American Creed

Book and Lyrics by Joanne Helfrich, Music by Paul Helfrich

The American Creed affirms that we are each endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights—among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, or economic status. It directs our government to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, and calls on each of us to ensure liberty and justice for all.

America’s fidelity to this creed is judged by history. Living up to it remains a constant challenge. But it invests our nation with spiritual purpose and—if we honor its precepts—a moral destiny.” – Forrest Church, author of The American Creed

Characters, in order of appearance (download the program!):

“Doctor” George Devine, the owner of the traveling show
Scout Steadfast, a well-travelled storyteller
Medicine Mary, a healer and storyteller
Liberty Belle, an actress
Magic Annie, a fortuneteller
Reverend Rightly, a preacher
Calamity Cate, a cowgirl performer
Lord Lee, a hypnotist
Polly Pureheart, an actress
Scallywag Sam, a cowboy performer
Nellie Devine, George’s wife and singer
Daisy Devine, George and Nellie’s daughter, a dancer

Somewhere in the USA heartland, Friday evening September 1, 1939…

If your neighbor’s not free, neither are you. You just don’t know it yet.

The dialog for this performance was recorded over Zoom by the Westside Waldorf School’s 8th grade during its school closure for the coronavirus pandemic. Psalm 100 was also recorded by the students, but Zoom posed a challenge for the other songs, so included are tracks by other artists and rehearsal tracks by Joanne and Paul Helfrich. Enjoy the show!

Additional music by:
Native American Rain Dance Drums
Psalm 100, anonymous, from the Ainsworth Psalter, 1612
Rule Britannia, music by Thomas Arne, lyrics by James Thomson, performed by the United States Army Strings
Yankee Doodle Dandy, folk tune
On Canaan’s Happy Shore, folk hymn, performed by Saint Cecilia and the Melody Makers
Battle Hymn of the Republic, folk hymn, lyrics by Julia Ward Howe, performed by the London Philharmonic Choir
All other music, lyrics, and book by Joanne K. Helfrich & Paul M. Helfrich ©2020 All Rights Reserved

Bonus track: Rhapsody on the God of Nature for Choir and Orchestra [5:41]


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