Makin' It - The Musical

by  Cynthia Mercati, Ben Allaway

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  12m, 15f

Based on the ever popular Makin' It, the musical version takes the life of the high school student and turns it into song. A fast-paced musical tour through the light and dark days of growing up.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 15f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Based on the ever popular Makin' It, the musical version takes the life of the high school student and turns it into song, using the monologues in the original play for the lyrics that propel this fast paced musical through both the light and dark days of growing up. Makin' It, the musical, tackles the same subjects the original play did, such as peer pressure, bullying.

Brooke wants desperately to be the popular girl and sings about it in, "I Want the Dream." Scott the average kid you see in every high school hallway,  has a crush on Brooke, but feels too shy and awkward in his own skin to make a move, revealing his doubts in the song, "Inside Out." The company, which can be added to or doubled has a few large scale numbers, "Detention Rap" and "A Geeky Kinda Loving." The first song, "How'm I Gonna Make It," sung by the company, sets the theme for the show, the difficulty of finding yourself in a confusing world. The lyrics tell it all:

"How'm I gonna make it through this year
Through these four years
Through this day!
How'm I gonna make it and get free
Be totally cool
But still be me.
How'm I gonna find it, what I need
And what I'm here for
What can I hope for?"

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Reviews

Audiences continue to remark about the timelessness of the show, that it tackles the hard issues all schools are trying to work through: Are the kids willing to give in to peer pressure to be popular? And how does one stand up against a bully?

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A student lounge, a row of lockers, benches. Signs and banners advertising various school functions decorate the walls.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

12m, 15f
SCOTT BARROWS
KARL
HUNTER DUNBAR
BUZZARD FISHBECK
HOWIE
ALEX
TRAVIS
LEN
DWAYNE
JASON
DAVE
MARK
ED BARROWS
VINCE CARNELLI
BROOKE BENEDICT
LIBBY
JEN
PAT
CHRIS
LISA
MONICA
BURNOUT
JUICE
CARRIE
MEGAN
BEV BARROWS
CORLY BARROWS
MRS. COLZOWE
MS. HEALY
ANNOUNCE VOICE
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Doubling can be used for a smaller cast. The majority of roles are for teenagers, with the exception of the principal, gym teacher, Miss Cozlowe, and Scott's family.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Vocal Chorus Books

Flute/oboe (optional)
Alto sax
Trumpet I/II
Electric guitar/bass
Drums

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Authors

Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional childre ...

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Ben Allaway

Ben Allaway’s music has been featured on programs with such diverse luminaries as Garrison Keillor and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou and Hal Holbrook, Simon Estes and ...

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Makin' It - The Musical was first presented at Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 15, 1993.

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