Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Spring Concert- Thwacked!

While most of you music bloggers are blogging about finishing up school, we just finished our grade 4-6 Spring Concert!

Here are some highlights, as well as some homemade costume ideas that you might like!

Grade 6 Orff Club performed #9 from the Orff Schulwerk, volume IV, as well as an arrangement of Some Nights!

Next up was our guitar club, who performed "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons!

Up third was our grade 4/5 Orff club who performed an arrangement of I Knew You Were Trouble and an Eric Corbiere piece entitled "Hidden Path".

Here our recorder players are doing a movement section for "Hidden Path".

And on to the musical! This year we did Thwacked! By Dave and Jean Perry, published by Shawnee Press. The kids loved it! Click HERE to view the musical score and have a listen to their tracks!

We had a couple of ideas of our own, including two acting trees! Click HERE to see my process for creating the tree costumes!

We had beautiful renaissance costumes made by a volunteer years ago and I thought they would be perfect for the narrators to wear for this fairy tale! 
A staff member's daughter did amazing job creating the story book. It's two ornately painted extra-large pizza boxes! The book even opens up!

The story is based on a frog prince who thinks the sky is falling. I love the way the frog costumes turned out! 

 Stay tuned later on this week for the costume tutorial, including those cute hats!

We also added Chicken Little to the mix, along with her two "Mean Girls" inspired BFFs: Henny Penny and Ducky Daddles. Those hats were all white and were only $2.00 from Dollarama. I painted each one to match each character's outfit! The skirts with feather detailing turned out so well too! 

I like adding elements to our musicals that the kids come up with. The girls came up with the idea of having Adele's "Skyfall" somewhere in the plot! Perfect! Ducky says, "Don't worry my BFF, I will save you if the sky falls!" and she dances to the song to try and impress her hard-to-impress friends. Here she is: 

What a great time we had! It was a lot of work but it all paid off! And it really helped this year with having a student teacher during musical time. The kids did a fabulous job!

"Stay Tuned" for more costume and set ideas... and tutorials!

- Steph


  1. The costumes are so cute! Are the scarves tied to the bottom of the kids recorders?

  2. Thanks Emily! Yes, scarves tied to the bottom of recorders allowed our recorder players to do movement during our B section! They worked beautifully and were very functional!

    1. Brilliant! I'll have to keep that in mind the next time I want my recorder players to do some movement.

  3. Awesome! They look fantastic. What grades did you do the musical with? I've heard of it & was thinking about it for the future!

    1. Thanks Christine! I did the musical with grades 4-6 and had my grade six students do the acting. They loved it and it was a great fit for the older kids (who are sometimes hard to please!).