X Factory, The (Senior School Version) - By Gawen Robinson
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‘Pupils, parents and staff raved about this fantastic show. The hilariously funny jokes, catchy songs and excellent script allows for a fantastic performance to be given. Kids learned their lines quickly and enjoyed learning the song lyrics. If you're looking for a school show that's current but a bit different from the standard, this is the one to go for. Thank you to the writers and team that brought the X Factory to life for us all to enjoy.’
- MC, St John's Primary, Port Glasgow.
If you're after a KS3 or KS4 school play that's a little bit less daunting than the Olivia! Senior School Musical 2 hour extravaganza (split over two acts), then The X Factory is a fantastic spoof-titled senior school musical that will have everyone chuckling away!
St Dithers School is in trouble! Following an extremely poor OFSET inspection the school has been labelled 'Average' and is in grave danger of being closed down.
The governors, worried about the fate of their school and with only 6 weeks to turn things around, decide to take drastic action. They realise that improving the school in that length of time would be impossible and that it would be easier to replace the head (and most of the pupils) with 'super-talented' ones. They also decide to bring in entirely new staff made up of celebrities from the world of entertainment!
A new head teacher, Simon Trowel, is appointed with the intention of making the school into a breeding ground for young super stars who will one day be on TV reality shows and dominate show business forever! New 'super-teachers' are brought in from the world of 'show biz reality TV shows' and include: Will.I.Was, Cherri Cola, Dusty Barrel, Bruno Macaroni and Craig Rebel-Cardboard. Bant and Beck, the northern comic duo, are also appointed as the 'Superstar Announcers'.
When the staff and pupils decide to fight back, fun and frolics ensue making this an extremely entertaining show for children to perform.
Contains 31 speaking roles (can be easily reduced to 25 speaking roles if necessary) with any number of chorus parts. Extensive production notes, simple staging, very easy to costume and easily constructed and manageable props. Separate CDs of vocal and backing tracks (with essential sound effects) and Full Performance piano scores also available.
A BRAND NEW product called Sing it! is also available to accompany The X Factory. 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: 60-80 minutes