“The Main Street Kid’s Club: A MathStart Musical” is a charming  play based on the hugely popular book series by Stuart J. Murphy. Many mathematical concepts are explored through the use of fun characters and their adventures in the club. The show weaves six of the MathStart books together with original lyrics by Scott Ferguson and Michael Mahler and original music by Michael Mahler.


 

A BRAND NEW MUSICAL FOR FAMILIES!

A very special thanks to the entire class of students at Northwestern University who helped bring the show to life:


MEG: The pessimist. Always doing the wrong thing, but in a silly fun way.

LAURA MERCHUT

ISABEL RICHARDSON


MATTHEW: Leader of the club. The idea man.

RB EMBLETON

ALEX WEISMAN


DANNY: The silly one. Jokester. Superstitious.

JOHNSON BROCK

AARON RICCARDI


SHERI: The thinker. Loves math. A bit of a “Tom Boy.”

LIZ OLANOFF

CARA RIFKIN


MAGGIE: The sweet one. Total sweetheart. Eternal optimist.

CAITLIN COLLINS

KRISTIN JOHNSON


TOBY: The outsider. The new kid in school. Not a member of the club.

JON KWOCK

STEVE MCQUOWN


CREATIVE TEAM:


DANA KAPLAN-ANGLE

KIRSTEN HUPPLER

BRITTA ROWINGS

COURTNEY BLACKWELL

MADELINE SCHEFFLER

LAURA NASH

KELBY SIDDONS

CASEY BISHOP


The playwright taught a class at Northwestern University which enabled students to engage themselves in the creation of a new family musical. The picture to the left is from one of the four public staged readings performed at NU.

(Back row from left to right: Scott Ferguson, Caitlin Collins, Isabel Richardson, Aaron Riccardi, Stuart J. Murphy, Johnson Brock, Jon Kwock, Laura Nash, Michael Maler. Front Row from left to right: Liz Olanoff, Casey Bishop, Rives Collins, Steve McQuown.)

You can SEE CLIPS from the show below!

Recording session.

(clockwise from left.) Robert Ollis, Steven Silverman, Max Quinlan, Danny Taylor, Chris Walsh, Michael Mahler, Dara Cameron, Courtney Rioux, Angie Wendt.

We would like to thank Robert Ollis and Steven Silverman for their generosity and help in making the demo recording a reality.  


The fantastic voices on the recording are Dara Cameron, Max Quinlan, Courtney Rioux, Danny Taylor, Chris Walsh & Angie Wendt.



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Watch clips from the Theatrebam Chicago touring production here.


SYNOPSIS:


The musical is the story of a cool kid’s club that believes that “math skills equal life skills.” There is a new kid in town who wants desperately to join the club, but he has to prove his worth to the rest of the gang.


Toby has found a 50 year old treasure map an believes it is the key to winning over the club members. (“It’s a Map!”) Once the rest of the gang arrives, (“The M.S.K.C.”) Toby asks why everyone is wearing crazy painted tee shirts, and finds out that they are celebrating (“One Hundred Days of Cool.”)


Danny still needs to raise money to buy a pair of Heeleys. The gang helps motivate Danny by re-enacting one of the MathStart books, “Less Than Zero.” (“Perry the Penguin”) Everyone soon realizes that the M.S.K.C. needs to raise it’s own money to fix up the clubhouse. Danny finds the treasure map among all the junk and Toby’s plan to use the map as his ticket into the club is foiled. As the gang leaves to find the buried treasure, Toby is left behind...still an outsider. (“If I Could Just Be Me”)


The gang follows the map very carefully to search for the buried treasure. (“It’s a Map! Reprise”) Meanwhile back at the clubhouse, Toby tries to learn the skill of prediction by using one of the MathStart books, “More or Less.” Once they find the treasure, the M.S.K.C. discovers that it’s not a stash of gold, but a time capsule from a kid’s club 50 years ago! There is lots of cool stuff inside, including an old comic book called “Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes” that they have a blast acting out.


Wait! There is no treasure, which means no money to help fix up their run down clubhouse. They decide to have a Lemonade stand for a few days to raise money. Toby wants to help, but again he is told that only official members can be a part of their plan. (“If I Could Just Be Me, Reprise”)


The lemonade stand is going really well! They use a bar graph to keep a record of their sales. (“Lemonade”) On the 4th day sales go way down. Matthew looks out the window and sees that Toby is juggling on the other corner and that is taking away all of their customers. Sheri gets an idea.


The next day their sales are over the top! Thanks to Toby’s juggling the crowds were huge. Danny asks Toby to join the club as Toby declares that “math skills equal life skills!” (“The M.S.K.C., Reprise”)

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