If you didn’t know, Starkid is a YouTube theatre production company who create incredible parody musicals to your favourite films such as Star Wars, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and of the one and only Harry Freakin Potter! Based in Chicago Illinois, they are best known for their Harry Potter musicals, which are, by the way, AMAZING! The music, choreography, plot, all of it is just fantastic. A Very Potter Musical was their first musical released on YouTube and it was a huge success. It is over 2hrs long so make sure you clear you schedule to watch it (I promise it’s definitely worth it!!) Starkid have (at the moment) 10 full length musical, each over 2hrs long and this has happened over the space of 8 years. Their fan base is spread all across the globe and we are one community who appreciate their talents and enjoy witnessing their fantastic journey.
I fell in love with Starkid because of my sister, she got me hooked, this was about 4-5 years ago. She told me she found the perfect video for me because it included three of my favourite things; Harry Potter, musicals and Darren Criss. I grew to love Starkid beyond the AVP trilogy, they had created amazing content in between and continued to do so after. Two of my favourite musicals they have ever created are Starship and Twisted.
Starship is like The Little Mermaid but in space. (Not sure, but I think that’s how Starkid themselves described it). It’s just brilliant. The music is my favourite thing about the musical, it is just phenomenal!! My favourite song is Status Quo performed by Joey Richter. It has so many inspirational words. If you every feel down or done with the world – I would listen to this song.
“I kick down the walls around, they don’t how strong I am. I’m not defined by boundaries, they could never understand I’m so much more, more than Status Quo!”
Like this small verse speaks so much – don’t live up to stereotypes and society’s norms – be who you want to be and achieve what you believe in and what you are passionate about. You are so much more than the Status Quo.
My other favourite musical by Starkid is Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier. Twisted is an Aladdin parody musical told, however, as the title suggests, it’s not about Aladdin but Ja’far. I would say that the main quote or tag line from this musical is “There are two sides to every story”, and this musical puts an emphasise on that. Jafar is constantly harassed by the villagers, who blame him for all of their problems despite his attempts to solve the kingdom’s socioeconomic inequality. In this musical, Jafar is kind, caring, loses his wife and child and still tries to help people. It shows how society can change their opinion of you due to your status.
Like I said previously Starkid contains three of my favourite things; Harry Potter, Musicals and Darren Criss. That’s right I said Darren Criss…you know the gay guy from Glee. Well, before he became better known as Blaine, Darren Criss went to the University of Michigan and performed as Harry Potter in Basement Arts production of A Very Potter Musical. He was brilliant and he still is in all of his work today. A Very Potter Musical was the first Starkid product of theirs I ever saw…and I was in love. This musical was a combination of several Harry Potter books but Philosopher’s Stone, Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows in particular were significant and dominant in this parody’s storyline. To be honest, sometimes I argue that although the stories are mashed, I think that they are arguably sometimes more accurate than the films. I don’t even know. Anyway, they created another two Hp musicals which are epic and extremely long!!! Three and a half hours long each!! Put them together and they are longer than a school day in England. (Average is 6hrs).
I love Starkid and the main reason why is because they are so ordinary, in the best way possible! They all have “normal” jobs, they have their normal lives. And on the side they are able to do something that they love, perform to the people who helped get where they are today by watching videos of them as lovable characters on the internet. They are grateful for their fans and you can just see it when they meet them after their shows or just by chance.
Hope you enjoyed this post, hopefully by the end of it you gathered that I love Starkid and all that they do, they are a group of talented human beings who bring joy to many across the world. And that you should probably watch one of their comically genius musicals. (Give them a chance, you may enjoy them).
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