✩ WINNER! 2013 Children’s Musical Theatre Festival, NYC ✩
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.
Age: Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary
Cast Size: 20+
Themes: Friendship, Diversity
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).
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.
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.
TARGOYLE AND FARGOYLE are the monster hosts of the cabaret.
OOZY LUMPA is the “slimy” monster with a beautiful heart.
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)
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)
|TBD||Maori Hill School||Dunedin Otago New Zealand|
|Nov 20-22, 2015||ISD #739 Kimball Area Schools||Kimball, MN|
|Jun 6, 2015||Metro Kids Club||Philadelphia, PA|
|Jun 3, 2015||Uwchlan Hills Elementary School||Downingtown, PA|
|Jun 2, 2015||Morgan Road Elementary||Liverpool, NY|
|Spring 2015||Hull Services||Calgary AB, Canada|
|May 19, 2015||Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School||Reno, NV|
|May 15-16, 2015||White Woods Public School||Ontario, Canada|
|May 12-14, 2015||St. Rita Elementary School||Ontario, Canada|
|May 7, 2015||Thurman Francis Arts Academy||Smyrna, TN|
|May 5-6, 2015||Columbus Signature Academy||Columbus, IN|
|May 2015||University of Delaware/Thurgood Marshall Elementary||Newark, DE|
|Apr 29-30, 2015||GEMS American Academy||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Apr 17-18, 2015||Town Hall Theatre||Lafayette, CA|
|Apr 4-12, 2015||Guiteras Elementary School||Bristol, RI|
|Mar 26-27, 2015||Reynolds Elementary School||Baldwinsville, NY|
|Mar 26-27, 2015||Richard Rundle Elementary School||Las Vegas, NV|
|Mar 19, 2015||KD Markley Elementary School||Malvern, PA|
|Mar 11, 2015||BASIS Oro Valley Primary||Oro Valley, AZ|
|Feb 5-6, 2015||Boulder Country Day School||Boulder, CO|
|Jan 15-16, 2015||Gateway Preparatory Academy||Enoch, UT|
|Jan 9, 2015||Tairan Elementary||Shenzhen, Guangdong, China|
|Dec 16, 2014||Piedmont Intermediate||Piedmont, OK|
|Dec 12-13, 2014||Harrison Hill Elementary||Indianapolis, IN|
|Dec 4-5, 2014||Tobias Elementary School||Aloha, OR|
|Nov 20, 2014||Clovis Elementary School||Clovis, CA|
|Nov 14-15, 2014||The Tweedlie Center for the Arts||Riverside, CA|
|Nov 7-8, 2014||Tucson Country Day School||Tucson, AZ|
|Oct 27-28, 2014||Gene Brown Elementary||Hendersonville, TN|
|Oct 6-11, 2014||Spotlight Theater Castle Rock||Castle Rock, CO|
|Oct 24-Nov 2, 2014||Pearland Theatre Guild||Pearland, TX|
|Sep 17-21, 2014||Sawyers Valley Primary School||Australia|
|Aug 29, 2014||Just Off Broadway Inc.||New Windsor, NY|
|Aug 22, 2014||Encore Experience||Amherst, NY|
|Aug 15, 2014||Big Little School||Houston, TX|
|Aug 15, 2014||AliCaT Children and Theatre||Bishopsworth, Bristol, UK|
|Aug 14, 2014||Northbrook Park District||Northbrook, IL|
|Jul 31, 2014||Park Players||Midland Park, NJ|
|Jul 18, 2014||Glendora UMC||Glendora CA|
|Jul 17, 2014||Rising Stars Drama Camp – The Curtis School||Los Angeles, CA|
|Jul 11, 2014||St. George Music Theatre||Brantford, Ontario, Canada|
|Jul 11, 2014||Brattleboro Music Center||Brattleboro, VT|
|Jul 11, 2014||Trockmorton Theatre||Mill Valley, CA|
|Jul 11, 2014||Lyric Theatre Company||South Burlington, VT|
|Jul 7-18, 2014||Needham Public Schools||Needham, MA|
|Jun 29, 2014||North Central High School||Indianapolis, IN|
|Jun 27, 2014||High Point Community Theatre||Archdale, NC|
|Jun 2, 2014||Stewart Middle Magnet||Tampa, FL|
|May 29, 2014||Erpenbeck Elementary School||Florence, KY|
|May 21, 2014||Bluff Ridge Elementary||Syracuse, UT|
|May 15, 2014||Granby Elementary School||Granby, CO|
|May 9, 2014||Indian Creek Elementary||Placerville, CA|
|May 8, 2014||Gaston Day School||Gastonia, NC|
|Mar 27, 2014||Reynolds Elementary School||Baldwinsville, NY|
|Apr 24, 2014||Georges Vanier Catholic School||Kanata, Ontario, Canada|
|Apr 18, 2014||Warder Elementary||Arvada, CO|
|Mar 27, 2014||Orenda Elementary||Ballston Lake, NY|
