Speak Up Studio’s annual concert is held at the end of each year and all students are welcome and encouraged to participate in this amazing opportunity. The concert is a wonderful way for students to gain performance experience, and for families and friends to celebrate their development! Our concert this year will be held on Saturday 2nd December and we are excited to announce our theme … Hundred Acre Wood! Our concert will be an adaptation of A.A. Milne classics and we are so excited to share a bit about this incredible author with you!
About the Author and the Texts …
A.A. Milne is best known for his stories about Christopher Robin and his loveable bear, Winnie-the-Pooh! Before Milne introduced us to the bouncy and colourful characters that lived in the Hundred Acre Wood, he was and noted playwright and novelist. Milne named his characters after his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and his teddy Edward “Winnie” Bear! The name “Pooh” was added when the illustrator for the stories, E.H. Shepard started working along side Milne, and mentioned that his son had a similar teddy named Growler the Magnificent Pooh Bear!
Pooh Bear and Christopher Robin made their first appearance in a poem now titled “The Wrong Sort of Bees”, and continued to entertain children in stories that we will be adapting for our upcoming concert! Pooh and his friends (Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo) were the inspiration for Milne’s most famous children’s stories “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner”.
After these colourful characters made their way into the hearts and homes of children, Milne began to publish anthologies of beautiful children’s poetry with these characters and more. These new and exciting tales in “When We Were Very Young” and “Now We are Six” continued to inspire Milne until he ultimately followed in the footsteps of his idol J.M Barrie (the author of “Peter Pan”) and started to produce adapted plays from literary classics! His most notable classic page to stage adaptation is of Kenneth Graham’s “The Wind in the Willow”, which Milne staged as “Toad of Toad Hall” in 1930.
How we will Adapt Milne to Create our Concert …
While we would love to be able to use all of A.A. Milne’s poems and stories it would be very long concert! We will be adapting some of our favourite stories and poems from Milne’s collection to create a beautifully narrated story with poems and songs woven throughout.
Our amazing individual students will be working on the prose stories from “Winnie the Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner” to tell the story while our incredible Chatterbugs, Chatterbees, Chatterboxes, Polkadots, and Zigzags will be presenting poems and rhyming plays that we will adapt from various Milne collections! Our talented Discobugs, Discobees and Discoboxes will be developing and performing songs from various adaptions of the stories that have been turned into films and musicals over the years. The concert will capture the imaginative stories, and the magical music of the Milne!
For more information about our annual concert please check our concert information page!
(Words by Maddie Pesu)