The Golden Goose

A musical to be performed by children, 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

“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

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

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

PLACE

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

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

DURATION

Approx. 30 minutes

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. “You don’t even smile anymore”

2. “Off to the forest”

3. “Don’t touch the goose”

4. “Just for one of your smiles”

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SAMPLE BACKING TRACKS

1. “You don’t even smile anymore”

2. “Off to the forest”

3. “Don’t touch the goose”

4. “Just for one of your smiles”

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