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We Are Monsters is a hilarious new musical that follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Most importantly these monsters and kids discover the importance of friendship and celebrating in the attributes that make each of us different and unique.

Run-Time:  45-minutes
Age:  Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary
Cast Size:  20+
Themes:  Friendship, Diversity

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Synopsis

In an old abandoned theatre, Targoyle and Fargoyle enthusiastically welcome monsters far and wide to the annual Monster Cabaret! Here the monsters are safe to freely express themselves without any humans around (WE ARE MONSTERS).

This year, four human kids have snuck into the cabaret. Westerly, Jade and Sunny all have hopes of revealing monster secrets to the world (MONSTER SECRETS). KC, the oldest of the group, breaks from his tough exterior to reveal that he longs to find his childhood monster friend, Oozy Lumpa.

Unaware of humans lurking around, the Werewolves, led by Tooth and Moonface, perform their signature Rock n’ Roll number showing off their passionate and powerful howls (HOWL AT THE MOON).

The Vampires are next, but this year they’re singing a different tune. Due to humans consuming too many processed foods, they’ve made a significant change to their diet. Vladimer, Vazel, Valexa, Vank and the rest of the Vampires reluctantly profess their new love of vegetables (WE LOVE LETTUCE).

Backstage, Sunny, in monster disguise, runs into Oozy Lumpa, a sweet but slimy monster who is longing for her childhood human friend, KC (OOZY LUMPA REPRISE). Sunny runs off, frightened.

During the next cabaret act, the Werewolves enter a friendly competition to see who has the best howl (WEREWOLF HOWL-OFF).

Meanwhile, Jade and Westerly continue excitedly filming their documentary in disguise. When KC enters, they realize they’ve lost Sunny! Jade and Westerly split up to go find him while KC thinks again about his long lost monster friend, Oozy (MONSTER SECRETS REPRISE).

During the Vampire’s second cabaret number, they tunefully lament on one of the everyday difficulties of being a vampire in a rousing Broadway number (MY FANGS ALWAYS GET IN THE WAY).

When Sunny runs into Oozy for the second time backstage, he panics and runs away again. Oozy, left alone, sings about how it feels scaring people away and being alone (BE IN TOUCH). This grabs the attention of KC, who finally reunites with his long lost friend! (KC & OOZY LUMPA REPRISE). But now the humans have been revealed as spies! The Vampires, whose tempers have already been on the edge due to their new diet, explode into a rock anthem calling all monsters to take a stand against the humans! (STAND UP AND FIGHT)

In front of the entire Monster Cabaret, the human kids confess that their initial motives for sneaking in were selfish, but have since changed upon learning that the monsters deal with the same issues as humans. As the curtain falls, the cabaret celebrates a monster/human world no longer separated by fear but now joined in understanding and friendship! (WE ARE MONSTERS REPRISE).

Casting

We Are Monsters is a very much an “ensemble” show. Although the HUMANS and OOZY LUMPA are the most featured characters, the majority of the show features the WEREWOLF and VAMPIRE ensembles. Within the ensembles are many opportunities for speaking and singing solos.

The majority of parts are gender-neutral, giving you ultimate flexibility.

HUMANS

KC is Sunny’s older, cooler brother/sister.
JADE is the leader of the humans and the biggest monster fanatic.
WESTERLY is the brainy and scientific monster expert.
SUNNY is KC’s little brother/sister that tags along.

MONSTERS

TARGOYLE AND FARGOYLE are the monster hosts of the cabaret.
OOZY LUMPA is the “slimy” monster with a beautiful heart.

WEREWOLVES

TOOTH is a leader of the werewolves.
MOONFACE is the drill sergeant of the werewolves.
FURR-BALL longs for his/her moment in the spotlight.
SNARLEY stands up for his/her fellow werewolf Furr-Ball.
GROWLY motivates Puffy to stand up for him/herself.
PUFFY is the smallest of the werewolves.
GRIZZLY loves howl-offs.
WEREWOLVES 1-3 we overhear them discussing their monster outrage.
WEREWOLF ENSEMBLE (optional and flexible)

VAMPIRES

VLADIMIR is the spokesperson and leader of the Vampires.
VAZEL is confident of his/her Vampire looks.
VALEXA is the hip, cool and trendy Vampire.
VANK is deeply bothered by humans and their influence.
VREDDY and VARAH, VANNY and VALISSA are featured singing Vampires.
VAMPIRES 1-4 cannot hold back their urge when they see food.
VAMPIRE ENSEMBLE (optional and flexible)

Productions

Reviews

A HUGE hit!
I poured through dozens and dozens of children’s musicals before finding this fabulous company… and their fabulous shows! We presented “We Are Monsters” last weekend and it was a HUGE hit! Highly recommend Beat by Beat when you are looking for quality children’s shows!
Courtney Kiehl Lowe, High Point Community Theatre

Caught the acting bug!
The show is over but we are still singing the great songs from “We Are Monsters.” The parents loved it and the students from Guiteras Elementary School in Bristol, RI have caught the acting bug! Thank you for creating this wonderful material for us to use to inspire our young children.
Michelle Deane Spina, Guiteras Elementary School (Bristol, RI)

