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SONGS/SAMPLES

1.    Seed of Abraham
      
2.    A Sale to Stew Over
      
3.    The Blessing Will Be Mine
      
4.    The Blessing Will Be Mine
          (Father's Blessing)
      
5.    The Blessing Should Be Mine
      
6.    There Is a Price to Be Paid
      
7.    There Is No Light
          (in This My Darkest Hour)
      
8.    A Dream of Hope
      
9.    There Is a Light
          (to Pierce the Darkest Hour)
      
10.  Remember My Love
      
11.  Leah's Revenge
      
12.  God Is Our Witness
      
13.  God of My Fathers
      
14.  God Has Restored/
       Seed of Abraham

      
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SYNOPSIS
This musical is based on the wonderful story about the most famous twins in the Bible…Jacob and Esau, sons of Isaac and Rebekah.  All history was changed when Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a simple bowl of soup.  Jacob’s perseverance won him his brother’s birthright, his father’s blessing, and ultimately, a new name from God; ISRAEL!

This stirring musical features, as a main character, a woman whose actual Bible name was Deborah.  She is a pivotal character in our story and was nurse to three generations:  Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob’s children.  She acts as narrator, confidant, and at times, comic relief in the musical.

From the start Jacob and Esau had a terrific distain for each other.  Though the story is ancient, its truths resound today.  Only a loving and patient God could ever have orchestrated the powerful and moving reconciliation between Jacob and Esau.  The story is fast paced and charged with emotion. The musical score is the perfect compliment to this compelling musical.

The libretto follows closely the Biblical account. The first act chronicles the story of Jacob and Esau as young men vying for their father's attention. Though twins, they were as opposite as any two people could be. With his mother's help Jacob tricks Esau into giving up his birthright. When Jacob discovers that his brother wants to kill him he flees to the desert and eventually to Haran. Jacob is visited by a host of angels one night while sleeping. God makes many promises to Jacob. We still see the benefits to those promises today. And, many of the promises God gave to Jacob have been fulfilled in our lifetime.

The complications of Jacob’s dual marriages to Leah and Rachel are handled delicately.  A rather hilarious scene in the second act demonstrates perfectly just what Jacob got himself into by marrying sisters. 

Laban is, in our story, nearly an even match for Jacob regarding his conniving ways. Each tries to outthink and outsmart the other. In the end they part peacefully..."May the Lord watch between you and me while we're apart." This is a powerful and touching moment in the musical as we see the hatred melt as God brings peace and reconciliation to a decades-long feud.

In the final scene, Jacob and Esau confront one another in what could have been a tragic ending for these twin brothers. But, forgiveness abounds and the sons of Jacob are again reunited and their relationship is beautifully restored. There is a great lesson in this musical today for individuals, families, the church, and for the nations of the world.

AUDIENCE REACTION
Following performances, our observation has been that male audience members are particularly moved by the story.  This is largely due to the touching and climactic ending to the musical when Jacob and Esau forgive each other and, as the lyrics say, “This sibling rivalry had made us enemies.  But, restoration has begun.”  Another particularly moving moment happens when Laban and Jacob finally make peace with each other and sing, “May the Lord watch between you and me while we’re apart.”   Though this is a powerful drama, the comedy in the script and lyrics are all perfectly timed.       

PERFORMANCE LENGTH
When performed in its entirety, Jacob, Prince of God is about 2 hours long.  The show can be cut nearly in half by trimming back scenes and songs at the director’s discretion.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
MALE: FEMALE:
Jacob*
Esau*
Laban*
Isaac*

Abraham

Guni (friend to Jacob)
Hamul (friend to Jacob)
Angel
Servant
Deborah*
Rebekah*
Rachel*
Leah*
Nehushta (friend to Deborah)
Servant

*Principle Characters


THE USE OF A CHORUS
A chorus can easily be incorporated into this musical.  Due to stage size, the original production did not utilize a chorus.  However, a chorus of virtually any size could be added to a number of the scenes throughout the musical.

CASTING OPTIONS
As a point of interest, (and so you know it is possible), in the original production the following roles were played by the same actor:

Rebekah and Rachel
Isaac, Hamul, and Angel
Esau and Guni
Abraham and Jacob
Leah and Female Servant

Doubling roles was accomplished with makeup, wigs, costumes, and some fine acting!  We mention this because it demonstrates the possibility of doing a larger scale show such as this with a relatively small cast.  (The original cast was made up of four men and four women.) On the other hand, you can easily utilize several dozen actors in this production by adding a chorus and not having actors play dual roles.

SET REQUIREMENTS
As with all of our musicals, the sets can be very simple with only minimal scenery—leaving it up to the audience to “fill in the blanks.”  Or, you can go all out and create sets that include three different tents, an outdoor desert scene, the courtyard of Laban’s rather elaborate home, Jacob’s well, etc. In the original production the directors came up with a very creative (and quite inexpensive) solution to the “Jacob’s ladder” sequence.  This information, and dozens of other production helps are all found in the Director’s Notes which come as part of the Musical Production Kit. Sample pictures of sets used in the original production of this, and many other Gloria Emmerich musicals, can be found by going to the photo gallery on this website: www.rockyhockplayhouse.com

PERFORMANCE TRACKS
All of our sound tracks come with scene change music, all necessary sound effects, and are the exact tracks used in the vocal demo and in the original professional production of this musical.


DEMO CD

A professional CD recording of all the songs from Jacob, Prince of God is available for just $10. Click here to order.


DVD

A DVD of the original production of Jacob, Prince of God (videotaped at the Rocky Hock Playhouse in Eastern North Carolina) is available for just $15. Click here to order.


REQUEST A FREE PERUSAL COPY OF THE SCRIPT

A copy of the script is available to all serious directors who would like to consider obtaining the rights to perform Jacob, Prince of God.  Scripts are e-mailed directly to you.  The words "Do Not Copy" will appear lightly across the center of each page of this script.  Perusal scripts are solely for the purpose of allowing you and/or your committee to review the content and make a determination as to whether or not ours is the musical you wish to produce. We are happy to forward copies of this script to other groups considering our musicals. But, please allow us to do this ourselves and do not forward copies of the script to those outside your own immediate circle. Lyrics to all songs are included in the script. Please click here to request a perusal script copy of ­­­Jacob, Prince of God.


MUSICAL PRODUCTION KIT

Set, costume, prop, lighting, special effects suggestions, dozens of production helps, and a complete set of DIRECTOR'S NOTES are part of our Musical Production Kit and is included FREE OF CHARGE when you purchase the rights to perform Jacob, Prince of God.
Also included is a guide by Dr. Jeffrey Emmerich entitled General Acting & Directing Terms/Helps/Hints/ & Tips.

ROYALTY AND PERFORMANCE LICENSE INFORMATION

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