Children’s Musical Theater Festival :: 2019 :: The Ninth Season! :: presented by The Broadway Workshop

2017 Season!

Story & Script by Ben Elton

Music & Lyrics by Queen

Featuring the hit songs of Queen, WE WILL ROCK YOU follows two revolutionaries as they try to save Rock in a post apocalyptic world. Featuring the songs “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now” and many more.

Music & Lyrics by Denver Casado

Book & Lyrics by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm

This magical story explores the world of Giants who live above the clouds. Ever since they left Earth a long time ago, the Giants have made a life up above where their job is to keep the sky beautiful. They polish the stars, poke the clouds to let it rain and paint the sunsets. But there is one curious Giant who wonders what life is like on Earth, so she steals a key to the locked up “beanstalk” and embarks on an adventure down below!

More information about Giants in the Sky at Beat by Beat Press.

2016 Season!

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams

Adapted by Marc Tumminelli

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents. THE ADDAMS FAMILY will be performed by students ages 13-19.

Music by Bret Simmons

Book & Lyrics by David Howard

Adapted by Marc Tumminelli

At Playa Sola High School, it’s business as usual – the jocks, geeks, popular kids, etc., all try to navigate a world of insecurities, grades, fashions and text messages. Then, during a school trip to a historic mission, the minds of two high school seniors are inexplicably switched. CHANGING MINDS is a musical that's delightfully bright, laugh out loud funny, and is sure to have you singing and clapping along as Kyle and Natalie, Brad and Claire, Shelly and Freddy, Garrett and Ashley, and all of their classmates as they discover that sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is by… CHANGING MINDS! CHANGING MINDS will be performed by students ages 9-13.

2015 Season

Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle

Music By John Du Prez & Eric Idle

Adapted by Marc Tumminelli

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table! This is a pilot production of the new one act school version of SPAMALOT soon to be licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Music, Lyrics and Book by Denver Casado, Betina Hershey & Gwynne Watkins

Pirates! Aliens! Space Travel! Space Pirates tells the story of Gabby, a kid who gets picked on during a school trip to the museum. Everything quickly changes when an alien space ship accidentally beams Gabby and her classmates up to outer space. Things go from bad to worse when the alien space ship is suddenly attacked by SPACE PIRATES! It’s only after this whirlwind space adventure that Gabby becomes comfortable in her own skin, and her classmates appreciate her for who she is.

More information about Space Pirates at Beat by Beat Press.

2014 Season



Lyrics by FRED EBB

Original Book and Concept by PETER STONE
Additional Lyrics by JOHN KANDER and RUPERT HOLMES


It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast & crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan! This show will be performed by students ages 13-18. Running Time: 80 Minutes


Music, Lyrics and Book by Denver Casado & Betina Hershey

Skyler is about to turn 12, and she’s planned the biggest celebration of the year. But in the middle of the party, something mysterious happens – all the adults suddenly vanish! Trapped in the backyard, the kids realize they must create a brand new society. However when they elect Skyler’s older brother, Charlie, as their ruler, things really begin to spin out of control. Eventually the kids learn a big lesson in responsibility, while Skyler and Charlie develop a greater respect for one another. This show will be performed by students ages 9-13. Running Time: 60 Minutes.

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2013 Season

Book by Peter Ullian

Music & Lyrics by Robert Lindsey-Nassif

Based on a concept by Robert Lindsey-Nassif

Jerry Gorman is a regular guy from Passaic, New Jersey who just wants to fly. The neighbors think he's nutty and his mother disapproves. But his girlfriend Gracie believes in him. Loosely based on a true story, Jerry soars to 16,000 feet with nothing but a lawnchair and 400 helium balloons. Flight of the Lawnchair Man is a musical that reminds us that dreams can come true if you believe in yourself.


Music, Lyrics and Book by Denver Casado & Betina Hershey

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.

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2012 season

by Denver Casado & Betina Hershey
with additional material by Brian Dawson

The Grunch, inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” tells the story of Robert Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the school musical, he comes up with the perfect plan to ruin it for everyone. The Grunch was performed by students ages 9-13.

More information about The Grunch at Beat by Beat Press.

book and lyrics by Ryann Ferguson
music and additional lyrics by Steven Jamail

This high-energy musical comedy focuses on the electoral process from the perspective of three high school seniors. The race forces the candidates to consider the meaning of each vote and the importance of distinctive character in politics. While some of the students have no problem gaining approval from their peers, others act as though they’ll stop at nothing to win the coveted position of student council president. VOTE: The Musical was performed by students ages 13-18.


2011 season

by Betina Hershey & Denver Casado of New York City

Musical is an original musical that follows Maiden Melody and Radical Rhythm on their quest to save the world from the Sorcerer of Silence. MUSICVILLE was performed by students ages 10-12.

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by Daniel S. Acquisto & Sammy Buck of New York City

LIke You Like It: The Musical (Cool-4-School Edition) is a 1980’s High School retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. This is an all new version of Acquisto & Buck’s Like You Like It is specifically reworked for high school aged performers. Like You LIke It (Cool-4-Scool Edition) was performed by students ages 13-17.