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Troy Story

5 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
(14 customer reviews)

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

 

Hitch a ride on this riotous romp through Ancient Greece, as Achilles leads a vast army of Spartans to conquer Troy and rescue Helen from the wicked clutches of her kidnappers. Jam-packed with memorable characters, witty dialogue and catchy songs, Troy Story will thrill adults and children alike and is all you could wish for in a musical production. Truly the stuff of which legends are made!

Sample Songs

Listen below to some of the songs from Troy Story

Plot Summary

Although essentially a Greek tragedy, this story is told with lots of comedy, both spoken and physical. Even the fighting scenes will raise a chuckle or two! Truly the stuff of which legends are made, Troy Story promises to be a hoot from the first rehearsal until the curtain falls on your final performance!

After the opening song (Troy Story), we witness Mount Olympus in turmoil; Hera, Athene and Aphrodite are arguing over which of them is the most beautiful goddess, much to the annoyance of Zeus and the other gods and goddesses. A mortal man, Paris, Prince of Troy, is summoned to Olympus and asked to make the tough decision. Each of the three bickering goddesses offers Paris a fabulous reward if he chooses her as the fairest (song – Pick Me, Paris), but it is Aphrodite’s promise to give him the most beautiful mortal woman as a wife which clinches it. Furious at this, Hera and Athene vow to bring destruction on Paris’ home city of Troy.

Sometime later, Paris arrives as a guest at the court of Menelaus, king of Sparta, and immediately falls for his wife, Helen, who just happens to be the most beautiful of mortal women! Keeping her side of the bargain, Aphrodite instructs the god of love, Eros, to fire one of his arrows into Helen’s heart. Helen then falls in love with Paris (song – Completely Stuck On You) and, in a trance, is whisked off to Troy by him. The furious Menelaus raises an army of Greek heroes (song – Hard As Nails) who, led by Achilles, set off to rescue Helen and bring her back to Sparta.

After a long journey, the Greeks arrive at Troy and lay siege, but they are beaten in their first battle against the pompous Trojans (song – Bunch Of Losers). In this battle, Achilles’ best friend Patroclus is slain by Hector, Paris’s brother. Devastated, Achilles then kills Hector, after a long chase around the city walls! The vengeful Paris and his father, King Priam, decide to lure Achilles into the city by using the charms of Princess Polyxena! It works and once Achilles is in his sights, Paris shoots an arrow into his vulnerable heel and kills him. The Greeks are overcome with grief at the death of their top man (song – Always And Forever), and revenge is swift. Philoctetes kills Paris in a duel, releasing Helen from her trance-induced love and, with her help, secret plans are made for the Greeks’ invasion of Troy.

The Trojans are curious as to what the hammering sounds are in the Greeks’ camp (song – Chop-Chop, Brother) and are then surprised to see their enemy’s fleet of ships sailing away from the shores of Troy. On discovering a huge wooden horse which is left, they believe, as a gift from their fleeing foes, they rejoice in their supposed victory and bring it into the city. As night falls, the heroes emerge from the belly of the horse and easily defeat the dozing Trojans! Finally victorious (song – Job Done) they return to Greece with Helen, finishing the tale with a resounding reprise of the song Troy Story.

Characters

For larger schools, extra speaking characters can be added to scenes and the existing lines shared out between them, or new lines created. For smaller schools, as many characters only appear in one scene, multiple parts (including ensemble characters) can be played by a single actor.

