Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

2014

School

School of Music

Major

Worship and Music Ministry

Keywords

Musical drama, Church musical, playwriting, musical theatre, songwriting, creative work, Christmas.

Disciplines

Liturgy and Worship | Music

Abstract

“More than a Wishful Dream” is a musical drama that explores the Christmas story through the eyes of Joseph. The author hopes to bring a realization that the Christmas story was an event that truly happened by exploring the emotional and cultural realities surrounding the birth of Christ through the musical. This thesis also includes a study on the different elements of playwriting, musical theatre and songwriting. These elements were compiled and incorporated into the musical as part of the thesis. In the musical, Joseph dreams to be great like his forefathers and to save his people from suffering. However, Joseph has to abandon his people’s approval if he is to obey God. In the end, Joseph learns that greatness is not achieved by doing great things, but rather by obeying the God who is great.

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