Hopes & Dreams
Hopes and Dreams, a musical for the Millennium by Paul Field and Roger Jones, was a remarkable event.
Presented by Kids Praise it brought together a large cast of singers, dancers, musicians, puppeteers and actors of all ages in a programme based on the affirmations and petitions of the Lord’s prayer. Seven scenes included songs, dances, short dramas, mimes and narration.
Narratives of ‘Red Shift’ with slides of galaxies and stars, describing the beginning of time, the ‘Big Bang’ and ‘Let there be light’. The creation of man and woman in the garden of Eden was beautifully mimed, later to be tempted by the serpent.
It is impossible to mention all the delightful performances by groups of young people of all ages but highlights included dancing, ‘News’, ‘Banking on trouble’, under ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, used a young man trying to borrow money from a bank to illustrate the scandal of huge Third World debt and later two cast members vainly searching for a fulfilling earthly destination at a travel agency. Also those contributions from older actors including Angela Boner who referred to the failures and problems of the present
The adult choir and musicians completed the team. The enjoyment and real conviction of all taking part conveyed itself to the audience, particularly during the final ‘Hopes and Dreams’ song and the Lord’s prayer.