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The Next Big Step

5 out of 5 based on 42 customer ratings
(42 customer reviews)

By Andrew Oxspring
End-Of-Year/leavers’ musical for KS2 (ages 7-11).
Running time approx: 30 mins to 2 hours – you decide!

 

The Next Big Step celebrates primary school life whilst looking forward to the exciting challenges of moving on! Typically tongue-in-cheek, yet heart-felt and perceptive, this is the perfect musical with which to end the school year and/or wave goodbye to your leavers. Easily adaptable for a single class or whole key stage, select as much or as little of it as you wish to perform and let the last weeks of term go with a bang!

Sample Songs

Listen below to some of the songs from The Next Big Step

Plot Summary

You may not want to perform this musical in its entirety – it has been written to allow you to choose as many or as few scenes and songs as you want, without the storyline being affected. Below is a guide to each scene’s characters and plot to help you with your decision. Continuity sections have been written specifically to introduce and link each scene, though you may wish to personalise this aspect of the show with your own memoirs of the specific areas of school life covered. Note – if you have a small cast, there are enough smaller speaking roles so that some children can ‘double-up’ and take part in more than one scene.

Scene 1 & all continuity sections
Four friends meet in the park before ‘induction’ day at their new secondary school. With only a few days left at primary school and then the summer holidays to prepare for the next chapter in their lives, they are a little nervous about the changes ahead of them. (song – The Next Big Step). Through this and each continuity section, they discuss fondly different aspects of primary school life, and introduce us to some of the entertaining characters and events that have made it such a special part of their lives.
Characters: Chloe, Isobel, George and Harry.

Scene 2
Whether at home or at school, children just can’t help making a mess! (song – Born To Make A Mess). For one class, their PE lesson will not be allowed to go ahead until the cloakroom and classroom floors have been made spotless. However, maybe their teacher could also benefit from a small lesson in personal organisation and tidiness!
Characters: Teacher, 6 Children.

Scene 3
Although secondary school seems like an exciting (if daunting) prospect, life at primary school is far from boring. In fact it’s sometimes like being in a soap-opera! (song – Oh What A Drama!). Forget the ‘Vic’, the ‘Woolpack’ or the ‘Rovers Return’, playtime at the fruit and milk ‘bar’ is where the action is!
Characters: Terry, Trish, Andy, Stacey, Cassie, Gary, Sally, The McKenzie Twins and Dirty Dan.

Scene 4
We rely on our policemen and firemen to be brave and fearless in the face of danger, but how do such big strong men cope when visiting a school to address an assembly of fidgety infants?(song – Infants Are Scary). Suddenly burning buildings and armed robbers don’t seem so bad!
Characters: Headteacher, 2 Policemen, 2 Firemen and some Infants.

Scene 5
Unfortunately, these days, football matches between school teams can sometimes be spoiled by aggressive behaviour, intimidating language and thoroughly un-sportsmanlike attitudes…..and that’s just from the parents on the touchline! (song – Football Mum’s And Dads)
Characters: 4 Mums, 4 Dads and a Referee.

Scene 6
Whether it’s Top Trumps, Moshi Monsters or football stickers, the playground is where collections of the latest ‘in thing’ are shared, swapped and squabbled over. (song – The Latest Craze). Yet who’d have thought the staffroom could be an equally bustling venue for the trading of such items?
Characters: 6 children, 2 Teachers and the Head.

Scene 7
Before the awkwardness and confusion of their teenage years, there are some noticeable peculiarities in the way boys and girls behave towards each other, and amongst themselves, whilst at primary school! (song – Boys And Girls). Here are a few examples to make you smile!
Characters: Foundation-stage Boy and Girl, Year 2 Boys and Girls, KS1 Teacher, Year 4 Boys and Girls, Year 6 Boy and Girl.

Scene 8
With more and more fun activities being banned from the playground because of health and safety issues, (song – Ride Our Bikes), can a wholesome game of conkers be played without fear of devastating injury? With the support of the parents, one brave headteacher is willing to find out!
Characters: 4 Parents, 4 children and the Head.

Scene 9
In this final, reflective scene the children are full of enthusiasm for the adventures that await them as they wave goodbye to primary school, but they are mindful of and thankful for the wonderful start in life that it has given them. The final song (We’ll Shine) is a celebration of this, and provides an emotional and uplifting finale to the show.
Characters: The whole cast.

Characters

You may not want to perform this musical in its entirety – it has been written to allow you to choose as many or as few scenes and songs as you want, without the storyline being affected. Below is a guide to each scene’s characters and plot to help you with your decision. Continuity sections have been written specifically to introduce and link each scene, though you may wish to personalise this aspect of the show with your own memoirs of the specific areas of school life covered. Note – if you have a small cast, there are enough smaller speaking roles so that some children can ‘double-up’ and take part in more than one scene.

