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Rock Solid Kids
A Character Education Musical Play for Building "Rock Solid Kids"
Keith Hafner & Laszlo Slomovits

Performance Notes and Suggestions:

Feel free to perform these songs in the way that works best for you and for the children you teach. I encourage you and the young people you work with to personalize “Rock Solid Kids” for yourselves — do it in the way that feels most comfortable and right for you.

The choruses of many of the songs lend themselves to simple hand-motions/sign language. Kids are wonderful at coming up with creative and unique motions to go with song lyrics. You can also refer to sign language books for individual words that you want to highlight.

There is no set cast, however, there are statements for about 90 students. You may double up lines if fewer students are used. All spoken parts are in a narrative style, to be delivered directly to the audience.

Costuming can be as simple or elaborate as you feel comfortable with (or have time for!) The entire revue may be performed in school clothes with the addition of a simple prop or piece of clothing, such as an athletic uniform (“Let’s Move”) or funny glasses (“Laser Lenses”).

Encourage the kids to make up collages, signs and/or drawings for each of the songs. These could be displayed on the walls of the performance area, or possibly held up at the start of each song. A large colorful banner across the back of the stage listing the qualities is another possibility. The children could also write brief essays about their experiences with these qualities.

 Vocal     Instrumental

Song #1: Who’s In Charge? (Self Control) 2:54
© 2002 Laszlo Slomovits ASCAP

Who’s in charge of me? I am!
Who’s in charge of me? I am!
Who’s in charge of me? I am!
I am! I am! I am!

I can stop... when I need to stop.
I can go when I need to go.
I can move real fast when I need to move,
And I can also go real slow.
Yes, it’s my life, I’m in control,
So I can reach my every goal.
You want to know... Who’s in charge…

Things and people may try to distract me,
To tempt me with all their might.
But I can stop and think before I act,
And decide what’s wrong or right.
Yes, it’s my life, I’m in control,
So I can reach my every goal.
You want to know... Who’s in charge…

If someone gets worked-up and loses their cool
That doesn’t mean I have to lose mine.
And if someone acts rude and pushes my buttons
I don’t have to react like a porcupine.
Yes, it’s my life, I’m in control,
So I can reach my every goal.
You want to know... Who’s in charge…

Connecting Dialog to Introduce Song #2
Everyone: Hello, and welcome! Welcome to each and every one of you!
Speaker 1: The song we just sang sums up what this whole show is about…
Speaker 2: That each of us can be fully in charge of ourselves.
Speaker 3: We may not be able to choose what happens to us…
Speaker 4: But each of us can choose how we respond.
Speaker 5: And how we respond makes all the difference.
Speaker 6: In fact, in a very real way, how we think and feel on the inside…
Speaker 7: Creates our world on the outside.
Speaker 8: By choosing a positive outlook, we get to paint a bright tomorrow!

 Vocal      Instrumental


Song #2: A Bright Tomorrow (Positive Outlook) 3:08
© 2002 Laszlo Slomovits ASCAP


Painting a bright tomorrow begins here today.
I get to choose the colors, I get to have my say,
By how I think today.
I can think in the very best way.
I get to choose every day.

My mind is like a brush, I paint with each thought.
If I don’t like the way things look, I look at the paints I brought
And think a different way.
I can think in the very best way.
I get to choose every day.

Yesterday is done, there’s no way I can change it.
Tomorrow’s not yet here, but I can pre-arrange it
By how I live today.
I can think in the very best way.
I get to choose every day.

If I don’t like a color I chose, I can create another shade.
I can just paint over it again and again, till I am happy with what I made.
It’s all in how I choose to look, it’s all in how I choose to feel.
The cup may look half empty, but half full is just as real.

I choose to see the world, filled with love and grace.
I choose to see myself, in the perfect time and place
By how I think today.
I can think in the very best way.
I get to choose every day.

So, painting a bright tomorrow, begins here today.
I get to choose the colors, I get to have my say
By how I think today, by how I act today,
By how I live today.
I can think in the very best way.
I get to choose every day.


Connecting Dialog to Introduce Song #3
Speaker 1: So, how do we choose a bright tomorrow?
Speaker 2: Well, we start by believing in ourselves, by having confidence in ourselves.
Speaker 3: Have you ever been excited about doing something, and then had someone
tell you that you’re not good enough — and you believed them?
Speaker 4: Maybe they said you’re not smart enough, or strong or fast enough…
Speaker 5: Isn’t it a bummer when someone wet-blankets us like this?
Speaker 6: The only thing worse is when we do it to ourselves…
Speaker 7: When we allow ourselves to get discouraged, and don’t even try…
Speaker 8: So, let’s not do that!

 Vocal      Instrumental


Song #3: Getting Better (Confidence) 2:40
© 2002 Laszlo Slomovits ASCAP


If I catch myself thinking, “I’m not that smart” – I don't buy it – not me.
If I hear myself saying, “I always fall apart” – I don't buy it – not me.
And if I think I’m not that strong,
Or if I think I can't get along,
Even if I think I’m always wrong – I don't buy it – not me.

I say: “I’m not dense, I’ve got sense
And in myself, I’ve got confidence.
Yes, I’m fine, and I’m gonna shine,
'Cause I'm working on getting better all the time,
I'm getting better all the time."

If someone says to me “That’s too hard for you” - I don’t buy it – not me.
If someone says to me “Success is for the few” - I don’t buy it – not me.
If someone says that, “Life is rough”
Or if they say, “You gotta be tough”
And then they say, “And you’re not good enough” - I don’t buy it – not me.

I say: “I’m not dense, I’ve got sense…

‘Cause if I look back at just the last few days
I’ve done so well in so many ways
And if I look further back, a month or a year,
I’ve broken through so many a fear —
I might make a mistake or two –
Everybody does, you know that's true.
But even if I make a hundred and five
It still doesn't change who I am inside.

‘Cause, I’m not dense, I’ve got sense
And in myself, I’ve got confidence.
Yes, I’m fine, and I’m gonna shine,
'Cause I'm working on getting better all the time,
I'm getting better all the time. Oh, Yeah!
I'm getting better all the time. Yeah!


(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)

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Many thanks to Keith Hafner and Laz Slomovits for permission to display these lyrics.
© Laz Slomovits. All rights reserved. Used with permission. 

 



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