On this page you will find answers to . . .
Peter VS. the Wolf FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions), like:
what is the orchestration, how to rent it/ get
score and parts, technical stuff, etc. etc.
This piece includes the music of the original Prokofiev tale and is offered on a
"produce-it-yourself" basis. It has been performed by dozens of orchestras all over the United
States, and was recently given European and South American premieres. It is one of
several such works published by Justin Locke Productions.
Peter VS. the Wolf FAQ's
(as well as general links for the JLP web site!)
PVTW is a one-hour family and pops concert piece for
orchestra and four actors.
Prokofiev wrote the music. Peter VS. the Wolf uses the music of
Peter AND the Wolf.
NO. Peter VS. the Wolf is the SEQUEL to Peter and the
Wolf. This is the story of the Wolf's trial. In this new story, the
Wolf runs into the concert hall after breaking out of the zoo.
He pleads his case with the audience, claiming he was "framed,"
and proceeds to tell the story of his trial. Lights come up on
the stage; there is the orchestra and a courtroom. The District
Attorney and Peter proceed to prosecute the wolf, but the wolf is
too clever for them; he calls EACH INSTRUMENT TO THE
STAND and cross-examines them; in the midst of the courtroom comedy every
instrument of the orchestra is demonstrated and explained. The
dizzy judge tosses out the instruments' testimony, leading to a
rousing finish complete with dixieland music, surprise witnesses,
spontaneous confessions, and pardons from the governor.
We don't normally send out perusal scores, as the music is all from the standard literature and
mostly from Peter and the Wolf. We do send out scripts, but the fastest way to
get a copy is to simply print out the synopsis and script page.
(Just go to the page, click on "file" in your web browser, and hit "print." It's about 24 pages
The orchestration is the same as that of Peter and the Wolf:
single woodwinds, three horns, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion, and strings. (There are
some added perc instruments, but not added perc players.)
Absolutely. All rentals of the show include use of a score and a complete set of parts,
including a "witness stand" part so the musicians don't need to memorize anything. The roadmap
is crystal clear, with all the musican's spoken dialogue included in the books. The parts also
include all the incidental music. A sound effects tape/CD is also included.
Peter VS. the Wolf has been performed by orchestras of every size all over
the United States, including the Symphonies of Minnesota, Phoenix, Spokane, and Nashville. It
has also been done in Australia, Europe, and South America. It has been done by professional, community,
college, and high school orchestras.
Peter VS. the Wolf is offered on a "produce-it-yourself" basis. Most of my clients simply hire a local
theater director to provide the actors. This gives you complete control over
your production, and it saves the costs of hiring a travelling show. Once the actors have
rehearsed, professional orchestras can put it together with one 3 hour orchestra rehearsal.
The eternal question. I like to be up front with clients but since every orchestra is different, and I charge different amounts depending on various factors, it's better if you just send me an email at email@example.com and give me a sense of your operation, for example, are you a pro/
amateur/ student orch, size of hall, ticket prices, expected attendance, is it a school day event, and I will make you an offer, no
obligation, no salesman will visit your home! I am eternally guided by the Rotary Club credo of "Is it fair for all concerned?".
Note, these darn Russians: The fee paid to JLP for the use of Peter
VS. the Wolf does not include the "grand/ dramatic rights" fee that must now be paid to G. Schirmer for
the use of the Prokofiev music in this context. I can explain it all when we chat, it is not a major expense but they have to be included.
There are no issues of additional payments for Phantom of the Orchestra or any of the other pieces in the JLP concert catalogue.
For performances of PVTW in Germany, everything goes thru Sikorski Musikverlag.
To find out more: email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Or call  781-330-8143. You can send snailmail to Justin Locke One Randall St Waltham MA 02453
"'Peter VS. the Wolf' is the liveliest introduction to orchestral
instruments I've ever heard." --Syracuse Post Standard