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MOSES and the burning within
Music by William Gokelman and David Kauffman
Lyrics and Book by David Kauffman and William Gokelman

Two Acts, 19 Songs

MOSES and the burning within is a musical in two acts adapted from the Book of Exodus. Designed for a Choir Concert and/or Full Stage Production, MOSES and the burning within spans the time between Moses' birth and crossing the Red Sea.


Brief Synopsis

“NO!” is the first word we hear screamed from the depths of Moses' soul. He is waking up to his true identity. And though he may have been aware of his dual citizenship as both a Hebrew and the adopted son of Hatshepsut, the daughter of Pharaoh, everything changed the moment he really understood the truth. Killing an Egyptian didn’t help. Disconnected from his kinsmen and pursued by his adopted family, Moses flees to Midian. But, he'll be back.

This is the story of finding a home. And being at home, being at peace, means answering the call burning within your heart.

In the first 8 months since being released in summer '09, it has been licensed dozens of times in 23 states.  David Kauffman and William Gokelman have created a classic. You can find yourself in the story of Moses and the story of Moses can be found in you.



Build community. Live the story. Have a blast!

"We were the first group to perform an early version of MOSES back in 2006. It created an atmosphere like nothing I have ever seen before. Performing it provided a spark that ignited our entire community to work together in a new and profound way. We found ourselves—our own lives—in this story. This music will always resonate in our hearts as a powerful and joyful touchstone to the incredible story of MOSES."
—Melissa Cervantes, Music / Youth Minister, San Antonio, TX


"Performing MOSES and the burning within dramatically transformed our community. The journey from auditions to curtain call exceeded every musical, ministry and financial expectation that I had. It was glorious! Please call me so I can tell you about it firsthand."
—Steve Deines, Musical Director,   St. Louis, MO.,  Tel: (314) 374-8450


"This musical touched me deeply. You have a really great package here that makes it easy for faith communities, schools and local theaters to perform very well. The songs and the story are fantastic!"
—Bob Will, played Moses in the premier of "MOSES and the burning within."   November '09, St. Louis, MO.