Hum Piffle Piffle…Preview Dianne Young’s Dear Flyary!

Dear Flyary, by Dianne Young
Dear Flyary, by Dianne Young

Dianne Young’s awesome new picture book Dear Flyary is available in bookstores everywhere. But you can preview the story and the cute aliens that inhabit it at the Kids Can Press website.

After you go there, click on “Spread” on the left sidebar to see inside the cover. Or click on “Book Trailer” for an animated version.

Ho-Ho-Helping Santa: Talent Show Excerpt

Ho-Ho-Helping Santa!

Sample of Scene Three: The Christmas Talent Show

Alyssa: Now for the talent show! Tonight our four participants, all here from Admiral Elementary School (Note: school name may be substituted), will share some unique talents. Not the usual music and dance routines! Participants, please stand and say hello when I call your name. (Pauses.) Taylor Magee.

Taylor: (Timid.) Hello.

Alyssa: Dean Turbo.

Dean: (Cool voice.) Yo, fans.

Alyssa: Marla Stewart.

Marla: (Answers in a very polite prim and proper manner.) Good evening.

Alyssa: And last, but not least, Kris Ham.

Kris: (Enthusiastically waves.) Howdy, everybody!

All: (chuckle)

Alyssa: Please give a warm welcome to our judges, Miss U. R. Froze and Mr. I. M Serious. (Note: Miss U.R. Froze is a mannequin, a cardboard prop, or a child pretending to be frozen silent.)

Mr. I. M. Serious: (Gives a formal wave.)

All: (Applause and laughter.)

Kris: (Points to judges, elbows Marla lightly and whispers loudly.) Hey, Marla, the judges look kind of stiff tonight.

Dean: (Snicker.)

Mr. I. M. Serious: (Stands from his chair and nods at the audience, then clears his throat. He speaks in a very formal voice.) My associate, Miss Froze, has asked me to do the commentary for the evening. She was out in the cold all weekend and has lost her voice.

Mr. Magee: (To Grandma.) Ooh, the strong silent type, just like my wife!

Mr. I. M. Serious: I, too, was outside in the wind on Saturday, so I –am- lucky to have my voice.

Kris: (Loud whisper.) I thought his name was Mr. I-am-Serious!

All: (Laugh.)

(Talent show continues.)

Ho-Ho-Helping Santa: Song Excerpts

Ho-Ho-Helping Santa! contains 8 original songs and 2 seasonal songs. Now you can listen to excerpts from:

Believe In Yourself (1:15:27):     

Covered in Snow (1:15:27):    

Light Up The Barn (1:15:27):  

We’re Song Cows (1:15:27):  

We Saved the Day (1:15:27):  

The CD with the songs was produced by Cory Miller. You can contact Cory at:

CRM Studios
Cory Miller
Box 326
Frontier, SK
S0N 0W0
cr.miller@sasktel.net 

Ho-Ho-Helping Santa: Santa crashes! excerpt

Ho-Ho-Helping Santa!

Sample of Scene Six:  Santa’s crash into Taylor’s barn.

Santa: (Lights still flashing.) Ho-Ho-HELLLLLLP!!!!!!

Cows: (Show alarm.)

Props department must add a dent and bend the accordion fold on the sleigh out of shape. Reindeer run off (or are taken off) set. Stage lights continue to flash as a distraction.

Santa: (Brushes himself off, holds his leg to show pain, then looks to the sky.) Oowww! Rudolf….reindeers…come back!!! Pauses and sighs. O.K., so don’t come back…just don’t tell Mrs. Claus!

(Santa sits with his chin on his hand.)

Cow #1: Holy Cow! Santa Claus is in trouble.

Cow #2: It’s up to us to get help.

Cow#3: Let’s send a message to Mr. Magee and Taylor…

Cow #4: And to cows all over the world. We’ll need their melodies more than ever!

Cow#5: Let’s MOO like crazy!

Cows: Urgently: MOOOO! MOOOOO! MOOOOOO!

