Hopes & Dreams Musical


 Merton Abbey Mills Bandstand

Saturday 1st July 7.30pm

A New Musical for a New Millennium

Lyrics & Music by Paul Field

With 3 additional songs by Graham Kendrick


Drama written by Stephen Deal


Choreography by Fru Bird (Springs Dance Company)


The words of The Lords Prayer are recited daily in practically every language in the world and they bind us together in a common heritage with many different peoples. At the beginning of this new millennium, as the world becomes an increasingly smaller place, our heritage and traditions become ever more valuable to many of us. And yet, the words of this very familiar prayer are so deep and so moving that they go way beyond mere tradition. They are some of the most deeply challenging words ever spoken.

As we have worked with these familiar words we have discovered a great depth and richness in them. These words are as relevant now as they were when they were first spoken some two thousand years ago. Our hope is that you will discover that richness too as you watch this production and perhaps join in with the finale. And our dream is that this prayer will echo afresh in the hearts of hundreds of people around Merton through this presentation!

If you have enjoyed the production or if it has raised issues that you need to think through more deeply do have a word with any of the cast, singers, dancers, actors or musicians.

Rodney Hill

We would like to place on record our grateful thanks to John Hawks and all the team at Merton Abbey Mills for their support in putting on this production as part of the 2000 Abbey Fest!

Hopes & Dreams


Scene 1 'Our Father who art..

Scene 2'Thy kingdom come ...

Scene 3 'Give us this day...

Scene 4 'And forgive us...

Scene 5 'And lead us not...'

Scene 6 'For thine is the kingdom ...

Scene 7 'Amen'

The Lord's Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.



Dawn Downes

Drama director

Ann Conquest

Dance director

Mary Brown

Musical director

Margaret Sephton


Rodney Hill


John Davis & Matthew Hill


Andrew McBride

Back Stage

Tony Loft

Props & Costumes

Wendy Rockhill & Angela Linton-Smith



Over 130 people sat around the bandstand on a warm July to watch the culmination of many weeks of rehearsals. Members of Wimbledon Corps joined with other Christians from other local churches to perform the Millenium Hopes and Dreams Musical as an outreach to the local community at the Merton Abbey Festival.

Pictured are two of the soloists, Joy Rogers (Songster Leader) & Ailsa Flinders (YPSM)


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