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A Blast From The Past

5 out of 5 based on 27 customer ratings
(27 customer reviews)

By Andrew Oxspring
End of year/leavers’ musical for KS2 (ages 7-11).
Running time approx: 60 minutes

 

Try telling a child what school used to be like in Mum and Dad’s (or even their grandparents’) day, and they’d never believe you! Well, here’s an opportunity to let them experience it for themselves, and also provide a nostalgic trip for those who can remember when free school milk came in bottles! When navy-blue knickers were every schoolgirl’s must-have accessory! When a swish of the cane awaited any child who pushed their luck! When school photographs were taken with cameras that contained film, and everyone learned to read with ‘Janet & John’. But although a lot has changed since then, one thing stays the same…the one thing that is celebrated in this fantastic new musical…school can be a lot of fun!

Sample Songs

Listen below to some of the songs from A Blast From The Past.

Plot Summary

Following the opening song (‘A Blast From The Past’) we join two children, Alice and James, at home with their family. They are feeling slightly put-out that a number of their classmates will be missing the final week at school in favour of early holidays to Disney World and Centre Parks, while they still have to face the daily grind! As Mum, Dad, Gran and Grandpa try to console them with the fact that their last week will be more relaxed, with trips, parties, non-uniform days and suchlike, the conversation turns to their own memories of school in the ‘olden’ days! These recollections provide us with some hilarious snapshots of what things used to be like in the dim and distant past!

For example, what did school children used to wear? Well, with the aid of a catwalk, two flamboyant presenters and a few reluctant models, we find out the answer! In a fashion show that demonstrates what every discerning child would have worn to school through the ages, we are re-introduced to some memorable designs, culminating in the celebration of a truly classic item! (song – ‘Navy Blue Knickers’).

Dad digs out an old whole-school photo and we learn how, with skill, timing and nimble feet, he’s managed to appear twice in the same picture! Confused? All is revealed, and we come to appreciate that having your photo taken at school these days can be a slightly more stressful affair for all concerned…especially the photographer! (song – ‘Sit Still And Smile’).

James and Alice then listen in stunned silence as the adults talk about the methods that ‘old-school’ headteachers used to discipline unruly pupils! We witness a training day when enthusiastic heads are put through their paces and instructed in the best techniques for wielding a cane! Painfully funny! (song – ‘Six Of The Best’).

Remember free school milk, in bottles? Mum and Dad certainly do, and also the thrill of being picked to be the ultimate teacher’s helper….milk monitor! However, we soon discover that being given a daily bottle of the ‘white stuff’ didn’t always provide the benefits to a child’s health that it was supposed to! (song – ‘Drink Your Milk’).

And what about learning to read? It used to be a much less-complicated affair, all done with those loveable and memorable characters, Janet and John. Forget phonemes, digraphs and compound-words, and enjoy a tongue-in-cheek reminder of when it was as simple as ABC! (song – ‘Pink For A Girl, Blue For A Boy’).

As the family’s conversation draws to an end, Alice and James are filled with a new- found enthusiasm for going to school, and realise that their last week is one they wouldn’t want to miss for the world! Although a little sad at the prospect of leaving, they want to celebrate all those things that have made their time at school so special, and with the final song (‘The Time I’ve Spent With You’) that’s exactly what they do!

Characters

Note: If you have a smaller cast, because most characters only appear in one scene, multiple parts can be played by a single child. Alternatively, for extra-large cast numbers, many speaking parts have enough lines to be divided between any extra characters you want to create.

Continuity scenes
Mum, Dad, Gran, Grandpa, James and Alice – enjoying a trip down memory lane.

Scene 1
2 fashion presenters – with a keen eye on what’s been ‘cool for school’ over the years.
9 ‘models’ (non-speaking) – they might disagree!

Scene 2
Teacher – looking for a photo-opportunity.
8 Children – with faces only their mothers could love.
Photographer – this job isn’t a million miles away from wildlife photography!

Scene 3
2 ‘Super-Heads’ – given the task of training new ‘recruits’ in the art of caning!
6 Novice Heads – a little too keen to learn!
6 Children – let’s hope they’ve ‘padded’ their behinds!

Scene 4
Teacher 1 – free school milk? Whatever will they think of next?
2 Milk Monitors – wearing their badges with pride.
8 Children – eagerly awaiting their morning tipple.