Minimum cast size: 40
Ideal cast size, including non-speaking, ensemble characters: 60-100
Maximum cast size, with extra non-speaking, ensemble characters: 160

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

Chorus – 4 Narrators – leading us through the plot’s many twists and turns
Zeus – the king of the gods, longing for a bit of peace and quiet
Hera, Athene and Aphrodite – demanding divas
Paris – our arch villain, handsome but sly
Menelaus – the king of Sparta, who likes the odd tipple
Helen – his beautiful wife
Servant to Paris – has his eyes on the situation
Eros – cheeky trouble maker who’s a dab hand with a bow and arrow
2 Party Guests – recovering from a wild night
Agamemnon, Idomeneus, Philoctetes, Odysseus, Diomedes, Patroclus and Achilles – noble Greek heroes
Hector – vain Trojan prince
Priam – the king of Troy and a proud father
Polyxena – scheming Trojan princess
5 Trojans – unsuspecting of their fate

(Ensemble characters for featured songs and scenes)

Gods and Goddesses – more long-suffering residents of Mount Olympus
Party Guests – the distinguished aristocracy of Ancient Greece
Dancing Maidens – groovy movers and shakers
Greek Army – along for the ride with Achilles and the rest
Trojans – besieged and belligerent
Carpenters– cheerful chippies

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 (both rhyming and non-rhyming versions) 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 (both rhyming and non-rhyming versions) 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.
  • Please note – the digital backdrops are NOT included in the download. This is a separate product available on disc as an additional purchase.

    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 this title 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 this title at the point of ordering.

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    1. 5 out of 5 No

      I have not done it yet but it is so good and I will be Helen and I thought Paris was a girl but thanks for teaching me about this otherwise I would have thought he was a girl forever and it would be so embarrassing so yeah thanks.

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    2. 5 out of 5 Keira Goodyear

      Amazing

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    3. 5 out of 5 Linton Heights Junior School

      A cracking production. The songs are very catchy, and the dialogue being in rhyming couplets really helps with the children’s recall. Also, with so much time dedicated to putting on a production, it was super to be able to teach topic through the show. Top marks all round and would highly recommend

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    4. 5 out of 5 Lindy Blyth, New Zealand

      I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed Troy Story this term. We just loved everything about it. The music pounded out throughout the term during lunch hours and any time we set to work making paper mache shields for the production. The humour and richness of the language gave us much to discuss, and some of the writing that came from it was amazing. Thank you!

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    5. 5 out of 5 Andrew Barnes, Editor, BBC School Radio

      I think it’s a really excellent piece of work – lively, fun, witty and full of opportunities for the kids. Andrew has certainly shown that there needn’t be anything dull about the study of history. I really enjoyed the variety of the songs and the range of musical styles included. In particular I could imagine the kids having great fun with ‘Bunch of Losers’ and ‘Chop Chop Brother’; but all the songs offer plenty of opportunity for fun and interplay between the various performers.

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    6. 5 out of 5 Max, Norwich St. Andrews

      Great play!

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    7. 5 out of 5 Kay Friend, Dagenham

      Never had such a positive response to an end of year show. Everyone loved it, staff, parents and especially the kids! It was sheer genius, the script and songs were hysterical. Please, please, please hurry and write another show as I’m in year 6 again next year and can’t think how I’m going to follow the success of this year without your help!

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    8. 5 out of 5 Anonymous pupil, Whitehills primary school

      We did this play 2 years ago at my primary school it worked out really well,I was one of the chorus it was a great play my classmates favourite song was always and forever it’s a epic song I definitely recommend it,even though I performed it a few years ago it is definitely a play nobody could ever forget!

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    9. 5 out of 5 Sally, The Coppice Primary School

      I love this music!

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    10. 5 out of 5 Laura Baker, Upminster junior school

      I’m doing this at school and are probably going to play Helen or someone with a main part. The songs are so catchy and easy to learn…

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    11. 5 out of 5 Bella, bearwood primary school

      brillant songs!

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    12. 5 out of 5 Deniz - it's Turkish, red oaks

      I’m doing this play at school , this is very helpful xoxox

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    13. 5 out of 5 Caitlan, Queensway primary school Banbury

      A wild and AMAZING twist on Ancient Greece. LOVE IT!!!

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    14. 5 out of 5 Oliwia, Ford Primary School

      I love ‘Troy story’! my favourite song is ‘Completely stuck on you’.

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