Vacation on Mars

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Vacation on Mars

An Easy-to-Use Solar System
Play for Elementary School

Grades 1-5
25 minutes
$39.95
(2 or more Book/CD sets @ $30 each)

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Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.

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This 25-minute musical play can be done as a complete play, skits, reader's theater, or you can just sing songs. No music or drama experience needed!

You know our solar system spins, but in our show it sings and dances too! When a family sets out for the vacation of a lifetime, they have no idea they'll soon be touring the whole solar system. The sun is used to being on center stage, and even the planets have attitude -- Jupiter boasts of his sixty-plus moons, Saturn polishes his rings, and Venus thinks she's so hot (900 degrees!). Even Pluto is there, wanting desperately to be a planet again. Will the family ever get to Mars? Cinch up your asteroid belt and come along!

Vacation on Mars: The Solar System for Young Explorers is a great complement to your curriculum resources in elementary school science. 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!

Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Book and Lyrics)
ISBN: 978-1-886588-24-0
© 2002 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

"The play was a highlight of our year. The children learned and will remember so much about space. The songs made the facts stick. The parents got to see their child shine. It's easy for teachers, even those who are inexperienced in putting on a musical."

---Helen Brekke, Teacher (K-3rd), St. Andrew Lutheran School, Denver, CO

"I loved the music---there were so many different styles. I was amazed at the facts that were taught with this play. I had many parents say they were impressed with the knowledge base the play covered. You do an amazing job!"

---Ann Burk, Teacher (1st grade), Montana City School, Montana City, MT

"The comedy was tops with us! As a music teacher, I use a lot of humor in my teaching style. The 'funny factor' is a very strong motivator for my students, and it also helps them remember the facts that are tucked into the dialogue. I've had several students tell me later that they've found answers to tests (both classroom and state standardized) in the songs they'd learned for the musicals."

---Lisa Feazell, Music Teacher (5th grade), Deer Creek Elementary, Cedar Park, TX

"The kids play the CD every morning when they arrive in the classroom. I thought they might lose interest after their performances but they can't get enough. We had so much and learned science concepts included in our curriculum. Friends and relatives highly praised the performance."

---Sheryl Farnum, Teacher (4th grade), Cascade Brook School, Farmington, ME

"I loved it, the parents loved it, my principal loved it, and the children learned so much from it! They learned both about the solar system and about preparing for and performing a play."

---Jean Gentry, Teacher (2nd grade), Westergard School, Reno, NV

"There was nothing to not like about it! The music was entertaining while being educational and the underlying humor throughout the play was great. We got rave reviews and the compliments were non-stop. Thank you for making my job of putting on a play so easy!"

---Kerry Santantonio, Teacher (3rd grade), John Lewis Childs School, Floral Park, NY

"Parents couldn't believe their children would get up, sing, memorize and act. The students enjoyed every aspect of the play, and it sparked further interest and knowledge of the solar system. It was a great student lesson in cooperation and creativity."

---Lynn Page, Teacher (3rd grade), Christ Prince of Peace School, St Louis, MO

"It was fantastic! This was the fourth Bad Wolf Press musical we have performed in four years. All were good but this one was the best. (Every year someone asks me, 'Where did you get that great musical?)"

---Brandi Couse, Teacher (Music), Westside Elementary, Clewiston, FL

"Very upbeat and fun for the kids! They enjoyed the songs and the silly humor. The students learned so many facts about the solar system and had a great time performing it!"

---Sherry Mancino, Teacher (3rd grade), Ocean Palms Elementary, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

"Vaction on Mars is my all time favorite---so far!"

---Georgia Rhodes, Teacher (2nd/3rd grade), Sedgwick School, Blue Hill, ME

Casting

Flexible casting from 11-40 students.
Use as many Guides, Mechanics, Venettes, etc. as desired. One student
can also play more than one role. Note that roles are not gender-specific;
see our comments on page 34 of the Teacher's Guide.

Script

This is the first one-third of the script:

CHARACTERS:

Dad
Mom
Ariel
Josh
Guides
Moons (different phases)
Sun
Mechanics
Mercury
Venus
Venettes
Pluto
Earth
Jupiter
Moons of Jupiter
Rings of Saturn
Neptune Dad
Neptune Mom
Neptune Kid
and a CHORUS made up of all students who are not playing roles at the time.

(Two kids are packing up suitcases without enthusiasm. There is a big dog sitting on
top of one of the suitcases.)

ARIEL: I am NOT looking forward to our vacation this year.

