The New Girl (Chicken Soup Series)

by  Ronvé O’Daniel, Jevares C. Myrick

Short Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  6f, 2boy(s)

Lexi has just arrived at a new school, ready to make a fresh start.  Her new friend group challenges her to do things she doesn’t want to, and she is forced to look deep in herself and decide who she really is.

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The New Girl (Chicken Soup Series)

The New Girl (Chicken Soup Series)

by  Ronvé O’Daniel Jevares C. Myrick

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6f, 2boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

THE NEW GIRL

Lexi has just transferred into a new high school and is hoping to make a fresh start. She starts to make friends and is thriving in the new environment. Chloe, the leader of one of the most elite social groups invites Lexi to join them and things are looking up. Then, she meets Jackson who is different and in order to stay in her group she has to confront racism and bullying. Ultimately, she has to choose between her new friends and doing what’s right at a huge personal cost. 

This show comes with a teaching guide that will highlight relevant themes from the story and encourage students to closely examine their own personal views on race and bullying. 

The Chicken Soup For the Soul Musical Series is a growing collection of mini-musicals based on real stories with a positive message. The story that is the basis for this show was selected from the Chicken Soup catalogue of over 25,000 stories and written specifically for teens by an award winning creative team. 
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Videos

  • Introducing a brand new series of musicals based on the stories of Chicken Soup for the Soul
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    The Chicken Soup for the Soul Musical Series was created to be flexible to be performed with the widest possible settings. The New Girl is set in and around a contemporary high school. The play takes place in a school hallway, a class room and outside the school. The actual settings can be designed simply or very elaborate.

    Create a performing environment that is realistic and authentic to your enviroment and your performers. 

     

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Contemporary Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

A True Friend
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Casting

6f, 2boy(s)
Characters: 6 Female/2 Male
1. Lexi- strong vocals, sweet and naive
2. Liz – self centered, Lexi’s former best friend
3. Chloe- strong vocals, strong leader
4. Jackson- sweet and cares for Lexi (different race than Lexi)
5. Sklyer- self-centered
6. Lauren- friendly and sweet
7. Taylor-friendly and sweet
8. Summer- independent and accepting

The Chorus:
a) The Bullies- 4 Female
b) Chloe’s Crew- 4 Female
c) The Acting Class Kids- 4 Female/4 Male
d) Jackson’s Ensemble- 4 Male
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The Chicken Soup for the Soul Musical Series was written specifically for teens and as a result there are no adult characters parts. The shows were created to be “casting-flexible” and so any of the parts can be cast multi-racially. In addition, it is our goal to involve as many students in the productions as possible and so you are encouraged to expand the chorus to whatever size works for you.

This show is about race and bullying. One of the main conflicts in the story is that the lead character Lexi has to choose between being in a group with people of her own race and falling in love with a boy from another race. 

We encourage you to adapt the casting to your situation but it is crucial that Lexi and Jackson are different races. 

In addition this show has allot of ensemble parts that can be doubled up.


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Full Package

Full Package:
18 Libretto/Vocal
1 Performance Tracks

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Authors

Ronvé O’Daniel

RONVE O’DANIEL (BOOK/MUSIC/LYRICS) Received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University. In the fall of 2011, he released his debut solo album entitled, "He Speak So Well" in the Fall of 2011. "He Speaks So Well" created a tremendous buzz throughout the industry, including a spot on Billy Danze’s (from ...

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Jevares C. Myrick

JEVARES C. MYRICK (MUSIC/ORCHESTRATIONS) New York-based Producer, Composer, Singer, Actor, Dancer and choreographer. Raised in Marietta, GA he is an alumnus of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (Pebblebrook High School) and attended Wright State University on a full scholarship for Vocal ...

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