Evan: A bright, intelligent and charismatic Jewish boy who is obsessed with popularity and “fitting in”. Evan moves from New York to Indiana
Patrice: Sweet, intelligent, shy but strong. Patrice is a “bookish” girl who is the outsider in the school. She does not care for popularity and is happy to be herself.
Archie: Unique, positive and intuitive. Archie is able to laugh at the world’s problems. He suffers from a degenerative muscular disease and this gives him a perspective on life that is in many ways beyond his years.
Brett: Captain of the football team and the most popular boy in the school. He is willing to succeed at the expense of others.
Kendra: A cheerleader, Kendra is good at heart, but she is naive and very impressionable. Kendra (like all characters) struggles with the pressures of popularity.
Lucy: Kendra’s best friend and a cheerleader. Smart and manipulative. Lucy has a great deal of control over Kendra. She wants to date Brett and will do anything to stop Kendra and Brett from being together.
Malcolm: A wannabe popular kid and one of Brett's sidekicks.
Eddie: A wannabe popular kid and one of Brett's sidekicks.
Charlotte: A cheerleader who is friends with Lucy and Kendra.
Molly: A cheerleader who is friends with Lucy and Kendra.
Cassie: A cheerleader who is friends with Lucy and Kendra.
Simon: Friends with Brett, Malcolm and Eddie.
Richie: Friends with Brett, Malcolm and Eddie.
Students/Ensemble: Used in many dance numbers and scenes throughout the show.