We Are Monsters is an original 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)
Apr 24, 2013: Discovery Charter School (Las Vegas, NV)
May 30, 2013: American Community School-Amman (Jordan)
May 31-Jun 2, 2013: Buxton Center Elementary School (Buxton, ME)
June 1, 2013: Traylor Dance Academy (Colonial Heights, VA)
June 10, 2013: Summer Scene (Ozark, AL)
July 19-20, 2013: Weathervane Young Artists’ Repertory Theatre (Newark, OH)
Lusher Charter School (New Orleans, LA)
Broadway Our Way! (Lincolnwood, IL)
Stagecoach Theatre Arts (Frankfurt, Germany)
Deer Crossing Elementary (New Market, MD)
Willow Grove Primary School (Victoria, Australia)
Common Ground Performing Arts Ensemble (Beaumont, TX)
Upper Dublin Parks & Recreation (Fort Washington, PA)
Delavan-Darien Schools – (Delavan, WI)
Capital Playhouse (Olympia, WA)
Lyric Theatre – Thelma Gaylord Academy (Oklahoma City, OK)
Kinawa School (Okemos, MI)
Oberlin Elementary School (Oberlin, KS)
The Independent School (Wichita, KS)
Chico Theatre Company (Chico, CA)
Reagan Elementary School (Clovis, CA)
Triboro Youth Theatre (Attleboro, MA)
The Garden Players (Queens, NY)
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
Terrace Park Elementary | Cincinatti, OH
Lyric Theatre | Oklahoma City, OK
Reagan Elementary | Clovis, CA
The Garden Players | New York, NY
The Production Kit for We Are Monsters includes:
Accredited schools and district summer camps receive a 7-day performance license included in the production kit price. Community theaters and other for-profit schools add $90 per performance royalty.