Book: Dan Ahearn & Janet Reed
Music & Lyrics: Russ Kaplan & Sara Wordsworth
Royalties: Dramatic Publishing
Synopsis: Take a group of high-school students waiting at the bus stop on a Monday morning after a crazy weekend and watch the hilarity and anxiety explode due to unreturned texts from a girlfriend, parental pressures, friendship tensions, fashion mistakes that have “loser” written all over them, athletic ambitions and academic terrors. The teens express their expectations and uncertainties in the haunting song “High School.” The bland announcer over the loudspeaker tells everyone that fellow student Josh Becker committed suicide over the weekend. Monologues convey each student’s reaction—including hidden fears that bullying may have led to Josh’s death. “Teenage Brain” is a brilliant point-counterpoint song that captures the panic of trying to retain the massive amount of information students are expected to know in every subject they encounter. “Gimme a Break” gets faster and faster as the time for lunch, fun and hanging with friends is running out. “Ask Me to Dance” reveals the dread and excitement of going to the high-school dance. By the end of the day, many truths are confronted as the students learn to face their lives with hope. High School Confidential was first produced at Primary Stages, the award-winning off-Broadway theatre company.
Rating: Language- 13+
Adult Content- 13+
Pay attention to: Show examines topics such as teen pregnancy, suicide, and cyber bullying.
Flexibility- Flexible. All changes must be approved.
Production notes: This show licenses as a musical. There is an optional accompaniment CD available for rental.