Scenes from the Revolution
“Scenes from the Revolution” tells the story of the American Revolution through a series of musical numbers and historical scenes from the Boston Tea Party to the signing of Declaration of Independence.
It also explores the struggle for freedom and self-determination through songs such as, “Pass It On,” “One If By Land” and “The Whigs and the Tories.” “The Letter” and “The Promise” are powerful and emotive songs that highlight the sacrifices made.
This engaging musical – with ten scenes and ten songs – provides a unique perspective on the American Revolution and is a wonderful way to learn about this pivotal period in American history.
Music, lyrics and book were written by Aline Shader in 1974-75 for her students at Bowen Elementary School in Newton Centre, MA to enhance their understanding of the American Revolution and to celebrate the Bicentennial in 1976.
Rephotography by Mark Hersch
1982 student performance demo (3:00)
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This (85mb) .Zip file contains:
1 x Full Script (1 PDF)
10 x Lyric Sheets (1 PDF)
10 x Lead Sheets (1 PDF)
10 x Full Scores (1 PDF)
10 x Full Audio Files (MP3 Format)
10 x Piano Audio Files (MP3 Format)
This (48mb) .Zip file contains:
13 x Part-forward Audio Files (MP3 Format)
- Ideal for groups of up to 35
- Grades 5 – 8
- “Scenes from the Revolution” can be performed as a fully staged production, semi-staged, select scenes, as a sing-through with narration or as individual songs
- Assignable speaking roles for group scenes, for example:
- Occasional sound effects needed (a knock, a bang…)
1. Have You Heard the Terrible News?
2. Pass It On
3. Cat’s Cradle
4. The Whigs and the Tories
5. One If By Land
7. Wouldn’t It Be Better
8. The Letter
9. The Promise
10. They’ve Come to Put Their Name on the Line
- Have You Heard the Terrible News?
Early 1773 – Colonists taking matters into their own hands
- Pass It On
The Boston Tea Party
- Cat’s Cradle
A family scene, playing a family game
- The Whigs and the Tories
Meeting of First Continental Congress
- One If By Land
Paul Revere’s ride – a square dance!
Sung by the youngest generation recognizing their mother’s strengths and changes to come
- Wouldn’t It Be Better
Benjamin Franklin’s inventions
- The Letter
Sung in the voice of a young soldier headed for the battle field
- The Promise
A ballad of sacrifice and hope after the Battle of Breed’s Hill
- They’ve Come to Put Their Name on the Line
The signing of the Declaration of Independence 1776
– Boston, early December, 1773
– Boston Harbor, later in December, 1773
– A home in Boston, July 1774
– Philadelphia, September 1774
– Boston, April, 1775
– A home in Boston, later in April, 1775
– Benjamin Franklin’s home, Philadelphia, May, 1775
– A training field near Boston, later in May, 1775
– After the Battle of Breed’s Hill, June, 1775
– Philadelphia, July, 1776
“Scenes from the Revolution”
Music, lyrics and book by Aline Shader (1975)
Enya Lim, Ryan Mancini and Gill Scott