Fa La La Land
From Plank Road Publishing
by Teresa Jennings and Karl Hitzemann
A Creative Musical For Young Voices
Rodgers and Hammerstein. Lennon and McCartney. Webber and Rice. Songwriting collaborations – where one person writes the music and another writes the lyrics – have been around for ages. But then it begs the question: Where would the music be without the lyrics? And where would the lyrics be without the music? To answer this, we visit the songwriters of Fa La La Land, who are actively engaged in creating their latest cooperative effort for the upcoming holiday season.
Alas, sometimes things might be said or done that would compromise not only progress, but partnerships, and even friendships as well. Such is the case with the Composers and the Lyricists this particular holiday season when, in an innocent exchange, a cavalier comment or two about which aspect of songwriting is more important leads to unpleasant disagreement and discord. Not to mention a total lack of harmony! How can they possibly continue to work together under these circumstances?
Thank goodness reason prevails when the Maestro, who is scheduled to conduct Fa La La Land’s latest, but as-of-yet elusive song, intervenes. She reminds both groups of the overall good of their work together and its importance for the season. But more than that, she shares a message of peace, forgiveness, love, and friendship – especially at this time of year! Both groups not only realize the folly of their negative behavior, they also realize that in order to provide a song that’s positive and uplifting, they should lead by example. Apologies and reconciliations abound and the groups are back at it, happily writing the big song together, as they should be. And which, of course, turns out to be the finale of our little musical here.
Approximately 20 minutes long, the musical includes five original songs and a lighthearted script with short, easy-to-learn lines for your students. Songs include:
- A Musical Time Of Year
- Music Is Our Thing
- Not With Me
- When We Get Along
- Good, Good Holiday Feelings!
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