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The Selfish Giant (Perkins)

Short Musical, Drama  /  2m, 9boy(s) or girl(s)

Oscar Wilde, David Perkins, Caroline Dooley

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A giant builds a high wall around his beautiful garden to prevent the children from playing in it. However, he is taught a valuable lesson when spring does not return and the garden remains in winter all year round. One morning the unusual sound of a bird-song and the sight of a small, frail child t…

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2m, 9boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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Summary

A giant builds a high wall around his beautiful garden to prevent the children from playing in it. However, he is taught a valuable lesson when spring does not return and the garden remains in winter all year round. One morning the unusual sound of a bird-song and the sight of a small, frail child trying to climb a tree remind the Giant how selfish he has been. He knocks down the wall, spring returns and he is happy that his garden is now free for all to enjoy. From the composer of the popular Shake, Ripple and Roll and other works for children, here is an enchanting sung-through musical written for a large cast of young people.

History

First performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK on 12th July 1995

Cast Attributes
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
Keywords
Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

GARDENER 1* (m/f)
GARDENER 2* (m/f)
GARDENER 3* (m/f)
GARDENER 4* (m/f)
GIANT* (m)
CORNISH OGRE (m/f)
SNOW (m/f)
FROST (m/f)
NORTH WIND (m/f)
HAIL (m/f)
THE CHILD (m)

CHORUS

*Could be played by older children or adults

  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

"Top marks should go to composer David Perkins for a clever adaptation" Surrey Advertiser

Music

Song Samples

The Garden
How Happy We Are
The Giant's Return
Build a Wall (Long version)
Outside the Garden
Inside the Garden
Winter
The Giant Laments
Awakenings
The Corner of the Garden
The End?
Harmony
The Passage of Time
Anthem
Piano-Conductor 

1 Reed (Flute, Clarinet & Alto Sax)
1 Trumpet (Doubling Flugelhorn)
1 Keyboard 2
1 Percussion (Drum Kit, Triangle, Woodblock, Tambourine, Mark Tree (indicated as "Bell Tree" in score), Glockenspeil, Tam-Tam or Chinese Cymbal, Nightingale Bird Caller, Vibraslap)
1 Bass Guitar
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Chorus SizeLarge

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1 Reed
1 Trumpet
1 Keyboard 2
1 Percussion
1 Bass Guitar

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Authors

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ('Art for Art's Sake'), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. ...
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David Perkins

David works as a composer, pianist, MD and music arranger. His specialization is writing and collaborating on musicals for the youth/schools market and shows aimed at young/family orientated audiences. Published works include Shake Ripple & Roll, Pandemonium! (a Greek Myth-ad ...
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Caroline Dooley

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