Scene 5
Janet and John – wholesome children on a mission to teach us to read.
Mother and Father – very traditional… very nice!

Ensemble Characters: – if numbers allow, for featured songs and scenes
More fashion-conscious kids
More Novice Heads
More ‘Milky’ Children

What do you get?

This musical production is available to buy in 3 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Book & Audio CD.
    A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 2 – CD-ROM & Audio CD.
    A CD-ROM containing both a PDF and an editable MS Word document of the full script, with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a PDF of the piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 3 – Digital download.
    All the PDF and MS Word files from Option 2 above, all audio tracks as MP3 files, plus JPEG files of cover artwork for use in making posters or other promotional material. Upon completion of your order, a link will be automatically sent to the email address you provided, from which all the files can be downloaded.

Any order containing a digital download option must be paid for online at the point of ordering. Any order containing a digital download which is not accompanied by payment will not be processed.

UK schools can order Book & Audio CD and CD-ROM & Audio CD options with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.

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  4. 5 out of 5 Sir Robert Geffreys

    an amazing play made you fall of your chair with laughter amazing songs it was a play well done

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  5. 5 out of 5 Lena, St Mary's (VA) PS

    What a fantastic show. All of our students had a speaking part, their singing and acting was brilliant. The whole school and the audience of friends and family thoroughly enjoyed our performances. I would definitely recommend this musical to other year 6 teachers and I will be choosing my next leavers show from this company. Thank you.

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  6. 5 out of 5 Sir Robert Geffreys

    I think that they were the best school i have ever heard and i have never heard such loverly singing!! THEY WERE PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. 5 out of 5 Sir Robert Gerry

    Amazing songs

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  8. 5 out of 5 Centreal primary

    I’m doing this in school now I love it I’m mum we all having blast

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  9. 5 out of 5 Kathryn Wilde - Abingdon Primary School

    I did this in year 6 and we all loved it!!!!!!!!
    Especially navy blue knickers! We had everyone laughing at that song!

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  10. 5 out of 5 Caroline Walsh

    WICKED! What a brilliant end to the primary school days of our Year 6! Well done Andrew for producing a highly amusing show much enjoyed by all other pupils, staff and families alike.

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  11. 5 out of 5 Lyn Penfold, London

    What a fantastic show! The audience were enthralled, totally quiet between enormous bursts of laughter, and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The feedback was the most positive I have ever received, including `The best Y6 show ever`. Thank you for a fabulous script – what do you have for next year?!

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    Thank you for an outstanding product which has inspired and enthused my class.

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  13. 5 out of 5 Carys Millward, W Mids

    So funny! The ‘6 of the best’ scene is this funniest thing we’ve ever seen in school!

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  14. 5 out of 5 C Doyle, S Yorks

    We had three generations doubled up with laughter one minute, and in floods of tears the next! The evening was a real success.

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  15. 5 out of 5 Rawan Alsayed, Boumont Lodge Primary School

    I loved it, it was amazingly funny!

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  16. 5 out of 5 Kaya Leeb, Cartwright and Kelsey C of E Primary School

    I did this in my primary and I loved it, it was exiting, funny and everyone loved it. They loved it so much we are in the news paper!

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  17. 5 out of 5 Rosina Rennie, Tabor Academy

    Did this as my year 6 play in 2010. It was amazing jokes for all ages. I performed it at Bocking Church Street Primary School. The best time of my life.

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  18. 5 out of 5 sophia, london

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  19. 5 out of 5 Kian-Paul Glandfield, Bowhill primary school

    amazing songs!

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  20. 5 out of 5 Charlie-Mae Hawker, Bowhill Primary School

    Really great songs my favourite, Six Of The Best

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  21. 5 out of 5 Emma, Barnby Road Academy

    My school did this production in 2013 and I was really absorbed in practicing and performing.

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  22. 5 out of 5 Martin, Sudbury

    Great play loved it lots!

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  23. 5 out of 5 abbie, bishop ellis

    omg I love the 7th song we are doing it soon.

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  24. 5 out of 5 Caitlin speed, Ch5 4lh

    I think this is going to be fab!

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  25. 5 out of 5 sera, avenue

    omg I really love the songs, it’s so funny and beautiful.

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  27. 5 out of 5 daisy, tenby junior school

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