OO-LA-LA! new musical from Alison Hedger and Sheila Wainwright based around the French language and is fast becoming a favourite KS2 Resource with songs in both English and French.
OO-LA-LA! is set in a French cafe and the next door baker’s shop, allowing your children to get a feel for France while using colloquial French.
A posh English Lady, inappropriately dressed for the small French country town, has arranged to meet her American cousin, George, and his children there. But she doesn’t speak French very well, and needs help from the locals, this is where the fun starts.
Café life is an integral part of French culture that has been depicted by many famous artists over the years, particularly those of the Impressionist Movement. This allows OO-LA-LA! to be used as a cross curricular historical and social class work. The cafe walls can have your children’s own artistic works hanging up as if for sale; possibly with copies of famous masterpieces.
With the fun and bouncy songs it is possible to create a real French cafe atmosphere, while at the same time helping your children to become at home with the French language.
The big question – how many French impressionist painters could your children name?
* denotes solo singing
# denotes French speaking
+ denotes English speaking
Monsieur Jacques* # Proprietor of the baker’s shop
Simone* # Jacque’s wife
Monsieur Louis # Proprietor of the café
Waiters and Waitresses for the Café # *
Artist # * Solo song
Rosemary + * Posh English Aunt in France to meet her American cousin George. She is inappropriately dressed for a small country town.
No correct French spoken.
Queue of Customers in the baker’s shop, including:
Chantal* # Modern young, shy French woman
Vincent* # A labourer with a gruff voice
Madeleine* # Possibly local hairdresser
Pierrot Traditional French street mime artist
Customers for the Café A selection of locals
Musician # “Plays” violin in café
Cousin (cuisine)George * # + English speaking American
Pa-pa to the twins
Taxi Driver # Small part
What you get?
With stage suggestions
Full libretto score
| MP3 tracks
| MP3 tracks
backing so your children learn the tunes
Make the props, scenery and costumes from recycled materials
Made up of: Main Show Script with Historical Fact Sheets and Art pack – MP3 files with Performance and Backing tracks – Libretto Music Score – 12 month Performance and Video License – Photocopying License
As a small school with only 48 pupils this is a very useful resource.
Headmaster, Maesbury County Primary School