Unity Tree, The
From Plank Road Publishingby Teresa Jennings
An Inspirational Fantasy For Young Voices
This has been a year that has shown us just how much we need love, understanding, and acceptance. And since many teachers have told us that they wanted to address this with music, Teresa Jennings has created a meaningful, non-Christmas primary musical that is great for any school's winter performance, and it works well any time of the year. It can be performed with groups of almost any size. As with all of Teresa's musicals, it carries a valuable message and comes with everything you will need to produce a memorable performance.
A prominent tree with a large, vertical stripe right down its middle forms a distinct boundary between Catville and Dogburg. Alas, more than just the tree separates these two villages. Longstanding prejudice and intolerance dwell there as well.
Ironically, both Catville and Dogburg share at least one common characteristic: Their population is replenished during the occasional snowstorm in which it literally snows cats and dogs. Following one such snowstorm, a new kitten and puppy find each other before they find their "own kind." Being ignorant of the way things are "supposed" to be, they form a quick friendship. When the other citizens of Catville and Dogburg discover the alliance, they are appalled. They hasten to teach the young kitten and puppy that they're supposed to be enemies - a tradition not to be questioned. Immersed in their closed-minded perceptions, the cats and dogs fail to notice that the kitten and puppy have slipped away to meet again. When their disappearance is noticed, both villages rise up in anger, swearing their youngest citizens have been dognapped (or catnapped, as the case may be) by the other. Only when the two youngsters return on their own, obviously happy and unharmed, do the antagonists calm down. The kitten and the puppy proclaim their friendship. They powerfully state their case (in song) that such a bond is possible for the others as well. Living and working together in harmony, helping each other through adversity, and sharing ideas and solving problems turns out to be an attractive alternative to all of the cats and dogs. They decide to set aside their prejudice and intolerance, and to embrace their differences. The vertical stripe is ceremoniously removed from the prominent tree and a new sign is attached which reads, "The Unity Tree." The cats and dogs shake paws and join together to decorate their newly formed Unity Tree (in red, white, and blue, of course!). The boundaries have been blurred, and now they stand together, united.
The original songs include:
- It's Snowing Cats And Dogs!
- Let's Play
- Just The Way That It Is
- You'll Be Sorry
- I'd Rather Be Your Friend
- United We Stand
These songs are featured in piano/vocal arrangements in the Teacher's Handbook and with rich, professionally recorded orchestrations on the state-of-the-art recordings. The Teacher's Handbook also features a full script, detailed performance notes, suggestions for costuming and sets, and even reproducible posters and a program cover.
(Run time: 15-20 minutes)
Teacher's Handbook, Reproducible Student Parts & Performance/
Minimum of 5. Ownership of kit is required to buy Student Editions.
Hard copy book with downloadable Performance/
Downloadable component has 2 files - 39.9MB and 42.8MB