Anyone can be a Star

An original musical for lower Primary children

music and lyrics by Julie Argyle-Cross

Synopsis

Characters

Setting

Sample Teaching Tracks

Sample Backing Tracks

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SYNOPSIS

A class of students is taken on an end-of-year excursion to the Australian wildlife sanctuary. They are given the freedom to explore in small groups, answering a questionnaire as they go. Wally, who lives here, is a friendly wombat and quite an extrovert. As he lies awake in his burrow he overhears the children’s discussion about how disappointing it is never to see a wombat awake, as they are nocturnal animals.

Wally has always had ambitions to be a performer, maybe even to be a star one day. He has a bright idea! What if he ventured out in the daytime instead of at night? He and his friends could sing and dance to entertain all the visitors. They might become the star attraction. The visitors would love it!

As Wally listens to the students talking, he finds out that they love to sing and dance too, so he hatches a plan to put on a performance with them and some of his animal friends. As a farewell to the animals, the students perform their Christmas Party song that they have been practising, and everyone joins in the celebration.

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CHARACTERS

Teachers
Mr Wilson – Primary Teacher
Miss Greene   – Primary Teacher
Mrs Hartley – Prep teacher
Miss King – Prep teacher

Students
Jack
Maddy
Joshua
Mia
Jordan
Matthew
Millie
Sarah

Keepers
Sophie
Mark
Mike

Named Animals
Wally Wombat
Sue the Roo
Zoe the Joey
Blossom the Possum
Spike the Echidna
Cuddles the Koala
Moll the Quoll
Jake the Snake
Hannah the Goanna
Pete the Lorikeet
Mary the Cassowary


Groups of Animals (any of these can be included)
Dingoes
Emus
Galahs
Kangaroos
Koalas
Kookaburras
Possums
Platypus
Quolls
Tasmanian Devils
Wallabies
Wombats

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SETTING

The main action takes place in an Australian wildlife sanctuary. The time is now!

SCENERY

This would work best with scenes projected onto a screen at the back of the stage. The first is a typical classroom setting. The second is a video of travelling on the bus. Lastly, a bushland setting to represent the wildlife sanctuary.

DURATION

Approx. 45 minutes

COSTUMES

  • Teachers and students: casual clothes, including a hat
  • Keepers: matching khaki shirts and shorts, socks and boots, plus an Akubra-style hat
  • Animals: T-shirts and tights to suit the colour of the animal, plus head-dress or mask to depict the faces, ears etc.

PROPS

  • Each student: schoolbag, lunchbox, drink bottle
  • Each group of students: map, questionnaire, pencils
  • Visitors: stickers to indicate they are visitors to the sanctuary
  • OPTIONAL: glitter hats and canes for the song “Born to Perform”

USE OF TEACHING AND BACKING TRACKS

We recommend that during the rehearsal period the performers become less and less dependent on the teaching tracks, so that they are ready to perform the show with the backing tracks only.

The teaching tracks have all the individual vocal musical numbers provided, but do not include incidental music or reprises. As such, the teaching tracks cannot be used for a performance.

The backing tracks have all the musical numbers, plus incidental music, separately provided in order, allowing the tracks to be run through sequentially, with appropriate pauses for dialogue.

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SAMPLE TEACHING TRACKS

1. “Freedom!”

2. “We’re never gonna see a wombat”

3. “Introducing Wally’s friends”

4. “Party”

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SAMPLE BACKING TRACKS

1. “Freedom!”

2. “The master plan”

3. “Birds of prey”

4. “Party”

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