The Tempest. 7: Spellbound

Tutorial 7: 'Spellbound'

Tutorial: 'Spellbound'

Key timings in the tutorial are:

00 00: Listening to the opening section of the song to become familiar with the style and then using one of the phrases as a vocal warm-up.
01 42: Learning the introduction, beginning: 'Ah mmm...' Splitting into two groups to sing both phrases of the introduction (words in red for one, blue for the other).
02 54: Learning Verse 1, beginning: 'I dreamed that I had found the answer...' Listening to Carrie sing a line and then repeating it with the choir.
05 40: Learning Verse 2, beginning: 'I dreamed that I'd be top banana...' Listening, then repeating. Verse 2 has the same melody as Verse 1.
07 39: LearNing the link to Verse 3, beginning: 'We are such stuff...' Splitting into two groups again to sing both phrases (red and blue words).
09 37: Learning the coda as three separate parts. This time the groups will need to split into three, to sing as three separate groups. The parts have words in red (Group 2), blue (Group 1) and yellow (Group 3).
11 21: Singing 'Spellbound' all the way through.

The story

Episode 7 of the story: how should Prospero deal with the courtiers - punishment or forgiveness?


Prospero and Ariel return to the courtiers who are lost in the jungle. Prospero nods to Ariel and suddenly wild animals roar and crash through the trees and the courtiers are terrified. Next Prospero magics a wonderful banquet...but it disappears before the courtiers can take anything and Ariel hovers above them, telling them they are being punished for the terrible things they have done.

Prospero and Ariel reappear at the cave, just in time to catch Caliban with Stephano and Trinculo and they too are punished. Prospero wonders: is it time for him to bring it all to a close...

See Resources below for a quiz about the story episode.

Song: 'Spellbound'

Song 7: Spellbound (vocal)
Song 7: Spellbound (backing)

Learn the song 'Spellbound' - about how the characters feel as the climax of the story approaches.

Once you have learnt the song singing with vocal version you can polish your performance singing with just the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Listening music: an extract from 'Lungisa indela yakho’ by Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Harmony - an extract from 'Lungisa indela yakho' by Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Listen to the extract from 'Lungisa indela yakho’ by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

  • Can pupils hear the wonderful, rich harmonies?


Song 7 - tutorial transcript
Song 7 - lyrics
Song 7 - music
Episode 7 - story transcript
Teacher's Notes
Pupils' pamphlet
Carrie's vocal warm-up
Meet the characters
The playscript
Music / SFX for playscript

More from this series

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6. Brave new world
8. Sea change