Bloomsbury Christmas Musicals in Schools

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When we were at primary school, the highlight of the Christmas term was always the Christmas musical. This Christmas, Selside Endowed CE School in Cumbria really got into the spirit of Christmas by putting on one of our musicals to raise money for a great cause – the devastating flooding which hit their county throughout December. We were delighted when Selside told us about their show via our Twitter page (@ACBlack_Music) and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to share it with you.

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Selside performed ‘Cinderella, one of our six musical adaptations of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. The star of the show Cinderella herself wrote to tell us all about it:

“Performing the show Cinderella was amazing, it was funny, it was sort of sad, and it was powerful and unusual. I loved it because there were so many twists and turns, and everyone had something important to do; even if you were a townsperson you still had to act.  It was good that everyone’s lines rhymed.  All of the songs were brilliant and funny. The solos were also funny because I played Cinderella so I had to act like a slave but also spoilt, which was hard and different. 

Having the main part was hard but it was also an experience and an opportunity to surprise everyone because the usual ‘soft and sappy’ Cinderella is kind and gentle, whereas in this play I had to be boisterous and bossy. It also gave you a chance to show the audience you don’t care if you had to shout ‘nylon pantyhose’ at the top of your voice or hold hands with the Jam Man.

 It was also perfect because you could add few scenes or a song in and you can act your socks off. It didn’t matter that I forgot to take off my silver slipper as the show is so fun and has a deeper meaning and message.

 Also it was a super chance to make amazing costumes for the prince, the ugly sisters and the Jam Man.

 Personally, it was the best moment of my life just because of the rhythm of the lines made sense in your mouth. And that is why I think Cinderella is a brilliant show.”

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We’re so pleased that Selside enjoyed putting on Cinderella, and that their performance could raise money for such a good cause. We’d like to say a big thank you to them for sharing with us and a massive congratulations on putting on such a successful show.

This musical version has a twist on the usual story, casting the Prince as a snobby and murderous man rather than the charming hero of the fairytale, and Cinderella as a materialistic young woman who is sure she can capture the Prince’s heart as long she has a diamond brooch, some earrings and her silver slippers! It can be adapted to fit a class of any size and combines Roald Dahl’s gruesome humour with fantastic new music by Helen MacGregor and Stephen Chadwick, which keeps the adults laughing as well as the children.

If you’re interested in putting on your own A&C Black musical then we have lots on offer. 2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, and the perfect opportunity for these musicals but, if Revolting Rhymes aren’t quite what your looking for, then we have loads more including Robin Hood, and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Jonny and the Bomb’ and ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’. Take a look here to browse them for yourself:

Performance licences can also be found on the Bloomsbury website. For more information, please give Milly a call on 020 7631 5788.

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