How To Choose Your School Musical

How To Choose Your School Musical

It's an all too common occurrence: final bows are taken and the curtains fall after another successful production on your school stage. The last piece of glow tape is pulled off the freshly struck set and while you are still reeling from the rush of applause adrenaline - it hits you...this empty stage is your new blank page. How do you follow-up your most recent theatrical hit with another engaging, moving, and audience-loving encore?

While this state of unknowing is certainly daunting, the excitement felt can far outweigh any growing anxieties. The possibilities of stories to tell and audiences to inspire have you primed and ready for your next successful venture. The empty stage is your soon-to-be masterpiece, so take a step back, a deep breath, and get ready to begin your next adventure.

Deciding what show to produce involves a multitude of elements to consider, including cast size and experience, the allotted budget, access to sets, props and costumes, and your performance venue.

Ultimately, you know what best suits your school’s needs and what will fill those auditorium seats. Check out the dropdown menus below to view some shows to consider when choosing your next school musical.

Timeless Classics

These Golden Era Musicals are just that: Golden. These timeless and award-winning stories continue to charm audiences from generation to generation.


Guys and Dolls

Luck be a lady tonight! You'll have all the luck you need with this classic 1950's Frank Loesser musical.

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, this eccentric romance features a large ensemble cast and an unforgettable score. Taking you everywhere from a fanciful New York City, to the hot Havana nights. You can place your bets that this musical will be a hit! 

Fiddler on the Roof
Bock and Harnick's perennial favorite has been enthralling audiences for decades with its universal themes of change, tradition, loss and love.

The tale of Tevye and his family in a rapidly changing Czarist Russia is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. Featuring a large cast and a star turn for your Tevye, you'll have audiences wanting this musical to be the newest Tradition on your stage.

My Fair Lady
Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish.

With a sweeping score, timeless characters, anda  large ensemble featuring great roles for both female and male performers, your actors will welcome the chance to tackle this classic show. 

The Music Man
This family friendly musical has it all. Packed with humor, heart and 76 Trombones, The Music Man has been delighting audiences since 1957. December 19, 2017 also marks the 60th Anniversary of The Music Man opening on Broadway. 

Featuring a large cast, captivating music, starring roles for both a male and a female performer, and enough hilarious supporting characters to fill a few boy bands, The Music Man is sure to be a success on your high school stage. 

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Climbing the corporate ladder has never been so fun - or funny!  This Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning musical features a laugh-out-loud book and score that will have your audience clamoring for more.

Packed with unforgettable characters that your students will delight in portraying, producing How to Succeed... is sure to be a success.


Jukebox Shows

The songs you know and love in a brand new story.

Popstars The 90s Musical 

It’s boyband v’s girlband in this hilarious musical featuring all your favourite 90s hits. It’s packed with pop smash hits by artists such as THE SPICE GIRLS, BACKSTREET BOYS, N*SYNC, BRITNEY SPEARS, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, MARIAH CAREY, MC HAMMER and many more.

With the perfect setting (a school!), the show follows the formation, rehearsal and performance of a boyband and a girlband who compete at a talent show in order to obtain showbiz stardom.  There’s just one small problem... the boys can’t dance!

Our House

Based in 1980s Camden Town, the Our House tells the story of London lad Joe Casey, who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, takes Sarah, the girl of his dreams, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado, he breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street, which is owned by Mister Pressman, a high-end property developer. The police turn up, at which point Joe’s life splits into two: the Good Joe, who stays to help, and Bad Joe, who flees.

Featuring a collection of Madness hits including House of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car, It Must Be Love and of course Our House, the show is a huge hit with groups and schools looking for a very British musical.

Back to the 80s

From the era that brought the world The Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the "totally awesome" musical Back To The 80's. In the style of movies such as Back To The Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Karate Kid, Back To The 80's is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80's party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that not only will delight and amuse audiences of any age, but will also inspire any young cast. 

