✩ WINNER! 2014 Children’s Musical Theatre Festival, NYC ✩
Skyler is about to turn 12, and she’s planned the biggest celebration of the year. But in the middle of the party, something mysterious happens – all the adults suddenly vanish! Trapped in the backyard, the kids realize they must create a brand new society. However when they elect Skyler’s older brother, Charlie, as their ruler, things really begin to spin out of control. Eventually the kids learn a big lesson in responsibility, while Skyler and Charlie develop a greater respect for one another.
Run-Time: 45 minutes
Age: Upper Elementary/Middle School
Cast Size: 24+
Themes: Responsibility, Family
The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever is unlike any musical we’ve ever published. It combines the average backyard birthday party with the storytelling, events and music of an epic major motion picture!
The leads of the show are SKYLER and CHARLIE, siblings who require strong acting/singing skills.
Additionally there are over 22 gender-neutral character roles, ranging from the energetic TROUPES to the laid-back FOLK MUSICIANS.
The KIDS/CHARLANDIA chorus can be as big or small as needed. They participate in 5 of the 9 songs.
NARRATOR 1: strong, dramatic speaking voice
NARRATOR 2: strong, dramatic speaking voice
NARRATOR 3: strong, dramatic speaking voice
NARRATOR 4: strong, dramatic speaking voice
SKYLER: the birthday girl, most enjoys being in control, but her older brother Charlie always steals the attention.
CHARLIE: Skyler’s older brother, overlooks his younger sister, elected ruler and lets the power go to his head
KURT: head of The Troupes, strict and disciplined
KAI: Kurt’s best friend, a hip-hop dancer
LOGAN: joins The Troupes, intelligent, obedient
TOBY: joins The Troupes, first to lose his/her cool
PHOENIX: joins The Troupes, short temper
REESE: joins The Troupes, eventually switches to the folk musicians
JOY: folk musician, intellectual
LUCKY: folk musician, rebel, energetic
CAMEO: folk musician, laid-back
GAIL: locked in the bathroom (3 monologues)
WOLF: survivor, fan of “Man vs. Wild” (2 monologues)
JO: Chef of Charlandia, not very bright
FELIX: Charlandian, assistant to JO
QUINN: Judge of Charlandia, gets a little carried away at times
ELI: Charlandian, assistant to QUINN
EMERY: Jester of Charlandia
PIM: Charlandian, younger, escapee
LILY: Kurt’s younger sibling
SKYLER’S MOM: shows up at the very end, should be played by an adult (perhaps Skyler’s real mom?)
VIDEOS (Video Credit: PromoVideo)
“The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever…a smash hit!
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Theatre Company (in Lincoln, CA), I wanted to let you know how thoroughly delighted our sell-out audiences were with our early August production of “The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever”! We had nearly 400 attendees for two performances…you can imagine how thrilled we were with the community’s reception. Our cast of 22 children, ages 8-14, carried the show with professionalism and great enthusiasm….they simply loved the musical!”
MaryEllen Vogt, Board of Directors, Lincoln Theatre Company (Lincoln, CA)
“The best new musicals for children…
I think Beat by Beat is writing some of the best new musicals for children. They know the young child’s voice and are able to create material that is meaningful and reasonable to learn with limited rehearsal time. I highly suggest their work. I’ve done Epic Birthday Party (twice) and We Are Monsters. Looking forward to trying the Grunch!
A. Phelps, Northborough Public Schools
Thanks for creating such a wonderful accessible show!
Our kids owned it from early on in the rehearsal process. That, as you probably know, makes working with a young cast a pleasure. The music is so singable and infectious. I had a great cast and crew and they worked to improve their acting, singing, choreography and timing at every rehearsal. In the end they gave one of the best performances I have had in thirty years of shows.
J. Bean, Friends Academy
High-Quality & Affordable
Every Beat by Beat musical comes with a Production Kit that provides everything you need at one simple, affordable price.
You’ll find the cost of our Production Kits to be half the price of other large musical theatre publishers. Plus, we never charge extra for the things you really want (license to video record, license to make copies, logos, etc.) It’s all included.
The Production Kit includes:
The script the actors use. Clear, simple and professionally formatted to help give your actors a true theatre experience. The vocal sheet music is seamlessly integrated into the script to make your rehearsals run without a hitch. (PDF Download)
A comprehensive guide to casting, sets, props and costumes. Plus the entire script with embedded notes on directing, choreography and music cues throughout. On the bottom of each page is a blank stage template for you to keep track of your blocking. (PDF Download)
Professionally arranged Piano-Vocal Sheet music of the entire show in an easy to read format with script cues. Perfectly matches the Accompaniment Recordings. (PDF Download)
Attract audiences and sponsors with professional logos on posters, programs, handbills, and advertising. Show logos are provided in multiple digital formats. You’re allowed to use them in any way you wish, including on cast t-shirts! (JPEG and PNG Download)
The vocal recordings let your actors enjoy learning, practicing and perfecting the show’s songs with professional New York City performers as their guide. This allows your actors to arrive at rehearsals fully prepared. (MP3 Download and free CD Shipment for U.S. Customers only)
Also known as backing or karaoke tracks. All the instrumental music that actors can perform along with during the show. Professionally orchestrated to sound just like a Broadway orchestra. Includes sounds effects and scene change music. Music Cues in the Director Book tell you when to press “play”. (MP3 Download and free CD Shipment for U.S. Customers only)
No more wondering, “Did I order enough scripts for everyone?” The Copy License gives you the flexibility to copy and print as many scripts as you need for your entire cast and crew throughout the duration of your production. (PDF Download)
Video Recording License
The video recording license takes the “worry” out of turning your stage production into sharable videos. You can legally video record your production, upload it to YouTube, or share it with your cast – so long as it’s being used for non-commercial purposes. (PDF Download)
The materials above are provided conveniently via digital download within 24 hours of payment. The Accompaniment CD and Vocal CD are shipped free and will arrive within 5-7 business days (to U.S. residents only).
Click “Order Production Kit” below to start the simple 2-step process. You could receive your materials tonight and start rehearsals tomorrow! Huzzah!
Production Kit: only $299
Includes unlimited performing rights for a 1-year period.
Production Kit: only $299
Performance Royalty: $90/per performance
International orders are welcome! Since we create all of our shows in-house, we have no restrictions on what countries can perform the material.
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