Syllabus & Curriculum

You can find information about the syllabus of this course in the table below. For more information about the cross-curricular and skill development aspect of the course, please visit the Curriculum Objectives tab

Lesson Topic: Aims: What will we cover? Curriculum Links:

Lesson 1:
– Stories in Music

1) To understand and demonstrate how stories can be told through music.
2) To become familiar with the the basic structure and general idea of ‘Voyage to the Moon’.
3) To connect themes and ideas between the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music and story.
Illustrate stories and scenarios through performance, using untuned instruments and the voice.
Analysis of the music through comprehension-based activities.
Sing songs expressively.
Written composition.
S: E&S
Mu: All
HE: All

Lesson 2:
– The Orchestra
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1) To develop knowledge about the Orchestra, instruments and musicians.
2) To identify the timbre of each ‘instrument family’.
3) To apply knowledge through composition work.
Discussion about best teamwork practices in relation to the orchestra.
Exploration of the concept of ‘timbre’.
Analysis of theoretical musical knowledge.
Expressive text and musical composition.
S: SE
Mu: AllE: All

Lesson 3:
– Rhythm
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1) To understand basic staff and notation (written music).
2) To apply what we have learned through listening, writing and performance activities.
3) To understand the relevance of rhythmic concepts within the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music.
 Introduction to basic musical notation – values of different ‘beats’ and ‘rests’.
Reading and responding to notation on staff and to the music through performance with untuned instruments and using the voice.
Composition of written music – applying knowledge learned in class.
S: SE
Mu: All
Ma: N, GSE: All

Lesson 4:
– French Horn
King & Queen Ball room

1) To understand how tone and emotion is conveyed through music.
2) To understand the connection between lyrics and tone, applying this through listening and writing.
3) To gain a firm understanding of all elements of the French horn, appearance, history and sound in relation to the inter-related dimensions of music.
Composition and performance activities for ‘lyrics’ to a song.
Analysis of the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ chorus, using the inter-related dimensions of music and written notation.
Study of the French horn instrument, through a range of resources and activities.
S: SE, PP, PF, S
Mu: All
Ma: N, GSHE: All

Lesson 5:
– The Violin
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1) Develop understanding about sound production and vibrations.
2) Understand features about the violin – appearance, pitch.
3) Apply knowledge through design technology activities.
Discover a variety of elements about the violin.
Apply knowledge learned about the violin in a range of contexts.
Build String Instruments from different materials.
S: All
Mu: All
Ma: N, GS, ME: AllADD&T

Lesson 6:
– Crescendo
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1) To use our voices and instruments expressively.
3) To develop our knowledge on musical ‘dynamics’, in relation to the ‘Crescendo’ sign.
4) To analyse the violin and crescendo in the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music and story.
 Experiment with different ways of using our voices and untuned instruments expressively.
Explore the ‘Crescendo’ symbol.
Develop our composition and aural skills focusing on the violin.
S: SE, AIH, S
Mu: All
Ma: N, GSE: AllL

Lesson 7:
– The Cello

1) To study and apply knowledge about ‘pitch’.
2) To learn the features of the cello and distinguish these from those of the violin.
3) To develop written and aural music skills in a variety of ways.
Expressively use our voices to imitate ‘pitch’.
Learn about the cello and draw comparisons with the violin – sound and appearance.
Revisit our knowledge on written ‘rhythm’, adding ‘pitch’ into the mix.
Develop our knowledge on ‘melody’ and ‘harmony’ through a variety of activities.
S: SE, AIH, S
Mu: All
Ma: NE: AllPE

Lesson 8:
– Oboe

Olive the Oboe

1) To learn about the oboe, and distinguish its’ features from those of other instruments.
2) To identify music notes of different ‘duration’, as heard played by the oboe in ‘Voyage to the Moon’.
3) To understand the connection between the next part of the story and the corresponding music.
An introduction to the oboe, building comparisons with other instruments.
Discussions about the different features of the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music.
Development of aural and rhythmic knowledge using the inter-related dimensions of music, and performance with untuned instruments/our voices.
Analyse and describe the next parts of the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music and story.
Create a Woodwind Instrument.
S: SE, S
Mu: All
Ma: NE: AllA

D&T

Lesson 9:
– Flute

Flora Flute

 1) To develop our knowledge about instruments from different families.
2) To identify the inter-related dimensions of music through the introduction of the flute.
3) To develop aural, composition, performance confidence and listening skills through consolidation activities.
Consolidation of all lesson topics and skills developed so far.
Introduction to the flute. Exploration of the whole piece of music and story of ‘Voyage to the Moon’.
S: SE, S, PP, PF
Mu: All
Ma: NE: All

PE

Lesson 10:
– Dynamics
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1) To understand the purpose of universal symbols, both musical and non-musical.
2) To identify all the different ‘dynamics’ by their symbol and sound, in the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music – ‘piano’, ‘forte’ and ‘crescendo’.
3) To develop our composition and improvisation skills, focusing on the inter-related dimensions of music.
 Explore the level of force required to play instruments in different volumes.
Explore new musical symbols and build familiarity through a variety of theoretical and practical activities.
Work in teams to compose and improvise pieces of music using staff, notation and dynamics, performing expressively with untuned instruments.
S: SE, S, PF
Mu: All
Ma: N, GS

E: All

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Lesson 11:
– Conductor

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1) To understand the purpose of leadership.
2) To demonstrate conducting skills that interlink with all musical concepts learned so far.
3) To develop skills & ideas through music-based activities and visual cues.
Introduction to the conductor of the orchestra.
Exploration of the body language used by the conductor.
Conducting to the time signature of ‘Voyage to the Moon’.
Becoming a leader by conducting our peers. Consolidation of ‘Voyage to the Moon’.
S: SE, S, PF
Mu: All
Ma: N, GSE: AllL

Lesson 12:
– The Composer

1) To discover the relationship between a composer & his music
2) To develop composition skills through music-based activities.
An introduction to the life of Jacques Offenbach through a range of resources.
Independent composition work – literary and musical.
Mu: All

G

H

E: All

School Assembly

If done as a whole school assembly…

KS2 students to narrate

EYFS sing solo – they are

KS1 students play cut out French Horns during chorus while EYFS sing

KS2 students conduct both EYFS students during the choruses

EYFS play untuned instruments as the orchestra plays

Otherwise all parts can be played by KS2 students

 

Cast:

Narrator

King Vlan

Steward

Party guests

Orchestra – x8 ( or as many as required)

Prince Caprice

Village people

Microscope

Scientists x2

King Cosmos

Moon guards

Princess Fantasia

Moon guard 1

 

[SCENE 1]

 

Music plays

 

The curtain rises revealing a welcome home party for Prince Caprice in the grand hall in the royal palace. The King is sitting on his throne, his steward by his side and there are party guests around him chatting to each other whilst the orchestra are playing their instruments: a flautist, an oboe player, a horn player, two violinists and two cellists. There is also a conductor leading the orchestra. The music trails off and the orchestra stops playing. Enter Prince Caprice looking surprised. As he arrives, the party guests stop talking, turn to face him and start clapping his arrival. The scene freezes and on walks the narrator.

 

Narrator: There once was a man called Prince Caprice, he was very handsome and brave. Extremely bored of palace life, it’s an adventure that he craved.

 

[Exit narrator. King Vlan gets up and walks over to his son and gives him a brief hug]

 

King Vlan: Welcome home Caprice! I hope you had a marvellous time getting to know the citizens of our country.

