Day One

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About The Play

Musical.  3 males, 5 females plus an ensemble of flexible size and gender. Total cast size can range from a minimum of about 15 to a maximum of 50 or more. 90 minutes. Multiple suggested settings. Music by James Balmer and Mary Nelson, Developed at the Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Arts Conservatory and written specifically for teen actors.



It’s the first day of school. All over the stage, characters sing about their hopes and fears for the year. For Jake and Stanley, seniors and best friends, it's about the excitement of finally being on top. Stella, a senior transfer, wants to make friends. Erika, junior class president, wants to become student council president, while Skeeter, a freshman boy, just wants to avoid getting stuffed into his locker. And Blaise, a senior, hates the school and everyone in it; she wants to get the year over with.

Stanley, who’s been looking for a Stella for the longest time, drafts her into his and Jake's circle. The year is shaping up to be a great one, and the three of them make a pact to make the year last forever. But not everyone shares their enthusiasm. For Skeeter, Erika and Blaise, the year can’t be over soon enough.

When Helen, Jake’s old flame and rumored to have magical powers arrives, that dream of keeping senior year going forever just may be within their grasp. Will the seniors stay united and win out, or will the underclassmen and outsiders push their way to the top? Will the mysterious Thyme prove to be the key?



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