I Want to Know is a 75-minute musical about the history of science and invention. This recording includes all of the songs and accompanying narration. Some scenes are not included.
Using comic book style speed and wit, the players chart the history of science, transportation, medicine and industry. Starting in pre-history, when a shaman’s magic and herbal remedies formed the core of scientific study, I Want to Know moves through the ages, from Archimedes to Newton to Einstein and beyond, with humor and insight. Fast-paced and full of variety, the music carries the flavor of each scientific age and originating country.
Originally developed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Arts Board Artist in Resident program at Pulaski High School. The recording was produced by CenterStage Productions, Kim Vanderhyden and Tobin Mueller, in 1991, recorded at Bonzai Studios (Jeff Maroszek engineer). Remastered for this release by Factory Underground Studios, Tom Stewart engineer. Appropriate for grades 1-12; target grades for stage performance: 6-12. See CenterStage-Musicals for more information. Contact: Tobin Mueller.
The full script of I Want to Know includes non-musical scenes (not recorded) that valso covers the history of daily gadgets (like the toilet and ice box), communication, and other inventions. Contact Tobin Mueller for more information.
CenterStage Players: Stacy Funk (narrator), Todd Galloway, Mary Stumpf, Becky Welhouse, Milo Foster, Barb Wolfman, Suzi Caveness, Jean Stebbins, Deb Fett, Aaron Ahlswede, Teri Berggren, Tracie Blais, Teresa Dalstrom, Roxanne Drevs, Kelly Everson, Chris Falk, Rebecca Garsow, Marius Jensen, Scott Johnson, Steve Johnson, Natalie Krammer, Kurt Schneider, Heather Swanson, Mary Lou Wichlacz, Tobin Mueller and Anton Mueller (paperboy).
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Spoken introduction to the show.
An informative and comic musical timeline that brings the History of Science and Invention to life. The track is 10:51 mintutes long, so the mp3 may take a while to load. Feel free to download it and listen at your leisure. Each section uses the musical styles associated with the historical era:
• African Magic
• Egyptian Agriculture, Calender, Arithmetic
• Persian Medicine, Astronomy, Algebra
• Age of Faith and the Scribe
• The Renaissance
• Birth of Classical Physics
• Age of Electricity
• Einstein and the Modern Age of Science
A musical history of medicine starting with the first "modern" physician, Galen. Whereas Hippocrates laid the foundation of Greek Medicine, Galen developed its theory and practice, and carried Greco-Roman medicine to its zenith. Claudius Galenus (Galen) was born in Pergamum, an old Greek city on the Aegean coast of Asia Minor (present day Turkey) in the year 130 A.D.
Narrated introduction to The History of Transportation medley.
An informative and dramatic musical timeline that brings the Industrial Revolution to life. The track is 6:22 mintutes long, so the mp3 may take a while to load. Feel free to download it and listen at your liesure. Each section uses the musical styles associated with the historical era:
• Cottage Industry
• Steam Power
• The Assembly Line (In the Factory)
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