"From the Publisher:" Written by MARK HAYES and DEBORAH CRAIG-CLAAR. Set in late 1941, this is the story of the faith of a family, and a nations on the brink of World War II, preparing to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. Most of the action takes place in the main characters' home, with the choir providing music and drama as it is broadcast over the family radio. The music highlights the sounds of the '40's, including swing, lush ballads, and big band songs interspersed with reenactments of radio broadcasts during that time. Original music mixed with familiar Christmas favorites form the backdrop for this memorable dramatic musical. Approximate length: 80 minutes. SATB. Moderately advanced. Songbook.
Set in late 1941, the story of the faith of a family, and a nation on the brink of World War II, as they prepare to celebrate the birth of Prince of Peace.
Deborah Craig-Claar is a familiar name to Lillenas Drama Conference attendees. Reaction to her lectures and demonstrations on staging and directing has been enthusiastic. She has a Ph.D., teaches theater at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, and directs her church drama group’s annual Christmas Festival of Light. Mark Hayes earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, magna cum laude from Baylor University. His choral and orchestral writing is widely acclaimed and performed internationally. He is most well-known for his unique choral settings which draw from diverse styles such as Gospel, jazz, pop, folk, and classical. His personal catalog includes over 500 original compositions and arrangements. Mark has served as an adjunct instructor of composition at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri and has ten solo piano albums and fifteen keyboard folios to his credit.