5 Not-So-Common Musicals for High School: Small 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.

Are you wondering what that list is? Well, it’s the top 10 most performed musicals in U.S. high schools. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great shows that hold a really special place in my heart. But don’t you get tired of doing the same thing over and over again? Tried and true can often fill the seats…but it can also be a snooze-fest!

Let’s see if we can avoid a snooze-fest for your high school theatre troupe, your audience, and your musical director! Read on for 5 not-so-common musicals for a small sized cast (less than 10 performers) that can be performed in a high school.

1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Cast: 7

No. of Act(s): 1

Written by Shelly Markham and Judith Viorst, this musical is based on the beloved children’s book of the same name. While the cast is small, each performer is required to play several roles. You’re cast is sure to have fun with this comedic and very catchy musical.


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2. Romance/Romance

Cast: 4

No. of Act(s): 2

This musical by Barry Harman and Keith Herrmann takes a close look at romance seekers throughout the centuries. While the cast is quite small this musical is big on wonderful, very singable tunes. Romance/Romance also provides two varied settings – one in turn on the century Vienna and the other set in modern-day.


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3. Five Guys Named Moe

Cast: 6

No. of Act(s): 2

Written by Clarke Peters and Louis Jordan, the title of this musical is slightly misleading in that there are actually six characters required (not 5 as the title might suggest). This super jazzy tribute to saxophonist Louis Jordan is perfect for a small cast of strong male performers.


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4. Edges

Cast: 4

No. of Act(s): 1

Written in 2007 by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, this particular musical has a very contemporary sounding score and is perfect for high school students due to its “coming-of-age” content. Figuring out life is part of growing up and your students will thank you for providing a choice that hits close to home and is easy to relate to.


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5. Charlie and Algernon (Flowers for Algernon, the musical)

Cast: 9

No. of Act(s): 2

This musical by David Rogers and Charles Strouse is based on the popular book Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. This would be an especially interesting option to produce if you have English classes studying the book as well. While the content is more serious in nature than most of my suggestions above, serious consideration should be given to this particular show.


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Has this given you any ideas and set the wheels in motion for your next high school musical? Or do you have a fantastic small 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.


  1. […] reader of the TicketPeak blog then you probably recognize it from our posts from a few weeks back, 5 Not-So-Common Musicals for High Schools: Small Cast Edition and 5 Not-So-Common Musicals for High Schools: Medium Cast Edition. The musicals listed above are […]

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