Emma! A Pop Musical: Spring Production Auditions

By Eric Price
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austin

Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. It is in development to be a television movie in the same vein as High School Musical.

Open to all 6th – 12th grade students

Performances – April 20 & 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Auditorium

Audition time slots are as follows (in the Theatre Room):

  • December 11, 2017 – 1:45-4:30 pm (H & I plus after school)
  • December 12, 2017 – 1:45-3:30 pm (Exam slot for C, H & I classes)
  • December 13, 2017 – Call Backs from Noon to 3:00 pm (Lunch provided)

Audition Sign Ups

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Selected Song List

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  • “Chapel of Love” as made famous by The Dixie Cups
  • “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” as made famous by Shania Twain
  •  “How Will I Know?” as made famous by Whitney Houston
  • “King of Anything” as made famous by Sara Bareilles
  • “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” as made famous by Cyndi Lauper
  • “You Can’t Hurry Love” as made famous by The Supremes
  • “Things I’ll Never Say” as made famous by Avril Lavigne
  • “Heartbreaker” as made famous by Pat Benatar
  • “Straight Up” as made famous by Paula Abdul “Roar” as made famous by Katy Perry
  • “Turn the Beat Around” as made famous by Vicki Sue Robinson
  • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” as made famous Whitney Houston
  • “Brave” as made famous by Sara Bareilles
  •  “Unwritten” as made famous by Natasha Bedingfield

Cast of Characters

Female Roles
  • Emma Woodhouse – A smart high school senior who exudes confidence, especially when it concerns what other people should do with their lives.  When it comes to her own life, she is not so sure, but she covers that up with witty banter, energy, and humor. (13 Songs)
  • Harriet Smith – A sophomore who is sometimes shy, easily swayed, and incurably romantic.  Although her emotions can vary wildly, her sweetness never goes away. (13 Songs)
  • Jane Fairfax – A junior from Ohio who is considering transferring to Highbury.  She is rebellious and occasionally gives off a feeling of entitlement.  But when she lets her guard down, she’s caring and genuine. (5 Songs)
  • Ashley – An exuberant and narcissistic junior who begins dating Philip.  She’s an ambitious social climber who wants also wants to be an actress and a singer and is ready to perform for anyone at any time. (3 Songs)
  • Welcoming Committee Singers #1, #2, #3 – A trio of captivating female singers, like a 1960’s girl group. (12 Songs)
  • Miss Bates – Highbury Prep’s Head of School. (4 Songs)
  • Miss Taylor (Mrs. Weston) – A teacher that gets married to Mr. Weston. (3 Songs)
  • Highbury Prep Girls – ensemble (18 Songs)
Male Roles
  • Jeff Knightly – A super-smart, clean-cut senior who finds himself enlisted as a substitute teacher.  He is witty and has a good sense of humor, but he’s sometimes a know-it-all. (7 Songs)
  • Frankie Churchill – A world famous pop star who attended Highbury but left to get a record contract and a world tour. (6 Songs)
  • Martin – A sweet, shy, semi-dorky sophomore at the local public school. In his spare time, he works in the kitchen at Highbury as a dishwasher / busboy.  His two favorite things are his bowling team and Harriet. (No Solos)
  • Philip Elton – A junior running for President of next year’s Student Council.  He is snobby, arrogant, and a true politician, in the worst sense of the word. (No Solos)
  • Mr. Weston – A teacher that gets married to Miss Taylor. (3 Songs)
  • Highbury Prep Boys – ensemble (10 Songs)