 

Prince Caprice: Thank you dad, yes it was interesting to meet all the different kinds of people.

[Indicating to the people in the room]

What is the meaning of this grand party?

 

King Vlan: Oh yes! I have some extremely exciting news!

[He looks around him and beckons to his steward who comes towards them holding a rolled up parchment. The parchment is passed to the King and then the steward bows to both of the royals before taking a step back. Then he addresses the room]

 

Steward: Esteemed guests, if you could please hold the celebrations for a moment longer, King Vlan of France would like to make an announcement

 

King Vlan: My royal subjects, it has given me great pleasure to serve as your King. You all know my son, Prince Caprice. We have all watched with pride as he has grown into a fine man. His recent travels have taken him all around our country, where he has connected with many others who make up our society. As my 50th year of ruling is nearly over, I would like to celebrate by stepping down and passing on the crown to my son, Prince Caprice, future king of France.

 

[There are gasps of surprise from the Prince and the guests in the hall as the King takes off his crown and holds it out for his son. Prince Caprice takes a step back. The music begins to play]

 

Narrator: Prince Caprice began to fret; this was the last thing he expected. He had come home to tell his father, about a new life plan he had selected. The French Horn got ready to play as Caprice revealed his idea, he wanted to go to the moon and it was time for his father to hear.

 

[Exit narrator. The horn player comes to the front of the stage to stand next to the prince. The chorus begins]

 

Prince Caprice: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

 

[The music stops and the horn player returns to his place in the orchestra. Everyone on the stage except the Prince and the horn player start laughing, thinking the Prince is making a joke]

 

King Vlan: [smiling] Oh Caprice, you are terribly funny! Going to the moon! What a wild imagination you have! You will do wonders with this country!

 

[The violinists come to the front of the stage and the music begins to play. The King offers the crown once again, and Caprice who now looks irritated takes it and throws it across the room. Everyone gasps and looks shocked. People around the room start whispering excitedly to each other. The steward runs after the crown and carries it back to the throne. The King angrily stomps over to his throne and sits as the Prince gets on his knees in front of his father. He holds his fathers’ hands and as the next chorus is about to be played, the horn player exits and returns on the stage with a group of village people following him. Some of them are carrying untuned instruments. The guests part way for the crowd as they approach the throne and stand behind the prince. The violinists turn and watch the crowd and they stop playing as the chorus begins. The chorus plays and the village people and the prince sing to King Vlan as the horn player accompanies them. Some of the village people play their untuned instruments to keep in time with the music (3 beats)]

 

Prince Caprice & village people: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

 

[The music stops]

 

[SCENE 2]

 

[The scene opens in the royal library. Microscope, the King’s scholar, is sitting there pouring over a table full of books. He is using a quill to write in some of them. The orchestra and their conductor are also on the stage.]

 

Narrator: The party finished quickly and the King was irritated. The plan he had mapped out for Caprice was not being celebrated. For sometimes fathers do believe that their word should be law, and he was far from ready to have Caprice withdraw. And so he sought out Microscope, a scholar of renown. This man could crush Caprice’s dreams and thus he’d take the crown

 

 

[Enter an angry King Vlan and an excited Prince Caprice]

 

King Vlan: [Shouting] Microscope!

 

[Microscope jumps up with a fright and knocks the books all over the floor. He faces the King and bows low]

 

Microscope: Your Majesty. How may I be of service?

 

King Vlan: Talk some sense into my son! He desires to travel to the moon! [Mutters] nonsense!

 

Microscope: [Turning to Prince Caprice in utter bewilderment] the m-moon, sire?

 

Caprice: Yes, the moon, Microscope. I must get there. It’s such a mystery and I would like to be the first to explore it. Sword fights with moon-people and winning a moon-princess – this is my destiny! I am sure of it! How will you arrange my mission?

 

Microscope: M-me, sire? I, I – it can’t be done.

 

[Caprice withdraws his sword from its’ scabbard at his side and advances upon Microscope who falls to his knees and curls up in a ball on the floor. The King follows and grabs the prince’s sword arm]

 

King Vlan: Now Caprice, I will not have you behead the best scholar in my Kingdom in the name of this foolish errand. However, now I can see how much this…adventure means to you. [He pauses] So I would like to help. [He turns to Microscope] Microscope, you have until sunrise tomorrow to find a way to send Caprice to the moon. You will not fail. [He looks at the books on the floor] And clean up this mess whilst you’re at it!

 

[Exit King Vlan and Prince Caprice. The orchestra starts playing music. (Listen to recording to hear the timings for individual instruments) Microscope rises and begins frantically running around collecting books and pouring over them. Two scientists in white coats come into the library and Microscope shows them the books but they shake their heads and leave. He continues to read and then draws up  plans with his quill. The stage gets darker and then lighter and then the music stops. Microscope lifts up the paper he has been writing on. Enter Prince Caprice and King Vlan]

 

Microscope: [Exhausted] I have found a way!

 

[SCENE 3]

 

[The scene takes place on the inside of a shell – this is a huge empty bomb that will fire the travellers to the moon. Microscope, King Vlan and Prince Caprice are sitting inside with their luggage. A screen separates them and the civilians who have come to send them on their journey – they are all carrying untuned instruments. The orchestra is also standing with the civilians. Enter Narrator]

 

Narrator: Microscope had devised a plan that would send the Prince on his way. The Prince would sit inside a ‘shell’, which would be fired from a giant cannon that day. Microscope had been forced to join on this very dangerous mission. King Vlan had joined the travellers, to help his son achieve his ambition.

 

[Exit Narrator. Microscope glances at his watch]

 

Microscope: It is time, sire – hold on to your crown.

 

[The passengers all hold hands. The civilians start playing their untuned instruments quietly in three beats and build it up getting louder and louder. They all finish on a very loud beat and stare up into the sky. The oboe player steps forward. The music starts and the civilians sing the lyrics with actions as the oboe player plays and then the rest of the orchestra and conductor join in.]

 

Civilians: Can you see?

There’s the moon

Prince Caprice will reach there very soon

Adventure starts

As he’s seen 

Princess Fantasia

She’ll be his queen!

 

[The music stops]

 

[SCENE 4]

 

[The scene takes place on the moon. The shell has crash-landed; Prince Caprice, King Vlan and Microscope have come out of the shell and are looking around, scared and tired. There are moon people standing around them: King Cosmos, some guards, civilians and an orchestra. They are in the middle of a party that has just been interrupted. They are all looking at the earth people in shock. Enter Narrator.

 

Narrator: The shell had crash-landed on the moon, but the travellers arrived in one piece! Their dreams of exploring were halted, by the frightened guards who greeted Caprice. King Cosmos of the moon looked angry, these aliens had interrupted his party. He wanted the men arrested; this welcome was far from hearty.

 

[Exit Narrator]

 

King Cosmos: [pointing at the travellers, shouts] seize these intruders!

 

[As the guards start towards the travellers, Princess Fantasia calls from offstage]

 

Princess Fantasia: Father…what is all the commotion?

 

[Enter Princess Fantasia in a hurry. She is dressed up for the party. She stands in between the travellers and the moon people]

 

King Cosmos: [Turning to the guards] Hold fire for a minute, men. [Turning to his daughter] Fantasia, I’m so sorry my child. These aliens have landed on our moon and ruined your birthday celebrations. I shall have them arrested and deal with them after the festivities are over.

 

[Prince Caprice steps forward]

 

Prince Caprice: Please sir, we mean no harm. You see…

 

King Cosmos: SILENCE!

 

[Fantasia walks towards her father and places a hand on his arm to calm him down]

 

Princess Fantasia: Now father, please [gesturing towards the travellers] these men look exhausted and dirty. They say we needn’t fear them. Today is my birthday and as you have taught me, when we grow up we must learn to accept other people, especially those who are different to ourselves. Let us show mercy and invite them to join in our celebrations.

 

[King Cosmos shifts his gaze from his daughter to the travellers and back to his daughter who he regards in silence]

 

Moon guard 1: How should we proceed, your majesty?

 

[King Cosmos turns to his guards]

 

King Cosmos: Return to your stations in the palace, men! [The guards gasp in surprise but turn, march and exit the stage all the same. King Cosmos turns to the travelling party] Gentlemen, I am King Cosmos of the Moon. This wise and fine lady is my daughter, Princess Fantasia. At her request, I cordially invite you to join me in the royal palace as my guests. We ask that you be open and honest about yourselves and your intentions.

 

[King Vlan steps forward and bows. Prince Caprice and Microscope also bow]

 

King Vlan: Greetings kind sir, dear lady. I am King Vlan from the planet earth. I am travelling with my son, Prince Caprice [Prince Caprice steps forward – he is staring straight at the princess] and our companion, Microscope [Microscope timidly steps forward]. Microscope devised our plans that brought us here – he is an acclaimed scholar. We have travelled very far to explore your land and thank you for your kind words of welcome. We shall gladly accept your invitation.

 

[Princess Fantasia curtsies to the travellers]

 

King Cosmos: [Clasping his hands loudly with joy] Excellent! [He pauses and stares at Prince Caprice] Prince Caprice, do explain why you stare at my daughter so.

 

[King Vlan turns and looks at Prince Caprice who is looking at the floor, embarrassed. Princess Fantasia looks at him curiously. King Vlan laughs and turns back to King Cosmos who is eyeing the prince suspiciously]

 

King Vlan: Do not worry, King Cosmos. I am sure Caprice is simply struck by her beauty. I daresay he is falling in love!

 

[At this, Prince Caprice looks up at his father, shocked and confused. King Cosmos and Princess Fantasia look panicked]

 

Prince Caprice: I am not! How could you suggest such a thing father?

 

[King Cosmos and Fantasia look relieved]

 

King Cosmos: Love? [He and the princess laugh] oh, how you jest! We also have this disease on our moon – take care, Prince Caprice, the only cure for this ‘love’ is to be locked up in our cells or pushed into our volcano! Now, let us return to the palace. Prince Caprice, accompany my daughter. She will answer any questions you have about our world…and try not to stare too hard boy! [To King Vlan, who is looking nervous]  Let’s go to the palace, I wish to hear all about your planet. And bring your man too.

 

[As Microscope starts forward, he stages a whisper to Prince Caprice, placing his hand by his mouth]

 

Microscope: [So only Prince Caprice and the audience can hear] Tread carefully, Prince Caprice – the rules up here seem to be very different to those we are accustomed to.

 

[Exit King Vlan, King Cosmos and Microscope. Caprice turns away from the princess and looks at the remains of the shell they arrived in. Princess Fantasia slowly approaches the prince]

 

Princess Fantasia: What troubles you, Prince Caprice?

 

[Prince Caprice turns and stares at Princess Fantasia, shocked that she is closer and takes a step back]

 

Prince Caprice: I do believe I underestimated the difficulties of this voyage.

 

Princess Fantasia: [Smiling] do not worry – I believe we will become fast friends! And your transport is ruined, so the only way now is forward! Let’s go; you have much to learn.

 

Prince Caprice: [Looking worried] Yes, I suppose I do

 

[The horn player steps forward to play as the music starts and Prince Caprice and Princess Fantasia exit the stage. As the high-pitched music starts, the flutist steps forward and plays with the rest of the orchestra. Enter Narrator, King Vlan, Microscope, King Cosmos, Prince Caprice, Princess Fantasia. They stand in a line across the stage]

 

Narrator: What fate awaits our daring prince? Only time will tell. He has never been in love, and now has dangerously fallen for this ‘mademoiselle’.

 

King Vlan: Well, that is a story for another time. At this moment there is much to reflect; firstly, we must all follow our dreams, and treat other peoples’ desires with respect.

 

Microscope: Secondly, stand up to what you believe in, and persevere until the job is done. Who knows – along the way, you could have a lot of fun!

 

King Cosmos: Do not fear the unknown, although it’s always best to keep your eyes open wide. Accept others for their differences, and wear your uniqueness with pride.

 

Prince Caprice: And if you do follow a dream, be aware that times may get tough. It may take time to achieve your goal, keep at it even when you’ve had enough.

 

Princess Fantasia: Travelling to the moon in a cannon is an impossible idea – I know! But authors of their own stories can turn the impossible into a show.

 

Narrator: So here ends the first part of our story, part two has been left for your creation. Anything could happen up there on the moon and you’ll find the answer in your imagination. 

Year 1 Assembly Script

Welcome to the Year 1 Short Assembly Script! This script can be used as it is, or as a base – teachers can adapt the content, shortening or lengthening the script as suits. For example, you can add songs from the ‘song library’ throughout the production’.

Elements of the Short Script: This script, as is, can be performed during a 15-25 minute assembly.

It is a great production to perform for parents, and the other school years.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for downloadable and printable script pages.

Cast:

Adult Pupils (speaking parts) Other Pupils
  Narrator  Prince Caprice  Party Guests (will need percussion instruments)
  Conductor of the Orchestra – will need a baton  King Vlan
  Conductor of the Party Guests – will need a baton  Princess Fantasia
Jacques Offenbach
 Advisor
 Builder 1
 Builder 2
 Guard
 Orchestra members (1-2 for each musician):

  • Violinist
  • Horn player
  • Flautist
  • Oboist
  • Cellist

Introduce the Concert/Assembly

The Narrator should come out at the beginning and address the parents –

“Over the year we have been working on a new musical project, from SymbolSmash, about a piece of classical music called “Voyage To The Moon”. The children have been learning musical theory and have been working really hard to put on a spectacular production for you. We really hope you enjoy the show! You should be very proud of your children who can’t wait to share with you their musical journey.

Throughout the term we have been going on a fabulous musical journey to the moon and back – and your little stars will indeed shine bright

[SCENE 1]

The curtain rises revealing a party at the royal palace in honour of Prince Caprice who has just returned home from traveling. There are many party guests who are sitting on the left of the stage, and the orchestra sitting on chairs in a semi-circle on the right of the stage. Each side has a ‘conductor’.

Narrator: We all have tastes in music and love different categories. Did you know that some pieces of music were written to tell stories? Today our class has come to share a very special tune – a piece of classical music, called ‘Voyage to the Moon’. Before we present the story and get on with the show, there is someone very special, who each of you should know.

[The narrator indicates his hand to the stage entrance. Enter Jacques Offenbach. He stands in the centre of the stage facing the audience]

Music plays – ‘Mr. Composer, please!’

Everyone sings lines 1 and 3. Jacques Offenbach sings lines 2 and 4.

With Vocals:

1: ‘Mr Composer, Mr Composer, please tell us what you do’

2: ‘I write music, I write music, that is what I do’
3: ‘My composer, Mr Composer, please tell us your name?’
4: ‘My name is Jacques, Jacques, Jacques, Jacques, I am Jacques Offenbach’
[Spoken by narrator] – ‘What is the conductor called?’
[Everyone] – ‘Jacques Offenbach!’

Music plays

Exit Jacques Offenbach (or become a party guest) – Music Stops.

Narrator: The music and the story – Jacques Offenbach wrote it all! It’s time for ‘Voyage to the Moon’ – the scene begins with a royal ball!

Music plays

 

The party guests are playing their untuned instruments and being directed by the first conductor and his baton. The royal orchestra are playing their instruments and being directed by the second conductor and his baton. Prince Caprice and his father, King Vlan come to the centre of the stage. The narrator is standing at the back of the stage. The music stops and the scene freezes.

Narrator: Caprice is a very adventurous Prince who is bored of palace life. [Prince Caprice waves] His father wants him to take the crown and to settle down with a wife. [King Vlan waves] King Vlan has held a party and there is lots of music for everyone to play. Now we’re going to hear the tale of what took place in the palace that day.

[King Vlan takes off his crown and gives it to the prince who throws it on the floor. The party guests and orchestra gasp in shock. The king looks flabbergasted. Prince Caprice turns speaks to the audience]

Prince Caprice: I do not want to be the king!

Orchestra Conductor: [To the orchestra] let’s play some music to help break the tension.

[The flautist(s) and violinist(s) step forward and turn towards the prince]

Orchestra Conductor: [To the flautist] what instrument are you going to play?

Flautist: The flute

Orchestra Conductor: [To everyone on the stage] what do we know about the flute?

Everyone: [speaks with actions]

I am Flora the fluttering flute

When you blow me I go toot toot

You hold me out and to your side

And listen to my flute sounds glide

Orchestra Conductor: [To the violinist] what instrument are you going to play?

Violinist: The violin

Orchestra Conductor: [To everyone on the stage] what do we know about the violin?

Everyone: [speaks with actions]

I am Violet the Violin

I like to rest under your chin

My sounds are high, my body small

So pick me up with bow and all

[The orchestra conductor holds up a Piano sign and turns to the two musicians]

Orchestra Conductor: Please play your music in piano [says piano in a loud whisper]. Does piano me LOUD or soft?

Violinist and Flautist: Soft

[The music starts and the flautist plays, the violin then joins in. The music stops. King Vlan turns to the prince]

 

King Vlan: This is unacceptable! Why will you not be the king?

[The violinist and flautist step back to their places in the orchestra. Now the horn player steps forward]

Narrator: Prince Caprice dreamed of sword-fights, he loved exploring the land. If he were to become the King then his adventures would come to a stand. The French Horn got ready to play as Caprice revealed his idea, he wanted to go to the moon and it was time for his father to hear.

Orchestra Conductor: [To the horn player] what instrument are you going to play?

Horn Player: The French Horn

Orchestra Conductor: [To everyone on the stage] what do we know about the French horn?

Everyone: [speaks with actions]

I’m Freddy the French horn big and round

You can blow me to make my special sound

I’ve three gold buttons that can be pressed

To make brass sounds that I like best

Orchestra Conductor: Okay French Horn, off you go!

[The music starts. The French Horn plays and everyone except the horn player sings the chorus and performs the actions as seen in the video for lesson one preparation]

Everyone: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

[The music stops]

King Vlan: Utter nonsense!

Prince Caprice: Please listen!

[The music starts. The French Horn plays and everyone except the horn player sings]

 

Everyone: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

[The music stops]

King Vlan: [Shaking his head] oh dear! What am I to do?

[SCENE 2]

[The scene opens in a courtyard. The party guests and orchestra are still in their places. They are both facing the centre of the stage. Caprice, King Vlan, two builders and the kings’ advisor are in the middle of the stage. The advisor is showing the royals a plan to build a cannon that will fire the prince to the moon and the builders are starting to put it together (this can be done with cardboard boxes being stacked on top of each other). They builders each have a hammer. The narrator stands at the back of the stage]

Narrator: The king had told his daring son that he could go to the moon. You see, this was in the 1800’s and space travel was not coming soon. He thought Caprice would fail without a way of getting to space – but the trusted advisor of the palace devised a plan as he worked on Caprices’ case.

Advisor: [To the royals and pointing to the builders] these men are building a shell for the Prince and he will be shot to the moon from a cannon!

King Vlan: [To the builders] is this safe?

Builders: Who knows?

King Vlan: This sounds like a very bad idea

[Prince Caprice withdraws his sword. The advisor backs away as he moves towards his father and the builders stop their work]

Prince Caprice: No one will stop me!

[The party guests gasp in shock]

Orchestra Conductor: [Shouting] Violins!

[The violinists step forward and the music begins to play and play along with it. The party guests hold their arms in the position you would hold a violin and bow and mime actions of playing – their conductor should be doing the actions for them to mirror. A palace guard steps on stage with his sword and stands between the king and the prince. The king storms off with his hands on his hips and stands beside the party guests. The prince and the guard have a sword fight. The music stops and the scene freezes. King Vlan holds up his arms in earnest and walks back over to his son]

King Vlan: Oh I give up! We will go on this adventure together.

  

[The horn player steps forward and the music starts to play. The party guests, led by their conductor sing the numbers of the beats along with the chorus (see lesson 7) and clap for each beat. The builders are busy themselves to make the shell – they can have pretend hammers to tap along with the beats. The advisor and the royals observe the work. Two chairs are brought on stage and placed in the centre to represent where the king and the prince will sit. The music stops and the horn player steps back. King Vlan and Prince Caprice sit inside the shell on the chairs. The party guests are all holding untuned instruments]

Narrator: And so the time had finally come for the travellers to be on their way. The party guests had come to see them off and the orchestra was ready to play. The cello’s finding their voice add a minor tone, as everyone watched in trepidation

[The cellists step forward] 

Cellists: We will play the cello

RECORDING WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTRUMENT TIMINGS

FIRST PART OF THIS RECORDING TO PLAY DURING CONCERT

[The music plays and everyone starts whispering nervously and pointing at the prince and the king. The music stops. The cellists move back]

Narrator: The Oboe’s and the Violins wanted to bring back a feeling of elation.

Orchestra Conductor: [To everyone on the stage] what do we know about the Cello?

Everyone: [speaks with actions]

I’m Cedric Cello big and bold

You must be sitting down to hold

And draw a bow across my strings

To make low sounds and music things

Orchestra Conductor: [To everyone on the stage] what do we know about the oboe?

Everyone: [speaks with actions]

I’m Olive the Oboe thin and lean

I use ten fingers as a team

Purse your lips tightly around the reed

To make clear sounds with grace and speed

[The Oboists and violinists step forward and the music plays. Listen to the instrument timings clip for the conductor to direct the order of the instruments. The party guests start relaxing and then cheer as the crescendo begins. The music stops. The party guests start playing their instruments very quietly holding them as low down as possible – the conductor can hold up a P sign to instruct and can also use an untuned instrument to demonstrate]

Advisor: Light the cannon!

[The party guests create a crescendo – gradually increase the volume of their instruments and then stop in unison when the noise is very loud. As the crescendo is happening, the instruments should be raised higher and higher into the air. The King screams, and the Prince laughs/whoops with joy. The guests and musicians all turn towards them and point. They move their heads and pointed arms upwards till they are looking at the ceiling above the royals.]

[The oboist steps forward and the music start. Everyone sings. The rest of the orchestra start playing together on ‘Adventure Starts’]

Everyone: Can you see?

There’s the moon

Prince Caprice will reach there very soon

Adventure starts

As he’s seen

Princess Fantasia

She’ll be his queen!

