Loserville
It's 1971 and the geeks are about to inherit the earth in this pop-rock fantasy.
Show Essentials
11
Roles
+ Ensemble
12
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

Act One

At Arch Systems, a technology company in the 1971, high schooler Michael Dork is mopping the corridors outside Arch's computer room. Once the coast is clear, Michael sneaks his way into the computer room. Surrounded by towers of spinning reels and 'state of the art' equipment, he communicates with his best friends and accomplice, Lucas Lloyd who brings him an Accessible Memory Storage device onto which Michael begins to transfer the work he's done to develop a digital language that would allow computers to communicate with each other, but an alarm is sounded! Lucas and Michael hit the ground running in a daring escape while thinking of the incredible technological advances existing all around them ("Living In The Future Now"). Elaine Friend & Samantha Powden and Huey Phillips & Wayne Pagoda, the popular kids' sidekicks, chime in espousing their love of television and telephones.

The next day Michael and Lucas, along with their friends Marvin Camden and Francis Wier, are welcoming the delivery of two brand new ASR 33 teletype computers to their school. Marvin and Francis are a bit more excited by the delivery of their new Star Trek action figures and the imposing Starship taking shape in the back of the computer lab that they've made from cardboard boxes. This, they believe, will take first place at the annual Sci-Fi Competition and give them the chance to meet the entire Starship Enterprise Crew, especially Uhura. The boys exchange friendly jabs at Michael about their classmate and seeming heir to Arch Systems Eddie Arch. Michael responds by explaining the worth of enduring Michael's torture: the opportunity to create his computer communication code. But as Michael plugs the hard drive into the new computer, all of his work is deleted. Whether it's Francis's daily donned Cub Scout Patches, Lucas's obsession with writing a sci-fi novel, or all of the boys' general inability to talk to girls, they rally together and promise they'll always look out for one another ("Don't Let 'Em Bring You Down"). Elsewhere, a beautiful girl named Holly Manson is packing up her belongings while taking off her make-up to put on glasses ("Little Things - Prereprise"). Holly is excited about being able to come into her identity as a proud and fully realized feminist with aspirations of being the first female astronaut, a chance that she's yet to have because she's cursed with both brains and looks ("Brains And Looks"). Now, though, Holly has decided she needs to be less attractive to be taken seriously. In the school locker room, Eddie, with the assurance of Wayne and Huey, thinks the opposite of himself. His girlfriend, Leia Dawkins, accompanied by Samantha and Elaine, feels the same. She has plans for her and Eddie's future that will certainly all come true because she and he are such breathtakingly beautiful humans. All of the navel gazing is interrupted by the school's Principal who calls Michael into his office and bans him from the computer lab because of Michael's 'theft' from Arch Systems.

Later, reeking of devastation, Michael joins his schoolmates in a class while Lucas is being questioned by Ivanka and Marina, the Yugoslavian exchange students who have yet to master English. The Principal enters and introduces new student Holly. Her geeky appearance elicits a cavalcade of typical teenage ribbings from her new classmates. Holly's situation is made even more difficult when she proclaims ambitions to be an astronaut and announces her love of computers. Michael's ears immediately perk up, realizing she may be his way to continue his computer work despite being banned from the lab. He's quickly attacked and viciously described by his classmates ("Slacker"). This doesn't slow down Michael's mission. He and Lucas track down Holly and, in an uncomfortably adolescent exchange, propose the plan to her. She agrees! They exit and are replaced by Samantha who confesses her nerdy side ("Brains And Looks - Reprise").

Three weeks later, the Starship is coming along quite nicely while Holly and Michael's progress seems to be crawling. Adding insult to industry, Arch Systems has proclaimed a great breakthrough in their computer communication network coding. Holly and Lucas are alone inside the computer lab with Michael looking on. He and Lucas in the privacy of their minds admit their feelings for Holly as Francis and Marvin peep on the girls' gym class and, to the accompaniment of Leia's praises, Eddie goes before his father to hear what part of the business he will be in charge of after high school graduation ("Little Things"). It's resolved that Michael will ask Holly out, with the support and help of his friends ("Don't Let 'Em Bring You Down - Reprise"). When Eddie explains his father isn't giving him a department but rather shipping him off to military academy, Leia is appalled and storms off leaving him to contemplate his future ("Slacker - Reprise").

At The Planetarium where he works, a nervous Michael with an in-ear monitor connected to the CB radio being manned by Lucas, Marvin, and Francis, meets Holly. After a very ineffective attempt to deliver the cheesy lines he's being prompted, Michael abandons the in-ear monitor and speaks from the heart. In a breathtakingly romantic gesture, he illuminates the stars of Planetarium ("We're Not Alone"). Meanwhile, Eddie, in need of a way to impress his father and inherit a portion of the Arch System, talks with Huey and Wayne. Wayne then produces photos of Holly in her previous un-nerdy garb and concocts a plan. The act draws to a close with all the kids imagining the various ways they're going change their lives ("Ticket Outta Loserville").

