"American Symbols" Musical Play
  • "American Symbols" Musical Play
  • "American Symbols" Musical Play
  • "American Symbols" Musical Play
  • "American Symbols" Site License
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  • "American Symbols" Audio Recording
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  • "American Symbols" Sheet Music
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    • 15-to-25 minute musical play for grades K-4
    • Includes two versions of the play in this one package (one simpler, the other more advanced)
    • Includes the script, teacher's guide, and audio recording (which contains a vocal and instrumental version of each song)
    • Simple to do - no music or drama experience needed!

    American symbols on parade! This fun patriotic show explores the origin, nature, and significance of many of the primary symbols of the United States: the Statue of Liberty, national flag, bald eagle, Mt. Rushmore, White House, Washington Monument, and the memorials to important individuals and events in the country’s history. In this one package there are two different versions of the musical play, one shorter and simpler, one longer and more complex (scroll down for more information).

    Please scroll down to read the script, listen to the songs, read reviews, and get all the details about the play (plot, curriculum/content, educational standards, and vocabulary).

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    Order 1 site license per school/site. Includes permission to print/photocopy for all participating students AND teachers. Why a site license? Because it's cheaper than ordering 3+ individual copies of the play.
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    This fun patriotic show explores the origin, nature, and significance of many of the primary symbols of the United States. Two versions of the show come in this one package (it's a twofer!). For younger students (K-2), we have written a shorter (15-minute) show with 6 songs and no dialogue. Very short storyteller parts (which can be spoken either by students or the teacher) link the songs together. Each song can be sung by groups of students or the entire class. For older students (2-4), there is a “regular” Bad Wolf musical play, 25 minutes long with 9 different songs sung by small groups of actors and the chorus.

    Key Concepts

    Shorter Version

    American Symbols reinforces students' familiarity with the following national symbols, songs, and landmarks:

    • Bald eagle
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Liberty Bell
    • American Flag
    • "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (sung by the class)
    • "You're a Grand Old Flag" (sung by the class)
    • and references to the Great Seal of the U.S.; Mt. Rushmore; The Alamo; The White House

    Longer Version

    American Symbols reinforces students' familiarity with the following national symbols, documents, songs, and landmarks:

    • Bald eagle
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Liberty Bell
    • The White House
    • "Star-Spangled Banner" (NOT sung, but a character in the show)
    • The White House
    • "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (sung by the class)
    • Washington Monument and the National Mall
    • U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence
    • American flag: "You're a Grand Old Flag" (sung by the class)
    • and references to the Great Seal of the U.S.; Uncle Sam; the rose; Mt. Rushmore; the Capitol Building; apple pie; The Alamo

    American Symbols is a great complement to your curriculum resources in social studies. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance and music skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!


    Publication Information

    Author: John Heath (Book and Lyrics) and Mike Fishell (Composer)
    ISBN: 978-1-886588-54-7
    © 2012 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

    Song Samples

    The asterisked songs (4, 6, and 8) are NOT in the shorter version of the show.


    A Crucial Note of Explanation Before You Go Any Farther!

    American Symbols contains TWO separate scripts for TWO different age groups.

    The FIRST script is intended for younger students, especially those in kindergarten and first grade. This version of American Symbols contains 6 songs, each of which is to be sung by the entire class. Each song is introduced by a few short lines of dialogue spoken by Storytellers. This version of the show will take about 15 minutes to perform.

    The SECOND script is intended for older students, especially those in second, third, and fourth grades. This version of American Symbols contains 9 songs, most of which are sung by small groups of actors in character. There is a short scene of dialogue between each song. In other words, this is your basic classroom musical play. This show will take about 28 minutes to perform.

    Read the first third of shorter script for younger students
    Read the first third of the longer script for older students

    American Symbols: shorter script for younger students

    Casting

    There are no individual roles in this version of the script. The entire class sings each song. There are Storytellers who have short bits of dialogue between each song. These can be distributed among all the students in the class or divided up in any way that seems to work best with a particular group of students.

    Script

    This is the first one-third of the script:

      Song 1 - Listen to a clip now!

    CLASS (facing audience):
    American symbols on parade
    All our pride is now displayed
    Great ideals that will not fade
    American symbols on parade.

    Oh I can't wait to see
    The Statue of Liberty
    Come dancing down the street.
    Who even knew she had feet?

    American symbols on parade
    All our pride is now displayed
    Great ideals that will not fade
    American symbols on parade.

    Bald eagles are on hand
    They're marching right in the band.
    The U.S. flag looks proud
    It's waving to all the crowd.

    American symbols on parade
    All our pride is now displayed
    Great ideals that will not fade
    American symbols on parade.

