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The Sideshow — a musical

SideshowARTCUTa musical about young people (and the grown-ups who teach them)

by Mark Ogden

WHAT ABOUT JOE AVERAGE? WHERE DOES HE FIT IN?

Perfect show for Middle Schools, Junior Highs, High Schools and Youth Groups using age-appropriate casting,  or for College & University, Community and Professional Groups where older actors can play the younger roles, or casting can be age-appropriate.

Joel Barker, looking back on his childhood, when he was just Joe Average, interacts with the memories of his past. Younger Joey was competent, fun, and talented in ways that don’t regularly stand out. His father was the principal of The Institute for Gifted Children, and after a divorce, young Joey goes to live with his dad and go to school there. He meets the other kids of varying ages, who are all genius at something. He doesn’t fit in. He wonders why his mom sent him and his dad pushed him into this school. But then, a gifted, young teacher, Liz, with more vision than her principal, whom she used to be sweet on, shows him that the things that make Joey ordinary begin to make him stand out, and he soon finds a place, and even more important, acceptance, into this weird and wacky club of Gifted Misfits. The “Dream/Nightmare” sequence roasts the dark side of special programs for any student or group of students:  that our educational system — and its administrators —  tend to exploit our gifted youth for their own gain and betterment — and the dollars that are out there to be had in grant money. A totally terrific score fuels this musical with a message that says “it’s ok to be ordinary, for ordinary people always find their place … and run the world.”


PLAY DETAILS:

  • 2M 1W 3B 3G + optional ensemble
  • About 90 mins
  • Settings: fluid, multi-location, suggested or elaborate.
  • Costumes: contemporary
  • Orchestrations: The Orchestra parts (for future availability) consist of: Clarinet/Alto Sax, Trumpet, Guitar, Banjo, Drums, Bass.
  • Order # 3158

Available now!


PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: SideshowPERUSAL
  • The Original Concept Album is available on CD for $15.99 It has most of the songs in the show, plus a bonus of a cut song. You can purchase it HERE.
  • Demo Songs : These are jsut a few of the selections that can be found on the Original Concept Album. [A great way to peruse this title]

Joe Average

Something Prodigious

Dear Ol’ Dad

Look At Me

Hit The Big Time

Explore/Aspire

Joe Average (reprise)

How Does He Do It?

Sensational

Over My Head

Anyway

In The Sideshow

Like I Am Now

In Our Hearts / Joe Average (reprise 2)

 

  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

REHEARSAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE

  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3151a : $25.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production)



  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3151d :  (will be quoted upon application)
  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3151e : (will be quoted upon application)
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application.
  • Performance License Application: LBTLicenseApplication072017 No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.
  • Piano-Vocal Score (in PDF format) — Order #3151b : $30.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production)



  • Vocal Book (in PDF format) — Order #3151c : $15.00 (for future availability — will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production) BUTTON HERE SOON
  • Orchestrations (in PDF format) — Order #3151h : $75.00 (will be sent to you by email, from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production. The Orchestra parts consist of: Clarinet/Alto Sax, Trumpet, Guitar, Banjo, Drums, Bass. Available by January 2018.)
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:
The Sideshow

A Musical about Young People

Book, Music and Lyrics by
Mark Ogden

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
The Sideshow is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


PRODUCTIONS

      • St. George Musical Theatre, 1994
      • Premiered in Ogden, Utah in 1988

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