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Bernice Bobs Her Hair

2011 Festival

Joe Calarco

Music Director
Andy Einhorn

Steven Booth, Josh Breckenridge, Demi Fragale, Olli Haaskivi, Brynn O'Malley, Olivia Oguma, Courtney Stokes, Derrick Trumbly, Casey Tuma and Kate Wetherhead

Contact for Rights

Seth Glewen at The Gersh Agency – / 212-634-8124

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 2
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Preferred Ensemble Size: 8
Total Cast Size: 13
Orchestra Breakdown:

Piano, guitar, bass, violin, clarinet, percussion

Genre & Style:

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Bernice Bobs Her Hair is based on the classic short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as letters he wrote to his sister.  It is a story of “the shifting, semi-cruel world of adolescence” set in a time of transformation for American women. Young men and women dance and flirt and engage in character assassination in the time honored pursuit of romance and status. The story is retold with an eye to the future which Fitzgerald anticipates but could not have predicted.

Development History

Bernice Bobs Her Hair has had readings at Primary Stages in NYC 2008, American University in DC 2009, the University of Nebraska in 2010 and The Irish Rep in NYC 2010.

Festival Successes

World premiere at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, 2015.

5 Things You Should Know

  1. Bernice Bobs Her Hair is the original mean girls story with historical importance to boot.
  2. Bernice is ready for production.
  3. Bernice has a period influenced score but we intend for it to be sung with contemporary style voices.
  4. Bernice is a dance show!
  5. We intend Bernice to be produced with an impressionistic, rather than naturalistic, set.