21 Great Musicals for High School Productions

Are you searching for a musical that your high school students will get excited about? If so, you’re probably looking for something that will feature your talent, fit the budget, and entertain the audience with the end result. Luckily, Theatre Trip has you covered. Here are some of the best musicals for high school productions, sorted alphabetically.


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All Shook Up

Why: Unique, energetic, fun for the audience/parents, great opportunity for a strong lead

Cast Size: 10+

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Be More Chill

Why: Hip, young, relevant, humorous, modern, great opportunities for strong leads

Cast Size: 10+

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Bring It On

Why: Hip/popular, great for strong leads and dancers, high-school characters

Cast Size: 12 +

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Bye Bye Birdie

Why: Classic, challenging, energetic, perfect for strong leads and ensembles

Cast Size: 40+

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Footloose

Why: Edgy, hip, energetic, great opportunities for dancers, good for a strong lead and large casts

Cast Size: 24+

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Freaky Friday

Why: Energetic, relevant, humorous, challenging, themes of coming of age

Cast Size: 15+

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Grease

Why: Fun, classic, high school characters, opportunity to feature multiple students, large cast

Cast Size: 20+

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Hairspray

Why: Classic, challenging, bold, energetic, great for ensembles and strong leads

Cast Size: 13+

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Heathers

Why: Edgy, hip/popular, great for strong leads and ensembles, large cast

Cast Size: 17+

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Into the Woods

Why: Classic, challenging, humorous, great for strong singers and ensembles, large cast

Cast Size: 18

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Legally Blonde

Why: Mature, edgy, humorous, hip, great for strong leads

Cast Size: 10+

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Little Shop of Horrors

Why: Fun, edgy, hip, classic, humorous, challenging, great for strong ensembles

Cast Size: 8+

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Ride the Cyclone

Why: Edgy, fun for performers and audience, humorous, teenage characters, small cast

Cast Size: 7+

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School of Rock

Why: Edgy, youthful, challenging, opportunities for actor/musicians and strong leads, large cast

Cast Size: 26+

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Seussical 

Why: Fun, energetic, mood-boosting, family friendly, great for strong ensembles

Cast Size: 13+

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Spamalot

Why: Challenging, humorous, opportunities for strong leads, large cast, fun for audience

Cast Size: 20+

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 

Why: Energetic, funny, family friendly, interesting characters, opportunities for strong singers

Cast Size: 9

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The Addams Family

Why: Fun, energetic, a bit edgy, a family favorite/classic, great opportunities for budding actors

Cast Size: 10 +

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The Drowsy Chaperone

Why: Unique, humorous, hip/classic, fun for actors and audience/parents, great for a strong lead

Cast Size: 14+

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Tuck Everlasting

Why: Humorous, family friendly, themes of adolescence/aging, opportunities for strong leads

Cast Size: 23

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Zombie Prom

Why: Relevant, edgy, age appropriate, good opportunities for budding singers/actors

Cast Size: 10+

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Want to add to our list of best musicals for high school?

Or have you ever put on any of the above musicals for high school? How did it go? Feel free to share in the comments! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals for High School.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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