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DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS THE MUSICAL
book & additional lyrics by
NICK BLAEMIRE

music adaptation, vocal & incidental arrangements by MADELINE SMITH

orchestrations & music produced by MATTHEW TISHLE

Presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production or distributing recordings on any medium, including the Internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author’s rights and actionable under copyright law. 

feb 18 to
mar 20 2021

In-Person Presentation

rated G | 6+

running time 100 mins,
1-act musical

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presented in partnership with OCL Studios.

 
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SHOW SUMMARY

Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney's Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films!

It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?

RATING: PG | 6+ 
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FROM THE DIRECTOR
SAMANTHA CURRIE

The line between good and evil can be very hard to see, and sometimes even harder to know if anyone is as “good” as they seem.

 

In this musical many of our favourite childhood Princesses and Princes now have children of their own and these teenagers see the world with a perspective that is not always shared with their Royal parents. Imagine standing up for what you believe in and defending your core values to your mother or father, who just happen to be some of the most feared villains in the land. Is good or evil naturally inherit? Does where you grew up define you? At first glance these characters could not seem more opposite, but perhaps the newest generation of royals can ultimately be more accepting, more empathetic, more tolerant than the generation before them. At its core, the show wants us to remember that no matter who we are and where we come from, we have and will always be better together.

 

I have loved being on this magical musical adventure with all these marvellously talented humans. Theatre + magic = even MORE magic! The passion they continue to bring is staggering. A beautiful example of what theatre means and our need for it in our lives.

 

Theatre itself can pose many challenges in the process of bringing it from the written page to the stage. The team, the crew, and the cast handled every step with understanding and clemency. Safety has been the foundation of our process and the diligence and support from everyone on the Storybook team is truly what has made this experience a magical one.

 

You are about to see a show that will be the first for many people on this stage since the pandemic, and maybe even for you, as an audience member. Thank you and welcome to Auradon.

Samantha Currie
 

Samantha Currie - Director
 
Production Inclusion Statics

40% FEMALE/NON-BINARY
REPRESENTATION

38.33% MARGINALIZED REPRESENTATION

25% BIPOC
REPRESENTATION

26.67% LGBTQIA2S+
REPRESENTATION

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43.33% ON STAGE
36.67% OFFSTAGE

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43.33% ON STAGE
33.33% OFFSTAGE

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30% ON STAGE

20% OFFSTAGE

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26.67% ON STAGE
26.67
% OFFSTAGE

ABOUT THE CREATORS 
NICK BLAEMIRE

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Nick Blaemire is a writer and performer based in Brooklyn. At 23 years old, Nick wrote the score to the musical Glory Days (book by James Gardiner, OBCR on Ghostlight Records). Since its historic one night engagement on Broadway, it has had over 40 productions all over the world. He has also written book, music and lyrics for four original musicals: A Little More Alive (commissioned by Broadway Across America, produced at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kansas City Rep and Barrington Stage, optioned as a feature film); Soon (premiered at Signature Theatre, won the Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation); Fallout (with Kyle Jarrow, in development); and Space Dogs (with Van Hughes and Tina Landau, in development). Other writing projects include the film adaptation of the novel This Song Will Save Your Life and a romantic comedy for Universal Pictures. Nick has released two pop EPs, both available on iTunes and Spotify. As an actor, he recently completed the National Tour of Falsettos as Mendel and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Jonathan in the Off-Broadway Revival of Tick, Tick...Boom!. He is repped by CAA and Authentic. @nickblaemire

MADELINE SMITH
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Broadway: Waitress (Piano/Conductor sub), War Paint (Key 1 sub). Off-Broadway: Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future (Ars Nova), Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience), Futurity (Soho Rep/Ars Nova), 1001 Nights (Atlantic Theater Company), The Light Princess (New Victory Theater), An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience). Regional, etc.: We Live In Cairo (ART), Loch Ness (FLMTF), Ragtime on Ellis Island. Adaptations: Frozen JR. and Frozen KIDS (Disney); B.A. from Harvard University.

MATTHEW TISHLER
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Matthew Tishler is a 20x multi-platinum songwriter and music producer, with a specialty in family entertainment for film and television. Over the past 8 years, his songs have been featured in hit TV shows, movies and on dozens of #1 albums around the world.

Matthew has written and/or produced hundreds of songs for Disney, Nickelodeon, and Dreamworks, including music for television series Shake It Up, Austin & Ally, Live & Maddie, A.N.T. Farm, and The Lodge; as well as the theme song and several original songs for the comedy series Bizaardvark.

He co-wrote and produced theme song “Take On The World” for Girl Meets World, the highly anticipated and enormously successful spinoff of 90’s favorite Boy Meets World.

Matthew is writing and producing the original songs for Disney Junior’s Fancy Nancy, an animated musical series based on the best-selling books of the same name. As well, Matthew is writing and producing the original music for Disney Junior’s upcoming Mira, Royal Detective.

Additionally, Matthew’s music is featured in successful Disney Channel Original Movies, including Teen Beach 2, Lemonade Mouth, Radio Rebel, and multiple songs performed by Ashley Tisdale in High School Musical spin-off, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. He also produced two songs written by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey for the DCOM adaptation of Disney Theatrical’s stage musical Freaky Friday; and has an original song featured in 2019’s Descendants 3 film.

Matthew’s songs have been recorded by numerous teen stars, including Dove Cameron, Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, China Anne McClain, Zendaya, Bella Thorne, Olivia Holt, Jordan Fisher, Sofia Carson, Sabrina Carpenter, Rowan Blanchard, and JoJo Siwa.

