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SAVED BY GRACE – NOTES - written & adapted by Tanis Harms

(research and adaptions from John Newton’s personal
voyage log entries, and “SERVANT OF SLAVES”
by Grace Irwin [Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1961])

PREMISE:     John Newton spent most of his tumultuous
.            life trying to earn the favor of God,
.            until he came to understand those words
.            written in his song - "Amazing Grace."
STYLE:       drama (musical option)
TOPIC:       God’s amazing grace
SCRIPTURE:   Eph.1:13-14, 2:8-9;  Gal.5:1

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CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE (pages when introduced):
P. 1  JOHN NEWTON/OJN   (very old, narrating his story)
p. 2  ELIZABETH         (loving mother, pious, frail)
p. 2  JOHN NEWTON       (around 5 years old, smart)
p. 2  JOHN NEWTON       (around 11 years old, sullen)
p. 2  NEWTON SR.        (stern sea captain)
p. 2  HEADMASTER
p. 4  SAILORS           (sing sea shanties throughout)
p. 5  JOHN NEWTON       (mature, tortured teenager)
p. 5  BILLY NEWTON      (around 9)
p. 5  MRS.NEWTON        (young, selfish)
p. 6  ELSA              (Newton’s matronly older maid)
p. 9  MR.CATLETT        (kind but stern)
p. 9  MRS.CATLETT       (matronly, fun-loving)
p. 9  JACK CATLETT      (17, aka John Catlett, laidback)
p. 9  POLLY CATLETT     (mature, confident looking 13)
p. 9  GEORGE CATLETT    (around 9)
p. 9  SARAH CATLETT     (around 6)
p. 9  JANE, SUE, IRENE  (Catlett’s servants)
p.26  CLOW              (big, rough, uneducated)
p.27  MISTRESS          (beautiful arrogant black woman)
p.28  GIRL              (compassionate black slave)
p.33  SLAVE             (only arms show)
p.39  ROGERS            (trader’s assistant)
p.41  DAUGHTER          (of black tribe’s chief)
p.43  JOHN              (older adult, can use “teen” John)
p.54  POLLY             (older adult, frail)
p.55  SALLY             (prostitute, sassy)
p.55  HUSBAND & WIFE
p.55  PEOPLE            (can include children)



PROPS:
- duffle bag (used pretty much throughout);
- letter in envelope, letter,
. leather satchel, lunch package;
- duster;
- silk scarf;
- tray, 2 goblets;
- chains, log, bread, cup, bowl, plate, table scraps;
- tribal beads, tiny pottery vessel, makeup paint;
- ring;
- fan;
- shawl, paper parchment, quill, ink, Bible



SUGGESTED SETS:

STAGE LEFT
– PULPIT:         pulpit
- GUEST ROOM:     chair
- SLAVE BARRACKS: empty

STAGE RIGHT
- NEWTON HOUSE:   spinet prop (use the desk and add
.                    a top portion to look like spinet
.                    which can then be quickly removed)
.                 2 chairs and/or;
.                 small sofa (which can be made to look
.                    different with throw blankets);
- HEADMASTER’S:   desk, 2 chairs (remove sofa)
- JOHN & POLLY’S: (change look of small sofa)
.                 (make desk to look like end table)
- JOHN’S OFFICE:  desk, 2 chairs (remove sofa)

CENTER STAGE
– CATLETT HOUSE:  chairs,
.                 big sofa (which can be made to look
.                    different with throw blankets);
- CLOW HOUSE:     (change look of sofa)

DOWN CENTER STAGE
- an “area” which represents many things such as:
“SHIPS” (where the sailor’s usually sing);
streets; jungle village area
- here you can use sound effects to create the scenes



Sound Effects: (to help set the stage for scene changes)
.          kids playing in background
.          clock ticking (occurs a several times)
.          horse trotting
.          a few chords of church music on an organ
.            then birds singing in background
.          a few chords of Christmas music
.          waves crashing on the shore
.          chains moving in background
.          drums softly beating, and jungle sounds
.          drums beating
.          ship’s loud long whistle
.          horses clopping through the streets

MUSIC:     The recommended songs are public domain and
.          will w
ith the director’s package when purchased.
.          Otherwise, it is up to you to find and buy
.          the music and get rights if necessary.
.          You can choose which songs to do,
.          or if you choose to NOT do a musical
.          still definitely do the first and last song.

For scene change excerpts (s.c.e.):  simply use
musical portions from any appropriate song below.

SONG  1, p. 2:  “BEGIN, MY TONGUE, SOME HEAVENLY THEME”
.                by Isaac Watts

SONG  2, p. 4:  Sea Shanty:  “
WE BE THREE POOR MARINERS

SONG  3, p. 9:  “GLORIOUS THINGS OF THEE ARE SPOKEN”
.                by John Newton (peppy positive)

SONG  4, p.19:  Sea Shanty:  “
SPANISH LADIES

SONG  5, p.26:  “HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDS”
.                by John Newton (more mournful)

SONG  6, p.32:  Sea Shanty:  “
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN
.                by John Dyer 1700

SONG  7, p.36:  Sea Shanty:  “
WARD THE PIRATE

SONG  8, p.42:  Sea Shanty:  “
THE BAY OF BISCAY, O!

SONG  9, p.48:  “MAY THE GRACE OF CHRIST, OUR SAVIOR”
.                by John Newton

SONG 10, p.50:  Sea Shanty:  “
CAPTAIN KIDD

SONG 11, p.60:  “AMAZING GRACE” by John Newton

NOTE:  You can find the music for other Sea Shanties
at sites like this.  Again make sure that you have
the appropriate rights for every song used.
www.contemplator.com/sea/index.html

You could also find other Christian songs on grace
that would be modern and still applicable.  Of course,
the last song is still highly recommended to sing or
have played, since this is the song most people know,
and it is the song that is John Newton’s life summed up.

When searching for music, decide if you are going to use:
live accompaniment or performance tracks.  Then search
online by typing in a song title followed either by
“performance track”, the word “karaoke”, or sheet music.