A CD with vocal tracks for listening to & learning, plus backing tracks for dances & performances, is user-friendly for all teachers & pupils! Musical styles include folk, shanty, jazz, march, rock, round & part-singing.
Ages: 5 to 11, Duration: 50 to 60 minutes
As a boy, Dick leaves Gloucestershire for London, where the streets are paved with gold - or so he has been told. On his journey to success, he encounters many set-backs and meets all sorts of colourful characters. Some are helpful - the travellers who give him a lift in their caravan, and a Cobbler who warns him of the perils of the City. Street urchins are helpful when Dick enters their patch. A cheeky Rat gives the poor boy grief, but Tommy, his clever cat makes Dick's fortune in Africa. Dick marries the boss's daughter, Alice Fitzwarren, and becomes Lord Mayor of London!
Whether all this is true or just just folklore, 'Dick Whittington' is a favourite traditional pantomime, and to this day a memorial to him and his cat stands on Highgate Hill. With a rich variety of songs and dances, this action-packed, entertaining musical gives an insight into life in the middle ages, showing the importance of hard work, kindness and luck!
Solo speaking & Group singing parts: 25 to 50 (* = Solo singing)
Dick Whittington – as a boy* & man*, Alice Fitzwarren – as a girl* & woman*, Captain Fitzwarren*, Sarah Sourdough* –cook, *Mistress Bowbells, Tommy Cat, King Rat, Sultana, Saffron–Sultana's maid Travellers: Ma, Pa, Milo, Kizzie, Luca, Lala & Rosie, Esmeralda–horse, Craftsmen: *Cobbler, *Tailor, *Tinker & *Barber, Street Urchins: Sparrow, Jackdaw, Magpie & StarlingSailors: Bagabones, Coxswain, Boatswain, Riggers, Swabbies & Cabin Boy
Flexible Choruses: Townsfolk, Rats, Cats, Sailors, Barbary Dancers
Caring, Emotional Wellbeing, Relationships, Health: Myths & Legends, Folklore, Drama, Comedy: Significant People, Historic Events, Places & Occupations: Christmas, Pantomime: People & Places, Transport, Travel
Review: You should be very proud of your work… indeed, it was the 4th production I have seen or been involved with, so my praise is not without good reason.Once again, thank you and let’s hope we can work together again, in the near future! - Yours sincerely, Sean Kinsella
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