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Charly – A Love Song — The Musical

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Book & Lyrics by Heather Young Music and Arrangements by Lex de Azevedo Based on the novel by Jack Weyland © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission The classic LDS musical is available once more for production by LDS Wards, Stakes and other groups! The blockbuster LDS Novel loved by millions is a hit musical. The story of Charly, hiding her deep secret as a fallen woman, meeting Sam, a returned LDS Missionary, and her conversion, their furious, whirlwind courtship, and their Temple marriage has been a staple of the LDS entertainment scene for decades. This exciting, heartwarming and sobering musical brings the story to life on the stage in a stunning way. PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 3M 3W + ensemble of 12-16 About 2 hours Settings: Several suggested setting Costumes: 1980s or Contemporary Order # 2079 Available...

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The Order Is Love — Classic LDS Musical

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 in Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Book & Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by Lex de Azevedo © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission The classic LDS musical is available once more for production by LDS Wards, Stakes and other groups! The tale of Orderville, Utah—1875-1885—where over 700 Saints lived and worked and played and prayed together in the United Order, a version of the Law of Consecration, seeking Zion, learning tolerance and patience, expanding “love” towards “charity.”  We see our own foibles and failings in those of the residents of Orderville as they learn the hard lessons of sharing, giving, getting along, and wondering how can I love my neighbor even when I can’t even stand him and after all I work harder than he does and my skilled work is worth more than his lowly weed-pulling.  And oh, it’s about...

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My Turn On Earth — The Classic LDS Musical

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 in Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Book & Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by Lex de Azevedo © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission The classic LDS musical is available once more for production by LDS Wards, Stakes and other groups! Five children from heaven play out mortality like a treasure hunt, with LOVE being the greatest prize. My Turn On Earth is the story of each of us playing out a delightful and poignant answer to the ever-burning question–what in the world am I doing here?  Five children, sent to take their turn on earth, are challenged to come back with the treasure, the most precious thing of all.  But time is of the essence.  Suddenly their turn is finished.  Has the treasure been found? Contemporary, best-selling music—a story to captivate young and old—My Turn on Earth is a winner. PLAY DETAILS:...

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God’s Fisherman — a One-man Play

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, One-Person Show, Plays

by Tim Slover and James Arrington (For production by Community Theatres, Professional Theatres and LDS Wards and Stakes) The story of Wilford Woodruff, a great missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ. Wilford Woodruff was a man who coupled his commitment with high spirits, boundless enthusiasm, and seemingly endless energy. This one man play tells the story of young Wilford on his various missions. How did he do it? There are glimpses in this one-man play: the unshakable commitment to the gospel and its appointed leaders, especially Joseph Smith, was a hallmark of his entire life. There were also his guilelessness and his humility, his ability to endure hardship, his dry sense of humor. Says, Wilford, “I fished in Arkansas and Tennessee! I fished on the isles of the sea! I fished in England twice, crossing the Atlantic Ocean four...

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The Red Plush Parlor — A Gentle Musical

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 in Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Book and Lyrics by Christie Lund Coles Music by Larry Bastian A righteous man who already has six wives has found another lamb to bring into his protective fold. But there is one big problem: his oldest son has fallen in love with this very same young lady. A fun and funny musical comedy. PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 2M 7W 3Teenboys 2Teengirls 1girl + ensemble, if desired About 90 minutes Settings: 3 interiors Order # 2074 Available for all groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: RedPlushParlorPERUSAL ACT ONE #1 — Overture — Orchestra Scene 1 — The Sitting Room of the KNUDSEN home in Salt Lake City. #2 — The Wives’ Song — Wives and Dancers #3 — Goodness Knows — Annie and Wives #4 — Scene Change Music — Orchestra Scene 2 — Upstairs sitting area,...

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Heaven Never Closes — A Musical

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

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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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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The Trail of Dreams — The Musical Classic

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 in Classics, Musicals

by James Arrington, Marvin Payne and Steven Kapp Perry   (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools,  ALL Church Groups, Youth Theatres) Some of us have the notion that the Mormon pioneers saw the world in bold strokes of black and white, while moderns squint through myriad shades of gray. In writing this play the authors found that the pioneers reflected a rainbow of passions, fears, dares and enormous presumptions. This is not the story of one family, or even one company. This is the story of all of the “Saints” brought across the plains by one man John Brown. It is through his memory, and the actual journals of the traveling pioneers, that this vibrant musical comes to life. There are bright moments of hope and moments of dreary tragedy punctuated by a fantastic...

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Charlie’s Monument — The Musical

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Classics, Musicals

Book by Susan McCloud and Marvin Payne Lyrics by Marvin Payne Music by K. Newell Dayley based on the popular, best-selling novel by Blaine M. Yorgason (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) It is the frontier! It is 1890. He has only one arm and a twisted foot. He stands on the mountain bravely watching over the town that cast him out — piling stones in some frail hope that he’ll be remembered. Then he is loved by one who sees and mirrors the bright spirit inside him. He is fulfilled, awakened, renewed. But then he is wounded, called to be tried and when all but love is stripped away, he is triumphant. Charlie is the tender, crippled man ostracized by his fellow citizens and it is Nellie’s love and faith...

