Peter and the Wolf
Who has not heard of Prokofiev’s classic, “Peter and the wolf”, which we all heard as kids and which taught us a lot about the musical instruments of the orchestra?
There are many excellent productions of this beautiful classic, both in its original form and in animation, and I didn’t see any point in simply re-creating it in terms of a ventriloquist show. I decided that I would approach it from the viewpoint of nature conservation, which is such an important issue today. I followed the original plot, using a ventriloquist figure as Peter, narrating the happenings, but at the original conclusion of the story, Peter takes pity on the wolf and sees things from the animals’s perspective, and the need to preserve this noble creature in the interests of wildlife conservation. He lets the wolf go free.
OVER TO THE WOLF, who then expresses his feelings as an animal that obeys its natural instincts and has to prowl and hunt in order to sustain his family. The plot then continues to describe how man destroys his environment. The trees and vegatation are cut down. The smaller animals are forced to leave, and the larger predators have no natural food resources and are compelled to hunt domestic sources such as cattle and sheep, which brings them into conflict with man, who continues his cycle of destruction by shooting them.
The story ends with a thought-provoking message about the need to maintain our natural resources and wildlife and appeals for support and understanding from people who don’t want to see the destruction of our ecological assets, which could easily become extinct.
I have planned this to be both an entertaining and educational presentation for kidshow nature conservation groups, school presentations, and even parties. Kids will love Peter and Sasha the Wolf, and Wanda, the cheeky and colorful bird, rescued from the jungles of Peru after losing its parents, who introduces the show and promotes the cause of Wildlife Conservation.
Watch out in the near future for further details.
Click HERE to go to the Wikipedia site which is a comprehensive reference of this great classic.