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Homefront
Book by Craig Slaight
Music and Lyrics by Creighton Irons
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Type of Show
Performance Type
Acts
Duration
Performing Groups
Dance Requirements
Primarily staged movement with one choreographed number
Tech Requirements
Minimal/flexible, with projections utilized throughout (news headlines, dates, and imagery as notated in the libretto)
License it
Read it for free
Overview
Too young to be drafted, too old to pretend everything's fine.  The year is 1918: World War I and the Flu Pandemic rage. Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous and riveting moment in history, Homefront tells the story of young people courageously struggling to come of age in a world rocked by conflict. As they experience the first twinges of romance and dream of the future, their lives are transformed in astonishing ways, forever redefining their understanding of home.

The musical's rock backbone and crackling dialogue launch the piece into contemporary relevance and emotional immediacy. 

Commissioned and originally presented in 2011 by American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Homefront was revived by popular demand in 2017.
Plot
In 1917-18, Emma Kolmeier and her two young siblings flee from Germany to escape the war in Europe, leaving everything they know far behind them. The youths settle with relatives in southern Illinois, where they make new friends—and begin to confront harsh persecution as America enters the war against Germany. 
Casting
6f, 5m, Ensemble can be a flexible size mix of m/f
Male Principals
3
Supporting Males
2
Female Principals
3
Supporting Females
3
Ensemble
Flexible
Emma Kolemeir
Principal
Eighteen
Warm pop soprano
Else Kolemeir
Principal
Seventeen
Soprano
Horst Kolemeir
Principal
Twelve
Unchanged male voice
Kurt Jensen
Principal
Seventeen
Baritone
Kathleen Jensen
Principal
Sixteen
Mezzo soprano, strong belt
Raymond “Red” Brady
Principal
Seventeen
Strong baritone
Agnes Kelley
Supporting
Seventeen
Alto
Mildred “Millie” Johnson
Supporting
Sixteen
Mid-range soprano
Donald “Donnie” Farwell
Supporting
Sixteen
Baritone
Gretchen Parker
Supporting
Twenty-five
Soprano
Morris Bellamy
Supporting
Twenty-five
Baritenor
Others
Ensemble
Flexible, playing various roles. Age range: teen.
Multiple
Instrumentation
The ideal instrumentation is piano (MD), guitar (acoustic & electric, not at the same time), electric bass, horn, violin, and cello. Horn and violin are never played at the same time and could be played by a synth.

The show can also be performed with any paired down version of this, from just piano to piano/guitar, piano/bass/drums, piano/horn, etc. Only piano is required.
Orchestra Size:
Small
Orchestration for Instruments: