Touch of the Child
Touch of the Child
Music and Lyrics by Max Showalter | Book by Father Bob Curtis | Special Lyrics Peter Walker | Additional Lyrics by William Howe
The story of Mary and Joseph, chosen to nurture and protect the world's most precious gift, is theatrically extolled in this unique, extremely moving musical. The soaring score, romantic and with more than a little wit, illuminates the wonder and breadth of the Nativity while capturing its simpler, more evasive human aspects as well. Between the musical episodes appears a contemporary narrator who examines our relationship with faith, emphasizing the fragile humanity of all people. Originally conceived by Hollywood and Broadway veteran Max Showalter as a benefit performance, it was lauded by the likes of Mary Martin, Katharine Hepburn, Cole Porter, Ethel Merman, Irene Dunn, Ezra Stone and Richard Rodgers, all of whom believed this extraordinary musical should have a further life. TOUCH OF THE CHILD is a beautifully crafted musical portrayal of a family in which we can all see ourselves.
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  • TOUCH OF THE CHILD - Orchestra Package (7 Books/6 Players)
    • 1 – FULL SCORE (Conductor)
    • 1 – KEYBOARD/VOCAL SCORE
    • 1 – REED (Flute, Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bb Soprano Sax, Eb Baritone Sax)
    • 1 – CELLO
    • 1 – PERCUSSION (Trap Set, Timpani, Gong)
    • 1 – HARP
    • 1 – RECORDER (On-Stage, Optional Flute)
  • Rehearsal Set (22 Books)
    • 20 – Libretto-Vocal Books
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – KEYBOARD/VOCAL SCORE
    • Digital Logo

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  • Libretto/Vocal Books 10 pack
    • 10 – Libretto-Vocal Books
  • TOUCH OF THE CHILD - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
    • 1 – KEYBOARD/VOCAL SCORE
    • 1 – Libretto-Vocal Books

Cast Requirements for Touch of the Child

PRINCIPALS
3 Women
7 Men
1 Narrator

ENSEMBLE
Singing ensemble as large as desired (a choir and/or children's choir can be effectively incorporated)

CHARACTERS
Narrator
Joseph
Mary
Zechariah
Elizabeth
Herod
The Three Magi
Simeon
Anna
Troubadour
Townspeople, Philosophers, Innkeepers, and Young Shepherd

Set Requirements for Touch of the Child

TOUCH OF THE CHILD requires a unit set with various locations simply indicated by lighting and props.

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NOTE: RECORDER part is doubled in the Reed and Keyboard books.
KEYBOARD NOTE: May be played on Synth or Piano

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