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Musicals for Schools with backing tracks
4 Feb

Are you back to school and planning your next school musical? Take a look at these School Editions of favourite Broadway musicals with backing tracks.

By L. Frank Baum. Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
Short Musical, Backing Tracks, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Contemporary
CASTING: 4M, 3F

THE WIZARD OF OZ - YOUNG PERFORMERS' EDITION is a one-hour adaptation specifically tailored for elementary school and middle school aged children. The Materials have been prepared to help your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your children an exciting and rewarding experience.

Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination.


Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa.
Full Length Musical, Comedy, Present Day
CASTING: 11M, 9F

THE ADDAMS FAMILY - SCHOOL EDITION  has been carefully edited, with additional director's notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director.

The Addams Family features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family -- a man her parents have never met. 

Also available for schools Young@Part® and Younger@Part® 


JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Backing Track) For Schools and Youth Group Productions
Lyrics by Tim Rice. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Short Musical, Backing Tracks, Rock Musical, Biblical
CASTING: 7M, 1M or F

Developed with children of a junior age in mind, the running time of the CD is approximately 60 minutes, but would also be suitable for primary schools and youth groups. This fantastic new resource, recorded with live musicians, has been created to add some Technicolor to your production!

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colours comes to vibrant life in this delightful parable. Joseph, his father's favourite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. 


Book and Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin. Music and Lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.
Full Length Musical, Drama, Contemporary
CASTING: 9M, 8F

GHOST THE MUSICAL - SCHOOL EDITION  is a slightly reworked version of the National Tour script. The School Edition has been carefully edited, with additional director's notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director.

Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.


Book and Additional Lyrics by Rupert Holmes. Music and Additional Lyrics by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Original Book and Concept by Peter Stone.
Full Length Musical, Backing Tracks, Comedy, 1950s
CASTING: 9M, 6F, 1M or F

CURTAINS - SCHOOL EDITION  has been adapted from the original Broadway production. The School Edition has been carefully edited, with additional director's notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director. Additional casting opportunities for female roles has been provided.

It's the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston's Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!

Also available for schools Young@Part® 


Book by John August. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa.
Full Length Musical, Backing Tracks, Drama, Present Day
CASTING: 10M, 8F

BIG FISH - SCHOOL EDITION is a slightly reworked version of the original Broadway script. The School Edition has been carefully edited, with additional director's notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centres on Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman who lives life to its fullest... and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him -- most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. 


Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley Book by Joe DiPietro
Full Length Musical, Drama, 1950s
CASTING: 5M, 6F

ALL SHOOK UP - SCHOOL EDITION has been adapted from the original Broadway Production. The School Edition has been carefully edited, with additional director's notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. Song keys have been adjusted to sit more comfortably in the range of high school performers. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director.

This crowd pleasing musical is inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Don't Be Cruel."

Also available for schools Young@Part® and Younger@Part®  


Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle. Music by John Du Prez.
Full Length Musical, Backing Tracks, Comedy, Medieval England
CASTING: 7M, 1F

SPAMALOT - SCHOOL EDITION is a slightly reworked version of the original Broadway script. The School Edition has been carefully edited, with additional director's notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. In some cases, problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director. The School Edition has been field tested at numerous high schools under the supervision of a teacher/director with forty years' experience in educational theatre. Every effort has been made to provide more opportunities for female actors. Reference is made to this both in the characters list as well as in the director's notes throughout the script.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

Also available Young@Part® 


Book By Bob Fosse. Book and Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Music by John Kander.
Full Length Musical, Backing Tracks, Comedy, 1920s
CASTING: 9M, 10F

Adapted in collaboration with iTheatrics, Kander & Ebb's legendary and award-winning musical about fame, fortune and acquittal is now widely available to be performed by High Schools across the world.

Adapted to be content-appropriate and flexible, CHICAGO - HIGH SCHOOL EDITION has been adapted to remove overtly sexual reference, adult language and can be performed by larger and smaller casts. Delivered as a 101 School Editions Show Pack, Chicago: High School Edition suits all experience levels, features handy tips and tricks for directing and a Theatre 101 guide for Students.


Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Edward Kleban.
Full Length Musical, Backing Tracks, Drama, Contemporary
CASTING: 11M, 12F

A CHORUS LINE: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for high school performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate, dance sequences are of a length befitting high school dancers, and allowances are made to feature actors of any race or ethnicity. The materials have been prepared -- with the authors' approval -- to help your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your students an exciting and rewarding experience.

A CHORUS LINE is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include What I Did For Love, One, I can Do That, At the Ballet, The Music and the Mirror and I Hope I Get It. A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic.


Chris D'Arienzo
Full Length Musical, Backing Tracks, Comedy, 1980s
CASTING: 9M, 11F, 10M or F

Is your high school ready to rock? ROCK OF AGES - HIGH SCHOOL EDITION has been adapted by the author and iTheatrics to create a version ready for high schools. The unforgettable rock anthems have been adjusted for teen voices and some subject matter has been adjusted for appropriateness. Introduce your kids (and re-introduce the parents) to the face-melting guitar anthems of the 1980's in this hit Broadway musical.

ROCK OF AGES - HIGH SCHOOL EDITION takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others.


The GETTING TO KNOW SERIES are uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers.

Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. Music by Tom Snow. Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, Jim Steinman.
Short Musical, Backing Tracks, Comedy, Contemporary
CASTING: 8M, 7F
FOOTLOOSE celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness. A one-hour version of the explosive musical specially designed for young performers!

Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
Short Musical, Backing Tracks, Drama, 1930s, 1940s / WWII 
CASTING: 6M, 12F
One of the most beloved musicals of all time! In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power.

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music by Richard Rodgers. Original Dances by Agnes de Mille.
Short Musical, Backing Tracks, Drama, 1900-1910
CASTING: 5M, 4F
The groundbreaking musical that set the stage for all that followed! Rodgers and Hammerstein's exuberant classic is a lively, tuneful musical full of cowboys, farmers, romance and fearless optimism.

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