HE HOLDS THE KEYS
Written by Christopher Wales
RUNNING TIME: APPROXIMATELY 45 MINS.
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17 Tech Meeting
Cast/Crew Meeting & First Read-through & forms in 6P Tech Meeting 6:45P
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24 Dancers Scene 3
27 Scene 1
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Jake) 15 Scene 1&5 16 Scene 2 & 4 17 Show run though (No musicians) 7-9P 18
7-9P (P. Jake) 19 20
3 Scene 2 (Off script)
5 Scene 4 (Off script)
7 Dancers (Off script)
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7-9P (P. Jake) 22 Sets go up 3P
7-9P (P. Jake)
23 Dress Rehearsal 7 .9P
24 Final Dress Rehearsal 7 .9P (6P call)
THE KEYS (6P CALL)
Jazz capabilities DANCER .Hip-Hop capabilities DANCER .Early to late 20’s.Alto CHORUS .An officer.Alto CHORUS .Hip-Hop capabilities
.Late 20’s to early 30’s LORI .Soprano SOLOIST 2 .Ballet capabilities DANCER .Soprano CHORUS .Bass CHORUS .Soprano CHORUS .Ballet capabilities DANCER .Tenor CHORUS .Tenor CHORUS .Hip-Hop capabilities DANCER . in his Resurrected glory CARRIE .Jazz capabilities DANCER . Married to Colby. and mother to Michelle SOLOIST 1 .Tenor SOLOIST 4 – Baritone SOLOIST 5 .Mid to late 30’s.The son of God.Jazz capabilities DANCER .Bass DANCER .Mid to late 30’s SUSANNE . Married to Kimberly KIMBERLY JOHNSON . Married to Drew JESUS .Ballet capabilities DANCER . in his mid to late 20’s.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Cast of 29 with possibility of more chorus and dancers added.Bass CHORUS . A single mother of three young children ANDREA . 11 (F) 9 (M) 9 (M or F) Some parts can be doubled up for a smaller cast
DREW JOHNSON .Alto SOLOIST 3 .In her mid to late 20’s.
with a robed choir and youth group
Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4 Scene 5
. cheerful stage. Present day NY harbor and b.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
ACT 1 Scene 1 Split scenery of a. Golgotha Kitchen of an apartment A setting similar to an old prison cell City park with bench Bright. a church-like presence Split time of a. Statue of Liberty and b. Day of crucifixion Modern day (Suggested) Gothic to Angelic Modern day (Suggested) Modern day church setting.
) In New York Harbor stands a lady.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
In darkness. To be named with the brave and the free. pointing and worshipping. And the Statue of Liberty. To be named with the ransomed and whole. With my Lord raised to the sky.) On lonely Golgotha stood a cross. Crowd activities could include photo’s. Activities could include people kneeling and praying. looking at brochures. (Passerby’s freeze in position) (Picture of SOL fades into a picture of Christ on the cross. I will honor our flag and our trust in God. SOLOIST 5 & DUO 1 (All in unison) And all who see her know she stands for Liberty for you and me. Blue lights fade to red) SOLOIST 1 (People. DUO 2 & GROUP 2 (In four part harmony) I'm so glad to be called a Christian. etc. The Statue of Liberty starts to play. etc.
. weeping. Slowly. SOLOIST 1. SOLOIST 5. SOLOIST 1 & DUO 2 (All in unison) And all who kneel there live forever As all the saved can testify. SOLOIST 5 (Dim Blue lighting) (Modern day passerby’s enter stage left and cross to stage right where they stop to admire the Statue of Liberty. DUO 1 & GROUP 1 (In four part harmony) I'm so proud to be called an American. With a torch raised to the sky. screen illuminates with a picture of the Statue of Liberty. dressed in biblical day costume enter stage right and cross to stage left where they stop and gaze at the cross.
(Red lighting fades to full white. Picture of The Statue of Liberty cross fades into the picture of Christ.)
As the statue liberates the citizen. (Cast exit CBS curtain) (Stage lights fade out.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 1. So the cross liberates the soul. Lights fade to white. It was there that my soul was set free. and brighten)
FULL CAST (Individuals from Group 1 and Group 2 cross stage and mingle amongst each other. (Cast joins as a tight group at CBS) SOLOIST 1 & 5 (In unison) Unashamed I'll proclaim FULL CAST that a rugged cross is my Statue of Liberty. My liberty. All turn to face downstage) Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty.
