I had an ensemble play the "goodbye committee". They also played the parents and I dressed them up as a choir on one of the goodbyes. I think it is the one sung by the comfort counselor. They also played angels with Jesus.I did not use them in other numbers such as Pandemonium, but I suppose you could. I think the first time I directed the show, I had an ensemble of 6.It's a great show!
Hi Sullivan!First I think it's a great show and my students and community loved it. Involving the audience as spellers is so fun, that also gives your production team a special role to create the table in the lobby to have audience members sign up to spell. And then give the audience their numbers, instructions, and to seat them. What fun!
When I did it, I double cast the spellers, Mitch, Rona, and the VP. Then I cast all of Coneybear's siblings (we are a 6th-12th grade school so this enabled me to use MS kids, but also freshman). Coneybear's parents, Jesus, the two dads, Olive's parents - They were all played by the other cast on their "off night" and all sat in the first three rows. It was especially fun for them to act in the audience- they talked to people around them in character. And then got to interact when their child was eliminated- when Logan left her two dads followed her out. They made the choice whether the dads learned something or continued their behavior on the way out. Coneybear's family stayed and watched the Bee, even though Coneybear "left" the auditorium. And they weren't cast the same way as the other cast- it was based on who could sing those parts. One of my Chip's and one of my Mitch's - sang the I Love You song- that is super high! 😊 Things like that. And a couple characters opted out of the 2nd role too- on their off nights they helped collect the spellers in the lobby.Overall it was a great double cast experience- they were invested in both and performed in both. And supported each other like crazy. My younger kids who played Coneybear's siblings still talk about what's awesome experience it was as a first show- they got to watch both cast create the characters and learned a lot by watching- they only came into the rehearsals the first week, and the last two - but were invited to come every day to watch if they wanted to.
Just one more option if you are up for double casting! 😊Break a leg!Shawn Hann
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