Darwin Rocks! - By Steve Titford
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‘Being the first school to ever perform this show, we had no testimonials upon which to rely or ideas to magpie from other schools. We needn't have worried, however, as Steve Titford has created yet another amazingly captivating production. From the moment we played the first song to the children, they were hooked and strains of 'Nothing Beats Being You' and 'Tierra del Fuego' could be heard drifting down the corridors. Proof of its popularity was witnessed when the children performed their own, impromptu, jamming session of Darwin Rocks with true passion and abandon after the first performance. The jokes worked on two levels, both for children and adults (?!), meaning that every audience member fully enjoyed the show. It was easy to stage, with brilliant parts for an entire year group and the accolades we have received after the performance have been the best ever. Well done, and thank you, Steve Titford and Musicline!’
- Kate MacKrell and Chrissy Boulton, Binfield CE Primary School (VA), Binfield.
Steve Titford takes his second, historical, musical adventure with "Darwin Rocks!", his sequel to the incredibly successful "Shakespeare Rocks!". We're sure you'll be singing Steve's gorgeously written pop/rock fused bangers for the rest of the school year! And beyond! If you've done "Shakespeare Rocks!" then you know. You know!
With booming beats, groove-filled guitar anthems and a dubious dress-sense, a theatre company from the distant future pays tribute to history's most famous advocate of evolution in an adventure of discovery. This story about the work of Charles Darwin informs with fun and inspires change for good.
Is Charles Darwin boring? We don't think so!
- Favourite food: fried tortoise (yes, really!)
- Favourite sport: snooker (played with Queen Victoria, another green baize addict.)
- Favourite occupation: making lists (including his most famous list setting out the relative merits of dog vs. wife in companion stakes)
- Favourite subject: EVOLUTION (bet you knew that one!)
From the writer of the hit comedy musical "Shakespeare Rocks!" comes the next step in the series' evolution. Steve Titford reprises his acclaimed formula of creating a feel-good show for everyone whilst helping to enthuse young people about an important national curriculum subject.
The pacy script pops with good-natured humour and flamboyant characters - mixed in with seven stirring songs that burst with fresh energy. The result is a singalong sensation - handling Darwinism carefully for thinkers from all walks of life.
School musicals have evolved: Darwin Rocks!
Contains 55 speaking roles (can be easily reduced to 32 speaking roles if necessary) with unlimited chorus parts. Flexible cast size to suit your group numbers, from 34 actors upwards. Simple staging, very easy to costume and no problem props. Separate CDs of vocal and backing tracks (with essential sound effects) and Full Performance piano score also available. Links to the New National Curriculum ... Science/History. Suitable for Key Stage 2, ages 7 to 11.
A BRAND NEW product called "Sing it!" is also available to accompany Darwin Rocks! This CD-ROM teaches the songs to the children without any teacher input. Children can use it at school or at home (think of the time it will save you!). Most schools use it in class on an interactive white board or in the school hall on the overhead projector to allow full cast practice. Children LOVE learning this way and the product is foolproof. Just give it to the children and they’ll do the rest.
Click here for more details about the new "Sing it!" CD-ROM (well worth watching).
Also available is a CD-ROM of Backdrops, which contains instant scenery with digital backdrops supplied in both a PowerPoint presentation and as individual JPG files. No more scenery painting! These images may be projected onto a screen or wall at the back of your stage or hand them to a local printer to print onto large boards or sheets in order to create your stage backdrops. They're also useful to print off for cast and stage crew to familiarise themselves with the sets and scene changes. The CD-ROM of Backdrops contains a different backdrop for every scene change.
Still wondering if you should choose this musical? Then let Steve Titford (the composer) tell you why …
Approximate Duration: 50-60 minutes