The Keymaster - By Nick Perrin
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‘As a school, we wanted to stage a production that was fun, exciting and above all gave opportunities for the children to learn. The Keymaster allowed us to enjoy all three. The songs were an instant hit with the children and the audience came away singing them as well! Our pupils were interested in exploring the characters and researching the scenes in order to learn more about history. A great way to get children engrossed in Music, History, Literacy and above all...sustainability and environmental issues!’
- MH, Eco Co-ordinator.
The Keymaster is a stunning collection of songs set in a very entertaining drama - resulting in great time-travelling fun! It makes an excellent whole school or end of year show, being quirky, upbeat and particularly suitable for larger casts.
History is BORING!' say the children - until suddenly their supply teacher transforms into 'The Keymaster', who holds the keys to history! Going on a magical journey through time, they drop in on a 'big match' in 1066, discover gruesome medical practices in tudor times and get caught up with 18th century smugglers, the industrial revolution, suffragettes and World War II. The story concludes with a final key - the key to the future. The children see for themselves that today is tomorrow's history and that changes need to be made.
'The Keymaster' is extremely versatile: you can put on the whole show, or pick and mix scenes. It is also invaluable just as a songbook, with material suited to classroom singing and/or choir use. Songs are known to be a great aid to teaching and learning information, making this a very painless way for children to learn about key periods in British history!
The Director's Pack contains everything you need to stage a successful show including the Director's Book with director's overview, cast list, synopsis, notes, script, score, lyrics, helpful staging suggestions and performance licence application form. The accompanying CD contains full vocal demonstrations of the songs for the children to learn and separate instrumental backing tracks for performance use (no pianist required).
Also included is a set of A4 Photocopiable Master Sheets containing the script and lyrics, which may be easily photocopied and distributed to everyone taking part in the show.
Suitable for ages 8 to 12.
Approximate Duration: 60 minutes