Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst
Music by Shelly Markham
Directed by Alison Gilbreath

When: Sunday, August 20 at 7:00pm

Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter Street, Folsom

Performance Dates: October 14 – November 26 on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm

Rehearsals: To be scheduled

What to Bring: A headshot and resume if you have them plus prepare a short song or excerpt from a song. Bring piano music accompaniment or a CD. No a cappella please. Also bring a list of any conflicts you have in September and October. Performance conflicts are not allowed.


Synopsis: Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it’s a
terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. In this
delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to
music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters. Not only does Alexander
wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend
decides he’s not his best friend anymore. And if that’s not bad enough, Alexander’s brothers
don’t have any cavities but—he does. And just when it can’t get any worse, there are lima
beans for supper and —yuck!—kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to
Australia. Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate
young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging
them to share their feelings and to realize that bad days happen—even in Australia.
Commissioned and premiered by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Characters Needed: (Note all actors will be playing children except the Mother and Father)
Alexander: Late teens to early 20s
Ensemble: Four actors, late teens to early 20s, playing multiple roles
Mother: Late 20s to 40s
Father: Late 20s to 40s