. man. then standing up from the table and heading CS. there’s not even booze in this place! (Pausing to think. here I am. You always tell me to call you if I need anything. but please leave your name. You never forget to tell me you’ll be praying for. with no money until payday.(strong) absent again. . to top it off. (Forceful) Why? Why me! Is this you’re cruel punishment Jesus? What did I do to you? I’ve never asked you for anything. Out! (Spot up all the way at this point) Well. Can you come over? I’ve been thinking a lot about this Jesus you always talk about.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
(In a dark auditorium. and then a beep is heard) DREW Good day and thank you for calling Drew Johnson. I’m
. at least for the moment. KIMBERLY
and Kimberly Johnson
and we’ll get back to you just as soon as we can. God Bless and have a good day! (Spotlight comes up slowly on stage right. number and a brief message. JUSTIN shrugs) Hmm! That seems to be the one thing that does make me happy. why am I talking to you! Where have you been when I actually did need you? I can recall a time or two when I really could have used your help. surrounded by empty beer bottles. The girlfriend dumped me! And Drew isn’t even answering his phone. 555-7192. Maybe that was a miracle. If I really think about it. I don’t know. sometimes anyway.)
God Bless and have a good day!
JUSTIN Drew it’s your neighbor Justin. (Pause) But I’m alone . Well. We see each other in the hall. how he’s helped you in your life. Call me. At least . And. I just know I can’t take it anymore and don’t know what I’m going to do. JUSTIN is sitting at the table. again! My life stinks. His head is hung and he is obviously disturbed. a phone rings three times. Where are all my friends? Gone? Or busy! My cable got shut off again. I just don’t know what. but no . We’re not able to get to the phone right now. Nothing! Wait. How he brings you peace. . I’ve been alone and needing someone. alone again. I need something. We see a kitchen. .
I’m not ok. CONT
quite mad. It’s Drew. my child. we were just praying about you this morning. or something. I mean. We’ve all been there. I think our plans can be rearranged. (Justin acts like he’s going to hang up the phone. yeah. but let me talk to her real quick. well I was just talking to…(stops himself and reconsiders his answer) myself.
JUSTIN (Looking around and speaking in quick and short words)
. But don’t worry. you don’t answer. JUSTIN answers his phone) Hello? DREW Hey Justin. I can’t be mad at someone. illuminating Jesus) JESUS
Justin. He sits down on the edge of the stage. You called? JUSTIN Umm. Then again.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 2. I called you didn’t I? You have practically begged me to call. right? DREW Justin. I am here for you. Hey listen. As a matter of fact. I’ll be ok I suppose. I know she will understand that you need a friend. A friend! That’s what it sounds like you could use. Worship music is heard softly in the background) (Soft spotlight come up on Level 3. (A cell phone rings. number C-15! (JUSTIN hangs up the phone. that would be me! DREW Are you OK buddy? Tell me what’s going on? JUSTIN No. Truth be told. you don’t sound like you’re doing great. then quickly directs) One floor up and one door over. Made it this far and I’m doing great. it was just dinner with the in-laws! That can wait! JUSTIN Whatever! If it’s that important to you! You know where I live. Mad at you God. Besides. I’ve said I don’t really believe in you so I guess all is good. being alone that is. I mean talking about that very thing. Kim and I were just getting ready to take off somewhere. and when I do. that doesn’t exist. As for what’s going on. I’m not going anywhere. c’mon.
