by Gregory Crafts & Michael Gordon Shapiro

"...perfect for small children, with audience participation, a perfect hour run-time and catchy musical numbers." - L.A. Theatre Review
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“If you’re looking for a fast-paced, bold and bright musical that’s chock full of witty humor, colorful characters, and an upbeat catchy score, then Super Sidekick: The Musical is the perfect choice for your entire family.”

Christina Mancuso

Critic, Broadway World

Super Sidekick is a fun, super-charged adventure that’s sure to keep your kid engaged, and probably you as well.  That is, unless you’re a Slurm.”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

The Show

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Format: Full Length
Genre: Children’s Musical Comedy
Run Time: 50 minutes
Cast: 3 Male, 1 Female, 2-4 Either

Action! Adventure! Romance! Ninja Koalas! There’s all this and more in Super Sidekick, the brand new children’s musical from rising L.A. playwright Gregory Crafts and composer Michael Gordon Shapiro. When famous superhero Blackjack the Bold is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, it’s up to his assistant Inky to step up and save the day! Little does he know that he’ll also have to contend with Ninja Koalas, dark caves, secret weapons, and an abducted princess who’s considerably braver than he is. Colorful characters, witty humor, and an upbeat catchy score make Super Sidekick: The Musical a treat for young audiences, and an engaging project for thespians of all ages.

“Highly recommended as the surprise standout of the year for all ages.”

Christina Mancuso

Critic, Broadway World

Testimonials

“Our schools are always demanding a musical option for the tour, and it’s hard to find one that is age-appropriate, time-appropriate, AND artistically excellent. Needless to say, I was incredibly pleased when I found Super Sidekick: The Musical.”

Aimee S. Reid

Artistic Director, The Treehouse Troupe

“What we really loved about Super Sidekick: The Musical is that the sidekick is the hero in the end. It tells a story of friendship, loyalty, being brave and facing your fears. It also has action, adventure, hilarious moments and touching moments. The music is beautifully written and adds the perfect touch to the script itself. We just couldn’t pass this one up. Plus, there are ninja koalas! Who can say no to that?”

Bethany Dunham

Director of Education, Topeka Civic Theatre

“I was first drawn to Super Sidekick:The Musical because the show could be done with minimal set and flexible casting. When you are working on a small budget and with teens who fluctuate in regards to their involvement, having a show that was flexible was very important. But after reading a sample of the show, I loved the heart-warming story, how it made me laugh and all the nerdy inside jokes. I knew the teens would love the score and they literally would be sing the songs one their lunch break and before and after rehearsal. They couldn’t get enough of the songs and they really resonated with the heart of the show.”

Larisse Campbell

Artistic Director, Eastside Story Guild Youth Program

“…blissfully funny. A treat worth taking a chance on.”

Margaret Quamme

Critic, The Columbus Dispatch

Dramatis Personae

Sorcerer Slurm

The Villain. More inept than truly scary.

Inky: Sidekick to Blackjack the Bold. Youthful.

Inky

Sidekick to Blackjack the Bold. Youthful.

Blackjack

A famous and somewhat self-absorbed Superhero.

Princess Penelope

A Princess about Inky’s age, with a fiery independent streak.

Ninja Koalas

Marsupial hench-bears trained in martial arts. Swings.

The Narrator

Our fearless storyteller.

The Monsters

Denizens of the Cave of Doom

The Queen

Leader of The Kingdom, Mother of The Princess.

“How many musicals can claim they have Ninja Koalas?”

Laurel Graeber

Critic, The New York Times

The Songs

“The team behind Super Sidekick: The Musical have perfected the art of live-action cartoon. Even as a grown-up, I found it humorous, saucy and a lot of fun!”

Linnea Covington

Critic, The Happiest Medium

Meet the Creative Team

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Playwright

Gregory Crafts grew up wanting to be a Ninja Koala. However, because he thought his parents would frown upon a career choice that involved him working as a hench-bear for an evil sorcerer (ninja skills or not), he decided to study acting instead. In 2006, Gregory began writing the story that would become Super Sidekick as a gift for his then yet-to-be-born nephew, Brody. Working on this script changed Greg’s life, as he got to know the girl of his dreams at the play’s first reading. That girl, Jenn, became his best friend and later his wife, proving that you can live happily ever after. Greg is a proud alumnus of Emerson College, an Eagle Scout and a 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He enjoys baseball, video games, and anything creative. For more information about L.A. Theatre, trying to break into “the business” or what it is to be a fanatical follower of the Boston Red Sox, Gregory recommends you check out his web site, gregorycrafts.com.

