Starmites Pro

by  Barry Keating, Stuart Ross

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5m, 6f

REVISED 2010 VERSION

"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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adventure, Science Fiction, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

REVISED 2010 VERSION - For inquiries about the original Broadway version, please call 866-598-8449 to speak with your Theatrical Specialist.

Starmites Pro is a crowd-pleasing family musical that can be produced with a cast of 11, and a musical ensemble of 5. It is a Sci-fi Fantasy show with a big heart and big laughs. It is designed to be performed with imagination and wit—rather than with huge sets and special effects. Starmites has been recently been carefully and lovingly "upgraded" by authors Barry Keating and Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid).

The Story: Shy teenager Eleanor has built a fantasy world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. To the distress of her mother, she has learned to avoid the pains of growing up by escaping into fantasy, imagining herself to be an unrecognized superhero. When she is mysteriously thrust into the Website World of her favorite comic book, Eleanor is drawn into the conflict between Shak Graa, Arch-Creep of Chaos, and the Starmites, guardian angels of Innerspace. She turns out to be the legendary Milady, teen superhero who must lead the Mites on their Quest to save the Galaxy. Standing in her way are a colorful assortment of Bowie-esque villains including the delightfully flamboyant Diva, Queen of Innerspace and her Banshee warriors - Destiny's Childish sirens with a ravenous hunger for Boy Bands. With the help of hip-hop heartthrob Space Punk, Eleanor learns to own up to the inner power she has always denied, defeating her foes and conquering the evil force of the "Cruelty."

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Reviews

"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

“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

“...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

Keywords

Feminism, Friendship, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • 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, New Millennium/21st Century, The Future
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • 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.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Superhero Girl
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Starmites
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Afraid of the Dark
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Little Hero
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Attack of the Banshees
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Diva (It's Hard to be a Diva)
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By Your Side (Love Duet)
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Bizarbara's Wedding
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Milady
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Beauty Within
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The Cruelty Stomp
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Reach Right Down
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Immolation
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It Wasn't a Dream (Finale)
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Casting

5m, 6f
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:
HERBIE HARRISON — The organized and methodical member of the group - he plays by the rules.
DAZZLE RAZZLEDORF — The bumbling show-off of the group. Openly expresses his feelings.
ACK ACK ACKERMAN — The group's tough guy. He is second in command.

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. (Doubles as SHAK GRAA.)
DIVA — Imposing and powerful Queen of Innerspace. (Doubles as MOTHER.)
BIZARBARA — Awkward and shy daughter of Diva, possessed with a heart of gold and a yearning to be "normal and average." (Doubles as ELEANOR.)
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THE BANSHEES — Amazonian bombshells, and henchwomen to Diva. They include:
SHOTZI – Diva's airhead sergeant at arms.
BALBRAKA — who delights in dominating the STARMITES.
CANIBELLE — who delights in devouring the STARMITES.
HOLLABACK — who delights in teasing the STARMITES.
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

5m, 6f with doubling - ensemble, chorus, extras work very well.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Score
11 Vocal Chorus Books

Synthesizer
Guitar
Bass
Drums

Sound Effects CD
Instrumental/Accompaniment CD (Please be advised that the performance tracks differ slightly from the scores in some instances)

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Authors

Barry Keating

Barry Keating wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical Starmites. The show was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is published in several versions by Samuel French. His gospel/rap/rock Jungle Book (written with David Schechter) opened to unanimous raves at The N ...

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Stuart Ross

Stuart Ross

6 Tony Nominations Including Best Musical.

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