    STORYTELLER #1: Welcome to the parade.

    STORYTELLER #2: Some of America's great symbols will be marching today.

    STORYTELLER #3: Hey, here come the bald eagles!

    STORY TELLER #1: The bald eagle is featured on the Great Seal of the United States.

    STORYTELLER #2: I saw a great seal balance a ball on its nose at Sea World once.

    STORYTELLER #3: Let's try to forget that and just listen to the eagles.

      Song 2 - Listen to a clip now!

    CLASS:
    Oh who who who
    Is the national bird?
    It's me me me
    Did you not get the word?

    So why why why
    Shouldn't we all rejoice?
    They wanted something regal
    Nothing like a seagull
    And so we great bald eagles were the obvious choice.

    We sky sky sky
    Up as high as can be
    We fly fly fly
    We're so strong and so free

    We're brave brave brave
    And as wise as an owl
    We have so much appeal
    We're on the U.S. seal
    On stamps and money we'll be
    the fairest of fowl.

    Ben Franklin thought a turkey
    Could be the bird of state
    But should we serve our symbols
    With gravy on a plate?
    No no no

    Oh who who who
    Is the national bird?
    It's me me me
    Did you not get the word?

    So why why why
    Shouldn't we all rejoice?
    They wanted something regal
    Nothing like a seagull
    And so we great bald eagles were the obvious choice.

    STORYTELLER #4: What's a symbol anyway?

    STORYTELLER #5: It's an object or image that stands for something else.

    STORYTELLER #6: For example, the bald eagle is a symbol of strength and courage.

    STORYTELLER #4: Oh. I get it. Like broccoli is a symbol of EVIL.

    STORYTELLER #5 (giving #4 a strange look): Uh. Sure. Although I was thinking of something more like the Statue of Liberty.

    STORYTELLER #6: And here she comes!

    (This concludes the first one-third of the shorter script.)

    American Symbols: longer version for older students

    Casting

    From 11-40 students. Use as many Bald Eagles, Paparazzi, etc. in each scene as
    desired. One student can easily play several roles if needed, and
    individual roles can be doubled up. Note that all roles can be played by
    either boys or girls; see our comments on page 40 of the Teacher’s Guide.

    Script

    This is the first one-third of the script:

    CHARACTERS:

    Uncle Sam
    Rose
    Bald Eagles (3)
    Statue of Liberty
    Pedestal for Statue of Liberty
    Paparazzi (2)
    White House
    Secret Service Agents (2)
    Star-Spangled Banner
    Washington Monument
    Fans of the Washington Monument (3)
    Tomato Juice (official beverage of Ohio)
    Praying Mantis (official insect of Connecticut)
    Strudel (official pastry of Texas)
    U.S. Constitution
    Declaration of Independence

    and a CHORUS composed of all students who are not playing
    roles on stage at the time.

      Song 3 - Listen to a clip now!

    (CLASS enters/stands, faces audience, and sings:)

    CLASS:
    American symbols on parade
    All our pride is now displayed
    Great ideals that will not fade
    American symbols on parade.

    Oh I can't wait to see
    The Statue of Liberty
    Come dancing down the street.
    Who even knew she had feet?

    American symbols on parade
    All our pride is now displayed
    Great ideals that will not fade
    American symbols on parade.

    Bald eagles are on hand
    They're marching right in the band.
    The U.S. flag looks proud
    It's waving to all the crowd.

    American symbols on parade
    All our pride is now displayed
    Great ideals that will not fade
    American symbols on parade.

    (ACTORS take their places, moving
    quickly across the stage in various
    directions, as UNCLE SAM enters and
    comes to the front of the stage. HE holds
    a clipboard with pieces of paper he keeps
    flipping through. HE is a bit flustered.)

    UNCLE SAM: Okay, icons, let's get lined up.
    The parade is about to start. Has anybody seen
    the Liberty Bell?
    (shouts)
    Rose! Where's my assistant Rose?!

    ROSE (running in): I'm here, Uncle Sam.

    UNCLE SAM: Where've you been? You'd think the national flower would always be around. Rose, I can't find the Liberty Bell. I've been in charge of this parade for 200 years and the Liberty Bell has always been on the first float.

    ROSE: Sorry I'm late. We're having troubles with Mt. Rushmore.

    UNCLE SAM: Again?

    ROSE: It's Teddy Roosevelt this time. He keeps speaking softly and then pokes Jefferson with a big stick. I've tried to separate them, but they won't budge.

    UNCLE SAM: I warned them, didn't I? I told them you can't put four presidents on one mountain and expect it to work. They're like children. Giant 60-foot children.

    (BALD EAGLES enter,)

    BALD EAGLE #1: Hey, Uncle Sam, where are WE this year?

