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A passion for music leads Charlotte into a raging blizzard and a magical musical journey of discovery. 

Charlotte is no ordinary little girl: she comes into the world singing and hears music in everything around her. She plays the trumpet on a cardboard tube and the xylophone with two rulers on a desk. With everyone at home far too busy to understand her musical brilliance, she sets off into the wide world only to find herself lost in a raging blizzard. The Music-Maker to the rescue! He takes Charlotte on a journey through the Magical Monarchy of Musical Magnificence, exploring the sounds and colours of the orchestra and leading her to an unexpected discovery, not only about music, but about herself.

Featuring enchanting illustrations by Graham Ross and a stunning original score by Alain Trudel, with selections from Handel, Grieg, and up-beat arrangements of well-known popular tunes, this concert for actor and orchestra focuses on the different families and individual instruments of the orchestra. The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes and is recommended for ages 4 and up.

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Story Themes

  • Search for Acceptance 
  • Adventure
  • Being True to Oneself        
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Musical Themes

  • Families of Instruments
  • Responding to Music
  • Music as Language
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Fun Facts

  • Charlotte and the Music-Maker is Platypus Theatre’s only one-actor show
  • Composer Alain Trudel was originally only hired to compose 7 minutes of music for the show but ended up writing nearly 25 minutes.


2(1.2Picc)2(1.2EH)22 / 22*10 / Timp** + 1 / hp / ***orchestral strings

*trombone doubles on euphonium, or add tuba

**assumes Timpanist also plays other percussion; if not, Timp + 2

***The number of string players is at the discretion of the orchestra. Minimum; maximum The number of books supplied is

All music is supplied by Platypus Theatre in the form of bound books for each musician. A score with all text cues is also supplied as well as a rehearsal CD and a DVD for the use of the conductor and stage crew. 


Trudel, Alain - Overture

Handel, George Frederic - “Hornpipe” from The Water Music

Black, James Milton (arr. Trudel) - When the Saints Come Marching In

Abreu, Zequina (arr. Trudel) - Tico-tico

Trudel, Alain - Charlotte’s Journey

Trudel, Alain - The Brilliant Brass

Trudel, Alain - The Sumptuous Strings

Trudel, Alain - The Wonderful Woodwinds

Trudel, Alain - The Prodigious Percussion

Trudel, Alain - The Simply Superlative Symphony

Grieg, Edvard - “Air” from Holberg Suite, Op.40

Mozart, W.A. (arr. Trudel) - Variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Tech Specs

This performance requires the services of two artists from Platypus Theatre: one performers and a stage manager.

Lighting can be varied to suit facility.

Presenter must supply one flesh-coloured, inconspicuous microphone (Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold or similar) that can be hooked over the ear or attached to the face.

For full technical requirements, click on downloads for the rider.

Charlotte as a School Concert

Each Platypus Theatre program is tailored to suit both the primary (kindergarten to third grade) and junior divisions (fourth to seventh grade). Our in-depth and relevant study guides were developed by teachers, with separate activities by grade level and curriculum that meet or exceed most state and provincial standards for arts education. 

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Cross-Curricular Connections

  • Drama (body language, storytelling) 
  • Language (rhyme & rhythm, poetry, descriptive writing)
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Character Education

  • Respect 
  • Perseverance 
  • Courage