Grades 3 through 6

Bebop with Aesop - Character Education

Aesop's unforgettable fables stimulate our imaginations and dramatize the many lessons and values that we can learn from them. Michael and Jill Gallina have adapted five of these fables in creative musical settings.  Through fun-to-perform dialogue and rock 'n' roll-styled music, Aesop's entertaining stories afford ample opportunity to provide students with examples of behaviors and attitudes that can contribute to a meaningful character education program. 30 minutes.   

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Celebrate the Differences - Character Education

Celebrate the Differences is a musical revue containing traditional folk songs from ten countries around the globe. Through a group of explorers traveling on a submarine called The Friendship Ship, students circumnavigate the globe on a multi-ethnic journey taking them to Ireland, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Israel, Africa, Italy, China, and Russia. As they arrive in each country, they learn a traditional song and dance. Each folk song is authentic and every effort has been made to represent the song in its pure and traditional form. The songs are arranged unison/2-part. This musical is designed to accommodate a variety of classroom needs from cultural enrichment to use as a full-scale performance piece. A short linking script, as well as easy costume, stage, and scenery directions, make this play a real winner! Instructions are included for an all-encompassing school-wide multi-ethnic fair. Performance time: approx. 45 minutes. Grades 4-9. 

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Elfis and the Elves Get All Shook Up

This "Rise and Shine" musical specifically designed to be performed on choral risers is creatively designed with shortened performance times and limited use of staging and props. In this mini-musical, Elfis decides the elves are always working so hard during the holiday season that they never see how other cultures celebrate.  After talking Santa into letting him borrow the sleigh, Elfis takes the elves on a whirlwind tour.  They get an opportunity to observe holiday celebrations including La Posada, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas gift wrapping. Through this musical journey, the performers and audience learn that our different celebrations should not set us apart. With an easy-to-memorize script and flexible cast size, this reproducible holiday musical will fill the needs of the busy music teacher while delighting students and audiences with its heartfelt message. 22 minutes.

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Feelin’ Good-Health - Physical Fitness

This creative musical experience will encourage children to take good care of their minds and bodies, and help them develop a positive self-image. Included in this revue are ten original rock-style songs that incorporate movement, creative dramatization and a sing-a-long.  The songs are arranged in unison with an optional second part and a complete piano accompaniment. The short dialog that precedes each song offers speaking parts for 12 and requires little memorization. Performance suggestions, props, staging and costume ideas are included and PDFs of singer songsheets and dialog are available via digital access.  You can purchase a performance/accompaniment CD separately if you do not want to obtain the audio recording via digital download. 35 minutes.

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Happy the High-Tech Snowman

It's a snow day! Samantha tweets her friends with an invitation to hang out. The friends bury themselves, not in the snow, but in their individual electronic devices. Although resistant to play outdoors in the snow, the children soon find themselves face-to-face with a walking, talking, sunglass-wearing snowman!

Happy the Snowman used a slush fund to come to life to learn about today's technology. Quite frankly, up until now, he's been frozen out! Very quickly, Happy is lost in a blizzard of techno-speak and electronic devices. After posting a video online of the snowman's song and dance, Happy's adventure takes a dramatic turn as the video goes viral! When chased by scientists, reporters, and paparazzi, his new friends text everyone they know to join in a friendly flash mob to distract his pursuers and to rescue our hero.

Happy, the High-Tech Snowman can be used anytime between late fall and the end of the winter months and it lends itself to many community and instructional settings. For Grades 4-8. Available: Teacher Edition; Singer Edition 5-Pak; Listening CD; Enhanced StudioTrax CD; Preview Pack; Performance Kit.

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Holiday Windows 

One way the holiday season is ushered in is with decorated department store windows, and children look in at the festive scenes as color and magic abound within them!

In this reproducible musical by Michael and Jill Gallina, narrators introduce each special window display and the audience is invited to follow them as they walk down the avenue and tell about the colorful scenes that appear in the five windows featured in this production: a winter scene, a holiday in the tropics, elves making toys, holiday cooking, and a New Year's celebration to close out the musical. Through the use of holiday windows, the musical joyfully sets the stage full of color, wonder, and excitement.

