways with lockers, Homeroom, Cafeteria.

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Overture
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Homeroom
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How Do I Look?
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Locker Rock
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I'm a Person Too
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Hopeless Case
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Secret
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Going it Alone
0:00
Stand Up for Yourself
0:00
Today's the Day
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Is it Love?
0:00
How You Play the Game
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Cafeteria
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Dance With Me
0:00
Don't Forget About Me
0:00
Homeroom (Reprise)
0:00
Stand Up for Yourself (Reprise)
0:00

Casting

6m, 8f

VANESSA (VINNIE) VALENTINE – independent; outspoken; tomboy.
MIKE VAKOWSKI – insecure; insensitive jock.
SHAWNETTE VANCE – quiet; observant; gifted reader.
JACK VANDERBILT – silent; floating; skater (signals dramatic moments).
YANNI VEEDA – alienated; artist.
LAURA VELASQUEZ – sad; isolated achiever.
CHRISTINE VELL – snobby; insecure cheerleader.
BETH VINCENT (“CLONE”) – silly; gullible; dependent follower.
JEFF VICKSTEIN – engaging; commentating observer.
AMY VICTOR (“CLONE”) – sweet; sensitive pleaser.
ALEX VITALLI – brilliant; quirky; hyperactive INDIVIDUAL.
JASON VOGELBERG – driven; politically active; doer.
ANDY VOIGHT – friendly; popular; pleaser.
JENNY VOY (“CLONE”) – fun; perky; mathematically challenged.
“THE CLONES”/CHEERLEADERS – (Amy, Beth, Jenny and others) – followers of Christine Vell. In smaller casts, “The Clones” may provide special harmony parts.
HOMEROOM SINGERS – select vocal group for additional solos and harmonies.
HOMEROOM DANCERS – select dance group for solos & featured dance sections.
HOMEROOM ENSEMBLE – larger chorus who dances in featured numbers.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

The director can be flexible with assigning the characters (male/female roles). There can be doubling or double casting. There is an expanded cast libretto available (for casts over the size of 50).

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

15 Piano/Vocal Scores
1 Guide Vocal Track CD
1 Director's Libretto (with performance and curriculum suggestions)
20 Student Librettos

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Authors

Selma Tolins  Kaufman

Selma Tolins Kaufman

Andrea Green

Andrea Green is a playwright, composer, lyricist, musical director, professional jazz pianist/vocalist, and music therapist nationally known for her musicals for children and family audiences.  Andrea received a Proclamation from the City of Philadelphia for her musicals which are vehicles to foster empathy, understand ...

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HOMEROOM the MUSICAL was produced at The Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, Playhouse on Park in Hartford, Conn. Fusion Academy in South Jersey and scores of theaters and schools across the country.

Since 2005:

    - Featured at the National Performing Arts Festival in Disney World (February 2013)
    - Farming Central High School (Farmington, IL)  
    - Cedar Performing Arts Academy (Lancaster, CA)
    - St. Monica School (Methuen, MA)
    - Millhopper School  (Gainesville, FL)
    - Homer Comm. High School (Homer, MI)
    - St. Andrews School  (Ridgeland, MS)
    - Carthage School (Carthage, NY)
    - Fusion Academy of the Arts (Cherry Hill, NJ)
    - Abington Friends School (Abington, PA)
    - UU Children's Theatre (Des Moines, IA)
    - Sewickley Academy,(Sewickley, PA)
    - Monadnock Regional High School,(Swanzey, NH)
    - Encore Players Productions (Acton, MA)
    - Lowville Academy & Central School (Lowville, NY)
    - Hillcrest Middle School (Mississauga ON)
    - Playouse Theatre Group, Inc (West Hartford, CT)
    - Holy Rosary Theater Group (Staten Island, NY)
    - Great Hollow Middle School (Nesconsett, NY)
    - Wells Middle School (Southbridge, MA)
    - Manlius Pebble Hill School (Syracuse, NY)
    - Mary Institute Country Day School (Saint Louis, MO)
    - Lesllie Middle School (Salem OR)
    - Chinook Middle School (Lacey WA)
    - Washington Middle School (Harrison, NJ)
    - Queen's University (Kingston, ON)
    - The Play Group Theatre (White Plains, NY)
    - Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids (Boulder, CO)
    - Mills High School (Millbrae, CA)
    - St. Mary's Ryken High School (Leonardtown, MD)
    - Radnor Middle School (Wayne, PA)
    - St. Paul Jewish Community Center (St. Paul, MN)
    - Orchard Valley Middle School, (Sewell, N.J.)

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