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Musical Author Visits

Musical Author Visits

  • $ 45000

Author, published songwriter, and recording artist (as well as former history teacher and reading specialist), Mark Pennington, would love to book his Gold Rush Musical-A Rip Roarin' Review and Songs of the Frontier musical performances for your Grade 4 or 5 students. In addition to authentic period music, which Mark sings and plays with a variety of instruments, each hour-long performance includes a joke-filled, historical story-packed readers theater that features your students as the stars. Your students receive the script in advance of the performance to "audition" for parts and to practice. The rest of your students read the chorus parts. Everyone gets involved!

Your choice: 

Live performance in California's El Dorado, Amador, Placer, or Sacramento counties


Live ZOOM anywhere!

To follow the performance, Mark provides a Gold Rush or Frontier songwriting activity in which your students compose a verse to one of Mark’s tunes. Mark records the song with several of your students' verses and backing instruments and sends you the mastered recording of the song. To extend the learning and fun beyond his author visit, Mark provides two videos with the song lyrics: one video with Mark and friends singing and playing and the second video an instrumental version for class karaoke and/or performing your own musical with the readers theater.

Another boring author visit? I don't think so! To book one of Mark's musical author visits, make the purchase here and email with suggested dates and times for your performance. I'm also happy to accept purchase orders. 

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