[The music stops]

 

 

Attention:

From here, the short assembly should conclude with the class acting out the rest of the story. There is no script because it is important for the children to contribute their ideas to the finale of the performance. They can sing songs, act out a scene on the moon that includes Princess Fantasia, or present the audience with their favourite element of Voyage to the Moon

 

Downloadable/Printable Script:

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School Assembly

Cast:

Conductor – this is a teacher

 

King Vlan

Prince Caprice

Princess Fantasia 

Rest of the actors to be the musicians/orchestra – they will each need to have decorated one of the cut out instruments that can be found in lessons 2, 6 & 10, and also all of them to decorate the flute (see lesson 12).

NB: untuned instruments will be used in this concert

 

[SCENE 1]

Music Plays

[The curtain rises to reveal the conductor who is standing in front of a crowd of musicians, all holding their cut out instruments they have designed (lessons 2,6,10). King Vlan and Prince Caprice and standing on either side of the conductor. The conductor has one of each of the cut out instruments on the floor next to him (except the violin of which he has three). The conductor is holding a baton and as the music plays, he waves his baton at the orchestra who start ‘playing’ their instruments. The music stops and the conductor spreads his arms wide and low on either side of his body – this is to direct the musicians to stop moving and sit down on the floor. The conductor then turns to face the audience]

Conductor: Here is our royal orchestra; they’ve come to play a tune. Their favourite piece of music is called ‘Voyage to the Moon’. We’re at a royal party and King Vlan has invited them to play [points at King Vlan]. The party is for his son Prince Caprice [points at Prince Caprice] and we will hear his tale today.

Conductor: King Vlan removes his golden crown from the top of his head [King Vlan takes off his crown]. He holds it out towards his son; [King Vlan extends the crown towards Prince Caprice] he wants him to be the king instead!

[The conductor turns back to the musicians and gasps. The musicians also all gasp in shock. The conductor turns back to the audience]

Conductor: Prince Caprice was very scared; this was the last thing he expected.

Prince Caprice: [Shouts] No, no, no!

Conductor: He had come to tell his father about a new life plan he had selected.

[The conductor turns and beckons to Prince Caprice who starts walking towards King Vlan and stops in front of the conductor. The conductor turns back towards the musicians and holds up the cut out French Horn. The music starts and the conductor speaks the next part timed to the music before the chorus]

  

Conductor: The French Horns got ready to play [anyone who is holding a cut out of a French Horn holds it up] as Prince Caprice revealed his idea. He wanted to go to the moon and it was time for his father to hear. [The conductor puts down the cut out and so do the horn players so that everyone can sing and perform the actions of the chorus together. All of the musicians stand up. Prince Caprice and King Vlan turn and face the audience]  

Everyone: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

[The music stops. The musicians sit down and the conductor turns back to face the audience]

Conductor: King Vlan wondered what he should say, and in the end decided to laugh

King Vlan: HA HA HA 

Conductor: But our prince refused to let his father tear his dreams apart. The King approached his son [King Vlan walks up to Prince Caprice] and handed him his crown [King Vlan hands Prince Caprice his crown]. The Prince threw it across the floor in anger and made the King stamp his feet and frown

[Prince Caprice throws the crown across the stage angrily and the King stamps his feet and frowns. The conductor turns towards the musicians and gasps – they copy him. He picks up the three cut out of the violin and bow and hands two of them to each the Prince and the King. He then returns to face the musicians and holds his cut out in the air. The musicians with violins and bows copy him

Conductor: Such commotion and excitement – we need music to match this din! Let’s play high-pitched, quick sounds – [waving the violin in the air] what’s this instrument?

Everyone: The violin!

[The music plays and everyone holding a cut-out of the violin and bow ‘play’ along with the conductor. Those without a violin mime the actions with their hands. As the music is about to get louder/crescendo the conductor shouts…] 

Conductor: The music is getting gradually louder…this is called a…

Everyone: Crescendo! 

[The music stops and everyone holds their hands high in the air]

Conductor: And now we’ll stop our playing to see where the prince and king go.

[Everyone lowers their arms. The conductor collects the cut outs from the Prince and King and places them on the floor. The King gives Prince Caprice a hug. The conductor turns to face the audience]

Conductor: Vlan has now accepted that Caprice is not ready to be king. He wants to hear the plan again, so as the French Horns play we will all sing.

[The king and prince break apart and face the audience. The conductor turns back to face the musicians and the music plays.]

Everyone: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

[The music stops. Prince Caprice and King Vlan move to the far left side of the stage and sit on the floor. The conductor brings two of the musicians to the front and has them stand in the positions of becoming a cellist and a cello facing the audience (see video below for instructions). Everyone freezes as the conductor faces the audience]

Conductor: And so it was decided that the Prince would go and explore space. Now all that was needed was to design a mode of travel that was safe. The king was worried – see this was in the 1800’s and space travel was yet to be made real. Meet our cello [points at the ‘cello’] and our cellist [points at the cellist] – their anxious minor music tells us how the king does feel.

[The music plays and the conductor instructs the musicians to put their fingers on their lips and then conducts the movements of the cello and cellist. The music stops and the cello and cellist return to their place in the orchestra]

Conductor: As the cello’s worrying music began to hit a brighter note, we discover that travel methods had been put to a vote. And so the prince was to be shot to the sky in an extremely large shell. We’ll play happy music for Prince Caprice as the busy builders get their tools and build well.

[The music plays and teachers come on stage to hand out untuned instruments (and take the cut out ones in) to each of the musicians, the conductor and the Prince and King. As soon as a musician receives an instrument he should start moving around the stage in three beats (can dance) playing it along with the conductor who is shouting the number of beats (1-2-3, 1-2-3), quietly and then with a crescendo as the crescendo plays. As the crescendo finishes and the music quietens to a stop, everyone should freeze. The prince exits the stage]

Conductor: Everyone look up at the sky! [Pointing up at the sky and the musicians copy him]. The shell is on its’ way, let’s wave and shout ‘goodbye’!

Everyone: [Waving at the sky] goodbye Prince Caprice!

[The Conductor gets everyone to move to the back of the stage and sit down in a crowd with King Vlan at the front. Teachers come and collect the untuned instruments and give each child and the conductor a rolled up flute. The conductor faces the audience.]

 Conductor: We watched the prince’s shell fly through the air. Let’s sing with the oboe to hope he gets there!

[The conductor turns back to face the musicians and the music starts]

 

Everyone: Can you see?

There’s the moon

Prince Caprice will reach there very soon [Enter Prince Caprice]

Adventure starts

As he’s seen

Princess Fantasia [Enter Princess Fantasia who walks up to the prince and they hold hands and face the audience]

She’ll be his queen!

[The music stops and the conductor holds up his flute]

Conductor: Everyone please hold up your flutes [musicians hold up their flutes] let’s move them to the side, and blow small breaths in the mouthpiece to make our flute sounds glide. For Prince Caprice has landed safely and Princess Fantasia has become his friend. We’ll play our beautiful music, wishing them a lovely life and a happy end.

[The music plays and everyone ‘plays’ their flutes whilst the prince and princess dance around the stage. The music stops and everyone stands up and takes a bow]

 

 

 

 

School Assembly

At each level there is a school assembly/concert for the children to perform and demonstrate what they have learned. We have provided an excerpt (up to the end of the first chorus) from each one for the purpose of this trial pack (see below) – the full plays will be made available upon purchase of the full pack.

