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A Day, A Night and A Day: The Musical — Original Cast CD

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Book of Mormon Stories, Demo CDs & Cast Albums

A Book of Mormon Musical Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by William Marsden The Birth of Christ was announced in the New World to the Nephites and Lamanites; a society where it was not popular, profitable or safe to be a Believer, The Children of Christ awaited the signs promised by Samuel, The Lamanite. The leaders have waited five long years to execute and rid themselves of the Believers who await the predicted sign surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, a time when they anticipate “a day, a night and a day” of daylight, with no darkness. Soon, there will be no excuse not to execute the Believers. PRODUCT DETAILS 60 minutes 21 tracks UPC: 889290197955 Zion Theatricals List Price: $14.95 Now Available! SONG LIST Samuel’s Prophecy / Let This Be The Night (5:22) Let This Be...

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The Forge and the Fire — DEMO CD

Posted on May 8, 2015 in D and C and Church History Stories, Demo CDs & Cast Albums

by Max C. Golightly, Frank White, James Roehr and Brad Barnards, Betty Hammond, Larkin LeSuer, Neil K. Newell & C. Michael Perry, William W. Walford and William B. Bradbury, Arranged by Lois Johnson. A series of LDS vignettes and songs that testify to the divinity of Christ and his restored Gospel. Powerful serious and hilarious comic playlets are interspersed with a hilarious pair of dutiful missionaries who keep “Knockin’ On Doors” Simple sets and costumes  make this show easy and inexpensive to stage on a Ward or Stake basis. This show is a must for LDS producers. PRODUCT DETAILS 31 minutes 17 tracks Zion Theatricals List Price: $4.00 Now Available SONG LIST The Forge and the Fire Knockin’ On Doors Sweet Hour of Prayer There Is No Death Homely Girls (Part 1) Homely Girls (Part 2) Homely Girls (Part...

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A.J.’s Miracle — Original Cast Recording CD

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 in Demo CDs & Cast Albums

by Mark Ogden A Missionary story you will never forget! A.J.’s Miracle is meant to show the human side of missionaries. The show is based on the true incidents of the author as he served his mission. The story begins with a bet: $500 that AJ cannot fulfill an LDS Mission. The story follows his reluctant progress as he is sent to serve in Mexico. It is said that a mission is the best kept secret in the Church. Unless you go you have no idea what it is really like. The many missions in their varied locations in the world are each totally different. Just as different are the missionaries who serve. The underlying theme of AJ’s Miracle is this: “The Lord can take what most people perceive as the worst and make out of it, the best.”...

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Mark Ogden

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Authors

Mark Ogden, composer, lyricist and book writer, and also founder of St. George Musical Theater, often said writing and producing a play was like having a baby. Once he conceived of an idea, it would grow and grow until he had to put it on paper and write music to accompany the dialogue. Finally, when the baby emerged on stage, it was a joy to behold as the newest member of his family. St. George Musical Theater was another of his babies. Conceived in the mid 1980’s, this tiny nursery of players rehearsed, presented, reviewed, and revised Mark’s dramatic work. In 1988, Mark’s directing abilities won him the privilege of directing It’s My Life by Carol Lynn Pearson. Sponsored by Southwest Mental Health, he and the show traveled to many Southern Utah schools and kept the dream of St. George...

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Whatsoever — The Musical Story of Abraham

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Old Testament Stories

The Quintessential Man of Faith by Mark Ogden   From the city of Ur to the pinnacle of Mount Moriah, Abraham’s story is the most pivotal in the Old Testament as it wraps up what has gone before and prepares for what comes after. It is a type, a foreshadowing of the New Testament and the sacrifice that will be asked of another Father and Son. (Performable by LDS Wards, Stakes, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 14M 5W 1 boy 2 teenmales + ensemble About two hours Settings: Various Order # 2073 Soon available for all groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: WhatsoeverPERUSAL The LIV PERFORMANCE CD is available HERE. SONG LIST ACT ONE Scene 1 —#1 — Opening & Whatsoever — Jehovah & Abram : #2 — Holier...

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Esther — The Musical

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Musicals, Old Testament Stories

by Mark Ogden The Biblical story of staying true to yourself and finding courage. YOU’VE READ THE BOOK — NOW DO THE MUSICAL! From the pages of the best-seller in history — the epic story of Persia’s legendary Queen now comes to the stage! (Performable by LDS Wards, Stakes, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) Esther is the newly crowned Queen of Persia, wife of Xerxes, and she is Jewish — a refugee from one of Xerxes’ father’s campaigns. No one knows that she is Jewish, or that she is the daughter of the highest ranking Jewish man in the land of Persia. Then the Jews are all condemned to die by Haman, the Prime Minister. Will Esther find the courage and the means to thwart Haman? PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 7M 7W + soldiers, Jewish refugees, courtiers and visitors About...

