It can be tricky navigating your way through plays with good roles that offer an exciting challenge for the modern teenager. After all, there are thousands of plays out there–where do you start? Are you looking for a powerful monologue, a dramatic scene, or a full play that features a lead teenage role?
When we think of the best roles in a musical for a teenager, our thoughts often immediately turn to shows such as High School Musical, Hairspray, or Grease. These musicals are brilliant for a range of multi-age teenage roles, with large casts and plenty of scope for principal, supporting, and ensemble parts. But what about key teenage roles in musicals that are not specifically targeted at 11-19 year olds? StageAgent blogger Alexandra Appleton has compiled a list of terrific teen roles.
StageAgent looks at the most popular shows–both plays and musicals, blogs, and even characters in their 2016 Top Ten Lists. From classics like West Side Story and Guys and Dolls to current Broadway darling, Hamilton, the lists should have something for everyone. See which lists include your favorites!
Throughout history, art has reflected the time in which it was created, whether it serves as a mirror for the present, a reminder of days long gone, or a glimpse into the future. Those who appreciate art often look to it for guidance, or inspiration. Hamilton gives a gritty edge to what has often been a whitewashed history lesson. Camelot presents a magical, idealistic take on the rules of governance. If ever there was a time to have both shows running on Broadway, I think now is that time.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, with over 50,000 performances of 3,279 shows in nearly 300 venues across the city in 2016. It is held in August every year, and it is really never too early to start planning for the Fringe! There are so many things to consider: What type of venue is best for your show? City center or out of the main action? How do you promote it? How do you compete with the thousands of other shows appearing at the Fringe? Honestly, the top tip really is to ENJOY the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! The diversity, quality, and eccentricity on display is amazing. There really is nothing like it!