A High School Musical 1973
A High School Musical 1973

Book, Music & Lyrics by Bob Walton

A High School Musical 1973

A HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - 1973 takes a satirical look at high school relationships as in GREASE, FOOTLOOSE, ZOMBIE PROM and yes, the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL movies. This musical is a love story between the popular kid and the new girl in school, a jealous cheerleader and her groupies who scheme to come between them and the adult teachers who have to put up with all the crazy teenagers. We learn that the school board has lost it's funding and the school is going to have to close. The kids abandon their idea of a hunger strike to save the school and instead opt to put on a show to raise the money needed to keep the school open so they can graduate.

Even though the show is a success, they fall short of the amount needed. Thanks to the almost psychic ability of the brainiac kid, (who has a knack for coming up with ideas for things that won't be invented for 20 or 30 years,) a company buys his idea for a super computer chip and pays him millions of dollars for it. The school is saved, the teachers have their jobs, the kids can graduate - AND they have a mega mix line dance to end the show. An original script and score, perfect for any size high school, with many principal roles, as well as many features for ensemble characters and fun, groovy 70’s style music.

The Outtasight Roles

The characters in the show are all pretty recognizable stereotypes, with perhaps the exception of Leroy Brown, Jr. While I did originally envision the role as an African American, I feel he should be very unthreatening, comically so. We, the audience, know he is totally overacting his tough guy role, it’s the gossip and rumors that make him seem scary to these overly innocent kids. Another good comparison might be the role of The Fonz in Happy Days. Everybody was scared of him, but he almost never did anything bad. At heart, Leroy is just a misunderstood kid who LOVES musicals! All the featured roles allow kids to come up with their own characters, and Adults can either be played by kids who are “acting” old...or they could be played by teachers from your school. Kids always enjoy seeing their teachers be the butt of jokes, but perhaps surprising them with hidden abilities and talents!

The Tubular Technical Elements

The set can be as simple or as detailed as budget allows. Since it all takes place in a school, most set pieces should be available fairly easily. I feel the more visually interesting the show can be, the better. Psychedelic lighting, the opportunity to incorporate projections, not only for specific moments noted in the script, but to show pictures of your high school from the 70s can be fun and embarrassing to teachers and parents!