The youth musical "Searching for Sparks" was originally commissioned and produced at Highlands Elementary in Edina, Minnesota to highlight Peter Benson's thriving through "Sparks" curriculum used in the classrooms at Highlands, as well as to meet a need for diverse and inclusive casting options amid limited technical means.
Since its production (viewable via Youtube link below), professional full rock-band recordings of instrumental “performance” tracks and vocal “practice” tracks have been produced (available via Soundcloud below), and sample pages of the Scores (piano/vocal/chord) and Book are also available further down on this webpage.
This youth musical was written to appeal to audiences of all ages, and is currently available for further productions via Leicester Bay Theatricals. For further questions feel free to contact me through this website or through social media.
Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 28 flexible, opt. extras (Doubling: 1 M, 1 F, 10 flex) Performance Time: Approximately 55 minutes.
SYNOPSIS - Flint is a boy who can’t find his “Spark”; Cindy is a girl who will stop at nothing to help him find it. With the help of a musician, a class clown, an environmentalist, a brainiac, a volunteer, a hockey player, and a wise old janitor, Cindy finds out that Sparks aren’t always what she thought they had to be, and Flint discovers that sometimes the best time to find your Spark is when you aren’t looking for it. This musical, inspired by the work of Peter Benson, is perfect for later elementary and middle school classrooms, there’s a part for everyone to play! Features 7 original songs.
Highlands Elementary Performance
Featured scenes at 5:22, 18:22, 29:59, and 36:44
Searching for Sparks Demo Tracks