Taylor: (Wearing a coat and pajama bottoms, comes quickly running up the aisle between the audience in an exaggerated manner in which she lifts her knees high to make it look as if she is running, but is actually advancing quite slowly.) What’s all the bellowing about?

Cows: (Use their noses to point to Santa).

Taylor: Oh my! Oh no! Look at this! You….you…you’re Santa Claus. And you’ve crashed into…my barn!!!

Santa: (Holding his leg in pain.) Owwwww! The lights blinded my reindeer. Yeow! And my team has flown back to the North Pole.

Taylor: (Kneel next to Santa, hands clasped.) Oh…Santa, I’m really sorry. How can I make up for this? Pause. I’m Taylor.

Santa: Taylor Magee. Owner of the barn with the brightest lights in the world. Twelve years of age. Your present is right here in my bag. Reaches…OUCH! (Note: Age of Taylor may be changed to suit child playing the role.)

Taylor: Oh Santa! Don’t worry about my gift. Where are you hurt? What can I do to help?

Santa: My leg. I think it’s broken. Ouch! It’s SO-SO-SO painful! (Say this in a Ho-Ho- Ho fashion.) I need someone with medical training.

(additional script in complete musical)

Covered in Snow (Song #6)

Optional solo by Taylor:

Oh when we went to sleep last evening (head on hands as if sleeping)
We had Christmas on our minds.
Then Santa crashed into the red barn (pound fist into other hand)
His reindeer gone, he could not find. (shake head)

Cast and Choir:

He was covered in ice, (cross arms and hug self as if to stay warm)
And covered in snow (repeat above action)
Yelling, “Help!” (arms up)
Instead of shouting Ho! Ho! (arms around belly)

(additional stanzas in complete musical)

Ho-Ho-Helping Santa: Song Cow Sample

Ho-Ho-Helping Santa!

Sample from Scene 2: Song Cows

Characters: Song Cows, Mr. Magee wearing a winter coat and hat, Kindergarten/Grade One choir (for large productions). The cows are cool, hip animals that sway in time as they talk and sing to one another. The cows stand throughout this scene.Cow #1: Hey Song Cows, are you in the mood for some moosic?

Cow #2: I love moosic!

Cow #3: Oh yah! I’m always in the mood to sing.

Cow #4: And dance!

Cow #5: We cows have got the mooves. (John Travolta Saturday Night Fever dance move.)

Cow #1: O.K. Let’s tune up our voices.

Cow #2: I’m ready.

Cow #3: It’s my turn to lead. Let’s start with a scale.

Cows: (Sing the scale using moos in opera voices.) Moo-moo-moo-moo-moo-moo-moo-moo!

Cow #4: That felt good. Now my pipes are warm.

Cow #5: Let’s do our first number. It’s a big crowd pleaser.

Cow #1: There’s no big crowd here. Let’s pretend its Hollywood!

Cow #2: Or the talent show!

Cow #3: If we sing loud enough, maybe Santa will hear us at the North Pole.

Cow #4: He’s the only human who understands the magic of us Song Cows!

Cow #5: Let’s dedicate this song to Santa!

All Cows: Yah! Let’s take it from the top.

(The littlest cow unlatches the corral gate and the cows tiptoe out to center stage.)

Song #2: We’re Song Cows: CHOIR ENTERS STAGE BEHIND COWS

We’re Song Cows

Moo- we’re Song Cows! (rolling wrists and extending right hand out, then left, etc.)
Moo – we’re Song Cows!
Moo- we’re Song Cows!
Moo- we’re Song Cows!

Singin’ in the morning (stretch)
And singin’ at night. (head on hands as if sleeping)
We’re snazzy, jazzy Song Cows (swing arms and hips outward to the right, then left)
Making moo-sic sound right.

The farmer doesn’t know it, (shake head)
Thinks that we can only moo.
But keep our little secret (finger to lips)
For you know it isn’t true.

(additional stanzas in complete musical)