Cheerleaders VS Aliens

FULL LENGTH: When aliens invade a small town and abduct the high school football team to steal their brain jelly, no one steps up to save them. Not any parents, not the principal, not the police, not the fire department, not the governor, not even the marines. Thankfully there’s one last group no one ever thought of as heroic, and they’re ready and able to kick some alien butt. That’s right, the cheerleaders....
FULL LENGTH: When aliens invade a small town and abduct the high school football team to steal their brain jelly, no one steps up to save them. Not any parents, not the principal, not the police, not the fire department, not the governor, not even the marines. Thankfully there’s one last group no one ever thought of as heroic, and they’re ready and able to kick some alien butt. That’s right, the cheerleaders. Lead by science-fiction enthusiast and self proclaimed mega nerd Gilda, the Greenville High School Cheerleading Squad uses rhymes, cartwheels, glitter, and a fun-ton of tin foil to save the day.
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Cheerleaders VS Aliens

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  • Cameron Houg:
    25 Feb. 2019
    If I had one word to describe this play it would be: FUN. Luckily, I have more. The perfect cure for someone who wants to escape from the ails in the world. There is a large cast but each character has their own unique quirks that make them stand out. And if you want a play with great woman characters, this play is chock full of em.

    As the play says “ If we don’t subvert all those tired old tropes they’ll just keep playing out again and again to no one’s benefit.” Great job.
  • Lisa Sillaway:
    15 Oct. 2018
    Completely in love with this piece. It’s fun and more than a bit campy but if I were still teaching, it would definitely be on my to-do list. Plays aimed at high school kids seem to either be too immature or far to angst-filled much of the time, but this one is a perfect balance of the camp and real characters that will challenge young actors!
  • Shaun Leisher:
    12 Apr. 2018
    This play excites me so much I might BURST!!! Having worked in high school and middle school theatre education I have long bemoaned the lack of quality scripts for young actors where they get to play characters their own age. Along comes this hilarious, whimsical play with a large cast of mostly females (which rocks since they are the vast majority of members of school theatre programs) to save the day!!! Not only are there a bunch of roles for girls but they are 3 dimensional characters!!! Will be recommending to all my theatre educator friends.

Character Information

  • Gilda
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Not a cheerleader. At all. Not even a little bit. The school’s official meet and greeter, but only because her mom made her take the job. Reads sci-fi novels with a fervor.
  • Bea
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    The new girl. Parents are going through a divorce, dad moved to Greenville for a fresh start.
  • Ali
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Very recently had to step up and become head cheerleader. Personable. Popular. Is often followed, but is still figuring out how to lead.
  • Margaret
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Enthusiastic about life, school, and cheerleading. She puts the “c” in chipper and crafty. There isn’t a project or problem she won’t smile and craft her way out of.
  • Samantha
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Best friends forever with Ellen. More than a little bitter that she wasn’t selected as head cheerleader. Not quick to trust, but once you’re in with her you’re in for life.
  • Mindy
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Kicker. Fantastic soccer player. Captain of the girl’s team. Football coach recruited her last season, and as football happens in soccer’s off season, she agreed. Likes the team, and the adrenalin from the game.
  • Maya
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Loves cheerleading, make-up, and blowing things up with her mom and Grandpa on the weekend.
  • Leslie
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Has won the science fair every year. Joined the cheerleader squad to diversify her extracurriculars for college applications.
  • Ellen
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Shy. The most talented gymnast of the bunch. Can do hand stands, back flips, and cart wheels all day every day. The only person she speaks audibly to is Sam.
  • Carol
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Verges on obsessive love with her boyfriend Tig.
  • Rebel
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Football captain, quarterback. Enjoying his role as popular jock. Doesn’t want to wander far from that typical script. A little afraid of girls. River, m, any race, mid-late teens. Wide receiver. Football is his life.
  • River
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Wide receiver. Football is his life.
  • Griffin
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Tight end. Life of the party. Doesn’t expect to ever go to college or leave town even. Trying to enjoy high school as much as he can before he has to grow up.
  • Tig
    mid-late teens,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Tackle. Loves his girlfriend Carol more than you’d think possible. It’s that first love, that crazy stupid love.
  • Epsilon
    young,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    An Atrollian. The only alien present that has any sympathy for human beings. Curious.
  • Sirius
    ancient,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Powerful, leader of this Atrollian's expedition.
  • Kulper
    ancient,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Second in command in this Atrollian mission. Loyal to the mission and Sirius.
  • Gamma
    ancient,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Head researcher of life on other planets and their cultures for the Atrollians.
  • Deneb
    young,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    An Atrollian. Lowest ranking alien on the ship. A follower through and through.
  • Canopus
    young,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    An Atrollian. Craves the approval of Sirius, and the better rank that would hopefully come with that.

Development History

  • Commission
    ,
    Egyptian Youtheatre
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Egyptian Youtheatre
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Chicago Parks District
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Egyptian Youtheatre
    ,
    2018