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Bumper Harvest

‘Bumper Harvest’ is a set of three mini-musicals based on classic tales: 'The Little Red Hen', 'The Enormous Turnip' and 'The Gingerbread Man', all brilliantly adapted for use as Harvest presentations, but equally suitable for other times of the year, e.g. as part of a literacy project, World Book Day, etc.

The mini-musicals may be performed independently (approx 15 mins. each), or linked together to make a ‘bumper’ show, ideal if you want to involve more than one class.

Included in the ‘Bumper Harvest’ pack are:
•  Three mini-musicals with linking script, plus director’s notes and overview 

•  Audio tracks (demos and backings): 18 songs in total, including three generic Harvest songs and a Harvest round  

•  A Harvest dance 

•  Read-aloud stories 

•  Colouring sheets 

•  Three recipes  

•  Pupil script, lyrics and programme template 


The Little Red Hen 
On the farm, hard-working Red Hen asks her friends, Cat, Dog and Duck to help her plant some wheat seeds, but they're all too lazy, so she has to do it by herself.  When the wheat has grown, she asks them to help harvest the crop and bake the bread, but they're still too lazy - until it's time to eat the bread, when they're suddenly very keen to help!  The kind Red Hen does share it with them, but only after they’ve learned a very important lesson.

The Enormous Turnip 
In spring, a man plants some turnip seeds in his garden. One of the turnips grows until it's enormous!  At harvest time, the man can't pull up the turnip by himself. His wife comes to help, followed by a boy, a girl, a dog and a cat... It's only when a mouse provides its tiny bit of extra strength that they finally manage to yank the enormous turnip out of the ground. Everyone enjoys a delicious harvest supper!

The Gingerbread Man
A little old woman makes a gingerbread man out of flour from the harvest.  As it bakes, she hears a tiny voice coming from inside the oven, calling to be let out!  As soon as the oven door opens, the gingerbread man jumps out and runs away.  He is chased by the little old woman, her husband, a cow and a horse - but he keeps on running!  He manages to escape from them all until he comes to a river, which he can’t cross. A cunning fox offers to carry him, but half way across the river he tosses the gingerbread man up into the air, catches him and gobbles him up.  At this point all the others arrive, very disappointed that they didn't get a bite!  Fortunately, there's plenty of flour left from the harvest to make more gingerbread men!

Author: Nick Perrin

Age guide: 6 to 9

Running time: 15 mins each - perf. licence req

No. of songs: 18 in total

"This was the best Harvest celebration we have ever had. We used all three stories, with my EYFS class performing the first. What I loved was that EVERY child shone - my 4 year olds were so proud that they had done their own play and songs! The parents were ecstatic and full of praise. It was lovely to perform three brilliantly written, fun traditional tales. They fit in so well with the literacy and creative curriculum of our school! Thank you!"  
-  A. Commins, Music Teacher, N Yorkshire.

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