Blooming GorgeousHistory Environment
Musical styles include folk, rock, blues, nursery rhymes, bossa nova & part - singing.
Ages: 6 to 11 (KS2) Duration: 30 to 50 minutes
Thomas Fairchild was an 18th century gardener remembered nowadays for his interest in plant cultivation and children's education. In this entertaining musical, we spend a day with him in his city garden. At the crack of dawn, busy minibeasts - Wormy, Grub and Maggot, are recycling organic waste to fatten up the vegetables for the cooking pot! Spud, a tough potato, escapes into the hothouse to hide among the tropical flowers. These exotic beauties are singing about life in the Amazon jungle. Not to be outdone, Spud boasts that his ancestors, the Sweet Potatoes also came from South America! Meanwhile there's excitement in the flowerbed - Carnation & Sweet William have produced a new species of plant - a successful result of Fairchild's cross-pollinating experiment! After their hard day's work, Fairchild's young apprentices run down to St Paul's to pick apples. Pipsqueak and Old Fruit are ripe and ready to eat and the hungry gardeners are looking forward to potato stew and apple pie for supper. But Spud is nowhere to be found. Maybe he's not such a tough potato after all!
Photos of performance by Columa College, Australia (Kelkphoto)
Solo speaking & Group singing: 20 to 40 (* = Solo singing)
Thomas Fairchild (gardener), Peggity (cook), 2 to 15 Apprentices; Minibeasts: Wormy, Grub & Maggot & others
Vegetables: Spud*, 1 – 4 Tatties, Old Bean, Cabby (cabbage) & Pickle (Onion) & others; Flowers: Aloe Vera*, Lily*, Orchid*, Carnation*, Sweet William* Mule, & others ; Apples: Pipsqueak & Old Fruit, Granny Smith etc
Flexible Choruses: Ragamuffins, Decomposers, Vegetables, Plants, Trees
Recycling, Cycle of Life, Life Processes, Plants, Gardening, Procreation, Cross-fertilization, Minibeasts, Vegetables, Environment, Habitats: Healthy Eating, Cooking, Working Together: 18th Century London, Historical People & Places, Maritine Explorers
Review: I would like to express our sincere thanks and praise to you for Blooming Gorgeous. The show was a great success and was loved by everyone. You should be very proud of your work… Sean Kinsella
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