Mystery At Magpie Manor

A Razzamatazztic Musical
By Mary Green & Julie Stanley
9 Reviews
Ages: 7-11
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Can you solve the mystery at Magpie Manor? Don the fringes and feathers, dust off the spy glass and join the flapper girls and their family, Inspector Spectre and a whole host of famous guests in this roaring 20's thriller! Available with Words on Screen™.



An Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this musical. For more information, please see below.

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About Mystery At Magpie Manor

  • Works as a 7-11 school production, but for smaller productions most suited to years 5 and 6
  • Words on Screen™ CD ROM for easy rehearsing using highlighted lyrics synchronized with the music
  • Adaptable script for large-group performances
  • Suggested choreography and ‘How To Charleston’ videos available online
  • From the authors of best-selling nativities Children Of The World and The Magical Christmas Jigsaw

This brilliant Downton-meets-Poirot musical production brings comedy, song, mystery and 1920s' dance routines together in one scintillating performance.
Set in the 1920s and steeped in legend and intrigue, Magpie Manor is in a great state of disrepair and Lord and Lady Pica must take drastic action to save their crumbling manor house. The clan is gathered and together with Mr Fortune the bank manager and his bumbling assistants, they come up with a plan to sell off the family silver. But as the rich and famous guests arrive for the auction ball, strange things are occurring and when the family heirloom is unveiled, it has disappeared! Inspector Spectre is straight on the case, aided by none other than Agatha Christie and it seems that everyone has a motive from the servants and cheeky tradesmen to Cousin Rupert and his grasping American fiancée. But will the thief be caught and can Magpie Manor be rescued from impending disaster?

Join the flapper girls and their family and Charleston your way through this pacy, energetic mystery musical with eight fantastic songs, a humorous script and a fabulous twist!

Available with a Words on Screen™ CD ROM allowing you to display song lyrics on any whiteboard, computer screen, television or interactive touchscreen. The lyrics synchronize with the music as it plays making them easy to teach and easy to learn!

An Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this musical.

Running Time:60 minutes approx
(Total length of music: 14 minutes approx)
Solos/Parts:Songs with Rounds, Part-Singing and Solos:
  • Honey Devine
  • Do As You're Told!
  • Keep A Beady Eye
  • The Charleston
  • Who Dunnit?
Songs with Optional Harmony
  • The Magpie Rag
  • We've Solved The Mystery
Sample Script:Sample Script (66KB)
Cast List:

Character List, Props List and Stage Directions


No. of speaking parts: 32.
No. of non-speaking parts: 16.
Whole school: Cast size can easily be increased to include more non-speaking tradesmen, guests and magpies.
Least no. of performers: Could be done with as few as 34, which would involve cutting some of the guests (Noel Coward, Herbert Austin) and their spouses. Trixie and Minty’s parts could be cut and allocated to other flapper girls. Den Bones and Phil Pie could be cut from the script and magpies could double up as guests reducing the cast by a total of 14.

Extra Downloads:

Instrumental Scores


Score for Overture


Score for Magpie Dance

Teach Primary Review:Hitting The High Notes - Review
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My Words on Screen™ Online:

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Suggested Choreography Videos:View our suggested choreography videos here.
ISBN:9781906988968 Book & CD / 9781906988975 Book & CD ROM

Licence Information

Words on Screen™ User Licences

Words on Screen™ CD ROMs are supplied with a single user licence which allows the Words on Screen™ CD ROM to be installed on ONE computer only.

To license the installation of the CD ROM onto network servers and/or two or more computers, please purchase an Annual Performance Licence which includes extended digital rights.


Annual Performance Licence Information

A current Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this musical to an audience (other than to pupils & staff).

  • You can purchase an Annual Performance Licence above (it is cheaper when purchased as part of a product pack).
  • The requirement for a licence is irrespective of whether admission charges are made.
  • An Annual Performance Licence covers any number of performances of a particular musical within 12 months of the date of ordering.
  • A new Annual Performance Licence would be required for any future performance(s) outside the date period printed on your current licence.

