How The Stars Came To Be

Words and Music by Kate Stilitz

The little boy from the hilltop village in the forest longs for adventure. When he discovers a group of adults setting off into the jungle in search of honey for the annual festival cake, he and his friends decide to follow in secret. Little do they know that they have begun an adventure that will take them through the wildest part of the jungle and far, far beyond…

This Brazilian folktale is brought vividly to life through song, chant, storytelling, movement and percussion in a 20-minute musical aimed at KS2 children. It has been performed by children at Highgate, Ashmole, Tiverton and Sunnyhill primary schools in London.

Kate recently collaborated with artist Reza Ben Gajra and 80 Year 3 children at Sunnyhill Primary School to create an animated adaptation of the show.

“Her skills as a writer and composer of children’s productions are exceptional. Year 3’s performance of ‘How the Stars came to be’ combined beautiful narrative with music, dance and drama to produce a truly memorable piece of work”.

William Dean

Headteacher, Highgate Primary

“How the Stars Came to Be is an outstanding cross-curricular script which had the children engaged from the start. This linked not only to our Brazilian theme but also covered our remit to deliver first class internationally linked dramas. I’ve worked in Drama for many years and Stilitz’s script really does stand out as something special!’

Nigel de Souza

Drama Teacher, Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong

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