One of those times was only about the lowest point of my life. I have never left you or forsaken you. Just look at me! Depressed! Broke! Drunk! Well. I don’t know what to do. JUSTIN Oh really? Are you sure? I’ve never heard from you before this very moment! JESUS You have never called on me before. where are you? JESUS It is I. I ordered a drink and sat there. crying. I mean you you’re the perfect one? That’s what I’m told. and Drew. I’ve lost all my real friends. I’ve been waiting for this day. Only ones left around are the ones that like to go drinking. It’s as simple as calling on my… JUSTIN (Interrupting JESUS. maybe a month. I am always eager to listen to my children when they call on me. and you could never understand how I feel. Tell me your troubles with your life. ya know. Let me tell you how the night only got better. but I assure you. really truly mad. How you’re always there when someone needs you. They just seem to want to tell me how wrong I am and to tell me about you. How you love everyone. Their just like my neighbor. He speaks in an arguable and sarcastic tone) Always come? Always? I can point out times when I really needed you and you didn’t show up. I’m hopeless! I feel like I’m in a prison and the sentence if forever. Now come on. I hate my job. It’s your choice and your will Justin. I knew it would come. It’s hopeless. I mean really.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 2. My family. JUSTIN stands. all alone. My girlfriend had just broken up with me so I decided to head downtown to Smiley’s for some cocktails. I just can’t live up to everyone’s expectations. JUSTIN Oh. and I am here watching over you Justin. maybe just wanting to be. Jesus. I guess I’m the one person that even you can not help. up until now that is. you say you’re there for me? Was it not just moments before that I broke down in public. I will always come when the children of God call. Sinless! I could never live up to your expectations. You are a child of God and I love you very much. But it seems like. so don’t waste your time listening to me carry on. My family doesn’t even understand where I’m coming from either. Crying to you! After a couple more drinks. but that only lasts for a few weeks. Jesus! I was stopped by a cop. c’mon Jesus! You wouldn’t understand. CONT
Who is that? Where. Drew. well. begging you for your help? I think the
. no more money and still no response from you. I feel like everyone has shut me out and the only thing that makes me feel good IS drinking. I try to be good. you’re never there for me. especially when I’m buying. repeatedly tells me of this Jesus Christ – YOU. JESUS I’ve been waiting for you to ask for my help. (Thinking and pondering in his mind) I think it was about three years ago. I gave up and headed home. I was mad.
Justin. but instead. Hmm! But she’s always praying! And so wrapped up in church or helping someone. JESUS That’s ok. She does regularly check in with me though. That night. By the way. I guess I’m sorry. JUSTIN That’s right. JESUS Drew let me tell you what really happened that night. let’s look at that night and exactly what happened after you left the bar. JESUS It was at that point that you headed to Smiley’s. and stopping himself) Anyway. I never realized just how much I did talk .HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 2. and that she just needed to focus on her upcoming wedding to Mr. but I do. I did answer you. CONT
very least you could have done was to answer me. That’s what I really want you to see and understand. Do you remember she asked you to dinner so you two could pray together about your situation and talk about the direction of your life? JUSTIN She does? She prays for me? I haven’t seen her since we were in High School several years ago. you send a cop! But umm. Marvelous! “I’ll be ok” is what you told her. you’re always there for me. She is always praying for you and asking me to watch after you. . I don’t have to worry. I think I was yelling at you then. I think she might even live in the neighborhood.… (Realizing what he has just said. no. Every single light! If I remember right. She’s one of my true and faithful servants. at least I know you’re talking to me. no . And furthermore. You’re not the only one who comes to me in anger. I called on your friend Kimberly to call you. . go on… JESUS You told her you had plans with some friends. after you left your girlfriends house. you complained about hitting every yellow light. I often get blamed for the less favorable things in life.or yell . too? I didn’t get there in time and that really cut into what I could afford to drink that night.at you until you pointed that out. it was going to make you miss happy hour and the cheap drinks. There’s a bit more to that story that you don’t seem to recall. Is that correct? JUSTIN (Shamefully acknowledging the occurrence) That does sound more like what happened so far. It must have been some sort of small miracle that you had to stop at every light you came too. You got into your car and headed down Park Street towards home…
. with a loving and caring heart for others. they were.
