If you’re in high school and have ever yearned to be part of the Marvel Universe, you now have your chance! Marvel has partnered with Samuel French to present a series of three one-act high school plays, as part of a program called ‘Marvel Spotlight’. The three plays star Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, and teenage Thor and Loki.
Christian Borle penned ‘Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play’, while Karen Zacarías scripted ‘Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play’. ‘Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play’ was written by Masi Asare. Perhaps to make these shows more manageable, these heroes’ superpowers won’t be emphasized so much as their emotional journeys. As the site for ‘Marvel Spotlight’ states, these are tales “of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
Marvel Spotlight is an all-new way to experience some of the greatest heroes ever! A series of plays developed for teenagers, Marvel Spotlight explores the humans behind your favorite Super Heroes as they balance mastering their newfound powers while facing the real-world challenges of young adults.
Marvel tells the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and the best part of Marvel Spotlight is that you get to interpret them in your own way as you expand the Marvel Universe into a whole new medium – on your own stage, in your community!
Marvel VP creative and content development Stephen Wacker stated:
“Over the last 80 years, the Marvel Universe has grown to inspire billions across the globe by telling relatable, personal stories reflecting the world outside our window. With these amazing plays and this uncanny group of talented playwrights, we hope to give the next generation of Marvel fans a chance to bring those stories to life and explore what it means to be a superhero right in their own backyard.”
The licensing fees are $75 per performance for one of these plays, or $125 per performance for two or more.
If you want to learn more, visit the ‘Marvel Spotlight’ website.
Marvel’s parent company, Disney, has an extensive relationship with high school drama departments, having offered numerous high school stage versions of its classic films and Broadway musicals.
Here are the ‘Marvel Spotlight’ plays’ synopses:
‘Squirrel Girl Goes to College’: Doreen arrives at Empire State University to make new friends – and protect them from super villains – by keeping her superhero identity a secret. But when a beloved computer science professor suddenly disappears, can Doreen trust her friends with her inner squirrel so she can save the day?
‘Hammered’: As Thor struggles with the stress of final exams, his brother Loki finds himself under a different sort of pressure. Neither are beneath pranks in the endless competition for their parents’ favor. But underneath all the thunder and mischief, these two Princes of Asgard discover a bond that will last millennia.
‘Mirror of Most Value’: Kamala attempts to boost Ms. Marvel’s fledgling super hero profile by writing her own fan fiction. But when building a fandom becomes an obsession, Kamala’s schoolwork and relationships begin to suffer. To become the Jersey City hero of her dreams, Kamala must learn to accept herself just as she is – imperfections and all.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter