The Musicians of Bremen

A musical play, adapted from the fairytale of the same name as documented by the Brothers Grimm

music and lyrics by Julie Argyle-Cross

mb_image2 Synopsis

Characters

Setting

Sample Teaching Tracks

Sample Backing Tracks

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SYNOPSIS

The Musicians of Bremen tells the tale of four animals who have grown old and are no longer needed for work by their masters. They fear for their lives and each of them runs away from home. They all meet on the road to Bremen. They decide to become musicians as they are all good singers.

They travel all day. When night falls they are feeling very hungry and tired. They find a house in the woods, but when they look through the windows they can see a band of robbers within. They manage to scare the robbers away by singing very loudly outside. It sounds quite awful! The robbers jump up thinking it is a demon, and all run out of the house.

The animals go into the house and are happy to find food, drink and a warm place to sleep. One robber is persuaded to return to the house and see what is inside. After all, they have left all their gold in there and would dearly like to retrieve it. The robber has such a shock when he enters the house and trips over the animals. He is scratched, bitten and kicked! He runs back to the woods as fast as he can. The robbers have no intention of returning.

As for the four friends, they have enough food & drink, and gold to buy more. They stay in the house together and never go to sing in Bremen.

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CHARACTERS

Donkey
Farmer
Farmer’s wife
Dog
Cat
Rooster
Robber 1 (Chief Robber)
Robber 2
Robber 3
Robber 4
Robber 5

plus 5 Narrators

CHORUS

Large chorus (possibly all classes in the Junior Primary area)

The chorus will be divided into 4 groups. Each group will sing with one of the animals

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SETTING

Mediaeval Germany

DURATION

15 minutes

SET

None required

COSTUMES

As simple or as elaborate as you choose. It would be quite sufficient to give each cast and chorus member a headpiece, (ears or rooster comb) to represent their animal.

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. “I have a very fine voice”

2. “Don’t have to worry”

3. “Let’s make a plan”

4. “We did it”

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SAMPLE BACKING TRACKS

1. “I have a very fine voice”

2. “Don’t have to worry”

3. “Let’s make a plan”

4. “We did it”

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