Act Two

The Sci-FI Convention is underway as evidenced by the abundance of nerds filling the stage ("We're Not Alone - An Uptempo Reprise"). Marvin and Francis take second in the Starship of the Future competition because a wearable Flying Saucer masterpiece made by Samantha is awarded first place. Francis and a smitten Marvin congratulate her and are joined by Marina and Ivanka who promise to throw Samantha a party after they study English. A task with which an eager Francis offers his assistance.

Later, in the computer lab, an overworked and yet-to-be successful Michael and Holly deny Marvin and Lucas's suggestions to bowl. Having been stood up by the two before, Lucas angrily exits. Upon further consideration, Michael and Holly decide they have been working too hard. They lock their disks in a safe and leave the lab to take a break. Lucas sees them from afar as his frustration and jealousy reaches its boiling point ("Holly, I'm The One"). As if on cue, Eddie approaches with his goons and makes a proposal to Lucas. Eddie will present the publishing portion of Arch Systems with Lucas's book if Lucas will steal Holly and Michael's disks for him. Lucas agrees.

Holly catches the boys as they're stealing the disks. To counter, they make it clear to her that they have photo evidence of her former persona threatening to expose her past to NASA and any creditable establishment to which she might apply, Eddie blackmails her into working with him and abandoning Michael. Holly considers her predicament and, after writing a note to Michael, decides to give in to Eddie's demands ("Long Run"). Meanwhile, the kids at the party at Ivanka and Marina's celebration for Samantha's win question their own status in life ("What's So Weird About Me?"). Michael enters searching for Holly having been unable to find her at her house, while Samantha explains her nerdiness to Elaine and Leia. When Michael catches a glimpse of Holly across the party, he advances but is blocked by math genius Susie who distracts him while Holly makes an escape and runs into Eddie. Eddie explains the only way to be sure she is reliable in their deal is to seal it with kiss. Unbeknownst to Holly, Michael is subject to their embrace. He confronts them for a moment before being brushed off by Eddie and left alone ("Holly, I'm The One - Reprise").

Holly has been working tirelessly for Eddie, but hasn't made the level of advancements he expects. He chastises her and leaves a frustrated Holly by herself to contemplate the extent of her hate for him ("Sick"). After finding out Eddie hadn't followed through with his end of their bargain, Lucas has a series of disdainful thoughts of his own. So does Leia. Lucas confesses his part in the plot to Michael who is rightfully upset by the news. A few days later Holly and Eddie can be found in the same positions: Holly working intensely and Eddie doing nothing but berating her. Holly has a stroke of genius that may be the missing piece in the puzzle. Elated, Eddie calls a press conference for the following morning. On the phone, Lucas is being informed and taking down notes of information from Holly. He rushes to Michael and reads the letter Holly wrote when she agreed to help Eddie. It explains her dire circumstances. Lucas then shares with Michael the missing piece that Holly discovered: an address. The code she and Michael had been writing wasn't pinpointing the location of the machine to which the message was being sent. They needed to input the exact address of the receiving computer. Through Lucas, Holly has suggested Michael send a message two minutes before Eddie's demonstration message is sent in front of the press thus making Michael, not Eddie and Arch Systems, the first person to successfully send a message from one computer to another. Their plan is in motion ("Genius").

Their plan goes off without a hitch! The first message sent from one computer to another says 'I guess it really pays to be a slacker. Michael Dork.' With his devious plot foiled, Eddie chases his father out of the room begging for forgiveness. Holly then sends Michael a response: 'I love you Michael Dork.' Later, Holly finds Michael at The Planetarium and they reconcile, toping it off with a kiss ("We're Not Alone - Reprise").

