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Advice for producing a musical.

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I am a 17 year old high school senior and my friend and i have the idea to write and put on a musical. He is a very talented musician. We have the support of a local community theatre organizations. Is it logically possible for a 17 year old and 16 year old to produce a musical? Do you have any advice for us putting it on? Please share your advices and suggestions here. I would be really thankful.

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  1. Guest23268950

    Hi

    I see no reason why two high school students shouldn't be able to put on a musical.

    There is, of course, a big difference between writing and putting on a musical for friends and relatives, and producing such a show professionally. The standards for professional musicals are much higher than for a self written musical intended to be performed and enjoyed by local amateurs. Professional production takes thousands of dollars and a huge amount of technical and acting skill. Local theatre can be done with several hundred dollars (although it often costs more than that) especially when you aren't paying royalties and rental fees (since you wrote it). Assuming you have the talent to write a musical, and do not have unrealistic expectations for the final result, I see no reason why your age should have anything to do with the success of your project.

    I say have fun with it. Tell a story with interesting characters. Add music that helps carry the story. Remember that in musical theatre, when the emotion becomes so intense that words alone aren't enough, that's when the characters break into song.

    As for production... what you need is a place to rehearse and perform; a director, musical director, choreographer (if there is dance), a stage manager, a set designer, lighting designer (assuming you have a theatre space that has lighting facilities), a props master, a costume designer or coordinator; actors who sing (and possibly dance); musicians (at very least a piano player. And that's pretty much it. It sounds like you have a good start with the support of local community theatre groups. And I'm sure they will help you with the production itself.

    Of course there's more to producing a musical than that, but it would take an entire book (there are several good ones out there) to explain the entire process. If you need more help than your local community theatres can give you, I'd be happy to try to answer any specific questions you might have.

    I wish you all the best with your musical. Have fun with it.
     

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