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Teen Brain: The Musical

After careening through a stressful week of schoolwork, difficult choices and drama surrounding family and friends, eight teens are ready for an unchaperoned party.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 55 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Area Staging

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, High School/Secondary
At last it's Friday night for eight teens! After careening through a stressful week of schoolwork, difficult choices and drama surrounding family and friends, they're ready for an unchaperoned party. The impulsive decisions of all eight young people result in a consequence that might have been foretold -- even prevented -- were it understood that teens are working with a brain revealed by the latest neuroscience to be, at best, a "work in progress." 

Teen Brain: The Musical entertains while dramatizing how the neural gawkiness of the beautifully mysterious, rapid-speed, impulsive teen brain often results in vexing and inconsistent behavior, occasional misfires and, all too often, tragic consequences. 

This honest look at the rich complexities of teen behavior contains fast-paced scenes along with sharp dialogue and a hip, memorable score that includes "Like Me, Like Me," an ode to Facebook; "Work in Progress," a mad scientist's vision of the teen brain; and "When I Was Small," an emotional reflection about how simple life used to be. 

The dialogue, action and spirit of Daugherty's "teen issue" plays have always rung true to teens, their families and the therapeutic community. Nothing gets in the way of the intended message. The work is engrossing and entertaining theatre. 

Nick Martin's smart songs for Teen Brain: The Musical follow you from the theatre, providing an enhanced experience that will leave teens with a better understanding of themselves, adults with a better understanding of their teens and both with the tools to change dangerous behaviors -- and perhaps save a life. 


"Teens of Teen Brain: The Musical pack a powerful punch... a cautionary look at high school that plays like an emotional roller coaster."

The Dallas Morning News

"Riveting, humerous and relatable."

Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA.

"Teen Brain: The Musical gives us all someone and something to connect with, and the journey is thrilling. The response from students has been electric. The excitement at seeing their lives put on stage so honestly is palpable. Like The Secret Life of Girls, the dialogue and story are honest and resonate, but the music ratchets up both the entertainment level and the power of the issues explored. We're taken on a roller coaster that feels a lot like life -- at any age."

Doug Zschiegner, Director of Teen Brain: The Musical at Roanoke Children's Theatre, Assoc. Prof and Assoc. Director at Niagara University Theatre

Premiere Production: Premiered at Dallas Children's Theater.
  • Casting: 3M, 5F
  • Casting Notes: Optional chorus.