All of the students gather in the computer lab. Leia approaches Lucas and tells him how much she loved his book; especially the little character who talks weird, OB One Cannoli, and R2 Me 2, but explains she thinks it is better suited to be a movie than a book. Lucas confesses to having always thought of Leia as a princess of sorts and a new bond is formed. Holly and Michael are welcomed by cheers as they enter carrying the latest copy of Computer World magazine. The first page story is about them: Beauty And The Geek - Change The World. The room erupts in celebration and cheer as the curtain falls ("[I Don't Wanna] Ticket Outta Loserville").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Michael Dork
A computer genius yet to be discovered, he is passionate and energetic. Initially shy and has accepted the way other kids treat him as a misfit but his confidence and self-belief grows as his feelings towards Holly grow.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Lucas Lloyd
Michael's best friend who also functions as his advisor and counsel on all matters. Obsessed with science fiction and in the making to become an extremely successful writer, his fear to not be left behind always complicates his friendship.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Francis Wier
Marvin's best friend, a sci-fi geek and future fashion guru. He has memorized a book of the best pick-up lines in an attempt to be a smooth talker with the ladies. Holds a close attachment to his mother.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Marvin Camden
Francis' best friend and sci-fi geek. Warm-hearted and fiercely loyal to his friends, he is comfortable with his place in the world as a misfit.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Holly Manson
A brilliantly clever and beautiful girl. Passionate, ambitious, strong-willed. She struggles with how people perceive her and do not take her academic ambitions seriously, which causes her to disguise herself as a geek at her new school.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Eddie Arch
A good-looking bully. Son of the richest and most powerful man in town, he is determined to avoid military school at any cost. Full of confidence and arrogance.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Huey Phillips
Eddie's sidekick, who is confident on the outside but harbors internal insecurities. He is content to live in Eddie's shadow with all the power that position brings.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Wayne Pagoda
Eddie's sidekick and Huey's best friend, he is the dimmer one of the pair. Lives only to support Eddie's ambitions and life choices.
Gender: male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Leia Dawkins
Eddie's girlfriend. A cheerleader and society girl. Initially, she is clear in her priorities of getting married and having kids but eventually forced to reassess herself.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Elaine Friend
Leia's sidekick and a bit of a dreamer. She often becomes confused, which stems from an inability to pay attention in school.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Samantha Powden
Elaine and Leia's friend. A closeted sci-fi geek. She is a geeky butterfly waiting to emerge, and getting increasingly tired of her friends' limited outlooks on life.
Gender: female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Ensemble
Arch System Employees; School Students; Sci-Fi Attendees; Glasses Nerds; Party Nerds; Party Guests
Full Song List
Loserville: Living In the Future Now
Loserville: Don't Let 'Em Bring You Down
Loserville: Little Things (Pre-reprise) / Brains and Looks
Loserville: Slacker
Loserville: Brains and Looks (Reprise)
Loserville: Little Things
Loserville: Don't Let 'Em Bring You Down (Reprise)
Loserville: Slacker (Reprise)
Loserville: You're Not Alone (Ballad Version)
Loserville: Ticket Outta Loserville
Loserville: We're Not Alone (Up tempo rock version)
Loserville: Holly I'm the One
Loserville: Long Run
Loserville: What's So Weird About Me?
Loserville: Holly I'm the One (Reprise)
Loserville: Sick
Loserville: Genius
Loserville: Slacker (Reprise Finale)
Loserville: Living In The Future
Loserville: Don't Let 'Em Bring You Down
Loserville: Slacker
Loserville: Little Things
Loserville: We're Not Alone
Loserville: Ticket Outta Loserville
Loserville: Holly I'm The One
Loserville: Long Run
Loserville: What's So Weird About Me
Loserville: Sick
Loserville: Genius

Show History

Inspiration

Loserville, with music and lyrics by James Bourne and Elliot Davis, is based on the album Welcome to Loserville from the band Son of Dork, of which the composers are both members. The band was active from 2005 to 2008, and Welcome to Loserville was the only studio album for the group. Two of their songs ("Ticket Outta Loserville" and "Eddie's Song") hit the top ten on the UK Singles Chart. Since the band broke up in 2008, Bourne and Davis were inspired by the work of Green Day on the musical American Idiot, and decided to adapt their own album into a show.

Productions

Loserville premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds in July 2012. A production later opened at the Garrick Theatre on the West End on October 7, 2012. Featuring choreography from theatre veteran Nick Winston, the production had a brief run closing on January 5, 2013.

Trivia

  • The original West End production of Loserville was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2013. It was also nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Musical, and Nick Winston received a BroadwayWorld West End nomination for Best Choreographer.

Critical Reaction

"Bursting with colour and energy, packed with jokes and boasting the most memorable soundtrack since Avenue Q, this is one of the most fun shows currently playing in the West End. [...] Sometimes you have an experience that s so much fun you want to re-live it all over again. Loserville is one such experience. " -Seen It

"Geek-tastic. Britain finally has an answer to High School Musical [...] Impossible not to love." -Time Out

"The show is an adventure playground of drama, dance and music. Loserville is a high school musical like no other." -Entertainment Focus

"Loserville is incredibly enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining [...] One of the freshest pieces of new musical theatre of recent times." -The Public Reviews

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LOSERVILLE 100%
Book, Music & Lyrics by
Elliot Davis and James Bourne 50%
 
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Originally produced on the West End stage by T C Beech
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Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
KEYBOARD1 - CONDUCTOR SCORE1
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK28
PIANO VOCAL SCORE1

Production Resources

Resource
LOGO PACK
REFERENCE RECORDING

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
DRUMS
ELECTRIC BASS
GUITARACOUSTIC GUITAR , ELECTRIC GUITAR
GUITAR 2ELECTRIC GUITAR
KEYBOARD 2
KEYBOARD 3