Mother Goose Rocks!
A rock-and-roll opera for children incorporating Mother Goose rhymes. When Little Bo-Peep's sheep Melvin goes astray, a search commences that results in the hiring of detective Dickery Dare, Sheep-and-Cat gang activity, the demise of Humpty-Dumpty and the near-drowning of one of the shoe-dwelling children. This is a true opera with a cast of 20 (doubling possible), all singing, all-dancing and with no spoken dialogue. It's a story about a community raising children (and sheep and cats) and features such songs as "Lib-er-ated Sheep," "You Don't Need a Hero," "Better than Pigs in the Air," "Curly Little Bundle," and "I'm Scrambled."
Says Randy Latimer: “Gary kept calling me and saying, ‘Now this part is music, right?’ And I said 'Yes, it’s all music.' And he said, ‘But does that mean all music?’ and I said 'Yes.' ”
“Usually Randy’s (Latimer) stuff is pretty easy to write to,” Gary Rue said. “I got to thinking that Little Bo Peep is Connie Francis, and Melvin (the sheep) is Elvis-early-70s-Vegas. And then the rest of the cast has to out-Elvis Melvin and out-Connie Bo Peep. That was the kind of music I was hearing for them…but it came out like Rockabilly meets Randy Newman.”
This play comes complete with musical score for live performance featuring guitar, drums, bass guitar, and keyboard.
Book and Lyrics by Randy Latimer.
© Copyright 2012 New Music Arts ® dba Musicals 4 Young Audiences
Music by Gary Rue.
© 2000 All Songs Loose Canon Music Group BMI
Originally produced by Stages Theater Company of Hopkins, Minnesota.
"The play is good fun, lively and thoughtful. It has just the right balance between the typical jockeying among school children, singing and dancing, and touching moments." - Elizabeth Weir, Lakeshore Weekly News