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A.J.’s Miracle — A Musical

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Musicals

by Mark Ogden A Missionary story you will never forget! A.J.’s Miracle is meant to show the human side of missionaries. The show is based on the true incidents of the author as he served his mission. The story begins with a bet: $1000 that AJ cannot fulfill an LDS Mission. The story follows his reluctant progress as he is sent to serve in Mexico. It is said that a mission is the best kept secret in the Church. Unless you go you have no idea what it is really like. The many missions in their varied locations in the world are each totally different. Just as different are the missionaries who serve. The underlying theme of AJ’s Miracle is this: “The Lord can take what most people perceive as the worst and make out of it, the best.”...

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Heaven Never Closes — A Musical

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Classics, Musicals

by Mark Ogden  The Classic is back! (Performable by LDS Wards, Stakes, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) This play revolves around trying to discover what you promised to do before coming to Earth. Long ago the Lord foreordained three of His children to a great work — saving the soul of a Fourth Child. Each promised to do his part to help this child fulfill his own special mission in life. When they got to earth, however, things didn’t go as planned. Michael McCloud, a special agent from Celestial Industries, was sent down to inspire the three children to keep their word. But when he got to Earth, things again didn’t go as planned. Until… Michael McCloud finally converted the Third Child in an unexpected way. In the end the Third Child, without the help  of the First Child...

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The Survival of the Fittest — a Play

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in D and C and Church History Stories, Plays

by Thom Duncan (For LDS Wards, Stakes and Community Theatres) In 1911, the Science Department of Brigham Young University sponsored a symposium honoring the 50th year of the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work, The Origin of Species. Charles Darwin is considered the father of the theory of Evolution. Because his theories were being freely taught on campus, it was felt by the faculty that the question as to whether his theories about the origin of life were not in conflict with the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had long been settled. Nevertheless, based on some complaints by a minority of students, the issue was re-investigated by the leaders of the Church and the loyalty of three teachers was called into question. Despite their support by the then president of the...

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A Grand Moral Entertainment — Short Evening

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 in Short Plays

Compiled by R. Don Oscarson. (For production by LDS Wards and Stakes.) This little entertainment is a reconstruction of what an evening in the theatre would have been like for the citizens of Nauvoo in the 1840s. Music, Dance, Drama all combined for the delight of the Saints. Professionals were hired and locals conscripted, often involving the Brethren of the Twelve. The company, and sometimes the audience, would sing, dance and watch a performance headed by a professional with the locals added. The original performance in 1844 was headed by New York actor Thomas A. Lyne. Brigham Young himself played the Peruvian High Priest. The cast list also contained: G. A. Smith, an E. Snow, a G. J. Adams, a Kimball and an A. Lyman.The entire evening was put on to help Joseph Smith relieve the unfair debts that...

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The Ballad of Parley P! — A Musical

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 in D and C and Church History Stories, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Premiere Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Thom Duncan Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Additional Lyrics based on the poetry of Parley P. Pratt The Life and Times of Parley P. Pratt (Performable by LDS Wards, Stakes, Educational, Professional and Community Groups)   A traveling company of actors in the late 1800s has been traveling the state of Utah from Ogden to St. George. Along the way they heard the story of an amazing man who traveled the world as a Missionary, wrote over 50 hymns, and wrote the very first missionary tract. After conversion, all his adventures, missions, imprisonments, escapes, 12 wives and being a witness to the Guards at Richmond Jail suffering the rebuke by the Prophet Joseph, Parley P. Pratt dies as a martyr to the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, bearing his testimony, as...

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Don’t Forget To Remember Original Cast CD

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 in Demo CDs & Cast Albums, New Testament Stories

by Pat Davis, Ralph G. Rodgers, Jr., & K. Newell Dayley A story about a teen, his machine and the unforeseen. This contemporary musical deals with the communication problems between parents and youth; and how each party has responsibility in the matter. A motorcycle crash enables a young man to travel back in time and unknowingly receive the counsel that he needs from the Apostle Paul; once awakened in his hospital bed he remembers that counsel and uses it to help him solve his problems.   PRODUCT DETAILS 19 minutes 7 tracks UPC: 887936994371 Zion Theatricals List Price: $12.99 Available Now! SONG LIST Don’t Forget to Remember Bye, Bye Blackbird / Times Have Changed Life Was Once So Simple Gonna Make It! Will It End This Way? Walk While Ye Have The Light The Light Will Shine For You...