 

  1. EYFS
  2. KS1
  3. KS2
  4. Full School Concert (must check this out!) N-Y6

Scroll down the page to see excerpts from short versions of the plays

EYFS

Cast:

Conductor – this is a teacher

 

King Vlan

Prince Caprice

Princess Fantasia

Rest of the actors to be the musicians/orchestra – they will each need to have decorated one of the cut out instruments that can be found in lessons 2, 6 & 10, and also all of them to decorate the flute (see lesson 12).

NB: untuned instruments will be used in this concert

[SCENE 1]

Music Plays

 

[The curtain rises to reveal the conductor who is standing in front of a crowd of musicians, all holding their cut out instruments they have designed (lessons 2,6,10). King Vlan and Prince Caprice and standing on either side of the conductor. The conductor has one of each of the cut out instruments on the floor next to him (except the violin of which he has three). The conductor is holding a baton and as the music plays, he waves his baton at the orchestra who start ‘playing’ their instruments. The music stops and the conductor spreads his arms wide and low on either side of his body – this is to direct the musicians to stop moving and sit down on the floor. The conductor then turns to face the audience]

Conductor: Here is our royal orchestra; they’ve come to play a tune. Their favourite piece of music is called ‘Voyage to the Moon’. We’re at a royal party and King Vlan has invited them to play [points at King Vlan]. The party is for his son Prince Caprice [points at Prince Caprice] and we will hear his tale today.

Conductor: King Vlan removes his golden crown from the top of his head [King Vlan takes off his crown]. He holds it out towards his son; [King Vlan extends the crown towards Prince Caprice] he wants him to be the king instead!

[The conductor turns back to the musicians and gasps. The musicians also all gasp in shock. The conductor turns back to the audience]

Conductor: Prince Caprice was very scared; this was the last thing he expected.

Prince Caprice: [Shouts] No, no, no!

Conductor: He had come to tell his father about a new life plan he had selected.

[The conductor turns and beckons to Prince Caprice who starts walking towards King Vlan and stops in front of the conductor. The conductor turns back towards the musicians and holds up the cut out French Horn. The music starts and the conductor speaks the next part timed to the music before the chorus]

 

Conductor: The French Horns got ready to play [anyone who is holding a cut out of a French Horn holds it up] as Prince Caprice revealed his idea. He wanted to go to the moon and it was time for his father to hear. [The conductor puts down the cut out and so do the horn players so that everyone can sing and perform the actions of the chorus together. All of the musicians stand up. Prince Caprice and King Vlan turn and face the audience]

Everyone: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

[The music stops. The musicians sit down and the conductor turns back to face the audience]

 

KS1

Separate the year group into the following roles:

 

Orchestra: for each instrument you can have 1 or 2 musicians

Violinist

Horn player

Flautist

Oboist

Cellist

 

Prince Caprice

Princess Fantasia

King Vlan

King Cosmos

Advisor

Builder 1

Builder 2

Guard

Moon Guards (x5)

 

Rest of the pupils to be party guests who each have an untuned instrument

 

Roles for teachers:

Narrator

Conductor for the orchestra

Conductor for the party guests

[SCENE 1]

Music plays

 

The curtain rises revealing a party at the royal palace in honour of Prince Caprice who has just returned home from traveling. There are many party guests who are sitting on the left of the stage playing their untuned instruments and being directed by the first conductor and his baton. On the right of the stage is the royal orchestra who are playing their instruments and being directed by the second conductor and his baton. Prince Caprice and his father, King Vlan are in the centre of the stage. The narrator is standing at the back of the stage. The music stops and the scene freezes.

Narrator: Caprice is a very adventurous Prince who is bored of palace life. [Prince Caprice waves] His father wants him to take the crown and to settle down with a wife. [King Vlan waves] King Vlan has held a party and there is lots of music for everyone to play. Now we’re going to hear the tale of what took place in the palace that day.

[King Vlan takes off his crown and gives it to the prince who throws it on the floor. The party guests and orchestra gasp in shock. The king looks flabbergasted. Prince Caprice turns speaks to the audience]

Prince Caprice: I do not want to be the king!

Orchestra Conductor: [To the orchestra] let’s play some music to help break the tension.

[The flautist(s) and violinist(s) step forward and turn towards the prince]

Orchestra Conductor: [To the flautist] what instrument are you going to play?

Flautist: The flute

Orchestra Conductor: [To the violinist] what instrument are you going to play?

Violinist: The violin

[The orchestra conductor holds up a Piano sign and turns to the two musicians]

Orchestra Conductor: Please play your music in piano [says piano in a loud whisper]. Does piano me LOUD or soft?

Violinist and Flautist: Soft

[The music starts and the flautist plays, the violin then joins in. The music stops. King Vlan turns to the prince]

 

King Vlan: This is unacceptable! Why will you not be the king?

[The violinist and flautist step back to their places in the orchestra. Now the horn player steps forward]

Narrator: Prince Caprice dreamed of swordfights, he loved exploring the land. If he were to become the King then his adventures would come to a stand. The French Horn got ready to play as Caprice revealed his idea, he wanted to go to the moon and it was time for his father to hear.

Orchestra Conductor: [To the horn player] what instrument are you going to play?

Horn Player: The French Horn

[The music starts. The French Horn plays and everyone except the horn player sings the chorus and performs the actions as seen in the video for lesson one preparation]

Everyone: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

[The music stops]

King Vlan: Utter nonsense!

Prince: Please listen!

[The music starts. The French Horn plays and everyone except the horn player sings]

 

Everyone: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

[The music stops]

King Vlan: [Shaking his head] oh dear! What am I to do?

 

KS2

If done as a whole school assembly…

KS2 students to narrate

EYFS sing solo – they are

KS1 students play cut out French Horns during chorus while EYFS sing

KS2 students conduct both EYFS students during the choruses

EYFS play untuned instruments as the orchestra plays

Otherwise all parts can be played by KS2 students

 

Cast:

Narrator

King Vlan

Steward

Party guests

Orchestra – x8 ( or as many as required)

Prince Caprice

Village people

Microscope

Scientists x2

King Cosmos

Moon guards

Princess Fantasia

Moon guard 1

 

[SCENE 1]

 

Music plays

 

The curtain rises revealing a welcome home party for Prince Caprice in the grand hall in the royal palace. The King is sitting on his throne, his steward by his side and there are party guests around him chatting to each other whilst the orchestra are playing their instruments: a flautist, an oboe player, a horn player, two violinists and two cellists. There is also a conductor leading the orchestra. The music trails off and the orchestra stops playing. Enter Prince Caprice looking surprised. As he arrives, the party guests stop talking, turn to face him and start clapping his arrival. The scene freezes and on walks the narrator.

Narrator: There once was a man called Prince Caprice, he was very handsome and brave. Extremely bored of palace life, it’s an adventure that he craved.

[Exit narrator. King Vlan gets up and walks over to his son and gives him a brief hug]

King Vlan: Welcome home Caprice! I hope you had a marvellous time getting to know the citizens of our country.

Prince Caprice: Thank you dad, yes it was interesting to meet all the different kinds of people.

[Indicating to the people in the room]

What is the meaning of this grand party?

King Vlan: Oh yes! I have some extremely exciting news!

[He looks around him and beckons to his steward who comes towards them holding a rolled up parchment. The parchment is passed to the King and then the steward bows to both of the royals before taking a step back. Then he addresses the room]

Steward: Esteemed guests, if you could please hold the celebrations for a moment longer, King Vlan of France would like to make an announcement

King Vlan: My royal subjects, it has given me great pleasure to serve as your King. You all know my son, Prince Caprice. We have all watched with pride as he has grown into a fine man. His recent travels have taken him all around our country, where he has connected with many others who make up our society. As my 50th year of ruling is nearly over, I would like to celebrate by stepping down and passing on the crown to my son, Prince Caprice, future king of France.

