When I first started writing musicals, the idea was to bring a reasonably sophisticated, “mini-Broadway” quality to songs that were singable and plays that were do-able for teens and kids in small to medium sized youth groups. I started with several scripts I nicknamed “Bible on Broadway.”
When we became homeschoolers and discovered homeschool co-op groups and I began teaching “drama classes” (actual “do a production” class) for 3rd through 6th graders and 7th through 12th graders (give or take a grade or two), I was pushed to continue coming up with new material.
Often, I would take existing scripts, redo them, scale them up for high schoolers or down for elementary grades, expand them, contract them, and always, totally customize them for the specific cast I was given to work with that semester. Not only did we not have the luxury of auditions, we had very little time to rehearse. But we resisted lowering the bar and the kids were amazing in rising to the occasion.
SO,…that’s why one of our missions is to help you fit scripts and songs — as much as possible — to your own cast or class, audience, and venue. Our material is copyrighted, so we have to stay within our specific permission parameters, but we want to help you put on a good show with the cast at hand.
I also realized that some of our scripts were capable of being scaled way up for a “real pro” cast, for adult community theater, or college theater. As we get them packaged, you’ll find several scaled-up or scaled-back versions of certain scripts to help you fit your own situation.