Cram! is a low-budget fun musical that follows eight Year 12 students as they strive for the magic score that will be their passport to university and adult life.

CRAM! is a fun show about finding your place and voice in an uncertain world.

It’s about the kids who ace it and the kids who don’t – and the lessons they learn along the way.

 It’s a show for anyone who is going through the agonies of Year 12, and which is ideal for secondary school students or performing arts students to perform at their schools.

Whether your Year 12 is called SAT, ACT, GCSE, IB, HSC or VCE, it’s  a year full of drama that is definitely worth singing and dancing about.

This show is in development. Expressions of interest invited from schools who are interested in partnering to develop and produce the show.

Listen here to a few of our songs.

Many thanks to Lachlan Davidson, Prudence Finlay, Wern Mack, Benedict Jazenco-Taylor, Matt Davies, Estelle Mannins and Myra Davidson. Trial our show!

We’re looking for a school that is willing to work with us to trial the show and develop it further, working towards our first full production.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity for music and drama teachers and talented young performers.

Register your interest now ! Write to  jane.cafarella@gmail.com

Synopsis

It’s Year 12, and Rosie, a nerdy perfectionist, is dreaming big. She wants to be a singer, but not just any singer – an opera singer. It’s horribly uncool, but she can’t help it.

That’s Plan A. For her mother Kathy, there is only Plan B – get an Arts degree and a real job.

Rosie’s BFF Gabe just wants to dance on Broadway, her friend T’Lor just wants to pass, Bill is too scared to say what he really wants, Sebastian knows he’ll ace it, as usual, and Dash is making a study of the new guy, Sam.

English teacher Mr Mac is doing everything to help.  Year 12 Coordinator Mrs Brown (aka Brown Owl) is doing everything to ensure everyone upholds the school’s fine reputation – and her own.

Rosie soon discovers that being a prima donna isn’t what it’s cracked up to be and that life is about finding your own voice.

But as the final exams loom, all have all have just one pressing goal – CRAM!

Genre: Musical theatre

Set: School hall, Year 12 Common Room, class rooms, and an auditiorum

Music:Lachlan Davdison. Lyrics: Jane Cafarella (and some music)

Style: Musical Theatre/Jazz/Rap

Band: Piano, drums, guitar (minimum)

Dramaturgy: Christie Evangelisto

Musical arrangements: TJ Taylor

Production history

2012, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, table read, Hartwell Players, directed by Joanne Watt.

2013, SINGAPORE, holiday workshop by musical director TJ Taylor at Evolve Arts,