On the Other Side of the Fence
by Andrea Green
Full Length Musical, Comedy / 30boy(s) or girl(s)
On the Other Side of the Fence is a story about two farms separated by a big, strong fence. A rollicking, high-spirited barnyard musical where "taking the fence away" leads to understanding differences and finding friendship.
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Often barriers are created to separate people who are different.
On the Side of the Fence is a metaphor for this reality. In this high-spirited musical, animals from two different farms work together to remove the fence dividing them. In doing so, they discover their similarities are greater than their differences.
Romeo and Juliet meets the farm, for this kid-friendly musical that teaches lessons of understanding, conflict resolution, and tolerance.
A big, strong fence was put up because of a long standing feud between Farmer Franklin and Farmer Fred. Because of their differences, they have forbidden the animals on their individual farms to communicate with the animals on the other side. One day, two pigs from opposing farms find friendship. The farmers warn them that this is unacceptable but the pigs and many of the animals question why this has to be. The animals look to each other for answers. Finally, out of desperation, the pigs decide to escape together. The animals prevail upon the farmers to end their feud and make peace with one another. A vote is taken and unanimously the decision is made to "take the fence away.” The farmers begin to see each other in a new light- the animals are jubilant — the pigs return — and acceptance, friendship and understanding lead to a peaceful co-existence.
Themes: Accepting differences - Conflict resolution - Overcoming bullying
Andrea Green and her musical On the Other Side of the Fence along with her extraordinary work as composer/playwright, musical director and music therapist are honored in the documentary On the Other Side of the Fence produced by Henry Nevison, with the following awards:
WINNER! 2015 Mid-Atlantic Emmy
WINNER! 2015 NY International Film Festival Gold Award
WINNER! 36th Annual Telly Award
WINNER! 2015 United Nations Department of Public Information Humanitarian Award
"I have got to tell you that I was blown away. I wanted a show that was meaty, where the kids would both learn to love musical theater and grow into the kind of community leaders that we so desperately need. I found your sweet barnyard. Thank you for this show....and giving (the kids) a chance to be part of something big". Charlie Hester, Children's Musical Theater director, DLO Children Theater Company, Danville, Illinois.
"They enjoyed the show immensely. What happened next, and what brought chills to those of us who saw it, was clear evidence that the 'fences' message of tolerance and acceptance had been internalized by the kids. With no apparent adult prompting, the entire cast formed a double-sided corridor of hugs and high-fives with the guests as they left the theater to return home. What a heart-warming scene to see and hear, and how painfully poignant to realize with adult eyes how seldom such a sight is seen in the 'real world'. Where can we find hope for the future, if not in our young people? If we and our leaders could embrace the lessons of 'Fence", we and our kids would face a very bright future indeed!" Gary Lickfett, Board Member of the DLO Musical Theater Company, Danville, Illinois
"Children aren't born with prejudice, they learn it. And by the time they are six or seven years old, they've learned those lessons well. And like so many of us humans, they build fences. Without being able to verbalize it, they already know the difference between "us" and 'them". And once that fence is built, we rarely get to look on the other side. Using metaphorical story and songs, Andrea Green doesn't just take down fences, she helps us to melt them away with understanding, kindness, friendship and love". Dr. Dan Gottlieb, Psychologist and Family Therapist. Nationally recognized mental health expert, author of "Letters to Sam", "Learning from the Heart" and "Voices in the Family".
“Andrea’s music and lyrics are timeless, beautiful and artistically created! You will find no more talented composer and lyricist in children’s or adult’s musicals! I highly recommend you look at her body of work and guarantee you will enjoy working with each and every script you select!” - Bruce A. Curless, Producing Artistic Director, The Ritz Theatre Company, Westmont, NJ
“Andrea’s musicals combine a well-written story with songs possessing beautiful melodies! Her plays stress inclusiveness and deal in an age-appropriate manner with contemporary child development issues." - Denise Mendel, Parent
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- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
Two farms separated by a big strong fence.
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Animal spot, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Country/Western
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: Medium
Casting30boy(s) or girl(s)
Principal and Supporting Roles:
STORYTELLER/CALLER – Clear, strong speaking voice with expression, for narration. Can sing or call the song CELEBRATION HOE-DOWN in an up-beat manner.
FARMERS FRED and FRANKLIN – Character roles, projecting dominance and intolerance. Each farmer can present this in a different way, with a powerful booming voice or an insecure, agitated voice.
