Moonlight Sonata(c)2005, 2008
A Play - by Sue Seaman


Opening Scene
It is evening time. A gentle breeze brushes against the curtain and from inside the house comes the sound soft and gentle music. A middle-aged man sits at his piano and plays a soothing sonata. He is reminiscing over his past and his heart becomes warmed by thoughts of love and peace as thoughts of the past are rekindled. His thoughts go back to the day he met Irene - some 30 years beforeÖ..

Thirty years before
A young woman is gathering her things together ready to go out.

Irene:
Iím just going out for a while father. Iíll be home for supper.

Irene closes the front door behind her and walks towards the Oakwood Art Centre where she is about to have her first piano lesson. Mr Grant is waiting for her.

Mr Grant:
Hello. You must be Irene Wallace. Come this way.

Irene nervously follows Mr Grant into the room
The lesson went well and as she leaves she feels much more at ease and now is looking forward to her next lesson in a weekís time.

The following week
Irene is a little late for her lesson so starts to hurry along the road. Ahead she sees a young man about her own age also hurrying a long the path. He drops one of the books he is carrying. Picking it up, Irene runs after him and calls out.

Irene:
Excuse me. But you dropped your book.

Gavin:
Oh thanks. I would have been lost without this one. My name is Gavin Waters by the way. Whatís yours?

Irene:
Irene Wallace

Gavin:
Well, itís nice to meet you Irene. But sorry, I have to dash. I have a piano exam in 10 minutes.

Irene:
Thatís odd - Iím just on my way to a piano lesson.

Gavin:
Say, how about we meet up in about an hour for a coffee? There is a great little coffee shop at the end of the High Street. Do you know it Ė it is called ĎBrown Sugar?í

Irene:
Yes. I know the one. They make delicious scones there.

Gavin:
See you later then.

In the coffee shop
Irene is sitting at table by the window when Gavin comes rushing in.

Gavin:
Sorry Iím late. In all the excitement I quite forgot the time.

Irene:
I take it you did well?

Gavin:
Well, I feel confident that I passed. I prayed that I would and I never went wrong on my pieces. This was my grade 8 exam and if I have passed, I am hoping it could lead me on to greater things.

Irene:
Iíve a long way to go yet. Iíve only just begun to have piano lessons - since my mother died in fact. There was always sweet music flowing through the house then when she was alive. I live there with my father. My mother used to play so beautifully - so I decided I would learn.

Waitress:
Can I take your order?

Gavin:
What will you have Irene?

Irene:
Coffee would be nice - and a scone?

Gavin:
I think Iíll have the same.

Before long the waitress returns with their order. They talk as they eat, pay their bill and then leave and Gavin walks Irene to her house.

Irene:
Well this is where I live.

Gavin:
It was nice meeting you. I enjoyed our afternoon together

Irene:
So did I

Gavin:
Would you like to meet tomorrow night?

Irene:
I would like that

Gavin:
Oh wait - I canít. Iíve just remembered. Iíve been asked to play the piano at my church meeting tomorrow night.

Irene:
Well thatís OK. If you donít mind, Iíd like to come along. Iíd like to hear you play the piano.

Gavin:
OK then. I call for you at seven.

Irene:
Iíll be ready.

Gavin watches Irene safely walking up the garden path and put her key in the lock and then goes on his way.

The Next Evening
Gavin is right on time and Irene is waiting.
She opens the door before he has even had time to knock.

They walk along to the Church where they find Gavinís friends waiting.

Inside they find two empty chairs and sit down. Irene is a little apprehensive - not quite sure what to expect. As the service gets underway people are singing, worshipping, clapping - even dancing. She didnít realise that church could be so lively!

The pastor, standing at the front of the church begins to speak.

Pastor:
Jesus said: ĎCome unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.í
Any burdens that you have - just come and lay them at the feet of Jesus.

As the meeting comes to an end people moved forward to be prayed for. Irene isnít sure about any of it and Gavin notices how uneasy she looks.

Gavin:
If you are ready Iíll walk you home

They didnít speak much on the way home and Gavin felt disappointed. After all he now believed that Irene was the one for him. But he could never marry a girl who didnít trust in God.

Irene:
Well here we are again.

Gavin:
Yes, here we are

Irene:
See you tomorrow then?

Gavin:
Iíll give you a call.

But Gavin never called. In fact that was the last time Irene was to see him. She heard from an old music teacher some months later that he had become a concert pianist and was touring all over the world.

The present - 30 years on
Irene is now a middle-aged woman. She never married, but devoted her life to caring for her father. He was now bedridden so she would sit down at the piano each evening and play for her father. She never forgot Gavin and she often dreamt of meeting him again one day. She held that longing deep within her heart. She held there a love that wouldnít let her forget.

It was spring and the cherry blossom could be seen on the trees.

Irene:
Iím just going to the shop. I wonít be long

Father:
OK Irene (in a very quiet voice - he was so frail now)

Irene leaves the house and crosses the park. Across the road she can see a newly built house. Outside is a furniture removal lorry where two men are carrying furniture inside. They also move a baby grand piano inside the house.
Then she notices a poster tied to a tree. A meeting is to be held that night at the local church. The same church she had attended 30 years before with Gavin. She decided that she would go along that evening and hurries along to the store. On her return she notices that the removal Lorry has gone. But now she can hear the soothing sound of music coming from the house. Itís the Moonlight Sonata.

That Evening
Irene calls to her Father as she heads for the door.

Irene:
Iím going out for a while, will you be OK?

Father:
Iíll be fine. Have a nice time

At the Church
Irene goes in but this time without a feeling of nervousness. She finds a seat near the front and sits down. The Pastor stands on the platform. She can just about recognise him as the same Pastor from all those years before.

The Pastor:
Jesus said: ĎCome unto me all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.í

Irene listened attentively to the word being preached and didnít notice the person who had sat down in the seat next to her.
At the end of the meeting the Pastor makes an appeal for anyone who wants to give their life to Jesus to come forward. Irene gets up and goes to the front of the church knowing that this is the right time. The right time and place to repent of her sin and invite Jesus in to her life. The man who was sitting next to her also gets up and walks down the front of the church.

Gavin:
Irene, is it really you?

Irene:
Gavin! How are you?

At the end of the meeting they walk from the church to Ireneís house.

Irene:
Well here we are - would you like to come in for coffee? Iíve spoken to my father so many times about you - I know he would like to meet you.

Gavin:
That would be nice. Iíd like to meet your father

Once inside Irene goes into her fatherís room - once used as the dining room. The room looks out onto the garden and there her father is lying in bed.

Irene:
Father, Iíve brought someone to meet you.

Gavin appears round the door

Gavin:
Hello Mr Wallace - Iím Gavin Waters.

Father:
Gavin Waters? Youíre the man that Irene has spoken so much about over the years. Arenít you a concert pianist?

Gavin:
Thatís right Sir. I am

Father:
Well Mr Waters, I wonder if you would mind playing me something on our piano?

Gavin:
It will be a pleasure Mr Wallace. What would you like to hear?

Father:
Can you play Moonlight Sonata?

Irene enters the room, puts down her tray of coffee and sits down to listen.
That was the only time her father ever heard Gavin playing. Her father passed away that same night.

Just a few months later and Irene and Gavin are married.

They lived a life full of love and peace and each night Gavin would go to the piano and play a soothing sonata.

And on this particular night a gentle breeze brushes against the curtain. And as he plays Irene sits next to him he begins to change the music in to a hymn of praise - and Irene sings, and his heart becomes warmed by thoughts of love and peace.


Does your heart overflow with the Joy of the Lord? It can.
Jesus said: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
(John 10:10)