    BALD EAGLE #2: We want to go first.

    BALD EAGLE #3: After all, we're the national bird.

    BALD EAGLE #1: Yeah. Bald eagles are important American symbols.

    BALD EAGLE #2: Yeah! We're symbols!
    (pause)
    Uh. What's a symbol?

    BALD EAGLE #3: It's an object or image that stands for something else.

    BALD EAGLE #1 (proudly): The bald eagle is a symbol of strength and courage.

    BALD EAGLE #2: Oh. I get it. Like the raven in Edgar Allen Poe's poem is a portent of impending death.

    BALD EAGLE #3 (shaking head, to audience): English majors.

      Song 3 - Listen to a clip now!

    BALD EAGLES:
    Oh who who who
    Is the national bird?
    It's me me me
    Did you not get the word?

    So why why why
    Shouldn't we all rejoice?
    They wanted something regal
    Oh nothing like a seagull
    And so we great bald eagles were the obvious choice.

    We sky sky sky
    Up as high as can be
    We fly fly fly
    We're so strong and so free.

    We're brave brave brave
    And as wise as an owl
    We have so much appeal
    We're on the U.S. seal
    On stamps and money we'll be the fairest of fowl.

    Ben Franklin thought a turkey
    Could be the bird of state
    But should we serve our symbols
    With gravy on a plate?
    No no no

    BALD EAGLES and CHORUS:
    Oh who who who
    Is the national bird?
    It's me me me
    Did you not get the word?

    So why why why
    Shouldn't we all rejoice?
    They wanted something regal
    Oh nothing like a seagull
    And so we great bald eagles were the obvious choice.

    BALD EAGLE #1 (looking offstage): Let's go. I see the Statue of Liberty coming.

    BALD EAGLE #2: And she brought her pedestal this time. She's going to be extra tall.

    BALD EAGLE #3: Come on! If she gets in front of us we won't be able to see a thing!

    (THEY exit. STATUE of LIBERTY and PEDESTAL enter.)

    STATUE: I'm really looking forward to the parade this year. I can use the exercise—it was a cold winter in New York and I think I've put on a few tons.

    PEDESTAL: I haven't noticed anything—you still feel like the same 450 thousand pounds as ever.

    STATUE: Aren't you sweet! You're always so supportive.

    (PAPARAZZI rush in with cameras.)

    PEDESTAL: Hey, here come the paparazzi.

    PAPARAZZO #1 (to #2): Have you seen the Washington Monument? I want to get a photo for tomorrow's paper, but these American symbols can be tough to track down.

    PAPARAZZO #2: I don't know. I saw a 500-foot obelisk with dark glasses and a fake mustache catching a cab.

    PAPARAZZO #1: Man, it got away! What am I going to tell my editor?

    STATUE: You can take a picture of us.

    PAPARAZZO #PAPARAZZO #2: Yeah? Are you American symbols?

    PEDESTAL: You don't recognize us?

    PAPARAZZO #1: How 'bout a hint?

    STATUE: A colossal neoclassical sculpture presented to the United States as a gift from France?

    PAPARAZZO #2 (puzzled, rubbing chin): Hmmmn.

    PEDESTAL: A symbol of freedom holding a torch and wearing a crown with seven rays, one for each continent?

    PAPARAZZO #2: Nope. Not ringing a bell. Any other clues?

      Song 3 - Listen to a clip now!

    STATUE of LIBERTY and PEDESTAL:
    I hold a torch
    The torch of freedom
    Up high to fan the flame
    I'm kind of green
    I'm made of copper
    Do you know my name?

    I came from France
    I was a present
    And I got instant fame
    Now I stand proud
    Upon an island
    Do you know my name!

    I may be hollow but I'm big and strong
    A thirty-five-foot waistline and a nose
    that's five feet long!

    Folks come each year
    To New York harbor
    And climb up in my frame

    I do not mind
    It kind of tickles
    Do you know my name?

    Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
    Yearning to be free
    I'm the Statue of Liberty!
    I'm the Statue of Liberty!

    PAPARAZZO #1: Hey! I think this is the Statue of Liberty!

    PAPARAZZO #2 (pauses, looks at the STATUE and PEDESTAL carefully, then shakes head): Naaah.
    (points offstage)
    Come on, I think I see the Declaration of Independence eating a sandwich.

    (THEY all exit. WHITE HOUSE enters with two SECRET SERVICE AGENTS, speaking with ROSE.)

    (This concludes the first one-third of the longer script.)