After he ran your license and returned to your car. I remember the morning news. It was late. I just knew I was getting a ticket. I remember it. So much so that up to that night you had escaped ever being stopped. Do you know that that detour was like 40 blocks out of my way? And I was so tired already. obviously disturbed over what he has discovered. Several tons of iron and brick lay covering Park Street. That is why that officer only gave you a warning for the taillight issue. I wasn’t that drunk. I’ve surrounded you with my army. I guess he heard about it on his radio while he was running my license. JESUS The officer did pull you over. JESUS Yes Justin. There was considerable damage to the surrounding buildings and structures. he has been praying for you. My servants have been around you in prayer and in the physical. correct? He said he was going that way and that he would make sure you made it safely. His name? I can see his badge. I was tired. . CONT
JUSTIN Yeah.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 2. JUSTIN He also told me to find a good church where I could have a good support system. Just moments after that officer pulled you over. That officer is another one of my faithful servants. I didn’t say much to him. The very street you would have been traveling on in just a few moments. It’s a familiar name. a building that was in a major renovation. but he told me to take the industrial loop downtown because of some accident. he told you he would follow you home. JUSTIN (Justin. It’s always stuck with me. and once again…felt like I was all alone. there was an accident a little bit further down Park Street. I put it on his heart that you needed me. but I realize that I should not have been driving at all. No one was hurt! I wasn’t hurt? I’m alive today because of that cop…officer stopping me. but it was only because you had a broken taillight. and all the commotion about this building collapsing. You’re very good at playing sober. damage to the sidewalks and other property. And. if I hadn’t been stopped… If I had kept going? Iron and brick? Just moments later and I could be . begins to speaks more brokenly) You mean. That’s when that stupid cop pulled me over. you know his name. and then he said he’d be praying for me. Nevertheless. JESUS Yes. collapsed. he did follow me home. I would’ve deserved whatever I got. he was correct. . That officer’s name. I’m not sure where that came from. But no one was hurt because it was night. I guess I would’ve deserved that ticket. Wait a minute.
. But the most damage happened to the road itself.
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SCENE 2. I know you have FREED me. The door’s open. Once I live within your heart. um. are you in there? Is everything OK? JUSTIN Yeah. I ask you to be Lord and Savior over me. it was Officer Johnson. I have something to tell you about a night just a few years ago. JUSTIN I want that feeling. I am there even when you don’t think you need me. come in. A talk with your. you need me every breath of every day. I know now that you can change everything and I will never be alone again. I am sorry for what I have put you through. Just ask me in. but most importantly. wiping the tears from his eyes) Hey. You have saved me. Let me tell you what Jesus showed me and how He has set me free… (Stage lights fade out. (DREW enters and sees JUSTIN on his knees. Free from all that binds you and I will forgive you of all those things you feel are unforgivable. And there is a way you can always feel me near.…MY Jesus. I died for you because I love you so much. That was officer. your loneliness will subside because I will fill it with my love. you are my child and I am always with you. (Door knocks as light fades on JESUS) DREW Justin. it’s Drew. You never left me. His name is Officer Johnson. thanks for coming over. Jesus. I just had a talk. (JUSTIN begins to sob and falls to his knees) Yes. and healed me with your blood. because the truth is. Hey man. I surrender to you and I give you this life knowing only you can change it. (pausing again) Officer Drew Johnson! JESUS See Justin. I can see you were with me every step of the way.)
JUSTIN (Gasping) I know it. invite me in to your heart and I will set you free. every time I turned around.
on music cues. positioned on a dark brick wall. in shackles. A struggle between ballet and hip-hop dance occurs) Against the gates of hell I now resist For the shackles that had torn my wrists Lay before me now upon the ground To sin I am no longer bound For from death's barren womb He heard my cry
. Backlight fades up on level 2 scrim) (You can see two soldiers and a figure being forced down onto a cross. Prisoner’s rhythmically wander about stage. Prisoners are also double dressed with white under black. Dancers do a taunting dance amidst the stage) Death rides blackened clouds across the sky The Son of man lays down to die (We see two soldiers pounding nails into the figure on the cross) With every pounding blow upon the nail (Thunderous crack is heard above all activity) Thunder rumbles all through hell (Backlight fades out on level 2 scrim) And from death's barren womb the captives cry Who is there to free us should He die (Lights fade up main level to reveal prisoner’s chained to a wall) His grave becomes a door. double dressed with black over white. Ballet dancers. appear from main level curtain. Below. He enters in To face the author of all sin Defying death and the grave He takes their keys (Dancers begin to break some Prisoner’s free.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
(Screens fade up with rolling dark clouds as music starts) SOLOIST 3 (Low lighting. you see several “prisoners” that are frozen.) And with them every captive frees And from death's barren womb the captives cry Arise for our redemption draweth nigh (C) For He holds the keys He holds the keys And though we've been held captive At long last we are free For He holds the keys (Other Prisoners begin to fight and tug at the chains.
