Year 2 Assembly Script (short)

Welcome to the Year 2 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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