2023-2024 Season

School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls

This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. Performed Apr. 12–21 on the Spotlight Youth Theatre main stage. 

Written by Jocelyn Gioh


Audition Details

Production/audition information:

  • School Girls is being directed by Chanel Bragg
  • Spotlight Youth Theatre is seeking eight African/Black and mixed race female presenting actresses
  • No roles have been pre-cast.
  • All abilities are encouraged to audition. 

Ages: 13-19

Auditions: Sunday, March 3, & Monday, March 4, 2024, at 6PM

Video Auditions: Please email kenny@sytaz.org by 9PM on Sunday, March 3, 2024. Include your name with the audition video linked or attached to the email.

Callbacks: Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 6PM

Audition Requirements: Please come prepared with a contemporary one-and-a-half minute monologue of your choice.

  • Not knowing how to do a South African accent should not prohibit you from auditioning.
  • Dialect coaching will be provided.

Character Breakdowns (All characters are of West African descent):

  • PAULINA SARPONG (Paul-LEE-nah AAAR-pong). The most popular girl in school and knows it. She is beautiful, talented, vindictive, yet somehow lovable.
  • ERICKA BOAFO (BWAH-FOH). Light/fair skin. She is a transfer student and is new to school. She is enchanting, sweet, elusive.
  • AMA (Ahh-mah). The sensible, smart one of Paulina’s pack and has the honor of being her best friend. Her loyalty to Paulina is starting to fray, and she has to work up towards being the girl who is not afraid to say it like she means it.
  • NANA (Nah-nah). The quiet, simple and sensitive one of Paulina’s pack. She never means any harm and strives to do the right thing. She strutgles with her love of food and snacks.
  • MERCY. The witty sidekick to Gifty and will do and say anything to stay a member of Paulina’s pack.
  • GIFTY. The “Frick” to Mercy’s “Frack”; loves being part of Paulina’s pack and will do anything to be considered cool.
  • HEADMISTRESS FRANCIS. The Headmistress of Aburi Girls Boarding School; loves her students and will do whatever she can to both uplift and protect them.
  • ELOISE AMPONSAH (Ell-oh-eez Amm-pohn-saah). Extremely poised and well-mannered former Miss Ghana 1966. She is now a recruiter for the Miss Ghana pageant. She speaks with a slightly affected British accent and prides herself in always being a lady.
Click here for the audition registration form for School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play.


About This Production

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends.


Cast of School Girls to be announced.

Production Team

Role(s)Team Member(s)
DirectorChanel Bragg
Costume DesignBriana Thompson
Hair & MakeupChanel Bragg
Stage ManagerMaria Cruz
Prop DesignVicki Grossman
Light DesignOlivia Martinez
Sound DesignNevaeh Monk