New Musicals

Traditional Contained Classroom of Remote Teaching

 

The following selections work extremely well whether teaching in a traditional contained classroom or teaching remotely. Please check “Virtual Classroom” and “free page” for specific instructions regarding remote teaching and story theater.

Holidays

Halloween Happenings

Make Halloween unforgettable in your classroom with these 8 fun-filled, infectious songs and dances by award winning composer Jill Gallina including:

1. Halloween Hoedown

2. Pumpkin Pie

3. The Catmobiles

4. The Magic Broom

5. The Ghost Train

And much more!

Each song inspires creative expression, movement activity, and contains all the directions within the lyrics of the songs! Works wonderfully as an all school Halloween Parade or activity event by assigning a different song to each grade level!

The Drama Resource Vocal/Piano Score containing all eight songs with performance instructions is available to order or to download instantly as a pdf file. The mp3 files are also available for instant download.

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Arctic Animal Antics 

It's time for the annual Snow Ball with a talented group of cold climate friends ready to entertain you.  Join hearty polar bears who refuse to take a snooze, good natured arctic terns, hi-falutin' penguins dressed to the nines, and multi-talented seals who are sure to seal the deal. This easy-to-stage mini-musical is specifically designed for primary-age students.  The all-in-one format features piano/vocal arrangements, scripts with 18 short speaking parts, costumes and staging suggestions, audio access to the performance/accompaniment recordings, as well as projectable/printable PDFs of melody sheets, lyric sheets and dialog, all under one cover.  20 minutes. 

Grades 1-3

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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. 25 minutes.

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Snoozy Snowflake 

This unison mini-musical has Snoozy Snowflake reluctant to fall in line with the tasks of the other snowflakes - which holds up the first snowfall of winter! Through an easy-to-memorize rhyming script and adorable songs, Snoozy discovers that each of us is special and offers unique contributions to family, school and community. This reproducible mini-musical has a rhyming script, a director's score, and choreography, costume, set, prop and performance suggestions as well as an enhanced performance/accompaniment CD.  20 minutes. Grades K-3

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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. Grades 2-5

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Educational Musicals/Cross Curricular

Whether or not you have been asked to incorporate music into other areas of the school curriculum, the following musicals and collections will work extremely well in addressing this need.

The Castaways - American History, Character Education

Grounded in historical fact, the Castaways' plot, delivered through flashbacks, reveals the struggles of immigrant children on the streets of New York City in the early 1900s. Ultimately the happy endings for these castaways takes them to homes with Midwestern families. Their poignant stories sensitize today's children to the stark realities of homelessness and is a fitting vehicle for a fundraiser for homeless children and shelters. Eight fabulous songs help tell the significant story of this profoundly researched musical. Performance time: approx. 50 minutes. Grades 4-9.

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United We Stand - teaches the Constitution

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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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 song sheets 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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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. 30 minutes. Grades 4-8 

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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. Grades 2-5  

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Prime Time Nursery Rhymes

This mini-musical gives an exciting new twist to four favorite nursery rhymes.  Crack up with Humpty Dumpty as Old King Cole recites the story of his terrible fall, and laugh along with the dog as Little Miss Muffet describes how the cow jumped over the moon.  Dance along with the Little Old Woman's children as these witty characters sing each other's stories.  The performance kit contains a reproducible unison collection and an enhanced CD that includes accompaniment and performance tracks, poster, program, composers' info, as well as costuming, staging, and performance suggestions. 20 minutes. Grades K-3

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Collections

Together at Christmas

This collection of partner songs pairs traditional Christmas carols with original songs. Songs include: Carol of the Angels; Only a Manger; O Little Town; Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; Little Star and On a Starlit Night.

 

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Tunes for Two the Whole Year Through

This is a versatile collection of Jill and Michael Gallina's best-selling partner song arrangements. The perfect way to celebrate the holidays that occur during the school year, each of the themed songs can be used successfully as a classroom lesson or as a stand-alone performance piece.  The budget-stretching classroom kit contains the two-part collection as well as an enhanced CD that includes accompaniment and performance tracks, reproducible singer's parts, poster, program, clip art, and information about the composers. A rhyming script gives you the opportunity to stage short revue-style performances!

 

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Catch the Holiday Spirit

This versatile collection of eight holiday choral pieces lends itself perfectly for your holiday or winter concert programming. Each selection is a stand-alone arrangement, however, the collection contains a short rhyming linking script so that the songs can be performed together as a cohesive, holiday production. You can successfully use all or any combination of the eight songs. The Enhanced Teacher Edition includes piano/vocal arrangements, optional program script as well as choreography and staging suggestions. The enclosed CD-ROM offers reproducible singer and speaking parts.

 

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Rhythm, Rhyme and Move in Time

This is a collection of lively musical games and classroom activities for music or general classrooms. Objectives and instructions are clearly stated with suggested movements and games written within the lyrics of the songs. Each game is a mini-lesson that can be extended to a full instructional period. The budget-stretching classroom kit contains a reproducible unison collection as well as an Enhanced StudioTrax CD that includes accompaniment and performance tracks, poster, program, clip art, and composers' info. Songs include: Alphabet Soup; The Beanbag Rock; The Chicken Song; The Mirror Game and more! 

 

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The Rhythm Band Strikes Again

A follow up collection to the highly successful “Strike Up the Rhythm Band,” The Rhythm Band Strikes AGAIN! is a clappin', slappin', stompin', and tappin' collection of songs and activities using basic rhythm band instruments and body percussion. This collection has been designed to teach basic rhythm and dynamic patterns, encourage creative rhythmic expression, improve students' listening skills, all while providing a fun platform to energize positive group dynamics. 

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Puttin' on the Kidz

A follow up collection to the highly successful “Strike Up the Rhythm Band,” The Rhythm Band Strikes AGAIN! is a clappin', slappin', stompin', and tappin' collection of songs and activities using basic rhythm band instruments and body percussion. This collection has been designed to teach basic rhythm and dynamic patterns, encourage creative rhythmic expression, improve students' listening skills, all while providing a fun platform to energize positive group dynamics. 

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