About the Show

"Six-On-Six: The Musical" - Book, Music & Lyrics by Robert John Ford


"Six-On-Six: The Musical" celebrates the rich tradition of six-on-six girls' high school basketball in Iowa - its glorious history, unique rules, phenomenal popularity, colorful personalities, and the Title IX legal controversy that ultimately resulted in the game's demise.


Proponents of six-on-six are the fans of the game, including the athletic union members who govern the sport and the lawyer they hire to represent their case. Opposed to the game are the detractors, including an outspoken mother, her 16-year-old daughter, and the lawyer they hire to represent their case. Intertwined with the main story are several subplots, including: the media attention surrounding a high school standout and her opportunity to break a national scoring record; the tension that develops between the two lawyers who represent opposite sides of the controversy; the pressure the mother places on her daughter to succeed; and the simplicity and sweetness of young love.   


"Six-On-Six: The Musical" has already been seen by more than 12,000 people and is now available for community and regional theatre productions. "A slam dunk!" - The Des Moines Register. 


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Upcoming Productions

There are no upcoming productions currently scheduled. 

Previous Productions

2018 - Epic Stage Productions and Urbandale Community Theatre, Des Moines, IA - full production (7 performances)

2018 - GC All School Reunion, Guthrie Center, IA - full production (3 performances)

2009 - Right Brain Productions, Des Moines, IA - full production (8 performances)

2005 - Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA - full production (4 performances)

2001 - Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA - reading (1 performance)

Press & Reviews

2009 - Des Moines Register - Review quote: "A slam dunk!"

2009 - Des Moines Register - Feature Story: click here


2018 - The Cloris Awards - Four nominations (Best Choreography, Best Actress In A Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role - 2)

2018 - Iowa Arts Council - Major Project Grant

2009 - Iowa Arts Council - Major Project Grant

Photo & Video Gallery

For photos and videos of current and previous productions of "Six-On-Six: The Musical," click here.

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