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'Grease' for primary school production

Discussion in 'Primary' started by tracycaswell, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. I wondered if anyone might be able to help me please with a primary school script for the musical Grease? And the music?
  2. flapfish

    flapfish New commenter

    Is it suitable? 'Here I am, Sandy Dee, lousy with virginity'?
  3. There is a primary production written so don't get your knickers all in a flap.
  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    There may well be, but that does not make the basic storyline suitable for primary school aged children. No doubt that somebody somewhere gould write primary productions of anything from "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" to "Deep Throat", but the same would apply.
  5. These were my thoughts when I first read this. If I were back in full time teaching, I'd see if I could weave a musical out of the pop-styled music by Dave Kinnoin www.songwizard.com He has written so many songs about the real fabric of primary-aged children's lives. "Teaspoon at a Time" has great cool tracks. Otherwise there are several specialist composers of school musicals which get regular mentions on this website.
    I think children's songs, like children's books, should be age appropriate.
  6. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Like a good old nativity.

    - A 'virgin' birth (yeah, alright) held in a stable because most people were too sh*t to offer their homes to a pregnant women.
    - The idea that God would 'come upon' a woman to make her pregnant.
    - A king ordering the murder of babies. I find children love a good bit of infanticide.
  7. "Like a good old nativity.
    A 'virgin' birth (yeah, alright) held in a stable because most people were too sh*t to offer their homes to a pregnant women.
    - The idea that God would 'come upon' a woman to make her pregnant.
    - A king ordering the murder of babies. I find children love a good bit of infanticide"
    ?? Dave Kinnoin has not composed a school nativity, nor have I when writing my xmas plays/musicals.
    For sure, there are interpretations of Biblical events, but these are more adult layers of interpretation.not sensationalised in the pupils' minds.
    Horrible Histories does bring out the historical gore in an entertaining way, I've no problem with that. I've not found children love "a bit of infanticide", but apparently it has been historical fact. Humankind has a very dark past, and present too.
    Relevant to this thread, and modern times, is whether adult pop and themes in school could contribute to the sexualisation of younger children. At least that is how I interpreted some of the comments made.
    My contribution was that there are composers who write "cool" songs for children, which don't draw on adult themes, and that material might be most appropriate in primary schools.

  8. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Are you one of those that take life a little too seriously? I bet you have used the comments 'swearing just shows a limited vocabulary' and 'football - it's only a game'.
  9. Never used those comments. Do sometimes take life seriously-guilty on that count.
    Just so the children know how to respond I find carrying signs, "Joke-Laugh" or "Serious-look concerned" helpful.
  10. netmum

    netmum New commenter

    There is no primary school version of Grease. The rights are held by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (used to be Samuel French) and you have to contact them on steves@theatricalrights.com

    The stage version is different to the film and some of the well known songs are not included although you may be able to buy the rights to perform them for an extra fee.
    You have to stick to the script as written so I really don't think it would be suitable for primary.
    http://www.theatricalrights.com/#/showdetail/?showid=GREA/ is the website
  11. The school I played piano for bought the primary version from Samuel French.
    Lots of schools perform Grease in year 5 or 6 every year.
  12. Just wondering if you ever found a Grease version suitable for Primary year 6. I have the Samuel Frenchschool version but it is aimed more at secondary.
  13. Musicline do a play called Gel, which is quite good for Y5/6. We used it a while ago and it went down well.
  14. Not that anyone is required to ape the dialogue in the film but I was surprised by

    Rizzo: Ok, so what do you guys think this is a gang bang?
    Sonny: Yeah, you wish.

    Rizzo: Where are you goin'? To flog your log?

    Danny: Much better than hanging around here with you dorks.

    Danny: You can't just walk out of a drive-in.

    Danny: Oh, bite the weenie, Riz.

    Rizzo: With relish.
    Danny: You're looking good, Riz.

    Rizzo: Eat your heart out.

    Danny: But sloppy seconds ain't my style.

    "The chicks will cream"

    "You know that ain't ****

    We'll be getting lots of tit

    In Greased Lightning!"
  15. warmandfuzzy

    warmandfuzzy New commenter

    'It's a real pu**y-wagon'....another lovely line!
    I love the musical, must have watched it about 200 times, but I wouldn't do it in a primary school. I've watched it in a secondary school, and even then it's made me feel uncomfortable in certain scenes.
  16. i knew a school that did look a tme im sandredee lousy with nintendo wii.
  17. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    HOw does the copywright work?
    I think most 10 and 11 year-olds would die of embarrassment at the prospect of singing "You're the One That I Want" in public to a child of the opposite sex.
    Can we still say opposite sex?
  18. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Any chance of that in English?
  19. I always loved the music 'Grease', until I did it with a group of older secondary students and found it to be quite brash and rude, a lot more so than I remembered from my youth! I agree with other posters and think that the storyline/ content of the songs aren't suitable for primary, I won't be doing it again with secondary.
  20. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    As an adult, I'd much rather watch kids doing a production designed for kids than the butchery of a proper show. Mind you, you can butcher Grease all you like for all I care!

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