Written in revue-style format, this musical can be easily presented by one classroom or a number classrooms and/or grade levels. By assigning a different group to each of the five window scenes, it is possible to successfully involve a large number of children. The easy-to-memorize rhyming script provides for 38 speaking parts. However, that number can be doubled if only one line is given to each child.

The musical includes an easy rhyming script and lots of staging and choreography suggestions. The enhanced Teacher Edition includes a Singer CD-RM with reproducible singer and speaking parts. For Grades 3-5. 20 minutes.

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It’s How You Play the Game - Character Education, Sportsmanship

This mini-musical is designed to be performed on choral risers - a format that enables directors to provide their students with a valuable performance opportunity while putting the rehearsal process on the fast track to success.  Good sportsmanship is the main theme; students are reminded to follow the rules, keep their ego in check, play fair, eat right, exercise, use self-control, play to the best of their ablity, and have a positive attitude. With an easy-to-memorize rhyming script and reproducible singer pages available on the Enhanced CD-ROM or as part of the Classroom Kit, this musical is perfect for your kids.  20 minutes.

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Johnny Appleseed-American History

NEW EDITION OF THIS TIMELY MUSICAL, NOW WITH UPDATED SCRIPT! Johnny Appleseed, one of American folklore's most colorful characters, comes to life in this lively, six song mini-musical. Johnny's extraordinary life and love for all living things is told as a modern day Grandpa reads a bedtime story to his grandchildren. The action moves from present to past and the audience learns of Johnny's boyhood dream to cross the wilderness and then follow him as he plants apple seeds throughout the land. Johnny Appleseed's sincere appreciation of nature and his thoughtful consideration of others serve as the underlying theme for this musical play and a wonderful teaching tool and example for young people as well as audiences of all ages. The 35-minute musical can be successfully performed in a wide variety of settings and the cast size is very flexible and appropriate for a wide range of grade levels. The accompaniment track is beautifully orchestrated to enhance the performance setting. The Teacher Edition includes piano/vocal arrangements, dialog, helpful production guide, and digital access to PDFs of singer songsheets and dialog. To perform with recordings, there are 2 options. A Performance/Accompaniment CD is available separately. For cost-saving value, the Performance Kit/Audio Access includes the Teacher Edition and performance/accompaniment audio recordings via digital access. 35 minutes. Suggested for grades 3-8.

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Let’s Pass it On - Character Education

This easy-to-prepare musical presentation is the first in the "Rise and Shine Musical" series created by Jill and Michael Gallina.  Designed to be performed on risers this series features shortened performance times and limited use of props.  "Let's Pass it On" encourages students to pass on good deeds promoting positive feelings.  Each of the 5 musical selections is preceded by an easy introductory narration in the form of a rhyming script with 24 speaking parts.  Basic riser-style choreography suggestions are included, or the songs can be performed without movement.  No costumes or scenery are required for this production, but some hand-held props are suggested. The kit includes the teacher's score, reproducible student parts, and a performance/accompaniment CD.  20 minutes. 

  

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Mr. Bells Magnificent Ringing Machine - Inventors, Science, Technology

Here is an upbeat, humorous look at both the early days of the telephone and our current infatuation with cell phones.  In this world of high-speed communications, we owe so much to the genius of Alexander Graham Bell and his commitment to the needs of the deaf.  Now that cell phones are so much a part of our daily lives, it is fitting to look back and appreciate Mr. Bell's contributions.  This is a revue-style production with seven songs arranged for two-part voices.  It gives the director a wide range of casting and performance options.  One or two of the scenes can be eliminated without altering the musical's structural integrity, so the director can easily control the scope and duration of the production.  Whether presented by one class or the entire school, this will thrill your audiences and give your performers an educational and memorable theatrical experience! The performance pak includes 1 director's score, 10 singer's editions and 1 P/A CD. Grades 4-6.  40 minutes.

 

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Off Their Rockers - Music/Dance History

The story takes place in a senior center where all is quiet and calm; that is, until the Center Director decides to use music and dance to bring fun and excitement into the lives of the seniors.  Through song and dance, the seniors "get off their rockers" and join in the fun.  Songs include: Old Time Rock and Roll; The Banjo's Back in Town; At the Hop; Rock Around the Clock; The Peppermint Twist and Dancin' in the Street. 25 minutes.

