Middle School Musicals were written with middle-school and junior high school students in mind. They are all kid-tested and kid-approved. Please explore our web site for further information, musical samples, technical requirements, pricing, and ordering information.
There are pivotal moments in everyone's life in which a direction may emerge. "Like A Girl" explores stories from the teen years of nine famous women. The stories are based on fact as we see events that may have forged a future for these women. Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Blackwell, Sandra Day O'Connor, Rosa Parks, Georgia O'Keefe, Annie Oakley, Susan B. Anthony, and Rachel Carson are profiled in words and music. The title is based on a T-shirt that read, "I Throw Like a Girl. I Run Like a Girl, and I Spike a Volleyball at 110 mph In Your Face Like a Girl". This is a great show for young women who may be in the process of creating their own history! learn more...
It turns out that Professor G.H. Wells, a two-bit vaudeville performer from the early 20th century, has built a time machine that really works! Performers from the present are swept into the past on to the stage of a Boston vaudeville theater. Things get more complicated when members of the American Women's Group for Decency (Boston Chapter) discover the performers from the present singing 'outrageous' music from our present. The original score includes songs written in the style of the vaudeville era, as well as 'outrageous' songs of the present. All's well when the time machine sputters and sends the futurists back home. There is an actual vaudeville performance that hearkens back to the original skits and acts.
You can't judge a book by it's cover. The same applies to people. This show starts off the same way each scene - we're in a seventh grade homeroom as the students enter for another typical day of school. However, there is a "point-of-departure" in each scene in which we get to know one student at a time, and we find that no kid is typical. One kid daydreams about being a super hero, another is being bullied, another is a bully, another wants to be a rock star, another kid's little brother is very sick. There are lots of parts for singers and dancers and even a rhythmic piece for the incessant pencil tapper in all of us entitled "Rhythm or Without 'Em". The teacher gets into the act with a song about selflessness and humility. And what middle school musical would be complete without a song about the cafeteria? "I think they're trying to kill us with what they call 'our lunch'. I know I'm not a gourmet cook but is jello supposed to crunch?" Within the same school, during the same day, there are many different stories. learn more...
About the Author / Composer
B.J. Whitehouse is a retired music teacher in Jamestown, Rhode Island. He taught general/choral music, grades K-8 in Little Compton, RI for twenty-six years. Prior to that he taught grades K-12 on Block Island, RI for four years. Mr. Whitehouse has been writing and producing musicals for middle school choruses for over twenty years. He has presented workshops in local, regional and national conferences.
He does not believe in talking down to students, so all of the musicals have a little adolescent edge to them. Whether it's dealing with bullies, racism, or smart-aleck fairy tale characters, middle school students can easily relate to the shows. The musicals are not fluff - they have some substance to them that make them well-suited for middle school students. All of the shows reflect the message: It's OK to be who you are, and you are just fine!"