The Story

Popstars is a high-energy musical packed with smash hits from the hyper-colored 1990’s by artists such as  Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, TLC, *NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, MC Hammer, and many more.

The action takes place in a school in the 1990’s where Mark is head over heels in love with his girlfriend, queen bee Shannon Van de Witt. When Shannon learns that pop-band impresario Simon Austin is the surprise judge at the State Talent Show, she dumps him for her chance at showbiz stardom. Mark rapidly goes from High School hero to High School zero. His garage band buddies rally around him and soon a plan for revenge is hatched to change their grunge band to a boy band and snatch the Talent Show title from Shannon’s “Candy Girls”. There’s just one small problem… the boys can’t dance. Mark enlists the help of the ultra-talented, new girl, Ella to help with their boy band make over and sparks soon fly.

Can Mark get the girl, get the Grand Prize and get even with the scheming Shannon closing in? It’s anyone’s guess as the countdown to the Grand Finale begins. It’s sure to be one to remember.

CASTING AGES: 16+

THIS IS THE PRODUCTION FOR THE SPRING 23 MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM.

Rehearsals will be held:   Jan 21, 22, 28, 29, Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Mar 4, 5, 11, 12 from 12pm -3pm.

TECH Mar 17, 18.

Off Broadway Performances March 24 & 25, 2023

Shannon

The Alpha Female of a small group of popular girls. Generally, she is seen as a good girl role model to those around her. However, in her small group of friends, she can be quick to turn – and tends to be a dictator.   F3 to F#5

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Movin on Up by M People
Waterfalls by TLC

Patrick

Shannon’s twin brother. He does not approve of Shannon’s behavior, and tries to point out to her the error of her ways. However, in many ways, he is also intimidated by her.  E3 to B Flat4

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus

Mark

The hero of the show. He is a sensitive musician.   G2 to A 4.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
…Baby One More Time by Britney Spears

Vinnie

Vinnie is a jokester and exceptionally kind hearted.  B2 to G4

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
End of the Road by Boyz II Men

Steffi

One of Shannon’s closest friends. She is highly intelligent, but dumbs herself down to be socially accepted by those around her. She comes across as quite droll. (Low)  E3

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Waterfalls by TLC

Shane

A mute, stoner, type. He wears sunglasses, a beanie and mainly communicates through gesture. D3 to C4

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
You Gotta Be by Des’ree

Tina

One of Shannon’s closest friends. She is one step behind the eight ball and eager to please – particularly when Shannon is involved.(Low) F3

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Waterfalls by TLC

Simon Austin

High profile music producer / agent. He has just come out of rehab and is basically being forced to attend as a guest judge for the Talent Show as part of his community service.  A2 to  B3.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
U Cant Touch This by MC Hammer

The Principal

Totally in control of the school, but almost defers to the will of Shannon.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Auditioners Choice of song

Charlie

A bookish, intelligent social outcast who has lungs of steel. She is the least popular girl at school – but her vocal talent is undeniable. F3 to E5.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

Ella

Ella has an exceptionally strong sense of self. She is not motivated by the pack, and is happy to pursue her dreams without worrying about social acceptance. She is an “emotional black belt” – and acts as the mentor to Mark on his journey through the show.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Believe by Cher

Carrie

A talented singer who is stuck working as a singing waitress in Billy Ray’s Diner.  She is very aware of the social structure at her school, and is attracted to mysterious brooding boys – namely Shane.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Man I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain

Amber Shue

Young violinist, competitor in the Talent Show.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Auditioners Choice of song

Chef Joey

A burly, no-nonsense short-order cook who runs Billy Ray’s Diner.  His job requires him to sing when guests demand.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Man I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain

DJ Prince

Facilitates the Talent Show and is a stereotypical host.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Auditioners Choice of song

Host

MTV-style presenter.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Auditioners Choice of song

Ensemble

Other parts are played by members of the Ensemble as required.

AUDITION SONGS (Choice):
Auditioners Choice of song