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Six Sent South — A Musical

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in D and C and Church History Stories, Musicals

by R. Don Oscarson Music by Kenneth Perry (For production by LDS Wards, Stakes and Community groups.) The place is Utah after the Civil War. The Church is expanding and Brigham Young is calling individuals and families to colonize out-lying areas in Nevada, Southern Utah, Arizona, California, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. The fictional Brown family is called to serve such a mission and their reaction to what they come to understand as their duty makes up the story of this musical. This slice of life in post-Civil War Utah, mixed with young love in full bloom, is both funny and touching. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 2W 2TB 2TG 2G + ensemble of mostly young people with a few adults. About One Hour 2 exteriors, 1 interior Piano Accompaniment only Order # 2067 Available for all LDS Groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The...

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M. Ryan Taylor

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 in Authors

M. Ryan Taylor I’ve written operas, dozens of choral works, art songs, song cycles, pop songs, children’s songs, hymns (are you noticing a trend toward vocal music?) as well as other works of chamber music . . . I’m also a hiker, recipe hacker, a multi-media artist, a choral conductor, a performing baritone, an ukulele/tuba/piano/pennywhistle and once-upon-a-time bassoon player, a son, a friend, a husband, a father, a sci-fi and Tolkien fan, a poet, a book-lover, a hymn-arranger, a gardener, a church organist, a some-time animator, a party-thrower, a concert-producer, a web-builder, a collector of music toys and oddities. These are some of the things that inform and shape my music. OPERA: My first opera, Abinadi, was premiered, filmed and broadcast by Brigham Young University in 2003. I then self-produced, directed and performed in my second opera, The Other Wise Man : a chamber opera in one-act,...

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Players

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Articles

PLAYERS by Thomas F. Rogers “Behold, this is my doctrine–whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church” (D&C 10:68). “And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy” (D&C 130:2) “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” (“As You Like It”) On an impulse, I spent a memorable short week–November 12 through 18, 2013–in Finland, first on the Arctic Circle, then in Helsinki. The primary purpose was to be present at the first ever performances of my play, “Huebener,” in the Finnish language. It was performed for five consecutive evenings during a festival of plays sponsored by the theatre department at a university in Kokola, a culturally aware city of...

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The Process of Theatre Writing

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Articles

This post was written for the blogsite: http://ldsplays.blogspot.com The Process of Theatre Writing by C. Michael Perry What can I say about playwriting that can take you from the ideas, to the words, to the page, to the stage? Not a lot in one sitting. BUT– I have written the scripts for a dozen or so musicals and written the music and lyrics for more than 30 more. I was commissioned at the age of 18 to write my first musical. At age 19 I finished it, with some of my closest friends and the commissioners actually produced it and it was quite successful. That was in 1973. I have won awards, been produced across the world, and have spent more hours inside a theatre in rehearsal, than some people have been alive, and have quite enjoyed the process...

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The Theatre as a Temple

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Articles

This post was written for the blogsite: http://ldsplays.blogspot.com The Theatre is a Temple by C. Michael Perry Owner, Zion Theatricals When we put up a play or a musical, whether in a Church setting or elsewhere, our testimony is evident in our work. As actors, directors, writers and production staff, we immerse ourselves in the text and the performance and cannot help but leave a bit of what we ourselves believe on the stage for others to witness. That is a key thought — Witness. We must stand as a witness at all times to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not just for the eternal truths of the gospel itself, which cannot be denied, but to those truths as they apply to the world around us. The truths of the Gospel when applied to the problems of the world...

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Strangers In Nauvoo — A Musical

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 in D and C and Church History Stories, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Mark Stoddard with additional music from M. Ryan Taylor, Eric Stoddard and Kim Stoddard. (For production by LDS Wards, Stakes and Community theatres.) This original musical follows the challenges of a young New York City singer and his bride-to-be as they journey from the glamor of New York City to a slave-market in New Orleans where the young man is about to be sold as a slave. A daring escape aided by Elder Elijah Abel lets them travel to the bustling new city of Nauvoo. In the process they discover what really matters as they travel with Elder Elijah Abel (the first Black man to hold the Priesthood — and also he was on the Council of Seventy in Nauvoo)  and confront Joseph Smith and learn of the Restored Gospel from several surprising sources during the last week of...

