Emma: A Pop Musical - JV Edition

for ages  11-18


Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!

Emma: A Pop Musical - JV Edition was adapted by Marc Tumminelli and was first produced by Broadway Workshop and Project Broadway in 2017 and featured Andrew Barth Feldman and Presley Ryan among other rising Broadway stars!


Casting is now complete for this production. 

If you are looking for a musical experience,

check out our Musical Theatre Workshops to be a part of a "Mini Musical" each week and/or check out our Songwriting Workshops to work on writing your very own musical!

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Please choose one of the following songs for your video audition. There are a lot of choices – please choose whichever one you feel best represents you! Guide tracks are provided for reference only, please use only the accompaniment tracks for your audition.


Film your video against a white/neutral colored wall holding the phone/camera horizontally. Please film from waist up. 


Once your video is complete, please upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and include the link on your audition form. 


Character Breakdown

EMMA WOODHOUSE,  a beautiful and smart high school senior who exudes confidence, especially when it concerns what other people should do with their lives. When it comes to her own life, she is not so sure, but she covers that up with witty banter, energy, and humor.

HARRIET SMITH,  a sophomore who is sometimes shy,  easily swayed,  and incurably romantic.  Although her emotions can vary wildly, her sweetness never goes away.


JEFF KNIGHTLEY, a super-smart, clean-cut senior who finds himself enlisted as a  substitute teacher for the freshman and sophomore science classes. He is witty and has a good sense of humor, but he’s sometimes a know-it-all.

FRANKIE  CHURCHILL, a world-famous pop star who attended Highbury during his freshman year before he got a record contract and left school. He’s sometimes uncomfortable having such a glamorous persona and wishes his life could be a little more normal.

JANE FAIRFAX, a junior from Ohio who is considering transferring to  Highbury.  She is rebellious and occasionally gives off a feeling of entitlement. But when she lets her guard down, she’s caring and genuine.

PHILIP ELTON, a junior running for President of next year’s Student Council.  He is snobby,  arrogant, and a true politician, in the worst sense of the word.

MARTIN,  a sweet, shy, semi-dorky sophomore at the local public school. In his spare time, he works in the kitchen at Highbury as a dishwasher/busboy.  His two favorite things are his bowling team and Harriet.


ASHLEY,  an exuberant and narcissistic junior who begins dating Philip. She’s an ambitious social climber who also wants to be an actress and a singer and is ready to perform for anyone at any time.


MISS  BATES, Highbury Prep’s Head of School.  She is sometimes overly imposing, sometimes overly emotional, and sometimes overly enthusiastic.


The  WELCOMING  COMMITTEE  SINGERS,  a trio of captivating female singers, like a 1960s girl group.


The various GUYS and GIRLS of Highbury Prep.


Musical Numbers

  • Chapel of Love (The Dixie Cups)
    Emma, Company

  • Be My Baby: Part 1 (The Ronettes)
    Harriet, Girls

  • How Will I Know? (Whitney Houston)
    Harriet, Emma, Girls

  • Be My Baby: Part 2 (The Ronettes)
    Harriet, Girls

  • King of Anything (Sara Bareilles)
    Emma, Jeff, Girls, Guys

  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
    Jane, Emma, Harriet, Girls

  • You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes)
    Welcoming Committee, Emma, Harriet, Company

  • Things I’ll Never Say (Avril Lavigne)
    Jeff, Guys, Girls

  • Heartbreaker (Pat Benatar)
    Frankie, Company

  • Whatta Man / You Gotta Be                                     (Salt-n-Pepa / Des’ree) 

          Soloist, Girls

  • Bad, Bad Crush
    (Music: Michael Holland, Lyrics: Eric Price) 

          Harriet, Jane

  • Roar (Katy Perry)
    Emma, Jeff, Ashley, Philip

  • Stay (Lisa Loeb)
    Emma, Frankie, Jeff

  • Turn the Beat Around / I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Vicki Sue Robinson / Whitney Houston) 

          Ashley, Company

  • Be My Baby: Part 3 (The Ronettes)
    Harriet, Girls

  • Brave (Sara Bareilles)
    Harriet, Jane, Frankie, Emma, Jeff

  • Be My Baby: Part 4 (The Ronettes)
    Harriet, Girls

  • Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield)
    Emma, Jeff, Company

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