How long should it take to teach all the songs?
Do I use a few Narrators, or many, or none at all?
Many Music Teachers run out of ideas for chorus concerts. Here are some themes that seem to be used a lot: Under the Sea, Outer Space, Down on the Farm, Wild West, Time Travel, The Great Outdoors, Movin' On, Mystery, Springtime, Christmas, Patriotic, and so forth.
As fun as it is to search for the perfect theme to build a program around and then search for songs to fit the program, sometimes it is nice to have the program already packaged for you.
"Three Mini-Musicals in Concert" was what they used at that school. I even got to go see it performed. (I didn't mind the travel because my granddaughter was in the show.) The Mini-musicals are: The Ants and the Grasshopper, The Musicians of Bremen and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
These tales have been told and retold for generations. Many have important morals promoting Character Values that we would do well to live by today such as Honesty, Sincerity, Kindness, Bravery, Cooperation, Appreciation and Work.
Each narration "lead-in" gives a brief historical setting about the fable or folktale.
The script calls for Narrators and Soloists to tell about their desires to travel to distant times and places. The "lead-in" narrations also give historical settings to each of these songs and the fable or folktale the musicals were based on.
The far away places and distant times are ancient Greece, ancient Japan, ancient Persia, and the American Old West, as well as Paris, France in any time, Elizabethan England, and nowadays