Starmites High School

by  Stuart Ross, Barry Keating

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  6m, 8f

"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
"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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adventure, Theatre for Young Audiences, Science Fiction, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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."

Starmites (High School) is streamlined and upgraded for maximum fun and effectiveness for today's audiences, young and old. This show is designed with students in mind—contemporary songs, funny dialogue, and real heart and soul to the story. Also a great "back story" that can compete with the complexity of Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Narnia, Star Wars, and Star Trek all wrapped up in Boy-Band, Girl-Band musical language, for student actors.

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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

“...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 gave us the flexibility to have over 200 kids either in or involved in the show. We turned the whole school into Starmites."- Pat Volkmer - Saxton Middle School

"It's as if Starmites were designed for high school or college groups. Our audience went nuts for the show! It was our best selling show ever! 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 High School

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • 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: 105 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: Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

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

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

6m, 8f
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.)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

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.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1  Piano/Conductor’s Score 
1  "How To" Guide for Directors
1  Synthesizer
1  Guitar
1  Bass
1  Drums
15 Vocal Chorus Books
15 librettos

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

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Authors

Stuart Ross

Stuart Ross

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 gospe ...

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Nominated for Six Tony Awards--Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Leading Lady, Best Leading Man, Best Supporting Actor

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