The Emerald CrownEnvironment
This musical explores the dazzling diversity of a rainforest with colourful costumes, lively songs and dances and a rapping script. It tells how the local wildlife are horrified when a gang of developers start slashing and burning their trees. Led by the rapping Toucans, they decide to teach these invaders a lesson–
We'll take them on a guided tour and show them sights never seen before.
Luring the gang deep into the jungle, they show them amazing sights and meet incredible creatures 'Pyranhas and electric eels, searching for their tasty meals.' Poisonous frogs and army ants scurry around the forest floor, while barmy bats and howler monkeys hang out in the forest canopy.
When the Jaguar, Queen of the jungle emerges, the gang scoff -
Then one man sneered, 'Whatever's that? It's just a great big pussycat!'
But she warns them -
Money doesn't grow on trees, but precious treasures such as these, and they cannot be bought or sold with sterling currency and gold!
In other words, once the trees and creatures are removed, the rainforest will become worthless.
Age guide: 6 to 12; KS 1, KS2
Duration: 40 to 50 minutes
Cast: 20 to 40 Solo speaking & Group singing
* = Solo singing
Pilot, Air Steward, Ruthless, Trader, Maria, Lumberjacks*, Cowboys*, Road Builders*; 4 Toucans, 4 Macaws, Anaconda, *Jaguar
Chorus: Bats, Piranhas, Ants, Frogs; Sloths, Bats, Howler Monkeys, Trees, Plants
Music: 8 songs and dances in a rich variety of musical styles, including rock, rap, blues, disco, jazz & ballad.
Sustainability, Living things, Minibeasts, Animals, Fish, Plants, Trees, Food chains, Cycle of life, Ecology, Environment, Conservation, Habitats, Ecosystems, Rainforests, Farming, Countries, Rivers, Amazon, South America: Well-being, Caring, Citizenship, Conflict, Bullying, Healthy eating
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p204XXKYqtM International School, Qatar
https://vimeo.com/96196352 Dulwich College
Photographs: Kampala International School of Uganda, directed by Margot Girerd-Barclay
The Emerald Crown was commissioned by WWF. It has been featured on TV and performed in venues around the world, including The Royal Albert Hall and London Barbican.
Review: We've just staged it again for our leavers assembly. I think it's my favourite of all your terrific musicals! Matthew Jennings, Wales
It is illegal to photocopy or otherwise reproduce any part of 'The Emerald Crown'.
All performances & recordings must be licenced as shown below.
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