    Overall Customer Rating:
    Customer Reviews: 2

    Thornton, Colorado

    Rating:

    Pros:
    Cons:
    American Symbols on Parade

    We did this play with our first graders and it turned out so adorable. We were able to combine it with our unit on American symbols and it was a great review and wrap up. Parents were very pleased and proud!

    San Jose

    Rating:

    Pros:
    Cons:
    A good musical for many ages

    As a music teacher, I work with several ages, and enjoy BadWolfPress since they are easy plays to adjust to many levels. This one in-particular is perfect for my 1st graders who are just learning about patriotic music and American Symbols. I liked that they had a condensed play for this age and a more in-depth version for the older grades.



    Additional Comments and Reviews:

    "My class has performed your plays for the past 14 years. This March we performed American Symbols. The students learned so much about our country, its symbols and history. The parents are still talking about it. We just went on a field trip to our local museum for a 'Pride and Patriotism' exhibit and the docents who led the class through the exhibit were amazed at all the children knew about our country. The children frequently broke out in song when asked about what they know about symbols and patriotism. We did this play from start to finish in a little less that 4 weeks. I cannot tell you how valuable the experience was for all involved. How many second graders can say they know a little bit about the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence? They just took their test to see how much they have learned over the past year and all of them have done a remarkable job. I have never worried about THE TEST. The students are motivated and excited about learning and I believe your plays are a big part of their success. I also want to tell you how many of my past students write me to let me know they have wonderful memories of their play. Your plays are a big reason every year is joyful and memorable. I have NEVER heard from a child the words, 'I remember when we studied for the test' but I hear over and over the wonderful memories of performing their play. Thank you for your fantastic work."

    ---Kristen Braunreiter, Teacher (2nd grade), Dibble School, Jackson, MI


    "The children had a fantastic experience preparing for the play. They practiced diligently and felt so excited and satisfied after presenting it to the children at school and to their parents in the evening. We had thirty children in the musical and over 180 people attending our evening performance. We have received dozens of comments from parents and guests. They found the musical entertaining for all ages and expressed that we should make it a yearly tradition.

    "My little guys learned so much about the history of our country. Thank you for always preparing excellent musicals that are clever and perfect for our students. This was one of my favorites. I can't sing at all, but your CDs make it easy even for people like me."

    ---Jenny Laurich, Teacher (2nd grade), Glenknoll Elementary School, Yorba Linda, CA


    "American Symbols is chock-full of great information and mixed with enough humor and jokes that it was enjoyed by the audience and appreciated by the teachers and administration. At first I thought the music might be a little ambitious for 3rd graders, but they learned it quickly and I have even had reports from parents that they heard their children singing the songs on the way to ballgames, and around the house. We just did our first performance of this play this morning and it was extremely well received by the parents and guests!"

    ---Emily von Redlich, Teacher (3rd grade), Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa, AL


    "It has made a great venue for the kids to explore American history. I like that there was a combination of songs that I knew from childhood and new songs the kids really like with upbeat tempo."

    ---Cecilia Chavez, Teacher (K-2nd grades), Albuquerque, NM


    "This play fits perfectly into our study of American symbols. I like that there are 2 classic American songs included."

    ---Julie Austin,Teacher (K-1st grades), Huntington Beach, CA

    Common Core and Other National Standards

    Language Arts

    • Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
      • K and 1st: Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition
      • 2nd: Phonics and Word Recognition
      • 3rd, 4th, 5th: Phonics and Word Recognition, Fluency
    • Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use - K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
    • Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity: Range of Text Types for K-5th

    History/Social Studies

    Fine Arts

    • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
    • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th
    • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th

    Vocabulary

    Shorter Version

    displayed
    ideals
    regal
    "on hand"
    image
    waistline
    frame
    inspired
    "get the word"
    fowl
    grand
    proclaim
    peal
    "fan the flame"
    emblem
    'tis thee
    "chimed in"
    "cracked up to be"
    native
    rills
    templed
    "ring true"
    "ringing endorsement"
    "auld acquaintance"
    rapture

    Longer Version

    ideals
    icons
    budge
    image
    "get the word"
    portent
    impending
    regal
    appeal
    "ring a bell"
    fowl
    pedestal
    supportive
    paparazzi
    "fan the flames"
    obelisk
    colossal
    neoclassical
    dome
    "huddled masses"
    distracted
    residence
    cerulean blue
    oval office
    "sing the praises"
    picturesque
    memorial
    tsk-tsk
    institute
    cadmium yellow
    'tis
    thee
    native
    thy
    beverage
    rills
    rapture
    pastry
    upgrade
    "guiding light"
    grand
    proclaim
    documents
    tyranny
    "make a fuss"
    founding
    landmarks
    intent
    adios
    "hold sway"
    finale
    emblem
    "auld acquaintance"

    Number of questions: 0

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