3. Do You Remember

Do You Remember The First Time

5 out of 5 based on 25 customer ratings
(25 customer reviews)

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

 

Do you remember your first day at school? Or the first time you were sent to see the head? What about first time you stood on the starting line clutching an egg and spoon? School is the place where we experience many ‘firsts’, and the most memorable can be re-lived through the songs and sketches in this hilarious, emotionally-charged new musical, which promises to deliver a bucket-load of laughs…and tears! Whatever else your children, their teachers and parents remember about school, this is a production they’ll never ever forget!

Sample Songs

Listen below to some of the songs from Do You Remember The First Time.

Plot Summary

Four nervous candidates are waiting to be interviewed for their first ever job! As they sit in a state of agitation they begin talking to each other about life before they entered the big, bad world, and reminisce about the safety and security of being young and going to school. (song – ‘Do You Recall?’) As they recall many of the ‘first times’ that school provided, it soon becomes clear that perhaps it wasn’t the plain-sailing, easy life they at first remembered it to be!

Take your first ever day at school, for instance, and witness one family’s chaotic start to the morning. (song – ‘My First Day At School’) Will the crying stop long enough to get little Milly into her new school shoes and out of the door?

And learning to tell the time? The frustration, the confusion, the pain…and that was just how the teacher felt! (song – ‘Telling The Time’) Making sense of a clock for the first time is far from easy, as we see in this scene!

Waiting outside an office brings back a very memorable ‘first’ for the interviewees – being sent to the head! What horrors lie in wait behind the door for a group of little ones who’ve been sent from the classroom in disgrace? (song – ‘I’ve Been sent To The Head’) Are the tales of canes and slippers, told to them by parents and grandparents, real or just folklore from a dark and distant past?!

The first shot at sporting glory we ever get is taking part in the much celebrated Egg and Spoon race. For the watching parents it might only be a camcorder moment at which to go ‘Aaaah!’, but for the competitors it’s the chance to be a hero! And every dirty trick in the book will be used to ensure this chance is not wasted! (song – ‘Egg And Spoon’).

Who remembers the first time they were allowed to attend an after-school club? The promise of something exciting, out of the ordinary! For the group of children in this scene, perhaps the reality might not quite live up to the expectation! (song – ‘Football, Netball, Drama, Dance’).

And finally, primary school gives us another first – our first real goodbye. Leaving at the end of year 6 introduces us to new feelings and new expectations. Life seems to be getting more serious, but at the same time more exciting. All of this is wonderfully captured in the final scene, and song – ‘The End Of The Road’

Characters

45 Speaking parts in order of appearance
*Click on the Line count/Costumes tab for more details

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.

4 Interviewees shaking in their shoes
Dad, Charlie, Milly & Mum – a family united in the trauma of a little girl’s first day at school!
Teacher – how difficult can teaching ‘telling the time’ be?
8 Children – let them be the judge of that
School Secretary – all that stands between naughty children and…..
The Head – a mythical being in possession of devilish instruments of torture!
4 Children – awaiting their fate at her hands!
3 Parents – competing for the best camcorder-position at sports day!
2 Teachers – in charge of sports day, holding the starting pistol, and feeling rather powerful!
6 Egg & Spoon Competitors – it’s not the taking part, it’s the winning that counts!
8 After-School Clubbers – eager to start their extra-curricular activities.
3 Teachers – making a slight but significant change to the after-school itinerary!

Ensemble Characters: – if numbers allow, for featured songs and scenes
Sports Day Spectators
More After-School Clubbers
More 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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What others are saying

  1. 5 out of 5 Ninians Park Primary School

    It’s great for the yr 6 leavers

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  2. 5 out of 5 St Luke & St Philiphs primary school

    I think it is amazing and it really worked out well for the year 6 leavers play!

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  3. 5 out of 5 Mid-fielder Primary School

    I loved it. Just a few changes as well as more characters for the whole class it was FANTASTIC!

