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April: The Gold Rush Musical-A Rip-Roarin' Review

April: The Gold Rush Musical-A Rip-Roarin' Review

Eureka! Living in the gold country, we all share a rich heritage of history. And many of us have found the treasure of the gold rush songbook. As "the world rushed in" in 1849, these songs did as well:

Oh! California, The Days of ’49, Clementine, Sweet Betsy from Pike, Ho! For California! (On the Banks of the Sacramento), A Rippin' Trip, Life in California, Skip to My Lou, Seeing the Elephant

In The Gold Rush Musical-A Rip-Roarin' Review, Mark entertains and informs with historical storytelling, humor, and audience participation. Your group will love the interaction, memories, and great music. Guaranteed to make everyone catch gold fever!

Click HERE to see a quick video from The Gold Rush Musical-A Rip-Roarin' Review

For fourth grade classes, Mark provides a two-hour interactive learning adventure during January and February. Prior Mark's visit, teachers are emailed the Gold Rush lesson packet and the printable Gold Rush Songbook, featuring the song lyrics, historical background of each song, vocabulary, and comprehension questions. Now that's what I call a visiting author performance!

Mark's performance lesson includes choral readings, a short readers theater, and a special guided writing project in which students compose their own lyrics to one of the songs. Students learn about a wide array of musical instruments and get to play along with the performers. Your students will love these engaging standards-based activities. Make sure to invite parents to attend!

Email Mark at to schedule a memorable teaching performance during January or February. 

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