Musical Theater For High School
High school students can shine in many musical theater shows. Whether your students want to dance or act, these Broadway classics will entertain and inspire.
Matilda is a great choice for theater programs with many freshman and sophomores, as they can play the students in this fun and entertaining musical. 13 is another option that’s hilarious to teenagers and features awesome rock ’n’ roll songs.
The Yellow Springs High School cafeteria hummed with excitement as theater students sang into the microphone. It was their final rehearsal for this year’s spring musical, a jukebox musical featuring hits by ABBA.
This year’s production features one of the largest casts and crews in the program’s history. That includes students from the middle and high schools. And it’s a show that should make audiences smile.
Beauty and the Beast
Belle, a headstrong, independent villager, is taken captive by a beast in his castle. She soon finds that the castle is full of enchanted rooms and servants who care for her.
Join this cast of high school students as they present the enchanting tale of love, bravery and inner beauty. This stage adaptation features all the songs from the Academy Award-winning animated film along with new ones written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
With charm, wit and heart, this production explores life’s big questions through the Peanuts gang. In brief vignettes, bossy Lucy longs for piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally mocks blanket-toting Linus and blockhead Charlie Brown is in rare form.
Please note: Strobe lighting and plane dogfight sound effects are used in this show. All Tams-Witmark shows require a signed waiver to participate.
Whether they’re memorizing lines or practicing a dance routine, musical theatre students must focus for long periods of time. This helps them develop sustained concentration, a skill that can translate to the classroom.
Peter Pan is perfect for high school because it can be staged in a gymnasium or cafeteria and most roles are open to both boys and girls. This inventive adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale can even feature a female Captain Hook!
There are plenty of fun musicals for high school that can entertain a large audience. Footloose tells the story of a town where dancing is outlawed, with catchy songs and costumes that students will enjoy.
Matilda combines a whimsical story with a big cast and dance numbers to delight a young audience. Teens will love the lovable characters and quirky themes.
The Addams Family
For a darkly funny high school musical, try The Addams Family. It has tons of fun dance numbers and the story is a great way to show students how they can use the characters to express themselves.
Mean Girls is a fun option that uses dark humor to explore issues many teens face. This is a good choice for an experienced group of actors.
Les Miserables, with its epic plot and soaring revolutionary fire, carries the unquenchable belief that the poor, the downtrodden, and even the most impudent scruffy street gamin have something to contribute to society. It also demonstrates that evil can be overturned through social action.
Katae Boswell, who plays the role of Fontaine in this production, has already performed with Melody Lane in Cape Coral.
The Lion King
Featuring iconic characters and beloved songs, this Disney favorite is perfect for high school drama clubs. It also has a large ensemble, which will give students the opportunity to shine.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is another classic option for high schools. This fairy tale musical is perfect for groups with a strong female lead and ensemble.
Bring It On is another fun and funny musical for high schoolers that features a rival cheer team. This is a great choice for high schools with strong dancers.
School of Rock
School of Rock is the story of down-on-his-luck guitarist slacker Dewey Finn (Jack Black) who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. He discovers his students have impressive musical talents and forms them into a band to compete in the Battle of the Bands.
Although they lose the competition to Dewey’s old band No Vacancy, the kids understand that passion alone isn’t enough.
13, 13, Dreamgirls
If your students want to take a more serious approach, there are some great options. Mean Girls is a dark sendup of fairy tales, perfect for a cast with strong female leads.
Newsies tells the story of a teenage union leader during the newspaper strike. It has a small cast and lots of fun songs the audience will recognize.
Dreamgirls follows three black female soul singers, but it also has some themes and tropes that may not resonate with high school students today.