Living Stones

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Brief Synopsis:

In the fast-paced, simply staged musical “Living Stones,” a group of kids discover some of the history of missionary explorer David Livingstone.  They re-enact parts of his life and come to understand what made his life meaningful.  Both lively and reflective songs move the action along.   Read a fuller synopsis, see manuscript samples and hear audio samples below.  Fully staged, about 45 min. in length.

Living Stones Musical, Performance Pack:   $32.00
includes a director’s script and score, accompanist score, both coil bound, 1 student script/lyrics with permission to copy as many as needed for students; and 1 student song book (staff notation), with permission to copy as many as needed for students.

 

“All Over the Earth”

This up-beat song of praise begins the play.  It helps introduce the theme of a global world view, and establishes the group’s identity as a school choir which is having a warm-up/rehearsal before a performance.

Listen to a brief sound clip of “All Over the Earth.”
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View a short manuscript excerpt of  All Over the Earth

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“Smoke of a Thousand Villages”

The children, left alone temporarily by their director, discover a trunkful of artifacts and begin to piece together the story of David Livingstone through journals, maps and other props.  One is appointed to portray Livingstone’s mentor, Robert Moffat.  “Moffat” sings this song pleading for missionaries to join his work, a plea which was a turning point in Livingstone’s life.  The title of the song refers to an actual quote from Robert Moffat.

Listen to a brief sound clip of “Smoke of a Thousand Villages” (with a little of the preceding dialog).
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View a short manuscript excerpt of  Smoke of a Thousand Villages

Order 1-5 copies ($3 each, single song only, “Smoke of A Thousand Villages”)

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“Living Stones”

Now the children draw on their knowledge of I Peter 2, where Jesus is called the “living stone” and believers are also “living stones.”  They make a connection with Livingstone’s name and this joyful song ensues.  They depict his first-time departure for Africa with its excitement and uncertainties.

Listen to a sound clip of “Living Stones.”  (This clip of 5 min. length gives the full song “Living Stones,” and dialog that precedes and follows the song — perhaps the best way to get a feel for the style of the whole musical!)
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View a short manuscript excerpt of   Living Stones 

Not offered for purchase as a single song.

It’s Been a Long Time”

The found journals, maps and artifacts continue to help fill in details about Livingstone’s life, as the children explore and interact.  They re-enact Stanley’s “finding” of Livingstone.  The true fellowship of the two men is represented with a smile in the song “It’s Been a Long Time.”

Listen to a brief sound clip of “It’s Been a Long Time.”
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View a short manuscript excerpt of  It’s Been a Long Time 

Not offered for purchase as a single song.

“I’m Staying”

The tone turns serious as “Stanley” tries to convince “Livingstone” to leave Africa for an easier life.   Livingstone reflects on his life’s mission and gives impassioned reasons to stay where he is.

Listen to a brief sound clip of “I’m Staying.”
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View a short manuscript excerpt of  I’m Staying 

Not offered for purchase as a single song.

“Joy in Service”

Just as the children reach a sober moment recalling Livingstone’s death (kneeling by his bed), their teacher appears, applauding for what she has heard.  A few exchanges of dialog bring out the surprise that she is related to Henry Stanley.  A student asks her why people would “throw their lives away” in Africa, and she sings this song explaining that no service to God is wasted.

Listen to a brief sound clip of “Joy in Service”
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View a short manuscript excerpt of  Joy In Service

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“All Over the Earth”

The opening song is reprised (as a final “rehearsal”), this time with African drum patterns which one student has humorously been trying out at points throughout the play.  After the song, they file off as if going to their performance.

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