Working on 'The Word' was an incredible experience; not just
as a performer but as a Christian. There is so much joy and passion
for Christ that you can't help but let it reaffirm your commitment to God.
"God has sent the Savior to the world"
~ Katie Duchesneau ~
What is The Word?
It is Music…
of many styles, genres, and cultures.
Ranging far and wide from reggae to Motown, gospel to modern rock, and doo-wop to Afro percussive, the music fuses electric and acoustic guitars, clavés, bongos, drums, recorder, saxophone, and keyboard. The Word features a diverse range of vocal styles, from traditional singing to soulful belting.
It is Energy…
drawing on the human spirit.
The joy of a smile, the freedom of dance, and the urgency of song all flow from the human desire to share in God’s goodness. This yearning is harnessed and expressed in every performance.
It is Color…
reinforcing the message.
The Word emphasizes universality of life, nature, and God. It incorporates the red of fire, the orange of the earth, the blue of the sky, and the purple of the Passion.
It is Love.
It is Message…
Breathed into man and taught among us, this message is spoken to us through the music, dance, and acting of The Word.
It is Faith…
strengthened and shared.
When performing The Word, cast members offer up their weaknesses for the glory of God. It is believing in the past and hoping for the future, acting out the Old and New Testaments to bring the message of God into a personal focus. The cast offers the audience an opportunity for faith renewal by seeing the goodness alive in others.
It is Spreading…
It is a wildfire radiating from the performers to the audience, from the audience to the community. The Word is appreciated and understood by all ages, children and adults alike.
It is The Word.
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History of The Word: A Gospel Opera
Bill Monaghan wrote The Word: A Gospel Opera in 1995 as his answer to musicals like Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar. He wanted to capture the spirit and energy of music as portrayed by young people telling “the greatest story:” that of Jesus and the Good News. The Word has been staged over 55 times in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey area.
The songs take the audience on a whirlwind journey from a percussion filled “Creation” through the Old Testament right to John the Baptist’s fiery preaching. The journey continues through a very unexpected Reggae baptism of Jesus by John, a grunge rock temptation by the “Devil in the Desert,” and then Jesus’ joyful call to ministry in “A Grain of Wheat.” When Jesus attracts his followers, he begins to teach them and show them the Kingdom of God is at hand. He leads them into Jerusalem where they celebrate and ultimately feast the “Last Dinner” together. Jesus makes His agonizing “Prayer in the Garden” before suffering through the “Passion and Death,” later to be laid in the arms of his mother, Mary, as she sings a tender “Lullaby.” The “Finale” concludes with a “Resurrection” and a “Sending Forth” of Jesus’ followers to go into the world and spread The Word.
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