Inspired by the award-winning MathStart series by Stuart J. Murphy, The Main Street Kids' Club: A MathStart Musical, tells a tale of adventure, mystery, friendship and math. Six stories, each focusing on a different mathematical concept, have been deftly woven together and adapted by Scott Ferguson ("Schoolhouse Rock Live!"), with lyrics by Scott Ferguson and Michael Mahler, and music by Michael Mahler.
The Main Street Kids Club—The M.S.K.C.— is a cool kids' club where they love using math to figure out all kinds of things. It even says, "Math skills = Life skills!" on the wall of the official clubhouse.
Toby is the new kid in town and he desperately wants to join. First, though, he has to prove himself math-worthy and hopes a 50 year-old treasure map that he found might just do the trick. (Song: “It's a Map!”) When the kids arrives at the clubhouse (Song: “The M.S.K.C.”), Toby asks why everyone is wearing wildly colorful decorated t-shirts. It turns out, they're celebrating! (Song: “One Hundred Days of Cool”).
Danny, one of the club members, really wants to buy a pair of super-cool Heeleys (gym shoes with wheels), but is having a tough time saving up any money. To help inspire Danny and get him on the right savings track, his friends re-enact the MathStart story, Less Than Zero. (Song: “Perry the Penguin”) Then they realize that the M.S.K.C. itself needs to raise some money to fix up the clubhouse. Danny discovers Toby's treasure map before Toby can share it with the group. His "ticket" into the club is foiled! The gang goes off to find the buried treasure, leaving Toby behind to guard the clubhouse...still an outsider (Song: “If I Could Just Be Me”).
The kids follow the map very carefully (Song: “It's a Map!” reprise). Meanwhile back at the clubhouse, Toby reads another MathStart book, More or Less, and learns about making predictions (interactive audience segment).
Out on the trail, the treasure isn’t a stash of gold, but a 50 year-old time capsule from a another kid's club! They find lots of cool stuff inside, including an old comic book called Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes, which they have a blast acting out.
Oh no! No treasure means no money to fix of the clubhouse, so the kids decide to set up a lemonade stand instead. Toby wants to help, but is told—again— that only for "official members” can be involved (Song: “If I Could Just Be Me” reprise).
Business is great for the few few days. The kids use a bar graph to keep a record of sales. (Song: “Lemonade”). But on the 4th day sales go way down. A look out the window tells the story: All their customers are watching Toby, who happens to be a fabulous juggler, perform on a nearby corner. Sheri has an idea...
The next day, sales are better than ever! Thanks to Toby's juggling, the crowds are huge. Danny asks Toby to join the club and Toby, grinning, says, "Math skills equal life skills!" (Song: “The M.S.K.C.,” reprise).
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(performed by adults / teens)
Danny: A silly jokester who is superstitious. He is aggressive, inventive, free-spirited, and a bit dim.
Male, 6-10 yrs old / Range: F3 - A5
Maggie: A total sweetheart and eternal optimist. She is smart, attentive, friendly, and caring.
Female, 6-10 yrs old / Range: G3 - D5
Matthew: The leader of the Math club who comes up with all of the ideas. A true team player and epitome of sunny disposition.
Male, 6-10 yrs old / Range: B3 - G5
Meg: A pessimistic tomboy who loves to antagonize Danny. Sarcastic at times, yet genuinely playful, she is heartfelt and sincere.
Female, 6-10 yrs old / Range: F3 - D5
Sheri: A great thinker who loves math. She is very smart and enjoys sharing her stories to help educate her friends.
Female, 6-10 yrs old / Range: A3 - D5
Toby: A great reader who is not the best at math, he is a recent transfer to school and is trying to find acceptance through the elite Math club.
Male, 6-10 yrs old / Range: B3 - A5
*touring script available for a five-member cast