Please enjoy our sketch studio musical production and some of Rick’s original recordings.
Artaban, magi, sage and astrologer is praying to the God of Light asking for a sign of hope for a better world.
Light Of Mazda
- Where is the Light
Artaban is in despair of the darkness and evil in the world. He and his fellow priests – the three Magi – draw hope from the ancient prophecy that a king will come to bring light to the world. They anticipate the sign of a star which is expected soon. Artaban sells all his possessions and buys gemstones as his gift to take to the New King.
Where Is The Light
- He will bring light
Artaban asks his friends to join him on the journey with the Magi to find the new king but each give their excuses for not going.
- Shine me your light (reprise of Where is the light?)
Artaban prays for his god’s help on the difficult journey ahead he plans to make with the other three Magi who he will meet up with at the Temple of the Seven Spheres.
- Sacrifices of the Heart
Artaban takes Esther, an escaped slave from the evil court of Herod, with him on his journey to join the other Magi, but they are delayed when he stops to help an old Hebrew man he finds dying by the roadside. He is torn between his desire to meet up with the other wise men and his need to help the sick man.
Sacrifices of The Heart – Fast (Kip)
- The Sacrifices of the Heart (Reprise – slow version)
A sad reprise as Artaban finds that the other three wise men who he had planned to meet have gone on without him. He must choose which of the gemstones, his gifts for the king, he will now have to sell to buy his own caravan to continue the journey.
- We Have it
Full company song at the market place as Artaban and Esther buy the provisions for their journey across the desert to Bethlehem.
The evil Herod hears that Artaban has prophesied the birth of a new King of the Jews – a usurper to his throne. In his rage he sends out his soldiers to kill all new-born boy Jews.
- I see a Hero
Sung by Martha, Esther and Artaban after Artaban has used the ruby to bribe the captain of the soldiers to save the life of Martha’s new born boy. Artaban is filled with remorse for letting go the ruby and for lying to the soldiers. On the other hand Martha and Esther are filled with admiration for his act of kindness.
- Love goes on Forever
Sung by Esther and Artaban as they separate from each other and he continues his quest alone. Later they sing a reprise when they are reunited.
Artaban is trekking through the desert alone to Egypt seeking the Holy Family who are forever elusively just ahead of him.
- Magi’s Song
Artaban meets up with the other Magi again in the Library in Alexandria. They show him an old text that prophesies that the New King will not live a life of a King but will live with the poor and that he will die young betrayed by those he helped.
- In Praise
Through his quest to find the King Artaban helps many, many people. This is their tribute to him and the stories of how they have helped them. Esther is in the crowd and becomes reunited with her love, Artaban.
Artaban and Esher arrive in Jerusalem at the Festival of Passover and he hears that a king is to be crucified. He hopes to rescue him with the last gem, the pearl but Herod’s son Herod Antipas is out for revenge on his father’s behalf. He gets Artaban and Esther invited to a Passover Feast where he drugs Artaban.
The question is asked “Who is Artaban?” and this song is the response from the crowd.
- I now Understand
Artaban recovers and rescues Esther by giving up the Pearl that he had hoped to use to rescue Jesus. Herod Antipas kills Artaban. As Artaban rises to heaven is reassured by God that he has in fact fulfilled his life purpose and by doing the good deeds and caring for people he has brought light to the world. This is a full cast song with counter melodies and reprises.