Popstars: The 90s Musical 2019

Beautifully designed by Catriona Strachan.

POPSTARS: THE 90S MUSICAL is our Weekend Show this year. As per tradition, this musical will be cast, built, choreographed and performed all in one weekend! (24 hours in total.) The performance will be on Saturday 29th September 2019 in the Queen Margaret Union!

About The Show

Packed with pop smash hits from the hyper-coloured 1990’s by artists such as The Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, N*SYNC and many more, Popstars tells the tale of two bands of teenagers who compete in a Talent Show. 

It’s set 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.

 

 

How to get involved!

We want this show to be as incredible as the past few have been, and therefore, we need both cast and crew members. Whether you want to perform or help bring the sets and props to life, there is something for you within the society! We are proud to have an open door policy, so whoever wants to perform, can! Also, we are always looking for new members of our Tech Team! If you are creative, handy or just love creating things, come along! If you are interested in getting involved, you can find more information on our Facebook or Instagram pages. We have an even on Facebook, so make sure you click ‘going’ when you find it.

 

Tech

Believe it or not, all of our incredible sets and props for Weekend Show are all created in one weekend too! If you think you would enjoy building the set, helping with lights or sound, and generally being involved in the backstage of the show, the come join our Technical Team! You don’t need to be a carpenter or a qualified artist, all we ask is for some creativity and a sense of humor and we promise you a great time! If you are interested, please come along to our first meeting on the 26th of September.

 

Cast

If you are interested in an all-singing, all-dancing, fun filled weekend, our pre-audition rehearsal and auditions will be at 6pm til late on September 26th. You do not need to audition on the Thursday if you are happy to be part of the chorus, however we do hope you will come along to the rehearsal as we will be learning a chorus number then. The remaining rehearsals will be from the 27th-29th of September, with the final performance happening on the Sunday evening. Everything you’ll need to know for the audition will be taught on the Thursday evening!

 

For those wanting to audition, we will be casting a number of specialist cast members, as well as the show’s principle roles. You may want to familiarise yourself with these roles:

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, she can be quick to turn and dictatorial.

Patrick: Shannon’s twin brother. He does not approve of Shannon’s behaviour, and tries to point out the errors of her ways. However, in many ways, he is also intimidated by her.

Mark: The hero of the show. He is a sensitive musician.

Vinnie: Vinnie is a jokester and exceptionally kind hearted.

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.

Shane: A mute, stoner, type. He wears sunglasses, a beanie and mainly communicates through gestures.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Amber Shue: Young violinist, competitor in the Talent Show.

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

DJ Prince: Facilitates the Talent Show and is a stereotypical host.

Host: MTV Style Presenter.