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Shakespeare Rocks! (Junior Production)

Script and Song Samples

Shakespeare Rocks! (Junior Production)

by Steve Titford

Celebrate the Bard’s special birthday with our BRAND NEW hilarious but factually correct take on the life & times of William Shakespeare

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"Definitely the best script I have ever read"

Nicola Laud, Year 6 teacher, Lincolnshire

"An utterly brilliant introduction to Shakespeare; oh... those songs!"

Year 6 teacher, Rayleigh, Essex

"If this doesn’t engage children and have them eating out of our hands, then nothing will!"

Kim Biggs, Music Teacher, Holbeach CP School

Why choose this Musical?

2014 is THE Shakespeare Celebration Year

Makes Shakespeare "Cool" and "Current"

Editable Word Doc Script available – make your own changes

57 speaking roles

Easily reduced to 27 speaking roles, see "Script & Songs" below for full instructions.

Duration: 45 - 50 minutes

CD of Backing Tracks plus essential sound effects available

No pianist required! This CD includes ALL Backing Tracks, Incidental Music and Special Effects in the order you need them enabling production and direction to take place without specialist musical expertise.

CD of Vocal Tracks available for learning the songs

Sing It! Available

A BRAND NEW product; a CD-ROM of all the "Shakespeare Rocks!" Songs called "Sing it!" is also available. This CD-ROM teaches the songs to the children without any teacher input - children use it at school or at home - think of the time it will save you. Children LOVE learning this way and the product is foolproof. Just give it to the children and they’ll do the rest.
Click HERE to see the "Sing It!" video (well worth watching).

Full Performance score available

Grade 6 standard, click "Performance Score" in the "Script & Songs" tab below.

"Very Easy Play Songs Only" Rehearsal Score available

Grade 3 / 4 Standard, click "Easy Play Score" in the "Script & Songs" tab below.

Full Production Notes

Check out the "Production Notes" in the "Script Sample" below for full details of "Shakespeare Rocks!".

No Problem Props

Click "Script Sample" in the "Script & Songs" tab below for full listing.

Any number of chorus parts

Very easy to costume

Click "Script Sample" in the "Script & Songs" tab below.

Simple staging

Detailed in "Script Sample" below.

Links to New National Curriculum... English/History

Age range: Key Stage 2 Production ( 7 - 11 years )

Click the "Script & Songs" heading to read the script, look at the score and listen to the songs.

Shakespeare with style!

Aubrey, The Rough Shakespeare Company's pretentious director, obtains what appears to be William Shakespeare's lost diary. Along with Al, his down to earth assistant, the pair decide to embark on an exclusive adaption of the flamboyant Bard's personal journal.

"Shakespeare Rocks!" is a fresh, funny and up to date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare, with a cast of hilarious historical characters, amusing glimpses into some of his works and how he came 'To Be'.

The seven superb songs are exciting, modern and full of energy. They include everything you would want children to know about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era but, are so 'cool' that they are not only informative, they are guaranteed to enthuse pupils, parents and teachers alike!

Spread the word... Shakespeare didn't just write... he rocked!

 

Product code: SHR

Prologue

The show is introduced by Aubrey, the director of the Rough Shakespeare Company, and his assistant Al. They welcome the audience to their exclusive adaption of William Shakespeare's secret diary which they claim to have found.
Aubrey begins to read the first extract from the diary as we move to Scene One.

Scene One: 1593 - Will's Study In Stratford

Will is furiously ranting to his family about a bad review he has recently received. He vows to rebuff his critics by becoming a writer so famous that school children will be forced to study his work for centuries to come!

Scene Two: 1595 - London

The song 'Will's Wonderful Words' is performed in the streets by a group of 'cool' Minstrels in sunglasses. Will is now, indeed, rather famous and is constantly chased throughout the song by a legion of fans until he reaches the safety of his study.

Scene Three: A Rehearsal Room

It's audition time in the rehearsal rooms for the female roles. Since no women were allowed to perform on stage at the time, this is quite a difficult process. Will entrusts the loud mouthed, arrogant star of the theatre company, Richard 'Burley' Burbage to take on the task. A farce ensues when a group of Men-Dressed-As-Women with beards and hairy chests try to quote some female lines. The scene gets more ridiculous as a group of Women-Disguised-As-Men-Dressed-As-Women try to infiltrate the audition. The song 'No Girls Allowed' is performed.

Scene Four: 1599 - The Globe Theatre

The finishing touches to the Globe theatre are underway in preparation for the grand opening performance of Henry the Fifth. The song 'Show In The Globe' Is performed before the grand entrance of Queen Elizabeth 1 followed by a group of pesky paparazzi painters hoping for a quick 'sketch'. After an exchange of words between Will and the builders about the extortionate cost, the audience settles down and the beer and apple sellers peddle their wares as the show starts.

