Back then, I was shown 25 stories and was asked to provide engaging songs for them. Not feeling very secure in the assignment, I told him that I would choose five stories and write 2 songs for each of them. That way, he could see if they would add to the experience or be too much. He agreed, and I set out to write some simple songs at a First Grader's level and vocabulary. (He did not specify that i had to keep the music simple.)
The stories I chose were "The Musicians of Bremen," "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," "Dick Whittington's Cat," and "Chicken Licken."
Well, I liked the songs and wanted to write my own shows using them. Permission was granted, so I proceeded to create some 10-15 minute mini-musicals for in-class presentations and some full scale 30-45 minute shows for larger casts. on the main stage.
Just today, I learned that two of my mini-musicals were bought by someone in China. So, that begs the question, "Will these little shows be performed in English?" My heart wants to think that somewhere in China a school group is learning English as a second language and the teacher wants to do a more full-scale show than just an in-class Reader's Theater. I hope this is the case and I wish them well as they perform "The Tale of the Musicians of Bremen" and "The Tale of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse."