Your Animated Guide to Classical Music!
Projected from a screen above the orchestra, Picardy interacts with the conductor, orchestra, solosit and audience through Flash animation!
- Fully scripted, 50-minute interactive, educational and entertaining programs!
- Created for children between the ages 3 and 8
- Technically easy: dialogue and motions triggered by the press of a button offstage!
- Programs created for individual presentation or together as a series!
- Affordably priced and yours to keep and use again and again!
Nine Available Shows!
If you would like to introduce Picardy Penguin to your family concert audiences, we currently have nine programs available for purchase.
Music is all around us throughout the day, when we get up, go to school, play games on the playground, fix dinner, and get ready for bed. We probably take music for granted, and Picardy Penguin asks, “What if there was no music at all?” You’ll hear an amazing thunderstorm by Beethoven and then sing along with the ever-popular “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” And together the kids can learn Picardy Penguin’s theme song, “Music can Make Your Life Complete.”
We’ve all heard of melody, rhythm and harmony, but have you ever thought about how those building blocks make up all the music you know? Picardy Penguin will show you how the music is built from the ground up, with popular classics such as Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from his Ninth Symphony, a well-known march by Johann Strauss, and a sailor’s dance. And once again, the kids are invited to sing Picardy Penguin’s theme song, “Music can Make Your Life Complete.”
Come meet the many members of our orchestra family and discover how they all work together to create a symphony. Join Picardy Penguin as he learns about each of the instruments. You’ll hear the familiar overture to “Candide” and Maestro Lucas Richman’s “The United Symphony” which introduces each family of instruments. The audience will again sing along to Picardy’s familiar theme song “Music can Make Your Life Complete.”
Learn how music can create images and stories in your mind! Discover the ways in which music can make you happy, sad, scared or excited. Chase a musical bumblebee, visit a musical playground, sing along on a high seas adventure and join Picardy Penguin as he narrates the classic story of “Peter and the Wolf.” And once again, the audience is invited to sing Picardy Penguin’s theme song, “Music can Make Your Life Complete.”
Picardy helps us explore how composers use contrasting ideas to tell musical stories through different feelings and emotions. The music of Haydn, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky, among others, leads into a fresh new take on the classic tale of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The audience will interact with “Mary Had a Little Lamb” sung in contrasting styles, along with Picardy Penguin’s theme song, “Music Can Make Your Life Complete.”
Young audiences are engaged from beginning to end in singing along with the orchestra and Picardy Penguin. Marking various lifetime events, the selections range from “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” “Yankee Doodle” and “Happy Birthday” to “If You’re Happy and You Know It…,” Brahms’ “Lullaby,” Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” and Picardy Penguin’s theme song, “Music Can Make Your Life Complete.”
Picardy helps us learn how music and dance have been linked together for centuries in many different styles, beats and tempos, ranging from classical ballet to tap and tango. The interactive concert will have the audience members dancing in their seats to music of Richard Rodgers and Tchaikowsky, among others, all leading into the “Hokey-Pokey” and Picardy Penguin’s theme song, “Music Can Make Your Life Complete.”
People of all ages will enjoy this all-American sing-along with songs that accompany Americans at work, at play, and in patriotic celebrations. After joining Picardy in his theme song, “Music Can Make Your Life Complete,” audience members will engage in favorite songs by Stephen Foster, classic folk tunes such as “Simple Gifts,” “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and “Home on the Range” all leading into “God Bless America” and “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Throughout history, music has been used to enhance poetry as an art form, emphasizing its rhythmic ebb and dramatic flow. Picardy Penguin will lead audience members as they sing the oldest musical round, “Sumer Is Icumen In”, feel the chill in Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons and delight in “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant,” a musical setting of 17 different characters created by Children’s Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky. And, once again, Picardy’s theme song, “Music Can Make Your Life Complete,” frames the show with audience participation.
“Picardy Penguin is one of the most innovative, creative and timely additions to the orchestra in our quest for fun, relevant and appropriate programming for Educational concerts! The music is splashy yet interesting for the orchestra and easy to put together. Best of all, Picardy both excites and entertains while driving home wonderful musical and universal concepts. A real winner!
~ Nicholas Palmer, Music Director, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra
Supplies and Specs:
LeDor Publishing supplies the following for each program purchased:
- Animation Files (playable on PC and Mac-based computers)
- Scores and orchestral parts for all musical selections (excepting the one or two works per show that are only available as rentals from other publishers)
- 3 narrator scripts (conductor, soloist and one extra)
- 4 technical scripts (notes for sound, lighting, Stage Manager and Computer Operator)
- Artwork for publicity
For proper presentation of animation, the host orchestra should expect to provide a Computer, Computer video adaptor, Projector, Amplification system and Screen. The purchase price to buy each show is $2500. Discount for purchasing more than one show at a time.
LeDor Publishing can also assist in providing a conductor, vocal soloist and computer operator for additional fees.