The Selfish Giant (Perkins)

by  Oscar Wilde, David Perkins, Caroline Dooley

Full Length Musical, Short Musical, Drama  /  2m, 9boy(s) or girl(s)

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A giant builds a high wall around his beautiful garden to prevent the children from playing in it. However, he is taught a valuable lesson when spring does not return and the garden remains in winter all year round. One morning the unusual sound of a bird-song and the sight of a small, frail child t…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 9boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A giant builds a high wall around his beautiful garden to prevent the children from playing in it. However, he is taught a valuable lesson when spring does not return and the garden remains in winter all year round. One morning the unusual sound of a bird-song and the sight of a small, frail child trying to climb a tree remind the Giant how selfish he has been. He knocks down the wall, spring returns and he is happy that his garden is now free for all to enjoy. From the composer of the popular Shake, Ripple and Roll and other works for children, here is an enchanting sung-through musical written for a large cast of young people.

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Reviews

"Top marks should go to composer David Perkins for a clever adaptation" Surrey Advertiser

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: Large

Casting

2m, 9boy(s) or girl(s)

GARDENER 1* (m/f)
GARDENER 2* (m/f)
GARDENER 3* (m/f)
GARDENER 4* (m/f)
GIANT* (m)
CORNISH OGRE (m/f)
SNOW (m/f)
FROST (m/f)
NORTH WIND (m/f)
HAIL (m/f)
THE CHILD (m)

CHORUS

*Could be played by older children or adults

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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

LARGE CAST

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Piano / Vocal Score

2nd Keyboard

Bass Guitar

Flute / Clarinet / Alto Sax

Trumpet / Flugelhorn

Drums / Percussion

Backing Tracks

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Authors

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ("Art for Art's Sake"), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chel ...

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David Perkins

David works as a composer, pianist, MD and music arranger. His specialization is writing and collaborating on musicals for the youth/schools market and shows aimed at young/family orientated audiences. Published works include Shake Ripple & Roll, Pandemonium! (a Greek Myth-adventure) and Skool & Crossbones with lyricis ...

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Caroline Dooley

Caroline Dooley

First performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK on 12th July 1995

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