If you have the resources available there is nothing like a musical to bring a wide group of talent together. While straight drama mostly provides a vehicle for those with skills in acting and production, a musical can be much wider, adding singers, musicians and dancers to the performance and requiring a wider and more complex set of production skills.
If you don’t have skilled musicians available to provide live backing, many scores can now be found with pre-recorded backing so there is no excuse for not adding a bit of razzmatazz to your productions.
Advent Journey by Ken Pickering
A Christmas musical show featuring an Advent Calendar with characters and objects appearing from the windows, taking the form of a journey towards the light at Bethlehem in an otherwise dark world
The play runs about 45 minutes and can be staged in almost any space using just simple props, or else a formal set with lavish costumes
Casting is also flexible and almost all parts can be play by either male or female
And the option to double-up, redistribute lines, and use additional musicians and dancers, makes it an ideal choice for Primary School, Drama School or Church Christmas production where it can be performed by a class, mixed age cast, or by adults for an audience of children
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: A Musical
Adapted by Judith Viorst from her book of the same name
He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV. What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.
In this delightful adaptation of her popular children’s book, with musical score was composed by Shelly Markham, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters.
Charlotte’s Web - Musical Version
Charlotte’s Web – Musical Version by Joseph Robinette & Charles Strouse based on the classic novel by E.B. White.
This exciting, new musical version of Charlotte’s Web brings a new dimension to E.B. White’s beloved classic
With Music & Lyrics by Charles Strouse ( Annie & ‘Bye, ‘Bye Birdie) and Book by award-winning playwright Joseph Robinette your audiences will thrill to such numbers as Eating, Wilbur the Pig’s humorous yet poignant song about growing up; Who Says We Can’t Be Friends, an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn, featuring all the story’s unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and Summer, a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone’s childhood
Father Christmas and Uncle Holly
Published by Cyberpress
Large Mixed Cast
Did you know that Father Christmas has a twin brother called Uncle Holly?
This happy story with seven happy songs reveals the well-kept secret of the twin brothers
We also meet the army of red and green elves and learn about the secret snow tunnel
And how the elves spend their Christmas morning now all the toys are finished
And what Uncle Holly and Father Christmas do for their Christmas dinner
And how they spend Christmas afternoon
Lots of action and plenty of accompaniment on pots and pans!
For children in toddler and play groups, nurseries, pre-school, reception classes and Key Stage 1
It’s also suitable for older children with learning difficulties
Runs about 20 mins
SAW, HAMMER, PAINT AND GLUE
FILLING UP THE SACKS
PLAY IN THE SNOW
LAUGH AND SING AND DO A DANCE
Grease (full script)
by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Full Length, Musical / Characters: 9m, 8f
Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin'”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals. “A lively and funny musical–as well as the dancingest one in town…it’s a winner…the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm…the sheer energy of Grease carries all before it.” – N.Y. Daily News
Grease (script) - for schools
by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Full Length, Musical/ Characters: 9m, 9f
ABRIDGED VERSION FOR SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS
Groups who perform for young audiences or produce musicals with young actors now have an ideal version of GREASE for their needs. Shorter and more suitable in content for teens and subteens, this abridged version retains the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make GREASE a favorite among rock and roll fans of all ages. Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin'”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.
Happy Christmas Tommy - the Christmas Miracle of 1914 - performance pack
Happy Christmas Tommy – The Christmas Miracle of 1914 – Performance Pack – includes Backing Tracks CD & Full Score – by Anthony James
World War 1, the Western Front, both sides have quickly reached stalemate. Soldiers from Britain and Germany huddle in freezing muddy trenches, while shells and bullets explode around them. But on Christmas Eve 1914, the guns fall silent. For one brief magical moment the spirit and glory of Christmas shined across the battlefields of Flanders and Normandy, touching the hearts of mortal enemies. Dirty, tired, war weary soldiers from both sides climbed from their trenches to enter No-Mans land and to meet each other, to share chocolate, to tell stories, even to play a game of football.
