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VinegarDrinker Mon 25-Mar-13 11:43:31

My DH, amongst other things, is a primary music teacher. He is struggling to come up with a good show for this year's year 6, so I offered to ask on here. They have done Bugsy Malone, Oliver and Joseph recently.

Would be very grateful for any suggestions!

member Tue 09-Apr-13 11:18:21

When dd1 was year 6, their teacher let them work in groups to write their own sketches which were interspersed with songs.

Dd2 is year 3 & the year 3/4s did Treasure Island last term which was great - the children really got into pirate - speak!

angelinas Tue 09-Apr-13 11:11:56


I'm a mumsnetter and I just so happen to be a writer of musicals for schools. Spotted this thread and thought......thats my department. About the only time I can speak with authority on here! Please have a look at our website and drop me an email if I can Having been responsible for the end of year show more times than I care to remember, I speak from experience when I say, the choice of show is everything. Would love to help your hubby if we can.

Hulababy Wed 27-Mar-13 08:02:46

Lljkk - shows are a big thing at dd's school. They incorporate them into the curriculum.

The infants do the nativity, again a big thing though with main party's, solo singing, etc. it's a small school so it's mixed year groups. Y2 have main nativity parts with yr and y1 in supporting roles and chorus.

Then the junior one is in summer and works as said below.

They also have 2-3 class assemblies a year which last about 15-20 min. But the pupils tend to organise them, ESP in juniors.

They're lucky as they have a stage and lighting, etc.

My school is an infants and we put on class showing assemblies most half terms for 15 minutes or so.

Y1 do a Christmas show and then y2 do a big summer show. We use a local place down the road in order to fit everyone in! This year were doing Charlie And the Chocolate Factory.

RaspberryLemonPavlova Tue 26-Mar-13 22:32:44

lljkk We have a 3/4 Christmas proudction and a 5/6 summer production. DDs Y6 was Oliver!, she was a street seller with a solo.

DS2 was in a junior school musical version of A Christmas Carol last year, in Y4, with a solo song as a mourner, plus a speaking part.

ALl the children from the relevant years are included, though if the older Y6s really don't want to they are stage hands.

BrigitBigKnickers Tue 26-Mar-13 22:27:39

CinderellaRockerfella is a good one for year 6. Brilliant songs and a funny script.

Our year 6s have also done Charlie and the Chocolate factory and a number of the Andrew Oxspring Edgy Productions show- School Daze and a Blast from the past are both great fun.

Schmedz Tue 26-Mar-13 22:02:57

Try the Starshine music site....lots and lots of original and appealing musicals (although our school tends to use them more for Year 4 productions than year 6 ones).

The Broadway Juniors series available through josef weinberger have a fantastic selection! The 'show kits' are expensive but include lots of scripts, CDs with performance and backing tracks, a directors book, two piano/vocal scores and choreography DVD with suggestions on how to stage. If you charge parents a small amount for tickets that will well and truly cover the cost of the kit! Our school has done a number of them and they are great adaptations of the full Broadway show, lasting around 60-70 mins and all have been fantastic, involving a large number of children with thoroughly enjoyable music. Double-casting ensures the main parts are shared out with a wider variety of children.

Feel free to PM me for any more info. I have done LOADS of shows with junior school children!!!

Lancelottie Tue 26-Mar-13 21:47:18

EvilTwins, our school's Valjean was only 13! He was utterly knackered by the end of the run -- and I permanently envisage Valjean now as small, ginger and bespectacled...

lljkk Tue 26-Mar-13 20:34:58

Wow, never knew this was so common, DC primary does not do shows beyond Nativities (which are rather grand affairs, to be fair). Each class will do own brief assemblies (no song or dance).

I think a lot of the secondaries do shows, but it's a very minority pursuit.

Theas18 Tue 26-Mar-13 20:15:17

Go down Jonah deep in the ocean, go down Jonah far from the shore !


Hulababy Tue 26-Mar-13 20:11:03

In DD's school all of prep (juniors) are involved in the plays. Y6 have the main parts, so bigger speaking parts, solo singing (or duet/small group if they prefer), etc. Y5 have some smaller parts and ones with maybe 1-2 lines, plus in the chorus. Y3/4 have supporting roles and are the chorus.

