A NEW MUSICAL PROJECT
The musical titled: The Resurrection Army will be performed at the base of the ramp the Romans built to attack the ancient fortress of Masada situated near the Dead Sea. The musical which will have its premiere the 21st and 22nd March 2010 is not jus a retelling of the dramatic events that occurred on this mountain 2000 years ago, it contains a tale which has never been told before: the last farewell of the Masada Jews.
The inspiration behind the musical: The Resurrection Army lies in an ancient scroll, yellowed with age. The scroll which was discovered in 1962 was found buried near the synagogue on the Masada Fortress.
Could this old papyrus scroll carefully in-printed with Hebrew letters contain a hidden message for our day? Is it possible that the approximately 1000 condemned Jewish men, woman and children wanted with their last farewell to say: "We are not dead, we will return, we are a resurrection army!"
The musical does of course tell the story of Jerusalem’s destruction and the burning of the temple. It also tells of the siege by 15 000 roman legionnaires over a period of three years. It describes the dreadful moment where the Roman general finds all the inhabitants of the fortress dead- fallen by there own hand so as not to fall into the brutal hands of Rome, but the Resurrection Army musical has even more to say. Perhaps the last farewell was not a farewell at all.
The musical focuses on the words that were inscribed in the scroll during the final hours of the Roman siege. These words raise the question, "What is it the dead want to say to the living? What kind of ‘Resurrection Army’ is being spoken of?"
The answers are not immediately intelligible at first glance. The text of the scroll is nothing but a transcript of the visions of the Jewish prophet Ezekiel. These visions are described in the passage of the bible headed, ‘the dead bones in the valley’. Here the prophet calls out: "Come from the four winds, oh breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live….and they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army."
Could the musical perhaps have any answers?
In the song, "War Time Bells" something is explained in a way that is more than just words can tell and in the song, "Tonight the World will End" the last painful hours on Masada are uttered. In the love song of the Roman general’s daughter, "Don’t Urge Me to Leave" the flame of hope for a here-after is ignited. In Roman Caesar’s taunting song about Israel, "We’ll Change that Name" there lurks perhaps a fatal prediction.
THE MUSICAL IS TAKING OFF
Five years ago the musical project, The Resurrection Army was presented to Mr. Eitan Campbell, the director of Masada National Park. He immediately put the Masada stage and the famous light show to disposition with the words, "I hope that this dream of a musical of hope will be realized." This is now happening, in the end of March 2010, the summit of the mountain will once again be in flames, ignited by the light show and in the amphitheatre at the base of the mountain the gripping, passionate love story between the Roman general’s daughter and the Jewish rebel leader will be told.
The musical team is preparing itself. A large local choir has agreed to participate, a costume designer, who has worked for the Royal Theatre of Copenhagen is creating the costumes and professionals from the Danish and Norwegian media world have put themselves to disposition. Young dynamic dancers from Denmark will come to Israel to train alongside local dancers. The Danish composer, Bo Nielsen is excited and has great expectations and the Danish ‘Pilgrim Convoy’ situated in the Arava is a daily active base.
All work surrounding the musical is being done on a voluntary basis. Any profit being made from ticket sales will go to support the Danish non profit organisation: Desert Peace Expeditions based in Israel. This project works to help young people from difficult backgrounds across different cultures, primarily Europe, Israel and the Palestinian territories
For more information and details please feel free to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org in Israel or email@example.com in Denmark.