War of the Words is based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. This musical is concerned with the perils of school cliques and manipulative gossip.
The students of Messina Academy are frustrated with the constant arguing of two students, Beatrice Leonato and Benedict Padua. Their bickering always ruins every social and classroom occasion. For instance, as the school’s basketball team returns from a championship victory, Beatrice and Ben’s fighting ruins the sense of celebration.
Ben’s closest friends, Claudio and Peter, are very friendly with Beatrice’s closest friends, Hanna and Marjorie. If Ben and Beatrice knew this, then all kinds of trouble would ensue. Secretly, these close friends collaborate to find a way to get Ben and Beatrice to fall for each other. They spread rumors around school that the two like each other. Separately, Ben and Beatrice overhear these rumors and are a confused that their worst enemy seems to like them.
Little do the two know that there is also a wicked plot, hatched by John and Connie, to spread vicious rumors against Peter and Hanna.
Will all the gossiping and horrible lies ever be sorted out? Will the “War of the Words” never cease?
“That’s Not the Life for Me”
“The Song of the Saboteurs (We’re the Ones Who Stab You In the Back)”
“The Student Security Watch”
“True Friends Never Leave You”
“I Like Ben / I Like Bea”
“The Student Security Watch” (Reprise)
“The Song of the Saboteurs (We’re the Ones Who Stab You In the Back)” (Reprise)
“The Ones Who Spread the Lies”
“True Friends Never Leave You” (Reprise)
Messina Heroes & Villains
Messina Security Watch
Messina Girlfriends & Mambas
Ensemble of Gossip Girls
Ensemble of the Messina Choir