WHAT IS THE ANSWER:
If someone told you that your most difficult question has a solution, would you want to know THE ANSWER? I think everyone would say, “Well, ya’!” This two act musical play portrays how three families find solutions to their challenges as they connect with God in their own personal, unique way.
Your first reaction may be, “That sounds rather cliché,” but this play is based on actual events – real live people lived through these crises and found THE ANSWER. They faced losing their job, going through a divorce, foreclosure on their home, and trying to reach an angry teenager. I’m sure you or someone you know is facing at least one of these problems.
The songs will touch anyone whose expectations haven’t been fulfilled or have been put in difficult situations through no fault of their own. Some of the answers in the play come in a way that wasn’t quite expected.
This play will give you hope, and it will renew your faith as you watch what life is really all about. You’ll see all ages from young kids to a grandma, and even a dog. You’ll discover within these stories how THE ANSWER is found in forgiveness, it’s found in friendship, and it’s found in renewed romance. This is a family friendly event.
WHEN: SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2024 — AND — SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2024
SYNOPSIS for The Answer – at TPAC:
(OPENING SONG) “HARD TIMES/ TAG – READY TO HEAR”
When Robert comes home from his Tool & Dye business, he and his wife
Jennifer talk about their declining financial condition, including the continuing
crisis with their teenage daughter’s drug addiction. To further complicate things
they have a discussion about the fact that Jennifer’s niece and her two
daughters need a place to stay due to the fact that she is now separated from
her husband due to his drug addiction. Robert asks Jennifer about her feelings
since her job was eliminated. Jennifer reveals at the end of the scene that since
her job was eliminated; she and Grandma have been spending much more time
together. They have together been listening to some music from the past and
spending time in prayer for the family and finances.
Because Megan and her husband, Jason, are now separated, Megan and their
two daughters, are at the home they are about to lose. They have come to pick
up more of Megan’s things. Her best friend Vanessa meets them there to assist
in the process of moving. Sophia, the oldest daughter is not at all excited about
moving into the Morgan home. Vanessa prompts Megan to show Sophia a
picture of their dog, DaVinci. She shows much more interest when she sees the
picture. As they are leaving, Jason also comes to the house; and there is both
turbulent and subtle drama. After they leave, the enormity of his situation hits
Jason like a ton of bricks. Jason recounts his losses and sings (“DREAMING”).
As they move into the Morgan home, Sophia is overcome with joy at meeting
the family dog, an Afghan hound named, DaVinci. Logan, Robert and Jennifer’s
twelve year old son, invites Sophia to join him for DaVinci’s walk. While Sophia
is on the walk, Jennifer and Megan converse about the cause and effects of
Jason’s addictions. When asked about how Sophia is coping, Megan responds
by talking about the fact that she has the very same blue sky personality as her
father and is too confident about his recovery. When Sophia returns, she joins
the conversation and speaks openly about the very close relationship she has
with her dad. She sings a short song about her experiences, and the positive
hopes that she has in her heart for her dad’s future. (“My Daddy Knows What
At rise: This scene takes place at the recovery center
Jason and a group of other cohorts meet. Austin, from the recovery network,
leads the meeting. (“THE RECOVERY SONG”) He offers to meet with anyone
wanting a private conversation. Jason taps him after the meeting to set up a
time and place to meet.
SETTING: Morgan’s family room
Grandma, Meghan, and Sophia are in deep conversation about spiritual
matters. Jennifer walks through the family room, on her way to her bedroom
where she spends much time in prayer. We hear Jennifer praying for her family;
and especially for her daughter Erica before she sings (“I AM WAITING”).
Immediately following this song, her angry teen daughter, Erica, comes home;
Erica sings (“Love Me Like I Am”) just before they have a spirited
mother/daughter conflict. A plan is launched to help Erica with her drug
addiction, among other things.
Austin meets Jason at his residence. While Austin is listening to him, Jason goes
on and on about how he is missing his family. He sings, (“My Predicaments”) to
further tell us about the challenge he is facing. Jason asks Austin, “What are the
odds that I will have a full recovery?” Austin talks about a path for immediate
and progressive recovery.
Robert and Jennifer are talking about several things that have improved.
Robert is in a more positive mood and sings a very short romantic, up-beat song
(“What Is New”) to Jennifer. Robert’s interest is even more peaked when she
tells him just how she is praying for him when he is away at work. Robert now
confirms that her prayers are working. They talk about Erica and the
improvement she is making. He is somewhat open to hearing more about
Jennifer’s spiritual explanations and experiences. Robert asks questions and
then continues with more questions in the next song, (“This Presence Thing”). It
is here that Jennifer reveals the key to finding THE ANSWER. Robert is
encouraged and says that he plans to ponder their conversation.
Jason again meets with Austin and they talk about Jason’s Supernatural
progress. Jason is very articulate in describing his recovery; and his new found
faith. After Austin leaves, Jason receives a phone call from the Diesel Mechanic
shop where he worked saying that they may now take him back under certain
conditions… Jason sings (“My Confession”)
Robert, Jennifer, and Erica are together in the relaxed family room setting
where they discuss Erica’s immediate deliverance from drugs. Erica tells how
she is having so much fun with her new found friends. Robert sets up a
breakfast date with Erica, like they used to do. Robert receives an ominous
business call and goes outside to finish the call. After the call he sings, (“To
Josh meets with Vanessa. They have a continuing conversation about
his recovery from drugs and the fact that he now has his job back. Vanessa,
who is a friend to both Jason and Meghan, is joyful of the good news. Jason
expresses to her that he has accepted Christ and tells her just how much he
misses his wife and daughters. Jason conveys to Vanessa what he will say to
Meghan the next time they meet. Vanessa states to Jason that she was on the
way to meet Meghan.
Vanessa meets Meghan and tells her the good news. Meghan is to a certain
degree skeptical but is somewhat convinced that his transformation is for real.
Vanessa helps to arrange for a time and place for Jason and Meghan to meet.
After Jason gives his testimony to the Recovery network, and after the meeting
is adjourned; he and Meghan converse together. He continues his explanations
in the song (“CHANGED”).
Robert, Jennifer, and Erica are recounting the miracles that they have
experienced. Where did these miracles come from? Jennifer confirms that the
answers come from being in the presence of the Lord. She begins to sing the
verse to the song, “In The Presence of Jehovah”.
The play has a surprise ending.