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AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams

Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014
MPP1
SynopsisTheBox:SongsthatCelebrateImaginationbyMarkBurrows
Thiscollectionisamusicalcelebrationoftheboundlessimaginationfoundineverychild,
imaginationthatcanturnapieceofbrowncardboardintoaworldofpossibilities.Each
ofthesongs,setinavarietyofmusicalstyles,maybesungindividuallyortogetherusing
theprovidedrhymingdialogueforaschoolprogram.Alsoincludedarereproducible
vocalpartswithlyricsandaperformance/accompanimentCD.Thiscollectionisflexible
andrequiresverylittlesets,propsandcostumes.Allyouneedisabox.Songsinclude:
BlastOffPrehistoricHopBigRedFireTruckAPirateAdventureAnythingCan
HappeninaFairytaleTakeittotheVetTakeitfromYourTeachersandLet'sGo
(Reprise).20minutes.(JWPepper)

Concepts
Throughoutthemusicalprocesswewillbeexploringmanydifferentgenresandstylesofmusic.
ThestyleswewillbeexploringincludeWestAfrican,UptempoRock,Swing,Funk,Jig,
Polka,HipHop,50sRockandRoll.Guidingchildreninthestudyofeachcultureanddifferent
styleofmusicwillallowthemtogrowintheirknowledgeofmusicandconnecttheinformation
toabroaderworldview.
Studentswillalsolearnaboutdifferentformsofsimpleandcompoundmeter,differences
betweensharpandflatkeysignatures,andvaryingrhythmsthrougheachstyleandsong.
Dynamics

Assumptions:
1. Grades1330kidspergrade=90kidstotal
2. Wewanttoallowforasmanystudentspeakersaspossible.
3. Wewillhave4monthstoworkonthesongs,lines,anddancesfortheSpringmusical.

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014

Characters:

Name Description/Requirements
Speaker14 Projection&Pronunciation
Speaker57
Speaker811
Speaker1215
Speaker1619
Speaker2023
Speaker2427
Speaker2830
Speaker3134
Chorus(allsingers13) SingingrangesD4D5,Allgrades13willsing
onstageforthemusicalwithselecteddancersfor
musicalnumbers
1stGradeDancers(A) CoordinationandCooperation
1stGradeDancers(B)
2ndGradeDancers(A)
2ndGradeDancers(B)
3rdGradeDancers(A)
3rdGradeDancers(B)
Teacher Guestappearancefromanactualadultstaff
member(possiblytheprinciple!)

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014

Scene Characters
1Intro&LetsGo Speakers14,chorus
2Intro&BlastOff Speaker57,chorus
3Intro&PrehistoricHop Speaker811,1stgradedancers
4Intro&BigRedFireTruck Speaker1215,2ndgradedancers
5Intro&APirateAdventure Speaker1619,3rdgradedancers
6Intro&AnythingCanHappeninaFairytaleSpeaker2023,1stgradedancers
7Intro&TakeIttotheVet Speaker2427,2ndgradedancers
8Intro&TakeItFromYourTeachers Speaker2830,TeacherSolo,3rdgrade
dancers
9Intro&LetsGoReprise Speaker3134,chorus

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014
Song/Characters:

Song Characters
1LetsGo AllChorusonrisers,upstage
2BlastOff AllChorusonrisers,upstage
3PrehistoricHop Chorusonrisers,upstage.Selected1stgrade
dancers(A)
4BigRedFireTruck Chorusonrisers,upstage.Selected2ndgrade
dancers(A)
5APirateAdventure Chorusonrisers,upstage.Selected3rdgrade
dancers(A)/soloists
6AnythingCanHappeninaFairytale Chorusonrisers,upstage.Selected1stgrade
dancers(B)
7TakeittotheVet Chorusonrisers,upstage.Selected2ndgrade
dancers/soloists(B)
8TakeitfromyourTeachers Chorusonrisers,upstage.Selected3rdgrade
dancers(B),Teachersoloist
9LetsgoReprise AllChorusonrisers,upstage

