There's been a bungle in the jungle! King Leo is getting old. His sight is not great and his strength is on the wane . . . so he makes the decision to take a year out from his responsibilities for the rainforest. What he needs is a place in the sun to rejuvenate and revitalise. He splits his kingdom between Panther, honourable but a bit too upfront with the truth, and Tiger a rampant rascal out to make a fast buck. Tiger speculates on his future as a property developer, cutting down the forest and selling off to the highest bidder. Naturally, the animals are wild with worry.
Will Tiger make the take-over total or will Panther, with some back up from Gaia, the earth guru, save the day, the forest and the planet . . .?
- Running time: 60 minutes approx
- It can be performed in concert as a cantata with narrative links
- 7 solo parts (either gender)
- Chorus 20 - to as many as you have!
- Scored for four different combinations - Piano | piano, Bb clarinet and drum kit | piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet in Bb and drum kit and percussion (timps. optional) | full orchestra
Demonstration tape, piano score, texts, choral scores, Save the Jungle (a separate number from the musical), instrumental parts and full scores, both chamber and orchestral available from Gemini Publications.
King Leo was commissioned by Georgina Roberts and Combe Bank School, Kent to form part of a project that contributed towards GCSE, A level and the Attainment Targets of the National Curriculum. King Leo was then taken up by the Young Persons Concert Foundation, which spearheaded a year-long initiative, funded by the Arts Council, in State schools. It receives many performances around the country.
Schools include: Fettes College, Kings College School (Wimbledon), Putney High School, Blackheath Conservatoire, Hutcheson's Grammar (Glasgow), Shrewsbury Junior High School, Edinburgh Academy Prep., Wycliffe Junior School.