This moving WWF musical appeals to children's love of animals. With jazzy songs and rhythmic dances, it gives an insight into the life of elephants, their ancient customs and the dangers they face.
An incredible creature, the elephant, gentle and strong and intelligent
Big Momma is leading her herd across the African plain to a waterhole, where they will drink, bathe and play alongside other wild animals - elephants have no natural enemies - except man! When they hear loud bangs in the distance Big Momma anxiously hurries her family away, but the poachers track them down. In the chaos, Baby Erica is separated from the herd. She has no valuable ivory, so she is just left. Rangers rescue and take her to a zoo, as she cannot survive alone in the wild.
Erica grows up, living in an enclosure, providing entertainiment for visitors. She has developed a strong bond with her kind keeper but cannot forget her elephant family and life in Africa. Then one day, the rangers arrive. They have found Big Momma, who miraculously survived, and are taking Erica back home to be reunited!
Age guide: 7 to 12; KS1, KS2
Duration: 40 to 50 minutes
Big Momma was commissioned by WWF, and has been performed throughout the world.
Cast: 20 to 40 Solo speaking & Group singing parts
* = Solo singing
Elephants: Erica -baby/adult*, Sister Chivia*, Brothers Leuco & Fynbros*, Aunt Acacia*, Cousin Karoo*, Big Momma*
Big Papa, Uncle Trunkle, Crooked Tusk, Mighty Musk, Grandpa Jagged Scar; Rhinoceros, Cheetah, Lion, Game Park Rangers, Zoo Keepers
Flexible Chorus: Children, Zoo Animals, Wild Animals
Music: 9 songs and dances in a variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz & rock.
Sustainable living, Animals, Plants, Trees, Ecology, Endangered species, Environment, Conservation, Habitats, Ecosystems, Rainforests, Places, Food, Farming: Well-being, Caring, Healthy living
Review: This beautiful musical fitted in perfectly with our animal project. Thank you!
Rachel Ellis, Fife
It is illegal to photocopy or otherwise reproduce any part of 'Big Momma'.
All performances & recordings must be licenced as shown below.
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