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IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND
The Fantastical Adventure of a Teenage Drama Queen
Genres: Drama, Fantasy
Themes: Teen Experience, Life Lessons & Experiences, Inspirational
Duration: 75 minutes
Speaking Cast: 6-12 females, 4 males, 0-7 either (10-23 total cast)
Flexibility: 0-10 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible
Jenna is having another ‘traumatic’ day as the family is getting ready for her younger sister’s birthday party. Using her witty charm and sarcastic attitude, Jenna appeals for permission to be with her friends instead. After refusing to help, Jenna goes to her room and calls her friend complaining about her awful day. When Olivia (her younger sister) comes to her room, Jenna sings FLY AWAY - longing to find a less stressful place and some explanations for her seemingly daily ordeals.
Suddenly, Mom bursts into the room, argues with Jenna, and sends Olivia back to her party. Jenna has a wild outburst and emotional melt down. While in this dream-like trance, her room transforms into a circus-style atmosphere as we hear the song COME ALONG. Her posters, stuffed animals, dolls, and puppets appear to come alive and invite Jenna to take a ‘fantastical’ trip through her mind. In this fantasy world, she wakes to meet the mysterious and cunning MC, (played by her therapist dad). He leads Jenna on the adventurous journey and first brings her to the Emotions. Jenna watches her various emotions (Love, Jealousy, Guilt, Anxiety, etc.) come alive and comically debate her issues as they try to get along. They sing GET OVER YOURSELF, a song about the conflicts of her constantly changing emotions and recent "drama queen" disposition. As Jenna’s sassy persona slowly returns, the MC challenges her "wit" and then introduces her to the frenetic Id and Superego. In their song ID AND SUPEREGO, Id encourages Jenna to be impulsive, while Superego pleads for careful decisions and warns of possible consequences. After Jenna debates the MC about the whole “fantasy thing” being lame, he brings out Common Sense (her old dolls which were stashed in the toy trunk). The incredibly delightful dolls sing ALL IN YOUR MIND to make things clear for Jenna. They explain how she can learn from the whole experience using her own common sense.
Jenna is beginning to relate to the various characters, but feels as if no one cares about her issues. Singing AREN'T I ALLOWED, Jenna wants to know how a girl her age is supposed to feel and react. Jenna’s mom replies with her own thoughts about the emotional struggles from the parent’s point of view. They both ask questions but neither listens to each other. Drained, Jenna sits down while the MC tries to boost her spirits. He sings ‘DEM OL' MEMORIES attempting to charm Jenna out of her sadness by magically revealing some good memories of her past.
Jenna watches different memories from her past with friends, family, and her first kiss. She’s almost happy - but then suddenly reveal her version of real memories as a young teen: being horribly embarrassed by her parents, friends being cruel, and hurtful teachers. All the negative energy leads Jenna to the world of her own nightmares. The Ice Queen (played by Jenna’s mom) appears and leads her servants through the devilish WHAT YOU HIDE. She explains how she always knows what Jenna is thinking, aware of her secret, deepest thoughts. This is truly Jenna’s worst nightmare as she’s horrified that the Ice Queen knows everything about her.
Jenna is exhausted and defeated from this emotional journey. She finally bares her soul, trying to make sense of the adventure, what she may have learned, and her own struggles. With this revelation and vulnerability, the MC and Ice Queen bring Jenna back to reality. As she wakes up from her dream, Jenna’s mom and dad come up to her room to see if they can work out their issues. Jenna agrees to be more cooperative and be less “dramatic” if she wants to be treated differently. She asks to have time with her friends to “deal with some things. Her parents reluctantly agree and realize that Jenna is slowly maturing, but know it’s still a long journey . . .
CHISD - Permenter MS
Cedar Hill, TX
Westville High School
MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Franklin Middle School
It's All in Your Mind
has been produced several times prior to its publication.
In July 2001, the musical was performed at the Berkeley Carroll Creative Arts Program in Brooklyn as a reading with three songs. It was further revised in July 2003, with songs added and a small set created, for another performance by an all-children cast in the Berkeley Carroll Creative Arts Program in Brooklyn.
In May 2005, It's All in Your Mind was produced at the Local Produce Arts Festival in Brooklyn. New scenes were added and the play was open to a borough-wide audience. The play was performed by a cast composed of children and older teens with minimal lighting, costumes and props.
In January 2006, It's All in Your Mind was performed in the Berkeley Carroll Performance Space in Brooklyn. New songs were added to the musical, professional adult actors were hired to work with the teens, set pieces were created, and the musical was performed with full lighting and costumes.
In October 2006, It's All in Your Mind was performed with a professional cast of adults and teens in the Kumble Theater of the Performing Arts at Long Island University. The musical was fully staged with a basic set, props, lights and costumes was produced in conjunction with Community Works NYC as part of their "Theater Connections" program for young audiences.
In May 2008, It's All in Your Mind saw another production run at the Kumble Theater of the Performing Arts at Long Island University with a professional cast of adults and young adults. The musical was re-conceived for an older cast as a rock concert with minimal set pieces, a live rock band on stage, video projections and music video-style costumes and props.
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