A musical about the evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs
Tobin James Mueller has combined music, drama, and curriculum in a series of innovative teaching musicals. DANGER DINOSAURS! considers the plight of the dinosaurs, who, ignoring the warnings of a small lizard, are decimated when a cataclysmic comet changes their environment. The cassette contains two interpretations of the musical: one by an adult cast and one by a childrens cast. Sound effects and characterizations are used to full advantage. The music is bright, and the lyrics are fun as well as informative. Illustrated student booklets with lyrics and annotations expand the information. Additional materials on how to prepare a school musical can be obtained from the producers. Good resources for school libraries. Ages 9-12. (Judy Morrissey, Copyright 1990 Booklist)
A feature of the Classroom Musical is its flexibility. They are designed for any combination of grades and ages. From 15 to 100 children actors can be used. Teachers who need to use different skill or grade levels, like after an school drama club or a gifted and talent class, find the package to be excellent for that purpose. Over 300 schools across the country have successfully used this series. The Classroom Musicals package comes with a directors script, choreography and production notes, interdisciplinary activities guide, worksheets, scripts, piano scores, demonstration tapes and audiocassettes. The tapes help kids memorize their parts. (Larry Cowley, Copyright 1990 Bearclaws)
"It is so rare to find a play flexible enough to accommodate my
needs but I used 139 students in a schoolwide production of 'Danger,
Dinosaurs!' and it was our best performance ever!"
Music Teacher, k-6
Washington Elementary, FL
"The kids learned so much without even knowing it. . .
And they had so much fun doing it!"
"The learning and the standing ovations will stick with the children forever."
"I was impressed by the infusion of the Arts into the educational process."
7th Grade Teacher
DANGER DINOSAURS! is a half hour musical for youth about the evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs, set in an enchanting morality play. This audiotape captures the CenterStage Childrens Theatre Troupe at its best as they bring these colorful characters and vivid storyline to life. Perfect for pre-readers and early readers to listen to; packed with information for older readers to study and absorb. Mr. Hellers art is wonderfully realistic and lively, complimenting the varied and upbeat music. It has been performed around the United States and enjoyed an extended run in New York City. The subjects covered include dinosaur anatomy, evolution, several extinction theories, continental shift, cooperation, tolerance, sympathy toward others, and the importance of family. Complete Teachers Kit, Classroom Musical, accompaniment tapes and related study materials are available from the publisher. Children Grades 1-8.
The Dinosaur March
The Stegosaurus Shuffle
Mon Duo Triceratops
Is There A Hope?
Come Out Of Your Shell