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Mark Stoddard

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 in Authors

Mark Stoddard’s first taste of theater came in a co-starring role at the Rudolph Steiner Theatre in London’s West End. He’s quick to point out it wasn’t much of a production, but it gave him a feel for theater life and wished to studiously avoid it. But, like the name of the production, Not to Be, Stoddard’s end of theater magic was premature. He went to Brigham Young University for a BA in English and History, and Master’s work in English and Theater Arts. He wrote a one-act comedy, “An English Toffee in American Molars” which was selected for production at the BYU Mormon Festival of Arts. But he left a potential university teaching career and become a General Contractor in California with his father and brothers. During this time he was asked by Michael Girlikhes, creator of Disney...

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An English Toffee in American Molars — Comic One Act

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

by Mark Stoddard Mike has served a successful mission for the Church in England. He is home, now, and re-acquainting himself with his long-time girlfriend, Kira. So what happens when a convert from Mike’s mission days, Corliss,  arrives at the Salt Lake City airport and expects to spend some time with Mike? How does Mort, Mike’s best friend and former Mission companion, feel about getting involved as their former convert’s “Chaperone” for her stay in Utah? Did we say ‘stay?’ Corliss has different plans for Mike, but she hasn’t told him, yet. This is a crazy mixed-up look at LDS life and a very funny comedy. When it premiered at the Mormon Festival of the Arts at BYU it received raves and ovations.   PLAY DETAILS: 2M 2F 4 Scenes, One Act About 30 minutes Order # 2065 Now...

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Saturday’s Warrior — the Classic LDS Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in Classics, Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Lex de Azevedo While God’s kingdom has been established on the earth in times past … This time is different. The prophetic promise is that this time God’s kingdom will not be lost but will overcome the world. The final restoration of God’s kingdom has commenced with unprecedented power and is being sustained by that same spiritual power and something more … Reserved to come forth in these last days and labor for our Father and His Son are some of the most valiant and noble of our Father’s sons and daughters. …you are these valiant and noble souls of our Father! You are the strength of the Lord’s house, His warriors! And because of your personal history, you were entrusted to come to the earth in these last days to...

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Star Child — The Musical Companion to Saturday’s Warrior

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in Musicals, Women Playwrights

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Gaye Beeson Elders Kestler and Greene are back! Like Saturday’s Warrior, Star Child begins in the pre-existence, where Larry learns he is to be born to a non-member in a foreign land. His best friend, Chuck, promises to find him and bring him the gospel. He also pledges to find and marry his sweetheart, Marie, so young Michael and Sarah can have the parents they’ve always dreamed of. The shy and nervous Mitzi worries that “with a body covering up her sweet spirit,” she will never find love in mortality, while the indomitable Betty Lou is determined to catch her man. And waiting on earth, to stir everything up, is that loveable duo, Elders Kestler and Green. Star Child deals with making hard moral choices, and being true to the “Star...

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Latter-day Ruth — The Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in Musicals, New Releases, Old Testament Stories

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Steve Amundsen The Biblical story of Ruth has long held important and essential principles for the conduct of men and women as Believers in Christ. Doug and Steve have transposed this classic story to the modern day where Ruth stands at the center of a loving family. The parallels are uncannily drawn between the era of Ruth in the Bible and her modern day counterpart. It is an inspirational journey for cast and audience as Ruth and Beau and family find their way together.   PLAY DETAILS: 3M 3W 1TB 1TG 2B 1G + 4 dancers (2M 2F) Order # 2061 About 2 hours Available to all producing groups PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here Latter-dayRuthPERUSAL2018.  It contains Act One of this 2-act musical. Purchase...

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The White Star — The Musical Sequel to Saturday’s Warrior

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in Musicals, Women Playwrights

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Janice Kapp Perry Luke, a born-again convert lives next door to the now grown Jimmy Flinders, who by the end of “Saturday’s Warrior,” had found his way — literally and figuratively — back home. The ensuing years have not exactly been easy on him, and at the beginning of “White Star,” he is totally inactive in his faith. Now the father of four, he must still find his way back to the light. Luke is on a Quest. White Star is the story of a family in spiritual crisis, and a visit from an angel that awakens in a young man a quest to turn around his life, save his Father from an unspoken demon, and unite his family. Thorough drama, humor, and music, it is a story of how the...

