Reach For The Sky 2017 – lrg front cover

Reach For The Sky

5 out of 5 based on 22 customer ratings
(22 customer reviews)

By Andrew Oxspring
End-Of-Year/Leavers’/All-Year-Round musical for KS2 (ages 7-11).
Running time approx: 60 minutes

 

We’ve updated one of our most successful musicals and set it against the backdrop of a school sports day. Still with the underlying message that if we try our best in all that we do then our rewards will be plentiful, this feel-good production takes a celebratory (and typically humorous) look back at some of the sporty and PE-based things that happen at primary school. We all remember rummaging through lost property to find some kit, those over eager dads competing in the parents’ race, the frustration of trying to get a rubber swimming hat to fit, the thrill of being picked for the team….and lots more!

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from Reach For The Sky

Plot Summary

Following the opening song (Reach For the Sky), we join a family at the breakfast table. Lucy and Adam are excited because today at school it’s sports day! Mum and Dad are equally excited about the prospect of watching their children take part and the conversation turns to all the sporting opportunities that school provides. Through this conversation we witness some truly amusing snapshots of primary school life and learn that there’s more to being a winner than simply crossing the finish line first!

Firstly we encounter the glamorous Miss Burberry, who is keen to point out to her class that their interpretation of the word ‘kit’ leaves a lot to be desired! Maybe a rummage through lost-property is the answer…..or maybe not! (song – Can I Borrow Some Shorts?)

Next we join Mr Starkey who is boring his class to tears, lecturing them on the historical facts of Ancient Greece. However, following a bit of independent research, the children’s discovery of certain ‘traditions’ from the ancient Olympic games are more than enough to lighten the mood! (song – Boy, That’s Bound To Itch).

We then consider the ‘big event’ at any school sports day – the parents’ race! It quickly becomes apparent that, when grown-ups are required to push themselves to their physical limits, a keen competitive spirit may not be quite enough to overcome the effects of age! (song – My Dad’s Faster Than Your Dad).

After that it’s a trip to the swimming pool, where even those ill-fitting rubber hats, UFOs (unidentified floating objects) and water-shy lifeguards can’t spoil the excitement! (song – Swimming Today).

Then there’s the horror of lining up against the wall in the playground, waiting to be picked for one team or the other in the playtime ‘kick-about’! Who will have to suffer the humiliation of being picked last!? (song – Left Till Last).

We come to the conclusion that sport can be enjoyed on many levels, and that by simply taking part and trying our best, each one of us is a winner. By giving it our all in everything we do, by making the most of our opportunities, and by supporting those around us, there is no limit to what each of us can achieve! (song – The Best That I Can Be).

Characters

38 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.

Adam, Lucy, Mum and Dadenthusiastically preparing for sports day.
Miss Burberrydressed to impress, but not to teach PE.
Her Class (7 speaking)kitted-out in all manner of ways.
Mr Starkeyhis methods are as ancient as the Greek history he teaches.
His Class (6 speaking)trying to drag him into the 21st century.
Mrs Christiein charge of making sports day run smoothly.
2 Mums & 2 Dadsreluctant competitors in the parents’ race.
Competitive Dadin it to win it.
Grandmanever too old to have a go.
2 Swimming Instructorsthrown in at the deep end.
Swimmers (6 speaking)causing a splash and making waves.
Playtime Players (4 speaking)picked for teams on everything but merit.

Ensemble Characters, if you have the numbers, for featured songs and choreography

PE-kitted Children
Classroom Kids
Sports Day Mums & Dads
Swimmers
Playtime Players

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

    Its lots of fun!!!!

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  2. 5 out of 5 Rachael Warren, Year 5 & 6 teacher

    Hi,
    I just wanted to get in touch to let you know how much the children (and staff!) are enjoying preparing for our end of term performance of ‘Reach For The Sky’. The singing is coming along a treat and we have some great comedy moments – especially our Grandma!
    This is the first time we have used one of your products but we’ll definitely consider using them again.
    Kind regards,
    Rachael Warren
    Year 5 and 6 teacher

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  3. 5 out of 5 Carl

    I did this today at 1:30.It was so fun,and scary! And I fell of stage in the playground scene.

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  4. 5 out of 5 Olivia

    It’s really good. I got Jessica as my part. Our leavers production is on the 15th July on this Friday we all hope we can pull it off

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    • Good luck Olivia…you’ll all be fabulous! Edgy Productions 🙂

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  5. 5 out of 5

    It was amazing

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  6. 5 out of 5 Newport community school

    I’ve just come home from watching my son in this performance, it blew me away. Funny, brilliant songs and very moving ending. Loved it! Christy

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  7. 5 out of 5 Shona

    Can’t wait to do it on 18th July 2016. I’m miss Burberry!
    Lol

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  8. 5 out of 5 paigbjs

    i think this play is great it’s so funny and I can’t wait to put on the performance for my school!

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  9. 5 out of 5 lizzi

    cant wait to do it on the 27th june 2016

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  10. 5 out of 5

    we cannot wait to do our show its gonna be amazing

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  11. 5 out of 5 john harrox primary school

    we can’t wait to show
    it

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  12. 5 out of 5 Alex Owen

    Brillrant

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  13. 5 out of 5 Layla Harrisham

    I love it! It’s totally great!

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  14. 5 out of 5 Millie

    Amazing

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  15. 5 out of 5 Emmbrook junior school

    I think that it is very funny and people of all ages will enjoy it.
    It is a real production!

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  16. 5 out of 5 St P & St P

    It’s amazing, i cant wait for the performance

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  17. 5 out of 5 Fleet wood charity

    It was awesome

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  18. 5 out of 5 Nurusha

    It is very funny and we are getting all ready for this play which the class has chosen this year

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  19. 5 out of 5 St nics

    Fantastik

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  20. 5 out of 5 Adam Dicicco, Bristol

    We performed this musical for our year 6 leavers assembly and it was fantastic. Very funny – the parents were laughing out loud at all the right moments. We will definitely do another edgy leavers musical next year, thank you for making my job so much easier.

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  21. 5 out of 5 Claire Bainbridge, Cheltenham

    The best musical we have ever done! So funny!

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  22. 5 out of 5 Teach Primary Magazine

    Each scene has a comedy moment to cherish… It is boldly original, contains great music, good dialogue and a mixture of emotions.

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