Story time


Rockford’s Rock Opera – a multimedia musical for the world

This is an amazing unique multimedia musical adventure that runs in total for nearly 2 hours Children over 5 through to adults will be enthralled with the story of hope it provides. The first six chapters can be accessed at Rockford’s Rock Opera. The remaining chapters 7-10) can be accessed by registering (free).

Rockford’s Rock Opera tells a story about extinction using songs, narration, pictures, video and sound effects. It narrates how many amazing creatures will be lost if humans don’t think again about how the natural world is treated.

The story: In Rockford’s Rock Opera, a boy and his dog arrive on the mystical Island of Infinity, home to millions of strange creatures… just one of each kind, and all of them have become extinct.

This is taken from a press release on the production:

Rockford’s Rock Opera is NOT the focus-grouped, homogenised creation of a global entertainment company. It is the work of a very small handful of dedicated people working for the sheer love of a project that we feel has been given to us. It’s a story with a message of hope that captures the hearts of everyone who hears it. Rockford’s Rock Opera is an idea whose time has come.” “We’ve had emails from fans all over the world about Rockford’s Rock Opera, from kids and great grand parents alike, and that’s just how we want it. When you’re trying to change the world you need to reach everyone!

Although Rockford’s Rock Opera will be enjoyed by anyone over the age of five, it is not simply a children’s story. Anyone who enjoys great music with an original story and who needs to believe we can make a difference to the world will find inspiration in the unique tale. Rockford’s Rock Opera is also not a traditional ‘stage musical’ with hammy songs, its diverse musical inspiration can be found in The Beatles, The Small Faces, Genesis, The Lightning Seeds, XTC and works such as Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’, Roger Glover’s ‘Butterfly Ball’, and Harry Nilssen’s ‘The Point’.

For educators:

The site also offers lesson plans on animals and the environment, English history design & technology, art and design for ages 7-11. Click on the question mark on the home page site to access lesson plans and other resources.

About its creators:

‘Sweetapple’ is the award-winning creative ideas company founded by Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple, a unique consultancy specialising in original ideas, campaigns and products that benefit society. In recent years it has created several groundbreaking charitable campaigns. Sweetapple ideas are now being adopted by charities and campaigners around the world. Some recent Sweetapple campaigns included Peeball, an idea created for The Prostate Cancer Charity (see and ‘Remember Me’, the weeping flower roadside memorial sign to raise the profile of the road accident victim’s charity, RoadPeace. (

Watch it! A truly innovative and creative production. If you don’t have time to watch it all, at least take a peak to see what you are missing!

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4 thoughts on “Story time

  1. Thank you so much for introducing more people to Rockford’s Rock Opera. I’m glad to say we now have many schools in Australia and New Zealand using the story and the ecological resources.

    In the UK, over 3,000 primary schools are now regularly logging on and we’re doing our best to bring the resources up to the standard of the audio and videos.

    As you know, there’s no big corporation behind Rockford’s Rock Opera – just a desire to make something really special – so recommendations like this make all the difference. Many thanks and all the best.

    Matthew and Elaine Sweetapple – creators

  2. Paul, you are welcome!

    Mathhew: this is such an amazing resource! I wish there were more like this around. I guess because of copyright, it is hard to get picture books with audio (either audio books are available or picture books without audio) so your offering is a total gem. Thank you for all your hard work.


  3. Hi Marie

    Thank you so much! We are currently doing a complete revamp of the Education Section of the website. They’ll be lots more lesson plan ideas (ALL WELCOME!), plus downloadable character pictures, backgrounds, sounds and lots more.

    We really do want to make this as good as we can (bearing in mind we’re doing all ourselves!) but all suggestions welcome!!

    We’re also getting together a complete pack for school plays and live performances – several now going on in the UK. How about one in Australia? (a great excuse for visit for us!!)

    Anyway. Thanks again. Posts like this really do make a difference.


    PS. I terms of Paul’s post about Special Needs – having a great response over here in that area. Really good to hear : )

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