[There are gasps of surprise from the Prince and the guests in the hall as the King takes off his crown and holds it out for his son. Prince Caprice takes a step back. The music begins to play and the narrator speaks timed to the music]

  

Narrator: Prince Caprice began to fret; this was the last thing he expected. He had come home to tell his father, about a new life plan he had selected. The French Horn got ready to play as Caprice revealed his idea, he wanted to go to the moon and it was time for his father to hear.

[The music stops. Exit narrator. The horn player comes to the front of the stage to stand next to the prince. The music plays]

 

Prince Caprice: Can you see up in Space?

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams down on me

I will find a Princess there – you’ll see!

[The music stops and the horn player returns to his place in the orchestra. Everyone on the stage except the Prince and the horn player start laughing, thinking the Prince is making a joke]

King Vlan: [smiling] Oh Caprice, you are terribly funny! Going to the moon! What a wild imagination you have! You will do wonders with this country!

 

 

 

Full School Concert:

Full School Concert

 

Solo Roles: 

These include vocal solos and the most lines to remember. It is advised to select older pupils.

  1. Prince Caprice
  2. Princess Fantasia
  3. King Vlan
  4. King Cosmos
  5. Queen Popotte
  6. Microscope
  7. Sheet holder
  8. Orchestra – each ‘member’ is going to narrate the concert in turn. Up to 10 members (between 1-2 for each instrument) and the Conductor

 

Moon People:

  1. Melody
  2. Groucho – the head of the Moon Guard
  3. Beam
  4. Galaxy
  5. 2 Moon Children – could be year 1 or 2 kids
  6. 4 Moon Drinkers – Orbit, Satellite, Crescent, Gismo
  7. The 3 ladies with shopping bags – Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire
  8. The Moon Guards x6
  9. 4 Music Students – could be year 4’s – Rocko, Corosol, Gem and Flicky
  10. Moon Doctor – Dr. Dissect

 

Nursery and Reception

Have the nursery and reception kids sitting along the front but not on the stage all with untuned instruments. Teacher or older child in front of them to instruct.

 

Year 1

Instruments and symbols

 

Year 2

Instruments and symbols

 

Year 3

Singers – can give one or two solo lines from the songs

Jacques Offenbach

 

Year 4

Singers – can give one or two solo lines from the songs

Party guests

4 music students – Rocko, Corosol, Gem and Flicky

 

Year 5 (and 6 potentially)

Orchestra members

Conductor

Palace servants x4

Lab technicians x3

Moon Dancers – A selection of students, perhaps from years 5 and 6, will perform a dance. In Rehearsals they should select a piece of classical music to choreograph their dance to. They can choose any piece of classical music. Please direct them to selections from the recommended music section to give them ideas, and they can then browse through YouTube to find something suitable. You can also contact us if you would like a specific recommendation.  

 

The scene is set in 1875

 

[SCENE 1]

 

Curtain rises. Year 2 pupils are spread over the stage. 8 pupils should have a poster hanging around their neck, each with a different letter spelling the word ‘AUDIENCE’. Nursery and Reception pupils sit on the floor in front of the stage, ready for the next few scenes. 

 

 

[Music plays]

 

Year 2: [singing The Role of the Audience]

 

[VERSE 1]

Who are you?

Looking at me?

Who are you?

You must be the audience

Here’s what you should do

 

[CHORUS]

Always listen

Understand

Don’t forget to clap your hands

Instruments play loud and clear

Ears bring music that you hear

Now

Come and watch us in our play

Each member, shout hooray!

 

[OUTRO]

Louder please, what did you say?

Come on and shout – HURRAY! (hold up sheet saying hurray)

 

Curtain goes down, Year 2 pupils exit the stage. 

 

 

 

[SCENE 2]

 

Curtain rises. Year 3 pupils split into two groups, one on each side of the stage. In the middle are a desk and a chair. There is a poster on the desk with the words ‘Voyage to the Moon’ on it, and also a pen on the desk.

 

[Music plays]

 

Year 3: [singing Oh Jacques Offenbach]

 

[VERSE 1]

There once was a man named Jacques [stamp stamp]

What a jolly chap [clap clap]

He liked pranks and jokes cause he was a fun bloke

Oh Jacques Offenbach [stamp clap]

 

Enter Jacques Offenbach who waves at the audience and goes to sit at the desk. During verse 2 he pretends to write on the poster.

 

[VERSE 2]

One day Jacques did decide [stamp stamp]

To get off his backside [clap clap]

For the world he did write, music each day and night

Oh Jacques Offenbach [stamp clap]

 

[VERSE 3]

What we bring to you today [stamp stamp]

Is a marvellous display [clap clap]

Of an Offenbach piece, welcome to the release of

Voyage to the Moon! [arms do upward rocket movement and finish in big circle]

 

Jacques Offenbach holds up the poster to the audience when the last line is sung.

 

Nursery and reception play instruments on the word Moon!

 

[Music stops. Song FINISH]

 

Exit Year 3 pupils 

 

Jacques Offenbach: Thank you all for coming, there’s so much we have to share. The show we will present to you is quite beyond compare. Just a quick foreword so you understand it better, I originally created the show as an operetta. We are all born with an instrument – indeed, I mean the ‘voice’. We’ll sing songs to tell the story – I know, what a good choice! So thank you for your patience. Now it’s time for me to go! Without further ado…let’s get on with the show!

 

Exit Jacques Offenbach

 

 

[SCENE 2]

 

Scene opens in the palace ballroom. There are chairs in the centre at the back of the stage for the orchestra, and a podium for the conductor. There is a throne on the far right of the stage. The orchestra members enter the stage with their instruments. They stand in the centre at the front of the stage and face the audience.

 

[Music plays]

 

Orchestra: [singing the Royal Orchestra]

 

[VERSE 1]

We are the royal orchestra

Musicians in a band

Our instruments are special

Their music is grand

 

[VERSE 2]

We’re at the royal palace where

King Vlan has invited us to play

Now we will tell the tale

Of what will take place in the palace today

 

[Music stops. Song FINISH]

The orchestra members take their seats at the back of the stage.

 

Orchestra member 1: While setting up our instruments and warming up to sing, we were the first to hear a rehearsal of an announcement from the king.

 

Enter King Vlan from the left. He marches to the front of the left side of the stage, turns and faces the audience.

 

King Vlan: My name is King Vlan, and I have a plan, to give up my crown,

 

Orchestra member 2: He said

 

King Vlan: It’s hard being King when you’re a tired old thing – so it’s time to take my crown off my head. You will soon meet my son as his travelling is done, and I will step down to pass him the throne. He will hear what I say at the party today, where I will make this publically known. [He turns and faces the orchestra]

 

The orchestra stands and bows to the King

 

Orchestra member: Welcome, your majesty! We will make this party come alive!

 

King Vlan: I hope that you’re ready to play! The guests are about the arrive!

 

[The orchestra musicians exchange worried glances with each other]

 

Orchestra member: Nearly, your Majesty, we await our conductor.

 

King Vlan: [Looking confused] A conductor? What’s that?

 

Orchestra: He’s the leader of the orchestra!

