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Arlie Abbstock and the Incredible Cape

…a magical, medieval musical
script and lyrics by Phil Cummings
music by Glyn Lehmann
There’s a terrible dragon, a kidnapped king, a feisty queen, a plucky princess, bumbling knights…and then there’s Arlie Abbstock.
Arlie Abbstock and The Incredible Cape
Arlie isn’t like the other children; while they play with swords and battle axes, he likes to stitch and weave and sew. When the dragon kidnaps the king, the knights attempt his rescue but return blackened and defeated.

Who will save the king now?

With help from the princess, Arlie puts his plan into action by doing what he does best. Teased by the other children and scorned by the knights, Arlie surprises them all; proving that friendship and a little self-belief go a long way.

Drama, comedy, songs, rap and much more!
For performers aged 5-12 years.

Duration: approximately 40 minutes
Arlie Abbstock and the Incredible Cape celebrates difference and explores themes of resilience, perseverance, resourcefulness, artistic endeavour, empathy, acceptance… and recycling!

Key aspects:
  • 19 speaking parts and chorus opportunities in which many children can participate.
  • Easy, flexible costuming options with opportunities for recycling.
  • Staging suggestions for do-it-yourself stage design and props.
  • Parts included for beginner recorder and ukulele players.
  • As well as the obvious benefits of being involved in a school production there are a number of themes that may be expanded upon in the classroom. We have provided suggestions in the accompanying materials.

We hope you enjoy teaching, learning and exploring our new musical.

Phil and Glyn
  • How to purchase
  • Licences
  • Free samples
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2 easy options…
1. Download Pack
Immediate download of the script, sheet music and other written materials as PDF files and the recordings (audio) as mp3 files.

2. Postage Pack
Order the tangible items including the printed script, songbook and a CD containing all audio tracks.
Delivery times:
Australia - standard post 3-10 days; express post 1-3 days
Rest of the world - 3-10 days
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These licences apply to both Download Packs and Postage Packs

Copying Licence

Musicals such as this are not covered under pre-existing school copying and performance agreements. In order to copy the materials you need to purchase a copying licence. This licence permits a single school to copy all materials purchased.

Performance Licence
You may perform the musical to your own school staff and students without a performance licence. All other performances require a licence, including free performances.

Please purchase a licence based on the number of performances.
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Product TypePrice
Download Pack (pdf and mp3)
  • Script; includes song lyrics, teacher notes for extended learning, staging and costume suggestions (pdf)
  • Piano/vocal score (pdf)
  • Easy recorder and ukulele parts
  • Learning tracks with vocals (mp3)
  • Performance (backing) tracks, sound effects and incidental music (mp3)
$65 AUD
Postage Pack (Book and CD)
  • Script; includes song lyrics, teacher notes for extended learning, staging and costume suggestions
  • Piano/vocal score
  • Easy recorder and ukulele parts
  • CD including learning tracks with vocals, performance (backing) tracks, sound effects and incidental music.
$65 AUD plus postage
Copying Licence
  • permits the copying of all items purchased. For internal, single school use only.
$30 AUD
Performance Licence
  • required for all performances, apart from those to only staff and students.
  • one licence required per performance.
$30 AUD
per performance

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Phil Cummings is an award winning author of over seventy books for children.
His career has spanned thirty years and his work has been published in Australia, New Zealand, U.S, Japan, China, Korea, Canada, U.K. and throughout Europe.
His most recent titles include:
  • ANZAC Biscuits illustrated by Owen Swan, Scholastic Press. CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Notable Book 2014
  • Ride, Ricardo, Ride! Illustrated by Shane Devries, Omnibus Scholastic CBCA Honour Book 2016
  • Bridie’s Boots illustrated by Sara Acton, Working Title Press CBCA Notable Book 2015
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Glyn Lehmann's career as a professional musician began as a performer on French horn and keyboards. Now he's a composer, songwriter, arranger and producer.

Composing credits include the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (TV and radio), major theatre companies and children’s music festivals.

In 2012 Glyn launched the SongLibrary - an online resource for teachers of songs for children’s choirs and the classroom.
Song samples
Arlie's Song
Look Into The Mirror
We Are The Knights
Just Me
Dragon Rap
You Never Listen
Arlie Finale
Arlie Abbstock
Arlie’s mother
Village children (Group 1, Group 2), including speaking parts for:
  • Child 1
  • Child 2
  • Child 3
  • Child 4
  • Child 5
  • Child 6
The king
The queen
The princess
Tailor 1
Tailor 2
Tailor 3
Tailor 4
Knights, including speaking parts for:
  • Knight 1
  • Knight 2
  • Knight 3
  • Knight 4
All characters can be played by either boys or girls.

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