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.
"It seems difficult to imagine a sequel to Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' that
justice to the original. But with 'Peter VS. the Wolf,' Justin Locke
has done just that--
and then some."
---Boston Patriot Ledger
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
If you are internet/technically challenged, you can still get a script.
or call me at [int'l: 001] 781 330 8143, and I'll send you one for free if you're affiliated with an orchestra or
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. The simple answer is about a 85 cents a kid. But life is seldom simple anymore, so please
Due to the reinstatement of copyright in works by Russian composers (via the 1998 GATT treaty), this is more
complicated than it used to be or ought to be but I will try to explain and please pardon my repeating any stuff
that you already know:
When you do Peter VS the Wolf, you are actually renting TWO separate pieces--
Peter VS. the Wolf (which I own)
Peter AND the Wolf (which I don't).
Let's start with Peter VS.
"Peter VS. the Wolf" is a theatrical piece, therefore it does not fall under the care and control
of ASCAP or BMI-- instead, you rent directly from the publisher, i.e., me. Like theatrical pieces offered by other
publishers, the rental fee varies, depending on the size of the hall, cost of the tickets, major/regional orchestra,
and so on. Typical rentals are anywhere from US$350 (for small amateur groups) to $850 to $1500 for professional
telling me if you are a pro/
student orch, size of hall, ticket prices, expected attendance, and I will make you an offer, no
obligation, no salesman will visit your home! I am also happy to refer you to past presenters.
Okay, that's the first part. Now for the complicated part:
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. While a regular vanilla performance of "Peter and the Wolf"
currently falls under ASCAP and can be paid for via your blanket ASCAP fee, PVTW is a theatrical work, there is no
set fee for music used in theatrical works, so this "grand rights" fee to Schirmer has to be negotiated with them
separately (I have absolutely no control over what they charge, so . . . ). This fee has to be paid to G. Schirmer
even if you already own your own set of parts to Peter and the Wolf. Be advised that any
piece that is under copyright that is performed with any added theatrical/ story telling/ costumed
character/ added visual elements, even in a shoestring budget educational kiddie concert, may
invoke the need to pay "grand rights" to the publisher. (Actually, technically speaking, since it
involves the telling of a story, ANY performance of "Peter AND the Wolf" might be deemed to
require payment of "grand rights." My advice: call Schirmer and check before you perform it.)
Please don't be mad at me, I didn't make the rules!!! There is more info on the ASCAP website. If this is confusing, feel free to call me.
There are no issues of additional payments for any of the other pieces in the JLP concert catalogue-- unless, of
course, copyright periods get extended even more than they are now, in which case we may have to start paying the
Tchaikovsky estate for the use of Swan Lake.
For performances of PVTW in Europe, everything goes thru Sikorski Musikverlag.
"'Peter VS. the Wolf' is the liveliest introduction to orchestral
instruments I've ever heard." --Syracuse Post Standard
To find out more:
 781-330-8143. You can send snailmail to Justin Locke One Randall St Waltham MA 02453