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. Bacharach and David. Webber and Rice. Goffin and King... The list goes on and on. After all, songwriting collaborations – where one person writes the music and another writes the lyrics – have been around for ages. And with some really wonderful results, we might note. But then it begs the question: Where would the music be without the lyrics? And where would the lyrics be without the music? Ah! Where indeed? 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 Christmas (holiday) season.
Alas, as anyone who has ever worked under a tight deadline can tell you, sometimes stress can get the better of us. Tensions can run high, and things might be said or done that would compromise not only progress, but partnerships, and even friendships as well. Such is the case with Team Music and Team Lyrics this particular holiday season when, in a high pressure moment, 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 the grand event that will feature the new, but as-of-yet elusive song, intervenes. He reminds both groups of the overall good of their work together and its importance for the season. But more than that, he 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 songs and a lighthearted script with short, easy-to-learn lines for your students.
As with all of our revues and musicals, there is a thoughtfully designed Teacher's Guide, with lots of suggestions for making a great performance. Also included are reproducible Singer's Parts, lyric sheets, posters, and program covers.
Be sure to check our web site this summer for more details, precise contents, and recorded sound excerpts from the entire musical.
Estimated release date: August 31, 2017
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Teacher's Handbook, Reproducible Student Edition & Performance/Accompaniment CD
Both Print and Downloadable.