"Gold Dust or Bust" Musical Play by Bad Wolf Press

Musical Play: "Gold Dust or Bust" (GODU-PL)

4.80 stars, based on 10 reviews
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  • catchy
  • fun
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  • many songs
  • lots of lyrics to learn

Fun and Engaging

We have just started practicing for our upcoming play, Gold Dust or Bust. At first, I thought there were too many songs and I had no idea how we were going to learn all the words, but I soon realized that the songs are pretty catchy and the kids like to sing them. Especially around testing time, this play is the perfect break and supplement to our Gold Rush unit.

California

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Fun way to teach history!

My students LOVE the music and I love that they learn so much about the Gold Rush! Such a fun way to learn history and improve reading fluency!

San Diego

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Gold Dust or Bust

My kids look forward to performing the "Gold Dust" musical play each year! The kids in third grade watch with special interest as do the 5th grade (who have already presented it)! The entire student body enjoys the production! I enjoy the kids singing spontaneously during lunch and recess. The past two years I have kids memorize their parts. (on their own) A few kids each year really enjoy being on the stage crew. There is always a part for someone!

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Gold Dust or Bust!

We had a BLAST with this play. Everything about it was wonderful. I especially appreciate how the play plot and dialogue led to great discussion and side research. The costuming was super simple and I was able to score easy props from thrift stores and Amazon. We found youtube productions from other similar sized classed helpful too. The play fit perfectly with our study of the Gold Rush in Social Studies. The songs are catchy and fun to sing. LOVE THIS PLAY and look forward to performing it every year. Thank you!!!!

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Gold Dust or Bust!

We performed our play in a small extra classroom - due to Covid restrictions - and the CD was very helpful. I was able to play it in our small portable boom box. Perfect!

California

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  • fun
  • music
  • great for 4th grade
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Great play!

My students are enjoying learning about the California Gold Rush through the fun songs in the play!


Janesville, CA

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  • Easy to direct students
  • Catchy songs
  • Humor added to the play
  • multiple parts/groups
  • not too long
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  • none!!

Great way to finish our Unit!

My fourth grade class did this play to finish off our unit on the Gold Rush. The songs are easy for the kids to remember and are catchy tunes. The way the play is set up made for easy grouping of students which made life sooo easy for me!

I had some kids want to do just one part or song, and others wanted to be in as many as they could. The kids loved performing the play for other classes (our "dry run" before performing for families.) The parents loved the play, too!

I'm shopping for something new this year, since I alternate grades each year (3rd and 4th) and don't want to do the same play each year.


No. California

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  • Great music
  • Funny lines
  • Good gold rush content
Cons:
  • "less" speaking parts

So Much Fun - For All!

I've produced this play six times, but not for ten years until this year. I'd forgotten how much fun this play is, for students, for parents, and for me. This group of fourth graders having already done a "living history" day in costume, were already costumed for the musical. Song by song, they learned not only the lyrics, but appropriate gestures for all the songs, giving great energy to their performance. The content of the play added to and extended one of their Social Studies themes for the year, though some of the jokes were a bit dated ("air Gordons", for example) and had to be explained. Parents, however, understood the jokes. There are a minimum of speaking parts for this musical, which is a drawback if one's goal is to get everyone speaking. The lack of speaking parts, however, puts an emphasis on the music and each child is in at least two singing groups, some more. We were fortunate to have a wonderful comedienne to play Becky and another young lady who played the "straight-man" role of Luzena perfectly. All and all, it was great fun.
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Barstow

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  • Not a lot of main roles

Students love it

The students absolutely love the play. They were skeptical at first of the idea of doing a musical, but they have found their niche.

New York

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Wonderful play

Wonderful play. We are putting on our production in one week! The students love the music and the comic relief. Thank you!

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