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Producing a Student Mummer’s Play

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Preparing a School Winter Solstice Performance

The student mummer’s play presents the music teacher or choir director with a unique and wonderful element to program as part of the annual winter solstice performance: a short comical play that imparts the message of the season, with deep historical roots – featuring your students in all of the roles. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you pull this wonderful little drama together.

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Fieldston Outdoors Mummer’s Play

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Part of a series of articles on
Preparing a School Winter Solstice Performance

Fieldston Outdoors Mummer’s Play
by Walter Bitner & Jody Kruskal1995

Cast:

Fool
Johnny Jack
Mayor
Dragon
Saint George
Hobby Horse
Doctor
Townspeople

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Fool

(Sweeping the stage)

Room, room, make room, Fieldston campers all!
Pray, give us room to rhyme!
Our play we wish to share with you
In this glorious summertime!
So enter, Johnny Jack I say!
And tell us, what are we doing here today? (more…)

In Comes I

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The Student Mummer’s Play

Part of a series of articles on
Preparing a School Winter Solstice Performance

The climactic feature of my student winter solstice performance was a traditional English mummer’s play, featuring students in all of the roles. I first saw mummer’s plays at Christmas Revels productions in New York City in the early 1990s – in fact they are the only mummer’s plays I have seen (performed live) besides the ones I produced with my students. I don’t think that this tradition is very well known in the United States, and I enjoyed introducing it to my students and their families.

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