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Elmo as Peter, and Zoe as the bird.

Tellyduck

Telly Monster as the duck.

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Oscar the Grouch as the cat.

Peter and the Wolf (marketed as Elmo's Musical Adventure: The Story of Peter and the Wolf) is a 2001 Sesame Street adaptation of the musical story "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev. The narrative uses Prokofiev's original score, as performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Synopsis

Elmo (on the violin), Big Bird (drums), Telly (tuba) and Zoe (piano) have started their own band. Baby Bear listens in, but they can't seem to figure out what goes wrong when they all try to play together. Papa Bear arrives to announce that he's taking his son to see the Boston Pops Orchestra, who will be playing Prokofiev's ballet, Peter and the Wolf.

They arrive at Symphony Hall (shot on location, and on a separate sound stage) and they meet an old friend of Papa Bear's: the Boston Pops conductor, Keith Lockhart. Backstage, Lockhart introduces Baby Bear to the solo instruments that each play a character in the story (much like it would be done on an album recording of the piece). Baby Bear is trying to understand how music can tell a story without any words. Though he is still not sure, they head back to their seats as the rest of the audience is arriving. (Seen here in cameos: Caroll Spinney, Martin Robinson, Fran Brill, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, John Tartaglia, Pam Arciero, John Kennedy, writer Christine Ferraro and Muppet wrangler Michelle Hickey).

As the music plays, Baby Bear pictures the events of the story in his head (with a little help from his father). Peter is portrayed by Elmo, who runs in with the bird (Zoe), the duck (Telly) and the cat (Oscar)... all dressed for the part. Peter's Grandfather (Big Bird) warns Peter not to go looking for the Wolf, that the hunters (the Two-Headed Monster) will take care of it. As the story unfolds, each character is accompanied (in Baby Bear's imagination) by the instrument soloist we met earlier backstage. The story plays out and Baby Bear has a better understanding of how music can tell a story.

On their return to Sesame Street, Baby Bear has also figured out why Elmo's band doesn't sound quite right: they need a conductor to keep them in time and so that they all don't play over each other. Baby Bear volunteers for the job. With his help, they're finally able to play music together.

DVD extras

This special was released on DVD in 2001. It was rereleased in 2008, packaged with Sing Yourself Silly in a Sesame Street Double Feature.

The DVD version includes various extras including a game in which you must match the sound of an instrument to its picture and a game that involves matching a theme from the ballet to the corresponding character. An additional section allows you to watch scenes from the story with just footage of the Boston Pops playing the piece (in these scenes, Baby Bear and Papa Bear can be seen on location in Boston Symphony Hall). Information on the Muppets and a parents section round out the extras.

Video releases

Credits

Executive Producers: Nancy Kanter, Karin Young Shiel
Producer: Jill Danton
Writer: Christine Ferraro
Director: Emily Squires
Starring Jim Henson's Sesame Street Muppets
Kevin Clash as Elmo
Caroll Spinney as Big Bird & Oscar
Fran Brill as Zoe
Martin P. Robinson as Telly
David Rudman as Baby Bear & The Two-Headed Monster
Joey Mazzarino as Papa Bear
Noel MacNeal as the Wolf
Carmen Osbahr as Rosita
and Jerry Nelson as The Count & The Two-Headed Monster
With Muppet Performers: Pam Arciero, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, John Kennedy, Rick Lyon, Jim Martin, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel
Special Guest Stars: Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops Orchestra
Also appearing:
Klea Blackhurst as the French Horn Player
Angel Desai as the Flute Player
Sarah Knowlton as the Oboe Player
Sean McCourt as the Clarinet Player
Kirk McGee as the Bassoon Player
Melissa Murray as the Violin Player
David Titus as the Kettle Drum Player
Associate Producer: Dionne Nosek
Associate Director: Ken Diego
Production Designer: Laura Brock
Costume Designer: Jennifer Bryan
Lighting Director: Dan Kelly
"The Music That We Play"
Lyrics by Christine Ferraro
Music by Mike Renzi
Senior Muppet Consultant: Kevin Clash
Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop: Stephen Rotondaro, Carol Binion, Fred Buchholz, Alex Ferguson, Carlene Hartmann, Michelle Hickey, Emily Lawson, Michael Schupbach, Erin Slattery, Karena Wienands
Post Production Supervisor/Editor: Scott Doninger, Full Circle Post
Sound Design and Mix: Jake Karlsmark, Hotwax Recording, Inc.
Post Scoring: Mike Renzi
Music Supervisor: Danny Epstein
Vocal Director: Dave Conner
Special Actor Casting: Cindi Rush CSA
Talent Producer: Danette De Sena
Stage Manager: Hank Neimark
Additional Stage Manager: Jonathan Siegal
Control Room PA: Heather Dick
Technical Director: Richie Wirth
Camera: Frank Biondo, Shaun Hearkins, Mark Whitman
Audio: Blake Norton, Carla Bandini-Lory
Utilities: Chuck Tutino, Gordon Price
Video: Dick Sens
Wardrobe Supervisor: Suzanne Kelly
Key Hair: Karen Specht
Key Make Up: Joe Cuervo
Head Electrician: Craig Evans
Head Carpenter: Steve Ruggerio
Property Master: Steve Dannenberg
Opening Title: Covi Company
Assistant Art Director: Paul Robinson
Art Department Coordinator: Jessica Milstein
Child Talent Coordinator: Theresa Anderson
Production Assistants: Melanie Pal, Elysa Marden, Sanjay Singh
Production Intern: Pamela Salmon
For Evening at Pops
Executive Producer/Director: Bill Cosel
Coordinating Producer: Susie Dangel
Audio Producer: John McClure
Associate Producer: Anne Houlihan
Lighting Designer: Chas Norton
Sound Mixer: Steve Colby
Director of Artistic Programming, Boston Pops: Dennis Alves
For the Boston Symphony
Managing Director: Mark Volpe
Orchestra Manager: Ray Wellbaum
Manager, Boston Pops: Tony Beadle
Executive In Charge Of Production for Sesame Workshop: Jodi Nussbaum
Executive In Charge Of Production for Sony Wonder: Jeff Holder
Special Thanks: Becky Mancuso-Winding, Alice Cahn, Sharon Lyew, Tina Ellis, Rosemarie Truglio, Wendy Moss, Amy Cohen, Jill Colley, Catherine Farrell, Janelle Courts, John Stamatis, William Easterling, Yee Ki
The Boston Pops Orchestra taped courtesy of "Evening at Pops", a co-production of the Boston Symphony Orchesta, Inc. and WGBH-TV, Boston.
This program is based on "Peter and the Wolf" with music by Sergei Prokofiev and with text that is adapted from the original story by by Sergei Prokofiev, and is presented by arrangements with G. Schirmer, Inc.
"Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev
(C) 1937, 1940 G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved.

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