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Too Much Noise!



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Too Much Noise!
An Eastern European Folktale
Retold with original music by Brian Hiller and Don Dupont
Book and enhanced CD
43 pages
Grades K - 2

Too Much Noise! is a unison musical based on a traditional eastern European folktale that teaches the age-old lesson that things can always be worse. Jacob and his family feel their house is too noisy, so they seek out the advice of the town's Wise Men. As instructed, the family members purchase a barnyard full of animals, only to find that their home is noisier than ever. At the Wise Men's advice, they then find new homes for their animals and learn that the noises that once bothered them are now a welcome relief.

Your classroom teachers and administrators will be pleased to see you bringing quality children's literature to life with the use of nursery rhymes and this fresh interpretation of the old tale. Almost everything you need - from a performance/accompaniment CD, to reproducible student scores and lyrics, to templates for you to create your own program, posters, newletters, costumes and props - is included. Far from too much work, this resource will make your grade-level performances a snap!

Songs: Too Much Noise!, Ride a Horse (to Banbury Cross), Donkey Donkey, Hickety Pickety, Sleep Baby Sleep, Oh Where Oh Where (has my little dog gone)?, Animals Speak.

Cast: Jacob, Wife, Son, Daughter, Baby, 5 Wise Men, Horses, Donkeys, Hens, Sheep, Dogs, and 22 Narrator parts.


  • Preface
  • Production Notes - Abbreviations, Staging
  • Cast of Characters
  • Full Script with Lyrics and Piano and Vocal Scores
  • Production Guide
    Preparation and Rehearsal Schedule
    Making the Props and Costumes
    Adding Simple Choreography
  • Tips for Using the Reproducible Resources


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I was considering this for a first grade performance. ended up just using the actual book and adding rhythm instruments and acting it out, but this musical is nice because it does use folksongs, not a lot of composed stuff.
Julie J on Dec 1, 2012
Another teacher recommended this.
John V on Mar 8, 2012

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