This young people's musical is full of contrasting styles - jazz, rock, march, ballad, jazz waltz, reggae, swing - the kind of mixture that will go down a treat with performers and audience alike. Herbert Chappell is a seasoned composer who knows how to write for young voices.
Michael Forster's story line and lyrics are profound, entertaining and questioning. Who were the people involved in the crucifixion, what were their fears and hopes, and how did they react when Jesus rose?
There are plenty of parts - Pilate, Cornelius, Soldiers, Caiaphas, Peter, Mary, Jesus, Claudia, plus bystanders. Much is for unison voices but there are opportunities for part singing too.
The Soldier and the Saviour plays for about 40 minutes.