(Grades 4-8, 40 Minutes) There's gold in them thar hills! Gold has been discovered in the hills of California. Land is being given away to settlers willing to make a fresh start in the newly explored regions of the American West. Cowpokes, miners, farmers, trappers, gamblers and adventurers of all kinds are making their way west to chase the promise of the American Dream. They come by way of wagon train, horseback, steamboat and rail. Go West combines music, history and drama to explore important facts about the westward expansion of early United States and discovers that real gold is discovered in the ideas and inspiration derived from new lands, fresh starts and attainable dreams abundant in the promises of the land of the free. The Teacher Edition includes full script, accompanied songs, Production Guide and choreography suggestions.
Songs include: Go West! Wagons · Ho! My Pony and Me · Steamboatin' · Keep Rollin' · Where I Make My Home · Go for the Gold!