 

[Music plays]

 

Orchestra Members: [singing Welcome the Conductor]

Nursery and reception kids to be the conductor – make a song 

[VERSE 1]

Conductor of the orchestra

Please come and take your stand

Conductor of the orchestra

It’s time to lead your band

 

[Enter the conductor from the right side of the stage. The King and Orchestra turn to face him. He stops at the front on the right. He smiles and bows to the king, then to the audience, then to his orchestra, before taking his place on the podium, facing the audience]

 

[VERSE 2]

So hold your baton high – [Conductor holds the baton high]

In the air for all to see

Our bells will chime, we’ll keep in time

 

Conductor: One, two, three! [He moves his baton in the conduct-3 pattern as he says the numbers (down, across and up again), then to hold both hands out to the sides, bow slightly to the audience, straighten up and smile at them]

 

[Music stops. Song FINISH]

 

Sheet-holder to hold up ‘applause sign’ to the audience as conductor holds out hands to the sides. Conductor to wave hands slightly, encouraging the audience to applaud. The applause sign is to be held up for 10-20 seconds. The nursery and reception children play their instruments softly. The conductor turns on the podium to face the orchestra. The orchestra musicians pick up their instruments and hold them, ready to ‘play’. King Vlan hurries to sit on his throne. 

 

Enter Microscope, who stands to the right of the King. The teachers should instruct them to play louder and louder and loudest as the guests come on stage. Enter the party guests who are smiling or laughing (silently). Guests can bow or curtsy to the King who smiles or nods his head in acknowledgment. Once everyone is on stage, they stand in groups of two’s and three’s, but leave a path from the left entrance to the King’s throne that runs along the front of the stage. Everyone freeze once they are in position. 

 

[Music plays]

 

The conductor conducts and the orchestra musicians ‘play’ their instruments. The party guests silently chat and laugh amongst themselves. Nursery and reception play instruments softly in time with the music.

 

[Music stops]

 

The orchestra stops playing. Enter Prince Caprice. He looks around at the guests in confusion. The guests nearest the prince face him and bow. He marches determinedly along the front of the stage to his father’s throne. As he passes guests, they turn to him and bow. They straighten up and watch.

 

Microscope: [Stepping forward, taking Prince Caprice’s hand] Welcome back, Prince Caprice. I hope your travels went well!

 

Prince Caprice: They did indeed, Microscope, I have many stories to tell [Microscope falls back to his position on the right of the throne]

 

King Vlan: [Leaping up] Caprice, my son, it’s been too long.

 

Orchestra member 2: The King leapt up and cried

 

King Vlan: I do hope that you’re back for good, and will maybe find a bride?

 

Prince Caprice: [Embraces King Vlan so the audience can still see his face. He whispers loudly] Why have you thrown a party? I need to talk to you alone!

 

King Vlan: [Pulling away from the hug, holding Prince Caprice’s arms and smiling at him. Loudly] But I needed an audience! It’s time for me to pass you the throne!

 

Prince Caprice gasps in shock. The party guests start cheering and clapping as the Nursery and Reception class play their instruments loudly. 

 

King Vlan: [To the guests] And so friends, I present Caprice, my son shall be your king.

 

Orchestra member: Prince Caprice found his voice and shouted in shock

 

Prince Caprice: I shall do no such thing!

 

Orchestra member: The crowd stared and gasped. The King’s anger rose from humiliation. Microscope ushered the guests away to control the situation.

 

Exit Party Guests

 

Orchestra member: And now, before we play again to protect Prince Caprice from scorn, we’d like to introduce you to an instrument known as the French Horn

 

Enter Year 2 pupils. Each has a French horn picture. They take places all over the right side and middle of the stage so that King Vlan, Prince Caprice and Microscope are still visible to the audience. Give them the untuned instruments

 

Year 2 pupils: I’m Freddy the French horn big and round. My mouthpiece is used to make special sounds. I’ve three gold buttons that can be pressed to make brass sounds that I like best.

 

 

[Music plays]

 

Orchestra member: And so the French horn player got ready to play. His mellow music would help the Prince speak clear. Caprice had a secret dream to travel to the moon, and it was time for his father to hear.

 

Year 2 pupils pretend to play French horns, dancing in a mellow, slow fashion around the stage, swaying in time with the music (waltzing can be done here). The year 1 students should do this also.

 

Year 1 pupils can come on with conducting batons and conduct in three time

 

Prince Caprice: [To King Vlan sings ‘Can you See’]

Can you see?

Up in space

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams

Down on me

I will find a Princess there you’ll see!

 

[Music stops. Song FINISH]

 

Year 2 pupils freeze

 

King Vlan: [bursts out laughing]

 

Microscope: [laughing too] Oh, good one, Prince Caprice!

 

[Music plays]

 

Prince Caprice silently argues with King Vlan. King Vlan and Microscope look worried as the Nursery, Reception and Year 1’s and 2’s sing, ‘Can you See’. 

 

Nursery, reception and Year 2 pupils: [Sing ‘Can you See’ with the actions] Kids to do conducting

Can you see?

Up in space

Twinkling stars are all over the place

Moonlight beams

Down on me

I will find a Princess there you’ll see!

 

[Music stops. Song FINISH]

 

Exit Year 1 and 2 pupils, King Vlan, Microscope and Prince Caprice.

 

Intelligent Listening Exercises

Excerpt from KS1 teacher’s pack:

For the purposes of this trial pack, we have provided one video and one activity sheet sample:

Flute

Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2

Colours: Silver

No. of Flutes: 1

Tempo: Slow (with a fast ending)

Mood: Calm, Dreamy, Happy (Angry when the music turns fast at the end)

Sheet to hand out to class when watching the video:

Flute Homework

Voyage to the Moon Teaching Pack

Everything you need to know about the programme (KS1 as an example):

Discover everything you need to know about a KS1 programme:

A full walkthrough of the Year 1 online teaching portal and resource tabs:

Preparing for the lessons:

About the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ music:

These files can be printed for your planning (KS1 as an example):

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Example from Reception pack – relevant to all EYFS

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Example from Year 1 pack – relevant to all KS1

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About the Music:

Scroll to the bottom of this page and play the recording to hear the full piece of music
 Title:  Voyage to the Moon
 Composer:  Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
 Music Era:  The Romantic Period
 Genre:  Operetta – a short, humorous opera

 

Why ‘Voyage to the Moon’?

‘Voyage to the Moon’ is one of the best pieces of classical music to introduce to children for three reasons: firstly, the music itself is simple and melodic, allowing children to understand and identify all of the different musical components. Secondly, it is accompanied with an enchanting story, the themes of which are timeless and relatable to all. Finally, it was written by the amazing composer, Jacques Offenbach.

A little bit about Jacques…

Offenbach was an innovative, rebellious and brilliant composer. His colourful personality shone through his work, as he used his music as a way of entertaining, of challenging society and making fun of the monarchy or established composers. He popularised classical music with people from all class backgrounds through his fantastically frivolous and fun operettas. (See more about Offenbach’s life in the further information tab under topic 1)

Offenbach’s Operettas & ‘Voyage to the Moon’

Operettas are works of music that are performed alongside singing and acting. Offenbach brought comedy to this genre of music and used his operettas to expose society. This is one of the reasons why they were so popular – people could relate to the stories and themes. He drew inspiration from everyone – even himself! As you will see, there are many similarities between Prince Caprice, (the main character from the ‘Voyage to the Moon’ story), and Offenbach.

Main themes within ‘Voyage to the Moon’

Communication   –   Convention & Rebellion   –   Family   –   Freedom   –   Futuristic Ideas   –   Gender   –   Love & Fantasy

Lesson 12 – Lesson Resources

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Lesson 11 – Lesson Resources

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Lesson 10 – Lesson Resources

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