The Quest

Libretto and Music by Kenneth Norman Johnson

 

The Quest Premiere Performances June 5 & 6, 2014 in Pender Harbour, B.C. were welcomed with rave reviews and standing ovations. A talented cast and accompanying musicians under the direction of composer Kenneth Norman Johnson introduced this fascinating new scripture based musical in two stunning sold out performances.

Future production dates and locations are to be announced as they become available.

We extend our extreme gratitude and much appreciation for the tremendous support we have received for this work.

 
In a variety of musical styles, THE QUEST takes us on a journey inspired by four common human questions. These are presented by THE SEEKERS – CARESA (Alto), LIOSAN (Tenor), KIRKOS (Baritone), MIRARI (Soprano), and the CHORUS:

How and where do I find love?     “Love” – CARESA (Alto) & CHORUS
How can I make the right choices?     “Choice” – LIOSAN (Tenor) & CHORUS
What is my purpose and how do I find it?     “The Search” – KIRKOS (Baritone) & CHORUS
How do we comprehend the universe?     “Wonder” – MIRARI (Soprano) & CHORUS

Common answers to these questions are presented by THE TEMPTATIONS – SLICK (Tenor), SIRENA (Alto), LUCERA (Soprano), and THE CHORUS:

Money     “Lots a Luck” – SLICK (The Moneyman) / “When I Win the Lottery” – CHORUS
Sex     “Let’s Have Some Fun” – SIRENA (The Temptress)
Drugs and alcohol     “I’ll Make You A Dream” – LUCERA (The Dream Maker)

Answers paraphrased from scripture are presented by THE VOICE (Baritone) and by the CHORUS:

Guidance from a Higher Power

     “The Invitation” – THE VOICE, THE TEMPTATIONS & CHORUS

     “Come As A Child” – THE VOICE

Look within

    “You Are The Light” – CHORUS

Follow scripture

     “The Ten Commandments” – THE VOICE

    “The Two Great Commandments” – CHORUS

    “The Love of God” – CHORUS

     “Wonderful and Mighty” – CHORUS

     “Our Prayer” – CHORUS

     “Hymn Of Praise” CHORUS

We all are seekers. The choices are left to us.

Note: In the scripture based selections, lyrics have been paraphrased for performance purposes, and arenot intended to be construed in any way as literal interpretations of the Biblical text.

Musical Sequence

ACT I

The Opening – Lots a Luck (Segment) SLICK MONIMAN AND COMPANY
When I Win the Lottery – CHORUS, THE VOICE
Lots a Luck – SLICK and CHORUS, THE VOICE
Let’s Have Some Fun (Segment) – SIRENA, THE VOICE
I’ll Make You A Dream (Segment) – LUCERA
Bridge Music I – INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
The Invitation – THE VOICE AND COMPANY. Text reference: Matthew 11:28
Choice – LIOSAN and COMPANY
Bridge Music II – INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
The Ten Commandments – THE VOICE. Text reference: Exodus: 34
The Two Great Commandments – CHORUS. Text reference Matthew 22: 37-40
Bridge Music III – INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
Party Jazz – Cruisin’ – INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
Let’s Have Some Fun – SIRENA and MALE CHORUS
Love – CARESA and CHORUS
Bridge Music IV
The Love Of God – CHORUS (A CAPPELLA). Text reference: Philippians 4: 7 – 9

Intermission

ACT II

The Search – KIRKOS AND CHORUS
I’ll Make You A Dream – LUCERA and BACKUP GROUP
Come As A Child – THE VOICE. Text reference: Matthew 19: 14, Mark: 10: 15
Bridge Music V – INSTRUMENTAL
You Are The Light – CHORUS
Bridge Music VI – INSTRUMENTAL
Wonder – MIRARI and CHORUS. Text reference: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
Wonderful and Mighty – CHORUS (A CAPPELLA). Text reference: Revelations15: 3 –4
Our Prayer – CHORUS. Text reference: Matthew 6: 9-15
Hymn of Praise – CHORUS
Reprise – You Are The Light (Bows) – COMPANY

Score: Solo and SATB to Double SATB, Piano accompaniment.
Instrumental score: Piano, Acoustic bass, Drum kit/ percussion, Guitar, Tenor Sax
 

Libretto, Score, Songs from The Quest (book), and individual SATB choral selections coming soon for performance groups and soloists. Samples and order info in progress.