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THE ULTIMATE GIFT - NOTES – written by Tanis Harms

NOTE:        Can be a sequel to “
The Final Humility
.            but can be told as a story all on its own.
PREMISE:     This story takes place in the late 1700s.
.            After losing a fortune, Marcus Stealthbury
.            found Christ, and a humble new beginning.
.            Him and his sister Adriana were taken in by
.            Lily, their former cook.  And now they have
.            extended their kindness to beggar kids who
.            not only work for them but have become their
.            children of sorts.  Marcus now finds himself
.            worrying:  about his sister, about keeping
.            their motley family together, and about
.            feeling worthy enough to date Elizabeth.
STYLE:       drama (musical – optional)
TOPIC:       finding God, and finding the right spouse
SCRIPTURE:   2 Corinthians 6:14, 9:15, Ephesians 2:7-9
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LEAD ROLES:  Marcus Stealthbury
.               (former aristocrat, young, fun-loving man
.                who is now a Christian and trying to do
.                his best to impart wisdom to loved ones)
.                but hasn’t figured out how to deal with-
.            Adriana Stealthbury
.               (sister to Marcus, who now feels betrayed
.                by Marcus’ new found faith, so she acts
.                rebelliously to find her own in life)
.            Lily
.               (the hardworking, motherly ex-cook,
.                who grew up as a minister’s daughter,
.                having a strong Christian faith,
.                is still worldly-wise and feisty)
.            Elizabeth Walters
.               (aristocrat, but compassionate Christian
.                with a real heart for the lost,
.                and wary of the worldly trappings)
.            BRICE (oldest beggar child, around 15)
.            TINA  (youngest beggar child)
.            EXTRA BEGGAR CHILDREN
.               (as many as you want for this “family”)
.            IAN CARINGTON
.               (gentry, shy young man)
.            DILLAN FARSWORTH
.               (questionable younger man, aristocrat,
.                bad temper, feels entitled)
EXTRAS:
.            Mr. Walters
.               (aristocrat, father to Elizabeth,
.                pious Christian with societal prejudices
.                which are beginning to crumble)
.            Mrs. Walters
.               (mother to Elizabeth, same as husband)
.            Reverend  (God’s humble but firm servant)
.            Wife of Reverend  (gentle spirit)
.            Town Official
.            Lord Montgomery  (pompous aristocrat)
.            Beatrice Montgomery  (wife to Lord M)
.            Abigail Montgomery  (daughter to Lord M)
.            
.            EXTRAS (rich & poor towns people)
NOTE:        All bit parts outside the family can be part
.            of the EXTRAS within their allotted classes
.            (Street Merchants, Poor Woman, Woman,
.            Waitress...)
.            You could have servants following the
.            aristocrats, especially while shopping.

Costumes:    1700s Romance era clothing ideas:
.            - fans & parasols for the rich ladies
.              jewelry for both men and women
.              canes & top hats for the rich men
.            – gentry are not as fancy as the rich
.            - outfits for servants (if you have any)
.            - old simple drab clothing for the poor
.            – nativity costumes for the children’s play


Set:         (simple concept)

Stage right: (NOTE: a side-stage is best,
.              furniture nice but not ornate)
.            - sofas, chairs, side tables, stool

Center stage: (NOTE: only needs slides for back drops)
.            -
town square (winter)
.            – church interior

Stage left:  (NOTE: if you have a side-stage,
.            - you could have a counter or old desk,
.              otherwise nothing is required)

Props:       a few Bibles, books, shawls, cap, coins,
.            knitting, tray of mugs, tiara, necklace,
.            gift box, baskets, “chestnuts”, “baby”,
.            shepherd staffs, magi’s gifts


NOTES ON MUSIC:  

. Sheet music comes
on a pdf with the director's package
. when you purchase it.
- To match with the scene, change accompaniment style.
. As it takes place in the late 1700s, you could use
. a harpsichord, or a digital piano with the options
. of harpsichord, strings, etc.  Or you could go bigger
. with an orchestra.  BUT I do recommend singing
. everything a cappella as the CAROLERS sing most songs.

NOTE:  if you do not want this as a musical,
. simply use the music as scene transitions.
. Either play music with live instruments, or play a CD.

SONG LIST:

SONG  1: “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
SONG  2: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
SONG  3: “Sussex Carol”
SONG  4: “Down in Yon Forest”
SONG  5: “The Holly and the Ivy”
SONG  6: “Ding Dong, Merrily on High”
SONG  7: “Deck the Halls”
SONG  8: “Coventry Carol”
SONG  9: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
SONG 10: “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”
SONG 11: “Good King Wenceslas”
SONG 12: “Here We Come A-Wassailing”
SONG 13: “The Virgin Unspotted”
SONG 14: “Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
SONG 15: “I Saw Three Ships”
SONG 16: “The First Nowell”
SONG 17: “O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful”
SONG 18: “Good Christian Men, Rejoice”

SOURCE ON CAROLS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christmas_carols

SOURCE OF FREE SHEET MUSIC:
http://www.hymntime.com/tch/index.htm

http://cantorion.org/music/489/Christmas_Carol_Songbook_Voice-SATB