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SCENE 3.) And loosed the chains that bound me to a lie (Screens fade into sunny skies from the dark cloudy skies) (Ballet dancers peel off their black layers. CONT
(Loosed Prisoner’s and Dancers break remainder of chained Prisoner’s free from their chains. revealing angelic-like costumes underneath) (C) For He holds the keys He holds the keys And though we've been held captive At long last we are free For He holds the keys (Remaining cast begin to break free from their black clothes) And to all the things that have kept you away That keep you defeated day after day after day The heartache that nobody sees That eats at your soul like a cruel disease He who set the captives free It is He. it is He who holds your keys (C) For He holds the keys He holds the keys And though we've been held captive At long last we are free For He holds the keys He holds the keys (Lights fade out)
I have no skills. CARRIE Listen to whom? (ANDREA. (CARRIE turns towards the audience and removes her sunglasses to reveal a bruise on her cheek just below her eye. Oh God. I can’t bring myself to spend one more night with Gerard.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
CARRIE (There is a simple set which resembles a park-like setting on stage left) (CARRIE wanders down the center of the audience illuminated by a spotlight only. like I am doing right now. I’m pretty much worthless according to most people I talk with. CARRIE Who is that? JESUS I am sending you my faithful servants. but there’s got to be something better. I don’t want them growing up and going down the same path I am going down. It might be best if I were to just. aimlessly talking into the air. look.)
. I see all these girls with their mothers and get so jealous and angry. Do not rush dialogue. my kids might get adopted by some wealthy family. dressed in Sunday-like attire. but I also know if I don’t keep him happy. He may pay my bills and put a roof over me and my kid’s heads. I know my kids will be saying the same thing about me. and I hear your cries for help. I am hear. or an educated family. People are already starting to question me on a regular basis about certain things. they are here because I sent them. CARRIE notices Andrea coming and returns her sunglasses to her face. Dropping out of school at 16 no longer sounds likes the great idea it did when I was 16. It’s not fair I lost my mother at 12. that will all be gone and I’m back on the streets again. Now. I mean. Please listen to them.…be done with this life. She sits down on the park bench) Then again. enters through the audience and sees Carrie. I don’t blame my mom.I made it without my mother. what am I going to do? (CARRIE has a visible change in her thought process. illuminating JESUS) JESUS Carrie. Mama always told me she loved me and to better myself. I want something more for my kids.) I want to feel special and feel important. I know she did what she had to do. if I weren’t around.) What am I going to do? I have two little mouths to feed. but I just don’t see how I can. Maybe they don’t need me . but if I don’t change things. No job. Oh my God! (Soft spotlight comes up on Level 3.
Besides. are also dressed nicely like Andrea. Lori has a pronounced limp) CARRIE I needed some time to think. LORI Hi again Andrea SUSANNE Hey Sister Andrea
ANDREA Hi ladies.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 4. CONT
ANDREA Hiya Carrie! It’s great to see you! How are you doing today? CARRIE I’m doing OK. nothing like that at all. Don’t you think so too. How are you doing today? Why are you so dressed up? Was it a funeral or wedding? ANDREA (Laughing) No.alone. I have two children to care for .
. well. I just came from a woman’s Hour of Prayer luncheon. and I ain’t got no nice clothes like those. (Fidgeting with her appearance) Nice to meet ya both. LORI What a pleasure to meet you Andrea SUSANNE Good Afternoon to you Andrea
ANDREA I was just telling Carrie about the Prayer luncheon and invited her to join us some day! I think she would really enjoy it. They are with a sitter for a while. Come on over here and meet my beautiful friend Carrie! CARRIE Hello ladies. You should join me sometime soon. just trying my best to stay cool. I could never! You don’t understand. I’m not. No. It was a wonderful time in the Lord. holy like you guys are. We meet every two weeks. entering from stage left. Where are the children today? (LORI and SUSANNE. I’ve got some terrible troubles and would only bring everyone else down. ladies? LORI / SUSANNE Absolutely CARRIE Oh no.
It’s a time of fellowship. They’re a blessing to the children. LORI She’s only ever asked us to pray for your peace and salvation!
. but you just don’t understand. I mean.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 4. LORI & SUSANNE all in agreement speak powerfully) Loving! CARRIE (CARRIE. LORI (Interrupting) And let me tell you this right now. CONT
SUSANNE Well two children is no reason to say no! We have a sitter at the luncheons. now becoming a bit uncomfortable begins to ramble on in a frustrated and embarrassed manner) It all sounds nice.… ANDREA / LORI / SUSANNE (ANDREA. to be exact. not one person there is perfect! I myself have more faults than the whole state of California put together. isn’t that the same thing I’ve told you time and time again? No one is going to judge you or care how you look. ANDREA And most important.… LORI Sharing and caring. and that’s no lie!