JOSH (petting GUS, the dog): Me neither. Gus always gets car sick.

ARIEL: Something always goes wrong.

JOSH: Remember last year? We got lost in the Everglades.

ARIEL: How could I forget? I didn’t know alligators could move so fast.

JOSH (holding up GUS): Yeah. But I think Gus looks good without a tail, don’t you?

(from off-stage)

DAD: Are you kids ready to go?

JOSH (to ARIEL): Where are we going this year?

ARIEL: Mom said Dad was on the Internet all night looking for something special.
Can you say "disaster"?

(MOM and DAD enter. MUSIC begins.)

MOM (excited): Hi kids! Your dad’s outdone himself this year. You won’t believe it.

ARIEL: We’re gonna get really really lost, aren’t we?

DAD: Not this time. Come on! We’re going to Mars!

ARIEL and JOSH: What?

Song 1 - Listen now!

MOM and DAD :
Mars Mars
We’re going to Mars
Grab Gus
And pack up the car.
Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

MOM, DAD, and CHORUS:
Mars Mars
We’re going to Mars
Grab Gus
And pack up the car.
Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

DAD:
There’s riverbeds where we can hike
Volcanoes for your mountain bike.

MOM:
The rusty soil makes things bright red
There’s polar ice-caps—grab your sled.

MOM and DAD and CHORUS:
Mars Mars
We’re going to Mars
Grab Gus
And pack up the car.
Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

ARIEL:
Well I was hoping "Disneyworld"
To give Tomorrowland a whirl.

JOSH:
But on the bright side now I see
I bet there’s no humidity!

MOM, DAD, KIDS and CHORUS:
Mars Mars
We’re going to Mars
Grab Gus
And pack up the car.
Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

Come on
We’re gonna see stars
Mars Mars.

(3 TOUR GUIDES enter. TWO of them carry 7 portable teleports that look a lot like
doormats. THEY spread them out on the stage. The third GUIDE carries a little
remote control box with a large spinning dial.)

DAD: Here are the tour guides now.

GUIDE #1: Okeedokee. Here we are. We’re your guides from Betty’s Bargain
Basement Tours. Who’s travelling to Mars today?

MOM: We all are.

JOSH: And Gus.

MOM (to GUIDES, as she pulls food out of a large bag she carries with her at all
times): Would you like a cookie?

(THEY shake their heads)

GUIDE #2: No thank you. The crumbs might mess up the teleports. Everybody step
on up.

(DAD AND MOM DO; KIDS hesitate)

Come on now.

ARIEL: Are you serious?

GUIDE #3: Go on. These teleports are guaranteed. They’re the newest model: E52s!

DAD: Come on, kids. This is gonna be fun! What could go wrong?

(THEY all take places, including GUIDES.)

GUIDE #1: Okeedokee. Let me just set the dial here to "Mars" and we’ll be on our way.

(HE sets the dial on the control box, and there is a loud, ugly or funny NOISE.)

GUIDE #2: Ooh. That didn’t sound good.

GUIDE #3: Is it supposed to do that?

GUIDE #1 (shrugging shoulders): I’ve never seen an E52.

(3 MOONS enter, each representing a different phase of Earth’s moon: Full, New,
and Quarter)

GUIDE #2: Yikes! This doesn’t look like Mars.

MOON #1: Of course I don’t. I’m the moon.

MOON #2: I reflect the light from the sun back to you on earth.

MOON #3: Just look at my different phases.

MOM: You are all very lovely—just like a banana cream pie.

(points to FULL MOON)

Fresh baked…

(points to QUARTER MOON)

…after Dad has had dessert…

(points to NEW MOON)

…and after Gus gets finished licking the plate.

MOON #1: It all depends on how much of my reflection you can see.

Song 2 - Listen now!

MOONS :
New moon
There’s not much to see
Real soon
There’s a slice of me
Full moon
Shine bright and round
Real soon real soon
I will shrink back down.
Real soon real soon
I will shrink back down.

New moon
There’s nothing to see
Real soon
There’s a sliver of me
Full moon
I just might burst
Real soon real soon
I’ll go in reverse.
Real soon real soon
I’ll go in reverse.

These are the simple lunar facts
I wax and wane and wane and wax
It takes me almost thirty days
I guess I’m in a lunar phase.

MOONS and CHORUS:
New moon
There’s not much to see
Real soon
There’s a slice of me
Full moon
Shine bright and round
Real soon real soon
I will shrink back down.
Real soon real soon
I will shrink back down.

