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THE PRICE OF FREEDOM - NOTES – written by Tanis Harms

PREMISE:     (history and truths still relevant for today)
.            Kentucky, 1859.  Jessica is the kind of
.            Christian who desires to do God’s will, but
.            struggles with all the opinions around her.
.            When escaping slaves wind up on her doorstep,
.            she reluctantly takes them in.  Over the course
.            of a few days, she realizes she has a lot
.            more in common with them than she thought.
STYLE:       drama (choral “musical” optional)
TOPIC:       equality, forgiveness
SCRIPTURE:   Galatians 3: 26-29, Colossians 3:8-14
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CAST:        
JESSICA     (white, no nonsense woman
.            with desire to be godly)
HUNTER      (white, misguided son
.            with passion to find purpose)
CLOE        (black, tentative but quick thinking maid)
AVA         (white, pastor’s wife,
.            discerning, compassionate)
GORDON      (white, pastor, careful in efforts to help)
ROBERTSON   (white, travelling pastor, bold in his efforts)
LANDON      (white, Henry’s assistant)
DR.PARKER   (white, kindly doctor)
ELIZABETH   (white, doctor’s wife)
JACKSON     (black male slave, with sights set on freedom)
DALIA       (black female slave, reluctantly on the run)
AJANI       (black boy slave, struggles with anger)
NOAH        (white, transporter, kindly)
WILLIAM     (white, slave catcher, rude)
JUDGE
SLAVE DEALER
SLAVE MAN
SLAVE WOMAN (pregnant wife to above)
EXTRAS      (townspeople)
MAN 1-3     (pro-slavery)
MAN 4       (on the fence)
WIFE        (of MAN 3)
WIFE 2      (of MAN 2)
WOMAN 1

NOTE ON THE ACCENTS:  If realistic Southern accents
cannot be accomplished, it would be better to not even try,
as it would distract from the serious nature of the drama.
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SET AND PROPS
.     STAGE RIGHT         CENTER              STAGE LEFT
.       church &    sitting /   study          plantation
.       town sq.     room    w/fireplace    w/”soul singers”
NOTE: there’s a “wall & door” between sitting room & study,
.     and a back wall with main door and window beside that
SITTING ROOM:  2 chairs, end table, table & 3 chairs, Bible,
.     (hand) fan, pots/pans (for sound effects),
.     tea tray, tea pot, sugar, creamer, 3 cups and saucers,
.     3 cloth napkins, 3 stirring spoons, sandwich platter,
.     plate of dessert, luggage, 2 lanterns,
.     7 papers, inkwell, quill
STUDY:  fireplace (big enough for 3 people to hide inside)
.     desk, chair, books (at least 2), blankets, doctor kit,
.     medicine vials, bowl & rag, broken chair, mallet,
.     wooden block for sanding, shoes with holes, good shoes,
.     bundle, bundle, tin of toys (wooden animals or soldiers)
SIDE SETS: shackles, whips, Bibles,

NOTES ON MUSIC:
- when you buy the director’s package,
. it will come with public domain (pdf) sheet music,
. but you are welcome to look for other arrangements
. and/or songs to match the scene’s tone
- if you do not do this as a musical, you can just play
. the sheet music provided to help with scene transitions
SONG  1 - “HAIL, COLUMBIA” (by Philip Phile; Joseph Hopkinson)
SONG  2 - AFRICAN FOLK SONG based on “MAYNZIWE”
SONG  3 -  “GO DOWN MOSES” as spiritual
SONG  4 - “AMAZING GRACE” as traditional (by John Newton)
SONG  5 - “AMAZING GRACE” as spiritual   (by John Newton)
SONG  6 - “ARKANSAS TRAVELER”
SONG  7 - “BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS” as traditional
.           (by John Fawcett, Johann G. Naegeli)
SONG  8 - “I HEARD THE VOICE OF JESUS SAY” as spiritual
.           (by Horatius Bonar, John B.Dykes)
SONG  9 - “DIXIE”  (by Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1859)
SONG 10 - “MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME”  (by Stephen C.Foster)
SONG 11 - “FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD” as African folk
SONG 12 - “OLD MAN TUCKER” (by Daniel Decatur Emmett)
SONG 13 - “BE STILL, MY SOUL”  (by Catharina von Schlegel)
SONG 14 - “STEAL AWAY HOME” as spiritual
SONG 15 – “OH LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER” by Tanis Harms
.               Or you can find another song that
.               comes the traditional & spiritual styles, ie:
.               A  “HE REIGNS” by Newsboys
.               B  “HIGHER GROUND” by Todd Agnew
.               C  “COLORED PEOPLE” by DC Talk