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014
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ProductionTimeline:
I. SPRING
A. Put next yearsperformance dates on the school calendar
B. Reserve rehearsal space for projected rehearsalwindow
II. FALL
A. Selectmusical
B. Purchase materialsscript,play,music,accompanimentCD,etc.
C. Beginplanning:makecuts/revisions,confirm rehearsaldates, etc.
III. DECEMBER
A. Assignspeakingpartsanddancegroups
B. Beginassembling the parentteamsandvolunteers
C. HireChoreographer
D. SendoutParentLetters
IV. JANUARY
A. Developcostume list
B. BuildSet(LocateLargeBox)
C. Beginrehearsals onmusicinclass (earlyJanuary)
D. Beginrehearsalsindancegroupsafterschool(lateJanuary)
1. RehearsalSchedule
E. Begin acquiringcostumes
V. FEBRUARY
A. Leave time for independent work on memorization
1. Individualpartstobememorizedbyendofmonth
B. Begin blocking(Choreographer)
C. Begintechnical work (sound, lighting)
D. Initiate ticket salesand advertising
E. Do complete run by the end of the month
VI. MARCH
A. Polish
B. Prepareprograms
C. Intensify advertising
D. PERFORMANCE
E. STRIKE
VII. APRIL/MAY
A. Startover!

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014

RehearsalSchedule:

OctoberSelectandacquireplayandmaterials
NovemberPlanning,cuts,revisions

December2014
Nov
2014
~
December
2014~

Jan2015
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1

10

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12

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14

15
Hire
Choreographer
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17

18

19
LASTDAYOF
SCHOOL
Assign
SpeakingParts
andDance
GroupsSend
homeletterw/
partandparent
info
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22
WINTERBREAK

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WINTERBREAK

24
WINTERBREAK

25
WINTER
BREAK

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30
WINTERBREAK

31
WINTERBREAK

Notes:

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014

3dayrotation Day1 Day2 Day3


88:30 1A KA 1B
8:359:05 4A 5B KB
9:109:40 2A 2B 4B
9:4510:15 5A 3A 3B
*movetomiddleschoolat10:30

DanceGroupsbeginrehearsalinFebruary(1hour)2:353:30pm
Mondays1A(PrehistoricHop)and2A(BigRedFireTruck)dancers
Wednesday3B(TakeitfromyourTeachers)and1B(AnythingCanHappen)dancers
Thursday:2B(TakeittotheVet)and3A(PirateAdventure)dancers

ChorusRehearsal(March16,18,19)2:352:30pm
rehearseallcombinedpiecestogetheronstage

DressRehearsals(March24,26,30)
fullcostumes
allcharactersanddancersshouldperformonstage
sound/lighting(CDplayer,mics,speakers,monitors?,audiencelighting,stagelighting)
parentsignoutsheets
volunteersforentiredressrehearsal
requirechoreographertobepresent

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014

Dec
2014
~January
2015~

Feb2015

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


1
WINTERBREAK

2
WINTERBREAK

5
BacktoSchool!
1AIntrotothe
Music
2AIntrotothe
Music
6
2BIntrotothe
Music
3AIntrotoMusic
7
3BIntrotothe
Music
1BIntroto
Music
8
1ALetsGo
2ALetsGo
9
2BLetsGo
3ALetsGo
10

11

12
3BLetsGo
1BLetsGo
13
1ABlastOff
2ABlastOff

14
2BBlastOff
3ABlastOff
15
3BBlastOff
1BBlastOff
16
1ALetsGo&
Reprise
2ALetsGo&
Reprise
17

18

19
2BLetsGo
&Reprise
3ALetsGo
&Reprise
20
3BLetsGo&
Reprise
1BLetsGo&
Reprise
21
1ABlastOff
2ABlastOff
22
2BBlastOff
3ABlastOff
23
3BBlastOff
1BBlastOff
24

25

26
1APrehistoric
Hop
2ABigRedFire
Truck
27
2BTakeittothe
Vet
3APirate
Adventure
28
3BTakeitfrom
yourTeachers
1BAnything
CanHappen
29
1AAnything
CanHappen
2ATakeItto
theVet
BeginDance
Rehearsals
AfterSchool1hr
30
2BBigRedFire
Truck
3ATakeitfrom
yourTeacher