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Wedlocked — A Marriage Musical

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Musicals

by Marvin Payne and Steven Kapp Perry (For production by Professionals, Community Theatres, College-University Theatres.) The musical story of one couple’s daring escape! Val and Elizabeth Utley are a Seattle couple best described as “typical.” Elizabeth, through whose eyes most of the story is told, is a harried and overworked housewife who feels ignored by her husband, who, despite being an accountant, mainly wants to have fun and avoid serious issues. In an attempt to “start over,” Elizabeth drags Val back to Salina, Utah, where they spent their honeymoon. Val, being impossibly thick-headed, hasn’t the first clue that Elizabeth is trying to put the spark back in their marriage, or that sparks are even missing. Eventually, everything comes to a head, and the problems are dealt with in a fashion where not everything is resolved, but enough to realize...

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A Day, a Night and a Day -The Musical

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Book of Mormon Stories, Christmas Shows, Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by William Marsden (Can be produced by Professionals, LDS Church Groups, Community Groups and College/University Groups.) The Birth of Christ announced in the New World, to the Nephites and Lamanites. In a society where it was not popular, profitable or safe to be a Believer, The Children of Christ await the signs promised by Samuel, The Lamanite. The leaders have waited five long years to execute and rid themselves of the Believers who await the predicted sign surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, a time when they anticipate “a day, a night and a day” of daylight, with no darkness. Soon, there will be no excuse not to execute the Believers. With a powerful contemporary score this show will dazzle your audience and move them with the powerful validation of testimony, faith...

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Doug Stewart

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Authors

Doug Stewart lives in St. George, Utah.  One of the most influential writers in the history of Latter-day drama, Stewart was the playwright and lyricist of the groundbreaking Latter-day Saint-themed musical Saturday’s Warrior (1974), a project staged by California college students independent of institutional Church sponsorship. He followed this up with a sequel, the musical Star Child. “Saturday’s Warrior” was adapted to a direct-to-video feature film in 1989 by director Bob Williams and producer David West, and has been widely seen by Church members. A “Star Child” video was released in 1999. Stewart also wrote the screenplay for the major Church-produced film “The Lost Manuscript” (1974), which was directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker. He wrote the screenplay for the independent family film “Where the Red Fern Grows” (1974), produced by Lyman Dayton. Doug brings with him a distinguished career...

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A Day, a Night and a Day -The Play

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Book of Mormon Stories, Plays

A Book of Mormon Drama by Doug Stewart (Can be produced by Professionals, LDS Church Groups, Community Groups and College/University Groups.) The Birth of Christ announced in the New World, to the Nephites and Lamanites. In a society where it was not popular, profitable or safe to be a Believer, The Children of Christ await the signs promised by Samuel, The Lamanite. The leaders have waited five long years to execute and rid themselves of the Believers who await the predicted sign surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, a time when they anticipate “a day, a night and a day” of daylight, with no darkness. Soon, there will be no excuse not to execute the Believers. PLAY DETAILS: 11M 2W 1TG 2B 2G + ensemble About 2 hours Several Locations or one Unit Setting ORDER #2058 Available FOR PRODUCTION...

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Set Apart — A New Play

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Plays

Adapted by Thomas F. Rogers from the novel “THE MTC: SET APART” by Benson Parkinson (For production by LDS Church, Community, and College/University groups) Corry Anthon, athletic and playful, has come on a mission with just enough of a testimony to make him ill at ease. Phil Jeppsen, an Australian convert and former vagabond, welcomes the MTC’s discipline—it’s his companions he has problems with. Good-natured, bumbling Harvey Wilberg, who has put off a mission, torments the others with his childish jokes but also has a childlike heart. Malan Rignell, a rancher’s son, is quietly witty and clumsy in others’ company, but no one guesses his strong self-doubt or his talent as a peacemaker. Adapted from Ben Parkinson’s groundbreaking novel—thoughtful, realistic, spiritual—this play showcases the experiences shared, but rarely documented, by tens of thousands of LDS youth. Rogers captures Parkinson’s...

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They Sang, Danced, Played and Prayed — A History

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in Books, D and C and Church History Stories, Women Playwrights

The History And Philosophy Of The Cultural Arts Of The Mormon Pioneers by Shirlee Hurst Shields The foundations of the rich cultural traditions of Utah can be traced to the very earliest days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today, Utah and it’s surrounding states have much to offer in the areas of music, dance and theatre, and it is mostly due to the efforts of the early Mormon Pioneers, both in Salt Lake City and in the areas surrounding Salt Lake and Utah. This is a short, fun and informative booklet for anyone interested in the cultural heritage of Utah, The Mormons, and the West. PRODUCT DETAILS: 4″ x 6″ (10.16 x 15.24 cm) Black & White on Cream paper 50 pages Illustrated ISBN-13: 978-0615971360 (Zion BookWorks) ISBN-10: 0615971369 BISAC: Performing Arts / Theater /...

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