ANDREA See Carrie. SUSANNE Prayer and discussion. boyfriend number 5. I know Andrea must have told you how horrible I am! SUSANNE She’s never said anything negative about you CARRIE (Becoming louder and yet almost speaking into the air as if she were alone) She’s never told you that I’m a single mother living with my boyfriend.
I have no right to cast a stone against you because my sins are no greater or no less than yours. I am not here to judge you. (pausing) before just now. LORI The likes of you? You mean.in front of my kids . A lost cause! Why involve yourselves with the likes me? JESUS Carrie.and I had to walk home across town. She gets up and joins Carrie)
. we all struggle with things. Listen to them. even as Christians. that last part. Once. I have healed their pain and sorrow and I want to do the same for you. They do understand and are loving servants. about the abuse and humiliation. (Kneeling beside Carrie) But regardless of the situation. CARRIE (CARRIE gets up and walks away from the girls) But why would you be here for me? I’m a hopeless case. Carrie.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 4. If I question him in any way. how he has knocked me across the front room. beside you all the way. I’ve already told you. I am only here to love you as my Heavenly Father has loved. (CARRIE is now crying. Unconditionally! SUSANNE / LORI (SUSANNE & LORI kneel beside the Carrie and Andrea) And we’re here too. these women are here on their own will. As a matter of fact. Never told you how I can’t go anywhere without his permission and I live on an allowance he sees fit for me. he even stopped the car and pushed me out . you never even shared that with me. Don’t shut them out. if for no other reason. we all have our faults. to pray for you and love you. yelling and tears CARRIE stands up and moves slightly upstage) How he’s abusive to me. or if I make him mad enough. it’s another slap across the face. I’ve never said a word about what you have told me. and to my children. a person dealing with life and its decisions and the choices we have to make every single day? Carrie. and her aggravation has turned into hurt) And I still have to continue to explain to people how I slipped on the wet floor while mopping for the third time this month… (Pulling the glasses from her face and falling to her knees) And that’s how I got this black eye! ANDREA No Carrie. CONT
CARRIE (Becoming aggravated to the point of hysterics. (Reaching into her purse and grabs a picture.
on a cross. I tried to kill myself. life wasn’t always so easy. just two months before Michelle arrived. is that I was a prostitute for almost 5 years. He later told me that he’s prayed for me everyday since the day we met.
. during rehab.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
SCENE 4. I accepted Jesus as my own personal savior. Colby. it my blood that has washed Lori clean. even as we speak. I was in a lot of pain. CARRIE Jesus! He did this for you? Andrea has told me about him many times. Jesus has given me a beautiful family… (LORI caresses her stomach) …a family that grows. have a past that would seem unforgivable. there was a limit to the pain killers I could take. I think he knew I couldn’t run away. Luckily. I guess I just feel like I’m too hopeless a case. Colby would tell me about the one man I could never live without. and most importantly. I felt like you do right now. (CARRIE turns in astonishment. too. we are all hopeless without Jesus. He’s a rehabilitation therapist. my unborn child and my salvation. or tender. As you can see. You see this? (Shows Carrie the picture) This is my beautiful daughter. It is my blood that gives Andrea peace in the midst of every storm. towards LORI) I was pregnant. She’s 5 now and has a loving father. I wasn’t even sure I wanted a child. I sold myself everyday of the week so I could eat and put a roof of some sort over my head. CONT
But Jesus still loves us unconditionally. no one and no place to turn too. One afternoon I started walking and thinking and wound up at a bridge outside of town and in one quick moment. I even lived life with some resentment for a while. and took advantage of that situation. He prayed for me. However. Colby and I were married one year ago tomorrow and yet through all the pain and tragedy of this. I feel like I’m imprisoned. I survived. so did my unborn daughter. it didn’t work. I didn’t even have a clue who the father might be. I had broken both my legs when I jumped of the bridge that night. SUSANNE Carrie. He died. I had no respect for myself. jumped. but because I was pregnant. It is my blood that gives Susanne hope in a hopeless world. I got so fed up and tired of it all and just couldn’t take it anymore. He was faithful in his witnessing to me until one day. so far away from that sort of joy and happiness. Jesus Christ. Michelle. Everyday. It is my blood that will wash you clean and make you whole. for me and You! JESUS Carrie. I. But that’s the wondrous thing about Jesus. I’ve had a long struggle for peace and the honest truth Carrie. and didn’t know it. She’s told me of the many miracles he has done in the past and still continues to do for people today. Then one day. and that’s where I first met Colby.
