An uplifting story with the message that dreams can be achieved no matter what others may tell you. The story features a catchy song with dance moves.
This story was written with Story Time in mind. I wanted to create a story with a catchy, easy to follow song where the children could move, dance and sing along. The story is about a monkey who wants to join a circus and has to prove his talent before he is allowed to join. In the song, Billy sings about all the things he can do in an attempt to impress the Ring Master. This song has an incredible way of making you smile and want to join in singing All of our actors performed Billy's song which was great fun to record. The lead character is performed by Sadie Kay who not only did a great job with Billy's voice but sang the song with perfect theatrical energy which really brought the character to life.
Billy the monkey always wanted to join the circus and one day he heard that one was passing through his forest. He decided he would meet the Ring Master. He meets The Ring Master and Polly, the circus flying dolly. They are not sure if Billy has the talent for their circus and so they ask Billy what things he could do. Billy cheerfully sings a song about all the things he can do such as touch his toes, jump up and down, spin around and various other moves. It's a happy, uplifting story with the underlining message that dreams can be achieved no matter what others may tell you. This story includes an original classical soundtrack, an extremely catchy song and sound effects throughout the narrative.
Story length: 4m46s
Sadie Kay as Billy the monkey
Adie Hardy as The Ring Master
Emma Anton as Polly the circus flying dolly
Sadie Kay recording the voice of Billy the monkey
Emma Anton and Adie Hardy recording Billy's song.
Fun in The Studio
Although Adie and I take our roles as storytellers seriously, we do have an enormous amount of fun making our audio books! Creating the characters' voices is always an extremely fun process and we love it when we get to the stage of adding Sound FX. Sometimes, this part of the creation process can take longer than one would imagine!
We invent many of the FX in our stories from scratch and make sure we are always being original with our use of sounds. We use panning and other volume tricks to create as much movement and depth in the stories as possible. Sometimes we get so carried away with all the fun we're having that we end up singing and dancing along to the story! It's lucky there isn't a hidden camera in the studio because I'm sure people would think we are both a little crazy haha!
This story has been very popular in my Story Time. I brought little coloured wristbands for the children to put on to help them feel as though they are in the circus during the drama section. I also printed out templates to help me teach the children about The Big Top. They really love this! The templates give them a chance to practice their colouring in as well as their drawing skills.
Behind The Scenes
Here's some footage of Sadie Kay recording Billy's song and Emma Anton recording the voice of Polly the circus flying dolly.