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PRESS START transports us inside the bright, pixelated world of video games! When the famous characters we know and love run out of lives, they decide to put on a musical fundraiser that will help them raise gold rings and play on. Through hilarious and heartfelt musical numbers we see the heroes, villains and sidekicks like we’ve never seen them before. But when things go terribly awry, it’s the quiet sidekick Little Mushroom who must find the hero within to help save the day!

Run-Time:  45 minutes
Age:  Upper Elementary
Cast Size:  22+
Themes:  Acceptance, Teamwork, Diversity, Overcoming Obstacles

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Overview/Casting

This musical is unlike anything else: it’s the first show ever to be composed entirely in 8-bit synthesizers reminiscent of those incredible soundtracks from the original Nintendo and Sega consoles.

Kids love video games, and they will LOVE to play these famous video game characters on stage. While the majority of characters were inspired by the early Nintendo/Sega games of the 90’s, we’ve also thrown in a few updated characters including “Square Builder Eve” and “Angry Birdy”.

CHARACTERS

HEROES
YOUNG ADVENTURER
MARCO THE PLUMBER
SPEEDY THE HEDGEHOG
MEGAKID
KARATE GUY/GIRL
JOHN ELWAY [LOCAL FAMOUS ATHLETE]
HERO ENSEMBLE

VILLAINS
SPIKEY TURTLE
MAD SCIENTIST
EVIL ROBOT
SLIMY ALIEN
GENERIC GHOST
ZOMBIE
VILLAIN ENSEMBLE

SIDEKICKS
LITTLE MUSHROOM
LORENZO THE BROTHER
HELPFUL DINOSAUR
FAIRY GUIDE
PAWS THE FOX
K9
SIDEKICK ENSEMBLE

OTHER CHARACTERS
PRINCESS POMEGRANATE
PAC ANNE
SQUARE BUILDER EVE
ANGRY BIRDY
GIUSEPPE

Considerations: PRESS START is an ensemble-driven show. YOUNG ADVENTURER and PRINCESS POMEGRANATE host the event and require strong stage presence. LITTLE MUSHROOM has the largest story arc and requires an excellent actor and singer. Each group of characters has their own song with singing solos. Each group can easily be expanded with an ensemble. PAC ANNE, GIUSEPPE, ANGRY BIRDY and SQUARE BUILDER EVE are great character roles that don’t require any solo singing. Every part is gender-neutral and can be played by a boy or girl.

Reviews

It was a HUGE hit with our students and audience!
I just wanted to say thank you for another amazing show. Last year we performed We Are Monsters and this year Press Start! It was a HUGE hit with our students and audience! Our elementary school kids laughed hysterically at Marco and Young Adventurer and I’ve caught quite a few kids walking down the hallways still singing songs from the show weeks later. Thanks again to you and the Beat by beat team!
Jim Simpkins, KD Markley Elementary School


The best show we’ve produced yet!
Tonight was our 3rd consecutive year we’ve produced a Beat by Beat production, and this was the best show (for elementary school students) we’ve produced yet!
J. Mayer, Marshall Elementary School.


Thanks so much for such a great script!
Our show went really well, the kids had a great time and the parents were very proud. Our kids also helped to create our amazing sets, which brought video games to life. Thanks so much for such a great script. We will definitely be looking to you guys next year for our show.
B. Strickland, Maranatha Christian School

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Spotlight Theater (Castle Rock, CO)

KD Markley Elementary

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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:



Actor Book

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)



Director Book

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)



Piano-Vocal Score

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)



Logo Pack

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)



Vocal CD/Recordings

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)



Accompaniment CD/Recordings

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)



Copy License

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).

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Performance Royalty: $90/per performance

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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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