Jesus will cover you and your children with His unending love.…to free me from this lonely existence. Surround me with that love that never dies. (Looking at each woman endearingly as she speaks their name) Andrea. Jesus I need you. Jesus.…can we pray. I want Jesus Christ to be the lord of my life and His love. Can you. I want what you each have. (CARRIE looks upward towards Heaven) CARRIE I want that peace! I want that hope! I want to feel this love you give. I need a change. (Lights fade out)
. Susanne. CONT
ANDREA His blood washes our sins away. You don’t have to walk alone Carrie. I want a change. wash me in your blood. Lori.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
HE HOLDS THE KEYS
(Turn Around performed by cast. Dance number performed while song is being sung) SOLOIST 4 He keeps on. opened many doors I could not see He made a way for me SOLOIST 4 Anything I need I ask in faith. SOLOIST 4 may adlib throughout entire song) I know that we will never part Oh how I thank you from my heart Blessings abundantly You keep making a way for me Children / Chorus (Youth come out through CBS curtain while singing and signing the song. and running over Jesus made a way for me. opened many doors I could not see He made a way for me SOLOIST 4 When I was down to the very last dime You did it Oh You stepped in on time You did it for me CHORUS (He made a way) (He made a way)
Children / Chorus Pressed down shaken together. I do Don’t you know He makes a way for me (He made a way) CHORUS (He made a way)
. making a way! CHORUS (Lights come up CS to a robed choir [CHORUS MEMBERS] singing. Chorus splits down the middle and lands on side platforms) Pressed down shaken together. and running over Jesus made a way for me.
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Children / Chorus Pressed down shaken together.
With my Lord raised to the sky. Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty. On lonely Golgotha stood a cross. And all who kneel there live forever As all the saved can testify. I will honor our flag and our trust in God. I'm so proud to be called an American. As the statue liberates the citizen. And the Statue of Liberty. To be named with the ransomed and whole. And all who see her know she stands for Liberty for you and me. Unashamed I'll proclaim that a rugged cross Is my Statue of Liberty!
. I'm so glad to be called a Christian. It was there that my soul was set free. With a torch raised to the sky. To be named with the brave and the free. So the cross liberates the soul.HE HOLDS THE KEYS
STATUE OF LIBERTY
In New York Harbor stands a lady.
it is He who holds your keys Chorus He holds the keys
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Death rides blackened clouds across the sky The Son of man lays down to die With every pounding blow upon the nail Thunder rumbles all through hell And from death's barren womb the captives cry Who is there to free us should He die His grave becomes a door. He enters in To face the author of all sin Defying death and the grave He takes their keys And with them every captive frees And from death's barren womb the captives cry Arise for our redemption draweth nigh Chorus: For He holds the keys He holds the keys And though we've been held captive At long last we are free For He holds the keys Against the gates of hell I now resist For the shackles that had torn my wrists Lay before me now upon the ground To sin I am no longer bound For from death's barren womb He heard my cry And loosed the chains that bound me to a lie Chorus And to all the things that have kept you away That keep you defeated day after day after day The heartache that nobody sees That eats at your soul like a cruel disease He who set the captives free It is He.
Jesus made a way for me. I ask in faith. Vamp 1
. oh how I thank You from my heart. for me. (He made a way).HE HOLDS THE KEYS
Chorus 1: I know that we will never part. opened many doors I could not see. He did it (He made a way). Verse 1: I was down to my very last dime. He made a way for me. shaken together and running over. I do. Chorus 2 Bridge: He made a way (repeat as desired). Chorus 2 Verse 2: Anything I need. Chorus 2: Pressed down. (He made a way). You keep making a way for me. You stepped in on time. You did it for me. Vamp 1: Every time I turn around. Don't you know He makes a way for me. Blessings abundantly. He's making a way. Vamp 2: (When will He come through?) Every time. (He made a way). Lord.