In addition, with so many of our musicals and nativities purchased in digital format, you need a legal way to install or distribute copies for use around the school. Your Annual Performance Licence will grant you permission to:

  1. Perform the work to an audience (other than pupils and staff in schools). A licence is required even if it is a 'free' performance and this is a worldwide copyright requirement.
  2. Install Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  3. Download Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  4. Continue to stream Words on Screen™ songs from your Out of the Ark Music online account on any device (beyond your free period) for the duration of the licence.
  5. Copy song files from an Audio CD onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  6. Copy MP3 audio files onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  7. Upload digital content to an intranet or learning platform.
  8. Permit usage of digital content at home for teachers for preparation purposes.

A separate Annual Performance Licence is required for each product title that you use in any of these ways. Please note that if you have purchased an Annual Digital Site Licence – Multi-Product, this will cover the digital usage permissions in points 2-8 above for these products but does not cover the performance rights in point 1 – an Annual Performance Licence will still be required.


How To Renew


You can renew your Annual Performance Licences by simply logging into your account if you have one and going to your My Licences page. Pick the relevant licence and click RENEW.

Listen to Songs

The Magpie Rag
Honey Devine
Flash Of Black And White
Do As You're Told!
Keep A Beady Eye
The Charleston
Who Dunnit?
We've Solved The Mystery!
Overture
Magpie Dance

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The following items are available for this product:

Teacher's Book

Teacher's Book

  • Character list
  • Script with staging directions
  • Suggestions for rehearsing, staging, props and costumes (see below)
  • Choreography suggestions for The Charleston and Magpie Dance
  • Music score and song lyric sheets for 8 songs (Piano music score, melody and chords)
  • Licence and copyright details
Audio CD

Audio CD

  • Vocal tracks sung by children
  • Professional backing tracks
  • Overture and Magpie Dance music
Words on Screen™ CD ROM

Words on Screen™ CD ROM

  • Words on Screen™ versions of songs so that you can display song lyrics on any whiteboard, computer screen, television or interactive touchscreen. The lyrics synchronize with the music as it plays making them easy to teach and easy to learn
  • Extractable MP3s, printable lyrics, scores, scripts & additional resources
  • Enhanced operation features including ‘double-click’ to hear and teach a single line
  • Words on Screen™ user guide
  • Single-User licence allowing the Words on Screen™ CD ROM to be installed on ONE computer only (Please note a Performance Licence is still required to perform this musical)
  • Licence & copyright details
Words on Screen™ eSongbook

Words on Screen™ eSongbook

  • An online Words on Screen™ product to stream or download
  • Extractable MP3s, printable lyrics, scores, scripts, & additional resources
  • Words on Screen™ versions of songs so that you can display song lyrics on any whiteboard, computer screen, television or interactive touchscreen. The lyrics synchronize with the music as it plays making them easy to teach and easy to learn
  • Flexibility to create an expandable library of Words on Screen™ song collections, nativities and musicals in your Out of the Ark online account
  • Enhanced operation features including ‘double-click’ to hear and teach a single line
  • Words on Screen™ user guide
  • Single-User licence (Please note a Performance Licence is still required to perform this musical)
  • Licence & copyright details

Annual Performance Licence

Annual Performance Licence

A current Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this musical to an audience (other than to pupils & staff).

  • You can purchase an Annual Performance Licence above (it is cheaper when purchased as part of a product pack).
  • The requirement for a licence is irrespective of whether admission charges are made.
  • An Annual Performance Licence covers any number of performances of a particular musical or nativity within 12 months of the date of ordering.
  • A new Annual Performance Licence would be required for any future performance(s) outside the date period printed on your current licence.

In addition, with so many of our musicals and nativities purchased in digital format, you need a legal way to install or distribute copies for use around the school. Your Annual Performance Licence will grant you permission to:

  1. Perform the work to an audience (other than pupils and staff in schools). A licence is required even if it is a 'free' performance and this is a worldwide copyright requirement.
  2. Install Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  3. Download Words on Screen™ song files from a CD ROM onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  4. Continue to stream Words on Screen™ songs from your Out of the Ark Music online account on any device (beyond your free period) for the duration of the licence.
  5. Copy song files from an Audio CD onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  6. Copy MP3 audio files onto more than one computer or onto a network.
  7. Upload digital content to an intranet or learning platform.
  8. Permit usage of digital content at home for teachers for preparation purposes.

