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…
2 Magic Jungle (simplified verses)
3 Jogging in the Jungle
4 My Family Tree
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
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.
Narrator (this part could be shared)
Max the monkey
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
Clarinets 1 (doubling Bass Clarinet)
Clarinet 2 (doubling saxophone)
Horn in F (doubling guiro)
Trumpet in Bb (doubling sticks)
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.