His international songwriting placements are ubiquitous. In Asia, Matthew has worked with a who’s-who group of A-list artists, including BTS, Namie Amuro, Kumi Koda, EXILE Atsushi, Tohoshinki, Happiness, Crystal Kay, EXO, Taeyeon, AOA, Taemin, Seohyun, Red Velvet, TVXQ, SHINee, BoA, Joey Yung, LuHan, Stray Kids, and TWICE.

Standout pop music moments include: “Finally”, the title track of J-Pop queen Namie Amuro’s final album, which sold 1.1 million units in 6 days (2.6 million to date) – breaking a 13-year sales record in Japan and certification as the top-selling album in Japan for 2017 and 2018; EXILE Atsushi’s single “Itsuka Kitto,” which debuted at #1, enjoying sales of over 1 million units and certification as that year’s #5 biggest-selling album in Japan; “Dimple”, released by world-famous K-Pop boyband BTS – selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide; and LuHan’s “Reloaded” EP, containing 5 of Matthew’s songs, which sold 4.5 million digital downloads.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Matthew now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 dogs.

 
 

SONG LIST

  • Better Together (Prelude 1) - Ben

  • Rotten to the Core - Mal, Evie, Jay, Carlos, Ensemble

  • Evil Like Me - Maleficent, Mal

  • Be Our Guest - Chad, Ensemble

  • Good Is The New Bad (Preprise) - Fairy Godmother

  • Good Is The New Bad (Part 1) - Mal, Evie, Jay, Carlos, Ensemble

  • Good Is The New Bad (Part 2) - Doug, Audrey, Chad, Ensemble

  • Evil Like Me (Reprise 1) - Mal

  • Rotten to the Core (Parents' Revenge) - Maleficent, Jafar, Grimhilde, Cruella de Vil

  • Goal - Jay, Carlos, Mal, Evie, Ben, Chad, Coach, Ensemble

  • Good Is The New Bad (Reprise 1) - Ensemble

  • Ways to Be Wicked (Preprise) - Mal, Evie, Jay, Carlos

  • Did I Mention (Prelude) - Ben

  • Did I Mention - Ben, Jay, Carlos, Evie, Ensemble

  • Better Together (Prelude 2) - Ben, Mal

  • Space Between - Mal, Evie

  • Chillin' Like a Villain (Part 1) - Evie, Jay Carlos

  • Chillin' Like a Villain (Part 2) - Evie, Jay, Carlos, Ben

  • Good Is The New Bad (Reprise 2) - Ensemble

  • If Only - Mal, Ben

  • Ways to Be Wicked - Company

  • Go the Distance (Chorale) - Ensemble

  • Evil Like Me (Reprise 2) - Maleficent

  • Better Together - Company

  • Break This Down - Company

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MEET THE CAST
 
MEET THE TEAM
STAGE & FILM TEAM CREDITS

STORYBOOK THEATRE

Artistic Director | JP THIBODEAU
Office Administrator | EVA STIEBER
Theatre School Coordinator | CRISTINA LANZ

Box Office Staff | SKYLAR DESJARDINS
Box Office Staff | MELODY KIELEK
Box Office Staff | NICK BISHOP

THEATRICAL TEAM

Stage Director | SAMANTHA CURRIE

Musical Director | ALECIA PAGNOTTA

Choreographer | DANIELLE DESMARAIS

Stage Manager | MICHEL LUONG
Assistant Stage Manager | RAWD ALMASOUD

Assistant Stage Manager | NAOMI MCCALLION
Assistant Stage Manager | JUSTYN NISHIMURA

Costume Designer | SANDY FORBES
Costume Assistant |
RYAN MASCHKE
Hair & Makeup Designer | RYAN MASCHKE
MakeUp Designer | MELODY KIELEK

Lighting Designer & Operator | TAURAN WOOD

Sound Designer & Programming | MARCO ROJAS CRUZ

Set  Designer | TERRY GUNVORDAHL
Props Designer | TBD
Set Carpentry | JOEL BRAUN

Set Assistant | KENNEDY HEWITT
Tech Crew | TBD
Tech Crew |
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Lighting Crew
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Lighting Crew |
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Sound Operator | PAUL DAVIES & ARETHA SMITH

Theatre Technician | SKYLAR DESJARDINS

Graphic Design | JENNIFER MERIO

Public Relations | ALDONA BARUTOWICZ

FILM TEAM

Film Direction | JP THBODEAU

Director of Photography | JP THBODEAU

Lighting Operator | TAURAN WOOD

1st Assistant Director | MICHEL LUONG
Production Assistant | RAWD ALMASOUD

Production Assistant  | NAOMI AKINTILO

Production Assistant  | NIAMH  AKINTILO
Production Assistant  | JUSTYN NISHIMURA
Spot Operator | TBD
Spot Operator | TBD
Camera Operator | TBD
Camera Operator |
 TBD

Camera Operator | TBD

Soundtrack Recording | OCL STUDIOS
Sound Engineer |
 DARRYL SWART

Music Editor & Supervisor | MARCO ROJAS CRUZ

Video Editor | JP THIBODEAU
Colour & Editing Support |
KRIS MISH

Executive Producer | STORYBOOK THEATRE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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StoryBook would like to share our complete appreciation to OCL Studios, for donating their studio time for the cast recording sessions. Thanks to their generosity, support, and hard work, our cast was able to capture their beautiful voices, and safely record the magic that is the music of Annie.  Check out OCL Studio's inspiring space >

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