✩ WINNER! 2011 Children’s Musical Theatre Festival, NYC ✩
MUSICVILLE takes you on an adventure with Maiden Melody and Radical Rhythm as they attempt to save their town from the Sorcerer of Silence. On their quest to the Castle of Composition, they pass through the Desert of Doo-wop, the Ocean of Opera, and the Terrible Terrain of Tango meeting musical friends and foes along the way. Their journey teaches them about new kinds of music, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of working together!
Age: Upper Elementary
Cast Size: 25+
Themes: Friendship, Adventure, Overcoming Obstacles
Melody Meadows is bustling with excitement, preparing for the annual festival planned for that evening: a celebration of musical freedom (Getting Ready for the Festival Tonight). However Maiden Melody is tired of the same routine and is longing for new adventure (Spooky Cool), something her best friend Radical Rhythm has heard all too many times before.
Meanwhile, the Sorcerer of Silence, Maiden Melody’s uncle, is fed up with the town’s constant “noise”. He and his henchmen concoct a magical potion that will forever silence anyone who drinks it (Song of Silence).
As the town gathers for the opening ceremony, they toast from the river’s sacred water (Music Reigns Forever More), which the Sorcerer secretly pollutes with the magical silencing potion. One by one the town becomes silenced!
Melody and Radical manage to escape by fleeing across the river. Melody comforts a shaken Radical by assuring him they can save Musicville if they take it beat by beat (Beat by Beat). They immediately seek help from the Solo of Soul, a quirky mentor, who gives them a magical map to guide them through Musicville to the Castle of Composition; their only hope in reversing the spell (Heed the Map).
Their first stop is the Desert of Doo Wop where they meet Counterpoint and her party-hardy Doo Wops (Fun, Fun, Fun). Counterpoint joins them on their journey.
While planning their next stop, Tangy Error, the Sorcerer’s spy, overhears the troupe’s plan and reports back to the Sorcerer. The Sorcerer commands Tangy Error and his henchmen to divert the troupe to the Terrible Terrain of Tango (Song of Silence Reprise) where his sneaky and loyal Tanguerros will capture the troupe!
Continuing along their way, the Troupe arrives at the Orange Ocean of Opera, a dramatic land where everyone is thirsty for water (Water!). As the troupe tries to leave for their final stop, the Castle of Composition, the disguised Tangy Error and henchmen convince them to take a detour through the Terrible Terrain of Tango (Up Ahead).
At night fall, Melody begins to have doubts about their journey. This time, Radical and the troupe cheer her up (Beat by Beat Reprise).
In the Terrible Terrain of Tango, the troupe is captured (Tanguerros). Fortunately, Melody and Rhythm talk their way out of danger and also welcome a new friend, Syncopation, to the troupe.
When they reach the Castle of Composition, they meet the powerful Composer of “Ahhs” who gives them a magical song to reverse the spell.
Upon returning to Melody Meadows, the troupe arrives to a grim scene and is confronted by the Sorcerer. When they begin to sing the magical song (Simple Tune) it does not work! They realize it’s not until they add all the musical elements they picked up on their journey (Counterpoint, Piano, Forte) that the song becomes effective. Music is restored to the land, and even the Sorcerer can’t resist the beautiful music!
To commemorate Melody and Radical’s bravery and their newfound musical friends, Musicville establishes a new day of musical celebration.
MELODY and RADICAL are the leads of the show and require a very strong male and female actor/singer for each. The SORCERER provides a great opportunity to feature a male or female “character” actor. There are additionally many other featured characters with solos, as well as strong ensemble numbers that can vary in size.
The majority of parts are gender-neutral, giving you ultimate flexibility.
Town Person 1 & 2
Melody Meadows Ensemble
THE SORCERER’S BUNCH
Sorcerer of Silence
DESERT OF DOO-WOP
ORANGE OCEAN OF OPERA
Accent, Fermata, Repeat
TERRIBLE TERRAIN OF TANGO
Solo Of Soul
Composer of “Ahhs”
A HUGE hit!
I just wanted to let you know that Musicville at St. Agnes School was a HUGE hit. The kids LOVED performing it, the parents loved watching it, and I’m already getting questions about what we’re doing next year!! Again, thanks for putting out such delightful material for young thespians!! I can’t wait until our next Beat by Beat production!
Judy Smith, Saint Agnes Catholic School, March 2015
We really enjoyed this play and the performances went over extremely well with the parents and family members!
The kids had a blast and for me it was the most fun I have had putting together a play. The humour in the writing was so well done and the songs were accessible but still great to listen to. The whole package was excellent. I won’t hesitate to choose another musical from Beat by Beat in the future!
Janet Bouey, Huband Park Elementary School, March 2015
The parents loved the production and the kids had a blast!
The catchy tunes and quality of the overall package was so helpful.
Lina Charif, Emirates International School – Jumeirah (Dubai) | April 2, 2014
Our production turned out GREAT!
The kids on stage had a blast, as did the students, friends and family in the audience. I cracked up when one parent (who has been coming to his kids’ plays for over 10 years) secretly confessed to me, “I LIKED this one! I usually don’t like these things, but I liked THIS ONE !!” …..Well, I have to say, in 19 years of directing, this has been the MOST FUN play I’ve ever done. From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank you and Betina for creating such a beautiful, enchanting musical. Everyone involved in our production is standing a littler taller (and with a big, wide grin) because of you.
Emily Kritzer, Reed Elementary School (San Jose, CA) | December 14, 2011
Such an entertaining show!!
Absolutely a stellar performance for Gettysburg…such an entertaining show!!
Karen Kelly-Manley, Gettysburg Elementary School (Clovis, CA) | November 5, 2011
An enormous success!
Working with Denver and Betina on Musicville was an absolutely joy. We had such an incredible time creating the fun world of Musicville with our students. The students really took to the story and music and watching them bring the many characters to life was thrilling for parents, family and friends. Musicville was an enormous success for Broadway Workshop on so many levels. I am so excited to see what is next from Denver and Betina.
Marc Tumminelli, Director, Broadway Workshop (New York, NY) | July 28, 2011
VIDEOS (Video Credit: PromoVideo)
Gettysburg Elementary | Clovis, CA
The Garden Players | New York, NY
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)
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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)
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Production Kit: only $299
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