recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist
Are you looking for a new Christmas musical to perform with your students this year? Presenting musicals and programs is a great way to provide performance opportunities for young singers, and to teach valuable performance skills. Try one of these brand publications with your students!
The Lights of Jingle Bell Hill by John Jacobson & Mac Huff
Suggested for Grades 4-8
Performance time: about 35 minutes
Join in the tale of the annual holiday contest, and the frustrated residents of Jingle Bell Hill who, despite their best efforts, never win. Larry, the frightening tenant who lives in the one dark house on the corner, refuses to participate in the decorating efforts. Throughout the course of this hilarious and heart-warming musical, the townspeople discover the real reason for Larry’s reluctance to get into the holiday spirit.
Freeze Frame! by Sally K. Albrecht & Jay Althouse
Suggested for Grades 2-6
Performance time: about 20 minutes
Freeze Frame!, the hottest new TV game show, is on the air, featuring a fast and frantic “Freeze Team” of performers who spin their way into positions portraying favorite wintertime activities. Our host, Chris Coldplay, keeps things moving as a quartet of celebrities tries to guess the action being shown on stage. Complete choreography included.
Elflandia by John Jacobson & John Higgins
Suggested for Grades K-3
Performance time: about 25 minutes
Welcome to Elflandia – the land of Santa’s elves – busy making toys and getting ready for Santa’s yearly trip round the world to bring presents to all the deserving humans on the planet. But wait! Do human beings really exist? The reports the elves have heard are not very encouraging. Many are grumpy and stressed at holiday time, others are downright sour when they wake up from a nap, and some are just big and loud and hairy! Discover what the elves learn about humans when Santa shows up with a real living sample! The ensuing effort to get Elfie Selfies with as many humans as possible makes for a rousing closing to the musical!
About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.