Here are some important facts you should know about Spotlight Musicals:
Flexible casting means that every musical in this catalogue can by used by groups with a wide variety of total number of actors. For smaller groups, actors can play more than one role if needed, or two roles can be combined into one, if practical. For very large groups, the choruses can be expanded to include all of those who wish to participate. All of the musicals have flexible casting suggestions included in the perusal script. The minimum cast for most of the shows is approximately 20 actors. There is no maximum, since chorus size is not specified. Many roles can be played by either male or female actors, and directors should feel free to adjust the gender of the roles as needed by your group.
LENGTH OF SHOWS
All the musicals in this catalogue are in two Acts, each Act being 35-50 minutes in length. The total length of the musical will vary in performance, but will average 70 to 90 minutes.
WIDE AGE RANGE APPEAL
The musicals in this catalogue could be performed by actors of any age. The choruses and some speaking roles may utilize even very young actors. Audience appeal is designed for all age groups from preschool to adult. The kids may enjoy the dancing, the physical comedy, and the lighthearted moments. Adults will like the moving and meaningful song lyrics and the more dramatic moments.
PRODUCTION/REHEARSAL CD or MP3
A fully orchestrated instrumental CD or MP3 is available for every musical in the catalogue. You may use this instead of a live orchestra in your performance and also for your rehearsals. Also included is a vocal rendition of each song that your singers may use to help them learn the songs. There are also vocal scores which include the sheet music for the melodies along with instrumental chords. Some musicals include piano arrangements with the vocal score.
REALISTIC KEYS FOR AMATEURS AND YOUNG PEOPLE
One recurring problem with musicals is that the music (whether in sheet music form or in a production CD) are often in a key that is too high or too low for your singers. The musicals in this catalogue are written in keys singable by most females regardless of age, boys whose voices have not changed, and adult males (one octave lower). But for some soloists, the key of their song may need to be raised or lowered. Included on the instrumental production CD/MP3 are extra tracks of certain solo songs in alternate keys. If these alternate keys are still not right for your soloist, for a small fee per song, we will transpose a song to any key you require for your production and send you an instrumental CD/MP3 and sheet music in that new key.
Each script contains production advice, set options, prop list, and costuming suggestions. You may also contact us and an experienced theatre production representative will return your call and assist you with any questions or problems you may have.
DVD of Amateur Show
Our DVDs, which may be viewed on our website or ordered, are of amateur productions. The quality of the DVD is not that of a professionally made movie or television production. It will include audience sounds and the flaws inherent in a live production. These DVDs can help a director decide if the show could be adapted to his/her talent pool. It may also generate ideas for scenery, costumes, choreography, staging, etc. If you would like to videotape your own production, you should first send in a request and obtain a copy of Spotlight Musical's videotaping policies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The musicals in this catalogue, both script and music, were written by Mary Gray. Ms. Gray is the winner of numerous awards both for her original musicals and also for her directing. She has been the creative force behind Easton Children's Theatre, which has been performing Ms. Gray's works for the past twenty-five years. Prior to her involvement with theatre writing and directing, she was a professional singer/songwriter, performing in colleges and concert halls throughout the Northeast. Ms Gray is also the author of many published short stories and poems.