War of the Words

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.

Plot Summary

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.Back To Back

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?

Song Listing

Student Security
Prologue
“The War of the Words”

Act I
“That’s Not the Life for Me”
“The Song of the Saboteurs (We’re the Ones Who Stab You In the Back)”

Act II
“The Student Security Watch”

Act III
“True Friends Never Leave You”
“I Like Ben / I Like Bea”
“The Student Security Watch” (Reprise)

Act IV
“The Song of the Saboteurs (We’re the Ones Who Stab You In the Back)” (Reprise)

Act V
“The Ones Who Spread the Lies”
“True Friends Never Leave You” (Reprise)

Characters

Messina Heroes & Villains
Benedict
Beatrice
Peter
Marjorie
Claudio
Hanna
John
Connnie

Messina FacultyTrio girls
Mrs. Leonato
Ms. Messenger
Coach Antonio

Messina Security Watch
Amelia
Priscilla
Victor
Oliver
Alexandra
Rebecca

Messina Girlfriends & Mambas
Amanda
Melinda
Susanna
Diana
Matteo
Marco
Maurizio
Mario
Maximo

Plaque for Emily Clare Thompson

Plaque for Emily Clare Thompson

Messina Backstabbers
Maggie
Bonnie
Gracie
Laurie

Ensemble of Gossip Girls
Ensemble of the Messina Choir

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