The Magic Jungle

The Magic Jungle

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Created by Jean Bunton for the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, The Magic Jungle with it’s lively music, narration and songs offers children an unforgettable introduction to the instruments in the orchestra. The Magic Jungle was commissioned by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.The world premiere was given by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong at the International Arts Carnival in July 2008.

Action takes place with orchestra on stage dressed as animals. Through a set of adventures Max the monkey introduces Tim and Rosie to his home in the Magic Jungle. Here they discover that all the animals can play musical intstruments – the hippo plays the piccolo, the baboon plays the bassoon.  Meanwhile trouble is afoot as the villainous snake, who plays the oboe, threatens to turn the other animals’ instruments into woodblocks…

Scenes

1   Introduction

2   Magic Jungle (simplified verses)

3   Jogging in the Jungle

4   My Family Tree

5   Elephants

6   Panthers on Clarinet, Baboons on Bassoons and Giraffes on Violas

7   The Orchestra

8   The Miserable Snake

9   Snap, Crocodile, Snap

10  “Ssss” says the Snake

11  Giraffe, Tiger, Lion and Zebra

12  Into the Storm

13  Oboe Theme

14  The Next Morning

15  My Magical, Musical Friends

16  Ending

17  Magic Jungle (finale)

THE MAGIC JUNGLE A musical adventure for children Narration, lyrics and music by Jean Bunton Orchestration by Bill Connor

The Magic Jungle was commissioned by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The world premiere was given by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong at the International Arts Carnival in July 2008.

The author would like to thank Leanne Nicholls for all her creative input and development of the concept, Dr Bruce Crossman and Dr Diana Blom at the Music Department, School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Special thanks to the original cast:  Matthew Hale as Narrator, Chili Leung Wai-ho as Max, Benjamin Schrader as Tim, and Chu Pui-ying as Rosie.

Dedicated to Jonathan and Harry Marianne, Murray and Daniel

© Jean Bunton, 2008.   All rights reserved.

CAST

Narrator (this part could be shared)

Rosie

Tim

Max the monkey

Postman

Optional parts for a children’s choir (20)

Action takes place with orchestra on stage dressed as animals.

COSTUMES AND FACE PAINTING

Narrator: Dressed as a jungle explorer

Rosie: Casual clothes, but with a jacket in a small backpack

Tim: Casual clothes, but also a jacket in a small backpack

Max the Monkey: Full monkey costume with face painted

Oboe: Snake in costume with face painted

Conductor: Dressed as a lion with face painted

FACE-PAINTED ANIMALS Flute1/ Piccolo    Hippopotamus Flute 2            Toucan Clarinet in Bb1    Leopard Clarinet in Bb 2    Leopard Bassoon             Baboon Horn in F             Unicorn Trumpet in Bb        Impala Timpani             Tiger Percussion        Zebra Harp                 Butterfly Synthesizer        Gorilla Piano            Rhinoceros Violins 1             Monkeys Violins 2             Monkeys Violas            Giraffes Cellos            Cheaters Basses            Elephants CHILDREN’S CHOIR Face painted as animals

37 Musicians

Flute 1

Flute 2

Oboe

Clarinets 1 (doubling Bass Clarinet)

Clarinet 2 (doubling saxophone)

Bassoon

Horn in F (doubling guiro)

Trumpet in Bb (doubling sticks)

Harp

Synthesizer

Piano

Percussion: (Timpani, Xylophone, Marimba, Shaker, Large suspended Cym., small sus. cym., Ride Cym., Chinese Cym., Tam-tam, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Congas, Bongos, Tom-toms, wood block, rain stick, vibra-slap, whip, Cabassa, triangle, tambourine, guiro, cuica, mark-tree, optional wind machine)

Violin I – 8 players

Violin II – 6 players

Viola – 4 players

Cello – 4 players

Bass – 2 players

 

*A note to the Percussionists:

Most of the songs in THE MAGIC JUNGLE call for two players. However, there are some

instances when the composer chose to use more players if possible. In these cases, it is up to

the section leader as well as the conductor as to how to distribute the parts and what to omit.