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ALL ABOUT THE MUSICAL "MEAN GIRLS"

A fearless musical about chasing popularity
and being true to yourself.

The Plastics have deemed Broadway Junior worthy of their presence in Mean Girls JR! This "fetch" musical from book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and composer Jeff Richmond (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is packed with keen wit, an undeniably catchy score, and a sincere message for everyone. Adapted from Fey's 2004 blockbuster film and the Broadway smash hit.
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. Cady and her friends devise a "Revenge Party" to end Regina’s reign with Cady going undercover as an aspiring Plastic. When the lines between the real Cady and her Plastic self get blurred, she must find her way back to herself and her true friends.
 
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CASTING

 

Generally, at ACT-1 we are open to gender-blind/re-gendered casting. Therefore, please audition for whatever roles you are attracted to!

However, please try to choose the roles that best reflect your talents. Just because you like a role doesn't mean you are well-suited for it, and you'll want to have the strongest audition possible!

 

As you get to know the show and the music, please pay attention to the characters' vocal ranges and required skill sets. Sometimes we can slightly adjust the key of a character's solo song, but we do prefer to keep accompaniment in the original key as much as possible.  

Carefully read the character descriptions and requirements below, and let us know if you have any questions!

ROLES/CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

 

Regina George 

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Character's Gender: Female

Character's Age: 15-18

Character's Ethnicity: Any

Regina is the undisputed Queen Bee of North Shore High School, and she knows it. She’s also the leader of a clique called The Plastics. Regina is confident, clever, and completely unbothered by anyone else’s opinion. When she shines her light on you, you feel like the most important person in the world. When that light goes cold, you want to die. She is regal, still, and “hot”, but at her most vulnerable moments, she is just a kid in over her head. While Regina purposefully manipulates everyone around her (including her own mom), at her heart, she’s trying to fit in, just like everyone else. 

Gretchen Wieners

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G2

Character's Gender: Female

Character's Age: 15 to 18

Character's Ethnicity: Any

One of the Plastics, Gretchen is Regina’s stressed-out second-in-command. As much as Regina appears not to care what people think, Gretchen cares very much, and she’s especially paranoid when it comes to Regina. Desperate to please Regina and to maintain her position in the Plastics, Gretchen is a nervous wreck. She is a “banker” - meaning she befriends people to “bank” their secrets so she can trade them later for her own benefit. Her fragility at times is heartbreaking. She is completely controlled by Regina until Cady comes along.  

Karen Smith

Vocal range top: D#5

Vocal range bottom: G2

Character's Gender: Female

Character's Age: 15-18

Character's Ethnicity: Any

The third member of the Plastics. Although her intellect and personality never had a chance to develop, Karen is essentially kind, relaxed, and a generous laugher. While Karen’s lack of intelligence is a running joke throughout the show, she sees the other girls more clearly than most people and is the most easygoing of the three. 

Damian Hubbard

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Age: 15-18

Character's Ethnicity: Any

The outgoing co-chair of the Student Activities Committee, and Janis’s best friend. Damian is a fiercely loyal friend to Janis and they have the close rapport of a comedy team. Damian is smart, witty, and confident and occasionally serves as the show’s narrator. 

Janis Sarkisian

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Character's Gender: Female

Character's Age: 15-18

Character's Ethnicity: Any

With Damian, Janis narrates throughout the show. Damian is her best friend and lovingly refers to her as his “art freak.”  Janis is not afraid to be weird, march to the beat of her own drum, or make others uncomfortable. She paints herself as an objective observer, but, like so many of us, she longs to avenge the devastating events of eighth grade. After a falling-out with Regina in middle school, she became a bit of a social outcast and still holds a grudge against Regina. 

Cady Heron

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G2

Character's Gender: Female

Character's Age: 15-18

Character's Ethnicity: Any

A new junior at North Shore High School, Cady grew up in Africa and was homeschooled by her wildlife biologist parents. She is warm, bright, and strong. Cady arrives at North Shore High a clueless transfer student, but is quickly wrapped up in brutal social politics. Though at her core Cady is levelheaded, self-assured, and kind, when she goes undercover with the Plastics, she becomes unrecognizable.  Cady is the emotional heart of our story.

Aaron Samuels

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: B3

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Age: 15-18

Character's Ethnicity: Any

A cute, nice guy with a good moral compass and a backbone, Aaron has ho has no idea that he’s the high school heartthrob. Although he doesn’t enjoy the drama of high school social politics, he’s not immune to all the female attention he gets. Aaron gets used as a pawn between Cady and Regina, though he genuinely likes Cady.  Broadway and pop tenor.

Shane Oman

Character's Age: 15 to 18

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Ethnicity: Any

A couple of spoken lines but much discussed in the show's plot.

Kevin G

Character's Age: 15 to 18

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Ethnicity: Any

Kevin is the extremely driven captain of the North Shore Mathletes. He is a confident student and a decent rapper. He’s excited about competing with the team, and he’s proud of their accomplishments.  

Martin

Character's Age: 15 to 18

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Ethnicity: Any

Kevin G's second in command.

Ms. Norbury

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Character's Gender: Female

Character's Age: 30 to 50

Character's Ethnicity: Any

Ms. Norbury is Cady’s homeroom and calculus teacher, and she oversees the Mathletes. Though she is a bit world-weary, jaded and more than a little sarcastic, Ms. Norbury sees the real Cady and encourages her to be true to herself, and to be her smartest self.

Mr. & Mrs. Heron

Character's Age: 30 to 50 

Character's Ethnicity: Any

Cady's parents.  Mrs. Heron is Cady’s intellectual mom who can’t understand why her daughter is devolving before her eyes.

Mrs. George

Character's Age: 30 to 50 

Character's Gender: Female

Character's Ethnicity: Any

Mrs. George is Regina’s “cool mom.” She’s desperate to look young and feel like one of the teens. She’s also desperate for Regina not to repeat her mistakes. 

Mr. Duvall

Character's Age: 30 to 50 

Character's Gender: Male

Character's Ethnicity: Any

The principal of North Shore High. Mr. Duvall may have once taught computers at Joliet penitentiary, but nothing prepared him for the harsh realities of out-of-control junior girls. Like Ms. Norbury, he’s now seen it all, although he’s slightly more formal and sincere than Ms. Norbury’s sarcasm. Funny and a strong singer.

Ensemble

Party Guests, the Debate Team, Dance Team, Show Choir, Mathletes, and Students. Cast Taylor, Caitlyn, Rachel, Caroline Krafft, Tony, Marymount Captain, Teary Girl, Mathletes Moderator Sonja Acquino, Glenn Cocco, Dawn, Grace, Lizzie, Sophie, and Jason from the ensemble.

All these roles have a line or two, but they don’t sing solos.

ADDITIONAL INFO

RESOURCES

Please watch this production of Mean Girls, JR!

SHOW HISTORY

ORIGINAL FILM

Rosalind Wiseman's 2002 book "Queen Bees and Wannabes" inspired the 2004 film "Mean Girls." The film was directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey, and  starred Lindsay LohanRachel McAdamsTim MeadowsAna GasteyerAmy Poehler and Fey.

ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION

The film was adapted into a stage musical with a book by Tina Fey, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and music by Jeff Richmond.

Produced by Lorne Michaels, the original production of Mean Girls premiered on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre in 2018. The show received positive to mixed reviews from critics and was nominated for twelve awards at the 72nd Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show closed after 833 performances on Broadway on March 11, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ORIGINAL FILM PRODUCTIONS

film adaptation of the musical was released in theaters in January 2024.

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