Stage Fright

An original musical to be performed by children, including “The Golden Goose” adapted from the story of the same name as documented by the Brothers Grimm

music and lyrics by Julie Argyle-Cross; story and lyrics by Andrew Ferguson

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Characters

Setting

Sample Teaching Tracks

Sample Backing Tracks

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SYNOPSIS, ACT 1

Helen is one of the many students hopeful of being cast in the School Musical, “The Golden Goose”. Unfortunately she is plagued by stage fright. Every time she auditions, she freezes. Act One is the story of her struggle to overcome her stage fright. The first scene of the show depicts all the students learning songs and a dance routine for the auditions. There are many interesting characters amongst the students, including the very pushy, Angela. At the end of the scene, the young hopefuls sing of their wish to be in the School Musical.

In the second scene, Helen is at home talking on the phone to her friends, who give her advice on how to deal with her problem, whilst being secretly cynical that she will be able to audition successfully. The following scene shows the auditions, with many comic moments. Helen has her turn to audition at the end of the scene and freezes. She is devastated. In the fourth scene, Helen is at home. She is very upset, but still wants to be cast in the show. Her inner voices giving her conflicting advice – one says that she will never make be successful, the other gives her confidence to get over her stage fright. In the final scene of Act One, Helen appears, just as the cast is going to be announced. She requests the opportunity to audition and does so with great confidence. Through believing in herself, she has overcome her stage fright. The school bell rings before the cast can be announced. The audience must wait until Act Two, to see if Helen has a role in “The Golden Goose”.

SYNOPSIS, ACT 2 (“The Golden Goose”)

“The Golden Goose” fairy tale (in which Helen is cast as the Princess) begins in front of the royal castle. The Princess has been inconsolable, ever since the death of her mother. The King offers a reward to any of the townsfolk who can make his daughter smile. The jugglers, dancers and jesters all head off to refine their acts and claim the reward.

The three sons of a poor family are introduced in the second scene, each a very strong character. The boys tell their parents of the King’s offer. One son intends to compose a riddle to make the Princess smile, another will dance for her. The youngest son is not sure how he will make her happy. The boys’ parents are, however, more concerned about their immediate needs and send the sons to the forest to chop wood for the woodpile. In the next scene the sons encounter one by one the Wood Spirit. The first two sons are admonished for being lazy; they have chopped no wood for the family. They are chased from the forest by hobgoblins and sprites. The third son has, however, been chopping wood and is rewarded by the Wood Spirit. He is given a golden goose, though its use is still a mystery.

In the final scene, all the townsfolk and the two older sons try in vain to make the Princess happy. The youngest son, with the Golden Goose, finally makes her smile in an hilarious finale. Anyone who attempts to pluck a feather from the goose becomes stuck to it, even the town’s parson. “Don’t Touch the Goose” is one of the many memorable musical numbers in this show. All live happily ever after – the magic spell is broken through the Princess’s smile.

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CHARACTERS IN ACT 1* (in order of appearance)

DIRECTOR – Ms/Mr Phillips
ANGELA (pretty girl, self-confident)
STUDENT#1
KAREN (a confident dancer)
MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Mr/Ms Ellis
STUDENT#2
STUDENT#3
HELEN (later to be the PRINCESS in “The Golden Goose”)
PIANIST – Ms/Mr Jones (played by real pianist, if musical is performed with a live band, otherwise may be mimed)
STUDENT#4
STUDENT#5
MICHAEL (clumsy boy, later to play Joseph in “The Golden Goose”)
AUDITIONEE#1
AUDITIONEE#2
JENNY (another potential PRINCESS)
HELEN’S MOTHER
INNER VOICE#1
INNER VOICE#2
MESSENGER

CHORUS

OTHER STUDENTS
AUDITIONEES
ADDITIONAL INNER VOICES (vocal ensemble)

*CHARACTERS in “The Golden Goose” (ACT 2) in order of appearance

PRINCESS
KING
PARSON
FLOWER-SELLER
FISHMONGER

FATHER
MOTHER
their 3 sons:
JONATHON (a cool dude)
JAMES (pompous)
JOSEPH (a little slow)

WOOD SPIRIT
SISTER #1
SISTER #2
SISTER #3

CHORUS

TOWNSFOLK
JUGGLERS
DANCERS
JESTERS
HOBGOBLINS
SPRITES

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TIME, ACT 1

The action takes place now. The language in the first Act is meant to be contemporary. Please feel free to adapt some of the terms in the script. In particular, some of the school terms, e.g. lunch break, school assembly, may be changed to give some local colour to the performance, if this is felt appropriate.

PLACE, ACT 1

The musical can be performed with an elaborate or simple set. The following need to be indicated:

  • School Hall/Theatre/Classroom
  • Helen’s Bedroom

TIME, ACT 2 (“The Golden Goose”)

Long ago. Characters may be dressed simply or elaborately with a general feeling of the Middle Ages.

PLACE, ACT 2 (“The Golden Goose”)

The musical can be performed with an elaborate or simple set. The following need to be indicated:

  • Royal Castle
  • Peasant Cottage
  • Forest
  • Market-Place

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. “We want to be in this show”

2. “Who will they choose?”

3. “Born to perform”

4. “Off to the forest”

5. “Just for one of your smiles”

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SAMPLE BACKING TRACKS

1. “Who will they choose?”

2. “Born to perform”

3. “You don’t even smile anymore”

4. “Just for one of your smiles”

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