Last year they did Macbeth and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
This year they are doing Mary Poppins.

Previous years were Midsummer Night's Dreams, Oliver and Joseph.

lljkk Tue 26-Mar-13 20:06:06

Do the children in your shows actually have solo or small group dances & songs?

treas Tue 26-Mar-13 14:08:47

Ds's school have done The Wiz, Orvin: Champion Of Champions, Bugsy, Oliver etc.

EvilTwins Tue 26-Mar-13 13:41:28

Me too, lottie - I'm doing the schools version next year at the secondary school I work in. Our Valjean will be a Yr13. Not sure how Yr 5s would manage...

OP, are they doing it "properly"? (ie paying for performing rights etc) If so, there is a series called Broadway Junior which are held by Josef Weinberger - we've used them in the past and done Guys & Dolls Jnr, High School Musical Jnr and Annie Jnr. They're simplified versions of the shows and last about an hour. You have to buy the showkit though, which is around £400. It comes with all the scripts, a backing track CD and various other useful things. Most of the primaries round here seem to to their own "version" of something, otherwise it can get quite expensive.

Lancelottie Tue 26-Mar-13 12:40:49

Boggling slightly at the thought of getting 10/11 year olds to do Les Mis...

Lancelottie Tue 26-Mar-13 12:40:28

... to be sung very very quickly as if bubbling underwater, WMKPGS!

WhileMyKidsPaGentlySleeps Tue 26-Mar-13 08:52:41

When Jonah sank into the sea
He closed his eyes and prayed
Oh Lord I'm very sorry
That your word I've disobeyed
If you will only come and save me
I will do as you command
Instead of treading water
Let me tread upon the land!

RaspberryLemonPavlova Mon 25-Mar-13 23:11:33

I remember singing Jonah Man Jazz! I'd forgotten all about it, but now have it in my head.

No other helpful suggestions, sorry OP

KingscoteStaff Mon 25-Mar-13 23:03:11

We did musical of Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - published by AC Black. Brilliant!!!!

VinegarDrinker Mon 25-Mar-13 19:56:51

Brilliant, thanks very much. I'll pass these on and let you know!

I suggested Jonah man Jazz but as we are in a very multicultural area I think he think it'd be easier to avoid anything overtly religious (although they did don't Joseph before he started there). I'm another one that can remember all the words to it!

Coconutty Mon 25-Mar-13 19:15:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bigTillyMint Mon 25-Mar-13 19:13:36

DD did The Wizard of Oz and Annie

DS did Lion King and a 50's version of Midsummer Night's Dream - fab musicgrin

Badvoc Mon 25-Mar-13 19:10:44


teacherwith2kids Mon 25-Mar-13 17:35:26

I think it's probably worth thinking about what is wanted:
- Parts for everyone? Or a couple of 'big' parts with everyone else being a chorus? Or a couple of 'anchor' roles with lots of 'little' parts so that everyone has a line?
- A 'known' show? Or something designed specifically for prinary-aged children?
- Amount of accompaniment needed (piano / backing track / full orchestra)
- Costume supply
- Amount of time available for rehearsal, and how much of that is 'whole cast', and how much 'main characters'.

DD & DS's school does a musical show for every pair of year groups each year, plus one for Year 6 (so R/1 is the Christmas show, 2/3 is at this time of year, 4 / 5 is in the Autumn term, Y6 finishes the school year). Everyone gets on stage at some point, so everything they do has to have something that 120 children can do alone or in groups (options are usually large speaking / small speaking / dance / percussion musicain), as well as everyone singing all the songs. They have, as a result, never done a 'big name show', relying instead on the various musicals written specifically or primary age children, but they are wonderful occasions because everyone is involved. Possibly a thought for a Year 6 show, as I presume that it will be their 'swansong'? In DS's Y6 show, everyone - all 58 - said saomething, even if it was just 1 line.

madamehooch Mon 25-Mar-13 16:39:10

grin for the MN version of Jonah Man Jazz.

Altogether now:-

"I need a boat man, that'll carry me away..."

And, wonderfully, I've just found a CD on Amazon which includes Jonah Man Jazz and 'Swingin' Samson.'

If my DD thought I was embarrassing before .......

auntpetunia Mon 25-Mar-13 16:19:05

Pirates of the currybean... Was brilliant

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