Scene 1 & all continuity sections
Four friends meet in the park before ‘induction’ day at their new secondary school. With only a few days left at primary school and then the summer holidays to prepare for the next chapter in their lives, they are a little nervous about the changes ahead of them. (song – The Next Big Step). Through this and each continuity section, they discuss fondly different aspects of primary school life, and introduce us to some of the entertaining characters and events that have made it such a special part of their lives.
Characters: Chloe, Isobel, George and Harry.

Scene 2
Whether at home or at school, children just can’t help making a mess! (song – Born To Make A Mess). For one class, their PE lesson will not be allowed to go ahead until the cloakroom and classroom floors have been made spotless. However, maybe their teacher could also benefit from a small lesson in personal organisation and tidiness!
Characters: Teacher, 6 Children.

Scene 3
Although secondary school seems like an exciting (if daunting) prospect, life at primary school is far from boring. In fact it’s sometimes like being in a soap-opera! (song – Oh What A Drama!). Forget the ‘Vic’, the ‘Woolpack’ or the ‘Rovers Return’, playtime at the fruit and milk ‘bar’ is where the action is!
Characters: Terry, Trish, Andy, Stacey, Cassie, Gary, Sally, The McKenzie Twins and Dirty Dan.

Scene 4
We rely on our policemen and firemen to be brave and fearless in the face of danger, but how do such big strong men cope when visiting a school to address an assembly of fidgety infants?(song – Infants Are Scary). Suddenly burning buildings and armed robbers don’t seem so bad!
Characters: Headteacher, 2 Policemen, 2 Firemen and some Infants.

Scene 5
Unfortunately, these days, football matches between school teams can sometimes be spoiled by aggressive behaviour, intimidating language and thoroughly un-sportsmanlike attitudes…..and that’s just from the parents on the touchline! (song – Football Mum’s And Dads)
Characters: 4 Mums, 4 Dads and a Referee.

Scene 6
Whether it’s Top Trumps, Moshi Monsters or football stickers, the playground is where collections of the latest ‘in thing’ are shared, swapped and squabbled over. (song – The Latest Craze). Yet who’d have thought the staffroom could be an equally bustling venue for the trading of such items?
Characters: 6 children, 2 Teachers and the Head.

Scene 7
Before the awkwardness and confusion of their teenage years, there are some noticeable peculiarities in the way boys and girls behave towards each other, and amongst themselves, whilst at primary school! (song – Boys And Girls). Here are a few examples to make you smile!
Characters: Foundation-stage Boy and Girl, Year 2 Boys and Girls, KS1 Teacher, Year 4 Boys and Girls, Year 6 Boy and Girl.

Scene 8
With more and more fun activities being banned from the playground because of health and safety issues, (song – Ride Our Bikes), can a wholesome game of conkers be played without fear of devastating injury? With the support of the parents, one brave headteacher is willing to find out!
Characters: 4 Parents, 4 children and the Head.

Scene 9
In this final, reflective scene the children are full of enthusiasm for the adventures that await them as they wave goodbye to primary school, but they are mindful of and thankful for the wonderful start in life that it has given them. The final song (We’ll Shine) is a celebration of this, and provides an emotional and uplifting finale to the show.
Characters: The whole cast.

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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  1. 5 out of 5 Golborne primary

    Great script
    Epic

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  2. 5 out of 5 Willa,

    Epic

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  3. 5 out of 5

    it was amazing

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  4. 5 out of 5 Ramridge primary school

    It is EPIC!

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  5. 5 out of 5 charlie from countess gytha primary

    Fun and more fun

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  6. 5 out of 5 Becky Handa

    This is the best leavers production ever. I loved performing it with my class. We all loved our parts and really fun script! Football mums and dads and Oh what a drama is EPIC!!!!! I really really recommend this play! Its better than good bye my friend (which my brother did)

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  7. 5 out of 5

    I love it

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  8. 5 out of 5 Walwayne

    Great!

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  9. 5 out of 5 Millie hood Ruskin junior school

    I’m doing this for the leavers play !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. 5 out of 5 Ramridge Primary School

    It’s awesome

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  11. 5 out of 5 Lumley Junior school

    Amazing and funny

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  12. 5 out of 5 immi

    This was my leavers play and I found it hilarious

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  13. 5 out of 5 Elston Hall Primary School

    This was my leavers performance in 2013 and I love it.

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  14. 5 out of 5 Rebecca Swan, Stakeford First School

    I am doing this play and my fave song is Football Mums and Dads but loving it so far (I play Isobel).

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  15. 5 out of 5 Megan, Pyrford cofe Primary School

    Amazing, love practicing!!

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  16. 5 out of 5 Julia Gray, London

    We are having so much fun rehearsing this and can’t wait to perform it next week. The songs are just fantastic!