ROSEY FAY and DAISY MAY – Character roles, projecting frustration and concern. These characters should be able to transform into being able to speak up for themselves and the animals. Their voices should be strong, clear and melodic.
SALT – Side-kick to Farmer Fred, with a strong, gutsy voice, similar to Fred, who is his role model. Imitates Fred and follows him around like a shadow. Solid, strong voice and is rhythmic.
PEPPER – Side-kick to Farmer Franklin, with a nervous, shaky voice. He almost seems allergic to Franklin, and sneezes when he gets too close to him. He does what he’s told, but he’s unsure. Hesitating, unsure voice that is rhythmic.
HAM – Boy pig with an out-going, open, accepting nature. He should have strong, bluesy, charismatic voice and should exude personality.
BACON – Girl pig with a kind, trusting nature. She should have a sweet, bluesy voice, and exude lots of heart and soul.
HAIRY – Dog with conviction and comic ability, who has lots of guts. He should have a strong, tough, twangy voice, with lots of dimension and dynamics. SCRATCH – Cat with nerve and comic ability, who is almost irritating. She should have a strong, tough, twangy voice with lots of dimension and dynamics.
CHEESE and CRACKERS – 2 bears who live in total denial or live in total acceptance! Comedic, operatic, melodramatic voices, who can lead the ensemble.
HOOT and SCOOT – Owls with wisdom and intellect who understand and have compassion. Beautiful melodic voices that capture the essence of the friendship between the 2 pigs.
TATTLE TAIL – Mischievous, comical character, with lots of energy and bounce. Dramatic and staccato voice, that demands attention.
Featured Ensemble Characters (can be further developed by directors and performers to suit specific production visions):
THE STYLETTES AND STYLETTOS – Sizzle, Sassy, Saucy, Juicy - Slab, Slick, Percy, Pete Cool swines who really know how to swing and sing the blues. Voices should be able to harmonize and scat.
THE WINGERS – Doodle, Tweet, Gobble, Quacker – Goose, Pidge, Chick, Rooster Flighty birds, who have clear, melodic and distinctive voices, who can move and/or dance comfortably, in a modern and classical style.
THE RUFFS – Sniff, Rudy, Barker, Fang – Honey, Red, Patch, Shag Ferocious, fed-up dogs, who can sing with guts, gumption and lots of personality. They can tap dance and/or play rhythmic instruments for dance section.
THE MEOWS – Purr, Dander, Slink, Shadow – Prancer, Kitty, Cat, Cleo Whining, fed-up felines, who can sing with guts, gumption and lots of personality. They can tap dance and/or play rhythmic instruments for dance section.
THE WOOLIES – Baaby, Maady, Curls, Fluff – Fleece, Twirl, Chops, Mutton Hip sheep, who can rock and roll and sing at the same time, with much passion, to an upbeat dance number.
THE STINKERS – Stripes, Stinky, Spray, Spunk – Streak, Smelly, P. Uee, Steve Quick singing, totally silly skunks, who can dance a mean “hora”.
- Ensemble cast
- Cross gender casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Features Children
- Features Teens
- Flexible casting
- Local Celebrity Cameo
- Roles for Children
- Room for Extras
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
30 +/- Cast can be expanded and/or reduced. It's a show that a director can be flexible with. Non-gender for most of the roles (except for Ham and Bacon).
Music Material Rental Packages
1 Piano / Conductor's Score
1 Production Resource Guide
1 Director / Teacher Libretto
20 Student Librettos
Orchestrated Rehearsal and Performance CD
On the Other Side of the Fence premiered at Germantown Friends School, in Philadelphia, PA. and then was showcased at an International Festival sponsored by The Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C.
Productions: Mifflin School, Phila. Pa, Theatre with a Twist, Acton, MA., Randolph Central School, Randolph, MA., Wolf Performing Arts Center, Narberth, Pa., DLO Musical Musical Theater Co., Danville, Ill., Yankton Children's Theater, Yankton S.D., Mainstage Performing Arts Center, Blackwook, N.J., HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Phila., Pa., Kincaid Regional Theater, Falmouth, KY, Croft Farm Summer Theater, Cherry Hill, N.J., Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, Pa., Dr. John C. Page School, West Newbury, NH, Manchester Community Theater, Manchester, N.H......and many more!
The film about Andrea's work as a composer/playwright and music therapist was produced & directed by Henry Nevison with co-executive producers, Howard Blumenthal and Kerri Hanlon. Andrea Green was associate producer. Read more about the film's awards.