Musical: The Thanksgiving Coat

Currently The Sunshine Workshop is hard at play developing amazing songs for:

“The Thanksgiving Coat”

 

 

OVERVIEW:  “The Thanksgiving Coat” is a musical based on the rhyming lyrical book written by Elizabeth Hoadley and illustrated by 5 year old Kailee.

‘The Thanksgiving Coat’ is the story of a little girl named Sweet Zara and how her life is transformed by the love of a stranger when a mysterious coat appears on her doorknob.

The Coat is ragged, but still is very special to Zara who has been left at an orphanage by her ailing mother and is having a very difficult year.  She is just a little girl, but has neither a home, friends, food, nor a family to call her own.

One night, when Zara was at her lowest point, the Coat mysteriously appears on her doorknob.  Zara brings in the Coat and lays it out on an empty table to look carefully at it, stunned at its presence in her room. Very Intrigued, she puts it on and slowly starts to feel a bit of happiness inside, like she is being hugged and loved for the first time in a very long time.

Because of the love she now feels, her strength builds through the year, she doesn’t have much, but give thanks for what she DOES have and her life starts to turn around.

By the end of the year, both she and the coat are once again radiant, their love for each other has made a world of difference to the both of them.

The following day (Thanksgiving Day one year later), the Coat mysteriously disappears only to appear again on the doorknob of another child in need, share the power of love and change another life for the better.

*** ONLY THREE SONGS WILL BE POSTED AT A TIME – PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN. SONG TITLES ARE JUST SUGGESTIONS – THEY CAN BE MODIFIED.

WE NEED SONGS FOR…..

  • DESIRED SONG TITLE:  “Just One Friend”  ~ Imagine Sweet Zara is all alone in the homeless shelter, even though there are many people milling about.  There ARE other children, but she is so sad she does not care to engage anyone or make friends.  One center spot will focus on the young girl, center stage, Zara is sitting on the floor, no toys, just sitting – background is fairly dark, but we can still see others.  Zara then breaks into a sweet, pensive song as people mill about doing things like washing dishes, folding laundry, menial tasks in the background.  The song should start sweet and pensive and end on an optimistic note as she realizes that things look bad, but there is always hope.
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  • DESIRED SONG TITLE:  “That Old Thing”RESERVED FOR DEVELOPMENT BY R. M. ~  LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA   :)
  • This will be a duet.  ~ Imagine that Zara has found the coat.  The stage will have two focuses – on one side, it will be two snobbish women at the homeless shelter.  They will see the coat hanging there and laugh at it – poke fun at how horrible it looks.  On the OTHER side of the stage, you will see Zara holding the coat, admiring it, loving it and being grateful for its arrival into her life.  These two sides of the stage will sing back and forth, though not TO each other.  It will be as if we are getting a glimpse into two places/time at the same stage moment and their songs should break for each other.  When one sings, the other is quiet, and then as they go along, they should sing together (though they still can’t ‘see’ each other) in a beautiful duet with harmonizing voices.  
  • DESIRED SONG TITLE:  I’ve Got My Fingers and My Toes and My Head and My Nose ~ Keep in mind that Zara receives the coat on Thanksgiving Day, BUT, from first glance, Zara has absolutely nothing to be thankful for.  She is at the table and starts singing about things to give thanks for, almost in a mocking way … like the air I breath … but she is not serious – almost a ‘yea- gee thanks that I’m starving’ kind of attitude – then she starts to get into it and then slowly starts thinking of things that she CAN be thankful for …. LITTLE things, maybe the shoes on her feet even though they are worn, maybe the dress she wears even though she is cold ~ she starts naming little things, tiny things, like her eyes, her hair, her, hands her feet and then her song gets more lively and starts to crescendo into bigger things – like the roof over her head even though it isn’t her ‘home,’ the school she goes to, her health, her future ~  As the song continues, other children slowly start to come to the table and start throwing in things THEY are grateful too ~ like a little boy could shout ‘my skateboard’ or a girl could shout ‘my grandma’ ~ and the song should climax as all the children’s attitudes start to be more optimistic and bold and they sing together as one ~ ending is bold, happy, uplifting. 
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