Having just completed a study unit on Ancient Greece, a class of students visits the local museum. There, they discuss the tradition of artists asking the Muses for aid in their creations. The class teacher, Mrs. Philos, reminds the students of their upcoming final project for this unit.
Poor Theodore! He lacks a creative spark, and jokingly prays to the Muses for inspiration. To his surprise (and great distress!) the nine Muses actually emerge from a painting in the gallery and come to Theodore’s aid, following him back to school. He wishes them away, but by custom they cannot leave until they have inspired Theodore.
Since Theodore is the only one who can see the Muses, all his friends think he is crazy. And even while none of the other students and teachers can see the Muses, the entire school falls under the mischievous influence of the nine goddesses. Inspiration and creativity run amuck!
Thea and Hector, Theodore’s sister and best friend, accidentally invoke the muses, as well. All three of them must be inspired before the Muses can return home. Will they get their inspiration? And if so, how?
1. “Make the Grade” (Students, Mr. Philos)
2. “I Need Some Inspiration Now” (Theodore)
3. “To A Muse” (The Muses)
4. “Poor Theodore” (Thea, Thea’s Friends)
5. “Use Imagination” (Calliope, Theodore)
6. “Can’t You See The Beauty of the Stars?” (Urania)
7. “Can’t You See The Beauty of the Stars?” (reprise) (Mrs. Aster, Science Club, Urania)
8. “Don’t You Want To Dance?” (Terpsichore & Company)
9. “It’s All Greek To Me” (Mr. Philos, Sebastian, & students)
10. “Life Is Better With A Song” (Hector, Euterpe)
11. “You’ve Got A Poet Inside of You” (Calliope, Erato, Polyhymnia, Thea)
12. “I’m the Original Drama Queen” (Melpomene, Thalia, Clio, Theodore)
13. “Life is Better With a Song” (reprise) (Hector)
14. “To A Muse” (reprise) (The Muses)
CAST OF CHARACTERS (35 roles; 21 females, 6 males, 8 gender neutral)
Note: The character list below contains 35 speaking roles. Some characters (such as Zeus) have very few lines, and it may be possible for some actors to be double cast in minor roles, reducing the overall cast size.
Optional: A production may cast any number of “extras” to be general students. They have no spoken lines, but can join in choral numbers, so that the school setting looks more populated. At the director’s discretion ensemble lines may be split among additional ensemble members. Some ensemble roles may be combined. It is the intent to provide as much flexibility in casting to accommodate a medium to large size cast at the director’s discretion.
MUSES (9 female roles)
Calliope……… .Muse of epic poetry (frustrated with mortals, the leader of the muses)
Clio………..…….Muse of history (serious, always cites precedent)
Erato……………Muse of love poetry (positive, focus on love poetry)
Euterpe……….Muse of music (friendly, inspires a song)
Melpomene…..Muse of tragedy (sad and comically always on the verge of tears)
Polyhymnia…. Muse of sacred poetry (positive and reassuring)
Terpsichore…..Muse of dance (very upbeat, and can get everyone to move!)
Thalia…………..Muse of comedy (wisecracking, always ready with a joke)
Urania…………Muse of astronomy (very scientific and logical)
PARENTS OF MUSES (2 roles; 1 male, 1 female)
these actors, if doubled, are best suited to play Eric and Debra
Zeus……………..Father of the muses (stern)
Mnemosyne… Mother of the muses (loving, wise mom)
TEACHERS (3 roles; 2 females, 1 male)
Mr. Phillip Philos, a Teacher (Grecophile)
Mrs. Eulalie Otis, the Principal (needs to loosen up!)
Mrs. Stella Aster, the Science teacher (a little too professorial)
LEAD STUDENTS (3 roles; 1 female, 2 males)
Theodore, who first invokes the muses
Thea, Theodore’s sister (likes to pick on her brother)
Hector, Theodore’s best friend (loves to talk about food and eat it too!)
ENSEMBLE OF MORTAL STUDENTS
Friends of THEODORE and THEA (4 female roles, 2 male roles)
Cassandra, Demetria, Pandora, Phaedra
The Science Club (4 gender neutral roles; alternate names may be assigned)
Eva, Esme, Elsa, Emma
The Cheerleading Squad (4 female roles)
Chloe, Penelope, Daphne, Zoe
The Art Club (2 gender neutral roles; alternate names may be assigned)
The Drama Club (2 gender neutral roles; alternate names may be assigned)
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