(MOONS exit)

GUIDE #1: Okeedokee. Wasn’t that fun?

ARIEL: We are supposed to be on Mars.

GUIDE #2: Don’t worry. There’s only a slight extra charge for seeing the moon.

GUIDE #3 (fiddling with control box): Let me just set this thing for Mars. Everybody
on your ports.

(THEY stand on them as before. Same horrible NOISE.)

DAD: What now?

JOSH: Dad, I think we’re on the sun!

GUIDE #1: Wow. I didn’t even know this thing went to the sun.

(SUN enters with very loud hiccups. JOSH sneaks around sun and jumps out at
it trying to scare it.)

JOSH: BOO!

SUN (jumping in fright): Aaach. Don’t do that.

JOSH: Sorry. I was just trying scare the hiccups out of you.

Song 3 - Listen now!

SUN: Oh those? Don’t worry.

Pardon me
It will pass
You see I’m filled with gas.
If I burp
Watch your hair
Here comes a solar flare.

I am just an ordinary star
Ninety million miles from where you are
But I’m hot
To the core
I’ve got helium galore
I am just an ordinary star.

All my gas
Makes me bright
I give you heat and light.
Watch out folks
As I spin
I shoot out solar wind.

SUN and CHORUS:
I am just an ordinary star
Ninety million miles from where you are
But I’m hot
To the core
I’ve got helium galore
I am just an ordinary star.

(SUN exits)

GUIDE #1: Okeedokee. Don’t worry, folks. I’ve called in some teleport mechanics.
They’ll have this thing fixed in a jiffy.

GUIDE #2: Here they come now!

(MECHANICS enter. THEY carry various tools.)

MECHANIC #1: So, the ol’ teleport is having problems, huh?

MECHANIC #2: Here, let’s have a look.

MOM (approaching THEM): Would you like a lemon square?

MECHANIC #1: No thanks, ma’am. Might get crumbs in the control box. (grumbles
as THEY look at control box)
Uh huh. Uh huh.

MECHANIC #2: Yep yep yep.

MECHANIC #1: Uh huh.

MECHANIC #2: Yep yep. Yep.

GUIDE #3: What is it?

MECHANIC #1: Happens all the time. This baby is an E52.

MECHANIC #2: Yep yep yep.

GUIDE #1: An E52?

MECHANIC #1: Sure. The E52 can only go through the solar system in the right order.
You gotta start from the sun.

MECHANIC #2: Yep yep.

ARIEL: You mean we have to go through the whole solar system to get to Mars?

MECHANIC #1: Oh it’s not far at all. You’re already on the sun, see? The center of the solar system.

MECHANIC #2: So now just start with Mercury and head on out!

Song 4 - Listen now!

MECHANICS :
Mercury and Venus
Earth and Mars
Flying in their orbit
’Round a star.
Jupiter and Saturn
What a view!
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.

Mercury and Venus
Earth and Mars
Flying in their orbit
’Round a star.
Jupiter and Saturn
What a view!
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.

Solar solar solar system
9 great planets
I can’t resist ’em.
There are meteors
CHORUS (echoes): Meteors
Comets and asteroids as well…
But I love those planets most—
Can’t you tell? Can’t you tell?

MECHANICS and CHORUS:
Mercury and Venus
Earth and Mars
Flying in their orbit
’Round a star.
Jupiter and Saturn
What a view!
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.

Solar solar solar system
9 great planets
I can’t resist ’em.
There are meteors
CHORUS (echoes): Meteors
Comets and asteroids as well…
But I love those planets most—
Can’t you tell? Can’t you tell?

(THEY do Mechanic Dance)

Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto too.
(MECHANICS exit)

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

Sample Songs

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Full Song List

1. Mars, Mars
2. New Moon
3. I Am Just an Ordinary Star
4. Mercury and Venus
5. I'm Hot
6. That's Earth
7. Sixteen Moons
8. Rings of Saturn
9. Neptune, Neptune
10. Mars, Mars (Reprise)

Common Core and Other National Standards

Science

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

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

humidity
galore
bulging
starling
debris

Astronomical Terms
polar ice-caps

Lunar phases:
full
new
quarter

wax
wane
solar flare
helium
solar wind
meteor
comet
asteroid
planet
Fahrenheit
tides
Great Red Spot
space dust
methane
black hole
supernova
Milky Way
meteor shower
asteroid belt

Vocabulary From Stage Directions
enthusiasm
cringe
dejected
moping

Performance Photos

Performance Photos from Bad Wolf Press