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We Are the Tigers is a pop rock murder mystery musical. The show follows cheer captain Riley Williams and the rest of her cheerleading squad at their annual cheerleading sleepover. Riley is determined to bring her team to victory at regionals, until a serial killer starts picking off team members one by one.

The show premiered in Los Angeles in 2015, and ran Off-Broadway from February 2019 to April 2019. The shows website can be found

We Are the Tigers contains examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Farrah, to the point that she fills her water bottle with alcohol to drink during cheer rehearsal
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Reese is the outcast of the group, and was left off the squad because of her weight. In "Captain of the Team," she reveals the others have bullied her since second grade.
  • Break the Cutie: Mattie after the rest of the squad decides to accuse her of killing Chess, Farrah, and Clark, and she gets arrested.
  • Dead Person Conversation: "Move On" is a musical version of this, where Farrah, Clark, and Chess ask Kate and Annleigh not to forget them.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Farrah, which is even referenced after she dies. She's tolerated mostly for being Annleigh's stepsister.
    Reese: Cairo hated Farrah.
    Cairo: Farrah hated Farrah too!
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  • Ghost Song: "Move On" is sung by the murder victims.
  • The One Guy: The entire cast is female, except for Annleigh's boyfriend, Clark
  • Only Sane Man: Eva is the only girl who doesn't have a dark secret or insecurity, beyond wanting to earn money to help her parents out and go to college. "Shut Up and Cheer" lampshades this, along with the fact that, for all her common sense, she still signed up to be here.
    In a room full of people
    who have clearly made bad choice
    I may be the stupidest one here.
    'Cause having heard the stories
    and knowing all the drama,
    I still said I'd join the Murder Squad this year.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "The Breakdown" The song starts with Riley trying to motivate the others to get back to practicing, getting more and more frantic until she pulls a knife on the other girls.
  • Stepford Smiler: All the girls hide a mess of insecurity and self-doubt underneath varying levels of smiling and cattiness. "Don't Even" and "Before the Breakdown" are all about this.
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  • There Are No Adults: No adults are seen during the course of the show.
    Reese: Has anyone ever, like, seen Riley's parents?