Michal Gordon Shapiro

Michal Gordon Shapiro

Composer & Lyricist

Michael Gordon Shapiro writes music for film, television, the concert hall, live theater… really, anyone with a checkbook or convincing-looking IOU. He’s scored nine feature films including Home Room (starring Erika Christensen, Busy Phillips, and Victor Garber) and Against Time (starring Ean Merig, Robert Loggia, and Craig T. Nelson). His video game work includes music for Star Trek: Conquest, and Empire Earth 2 and 3. In addition to his work on Super Sidekick, he’s written a slew of award-winning, internationally produced miniature musicals which have recently been compiled into an anthology called A Feast of Snacks. His favorite super-hero, other than Inky, is Joss Whedon’s interpretation of Colossus. Visit Michael on the web at www.mikemusic.com.

“Gregory Crafts’ book is funny and clear, providing a good foundation for Michael Gordon Shapiro’s brilliant lyrics, which get more impressive the closer one listens.”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

Production History

Staged Reading

The first staged reading of Super Sidekick the play was mounted at Write Act Repertory, in Hollywood, CA, on October 9th, 2006.

World Premiere

Super Sidekick: The Musical premiered at The Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood on July 18th, 2010. The show was produced by Theatre Unleashed and directed by Jenn Scuderi Crafts.

Hollywood Fringe 2011

Super Sidekick: The Musical was a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Produced by Theatre Unleashed, the show was mounted at the Actors Circle Theatre in West Hollywood.

Best of Hollywood Fringe 2011

Super Sidekick: The Musical an Official Selection of the Best of Hollywood Fringe 2011. Their Encore run was produced by Theatre Unleahsed and Combined Artform, and ran at Theatre Asylum.

FringeNYC 2012

Super Sidekick: The Musical was a part of FringeJr at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), running at The SoHo Playhouse.

FringeNYC 2012 Encore Series

Super Sidekick: The Musical was the first FringeJr show to be awarded a prestigious invitation to the Fringe Encore series at The SoHo Playhouse.

Two Roads Educational Arts and Theater

Super Sidekick: The Musical was produced by the Two Roads Educational Arts and Theater at The Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in April 2013.

The Treehouse Troupe Tour

The first touring production of Super Sidekick: The Musical was presented by Bowling Green State University’s Treehouse Troupe in Fall 2013.

The Eastside Story Guild Youth Program

The Eastside Story Guild Youth Program presented the first international production of Super Sidekick: The Musical at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in July 2014.

Saginaw Valley State University Regional Tour

In Fall 2014 Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan became the second University to mount a touring production of Super Sidekick: The Musical.

Columbus Children's Theatre

Super Sidekick: The Musical returned to Ohio in October 2014. This time, the show went up in Columbus at the Columbus Children’s Theatre.

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy

Super Sidekick: The Musical premiered in Kansas at Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy in April 2015. The production went on to win 3 awards.

Alberta High School Drama Festival

Students from St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School brought Super Sidekick: The Musical to the Alberta High School Drama Festival in Canada in May 2016. They won four awards and an honourable mention!

Millikin University at the Albert Taylor Theatre

In October 2016, The Golden K Kiwanis of Decatur, IL sponsored a Millikin University production of Super Sidekick: The Musical at the Albert Taylor Theatre.

Tahquitz High School

In April 2017, Super Sidekick: The Musical returned to Southern California with a production at Tahquitz High School in Hemet.

Neosho High School

In November 2017, Super Sidekick: The Musical premiered in Missouri at Neosho High School.

“When I went, the audience was filled with grown-ups who acted like kids in their total enjoyment of the piece and the actual kids that were there had an even better time!”

Eva Heinemann

Editor-In-Chief, Hi! Drama

DIY PROPS & COSTUMES

Build your Own Ninja Koala Costume

Click here for a step-by-step guide to build your own Ninja Koala Costume, just like the ones from Super Sidekick: The Musical!

Build your Own Terrible Tickler

Click here for a step-by-step guide to build your own Terrible Tickler! Just like the one Sorcerer Slurm and the Ninja Koalas use in Super Sidekick: The Musical!

“…and for the big people that brought them, there are well-rounded performances, a couple of solid gags, and expertly crafted lyrics to keep their interest piqued, too!”

Matt Roberson

Critic, NYTheatre.com

Giving Back

The Australia Koala (inspiration for our own Ninja Koalas) is an endangered species. The team behind Super Sidekick: The Musical wants to change that by doing whatever we can to help them flourish again.

To that end, Greg and Mike have pledged to donate a portion of the royalties earned from all licensed productions of Super Sidekick: The Musical to the Australian Koala Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and preserving the Australian Koala.

Furthermore, Greg and Mike will have a eucalyptus tree planted in Harrold’s Forrest, a Koala preserve, in honor of each company that mounts a production of Super Sidekick: The Musical. To date, there have been fifteen trees planted in Harrold’s Forest in honor of companies producing the show. Will your group be next?

“Why don’t we see more live-action kung fu animals in plays?”

Linnea Covington

Critic, The Happiest Medium

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