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One of our most popular musicals, the Secret Code is set in England during the Second World War. It follows a bunch of London evacuees to the English countryside as they try to crack a secret German code and save the country from invasion. This production goes down well with everybody and evokes some much-cherished nostalgia for the England of the 'olden days'! The performers love perfecting the accents (the East End characters in particular!) and the audience can enjoy trying to crack the code as much as they can enjoy the performance itself.

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The show has everything from East End mums to inconspicuous spies. The original songs are infectious and there are plenty of roles for girls. Take a look at the show’s storyline and characters below then listen to the songs. There are also plenty of photos in the picture gallery so you can get a really good feel of what you can expect from your own production of the Secret Code musical.

World War

It isn't (quite) all fun and frolicking - this musical acknowledges the worry of the war while creating an upbeat musical about solidarity and working together. We haven't forgotten those important historic characters (the good and the bad) to make sure even the young performers know their stuff! Secret Code is a fresh, funny and entertaining musical providing a good old blast from the past!

 

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Sypnopsis

The Secret Code is a musical theatre piece written to be performed by children.

SETTING

The piece is set in Britain during the Second World War. The action takes place on the streets of the East End of London, an air-raid shelter, Paddington Railway Station, Aylsebury School for girls, and the surrounding countryside.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF PLOT

Blackout

ACT 1. SCENE 1 – LONDON STREET SCENE – NIGHT

Musical Number 1 (Entr'Acte Blitz)

We hear the whistling of a radio being tuned in, followed by the dulcet tones of Neville Chamberlain as he delivers his regretful address to the nation, concluding that “We are now at war with Germany.”

The lights slowly come up on London’s East End. The rumbling of distant planes and exploding bombs can be heard as the air raid siren cranks up and begins to wail.

 

SCENE 2 – AIR RAID SHELTER - NIGHT

We are in Bethnal Green Underground Station.  Local people begin to stream in – mums, dads, grannies,  children in their pyjamas.  They all have a look of desperation in their eyes. They carry with them all sorts of paraphernalia – flasks of tea, cushions, blankets, playing cards

Bert Pickett, a local East Ender races in desperately looking for his family.  He spots Rose, his daughter and the heroine of our story, hand in hand with her fiancé Charlie, a bright young chap dressed in civvies.

Moments later Bert’s wife Ruby and his younger daughter Daisy arrive closely followed by their next door neighbour  Mrs Jones and her son Georgy.  Ruby is none too pleased.  When the air raid sounded Daisy was no where to be found.

She was with Georgy next door and they had gone off to rescue Georgy’s pet mouse, known affectionately as Monty.

After a severe telling off and apologies everyone settles.  A radio is tuned in and we hear a BBCannouncement warning the public that a plot to overthrow the British Government has been intercepted.  The War Office believe that a German network of spies is operating on our shores and that a Secret Code is being used.  They have not yet identified the code and warn the public to be vigilant.

The conversation soon turns to Hitler and everyone has an opinion of the Fuhrer’s state of mind.

Musical Number 2 (When Hitler was a Baby)

Rose and Charlie find a little corner and dream of their wedding day. Charlie informs Rose that he has to leave at once as he has been hand picked to work on a top secret mission.  He can’t go into detail but says only that he has to travel to Bletchley and report at once.  He gives her his Crucifix and she gives him her lucky St Christopher.  He promises to write. He promptly leaves and says his goodbyes.  Rose is understandably upset and prays for his safety.

Musical Number 3 (Bring Him Back)

Rose looks around her and everyone has settled down for the night when BOOM!  A loud explosion rocks the air-raid shelter.  Everyone is shaken from their slumber.  An eerie silence is only punctuated by the sobbing of frightened children as their mums hold them near.

A warden rushes in and announces that Jubilee Street has just been bombed.  There isn’t a house standing. The Pickett’s entire street is rubble. They have been left homeless.

Bert and Ruby have no choice but to inform the children that they will more than likely have to be evacuated to the countryside.

The children are understandably upset, none more so than Willomena McSniff, a fragile young girl from their street, who wines at the thought of being parted from her mum.

Bert tries to cheer her up and tells of how his generation managed to win the First World War and tells every one to unite and keep strong by sticking together.

Musical Number 4 (We're in it Together)

The lights slowly fade to black and ends the scene.

SCENE 3 – PADDINGTON STATION PLATFORM – MORNING

Lights up.  A morning light dawns on a misty Paddington Station.  It is a week later.

Musical Number 5 (Waiting for the Whistle to Blow)

The railway concourse is teeming; people saying goodbye to soldiers, children and mums saying their farewells.

All the children of Jubilee Street are there with their mums, all in their Sunday best with their gas masks in their cardboard boxes.

There are two evacuees, terrible twins Norma and Nicky Naillard who start arguing and have to be split up by their mother Mrs Naillard, and as their name suggests they are hard as nails.  Georgy and Daisy agree to look after Willomena despite her constant whinging.  Rose voices her concerns about Charlie and asks her mother to post a letter to him.

The whistle blows and the rail guard announces that the 9.20 to Aylesbury is ready to board.

All the mums say their goodbyes.  It is a heart-rending scene as the frightened evacuees make their way to the train.

The Pickett family say their goodbyes.  Ruby is broken hearted as she says goodbye to her girls Rose and Daisy.  She puts on a brave face.

Musical Number 6 (When I see you Again)

The lights slowly fade on the station as the mums comfort each other.

SCENE 4 – MAIN HALL AT AYLESBURY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – EARLY EVENING.

Lights snap up on the impressive hall inside the Aylesbury School for Girls.

Musical Number 7 (Girls will be Girls)

A harsh, large woman Cook Stoek, interrupts their fun as she enters with the evacuees. Her husband Hans – the caretaker, brings up the rear.  He is a happy go lucky man who constantly hums 'Fur Elise'.

