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Young Cast Musicals

We have a range of musicals for young actors aged approximately between 8 and 18 and we've split them into three groups : Junior, Middle and Senior.

This grouping reflects a combination of the complexity of the roles of the main principal characters and the style and content of the musical, but this should only be used as a guide, not a rule!

You may, for example, want to let an older age group explore a more simplistically themed musical and maybe give a more polished performance ... or, on the other hand, perhaps give a more complex piece to a younger age group as a means of challenging them. It's your choice, so don't be too constrained by our groupings below.

We have placed titles in the group appropriate to the principal characters and those titles
marked with a '*' have, or could have, younger actors taking part too.

Remember also, that many of the titles in our general catalogue are capable of, and often have been, played by young people to great acclaim.

We treat the acquisition and marketing of our Young Cast range in exactly the same way as we do for all our other titles as we don't believe in offering you musicals for young people that are childish or shallow. Our view is that your actors should be challenged and entertained, to hopefully give them an enduring interest in the performing arts.

Junior Catalogue (8-12)

Youth Musical Theatre: 'Star Crossed' by David Hodges

Star Crossed by David Hodges

TWO ACT Principals : 4m, 1f, 9m/f  Support : 5m/f with Chorus
An affectionate take on space sagas. Set on board the Alpha Zee in a galaxy not far away, it tells the story of chidlhood friends Rocky (the captain) and Ricky (his junior Navigation Officer), who, together with Princess Alena (a stowaway) try and outwit the evil General Garth and his henchmen, Bill and Bob. They mean to capture the runaway Princess, and return her to Imperator Zaphon, her father, by using mind probes on the crew and revealing certain information about Ricky and Rocky's past. The musical is a fun two-act piece with easy-to-learn music and lyrics.
Youth Musical Theatre: 'The Fang Gang' by Apps & Wortley

The Fang Gang by Roy Apps & Christopher Wortley

ONE ACT Principals : 1m, 2f; Support 6m, 4f with Chorus  ~ Ideal for Year 6 ~
Written by BAFTA award winning writer Roy Apps and composer Christopher Wortley. When Jonathan Leech is sent to stay with his grandad, he discovers to his horror that grandad is a vampire (albeit not a very successful one). Before he knows it, Jonathan is invited to join the Fang Gang, a gruesome collection of young ghouls, werewolves, zombies and vampires. At first, Jonathan resists, but soon he embarks on an exhilarating, funny and touching journey of self-discovery. With a large cast that includes young vampires and ghouls - not to mention a headless teacher - this fun-packed musical will have prospective spooks shivering with delight.

Middle Catalogue (10-14)

Youth Musical Theatre: '1605 And All That' by Merryweather & Paterson

1605 And All That by Anthony Merryweather & Nick Paterson

TWO ACT Principals : 8m Support : 13m, 1f with Chorus ~ Ideal for an all boys school ~
A fabulous musical for schools; not so much a black comedy, more a black pantomime telling the tale of the Gunpowder Plot. In some respects this is very much a tale of our time, given the central, underlying reason for the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament was religious intolerance. It has an exceptionally well-written script with excellent musical numbers that complement the story being told. The subject matter is covered in an easy-to-understand manner in a generally comedic style which ranges from satire to slapstick.
Youth Musical Theatre: 'Merlin' by Layton & Hart

Merlin by Tony Layton and Roger Hart 

TWO ACT Principals : 7m, 3f, 2m/f  Support : 10m, 6f, 6m/f with Chorus
A most enjoyable and dramatic play with music that traces the life of Merlin from his birth to his death. Those who have tried to research the life of this mystifying magician have found that there's more than one Merlin in the mists of legend, so this play attempts to stitch together those tenuous threads in order to create a character that is both mysterious, and above all, human, with all the frailties this entails. The delightful music includes several numbers that allow for spectacular dance sequences.
'Robyn Hood, outlaw princess' - a young cast musical

Robyn Hood, outlaw princess by John Reynolds and Gary Daverne

TWO ACT Principals : 7m/f  Support : 19m/f with Chorus  ~ Ideal for an all girls school ~
A lively, fun, 'pop' musical, based loosely on the traditional tales of 12th Century English folk hero, Robin Hood. In what is essentially a fantasy tale, Robyn is a schoolgirl who dreams of being a famous heroine. Her dream becomes a reality in which she re-emerges as Robyn Hood, an outlaw Princess, leading a female band of followers. The characters can be played by actors from any ethnic or cultural group and is written for unlimited cast numbers, predominantly female.
'Starblaze' - a young cast musical

Starblaze by John Reynolds & Shade Smith

TWO ACT Principals : 4m, 3f, 1m/f Support : 13m/f with Chorus
Set in the future. Aboard their space ship Vigilant, the female Space Pirates have captured the evil dictator Odium. Later they are forced to land on a dark and strange planet called Zodark and encounter some Misunderstood Monsters. Features Rock 'n' Roll music, large chorus songs and solo ballads.
Musical Theatre: 'The Girl Who Saved Christmas' by Paul Alexander, Penny Lane & Glenn Keiles

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Paul Alexander, Penny Lane & Glenn Keiles

