Best Foot Forward

Music by Brandon Scott Grayson

Creede Repertory Theatre Young Audience Outreach Tour, 2019

Soon to be published by YouthPLAYS

A Colorado farm girl, eleven-year-old Sawyer McNally really wants to win the first-place crown by showing off her tap-dancing skills in Dance Starz regionals. But competition from Kansas City kid “Lil G” González is fierce, and he wows the judges with his hip-hop routine. Sawyer is devastated when she loses. Things get even worse when bad weather grounds Lil G’s plane home, and Sawyer’s father invites Lil G back to the family farm, where he expects Sawyer to be a good host despite her jealousy and hurt feelings. An original, bilingual musical, Best Foot Forward exposes young audiences to a variety of music and dance styles, helps children deal with feelings of jealousy and disappointment, and encourages friendship across boundaries of geography, culture, language and experience.

Cast: 2-8, gender neutral, any ethnicity

"This is a lovely, funny, moving, and totally engaging YA musical that celebrates cultural differences and uses dance beautifully as a metaphor. Highly recommended for the elementary school set (or, frankly, anyone)." -- playwright Skye Robinson Hillis

Best Foot Forward was on point! Our students love dancing and music, so this was a great way to catch their attention and share an important message. -- Mindy Miller, Librarian

 

[I appreciate] the message Best Foot Forward sends to students: No matter our differences, we can learn from each other and be kind. -- Kent Michel, Principal/Superintendent

 

Great message that was able to engage and keep the attention of Pre-K students, but also meaningful enough to also engage 6th graders. -- Randy Fox, Principal

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Josue Ivan Prieto, Reva Stover, Becca Mighell and Chris Carranza in Creede Repertory Theatre's Young Audience Outreach Tour, directed by Melissa Firlit, 2019. Photos by John Gary Brown.