by Barry Keating, Stuart Ross
Short Musical, Comedy / 11m, 15f
Dreaming her way into a comic book adventure in Innerspace, Eleanor saves the galaxy in this zingy rock musical.
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- Nominated for Six Tony Awards--Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
"Starmites is a great show for middle school level kids. Shows appropriate for this age are difficult to come by. Starmites gave us the flexibility to have over 200 kids either in or involved in the show. We turned the whole school into Starmites. The kids loved the music, and were able to perform it. The whole production was extremely successful. " - Pat Volkmer, Saxton Middle School, Patchogue, NY
"Starmites was very adaptable to our needs. There were so many fun things I could do creatively. We designed the set so it had ramps, and I had a great chase scene with the Banshees on roller skates and the Starmites on skateboards! I still have people coming up to me months after the show's run, telling me how much they loved Starmites." - Jerry O' Connor - Roncalli School
"Starmites is an utterly charming musical...You do not need to be a science fiction buff to enjoy Starmites. The only prerequisite is that you be, or once were, young...Starmites is about how people discover self-confidence and build self-esteem. It is also about individuals discovering the center of their beings so they can grasp what is important and what is superficial. In short, Starmites is a living cartoon about growing up that should appeal to children of all ages." - The New York Sunday Times
"First there was Star Trek. Then there was Star Wars. Now...there is Starmites, which is certainly the mite-iest of the three intergalactic epics, a vest-pocket musical nebulae of cheerful nuttiness." - The New York Times
“...an unassuming futuristic rock musical, with sweet lessons about the awkwardness of growing up...It contains enough spoofs of the sci-fi genre to keep adults amused, and enough high-spirited music and action for all...The production...brims with charm and wit..." - New York Newsday
“Need an escape? Try Starmites...No two ways about it, Starmites is out of this world. The heroine Eleanor is a modern-day Dorothy who dreams of being a super-hero and wakes up to find herself not over the rainbow but up above the stars in a phantasmagorical galaxy." - The Boston Globe
"Starmites is a galactic good time!...[It] has a sassy personality all its own – in Barry Keating’s rackety rock score: in Keating and Stuart Ross’s goonily graphic book." - The Boston Herald
“ZIP! ZAP! ZALOOM! BIFF! AARGH! Move over Tinker Bell, Alice, Dorothy, and Annie— Eleanor, the Superhero Girl, has arrived." - What’s Up Magazine: On The Boards
"Starmites was great. The cast loved it. The audience loved it...Starmites lends itself to the simple or the elaborate and wild. We let our imaginations go as far as they would take us." - Abbe Gail Gross, State U. of NY at Old Westbury
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, The Future
- Duration: 75 Minutes
- Setting: EARTH: Teen-age girl's bedroom;
INNERSPACE: A Sci-Fi Fantasy World, can be elaborate, wildly fanciful, imaginative, eclectic, or very simple unit set with loads of imaginative funky special effects, or elaborate with dazzling high-tech fun. Live Video can be extremely effective (though not necessary).
- Additional Features: No intermission, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects
- Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo, Piano Only
- Chorus Size: Medium
ELEANOR FAIRCHILD — A teen-age girl who eventually becomes MILADY - Superhero of Innerspace.
ELEANOR'S MOTHER — An unassuming woman who loves her daughter and anxiously awaits the day when she will grow out of her comic book craze.
SPACEPUNK — The hero, captain of the Starmites, and heart throb of the Universe.
THE STARMITES — A teen-aged band of Space youths dedicated to fighting the deadly forces of the Universe. They include:
S'UP S'UP SENSABOI — The organized and methodical member of the group - he plays by the rules.
DIGGETY RAZZLEDAZZLE — The bumbling show-off of the group. Openly expresses his feelings.
ACK ACK HACKERAX — The group's tough guy. He is second in command.
(You may cast as many extra Starmites as you choose.)
SHAK GRAA — High Priest of Chaos, determined to destroy both Earth and Innerspace.
TRINKULUS — A reptilian minstrel, once slave to Shak Graa now serving as a guide to the Starmites. (Can double with SHAK GRAA.)
DIVA — Imposing and powerful Queen of Innerspace. (Can double with MOTHER.)
BIZARBARA — Awkward and shy daughter of Diva, possessed with a heart of gold and a yearning to be "normal and average." (Can double with ELEANOR.)
THE BANSHEES — Amazonian bombshells, and henchwomen to Diva. They include:
SHOTZI – Diva's airhead sergeant at arms. (can double as ORAGALA)
HOLLABACK — who delights in dominating the STARMITES.
CANIBELLE — who delights in devouring the STARMITES.
MALIGNA — who delights in teasing the STARMITES.
(You may cast as many extra Banshees as you choose.)
- Non-Traditional casting
- Cross gender casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Features Children
- Roles for Teens
- Flexible casting
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
There are several roles written for one person to double. These can easily be split between two performers. This adds to the number of exciting lead roles. There are two chorus ensembles, one with boys, one with girls. These can be expanded for absolutely as many performers as you like. There have been highly successful productions with just one or two chorus characters added; there have been equally acclaimed productions with 75 chorus characters added. Very flexible. Both Diva/Mother and Eleanor/Bizarbara are bravura roles. Trinkulus/Shak Graa: very good to show off a superlative young character performerr. Space Punk, dynamic, handsome juvenile. The three main Starmites roles are fabulous for young comedians.
Music Material Rental Packages
1 Piano/Conductor Score
26 Vocal Chorus Books Synthesizer
Sound Effects CD
Instrumental/Accompaniment CD (Please be advised that the performance tracks differ slightly from the scores in some instances)