Greatest Show, The - By Mike Horth and Jan Porter
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‘Colouful, energetic and packed full of show stopping songs that your pupils will be singing in the playground!’
- DW, Retired Head Teacher.
Pickle's Perambulating Palace of Performers gets their show on the road for the new season, but there is trouble ahead! Several other travelling shows are going out of business under strange circumstances and Herbert the showman is pushing his brother Professor Pickle the scientific inventor, to come up with a new act to keep the audiences happy.
Then disaster strikes: the show is sabotaged! The escapologist is trapped in his costume, the ventriloquist bound and gagged and the performing dogs are let out to chase the musical cats out of the ring. Herbert's reputation is ruined!
Could it all have something to do with Horace Heckle and Tyrus Snide? Two disreputable quack doctors seen selling their remedies in every town? And who is the fanatical Colonel Obadiah Blastpipe, creator and collector of all things mechanical?
With a riotous mix of Victorian melodrama, steampunk and circus acts, the Pickle family must bring the saboteurs to justice ... oh, and at the same time make sure that the show still goes on!
Suitable for Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11).
With an ideal cast size of 43 (minimum cast size 33), contains 30 speaking roles with any number of chorus parts. Extensive production notes, simple staging, easy to costume and easily constructed and manageable props. Separate CDs of vocal and backing tracks (with essential sound effects) and Full Performance piano/vocal score (Grade 5/6 standard) also available.
A BRAND NEW product called Sing it! is also available to accompany this musical. 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.
Approximate Duration: 50-60 minutes