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Gary Daverne
Music Director Emeritus - Auckland Symphony Orchestra


MUSICALS FOR CHILDREN


Panapa Gypsy Girl
The Brothers Three Cats of Ponsonby
Tiddalik the Frog Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess
The Floating Island Young Mozart

INFORMATION

  • These musicals were written specifically for performances by schools using popular, contemporary music.
  • Written by teachers for teachers.
  • Adaptable for any number of performers, with varying abilities.
  • Solo or choral work optional
  • Can be performed with piano accompaniment only (chords included) or with scored orchestration
  • Opportunity to use special talents within the school, e.g. dancers, gymnasts, lighting effects, electronic music etc., etc.
  • Some backing tracks available


  • Appealing to both performers and family audiences.
  • Currently being performed extensively in schools throughout New Zealand
  • These wonderful works have each enjoyed hundreds of productions.



PANAPA AND THE MOUNTAIN FARIES: Co-writers Phil Mark and Rosemary Daverne

This tale is about Panapa, a wise old village elder, who tends the sick and elderly of his village with a special Fairy Juice. This juice comes from a vine growing in the mountain forests, the domain of the Mountain Fairies. One day, Panapa takes a young boy, Te Pou, with him to collect the Fairy Juice. Things go terribly wrong for these two.

Seven songs arranged for piano accompaniment with chords, lead line with guitar chords, tuned and untuned percussion.

Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Duration 25 - 30 mins.

A commercially recorded CD including backing tracks and a video version is available.

MP3 Music Samples
No. 1 Told through the mists of time
No. 2 Incantation
No. 3 Angry fairies’ song
No. 4 Villagers’ song
No. 5 Te Pou’s rap
No. 6 Ancestors’ song
No. 7 Panapa’s speach
No. 8 Finale

PDF Music Sample
* Panapa and the Mountain Fairies


Pictures right: Screen shots from the DVD.

Panapa Video
































THE FLOATING ISLAND: Co-writers Phil Mark and Rosemary Daverne

This is the second tale about Panapa,
a wise old village elder and a young girl called Rona, who had an unusual dream about a Floating Island. The people of the village would not believe her dream. Dreams are not always what they seem.

Seven songs arranged for piano accompaniment with chords, lead line with guitar chords, tuned and untuned percussion.

Suitable for 8-10 year olds. Duration 30 - 35 mins.

A commercially recorded CD including backing tracks is available.

MP3 Music Samples
No. 1 A Strange dream
No. 2 Please can you help me
No. 3 The dream is true
No. 4 Ancient Spirits’ song
No. 5 Ancient Spirits’ rap
No. 6 Pushing Shoving
No. 7 Tell us what is there
No. 8 Finale

PDF Music Sample
* The Floating Island




THE BROTHERS THREE: Janet Grierson and Rosemary Daverne

The story is based on the classical fairy tale idea, with a King, a kidnapped princess and her rescuers, The Brothers Three. All with a happy ending.

Five songs arranged for piano accompaniment with chords, lead line with guitar chords, tuned and untuned percussion.

Suitable for 7-10 year olds. Duration 25 - 30 mins.

A commercially recorded CD including backing tracks is available.

MP3 Music Samples
No. 1 Work chant
No. 2 If we had lots of money
No. 3 Brothers’ song
No. 4 Five years (Mother’s Song)
No. 5 Find the Princess

PDF Music Sample
* The Brothers Three






YOUNG MOZART: Co-writers Janet Grierson and Rosemary Daverne

Tom Stone is young man of uncertain age. He is a music teacher. A good music teacher who loves talking about the fun of making music. He loves travel, but he can also be a dreamer. In this musical adventure, Tom meets young Mozart. Was it a dream or was he mystically transported back to another time and place?

Seven songs arranged for piano accompaniment with chords, lead line with guitar chords, tuned and untuned percussion.

Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Duration 25 - 30 mins.

A commercially recorded CD including backing tracks is available.

MP3 Music Samples
No. 1 Our teacher
No. 2 Young Mozart
No. 3 Another time another place
No. 4 High society gavotte
No. 5 We wonder what the problem is
No. 6 Minuet in F
No. 7 Finale

PDF Music Sample
* Young Mozart





TIDDALIK THE FROG: Co-writer Cheril McDonnell

This is a story from a long time ago, in what the Aborigines call the "Dreamtime".

Tiddalik is the largest, greediest and ugliest frog ever known. He endangers the lives of the other animals by drinking all the water. The animals come up with a plan hoping to make Tiddalik laugh and return the water to the land.

Five songs arranged for piano accompaniment, guitar chords, lead line, tuned and untuned percussion.

Suitable for 8-10 year olds. Duration 15 - 20 mins.

(Instrumental backing CD included)

PDF Music Sample
  Tiddalik the Frog





ROBYN HOOD: OUTLAW PRINCESS: Co-writer John Reynolds

Full Information, review and photos at: Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess













THE CATS OF PONSONBY: Co-writer Ray Prowse

This popular musical takes place in the courtyard at the back entrance to a restaurant.

A gang of hungry Alley Cats waits outside the back door hoping form some scraps of food.

Frustrated that the three Burmese House cats are pampered, Kitten is kidnapped for a ransom of food.

This sets off a chain of events that involves the rival cat gangs of Big Tom’s Thugs and the Media Mob.

Complications, skirmishes and a romance arise. All’s well that ends well.

Fifteen songs with optional solos, suitable for large or small cast.

Arranged for piano accompaniment with lead line and guitar chords. Commercially recorded backing tracks available.

Suitable for 7-16 year olds. Duration 60 mins. Approx.
HIRE ONLY


Photos and Review from the 2015 Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre production.

Cats of Ponsonby Video Link

Cats of Ponsonby -
Reviewed by Joan Reekie

If there is one thing that is almost certain to make people happy it is watching young people having fun on stage. Gary Daverne’s Cats of Ponsonby recently at the Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden was such an occasion.

Mr Daverne composed the music for Cats of Ponsonby to words and story by Ray Prowse a number of years ago as a vehicle for school choirs, and has now revamped the show for a new generation. Together with Gary’s cousin Christine Daverne who directed, and choreographers James Grant and Jordan Wichman, they have produced a fun musical ably supported by an enthusiastic cast aged from 7 to 16 years, who embraced their feline roles with gusto.

At the beginning of Act One the curtain rose to reveal the various gangs of stray cats (the Alley Cats, Media Mob, Thugs, House Cats and Spice Cats) hungrily waiting outside a restaurant in the faint hope of receiving a meal. Alas, only the well-fed Burmese house cats are invited inside, leaving the Alley Cats to take the risky step of kidnapping a Burmese kitten in order to coerce her sisters into stealing food for them. The Media Mob sniff out a news story and the whole thing escalates into a major cat fight. All is resolved in the end however except that the cats are still hungry.

I must say I was very impressed with the set designed by Stan Henshaw - an alley situated outside the back door of a Ponsonby restaurant, with a large crescent moon lighting the early evening sky and the Sky Tower’s familiar silhouette dominating a distant skyline. Very well done indeed.

The soloists all gave confident performances, the chorus numbers were strong, and the tap dancing segments were particularly enjoyable. The costuming was also very good, turning the stage into a kaleidoscope of colour.

During the interval the Media Mob cats came into the auditorium to ask questions of the audience regarding the supposed kidnapping, a unique experience for those who were not expecting it.

I am so pleased that all these talented young cast members were given the opportunity to perform in such a delightful show and certainly look forward to Gary and Christine Daverne’s next presentation at the Playhouse Theatre.

- Joan Reekie


Tiger and Katt.


House cats with the Media Mob.


Big Tom and his Thugs.

Cats of Ponsonby Sample Sound Files
00 Overture
01 May The Best Cats Win
02 Alley Cats
03 We're Hungry
04 They're Tough
05 House Cats Dance
06 House Cat's Song
07 Hey Pretty Kitten
08 A Kidnap
09 It Was A Cinch
10 The Media Mob
11 Kitten and Tiger
12 Such Drama
13 Hot News
14 Big Tom's Song
15 Time To Disappear
16 Goodbye
17 Reprise
18 Catfight
19 RAP


GYPSY GIRL: Co-writer Ruth Hamilton

Richi is a ‘half-gypsy’ orphan girl. When her Aunt dies, she is left destitute. At school the children dislike her. She is too different from them. Their dislike leads to hatred and violence. The children mob Richi and think that they have killed her. Later full of remorse they try to make amends only to find Richi too stubborn, too proud, perhaps too deeply hurt.

Gypsy Girl can be presented entirely as a choral work with a narrator or alternatively may be staged as a full production with either small or large groups.

The story is narrated with ample opportunity for extensive dancing and acting.

Nine songs with optional solos, arranged for piano accompaniment only, or with guitar, tuned and untuned percussion, two flutes, bass and drums.

Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Duration 35 mins. Approx. HIRE ONLY

Recorded on CD with Billy T. James as the narrator













JOHN HOBBS – A MAN WITH A MISSION: Librettist: Dorothy Tomlinson

This Two Act Musical is a historic story of a young man who travels from England via Australia, in the early 1820's, to become an ordained minister and set up a Wesleyan Mission in the Hokianga, in Northland, New Zealand.

The story portrays the relationships, frustrations, conflicts and troubled times with the early settlers, the native Maori people and their Chiefs, especially Chief Te Aara, Tamati Waka Nene and Patuone, culminating in the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi at Horeke, in the Hokianga.

The popular New Zealand song comes from this Musical.

Commercially recorded backing tracks available.

Suitable for mature performers. Duration 2 hours Approx.

Video Link







Gary Daverne Musicals for Children are available from:
REBA PRODUCTIONS
Paul and Nico Reichenbach
PO Box 259
8000 AG Zwolle
Holland
Phone: +31 38-213742
Fax: +31 38-4600874
 
VISCOUNT PRODUCTIONS
48 Shelly Beach Road
Herne Bay
Auckland 1002
New Zealand
Phone and Fax:
+64 9-378 6932
e-mail: daverne@ihug.co.nz
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