Blooming Gorgeous - By Debbie Campbell
This musical tells the story of a day in the life of an 18th century garden. With a colourful and varied cast alongside a host of entertaining songs, this is the perfect choice for a spring or summer production.
Thomas Fairchild, an 18th century gardener, collected many newly discovered tropical plants that sailors brought back to Britain. Re-enacting a typical day in his city garden, pupils can study life processes and living things in an entertaining way. We meet Wormy, Grub and Maggot, nature’s recyclers, and watch Spud, a tough potato, narrowly avoiding being thrown in the cooking pot. Tattie, Pickle and Old Bean are less fortunate.
We learn about Fairchild’s experiments with plant cross-fertilization and enter his hothouses where exotic flowers sing and dance. In the orchard Pipsqueak and Old Fruit cling to their branch for dear life, while Fairchild’s ragamuffin helpers dance to the sound of London bells after their hard day’s work.
Cast: To suit the number of performers available, the cast size is flexible with 25 to 35 evenly distributed speaking/singing parts and choruses.
Eleven songs and dances explore a wide diversity of musical styles including Old English, rock 'n' roll, blues, nursery rhymes and Latin American.
Suitable for Key Stages 1-3 (ages 5-14). Cross Curricular Aspects include science, ecology, history, geography, language, literacy, citizenship, social education, music, dance, art and design. The Director's Book contains the script, lyrics and piano score with vocal line and guitar chords, along with costume and staging ideas. A CD featuring vocal and backing tracks of all music is also included to aid rehearsal and illuminate the final performance!
Approximate Duration: 40 minutes