Happy Christmas Tommy is based on that extraordinary Christmas of 1914 – those two days when the reality and futility of war were never so relevant, and the spirit of peace and goodwill never so strong.
Total Characters, Main parts – 4, British troops 4, German troops 4, Girls back home 2, Officers 1, Chaplain. Troops general. (All numbers flexible)
This Performance Pack includes …
An Art Pack – containing instructions as to how to design and construct the scenery, make the costumes and recreate the props
Music Score – score for piano which usually includes guitar chords
Music CD – fully orchestrated Backing Tracks which can be used for performance & rehearsal
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk adapted by Georgs Pelecis, Ana Sanderson and Matthew White from Roald Dahl’s version of the classic story
This riotously funny adaptation of Roald Dahl’s irreverent twist on the traditional tale is produced in association with the Roald Dahl Foundation
The Performance pack includes the Script and features full Rehearsal and Performance Backing Tracks on CD
‘It is very difficult to pinpoint an aspect of performance which these musical packages do not address (These are) completely foolproof musicals, which could be used and adapted by the most inexperienced of directors undoubtedly an inspired resource’~ The Music Teacher
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk — Libretto by Marcy Telles, Music by Jason Sherbundy
Children’s Musical/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ One Act
Synopsis: A musical version of the classic tale about a boy who must travel to the fair to sell his beloved cow. After a run-in with some buyers who think his cow is too scrawny, Jack meets an Old Woman who buys the cow for three beans. The beans, she promises, will allow him to ascend to the sky, where he’ll find a giant’s castle full of riches stolen from his late father.
When Jack angrily throws the beans aside, they grow into a giant beanstalk, which he climbs. At the top, he meets the Giant’s Sister, who hides him just in time: The Giant comes home and demands that his treasure — a goose, a purse filled with gold, and a singing Harp — be brought to him. Listening to the Harp, he falls asleep, and Jack and the Giant’s Sister escape down the beanstalk.
Home again, Jack is overjoyed to discover that his cow has been returned to him and, even better, they all learn a wonderful secret about the Giant’s Sister!
We also have other scripts based on Jack and the Beanstalk for large and small casts.
Kids Musical Theatre Collection Volume 1
Kids Musical Theatre Collection Vol 1 – Vocal Collection
This giant two-volume resource will be indispensible for teachers working with children singing solos. There is a large variety of material, from classic Disney songs to Broadway to movie favorites to songs from “Sesame Street.” Each volume has songs for both girls and boys.
Volume 1 includes 29 songs from stage, screen and television musicals, these are by far our largest collections of solos for children.
Contents: Any Dream Will Do (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) * Born to Entertain (Ruthless) * The Candy Man (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) * Castle on a Cloud (Les Miserables) * Consider Yourself (Oliver!) * Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians) * Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat (The Aristocats) * Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins) * Happiness (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown) * I Don’t Need Anything but You (Oliver!) * I Got the Sun in the Morning (Annie Get Your Gun) * I Know Things Now (Into the Woods) * I Whistle a Happy Tune (The King and I) * I’d Do Anything (Oliver) * It’s the Hard-Knock Life (Annie) * Les Poissons (The Little Mermaid) * Let Me Entertain You (Gypsy) * Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Mary Poppins) * Little Lamb (Gypsy) * Maybe (Annie) * My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music) * On the Good Ship Lollipop (Bright Eyes) * Part of Your World (The Little Mermaid) * Reflection (Mulan) * So This Is Love (The Cinderella Waltz) (Cinderella) * Tomorrow (Annie) * We’re All in This Together (High School Musical) * When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio) * The Work Song (Cinderella) .