We Are Monsters was a huge success!
I just wanted to let you know that our production of We Are Monsters was a huge success!  I have run Park Players for 18 years, and this was by far the best middle school production to date.  We put on 2 shows – the first is for grades 1-4, so it is fairly easy to find material for them to perform.  But finding something for 5th through 7th graders to perform is always a challenge.  Your show was perfect – it was current, funny, age-appropriate, the music was upbeat and the lyrics were great!!  It was a real crowd-pleaser.
Laurie Kamp, Park Players (Midland Park, NG) | Aug 1, 2014

We are Monsters is a big hit!
One weekend down and unbelievable response from our parents, our cast, and our friends at the theater! We are Monsters is a big hit – we already have kids asking what we are doing next! As the owner of the theater – I can’t tell you how nice it was to have a production that was fresh, well-written, kid friendly, and did a great job of showcasing lots of different kids. I didn’t just sit through it, I was thoroughly entertained. It was a little tough to sell – only because no one had ever heard of it — and for some reason everyone thinks we should recycle adult shows dumbed down for kids. NOW, no problem selling any other shows from you guys. Actually, its a selling point. We love being the first in our area to do them and plan on continuing to do them until the other local theaters wise up!
Jim Huffman, Attic Community Theater (Santa Ana, CA) | November 14, 2013

We even got a standing ovation!
This is just to say we finally put up the play this evening. We had to delay it due to problems caused by heavy rain and school being closed on the day we were scheduled to have it. We had great fun doing the whole thing and the kids just loved it! The staff and students enjoyed it tremendously and we even got a standing ovation!!! Our good wishes and thanks to the people who wrote the play and the music and lyrics. Thanks to all of you :) from all of us here at Wynberg Allen School, Mussoorie.
Dilys Nath, Wynberg Allen School (India) | August 12, 2013

Your music is wonderful
Your music is wonderful, and NO ONE can get it out of their heads.
Samantha King, Lusher Charter School (New Orleans, LA) | June 14, 2013

It was such a success with our school and families.
I love how organized your company is, the website is super user friendly. You are quick to answer any questions and I was impressed that you contacted me and wished us luck. This was our first production and it was such a success with our school and families. I couldn’t have asked for a better musical. I love that the musical was unique and something no one had heard before. Thank you!
Bianca Rivera, Discovery Charter School (Las Vegas, NV) | May 19, 2013

I haven’t had this much fun at a musical since I saw Spamalot
Yesterday was incredible. The kids did an amazing job and the audience had so much fun. I am so glad we decided to add the third performance so we can be “monsters” one more time.
The director of our local Jr. High orchestra was in the audience and greeted me after the performance saying “I haven’t had this much fun at a musical since I saw Spamalot”.
Debbi Brodsky, Broadway, Our Way (Lincolnwood, IL) | April 21, 2013

I am still receiving compliments…
We had a great time presenting “We Are Monsters!” I am still receiving compliments and the kids are humming the tunes. Thanks for a fun show!
Jeri Deckard Gatch, Terrace Park Elementary (Terrace Park, OH) | April 3, 2013

Your team does a great job making it easy to direct and fun to perform!
The kids and I love the show and they’re so excited to perform this weekend. Your team does a great job making it easy to direct and fun to perform!
Tyler Wood, Manchester Memorial Elementary (Manchester, MA) | April 3, 2013

The production was a great success and everyone loved it!
We do a production every year and We Are Monsters is being hailed the best ever. The children gained so much confidence from learning and performing their lines and they really got into their roles. We have never had so many students sing solos and these were a real hit with the audience. The audience also enjoyed the humour and the involement with roars, etc.
 The musical will be remembered as a real highlight. One of my students asked me today if we can get another play from Beat by Beat for next year. Thanks for a great show!
Harry Evans, Willow Grove Primary School (Victoria, Australia) | October 30, 2012

We had a BALL putting this show together!
Everyone involved, from my choreographers to the littlest monster, have nothing but good things to say about it. The tunes are so catchy, the lyrics clever, the characters accessible and fun, and such a positive story. And with the online “trailers” we’ve created plus word-of-mouth on the street, our ticket sales are just great. This has been the most positive “camp” experience I’ve had. I look forward to producing one of your other shows when the opportunity arises. Thanks again for producing such a great product.
Stephen Hilton, Lyric Theatre (Oklahoma City, OK) | June 16, 2012

The kids have had a great time working on the show and it is fabulous!!
Troy Fisher, Capital Playhouse (Olympia, WA) | July 6, 2012

The performance last night was AMAZING!!
You would have been so proud of our kids!!! I loved that fact that the vampires “ate lettuce” it got so many laughs from the audience!!
Lisa Bowen, Kinawa School (Okemos, Michigan) | May 10, 2012

Roooooooooaaaaaarrrrrrrrrr!
The students put on an amazing show! What a great piece for young actors. Thanks Beat by Beat Press!
Emily Ottaway, The Independent School (Wichita, KS) | April 22, 2012

Oh my gosh, it was awesome!
The kids did an amazing job! Our small community of population 1700 has put on a 6th grade musical for about 40 years now. Two years ago, the teacher who started this tradition died very quickly from leukemia and they didn’t have enough time or energy to do the production for 2 years. I was so privileged to be able to bring the tradition back to life again. We had about 200 people at the performance night and performed it for the entire grade school as well. They set a very high expectation for next year’s 6th graders!
Jennifer Tally, Oberlin Elementary School (Oberlin, KS) | February 16, 2012

The audience loved it!
The show went great. Keep turning out great material like Monsters and we will be loyal forever!
Marc Edson, Executive Director, Chico Theatre Company (Chico, CA) | November 23, 2011

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