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’
Listen below to some of the songs from Do You Remember The First Time.
45 Speaking parts in order of appearance
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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
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.