The Gifts of the Apple Tree is an engagingly sweet musical program suited for pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade students. Choose anywhere from just nine (see additional performance suggestions) to all fifteen short songs to produce a program that flows without dialogue or narration but with incence and humor to tell the story of the life journey of an apple tree, from a tiny seed to a fruit-bearing specimen. Perform the entire program in about thirty minutes (half that time with the nine-song version) as you take the audience through two cycles of seasons. In the first cycle the children sing about the many ways we take care of a young seedling. In the second cycle the children showcase all the ways a full-grown apple tree can return the favor of that earlier care. And if you think the only gift an apple tree can provide is apples... Think Again! Minimal use of sets, props, or costumes. Kit includes: book with vocal scores/pia accompaniment /guitar chords; performance suggestions; sing-along and performance /accompaniment CD. Grades pre-K-2. 25 minutes. The CD can be ordered from amazon.com.
Maria B. Lostoski is a music teacher and children's song composer living just outside Washington DC with her husband and three children. In 1987 she began teaching music at Norwood School, a private K-8 school in Bethesda. Maria has also written several other musical programs for pre-school through grade 2, including A Day on the Farm, The Mammal Family, and Bugs! She has had a life-long interest in the folk song repertoire of America and beyond. Her productions frequently intersperse these well-known tunes with her own compositions, which are naturally steeped in folk idiom. For more information, check out her website: www.marialostoski.com.