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A clever 10-year-old needs the audience to help outsmart a monster scheming to silence music forever.

In this mesmerizing children’s concert, drama, dance, dazzling masks and costumes are woven together with orchestral music in a story about bravery and hope. Audiences laugh, chant and sing while discovering musical concepts and urging Emily onward to defeat the horrible beast Cacopholous. As Emily is swept up in the beauty of music from some of the world’s greatest composers, the monster threatens to bring only darkness and noise. Emily must summon all of her courage and work with her friends both onstage and in the audience to triumph against his evil tyranny.  

Described as “a visually stunning production” and “beautiful on the deepest level”, audiences and orchestras across the globe have fallen in love with the Emily Saves the Orchestra touring children’s concert. The fully staged production features 13 excerpts from some of history’s most beloved pieces, including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, The Nutcracker and The William Tell Overture. With a running length of 55 minutes, Emily Saves the Orchestra is a delight for parents, teachers and children aged four and older. This popular children’s concert is an excellent addition to any family concert series or education program. 

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Story Themes

  • Good vs. evil
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
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Musical Themes

  • Instrument families
  • Elements of music
  • Musical ensembles
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Fun Facts

  • Platypus Theatre's first show. 
  • Original monster was 40-feet tall, but retired because he didn’t travel well. 
  • The first show performed overseas in 2001 in Malaysia.


2(1.2Picc)2(1.2EH)22 / 4231 / Timp + 2 / *orchestral strings

*The number of string players is at the discretion of the orchestra. The number of books supplied is 87665. 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. 


Tchaikovsky - “Trepak” from The Nutcracker

Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 (“Ode to Joy”)

Duschenes, Mario - Organized Chaos

Kabalevsky - Comedians Gallop

Khatchaturian - Sabre Dance

Grieg - “Morning” from Peer Gynt Suite No.1

Duschenes, Mario - Game of Harmony

Dukas - “Fanfare” from La Péri

Rossini - The William Tell Overture

Pachelbel - Canon in D

Dvorak - Slavonic Dance No. 1, op. 46

Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 (“Storm” & “Shepherd’s Song”)

Tech Specs

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

Lighting can be varied to suit facility.

Presenter must supply three flesh-coloured, inconspicuous microphones (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.

Emily 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 & Visual Art (puppetry, masks)
  • Dance (storytelling through movement)
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Character Education

  • Responsibility
  • Cooperation
  • Perseverance