The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.
Based on the best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat-tastic hijinks.
Show Essentials
23
Roles
+ Ensemble
G
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

The curtain opens, and the audience is introduced to the Lambchop Family, including our title character, Stanley ("Meet the Lambchops"). Stanley Lambchop is a ten-year-old boy who wishes to do amazing things no one has ever seen before. He wants to have adventures and be a hero, and Stanley wants to begin his adventures as soon as possible.

The scene changes, and the audience sees Stanley, his little brother, Arthur, and the rest of their Slumber Party Guests getting tucked in for the night by Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop ("Lambchop Lullaby"). Stanley begins to think about the things he would do if he really could wish upon a star ("I Wish I Were"). All of a sudden, a star falls from the sky. Stanley, Arthur and the slumber party guests watch in awe and then head back to their sleeping bags. As Stanley starts to fall asleep, the bulletin board hanging over his bed comes to life. The Bulletin Board lets Stanley know his wish may just come true... but with a twist.

In the morning, Stanley's family and friends discover that Stanley has been flattened by the bulletin board, which fell on him in the middle of the night. Even though Stanley seems okay, Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop are quite worried ("My Child Is Flat"). Mrs. Lambchop takes Stanley to see Doctor Dan, who isn't able to find anything wrong with him, except for the fact that he's flat. Stanley is afraid to go back to school, but Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop convince him that everything is going to be just fine ("The Funny Side").

After Stanley and his parents leave, Arthur rushes on, convinced that he is going to be in big trouble. The Cool Kids talked Arthur into making Stanley into a kite, and Arthur left him stuck in a tree. However, being stuck in a tree gives Stanley time to think about his new life as a flat person ("In a Tree"), until the letter carrier, Mrs. Cartero, realizes being flat could lead Stanley on an amazing adventure through the mail! He could put himself in an envelope and travel the world as a human letter ("Travelin' through the Mail")! This new thought thrills Stanley and, with the blessing of his family, Stanley starts his adventures by visiting his friend, Samantha, in Los Angeles.

Before Stanley can find Samantha, he meets a Hollywood Agent who decides that, with a little more life experience, Stanley could be a star ("Talent"). The Hollywood Agent encourages Stanley to visit his old friend in Paris, an idea that both excites and scares Stanley. Stanley finally runs into Samantha, who encourages him to go to Paris and have the adventures he's always wanted. With newfound courage, Stanley makes the trip across the ocean. While Stanley is traveling in the mail, Arthur sends him a letter ("Arthur's Letter"), letting him know how much he misses him. Stanley arrives in Paris and heads straight to the Louvre, as directed by the Hollywood Agent. Stanley meets two paintings, the Mona Lisa and a portrait of Napoleon. Mona Lisa and Napoleon convince Stanley to help them catch the Sneak Thief. After putting on a disguise, Stanley is able to trick and capture the thief.

As Stanley is being congratulated, he receives another letter from his Mom and Dad ("Mom and Dad's Letter"). Stanley realizes he really misses his family, but, before he gets too sad and lonely, he gets a call from the Hollywood Agent. Stanley has been cast in a movie shoot in Honolulu, Hawaii! Stanley heads straight to Hawaii and films his big scene ("Surfin' the Mail"). After the film shoot, the Hollywood Agent approaches Stanley with lots and lots of new job opportunities, but Stanley realizes the best kind of adventure is any adventure you share with the family you love. The Hollywood Agent sends Stanley back home.

Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop and Arthur are missing Stanley terribly, when Mrs. Cartero brings them a giant letter. They open the letter to find Stanley and greet him with hugs. And, surprise! Stanley's not flat anymore! Now that Stanley and his whole family are reunited, they sing a big finale ("Travelin' through the Mail – Finale").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible Cast Size
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Stanley
Stanley is a boy who wants to do "amazing things the world has never seen before." Cast an actor who is charming and highly likable with a solid voice and acting chops. It is also helpful if the actor has good control over his body and will therefore be able to control the flat suit.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Arthur
Arthur is Stanley's little brother. He's very serious about school and follows the rules. He has a few solo lines and a short ballad. Arthur also delivers a very funny monologue, so make sure the actor you cast has great comedic timing.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Mr. Lambchop
Mr. Lambchop is Stanley's Dad. He should come across as gently authoritative and likable. He is required to sing well.
Gender: male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Mrs. Lambchop
Mrs. Lambchop is Stanley's Mom. She is smart and definitely in control. Mrs. Lambchop has several solos and is required to sing well.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Caleb

Caleb, Jackson, Jacob and Cousin Sophie are all slumber party guests. All of these characters have spoken lines or vocal solos and should have strong voices.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D4
Jackson

Caleb, Jackson, Jacob and Cousin Sophie are all slumber party guests. All of these characters have spoken lines or vocal solos and should have strong voices.

Gender: male
Jacob

Caleb, Jackson, Jacob and Cousin Sophie are all slumber party guests. All of these characters have spoken lines or vocal solos and should have strong voices.

Gender: male
Cousin Sophie

Caleb, Jackson, Jacob and Cousin Sophie are all slumber party guests. All of these characters have spoken lines or vocal solos and should have strong voices.

