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Change The World Together

This highly relevant, heart-warming and entertaining musical captures the spirit of the times, being about a young person determined to make a difference in the face of climate change. Great songs - funny script - right on the children's wavelength.

Fifty years in the future, the people of a small town are celebrating their annual Tree Festival. Old Sofia explains that, when she was young, the importance of trees wasn’t understood - which almost led to disaster.  The play moves ‘back in time’ to the present day, where a younger Sofia is the only protesting voice at the cutting down of too many trees. As time passes and weather patterns change dramatically, it becomes obvious that Sofia was right all along. The colourful cast of characters (including a know-all birdwatcher, a greedy landowner, three axe-wielding loggers and a bunch of windy cows!) make light of Sofia’s worries and soon there are no trees left.  At last people realise that things must change and, with Sofia taking the lead, they plant new trees to replace those that were cut down and make adjustments to their lifestyles.  Gradually the balance of nature is restored. 

'Change The World Together' is not only a great leavers' show, it also provides an entertaining way to explain and emphasise the importance of trees to the environment.  It was inspired by 'The Man Who Planted Trees' by Jean Giono, a story written in 1953 that's turned out to be highly prophetic.

Author: Sarah Baker

Age guide: 8-11

Running time: 55 mins

No. of songs: 8

Children are very engaged with this topic and will appreciate the empowering message of hope for the future. Useful links: The Woodland TrustThe Future Forests Schools NetworkWorld Land Trust

Click here to listen to the complete songs on our 'Starshine singers' YouTube channel!

Making Music - more music resources focusing on climate change.

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