What are the most important considerations when running a school musical?
“Let’s do the show right here!” On such a premise are many Judy Garland/ Mickey Rooney films of the 1930’s and 40’s based, and it all sounds and looks so exciting, because it is! Putting on a show is a thrilling experience, and especially one in your own school. Yes it is time-consuming and exhausting, but the rewards are immense and it certainly puts the music department ‘on the map’.
To be clear: this chapter will make no attempt to explain ‘how to do a successful school show’: not only is that impossible, but it is also pointless – there are numerous ways of doing it and none is better or worse than any other. I will merely seek to offer a few pointers and aspects to consider, focussing on getting the initial choice of show right.