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By Janet Grierson

All-Year-Round musical for KS1 & KS2
Running time approx: 40 minutes

 

 The best known of all Maori legends is brought to life by established New Zealand writer, Janet Grierson. This musical, which tells of Maui’s quest to bring more sunlight to his people, is easily adaptable for any size of cast and can be performed as a full production, a class assembly, or used in your studies of myths and legends from other cultures.

 

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Maui Catches The Sun

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Plot Summary

Opening with the song ‘Too Short Were The Days’ we witness the hardship of the Maori villagers, who suffer short days and long nights because the sun races too quickly across the sky. The men have no time to complete their hunting and fishing expeditions, the women cannot see to prepare meals or to do their weaving, and the children do not have enough hours of daylight to enjoy their games and dancing. In the song ‘Slow Down Sun’ they plead for more hours of sunlight.

Maui, who has performed many great deeds for the ancient people of Aotearoa, is asked by the village elders to help them in their plight. He summons his brothers who nervously agree to join him on a journey to the edge of the world, where they will ‘Catch the sun’ (song).

Maui tells the women of the village that a snare will be needed with which to trap the sun, and they enthusiastically set about ‘Weaving’ (song) flax to make strong ropes for this very purpose.

Maui and his brothers set out on their treacherous quest, and finally reach the pit from which the sun rises and begins its all-too-quick journey across the sky. With skill and daring they snare the sun and Maui beats it with his magic whale jawbone, demanding that it travels more slowly. The sun struggles but is no match for the hero. Battered and defeated it promises to do as it is asked, if only the men ‘Release The Ropes’ (song).

Triumphantly, Maui and his brothers return to find the people enjoying their longer, sunnier days. With a reprise of the song ‘Too Short Were The Days’ they celebrate their freedom to fish, hunt, cook, weave and play, and joyfully thank Maui for coming to their rescue.

Characters

19 Speaking parts in order of appearance

3 Narrator
Children 1 and 2
Women 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Children 3 and 4
Man 1
Village Elder
Man 2
Maui
Taha
Roto
Waho
Pae
The Sun

Ensemble Characters – for featured songs and scenes

More men
More women
More children
Choir

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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