TV Musical

2018 TV Musical Dates

  • April 5
  • April 6
  • April 7


SHAKE ON IT, the musical, is a collaborative piece by students in the University of California Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies. Over the course of two quarters students from a variety of majors worked together to bring this concept to life. Collectively creating the music, script, and the set, undergraduates gained valuable experience of the workshopping and play production process.

Amanda Steinberg is truly and undeniably boring until a chance encounter with a charismatic gambler named Vance grants her a powerful ability. Through hand contact Amanda is now able to strip people’s personality traits, leaving them shadows of their former selves in the process. As Amanda becomes the funny, smart, confident, and artistic person she always dreamed she would be, only her best friend Carly knows of her newfound power and its dangers. As she explores her “gift”, Amanda becomes more and more power hungry. Will anyone stop her before there is nothing left to take?

SHAKE ON IT will be performed open to the public in the College of Creative Studies’ Old Little Theater April 5-April 7, 2018.  Each show will start at 8:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door an hour before each performance.

Starring Molly Clementz as Amanda Steinberg. Stage direction by Gerry Hansen, musical direction by Jeremy Haladyna, technical director: Emily Baker. Tickets:  $10 general, $5 UCSB student and children 12 and under.

Closest available parking lots 3, 4, 5 and 9.

Previous TV Musicals

Even Greater Britain 

This musical spectacular was the the 5th iteration of UCSB’s College of Creative Studies Musical Project. Prince Charles Brave, heir to throne of Even Greater Britain, has no idea how to be a king. Fate would have it, then, that his mother, the Goddess Queen, has just announced she will be ascending to the heavens - or going to Fiji, it's a bit unclear. Either way, whether he likes it or not, Charles is suddenly going to have to deal with an island nation with zero natural resources and a pro-democracy royal counselor who wants to overthrow the monarchy. Luckily, Charles will have help from his Olympian speed-walking girlfriend, a Trinidadian reggae star and an Illusionist who knows the secrets the island holds. So grab your passport and plan a trip to Even Greater Britain to learn about the prince and his fate! Recorded on 04.12.2015.

A Day in the life of Dr. Daphne 

Welcome to a day in the life of Dr. Daphne, an intelligent but ill-equipped psychiatrist struggling to assert herself in a neglected mental institution. With only a micro-managing boss, a well-meaning but slightly clueless security guard, and a cast of rebellious patients as her day-to-day companions, it can be a lonely existence for our stressed-out shrink. 

Background Information

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students created the sixth all-original CCS Musical, again for television, following on successful efforts in 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2015. The CCS TV Musical is a musical theater laboratory/think-tank within the confines of CCS! It began in the fall with students giving birth to a hot concept, fanning its first febrile sparks. Each student spent two-quarters of feverish work refining it in the crucible. The musical is displayed to the University community in early spring and is taped by UCSB Video Services, produced for UCTV, and streamed from UC's national TV channel anytime, anywhere! The "CCS Musical’s Creative Team" engaged CCS writers and composers as lyricists as well as tunesmiths, discovering how lyrics and tunes weave inextricably together in this special art form.

CCS music composition faculty Jeremy Haladyna, for many years a broadcaster and radio producer well-versed in techniques for media writing, will tie evolution of the book tightly to songwriting efforts. The cast will be selected at the onset of Winter Quarter in auditioning on roles, singing and reading "sides" authored by the class.

From the script and musical scores to the set and costumes, the CCS Musical is completely put together by CCS students. In the Fall, the “Creative Team” focuses on writing lyrics and dialogue. Then, in the Winter, they will then proceed to build sets, develop the lighting plot, plan costume design, and much more!

If you have questions about the CCS Musical, please contact Jeremy Haladyna at