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AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014

Jan2015
~February
2015~

Mar2015
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1

2
3BPirate
Adventure
1BPrehistoricHop
DanceRehearsal
3
1ABlastOff&
PrehistoricHop
2ABlastOff&
BigRedFire
Truck
4
2BBlastOff&
TakeittotheVet
3ABlastOff&
PirateAdventure
DanceRehearsal

5
3BBlastOff&
Takeitfrom
yourTeachers
1BBlastOff&
AnythingCan
Happen
DanceRehearsal

6
1ALetsGo&
AnythingCan
Happen
2ALetsGo&
Takeittothe
Vet
7

9
2BLetsGo&Big
RedFireTruck
3ALetsGo&Take
itfromyour
Teachers
DanceRehearsal

10
3BLetsGo&
Pirate
Adventure
1BLetsGo&
PrehistoricHop
11
1A
2A
DanceRehearsal
**Classtimeis
devotedtoother
materialsnow,
musicalisonly
shortreview
sessions
12
2B
3A
DanceRehearsal
**
13
3B
1B
**
14

15

16
1A
2A
DanceRehearsal
**
17
2B
3A
**
18
3B
1B
**
DanceRehearsal

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1A
2A
**
DanceRehearsal

20
2B
3A
**
21

22

23
3B
1B
DanceRehearsal

24
1APerform
DanceinClass
2APerform
DanceinClass
25
2BPerform
DanceinClass
3APerform
DanceinClass
DanceRehearsal

26
3BPerform
DanceinClass
1BPerform
DanceinClass
DanceRehearsal

27
1A
2A
**
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AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014
Feb
2015
~March
2015~

Apr2015

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


1

2
2B
3A
DanceRehearsal
**
3
3B
1B
**
4
1A
2A
DanceRehearsal
**
5
2B
3A
DanceRehearsal
**
6
3B
1B
**
7

9
1A
2A
DanceRehearsal
**
10
2B
3A
**
11
3B
1B
DanceRehearsal
**
12
1A
2A
DanceRehearsal
SingThroughall
assignedsongs

13
2B
3A
SingThrough
allassigned
songs
14

15

16
3B
1B
Chorus
Rehearsal
SingThroughall
assignedsongs
17
1APerformDance
inClass
2APerformDance
InClass

18
2BPerformDance
inClass
3APerformDance
inClass
ChorusRehearsal
19
3BPerform
DanceinClass
1BPerform
DanceinClass
Chorus
Rehreasal
20
1A
2A
SingThrough
allassigned
songs
21

22

23
2B
3A
SingThroughall
assignedsongs
24
3B
1B
SingThroughall
assignedsongs
DressRehearsals
2:354PM
25
1A
2A
26
2B
3A

DressRehearsal
2:354PM
27
3B
1B
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30
1A
2A

DressRehearsal
5:307PM
31
2B
3A
PERFORMANCE
Call:5:30PM
Show:6PM

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014

OurSupplementtoanAuditionPlan
Dearparentsandguardians,

Asyourchildmayhavementionedwehavebeenworkingonaplaycalled
TheBox:SongsthatCelebrateImaginationbyMarkBurrows.Thisplayisacollectionofmusicalpieces
thatcelebratetheboundlessimaginationfoundineverychild,imaginationthatcanturnapieceofbrown
cardboardintoaworldofpossibilities.ThestudentsandIareveryexcitedtostartworkingonourplay
foryou.Ourperformancewillbeon
Tuesday,March31
st
,2014
Eachstudentwillbeassignedasongtosingbasedonhis/hergrade.Witheachsongisadance
numberthataccompaniesthatlivelynumber.Allstudentswillbeexpectedtoparticipateinthisplay.
Thereareopportunitiesforsolosorspeakingrolesineachplay.Studentswerechosenbytheteacher
forsolosbasedoncomfortlevelinfrontofacrowdandconfidenceintheirvoice.Thelistforthose
extrapartswillbelistedbelow.

