This WWF environmental musical introduces children to amazing sea creatures in their underwater world. We meet Great White Shark, who is looking for a good school to teach his brainless godson, Hammerhead, about the dreaded hook! He reckons they're in a better class than the hitch-hiking Barnacles and small-fry Herrings who 'ain't got no individuality!'
When Hammerhead tries to befriend a Bottlenose Dolphin on her way to swim with humans, she tells him they are incompatible -
You're a fish and I'm a mammal, you breathe water, I need air
You're cold-blooded, I'm warm-hearted. We would make a pretty pair!
But poor Bottlenose is caught in a net and taken to perform in a dolphinarium. The tough-talking Great White Shark threatens to attack her captors, but intelligent Orca and Blue Whale advocate communication rather than force. They have learnt to understand the language of humans!
With a wide variety of songs and dances and rhyming script, this show encourages us all to care for our amazing oceans.
Ocean Commotion was commissioned by WWF, and has been performed in venues throughout the world.Age guide: 7 - 11 (KS1, KS2)
Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Cast: 20 to 40 Solo speaking & Group singing parts (* = Solo singing)
Bottlenose Dolphin*, 3 cautious Porpoises*, Hammerhead*, Great White* (Hammerhead’s Godfather) Pilot Fish (Great White’s attendants) Barnacles (hitch hikers), Red Herring (joker) 3 Little Fish* (that got away) Herrings (synchronized swimmers) 2 Tuna Teachers*, Tuna Pupils, Orca, Killer Whale, Blue Whale* (made up of several players)
Choruses: Herrings, Tuna, Crabs, Lobsters, Barnacles, Starfish, Humans
Music: 10 songs and dances include folk, ballad, rock, blues, tango, rap, duet & part-singing.Cross- curricular Content: Living things, Fish & Aquatic Animals, Food Chains, Feeding, Natural World, Environment, Conservation, Oceans, Ecosystems: Communication, Working together, Conflict & Resolution, Animal RightsPremiered at Jackson's Lane Theatre, Highgate (please see photos)
Review: For our leavers concert this year we chose ‘Ocean Commotion’. I can’t think of a better send-off for our pupils, and hope that in their secondary school they will continue to do your fantastic musicals. J. Sinclair, Somerset
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