Mary Poppins - Vocal Selections
Mary Poppins – Vocal Selections by Anthony Drewe & George Stiles & Richard M. Sherman
All the songs from the family-friendly stage musical from Disney and Cameron Mackintosh: Chim Chim Cher-ee * Feed the Birds * Let’s Go Fly a Kite * The Perfect Nanny * A Spoonful of Sugar * Step in Time * Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious * and more. Includes a beautiful 8-page color section of photos from the Broadway production as well as an introduction from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe!
Note: this book contains songs from the show only, NOT a full script
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book by Stuart Paterson, adapted from the book by Rudyard Kipling
Darker than the Disney classic, this is a Jungle Book red in tooth and claw. Packed with great songs and a snappy script, this show knows exactly what the kids want. The story begins with a little boy lost in the jungle. The evil Shere Khan, the tiger, stalks him but before he can kill him, Akela the wolf, and king of the jungle, protects the young boy and takes him in as his own. We follow Mowgli, the boy, as he grows in the wild, learning from his wise teachers, Balu and Bagheera, playing with the monkeys and trying to hide from Shere Khan. As Mowgli grows, he begins to wonder of his life with the men and following a large argument returns to his village where he is faced with yet more alienation and struggle. This is a heart-warming story,that shows the importance of friendship and trust within diversity.
The Wind in the Willows - junior play script
The Wind in the Willows (junior play script) is a musical version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic riverside story of Rat, Mole, Badger and Toad.
Keeping faith with the original story, the musical contains 10 catchy and lyrical tunes of differing styles. The story is set in a narrative style with cameo scenes acted out. There are 14 main characters, plus many smaller parts and a chorus.
Runs about an hour and is suitable for Junior Schools (8-12)
Uncle Pirate - The Musical
by Ben H Winters & Drew Fornarola from Douglas Rees
Published by Samuel French Inc
3 Male 3 Female
Musical Comedy for Children
Wilson is just your average kid
Then one day he finds out his uncle is a pirate
Yes – a REAL pirate!
With help from Uncle Pirate and his talking penguin, maybe, just maybe, Wilson can survive the fourth grade
So grab yer eye patches and pirate hats, mateys!
The adventure begins now!
Done with Fourth Grade
Uncle Pirate’s Story
I Wanna Read!
Pirate and Secretary
Piano Score available to Rent – Runs about an hour
WILSON a nervous eight year-old with glasses. Very smart, very kind, very scared of the world
UNCLE PIRATE a tough-talking, barrel-chested, sword-rattlin’, sea-garglin’ old salt; eye patch optional, heart of gold required
CAPTAIN JACK a wise-cracking penguin; played by an actor in a penguin suit
WOMAN 1 (Mom, Carla, various pirates and kids) – Mom is the sensible long-suffering mother of Wilson; Carla is a bullying eight year-old with pigtails and a perpetual scowl
WOMAN 2 (Miss Quern, various pirates and kids) – Miss Quern is a secretary who looks and acts like a librarian; prim and proper, hair in a bun, etc
MAN (Dad, Principal Purvis, Mr. Twissel, various pirates and kids) – Dad is the sensible long-suffering father of Wilson; Principal Purvis is a shifty-eyed middle-aged man whose great love is making life hard for children; later Purvis is revealed to be a pirate; Mr. Twissel is terrified of everything, especially fourth graders
EXTRA PIRATES if required
“At heart Uncle Pirate proves more of a Boy Scout than a buccaneer, but that won’t distress theatergoers under 12, this diverting and often funny musical’s ideal audience … Theatergoers at a recent performance particularly enjoyed a classroom duel in which Uncle Pirate bravely wields first a pointer, then a ruler and finally a book. Education, it seems, really is the way to win life’s battles” ~ The New York Times
“There’s a talking penguin and plenty of ‘arrrs!’ for the young’uns, while elementary schoolers and their parents will appreciate the sarcastic dialogue and clever songs … a whimsical adaptation of the eponymous kids book is Jolly Roger fun” ~ Time Out, New York