Scene Five: 1613 - A Rehearsal Room In London

The cast of Macbeth are rehearsing a scene. Unfortunately, because they are so superstitious, they cannot mention Macbeth by name in case it brings them bad luck. They perform the song 'Don't Mention Mac' just before Macbeth's name is mentioned. Desperate to reverse the bad luck, the Superstitious Sorcerers claim that the only solution is to spin around three times, then say a naughty word. The cast agree to do this but, just before they get chance to say it, Bernie Bottom - the cannon operator - enters the scene with bad news. The Globe Theatre has burnt down!

Scene Six: The Smouldering Ruins Of The Globe Theatre

In the smoked filled remains of the Globe theatre, secret lovers Romeo and Juliet find each other amongst the scorched debris. A Lutenist and Recorder Player enter, trying to find their beloved instruments before stumbling across the besotted pair. The musical Minstrels are shocked to discover that Juliet is, in fact, a real woman and not a Man-Dressed-As-A-Woman. After a charred recorder and a burnt lute are reunited with their owners the song 'Romeos And Juliets' is performed. Will and Anne enter, touched by the love song that they overheard. Will agrees to keep Juliet's secret and even renames his play 'Roger & Janet' after the love struck duo. After a decision to rebuild the Globe, the song 'All The World's A Stage' is performed.

Scene Seven: Will's Bedroom

Will, who is now getting old and is not feeling very well, is attempting to make himself look younger. Anne insists Will rests and he retires to bed where he stumbles upon 'a new-fangled' pencil which inspires one of his most famous quotes. The song 'To Be Or Not To Be' is performed as the finale by the whole cast.

 

Click the "Script & Songs" heading to read the script, look at the score and listen to the songs.

Speaking Roles by Number of Lines

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many SPOKEN lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo sung or rapped lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
Will48
Aubrey42
Anne26
Al26
Ollie18
*Burbage17
*Nic14
Director14
Street14
Mac13
Lutenist12
*Juliet12
*Romeo11
Recorder Player10
Banquo10
Queen10
Bernie5
Beth4
Sorcerer 44
Painter 44
Beer Seller4
Fan 13
Fan 23
Fan 33
Fan 43
Man 13
Sorcerer 53
Actor 13
Actor 43
Hamnet2
Judith2
Man 22
Woman 12
Beryl2
Sorcerer 12
Sorcerer 22
Sorcerer 32
Painter 12
Painter 22
Painter 32
Builder 12
Apple Seller2
Susanna1
Man 31
Man 41
Woman 21
Woman 31
Woman 41
Babs1
Actor 21
Actor 31
Heckler1
Builder 21

Alphabetical Order (with Line Count)

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many SPOKEN lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo sung or rapped lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
Actor 13
Actor 21
Actor 31
Actor 43
Al26
Anne26
Apple Seller2
Aubrey42
Babs1
Banquo10
Beer Seller4
Bernie5
Beryl2
Beth4
Builder 12
Builder 21
*Burbage17
Director14
Fan 13
Fan 23
Fan 33
Fan 43
Hamnet2
Heckler1
Judith2
*Juliet12
Lutenist12
Mac13
Man 13
Man 22
Man 31
Man 41
*Nic14
Ollie18
Painter 12
Painter 22
Painter 32
Painter 44
Queen10
Recorder Player10
*Romeo11
Sorcerer 12
Sorcerer 22
Sorcerer 32
Sorcerer 44
Sorcerer 53
Street14
Susanna1
Will48
Woman 12
Woman 21
Woman 31
Woman 41

Non speaking roles:- Minstrels 1-4, Chorus of Fans, Builders, Theatregoers, Beer Sellers, Apple Sellers, Instrumentalist Minstrels and two Box Office Attendants.

 

Click the "Script & Songs" heading to read the script, look at the score and listen to the songs.

Customer Reviews

Best Script

Definitely the best script I have ever read.

Review by Nicola Laud, Year 6 teacher, Lincolnshire

Utterly Brilliant!

An utterly brilliant introduction to Shakespeare; oh... those songs!
Review by Year 6 teacher, Rayleigh, Essex

Engage your children

If this doesn’t engage children and have them eating out of our hands, then nothing will!
Review by Kim Biggs, Music Teacher, Holbeach CP School

Very adaptable

We loved the fact that the “Word Doc.” Script enabled us to adapt the production to our own needs, namely, the inclusion of extra scenes so every class from Reception to Year 6 could be included.
Our children loved the songs and we now wait with bated breath for Steve Titford’s next offering in 2014.
Review by Kenneth Kies, Headteacher, Eden Park Primary School, Brixham, Devon.

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Song Samples

Song Samples are audio clips taken from the songs of the show. Click each song title below to play each song.

Song Title

Show In The Globe

Don't Mention Mac

Romeos And Juliets

All The World's A Stage

To Be Or Not To Be

Will's Wonderful Words

No Girls Allowed


The Shakespeare Rocks! songs were sung by
The “MUSICLINE” Choir:,
Hannah, Olivia, Aimee, Piers, Neo, Kate, Jessica, Beau, Fern, Led by Lauren Cantle and Les Titford.

These samples have been compressed and do not represent the quality of the final product.

Script & Score Samples

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Sample Script

Sample Performance Score (Grade 6 Standard)

Sample Easy Play Score (Grade 3/4 Standard)

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