Greece Goes To Pieces
by Gawen Robinson
Pricing & Order Info.
NATIONAL CURRICULUM - ANCIENT GREECE
- 28 speaking roles plus several cameo parts; easily reduced or expanded.
- Unlimited chorus parts - as many as you like!
- Easy to stage with simple scenery - adaptable.
- CD of Backing Tracks available.
- CD of Vocal Tracks available.
- Piano Score available.
- Easily constructed and manageable props.
- Age range - Key Stage 2 Production (7-11 years).
- Duration - 50 minutes.
"Greece Goes to Pieces" brings history to life in this Key Stage 2 musical. During the overture, the background to the musical is set and a brief historical overview is shared with the audience; the year is 400 BC and the Athenians have lost the Persian War.
The following scene sees Peta the pot maker setting up his stall filled with colourful pots and vases with historical figures painted on them such as the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the heroic Hercules. 'Peta Potter' follows during which the chorus sing his praises and marvel at his pottery. Unfortunately the lively atmosphere quickly disappears as a group of Spartans and Athenians enter the vicinity and mock one another callously; 'The Peloponnesian War' follows as both groups defend the people of their city. The quarrelling that breaks out sparks up one of Peta's memories; it is the ancient Greek story of Theseus and the Minotaur. As Peta recalls the tale, the legend unfolds on the stage followed by a song which ends Peta's tale with a bang...
Following this story things start to get serious when the Greek Philosophers enter. Well, they would if it wasn't for Aristophanes' attempt to share ancient Greek comedy with the audience! 'The Philosopher's Song' follows during which the ancient figures share their thoughts with the audience which, as you can imagine, stretches a few brain cells!
Eager to find out the destiny of Athens after the Peloponnesian War appears to have torn it to pieces, the three scholars decide to journey to the Oracle to seek the answer during 'The Oracle at Delphi.' As they listen to Apollo's words of 'Doom for Athens and Greece' the scholars decide to journey onwards to seek advice from the Gods at Mount Olympus. Before they head off, the scholars are able to catch a few races at the Olympic Games, but seeing the Spartans win again they are quick to leave for the temple of Zeus to seek advice. During the following song 'Zeus', the King of Kings takes centre stage (and a microphone!) and tells the story of Ancient Greece to the philosophers. With the future of Ancient Greece revealed, the cast come together to sing 'Dancing Round the Mountain.'
This musical is ideal for children studying Ancient Greece in their curriculum or for those who just enjoy bringing history back to life with words, music and costume!