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Paws and Claws - By Matthew Crossey and Tom Kirkham

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Paws and Claws
Media/Arrangement: Printed Book with CD
Category: All Year Round Musical Play - The School Musicals Company
Order Code: 9780995761506


‘Funny and unforgettable, there’s a special memory for everyone!’  - RW, Director of Junior School Music, Guildford High School.

Product Description

Join a gang of wily cats and a group of fearless dogs as they prepare to do battle for the turf at the back of the bakery. But what’s this? A cat and a dog have become friends? This changes everything!

Find out how in this brand new school musical for 9-13 year olds, perfect as a leavers musical or for any time of the year with its hilarious, poignant script and 11 contemporary, catchy songs that children and adults will adore.

In the alleyways and moonlit streets of the city, a gang of wily cats and a group of fearless dogs prepare to do battle. It’s time to decide who gets to control the turf at the back of the bakery and who needs to scram once and for all!

Then Jack meets Melody - a cat and a dog become friends. This changes everything! Perhaps cats and dogs really can find a way to live together and get along? Only if they avoid the Animal Catcher and if Fury, the leader of the cats, doesn’t get his way!

Paws and Claws is based very loosely on William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ but with dogs and cats instead of Montagues and Capulets, always fighting, usually without good reason, just because that’s the way things have always been.

Beyond that, however, the story is wholly original, a tale of friendship, of loyalty, of trust and mistrust, of joy and sadness, isolation and togetherness. It is a play in which every part matters, in which every character has an identity, a personality, an individuality. It is also a play in which every performer has the opportunity to enjoy a meaningful role as well as being part of the ensemble.

With eleven fantastic, contemporary songs and a hilarious, poignant script, join Chorizo and Chipolata the sausage dogs, Salsa the feisty Chiwawa and a gang of loveable mutts and quick-witted cats in a musical adventure that everyone will adore! Paws and Claws is the perfect choice for a Primary School Musical, leavers musical or a production for years 7 or 8.

Contains 35 speaking roles with a flexible cast size of between 20 to 50 (ideal cast size 35).

The Director's Book includes the full script with song lyrics, character profiles with number of lines, production suggestions (with helpful tips on costumes, props and staging), curriculum-linked material and the sheet music piano score with vocal line and guitar chords. The accompanying CD includes all songs recorded with children’s voices and full backing tracks.

An editable version of the script in Word format is available to customers who also purchase a performance licence. The cost of the editable script is currently £9.95 and this can only be bought (along with the performance licence) directly from the publisher’s website or by email to or by completion of the form at the back of the book.

Approximate Duration: 70 minutes


Cast List

Lions (Cats):
Biscuit (Male)
Diesel (Male)
Fury (Male)
Geoffrey (Male)
Smokey (Male)
Taco (Male)
Cappuccino (Female)
Carmen (Female)
Chantilly (Female)
Dottie (Female)
Duchess (Female)
Melody (Female)
Snowflake (Female)

Wolves (Dogs):
Bingo (Male)
Bullet (Male)
Chipolata (Male)
Chorizo (Male)
Fiesta (Male)
Goliath (Male)
Jack (Male)
Marmite (Male)
Sherlock (Male)
Grace (Female)
Midnight (Female)
Salsa (Female)

Inmates (Male or Female):
Brick (Dog)
Bruno (Dog)
Fang (Cat)
Leo (Cat)
Nero (Dog)
Rambo (Cat)
Spike (Cat)
Tank (Dog)
Tiger (Cat)
Tyson (Dog)

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