Minibeast Madness! - By Debbie Campbell
This thought-provoking, environmental musical appeals to children's love of creatures great and small.
On a midsummer afternoon, excited Minibeasts are rehearsing their special song and dance for the evening Fiesta. But there is nowhere to run and hide when Inspector Secticide and the Bug Squad gate crash, carrying a violin-case containing insect-fighting gear. Bees, Butterflies, Millipedes, Spiders, Snails and Praying Mantises run for cover and even the fearless Fly is terrified! After getting stuck in the mud and tied up in a web, the angry Bug Squad launch their attack. Can those resourceful creepy crawlies use their natural defences to send them packing?
With plenty of solo and chorus parts, Minibeast Madness is ideal for all primary school pupils to take part in. The informative script and eight memorable songs and dances will make performers and audience aware of the threat from pesticides to minibeasts’ survival as well as our own.
Key Stages 1-2 (age 7-11). Ideal cast size 20-40+. Cross curricular aspects include science, ecology, geography, citizenship, music, dance, drama, art and design.
With plenty of solo and chorus parts, Minibeast Madness is ideal for all primary school pupils to take part in.
Approximate Duration: 45-60 minutes
Flexible cast size with 20 to 40 evenly distributed speaking/singing parts and choruses:
Fly (or Flies)-on-the-Wall – Narrator(s)
Bumble Bee* – Hostess with the Mostest!
Drones; Señor Cicada – Bandleader
Crickets – Members of the Band
Daisy the Tipsy Spider – Trapeze Artist
Spiders – supporting trapeze artists
Silly Millipede* – five children under one cover
Snail* and other Snails
Mrs* and Mr Praying Mantis
Inspector Secticide and his Bug Squad* – Sergeant Snitch and Sergeant Swat
* denotes solo/small group singing part