By the Sea (An Intergenerational Musical For Children). Composed by Mary Nelson Keithahn. Arranged by John D. Horman. For any combination of voices, flute, Orff instruments and handbells (3 octaves). Cantatas. Duration 35-45 minutes. Published by Chorister's Guild (LO.CGC44).
This unique, new musical dramatizes in song and story incidents from the life of Jesus that took place along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, in and near the town of Capernaum. After the title song sets the scene, three persons enter seeking Jesus. One is sick, another hungry, the third in need of a friend. Together, they represent the needs we all bring to Jesus. They have been told that they might find Jesus down by the sea, so they go from place to place looking for him. Set in 5 scenes, the musical incorporates an intergenerational cast of characters as well as a variety of solo, ensemble, and choral singing opportunities. Because of its flexibility, the musical can be adapted for use in most any situation including a camp setting with families or as VBS project involving people of all ages.