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Of Mice and Mozart - Music History, Composers

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth with this clever play by Jill and Michael Gallina. Using rhyming text, Of Mice and Mozart tells the story of Mozart's life from the perspective of the imaginary descendants of the mice who lived in the woodwork of his house. This work pairs Mozart melodies with humorous lyrics. From the opening theme based on Symphony #40,to the comic Musicians Will Always Be Baroque, to the touch of rap infused in the familiar Piano Sonata, these songs and creative puns will delight your audiences. Costuming, scenery and staging suggestions are included in the director's score. The performance pak includes 2 scores and 10 singer's editions. Grades 3-8. 40 minutes. 

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Shake it Up With Shakespeare - English, Literature

Shakespeare not only wrote a wide range of plays and sonnets that touch upon all aspects of the "human condition," he also created words and phrases that are still very much a part of our everyday language. Through the use of an easily memorized rhyming script and a healthy sprinkling of his most famous quotes, this musical serves as the basis for an overview of five well-known Shakespearean plays. The Enhanced Teacher Edition includes piano/vocal arrangements, rhyming program script as well as choreography, prop, staging and performance suggestions. The enclosed CD-ROM offers reproducible singer and speaking parts. 20 minutes.  

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Sing Me a Story - Reading Readiness

Step into the enchanting world of reading and storytelling with this cross-curricular musical experience.  Students will meet Thumbelina. Pinocchio, the Mad Hatter, Tinkerbell, the Ugly Duckling and the Little Mermaid in this reproducible, 2 part mini-musical.  In addition to memorable songs, also includes choreography, prop and performance suggestions, an easy-to-memorize rhyming script, American Sign Language and an Enhanced Studio Trax CD.  22 minutes. 

 

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The Green Team Machine - Science, Ecology, Earth Day

"Recycle, replenish, and renew" is the theme of "The Green Machine Team," a "Rise & Shine" musical specifically designed to be performed on choral risers. Complete with reproducible singer parts, poster and program art, composer information, and a performance/accompaniment CD, this program teaches an important lesson in a fun way! 18 minutes. 

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The Hero In Us All

Students discuss sports heroes, community heroes, emigrant heroes, and unsung heroes as they deliver the message that "we can all be heroes" in this musical presentation. A simple setting with theatrical crates or boxes and a "school clothes" wardrobe will allow directors and students to focus on the meaning of the play. Includes: 5 original songs, 2 energized raps, and the famous pop hit The Wind Beneath My Wings. Staging notes are included in the director's score and the CD includes a reproducible PDF file of the cover art. Grades 4-7. 30 minutes. 

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The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd

Celebrate the wonder of Christmas! There's trouble in Bethlehem! Aaron, a shepherd at Shem's Sheep Shop, is sleeping on the job and the sheep are disappearing rapidly. The President of Wee R Sheep, Inc. (I.B. Eweing) is coming for his annual inspection and if Aaron can't stay awake and shape up, he's going to have to “sheep” out! Nothing short of a miracle can change things for this drowsy shepherd... and word has it from a band of angels that a miracle has just happened in a small stable down the street. The true message of Christmas and the power of faith are presented in this easy-to-prepare and present 30-minute musical.

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United We Stand

Imagine how much more fun politics would be if politicians were required to rhyme their arguments and sing their votes! United We Stand brings us to Independence Hall, back in the summer of 1787, where some of our best-known Founding Fathers are rhyming, singing, and dancing their way to a compromise that will ultimately bring about the ratification of the United States Constitution. This lively mini-musical stresses the importance of working together for the common good, and is a fun and engaging cross-curricular tool to enhance students' learning of the history of the Constitution. Perfect for the teacher on a tight budget, this Performance Kit includes five reproducible unison/2-part songs, reproducible activity sheets, accompaniment and performance tracks, and costuming, staging, and performance suggestions. For Grades 3-5. Songs include: The Constitution Song; What a State We're In; It's Wise to Compromise; United We Stand; This Is America.

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