Cook tries to introduce the evacuees to the head girl Thomasina and her posh girl posse, but they are all less than welcoming, that is to say all but a shy girl named Aria who shakes hands with Rose.

It doesn’t take long before a conflict ensues between the two classes of children with the East End evacuees upsetting Aria with reference to Lord Haw-Haw being a spy.

Rose sticks up for her and the potential class war is diffused when the Headmistress arrives.  Edith Floral – an outdoorsy type who loves anything and everything that nature has to offer – addresses the assembly and welcomes the visitors then leaves.

Recreation follows and the posh girls decide to listen to music on the wireless.  The BBC announces that Churchill and the Allied leaders will have a strategic summit at the weekend.

Conversation soon turns again to spies and the secret code. Aria has strong suspicions that Cook and Hans are spies – as Hans has a German name.  Rose attempts to find out more and finds out that the couple are about to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.  They are just as much in love now as when they first met.

Musical Number 8 (Maybe Baby)

Light snap to black

 

SCENE 5– EDGE OF FOREST NEAR AYLESBURY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – LATE AFTERNOON

Lights gently come up on an idyllic spot on the edge of a forest.  It is late afternoon and the sun is shining.

Charlie, Rose’s fiancée enters. Blindfolded and with his hands bound, he is escorted by a couple disguised as landed gentry wielding shot guns. He is clearly their prisoner.  After they prop him up against a tree we learn that he has been kidnapped from nearby Bletchley where the British are trying to break the code.  In defiance he insists the code will soon be broken when they identify a missing element. The German spies must wait there until nightfall when they will be signalled. They taunt Charlie telling him to make the most of this beautiful day, as it will be his last.

Musical Number 9  (Any Summers Day)

 

INTERVAL

 

ACT 2. SCENE 1 – SCHOOL CORRIDOR – EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING

We hear the chimes of a bell. It indicates four o’clock in the morning.

We then hear the sound of a Morse code message coupled with flashing lights.

Georgy enters looking for Monty, his mouse and observes someone signalling but can’t make them out. The signalling stops.

He sees Monty and chases him.  Monty discovers a scrap of paper with a sequence of numbers. He is joined by Daisy who has noticed that he has gone missing. Georgy shows Daisy the scrap of paper and tells her of the signalling. They hear someone coming and hide out of sight.  Hans walks along the corridor with a torch whistling the same Fur Elise. They agree that Hans must be a spy and are determined to crack the code.

SCENE 2 – COUNTRYSIDE – THE FOLLOWING DAY

The girls are in a flap as the American GIs pass the school the same time every day.  And right on time they arrive.  Aria has a crush on a young GI called Joe.  But she keeps her distance, as she is not confidant in her looks.

Musical Number 10 - G. I. Joe

Joe gives out gum and stockings.  He asks the girls if they seen anything suspicious to let his unit know.  They are billeted in the next village. He leaves.

Daisy and Georgy break away from the main group and try to crack the code. They realise that all the numbers are 26 or under. Daisy suggests that it could be the alphabet.  They test his theory out but it makes no sense.

They are interrupted by the Headmistress who sports a pair of binoculars around her neck. She urges them to take advantage of the surrounding beauty.

Rose asks Aria how she knows that it was love at first sight with Joe.

Musical Number 11  (Out of the Blue)

Hans and Cook enter with lunch.

Daisy and Georgy unable to make sense tell Rose of their discovery and what happened the previous night. Cook hums the tune as she dishes out lunch. Rose has a 'Eureka' moment. She asks Aria the name of the song that Cook hums. Aria recognises the tune as Beethoven’s Fur Elise. It’s German! And because she is musically gifted can interpret the notes in her head.  The first note is E.  Rose couples this note with the first number on scrap of paper which is 6. 6 letters after E is the letter K. They start to test their theory out.  The message starts to read “KIDNAP …”

Hans comes over looking for Rose.  Aria, Daisy and Georgy go off to continue to decode the numbers.  Hans has a letter for Rose from her parents.  They inform that Charlie has gone AWOL under very suspicious circumstances. She can’t believe it and is heartbroken.  She believes she has been dumped.

The rest return.  They have cracked it! It reads, “KIDNAP CHURCHILL AT CHEQUERS SUMMIT”.  Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence is less than five miles away. Someone needs to relay the information to Joe in the nearby village. The cliquey girls are too scared but Aria volunteers. In the meantime they will plan a trap for Hans and Cook.

It starts to rain. Everybody goes inside except for Rose, who is heart broken.

Musical Number 12  (Dear Heart)

 

SCENE 3 – SCHOOL HALL – LATER THAT EVENING

The children are primed for the trap.

Musical Number 13 (The Trap)

Hans and Cook are trapped by the children.  The couple protest their innocence.

Headmistress enters brandishing a pistol.

Musical Number 14 (All Hail the Master Race)

She reveals her true identity – she is the spy. Rose realises then that her name is an anagram of Adolf Hitler. She tells them that it is too late.  The kidnap of Churchill will take place the following morning.

She orders that every body should lie down and keep still till morning. There is no escape.  The school is completely surrounded.  She is then accompanied by the spying couple and Charlie Chester.  He is ordered to join the children.

GI Joe returns with the British Army.

Musical Number 15  (The Battle)

The Germans are led away.  Rose and Charlie and Aria and Joe embrace.  Joe commends Arias bravery and declares his love for her.

Musical Number 16 (You Look Pretty Good to Me)

The Allies are victorious and we are informed that they have apprehended the assassin and Churchill is quite safe.

Musical Number 17 - When I see you Again (Reprise)

 

FIN