Disco Inferno

If you love the 1970s, then you'll love this riotous trip back to the decade that brought us flared trousers, platform shoes and glitter. In Disco Infernothe story of Faust is brought to life in an explosion of hit songs, high energy dance routines and glitter-ball spinning action.

With its retro setting, Disco Inferno oozes nostalgia and inspires smiles to hustle their way onto audience members' faces. Riddled with opportunities to feature many and/or all cast members, this sublime, more-than-just-a-jukebox musical can fit immaculately onto any school stage.


Return to the Forbidden Planet
Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew on their journey into hyperspace… and beyond! This winner of the 1990 Olivier Award for Best Musical bursts with red hot rock and roll hits, including Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations, Teenager in Love, The Young Ones and The Monster Mash. So fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions! Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical takes the 1956 film, with plot taken from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, raids the Bard’s other plays at will (and not always absolutely verbatim) and sets it to a score of great pop hits from the 1960s and 70s including: Heard it Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Good Vibrations, Gloria and many more. 

Sure Fire Hits

Teacher tested, student approved. These favourites are destined to be a hit on your stage. 


Billy Elliot the Musical
Set in a northern English mining town, against the backdrop of the 1984 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever. 

This fantastic multi Award-Winning show has rousing songs and opportunities for sensational choreography. It's the perfect opportunity to blow your audiences away! 

Try to stop the beat. You can't. Hairspray's beat has been going non-stop since this Tony winning Broadway Musical surged into the spotlight.

Inspired by John Waters' cult-classic - Hairspray the Musical was later adapted into another feature film and featured in 2016 on NBC's Hairspray Live! The uplifting message, paired with the infectious script and score make Hairspray impossible to ignore and a guaranteed hit on your stage. 

Legally Blonde
Based on the wildly successful film starring Reese Witherspoon as everyone's favorite law student, Legally Blonde the Musical is a non-stop thrill ride that will have your audience seeing pink!

With a large female cast and a hilarious variety of featured roles - not to mention the magnetic script and score - Legally Blonde is a no-brainer when it comes to producing your next production.

Little Shop of Horrors

The show that put Alan Menken and Howard Ashman on the map! This ferociously fun romp in sci-fi musical comedy has been tickling audiences for years. 

Regardless of your budget - this show is sure to terrify and delight on your high school stage.

Into The Woods
Into the Woods
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapines's beloved musical takes our favorite fairytales, puts them in a blender, and serves it to the audience with wit, humor, and poignancy.

From Little Red to Rapunzel, Into the Woods has been delighting audiences since it opened on Broadway in 1987. Considered a contemporary-classic, this timeless show boasts a large ensemble cast with multiple featured roles and a script and score so packed with action, the audience will want to return to the woods again and again.

The Disney Musicals Collection
Whether you are swimming under the sea, flying high over London with an umbrella, or swinging through the jungle - Disney Musicals are sure to enchant your entire audience.

Disney musicals represent some of the most iconic and popular shows in the MTI catalogue with each one guaranteed to create a magical theatrical evening.

Tailor-Made for Teens

Give your students the chance to play roles created especially for teen performers.

Bring it On
High School hierarchy takes center stage in this bitingly brisk and motivating musical. With a score by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Next To Normal's Tom Kitt, Bring it On will have the whole school on its feet cheering for your production. 

Get the whole school involved by encouraging the athletics and cheer departments to audition - filling out this dynamic ensemble cast, and potentially finding an unknown star in the process. 


Wonderland High
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland gets a contemporary high school makeover in this wild adapatation of the classic book.

Filled with wit, puns and punchlines and rounded out by a delightful score - Wonderland High is sure to excite your student performers and audience.

Some phenomenons enter the world of popular culture and their impact reverberates for decades. Fame is no exception - stretching its influence across every media platform, from stage to screen to television, touching generations of audience members.

Set in the New York High School of the Performing Arts, Fame the Musical features a dynamic cast with the drive to light up the sky with their names. This uplifting and moving musical offers performers the chance to tackle serious issues on stage and your audience will delight in the catchy score featuring the Oscar winning title number.  