1.LetsGo AllChorus
2.BlastOff AllChorus
3.PrehistoricHop 1stgrade(A)
4.BigRedFireTruck 2ndgrade(A)
5.APirateAdventure 3rdgrade(A)soloists
6.AnythingCanHappeninaFairytale 1stgrade(B)
7.TakeittotheVet 2ndgrade(B)soloists
8.TakeitfromyourTeachers 3rdgrade(B),Teachersoloist
9.LetsgoReprise AllChorus

AttheendofJanuarywewillbeholdingonehourdancerehearsalsafterschoolonceaweek
persong/grade.

DanceGroupsbeginrehearsalinFebruary(1hour)2:353:30
Mondays1A(PrehistoricHop)and2A(BigRedFireTruck)dancers

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014
Wednesday3B(TakeitfromyourTeachers)and1B(AnythingCanHappen)dancers
Thursday:2B(TakeittotheVet)andA(PirateAdventure)dancers
InmidMarchwewillbeholdingchorusrehearsalstomakesurethatoursongsarereadytoperform
andallstudentswillbeaskedtojointherehearsals.Thespecificdatescanbefoundintherehearsal
calendarattached.

Weareveryexcitedtostartrehearsing.Ifyouhaveanyquestions,comments,and/orconcernsplease
donothesitatetocontactus.

Ms.Kinerk,Ms.Needham,Ms.Williams
bandchoralorchestrateachers@yourchildsschool.edu
7659876543

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
Ester,MUSE457
MPP
Oct.1,2014

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TechnicalDesignList
1) Set:
a) LargeCardboardBoxsurroundedbyChoralRisers
(NoToolsshouldbenecessary)
2) Sound:
a) 2Choirmics
b) 4Cardioidstandmics&Stands
c) 2Speakers
d) 2Monitors
e) 1Mixer
f) 1CDPlayer

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MPP
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3) Lighting
a) 6ellipsoidallightsOverheadlights
b) 6Fresnellights
c) 6Striplights

4) Makeup
a) None
5) Costumesarefordancersandspeakers.(8costumespersong.)Allchorus
memberswillbeaskedjeansandaschooltshirt.
a) PrehistoricHop
i) Archaeologistskhakipants,buttonshirt,hat/glasses
b) BigRedFireTruck
i) FiremanHats
ii) Red/YellowClothes
c) PirateAdventure
i) PirateHatorBandana
ii) Neutralcoloredclothesblack,brown,gray
d) Fairytale
i) Fairytalehalloweencostumesprince/princess,dragon,knight,mermaid,
fairy,wolf/monster,etc.
e) TakeittotheVet
i) LabCoats
f) TakeitfromyourTeachers
i) Whitepoloandkhakis.
ii) Teacherinappropriateteachingattire
g) Choiruniform
i) Jeansandschoolshirt
6) Props:none

Accompaniment:TheBoxcomeswithanaccompanimentCDthatwewilluse.Wewillplaythe
tracksthroughoursoundsystemranbythesoundtechnicianorstagemanager.

Sounddirections:
Speakers811speakinmics14
PlayPrehistoricHop,Track21
StopTrackafterPrehistoricHopEnd
Speakers1215speakinmics14
PlayBigRedFireTruck,Track22

AngelaKinerk,KaseyNeedham,ErikaWilliams
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Speakers1619speakinmics14
PlayAPirateAdventure,Track23
etc.
Staff:
Paid:Choreographer
Paid:MusicDirector
Volunteerpositions(parents/teachers/HSorcollegestudents):sound/lightingtechnician,
costumemanager,stagemanager,andbackstageassistants.

ProductionBudget
Expenses:
Sparebulbsforlights$40
Batteries$27for12packof9Voltbatteries
CostofPlayandCDmaterials$40
Advertisement(LettersHome)Freefromschoolssupply/email
Programs(200)$40
Choreographer$50giftcard
Stageassistants/costumemanager$0(Volunteers)
SoundTechnician$0(Volunteerpossiblyafriendlyteacherorhighschool
student)
Costume$50
Director$500
Income:
Schoolstipend:$250
Directorstipend:$500
Musicalisopenforpublicforfree