LE Version Specifics
No music teacher? No problem!
Students can learn the songs directly from the Guide Vocal CD, and line-by-line group narration is fun, historically accurate and easy enough for whole sections to be learned in a single class period.
Also, the unique capabilities and independence of Montessori students make it possible for a teacher to oversee simultaneous, student led rehearsals in the same classroom. The Director’s Guide comes with sample rehearsal plans and helpful suggestions regarding choreography, staging, and costumes.
Prologue: The full cast performs the show opener - “Children of the World” - which casts the broad vision of Montessori’s passion work, still carried on by Montessori teachers all over the world.
Scene 1 - The full cast remains onstage and sings “Sit Still” in which we hear the collective voice of the Italian school system, in which Maria was brought up.
Scene 2 - Young Maria decides against a teaching career, bringing her into direct conflict with her father Alessandro. Their clash of wills is played out in the song “Anything But That”.
Scene 3 - Having successfully enrolled in the University, Maria faces her greatest challenge in “The Anatomy Lab”. The various skeletons, organs, and anatomical parts come alive in Maria’s mind, attempting to intimidate her from her course of study.
Scene 4 - Having prevailed and graduated with flying colors, Maria encounters the special needs children in the asylum. They give voice to Maria’s keen observations as they sing “Power In My Hands”.
Scene 5 - A group of friends read about Maria’s astounding accomplishments with the special needs children in the newspaper.
Scene 6 - Maria is given her own school, the Casa Dei Bambini where the children discover a miraculous new life portrayed in the song “Love Of Learning.”
Prologue - The full cast reaffirms the grand theme and concludes with “Children Of The World (Reprise)”
LE Song List
Children of the World
Anything But That
The Anatomy Lab
Power In My Hands
Love of Learning
Children of the World (Reprise)
LE Cast List
Alessandro - Maria’s father
Chorus: The chorus plays an important role in framing and musically narrating many scenes. A minimum of 10 students is recommended for chorus numbers, unless there are strong singers among them. Chorus members may also double as supporting roles, such as the Nurse or any of the friends in Scene 5.