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  17. 5 out of 5 Caitlin, Timbon primary school

    Great! I’m doing it for my End of leavers assembly!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING I’m acting Chloe!

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  18. 5 out of 5 Dani Holland, St Mary's Portslade

    Extremely hilarious and a heartfelt musical for leavers. I would definitely recommend.

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  19. 5 out of 5 Ellie Simpson and Tom Finch, South Wonston Primary School

    Great play!!! I bet my mum will start crying on the last song, lovely songs, “Boys and Girls” is perfect for a dance, and “football mums and dads” is EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone will enjoy the play im certain…

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  20. 5 out of 5 Chelsea, Harcourt Primary School

    I think it is a really good as a yr 6 production because it is about moving on to a new school an gives children a head start an ready for September.

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  21. 5 out of 5 Sorcha, St Walburgas

    I did this play its so funny!

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  22. 5 out of 5 Paul Glover, Parent, Midlands

    I saw my daughter in this production last night and thought it was just fabulous! The songs were fantastic and the script was hilarious! The whole year group thoroughly enjoyed their performance which made it a pleasure to watch! There wasn’t a dry eye in the hall at the end, especially as there was an encore of Shine! What a way to leave Primary school, well done teachers and pupils and well done Edgy Productions for an excellent product!

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  23. 5 out of 5 Carole Overton, Abbey Lane Primary, Sheffield

    I’ve just watched my daughter in this production, it was brilliant! It’s so well written and so appropriate for Y6 leavers. The humour is great as it hits the mark on all levels. The children really enjoyed it and a few tears shed by the parents. Thank you

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  24. 5 out of 5 Mr Taylor, Greenfield

    Great show went off with a bang!

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  25. 5 out of 5 Farhana Khanom, e1

    My school performed it was fab I had to sing the songs I loved it thank you Andrew

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  26. 5 out of 5 Holly, Sale

    An amazing script no problems at all!!! All the year 6s enjoyed it so much!!!

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  27. 5 out of 5 Freya Greenwood, Milby Primary School

    I was Isobel in this play in 2013, We’ll shine is so sad! The scenes were great, and there is tons of adult humour – our parents were all laughing and we had no clue why! It’s easy to rehearse and the songs are catchy! Oh what a drama is really good because it is easy to dance to. I’d definitely recommend this play. 11/10!

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  28. 5 out of 5 dildar singh, nevill road junior school (bramhall stockport)

    I’ve just recently done this I’m 11 years old and it is very very fun .

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  29. 5 out of 5 Jessica, St Matthews C of E Primary

    Epic! Especially scene 4 and 5

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  30. 5 out of 5 kiera richmond, filey top school

    love Next Big Step, it reminds me of filey junior school LOVE U FILEY JUNIOR SCHOOL XXX kiera richmond

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  31. 5 out of 5 Omg we just performed this I was Chloe and all the mums were in tears. I miss north heath primary school so much!

    Omg we just performed this I was Chloe and all the mums were in tears. I miss north heath primary school so much!

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  32. 5 out of 5 Stacey, Exeter

    This production was a fabulous play, I was Isobelle

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  33. 5 out of 5 Adebola, Sacred Heart in Camberwell

    I was in it, I love ‘we’ll shine’ it made me cry!

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  34. 5 out of 5 Becky, Manchester

    I Cant Wait To Do This For My End Of Year Show!

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  35. 5 out of 5 Tasha Evans, Holtsmere End Junior School, Hemel Hempstead

    i love all the songs and the whole performance. I play the girl in the love note scene I cant wait to perform in now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. 5 out of 5 Dixie, Model Church in Wales School.

    I love it my class have been practicing it loads and in it i am an infant and a year six pupil. I am in scene 2 and 4. Its REALLY fun although we’ll shine makes me burst into to tears but that’s the idea!

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  37. 5 out of 5 David Warbrick, East Crompton St James, Shaw, Oldham

    My daughter Rebecca has just played |sobel. What a brilliant end of school production! Not a dry eye in the place at the end.

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  38. 5 out of 5 Sara Hewitt, St Mark's Primary, Scarisbrick

    Fab-u-lous! I searched and searched for a production to do with only 14 Year 6 children. How lucky I was to find this. We choose 6 songs/scenes, doubled up on parts and had an absolute ball. Our Head was so impressed she put on an extra performance! Only issue is that I can’t stop singing ‘Football Mums and Dads!’ Highly recommended

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  39. 5 out of 5 Sidonay, Geoffrey Field Junior School

    The year 6s at Geoffrey Field Junior School 2014 did this play. Excellent! The song We’ll Shine made me cry a little….

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  40. 5 out of 5 Kirsten, Mill Hill Primary

    Great, I did it for my leavers

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  41. 5 out of 5 paige, new brighton

    this is really good!

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  42. 5 out of 5 Paula platt, Leigham primary

    I love the next big step favourite song football mums and dads!

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