ONE ACT Principals : 2m, 3f Support : 5m, 5f, 3m/f & Chorus ~ School Christmas Show ~
‘The Girl Who Saved Christmas’ is a brand new family musical showing what happens when Captain Hook, fed up with being portrayed as a giant loser in so many pantos, decides to abolish Christmas by destroying Santa! But Holly Ivers, newest and least popular pupil at Clement Clarke Moore Junior School, sets out to stop him -- armed only with determination and Tinker Bell's spare fairy dust... Can Santa be saved? Or next year, will we all be forced to celebrate 'Hookmas'?
Musical Theatre: 'Valley Of The Voodons' by John Reynolds & Shade SmithMusical Theatre: 'The Girl Who Saved Christmas' by Paul Alexander, Penny Lane & Glenn Keiles

Valley Of The Voodons by John Reynolds & Shade Smith

TWO ACT Principals : 4m, 5f  Support : 18m/f with Chorus
A musical with a conservationist theme set on a distant planet, where the people of Zandrus are plagued by periodic attacks from the evil Voodons. Queen Fara is retiring in favour of her daughter Princess Kimnos, to the fury of her lazy son Prince Dronos. Voodons attack the city and capture the Prince and Princess. In Voodon Valley, the creatures, in cohorts with a land despoiler Baron Wastes, are constructing a machine that will manufacture magdonite - a deadly substance that can be used in the tip of intergalactic warheads. The machine ultimately gets turned against Baron Wastes and the Voodon leader Stark, so that peace and harmony can be established on Planet Zodark.

Jukebox Musical 'What's New Pussycat?' by Judith Prior

What's New Pussycat? by Judith Prior

TWO ACT Prinicpals : 5m, 12f, 8m/f (plus chorus)
A light hearted, fun musical for a large mixed cast of young people. Inspired by the story of 'Puss in Boots' the show embraces an eclectic collection of great pop and rock songs drawn from the rock era of the fifties and sixties through to today’s hit parade that the cast and audience will identify with and enjoy. Including 'Material Girl', 'I Wanna Be a Billionaire', 'These Boots Were Made For Walkin', 'Walk Right In', 'You Better Shop Around', 'Ballin’ the Jack', 'Congratulations', 'What’s New Pussycat?', 'Hey Baby', 'Simple Simon Says', and more. Simple sets and costumes make the piece ideally suitable for School or Youth Theatre.
Youth Musical Theatre: 'Windust' by Reynolds & Smith

Windust by John Reynolds & Shade Smith

TWO ACT Principals : 10m, 6f, 3m/f  Support : 9m, 1f, 7m/f with Chorus
A satire on the western movie genre. Little River is constantly plagued by drought and bandits, so in desperation, the sheriff sends for the Drongo Kid, a gunfighter whom he has found in the Yellow Pages, but who turns out to be shortsighted and incompetent. Two school children, Shane and Charlotte escape into the hills where they are captured by bandits. Realising that an attack is imminent, the school teacher persuades the sheriff to treat the bandits with kindness and generosity, a plan which backfires. However, the arrival of Professor Pecksniff, a travelling quack doctor and the erratic behaviour of the Drongo Kid save the day. It transpires that the professor is a geologist who has discovered a permanent water supply, thereby saving the town and ensuring its future prosperity.

Senior Catalogue (12-18)

Youth Musical Theatre: 'Arabian Nights' by Forde & Perkins

Arabian Nights by Adam Forde & David Perkins

* TWO ACT Main Principals : 2m, 2f  Other Principals : 16m, 7f, 11m/f   plus flexible Chorus
The story of the beautiful queen Sheherezade, and her ability to tell captivating stories to her cruel husband, King Sharyar. Five stories are played out in song and dance, and, in their telling Sheherezade neatly leads the King's mind away from his reason for being heartless and cruel, ensuring her own future as queen is secure. Large cast, superb music ... great fun.
Youth Musical Theatre: 'The Razzle Dazzle Man' by Layton, Hart & Bilsborough

The Razzle Dazzle Man by Tony Layton, Roger Hart & John Bilsborough

TWO ACT Principals : 2m, 2f  Support : 10m, 11f (doubling possible) with Chorus
The story is based loosely on the parable of The Prodigal Son coupled with Faustian soul-selling. A young man, bored with life on the farm, travels to the big city, only to be drawn into the underworld of Lew Cifer. Lew and his band of female sinners lead him into crime, but he is drawn back to the straight and narrow by his girlfriend and a mysterious old woman. 'The Razzle Dazzle Man' is a terrific musical show, with an underlying moral theme that it tells without preaching.
Musical Theatre: 'The Wind In The Willows' by Adam Forde & David Perkins

The Wind In The Willows by Adam Forde & David Perkins

* TWO ACT Principals : 7m, 1f, 2m/f  Support : 5m, 8f, 17m/f (plus Chorus)
A new adaptation of this popular classic, first performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. When Mole pops up into the open air, a wonderful new world full of exhilarating adventures and new friends is revealed; boating with the gentle Ratty, feasting with the noble Badger and a series of mad-cap escapades with the reckless Toad. The audacious Mr Toad leads the friends from one adventure to another, upturned caravans, stolen motorcars, train chases ... But after Toad's daring prison escape can they all join together and beat the sinister inhabitants lurking within the Wild Wood, save Toad Hall and restore order on the River Bank?