Gotta Try (Chicken Soup Series)

by  Michael Dansicker, William Meade

Short Musical, Comedy  /  6m, 3f

This heartwarming story is a about a teen that comes to the realization that to get anywhere in life, you have to get off the sidelines and go for it!!

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Gotta Try (Chicken Soup Series)

Gotta Try (Chicken Soup Series)

by  Michael Dansicker William Meade

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

It's a normal day in high school, when suddenly Brian’s life is changed forever. Across the room he spots Lona. Even though he has seen her every day for most of his life, there is something strangely different about her. Suddenly, she is the center of his universe and he is desperate to ask her out. Brian sets out on a quest to meet Lona while trying not to make a fool out of himself. This sweet coming of age story focuses on taking emotional risks and accepting the consequences whatever they may be. Every teenager is faced with making decisions that will expose them up to criticism. This story is about a teen who decided that in order to get anywhere in life, you have to get off the sidelines and go for it. 

This show comes with a teaching guide that will highlight relevant themes from the story and encourage students to closely examine taking risks, friendships and discovering yourself. 

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
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting:

    The Chicken Soup for the Soul musical series was created to be flexible to a wide range of theater environments. 

    All of the shows can be adapted to be performed simply with virtually no set, costumes or special lighting or they can performed as a full productions with all the design elements. 

    Scene 1- (Pages 1-11) High School Classroom- There is an onstage class of students in their chair/desks facing upstage att the teacher. 

    Scene 2- (Page 11) Out Side the Front of the School

    Scene 3- (Page 13) This section moves through locations.

    a) A Clothing Store at the Mall

    b) A video game parlor at the Mall

    c) A Movie Theater Lobby

    Scene 4- (Page 18)- High School Hallway- needs some lockers

    Scene 7- (Page 26)- Brian's Bedroom

                  (Page 27)- Onstage Classroom

     

  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

I Can Do It
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Casting

6m, 3f
Core Characters: 3 Female/6 Male

1.     Lona- The most popular girl in school and the nicest.
2.     Brian- The love struck Romeo who can’t think straight 
3.    Stu- Brian’s best friend with a wry sense of humor
4.    Sales Girl- Helpful and astute
5.    Buddy- A funny video game addict 
6.    Bernie- Video game addict 
7.    Jimmy- A helpful movie theater attendant
8.    Tracey- A sarcastic, nosey, know it all with an attitude 
9.    Tyler- The class bully who is always looking for a victim


Chorus
a)    Lona’s Friends- 4 Females, good vocalists (can be expanded)
b)    Go For It Ensemble -6-10 Mixed Male/Female, sing and move

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (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.  

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Full Package

Full Package:
18 Libretto/Vocal
1 Performance Tracks

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Authors

Michael Dansicker

MICHAEL DANSICKER (COMPOSER/LYRICIST) Credits include Kiss Me Kate (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Over 20 Broadway productions including Piaf and Good (RSC), Les Liasons Dangereuses (National), Singin’ in the Rain, Dance of the Vampires, The Times They Are a-Changin’ and Little House on the Prairie. Film credits incl ...

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William Meade

WILLIAM MEADE (BOOK and THEATER SERIES PRODUCER) Conceived and produced the Chicken Soup for the Soul Theater Series along with Chicken Soup for the Soul's Artistic Director Amy Newmark. A Grammy nominated producer with over one hundred recordings his credit including Hello Dolly starring Carol Channing, The Best Li ...

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