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Produce and perform a musical under the mentorship of Samara Harand. Cast, creative and crew opportunities available! This program is open to 8th graders only! Find out more and register below for the 2024 project!

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September 9 - November 17, 2024*


Mon, Wed, Thurs, 3:30-5:30 (Conflicts Allowed)

Performance Date(s) TBA!*

Cast, Crew & Creative Opportunities!

Open to 8th Graders Only!

Fee: $400 before August 10 / $450 after
Scholarships Available

This unique program provides an opportunity for 8th graders to produce and perform a musical under the mentorship of Director Samara Harand. This year, students (and audiences!) have chosen Disney's Descendants: The Musical.


Registration for the 8th Grade Project is limited to allow all cast members to have featured roles in the show and also provide more hands-on opportunities on the creative and production side. All cast, creative and production roles will be determined by Samara during the initial weeks of the program. The program culminates in a live performance (or two) for the community.

Some conflicts are allowed with flexibility based on the student's role. 8th graders interested in cast, creative and crew are encouraged to participate.

Register by August 10 to secure your place in the program at last year's participation fee of $400. Starting August 10 the fee will be raised to $450.


*The final performance date is TBD based on enrollment and availability. We expect to present one or two performances across November 15-17. Dates subject to District 35 approval.*

GJHP's production of Disney's Descendants is subject to licensing availability through Music Theatre International and enrollment.

Please contact Samara Harand with questions!


Based on the popular Disney Channel Movies (helmed by Kenny Ortego, the man behind the High School Musical movies) Disney's Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new live show jam-packed with comedy, adventure, cool costumes, fun dances, and the best songs from the first three films in the series like "Rotten to the Core," "Good is the New Bad," "Ways to Be Wicked," "Chillin' Like a Villain," and more! (A fourth movie Descendants: The Rise of Red will premiere this summer on Disney+.)

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Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost – home of the most infamous villains who ever lived – the teenaged children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil have never ventured off the island… until now. When the 4 troublemakers are invited to attend Auradon Prep School alongside the children of beloved Disney heroes, they have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or choose to be good?

Selecting Disney's Descendants as the 8th Grade Project provides a great vehicle for students to put their talent and creativity to work. With tons of roles on and off stage there is sure to be a great opportunity for everyone (cast and crew!) to shine!

Listen to the entire cast recording below or Download from Google Drive HERE.

If you have any questions about the Eighth Grade Project please email

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