Dean Olivet

Highlands Elementary Performance
















Featured scenes at 5:22, 18:22, 29:59, and 36:44

Highlands Elementary Performance
















Featured scenes at 6:40, 15:40, 18:05, 26:57


The UpStanders 16 IMAGE



Performance and Practice CD Tracks

Cast: 2 M, 2 F, 28 flexible, opt. extras (Doubling: 1 M, 1 F, 10 flex) Performance Time: Approximately 55 minutes.

SYNOPSIS - Flint is a boy who can’t find his “Spark”; Cindy is a girl who will stop at nothing to help him find it. With the help of a musician, a class clown, an environmentalist, a brainiac, a volunteer, a hockey player, and a wise old janitor, Cindy finds out that Sparks aren’t always what she thought they had to be, and Flint discovers that sometimes the best time to find your Spark is when you aren’t looking for it. This musical, inspired by the work of Peter Benson, is perfect for later elementary and middle school classrooms, there’s a part for everyone to play! Features 7 original songs.

The musicals "Searching for Sparks" and "The Upstanders" were originally commissioned and produced at Highlands Elementary in Edina, Minnesota to highlight the “Sparks” and “Upstanders” curriculum used in the classrooms at Highlands, as well as to meet a need for diverse and inclusive casting options amid limited technical means.


Since their productions (viewable via Youtube links below), professional full rock-band recordings of instrumental “performance” tracks and vocal “practice” tracks have been produced (available via Soundcloud below), and sample pages of the Scores (piano/vocal/chord) and Book are also available further down on this webpage.


These plays were written for audiences of all ages, and are currently available for further productions directly from me, or via If interested, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through this website or through social media.


Cast: 4 M, 9 F, 17 flexible, opt. extras (Doubling: 2 M, 1 F, 12 flex) Performance Time: Approximately 35 minutes.

SYNOPSIS - Bullying comes in many flavors. Kids can lie, steal, and intimidate, make others feel bad about not fitting in, or for being who they “shouldn’t” be. They can even bully by getting revenge for being bullied in the first place. Fortunately, there are just as many ways to stand up to bullying, to be an “Upstander,” and the kids at Highlands School may find it within themselves to stand up in the face of these all too familiar pickles. And, with a little empathy, they may even find ways to Upstand for the bullies themselves. This easy to stage musical is perfect for 4th-8th grade thespians. Features 7 original songs.


Performance and Practice CD Tracks

Sparks 4 - You Can Do For They 1 IMAGE Upstanders 3b - How Full Is Your Bucket 1 IMAGE Spearching for Sparks TITLE The Upstanders TITLE


Searching for Sparks 30 IMAGE