by Jason Loewith, Lincoln Peirce, Christopher Youstra
Full Length Musical, Comedy / 4m, 3f
"Bursting with energy and fun music, great lyrics and true to life comic strip characters, Big Nate, based on the familiar comic strip, is a rocking fresh bundle of raucous fun." - DC Theatre Scene
"...the popular children’s book series and comic strip Big Nate has arrived at Adventure Theatre MTC in a sparkling world premiere musical...Overall Big Nate is a delight for all ages. With a great book and score..., this is a musical that I can highly recommend for you and your children to enjoy together." - MD Theatre Guide
"The musical pays loving homage to the Peirce canon. For the many fans of that canon, the homage will strike just the right rock-star-worthy note." - Washington Post
"[Big Nate] captures the essence of middle school with contemporary comedy when singing catchy musical numbers...The 90-minute, one intermission afternoon passes quickly while enjoying the melodies of the musical score...Each lyric and song by Chris Youstra and Jason Loewith glorify the traumas of middle school life with enchanting humor." - Broadway World Reviews
"A musical production filled with immense fun...BIG NATE extolls the virtues of best friends. Even when a school day, an event, go amiss, these 6th graders' dreams might still come true, and your friends stand beside you to get you through the day. This theme underscores BIG NATE's musical mayhem, an exceptional message that instills in every young performer, or those sitting in the audience, the inspiration to overcome life's setbacks with confidence knowing that tomorrow circumstances will bring success." - Broadway World Reviews
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- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 75 Minutes
- Setting: Various locations in Nate's middle school.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
- Vocal Demands: Easy
TEDDY “√” ORTIZ/Mr. Galvin
FRANCIS BUTTHURST POPE/Mrs. Hickson/Mrs. Shipulski (Voiceover)
ARTUR PASHKOV/Marty Wright/Mr. Staples/Spitsy/Calvin
GINA HEMPHILL-TOMS/Mrs. Czerwicki/Galvinator #1
JENNY/Coach John/Pickles/Galvinator #2/Principal Nichols (Voiceover)
ELLEN WRIGHT/Mrs. Godfrey/Galvinator
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
As Nate is himself a brilliant cartoonist – and the plot hinges on the revelation of his drawing skills – the script features a number of images. These can be achieved via printed images on posters or revealed on sets and props (like lunchboxes, flats or chair backs), via projections, or via other creative means. The premiere production used images on foam core held by actors, along with projections. Lincoln Peirce has drawn custom images which are available for use by post-premiere productions.
Although there are many locations specified in the script, the premiere production set design is a non-naturalistic classroom, which the actors rotate to reveal Nate’s garage. The set from Adventure is designed to tour. The authors intend scenes to move fluidly and encourage less set, more rhythm.