Gender: female
Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board is a magical creature, like the tooth fairy, who grants kids' wishes but with a little twist. Cast a character actress who's funny and can be a little goofy. She should be able to sing reasonably well and carry a solo.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Mrs. Cartero
Mrs. Cartero is a sassy postal worker. She is fun-loving and extremely likable. She should have a strong singing and speaking voice and must be able to drive the energy of her scenes.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Doctor Dan
Doctor Dan is a hard-of-hearing, overworked Doctor. This is a non-singing role, perfect for any kid who's the class clown but doesn't really sing. As long as the actor (or actress) is funny and loud, he or she will be successful in this role.
Gender: any
Nurse Betty
Nurse Betty is the long-suffering assistant to Doctor Dan. This non-singing role is a great place to feature an actress who's not quite ready for a large part or who doesn't have a strong singing voice.
Gender: female
Cool Kids

Cool Kids are the kids who fly Stanley like a kite and are non-singing roles.

Gender: any
King Of The Cool Kids
King of the Cool Kids is the ringleader of the cool kids, also non-singing.
Gender: male
Birds
Birds are Stanley's singing bird friends. The Birds should be strong female singers who can handle harmony. Also, it's helpful if they are good dancers or at least graceful movers.
Gender: any
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Crowd
The Crowd is a large group of people who see Stanley off on his adventure. This is your chorus; cast one and all if possible!
Gender: any
Hollywood Agent
Hollywood Agent is a slick, old-style agent. This role can be successfully played by either a male or female performer. Cast someone with a strong voice capable of carrying a solo. This is a perfect role for someone who is naturally funny with a big voice.
Gender: any
Vocal range top: C#4
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Hollywood Assistants
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Passerbys/wannabes
Passerbys and Wannabes are various folks who live in Los Angeles. Cast ensemble kids who are not strong dancers in these roles.
Gender: any
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Samantha
Samantha is Stanley's friend who moved to Los Angeles. This non-singing role is a great feature for an actress who is highly likable, sweet, and can share a quiet and touching scene with Stanley.
Gender: female
O. Jay D'art
O. Jay D'art is the curator for the Louvre museum. This non-singing role is a fantastic featured part for a male or female performer who is funny and can create a character that is bigger than life.
Gender: male
Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa is Leonardo da Vinci's painting come to life. This is a non-singing role and nice feature for an actress who can create a strong character. It's also helpful if the actress can affect an Italian accent.
Gender: female
Napoleon
Napoleon is Jacques-Louis David's painting come to life. This is a non-singing role and perfect feature for an actor who can create a strong character and affect a French accent.
Gender: male
Sneak Thief
Sneak Thief is a world-class art burglar. This non-singing role is perfect for the smallest person you can cast, as it creates a great comic affect. It is also a great role for a younger performer who's not afraid to be goofy.
Gender: any
Kiki

Kiki is an entertainment reporter in Hawaii. Non-singing role suited for a performer of nearly any ability. Great role to cast a kid who's new to your program to see how he or she handles themselves in a role.

Gender: male
Herb Wavecrest

Herb Wavecrest is an entertainment reporter. Non-singing role suited for a performer of nearly any ability. Great role to cast a kid who's new to your program to see how he or she handles themselves in a role.

Gender: male
Assistant Director

Assistant Director on Stanley's movie. Non-singing role suited for a performer of nearly any ability. Great role to cast a kid who's new to your program to see how he or she handles themselves in a role.

Gender: any
Bikini Wahini
Bikini Wahini is Stanley's co-star. This is a nice feature for a female performer who has a strong voice, moves well and is very likable. Think Goldie Hawn back in her Laugh-In days.
Gender: female
Vocal range top: A#4
Vocal range bottom: B3
Go-go Dancers
Go-Go-Dancers are the extras in Stanley's movie. Feature your ensemble performers who have strong voices and can dance or at least move well.
Gender: any
Full Song List
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Cell Phone
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Mrs. Cartero (Underscore 1)
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Mrs. Cartero (Underscore 2)
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Meet the Lambchops
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Bedtime Story
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Lambchop Lullaby
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: I Wish I Were (Part 1)
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: I Wish I Were (Part 2)
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Magic Music
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Stanley's Wish
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Flatcakes for Breakfast
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: My Child is Flat
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Doctor Dan
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Stanley's Exam
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Doctor Dan's Outro
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: The Funny Sunny Side
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: In A Tree
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Travelin' Through the Mail
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Travelin' Through the Mail (Playoff)
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Hollywood Transition
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Talent
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Arthur's Letter
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Paris Transition
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Can-Can Capture
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Can-Can-You-Play Us Off
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Mom and Dad's Letter
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Honolulu Transition
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Kiki and Herb
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Surfin' the Mail
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Lambchop Reveal
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Travelin' Through the Mail Finale
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR.: Bows

Connect

Curriculum Connection

  • Media
  • Communications and Writing Letters
  • Storytelling
  • Inventions
  • Geography
  • Parent and Child Relationships
  • Celebrating Differences
  • Travel

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Book by TIMOTHY A. McDONALD
 
Lyrics by TIMOTHY A. McDONALD, JONATHAN K. WALLER
 
Music by DAVID WEINSTEIN, JONATHAN K. WALLER,
TIMOTHY A. McDONALD, and STEPHEN GABRIEL
 
Based on the book Flat Stanley by JEFF BROWN
Illustrations by SCOTT NASH
 
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley was originally produced by Work Light Productions
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Flat Stanley books are published by HarperCollins Children's Books http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com

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