The geeks shall inherit the earth! This fun, funky, and geeky new musical made a quite the splash on London's West End when it premiered in 2013. Set in 1971, this pop/rock inspired score and hilarious book will have both actors and audiences cheering for the underdog.

Loserville is sure to make a lasting impression as your next high school hit.   

High School Musical
We're all in this together. Disney's made-for-tv-movie was really made for worldwide domination - exploding on to the scene over 10 years ago, and not slowing down since. This classic romance in a modern day setting is destined to succeed on your high school stage. 

Featuring a large ensemble cast, an energetic and accessible score, and an incredible opportunity to tell this story of unity - High School Musical is a modern classic that will light up your stage and community.    

Pushing Boundaries

Push the boundaries of actors and audiences with these edgy musicals. 


Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's dramatic re-telling of Atlanta at the turn of the century and murder that shocked the world - all amid a background of religious and racial intolerance and social injustice, may seem an interesting choice to stage for your high school - but the beauty of this daring and innovative musical is universal. 

Use this historical re-telling to spark conversations and communication amongst your students and community - and utilize the power of learning from history to create a better and more understanding tomorrow. 

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson 
The seventh president of the United States gets the Rock and Roll treatment you never knew he needed! This highly stylized re-telling of Andrew Jackson's life is sure to rock the house and possibly ruffle some feathers - all for the red, white and blue!

Utilize the factual context to connect and educate student actors. Use their newfound love of rocking out historical style to engage the audience in this actor-driven, fourth-wall breaking, rocking show.

Caroline, or Change
Change comes in many forms - social change, political change, change from a dollar. Caroline, or Change tells of them all in 1963 Louisiana amid of a backdrop of a vastly changing America. 

Set to a gorgeous score by Jeanine Tesori and a touching book by Tony Kushner, Caroline, or Change offers actors and audiences a chance to be moved by this incredible story. Headed by a tour-de-force lead female character, supported by an ever-present ensemble, Caroline, or Change, is sure to leave all those who embrace it changed for the better. 

Violet has finally saved enough money to have a miracle-minister cure her long-scarred face - but she will soon discover much more will be cured in her attempt to fix physical imperfection.

With a moving score by Jeanine Tesori and book/lyrics by Brian Crawley, Violet takes the audience on a heroic journey with the title character protagonist, and is sure to take your breath away. 

School Editions

Incredible shows in our catalog, adapted specifically for the high school stage and high school performers.  

Avenue Q School Edition

Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere.

Because the original Avenue Q has some content elements that have previously made it a difficult choice for some high school productions, MTI worked with the Avenue Q authors to create an adaptation that maintains the dramatic (and comedic) intention and integrity of the piece, while editing it to make it more appropriate for high school audiences and performers.

Les Miserables School Edition
Les Misérables School Edition
Adapted for high school performers, Les Misérables School Edition features one of the most memorable scores of all time and some of the most memorable characters to ever grace your stage.

Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through piece is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards.

Miss Saigon School Edition
A tragedy of passion and beauty, Miss Saigon is one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time... and has been adapted for high school performers in Miss Saigon School Edition.

MTI worked closely with Miss Saigon's creators to ensure this lightly edited adaptation stays true to intent of the original piece while becoming appropriate for high school performers.


Rent School Edition
Rent School Edition is exuberant, passionate and joyous. Schools will love the freedom and flexibility that this show offers; minimal costuming and sets are required.

This adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song ("Contact") to make it possible for many schools to perform this piece.

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street School Edition
Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere and has now been adapted for high school performers. 

This School Edition has been masterfully adapted, working directly with Mr. Sondheim to retain the dark wit and grand scope of the original work, with a few lyric and key changes to facilitate high school productions.

Hopefully the above shows inspire some ideas for your next onstage adventure. For even more options, check out and browse our various collections.

Using the filter feature on show list main page is also a great way to narrow down some options when choosing the next hit on your stage - with filters including style, cast size, and more. 

How To Choose Your High School Musical

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