John Robert Matz - The Trial

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“The Trial” was conceived of at the suggestion of a friend, inspired in equal measure by the stage musicals of Stephen Sondheim and the animated triumphs of Disney’s musical heyday. Consider it an attempt to bring the magic of musical theatre to the stage of your imagination, occupying a middle ground between audio drama and an original cast recording of an as yet nonexistent Chrono Trigger musical adaptation.

lyrics

"CRONO:
Hey-wait!

MARLE:
S-stop it! Stop this at once!!

CHANCELLOR:
Idiots! Detain him!!!

MARLE:
CRONO!!!

(INT. COURTROOM)

JUDGE:
Order! Order!

JUDGE:
Chancellor! Your opening statement.

CHANCELLOR:
Thank you, your Honor.

This villain, Crono, kidnapped the Princess;
a vile scheme to seize the crown.
Will it be prison or execution?
How shall we cut him down?

JUDGE:
Very well, let us hear from the defense!

PIERRE:
My dearest jury, now I implore thee.
My client is an honest man.
There was no scheming, nor an abduction.
They met by happenstance.

Furthermore, Princess Nadia asked Crono if SHE could join HIM!

AUDIENCE & JURY:


JUDGE:
Order! Order!
Is this true? Who actually started this mess?

CRONO:
Well, I mean, she bumped into - I mean, technically I moved too close to her and-

CHANCELLOR:
JUST AS I SUSPECTED!

So our defendant tried to get near her;
contrived to lure her to the show.

PIERRE:
Objection!

CHANCELLOR:
Don't you agree that he must have seized her?

PIERRE:
OBJECTION!

CHANCELLOR:
I'll tell you why that’s so.

CRONO:
But-but-

CHANCELLOR:
I have facts that throw the Defendant’s character into question!

AUDIENCE & JURY:


PIERRE:
I can’t possibly see how this is relevant!

CHANCELLOR:
Au contraire, Crono’s character is at the very HEART of the case!

JUDGE:
Overruled!

PIERRE:
Well then… we have nothing to hide!
In fact, we have a WITNESS!
Tell us about your cat, dear.

LITTLE GIRL:
My little kitty,
I love him dearly.
We play together
Most ev'ry day, and-

PIERRE:
What happened then?

LITTLE GIRL:
Then he went missing
And I was crying.
But then my kitty
Was rescued by this man.

PIERRE:
Thank you, my dear.
This man deserves a medal!

CHANCELLOR:
So he saved ONE cat; I have proof that this man is a low-down criminal!

CRONO:
WHAT!?!

CHANCELLOR:
Bring forth the witness!

OLD MAN:
The other day, I put down my sandwich,
And this man ate it up!

CHANCELLOR:
Has he NO HEART?!

CRONO.
What? No, that's not what-

OLD MAN:
With no remorse, as if it were planned-

CHANCELLOR:
He stole a meal from this old man!

OLD MAN:
I’m not that old, actually…

CHANCELLOR:
A true reprobate and villain!

PIERRE:
So, he stole a sandwich - that’s hardly a motive!

Members of the court,
a sandwich is nothing,
not compared with livelihood.
Do show some mercy please,
what motives can you see?
My friends, this man is good!

CHANCELLOR:
What motive? His insatiable greed-

CRONO:
My what!?

CHANCELLOR:
His greed is undeniable! Witness!

YOUNG WOMAN:
There at the fairground,
He took her pendant,
And of the princess
He had no clue.

CHANCELLOR:
So he ignored her?

YOUNG WOMAN:
Well, then he helped her.

CHANCELLOR:
That’s not important.

YOUNG WOMAN:
But still it’s true!

CHANCELLOR:
No more questions, your honor!

And now a witness
Who heard the princess
Protest her treatment.

CANDY SELLER:
Oh yes, I heard her -
He seemed quite shifty,
And was impatient-

CHANCELLOR:
That’s when he grabbed her?

CANDY SELLER:
Yes!
That’s what I said!

CHANCELLOR:
So clearly we see Crono's true colors.
He plots and he schemes, time and time again,
Maneuvering the Princess -
All for his own gain!
Now we turn to you, Lady Justice
And you, her servants.
Can we entrust you
To charge his sentence?
Make your decision now.

JUDGE:
I’ve heard enough. Make your closing statements.

CHANCELLOR:
The evidence you've seen put against him
Should help you choose what's right.

PIERRE:
Crono did naught but aid our dear princess.
Make the right call tonight.

JUDGE:
Very well. Members of the jury, you have heard the testimony of these witnesses. Now is the time to make your decision.

Guilty on the left, innocent on the right. Now, choose!

COURT CLERK:
A verdict has been reached.

CRONO:
Phew.

CHANCELLOR:
WHAT?!?!
"

credits

from EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger, released October 22, 2019
UPC 00811576032612
MCOL-0245
Ⓟ 2019 Materia Collective LLC

John Robert Matz: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Scriptwriter, Sound Design, Vocals (Chancellor (Prosecution)), Vocals (Court Clerk), Trumpet
Alex Hill: Tuba
Andrew Steffen: Violin, Viola
Andrew Stern: Cello
Bassoonify: Bassoon
Bonnie Bogovich: Vocals (Marle), Vocals (Young Woman (Witness #3))
Nautilus T Party: Vocals (Old Man (Witness #2))
Damian Nguyen: Oboe
Daniel Romberger: Vocals (Crono), Trombone
Elizabeth Zharoff: Vocals (Candy Seller (Witness #4))
Emmanuel Lagumbay: Additional Sound Design
Gregory Orosz: Flute
Joshua Alarcon: Vocals (Judge)
Lori Syngajewski: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Marc Papeghin: Horn
Reven: Lyricist
Michaela Nachtigall: Violin (Solo)
Tiggs: Vocals (Little Girl (Witness #1))
Travis Kindred: Double Basses
Trevor Alan Gomes: Vocals (Pierre (Defense)), Piano
Yasunori Mitsuda: Composer


Compositions:
• "The Trial (Chrono Trigger)"
Mitsuda Yasunori (Composer)

For complete credits and information about this release, please visit Materia Collective: www.materiacollective.com/music/epoch-a-tribute-to-chrono-trigger

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