A separate Annual Performance Licence is required for each product title that you use in any of these ways. Please note that if you have purchased an Annual Digital Site Licence – Multi-Product, this will cover the digital usage permissions in points 2-8 above for these products but does not cover the performance rights in point 1 – an Annual Performance Licence will still be required.


How To Renew


You can renew your Annual Performance Licences by simply logging into your account if you have one and going to your My Licences page. Pick the relevant licence and click RENEW.


Visit our Licences page for further information.

Rehearsal CDs

Rehearsal CDs

  • Vocal tracks sung by children
  • Professional backing tracks
  • Overture and Magpie Dance music
  • Available in packs of 5, 10 or 20
Subtotal:£0.00
Premium Packs With Words on Screen™  

Book, Audio CD, Words on Screen™ CD ROM & Annual Performance Licence

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Also includes a Words on Screen™ eSongbook to stream or download via your online account, from which you can instantly access Words on Screen™, PDFs & MP3s online.

£59.75

Words on Screen™ eSongbook & Annual Performance Licence Only (Online Order Only)

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A Words on Screen™ eSongbook for you to stream or download, including PDFs from the book and MP3 audio tracks. This eSongbook is only available as an online purchase. NO BOOK, AUDIO CD OR CD ROM INCLUDED. Instantly access everything you need from your online account. Pack includes an Annual Performance Licence. There is no postage and packing charge for this item.

£59.75

Book, Audio CD & Words on Screen™ CD ROM

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Also includes a Words on Screen™ eSongbook to stream or download via your online account, from which you can instantly access Words on Screen™, PDFs & MP3s online.

£39.95
Standard Packs  

Book, Audio CD & Annual Performance Licence

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£44.75

Book & Audio CD

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£24.95
Licences  

Annual Performance Licence (price per annum)

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A current Annual Performance Licence is required to perform this musical to an audience (other than to pupils & staff) and/or to install Words on Screen™ on a server and/or 2+ computers. You can purchase an Annual Performance Licence above (it is cheaper when purchased as part of a Premium or Standard Pack).

£24.00 pa
Additional Resources  

Pack of 5 Rehearsal CDs

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£15.00

Pack of 10 Rehearsal CDs

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£25.20

Pack of 20 Rehearsal CDs

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£43.20
Subtotal:£0.00

Fantastic fun for everyone

By Mrs K

This is an absolute gem of a production. I put it on with a mixed year 4/5/6 class, and we all loved every minute of it, as did our audience. The songs were fun and catchy, and the stage directions were excellent, and of course we all loved the terrible puns! Lots of opportunities for soloists and cameo roles, and my only criticism would be that we would have liked more verses in some of the songs! Well done Julie Stanley and Mary Green - great writing.


Great

By Maid

I was Ethel the maid in the play and I found it amazing to do with my fellow classmates.All the songs are catchy and easy to learn but when people where doing solos they didn’t really like to sing.Overall it was a great performance.


AMAZING

By girl

this play is one of the best things to do with year 6....i was the cook....great songs ..over all it was just fabulous.. i definitely recommend it to other classes and teachers!!!


AMAZING

By girl

this play is one of the best things to do with year 6....i was the cook....great songs ..over all it was just fabulous.. i definitely recommend it to other classes and teachers!!!


Funny, well written and fun to perform.

By Agatha Christie

I play Agatha Christie in my leavers play and I look forwards to all the rehearsals. The songs are catchy and easy to learn and I have loads of fun acting in it. I hope many other teachers choose this production to be the one their class performs to send them off into their high schools as their final glorious memories.


Great fun and fantastic music!

By Corrie

This was a fun play to put together with excellent upbeat music.


Fantastic show!

By Jane

This is a fantastic show for year 6 to perform. It is funny, fast-paced, full of historical details and with great music and dance opportunities too. Everything you need to help the end of term go with a swing and a bang!


Amazing!

By ReviewArk

My school performed this as a year 6 production and it was amazing! I was the inspector


Hitting the high notes

By Teach Primary Magazine

"Mystery At Magpie Manor is a 60-minute musical gem just begging to be used as an end-of-term production. If you are looking to entertain with plenty of razzmatazz and humour then this show is the one to get." To read the complete review, visit http://www.teachprimary.com/tried_and_tested/view/out-of-the-ark-music1


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