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  4. 5 out of 5 Noor un Nisa St. Paul's ossy

    Really fun script

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  5. 5 out of 5 The school of epicness

    I’m doing this for my leavers assemblies and it is perfect for the occasion. Would reccomend it to teachers as it is very funny but also very touching .

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  6. 5 out of 5 HareStreet Primary School

    Best leavers ever!

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  7. 5 out of 5 Margaret Carr, Lancaster

    Our performances went brilliantly – and it was declared the best ever Year 6 production!!

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  8. 5 out of 5 Alison Currah

    I felt compelled to write and thank you for your excellent musical. The audience were ecstatic! Several members of staff were moved to tears, and at the end, the head teacher, who was crying with laughter, told parents that it was a ‘scarily accurate portrayal of life in a primary school!’ More important than that, the children enjoyed themselves. The characters were real, lively and easy to relate to, and the songs excellent! They brought the house down!

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  9. 5 out of 5 Pam Fox, Stockport

    Just to say a huge thank you for producing such a wonderful script. Today’s Leavers Assembly went really well, people were laughing, crying and even both together. We have set ourselves a very high standard, so I do hope you will be writing more for leavers. It is just what we want. Thanks again, it was fantastic.

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  10. 5 out of 5 Susan White, Bucks

    It went down really well with children, teachers and parents. Something for everyone was the key I think, and a very funny script.

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  11. 5 out of 5 Lloyd, Brigg Primary School

    Awesome songs

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  12. 5 out of 5 D Gaughan, Greater Manchester

    An emotional, moving and wonderful show!

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  13. 5 out of 5 Kirrat Tanveer, Lydgate

    Made me cry…

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  14. 5 out of 5 Ocean, Tickford Park Primary School

    best play ever, it’s like a comedy but were doing it for the end of year performance .

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  15. 5 out of 5 Jacky, Windsor

    A fantastic play that ends up quite emotional. Great songs and was loved by everybody.

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  16. 5 out of 5 Owen, Cearleon

    It is the best play ever I was child 2 in chapter 5

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  17. 5 out of 5 Emma, Sunderland

    I did this leavers assembly 5 years ago and listening to the songs still gives me goosebumps and gets me choked up, wish i’d never left!

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  18. 5 out of 5 Niamh Long, Gelston Primary

    it was really really really fun to do that as my end of term assembly i was the “HEAD” it was really funny when my office was supposedly a torture chamber LOL

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  19. 5 out of 5 Daisy, St. Peters C of E

    I have just left year 11 now and I still remember every word! I was one of the interview people. It is one performance I will always remember and and can definitely say it gets me in tears every time!

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  20. 5 out of 5 Daniel Morris, Guernsey, Les Beaucamps High School

    I am commenting on this now. In 2014. I remember singing this in 2010 When I was in Year 6 those were the good days. Brilliant stuff Edgy

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  21. 5 out of 5 Kirsy Rodger, Northamptonshire

    We have just performed ‘Do you remember the first time?’ at my school. I am currently just finishing my nqt year and the school I have joined have never done an end of year show and I was determined that I would change this. Last night was our final show and it was amazing!!! The parents were blown away and there wasn’t a single dry eye in the room thanks to the wonderful moving last song. I would strongly recommend this play it was funny and perfect for year 6’s who are moving on with plenty of parts for everyone! Thank you so much for bringing my class and school so much joy and for the great pack I received that made my life so much easier!!

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  22. 5 out of 5 carmen, st stephens primary school tonbridge kent

    loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. 5 out of 5 Connor Runae, North Wooton Community School

    Amazing!

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  24. 5 out of 5 Gemma, Glebe Primary School

    Rehearsing at the moment for the play. Funny & heart touching.

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  25. 5 out of 5 Fiona Thomas, Ryders Hayes School

    I really like this play. My school are doing this play, we really enjoy this play and I’m trying to get in as much practise as possible. This is a great play and very funny as well!

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