Aladdin: music

Oct 21, 2012 by

I’ve marked places in the Aladdin script where you can include songs and dance routines.  There are also places where you can use incidental music as characters go on and off stage, or to provide an exciting atmosphere.  If you decide to include music in your production, you may require a copyright licence in order to stage your production, and this will be a different licence to the one you may have to use music in your day to day classroom activities.  For more information, please visit: http://www.mpaonline.org.uk/using-music-schools

If you want your characters to sing during the show, you will to provide backing tracks.  Backing tracks are recordings of songs without the lyrics (although some of them can come with backing vocals if you choose).  These songs are recorded to sound as close to the original version of the song as possible so, when your performers sing over the music, the end result can be very professional indeed.

There are plenty of companies that provide backing tracks in CD and MP3 format.  Take a look at sites such as:

www.musicbackingtracks.co.uk

www.backingtracksonline.co.uk

www.backingtracks.co.uk

Once you have your tracks, you need to work out how to play them.  Many schools have a sound system over which music can be played.  If you have access to equipment like this, set it up so that the speakers stand at either side of your stage area and the actual music player is situated in one of the side wings.

Of course, many productions use microphones to ensure the actors are heard when saying their lines and especially when singing over a backing track.  If your school has a microphone or two, consider setting them up on stands at the front of the performance area in order to pick up and amplify everything that is said on stage.

Once you have your songs ready, you may want to include other music in your show.  You could play some tunes in the background as your audience arrives, use a particular song as an introduction or overture to the performance, and even add to the atmosphere on stage by adding sound effects and brief snippets of entrance or exit music (also called ‘stings’).

Sound effects and stings can be collected from a variety of sources, from professionally produced sound effect CDs to websites that provide free sounds in MP3 format.  You could also ask your pupils to record their own sound effects.

When you have a handful of effects and stings, print off a copy of the script and use this exclusively as a sound script.  Mark any of the sound cues you intend to use as clearly as possible and – most importantly – check that this script can be read in what will be the dim light of the stage wings during the show!


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