|Mar 20, 2014||West Bountiful Elementary PTA||West Bountiful, UT|
|Mar 17, 2014||Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council DBA ArtsEast||La Grande, OR|
|Mar 16, 2014||Dance Palace||Point Reyes Station, CA|
|Mar 13, 2014||Canal View Drama Club||Spencerport, NY|
|Mar 11, 2014||Victorian International School of Sharjah||United Arab Emirates|
|Jan 27, 2014||St. Agnes School||Arlington, VA|
|Jan 21, 2014||Spring Valley Elementary Drama Club||Kalamazoo, MI|
|Dec 10, 2013||Reed Elementary School||San Jose, CA|
|Dec 4, 2013||L.P. Quinn Elementary School||Tupper Lake, NY|
|Nov 20, 2013||Hoboken Children’s Theater||Weehawken, NJ|
|Nov 8, 2013||Attic Community Theater||Santa Ana, CA|
|Aug 8, 2013||Wynberg Allen School||Mussoorie, India|
|Aug 2, 2013||Conservatory of Performing Arts||Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Jul 31, 2013||Upper Moreland School||Willow Grove, PA|
|Jul 20, 2013||Broadway Workshop||New York, NY|
|Jul 19, 2013||Weathervane Young Artists’ Repertory Theatre||Newark, OH|
|Jun 14, 2013||Creative Dramatics / St. Louis Summer Enrichment Academy||St Louis, MO|
|Jun 10, 2013||Summer Scene||Montgomery, AL|
|Jun 5, 2013||Traylor Dance Academy||Colonial Heights, VA|
|May 31, 2013||Buxton Center Elementary School||Buxton, ME|
|May 30, 2013||American Community School Amman||Amman, Jordan|
|May 19, 2013||Lusher Charter School||New Orleans, LA|
|Apr 25, 2013||Midd-West Middle School||Middleburg, PA|
|Apr 24, 2013||Discovery Charter School||Las Vegas, NV|
|Apr 20, 2013||Broadway, Our Way!||Lincolnwood, IL|
|Mar 1, 2013||Terrace Park Elementary||Terrace Park, OH|
|Feb 28, 2013||Manchester Memorial Elementary School||Manchester, MA|
|Nov 16, 2012||Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Frankfurt||Frankfurt, Germany|
|Oct 25, 2012||Deer Crossing Elementary||New Market, MD|
|Oct 24, 2012||Willow Grove Primary School||Willow Grove, Victoria, Australia|
|Aug 2, 2012||Delavan-Darien Schools – Summer Program||Delavan, WI|
|Jul 25, 2012||Upper Dublin Parks & Recreation||Fort Washington, PA|
|Jul 21, 2012||Common Ground Performing Arts Ensemble||Beaumont, TX|
|Jul 12, 2012||Capital Playhouse||Olympia, WA|
|Jun 16, 2012||Lyric Theatre – Thelma Gaylord Academy||Oklahoma City, OK|
|May 9, 2012||Kinawa School||Okemos, MI|
|Apr 20, 2012||The Independent School||Wichita, KS|
|Feb 2, 2012||Oberlin Elementary School||Oberlin, KS|
|Nov 19, 2011||Chico Theater Company||Chico, CA|
|Nov 3, 2011||Reagan Elementary School||Clovis, CA|
|Jul 22, 2011||Triboro Youth Theatre||Attleboro, MA|
|May 20, 2011||The Garden Players||Queens, NY|
The show was a hit!
We had more than 150 people in the audience each night and they were laughing and smiling the whole time. The kids responded so well to the text and music and I can’t get the songs out of my head. (In a good way.) This is a great service for an organization like the Carnegie. Keep it up!
Abby Rowold, The Carnegie | Feb 10, 2015
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
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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Attic Community Theatre (Santa Ana, CA)
Lyric Theatre (Oklahoma City, OK)
Reagan Elementary (Clovis, CA)
The Garden Players (New York, NY)
High-Quality & Affordable
Unlike other publishers, we try to be as clear as possible when it comes to pricing so you can get an accurate sense of what it will cost to put on a show.
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 (ability to video record, ability to make copies, logos, etc.) It’s ALL included.
The We Are Monsters Production Kit
Production Kit: only $299
Royalty: $90/per performance
Accredited schools and district sponsored camps are NOT required to pay any royalty fees. The flat price of $299 includes a free performance license for up to 7 consecutive days.
Other organizations are required to pay the per performance royalty, even if you’re not charging for admission.
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