5 Not-So-Common Musicals for High Schools: Medium Cast Edition

Beauty and the Beast. Seussical. Grease. Into the Woods. Footloose. The Wizard of Oz. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Music Man. Once upon a Mattress. Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Does that list look familiar? If you’re a regular reader of the TicketPeak blog then you probably recognize it from our post a few weeks back, 5 Not-So-Common Musicals for High Schools: Small Cast Edition. Those musicals listed above are the top 10 most performed musicals in U.S. high schools.

The top performed musicals are not necessarily the best – there is such a huge variety of musicals out there for medium size casts of 11-20 performers that you shouldn’t limit yourself to only the most popular selections. Read on for 5 not-so-common medium cast musicals for high school performing arts.

1. Moby Dick! The Musical

Cast: 20

No. of Act(s): 2

Written by Hereward Kaye, Martin Koch and Robert Longden, this musical is a crazy, over-the-top retelling of the classic English classroom staple. This musical is fantastic for a predominantly female cast and is full of clever jokes and incredibly catchy tunes.

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2. Archy & Mehitabel

Cast: 20

No. of Act(s): 2

With music and lyrics by George Kleinsinger and Joe Darion, this under-the-radar musical features an incredible jazz score and a very original story about a cockroach in a deserted office. This particular option requires a little bit of larger-than-life props and sets (literally) and bizarre costumes, but can definitely be done with a little bit of design ingenuity.

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3. Fame

Cast: 20

No. of Act(s): 2

This musical is perfect for a high school musical troupe with strong dancers. Written by José Fernandex, Steve Margoshes, Jacques Levy and David DeSilva, this musical has a great selection of juicy female and male roles that will surely appeal to your students.

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4. All In Love

Cast: 20

No. of Act(s): 2

Written by Jacques Urbont and Bruce Geller, this musical is based on the 16th century classic, The Rivals. This romantic spoof is perfect for a strong comedic troupe and will appeal to a variety of audiences. Again, a few strong male singing actors are needed for this one!

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5. Ernest In Love

Cast: 20

No. of Act(s): 2

This musical by Lee Pockriss and Anne Croswell is based on the classic Oscar Wilde novel, The Importance of Being Earnest. Requiring a couple strong male leads, this musical is great for high schools with a number of males involved their high schools. This musical is full of clever lyrics and is sure to keep your audience laughing.

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Has this post sparked any ideas for your next high school musical? Better yet, do you have a fantastic medium cast musical option that should be added to the list? If so, I’d love to hear about it – please drop me a line in the comments below.

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