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City Of Joseph — The Classic Musical

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Classics, Musicals

Book and Lyrics by R. Don Oscarson Music by Maughan W. McMurdie (For production by Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) THE “CONCERT” VERSION A powerful stage version of the original Nauvoo Pageant that began production in 1973, City of Joseph portrays life during the establishment and growth of Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Scaled to fit an indoor stage, it features all the music from the original pageant as it tells the story through the eyes of those who lived there from 1839-1846. A CD with orchestral accompaniment (and choir) is available for the production. Order #2042CONCERT THE ORIGINAL VERSION (Still to come) City of Joseph portrays life during the establishment and growth of Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Able to encompass a large flexible cast, you will be...

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The Brothers — A Play

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Classics, Plays

by Christie Lund Coles (For production by  College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) Hunted and persecuted, Hyrum Smith and his brother, Joseph hide, wait and watch. Mobs of unruly men are searching for them thinking of nothing but death. But the Lord watches over his chosen; they have safety, and a time to reflect. “When will it end? Where did it all start? Why? Where will it lead?” A deeply moving play about “The Brothers”. PLAY DETAILS: 15 M,  3 W, 2 teenboys 1 teengirl  2 boys, plus extras Space setting with wing and drop or set pieces 1hr 45mins ORDER # 2041 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking Brothers,ThePERUSALSCRIPT. It contains the first half of the script. PRODUCTION MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF format —...

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The Dance — A Classic LDS Musical

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Classics, Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by J.A.C. Redford (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) A Timeless Musical Classic! Come to the dance and meet: Couple #1 — Neil and Karen “the perfect married couple” to everyone but themselves; Couple #2 — Howard, still searching for “the right one” 14 years after his mission, and Alison, a recently divorced mother of three; ‘Couple’ #3 — Brad, 18, and suffering from his first broken heart, and Janet, an unclaimed jewel of 23. “You come to the dance ‘cause there’s a chance that something good might, just might, happen tonight” is part of a lyric from the opening song of this LDS classic. This is the musical that was the basis for the recent film THE DANCE, written & directed by McKay Daines,...

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Papa Married A Mormon — The Play

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in Classics, Plays

by John D. Fitzgerald. Adapted for the stage by Rodger D. Sorensen. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups) Papa Married a Mormon is like a family patchwork quilt worn threadbare from use. It becomes more familiar and warm each time you pick it up and wrap yourself in it. Like a quilt, Sorensen’s theatrical adaptation brings us close to these characters — who are not threadbare at all — and wraps us in the kindness of their charitable lives. It asks questions about tolerance and brotherly love. The story is told from the viewpoint of JD Fitzgerald, who grew up in Price, Utah in a family with a Catholic papa and a Scandinavian Mormon mama. Can this house, often divided against itself, stand? Definitely! With Papa and Mama at...

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The Way We’re Wired — A Play

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 in Award Winners, Classics, Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) Pull out a microscope, put any LDS singles-over-30 group on the glass slide, and take a peek. You will most likely find the same characters there as you do in this production. At first glance they may look like a bunch of misfits chumming together, but then you realize you know them and, in fact, could be one of them. “The Way We’re Wired” presents a painfully funny view on the varieties of LDS singles and how they function — almost as a counter-culture. As is stated early in the show, “to be an LDS single over 30, you’ve either never married, you’re widowed or divorced. In other words, you’re a loser, a pity-case, or a failure. Wired is very much a...

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Matters of the Heart — The Classic Mormon Play

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Award Winners, Classics, Plays

by Thom Duncan (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) A heart-wrenching and inspired look at a Stake President’s family who’s youngest son returns early from a Full-time LDS Mission. We come to know and love and empathize with each of the characters in the play because each of them could be someone we have known. And that is the power of this play: its believability, its ability to make each of us relate to  the situation and characters and come away from a performance moved, changed, entertained and challenged.   Best Original Play Award-1985, Utah Valley Theatre Guild.   PLAY DETAILS: 2M 1W. 1 Interior/exterior set. 90 minutes Order # 2017 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available: MattersOfTheHeartPERUSAL. It contains the first act of the two act play. Or...

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A Sceptre, A Sword, A Scented Rose — A Book of Mormon Play

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Classics, Plays

by Thom Duncan (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) This play was selected as a representative of the finest in Mormon dramaturgy at the 1973 Mormon Festival of the Arts at BYU. It is a powerful drama based on the story of Ammon and King Lamoni as recounted in ALMA 17-19. Ammon, a Nephite son of King Mosiah, ventures into the Land Of Ishmael on missionary endeavors. He’s captured and brought before the wicked Lamanite vassal King, Lamoni, who is enthralled by this Nephite’s courage and strength. Lamoni keeps Ammon as one of his servants, soon promoting him to his private man. Lamoni’s conversion to the True Gospel is the climax to this suspenseful play, with eloquent and demanding dialogue and characterization. PLAY DETAILS: 14M 3W (6M with doubling and tripling of roles)...

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Stones — A Play

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Award Winners, Classics, Plays

by J. Scott Bronson ALTARS — 2M1W. Open Setting TOMBS — 2M 1W. Open Setting. Time for each: Just under an hour. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS Church Groups, Youth Theatres) STONES is the recipient of the 2001 Award for Drama from the Association for Mormon Letters. “STONES is a perfect example of the three keys to playwrighting: Story, Character, Dialogue. Both acts thousands of years apart in real time, appear outwardly to tell two different stories. But the similarities in the themes of faith and family reach across the years to bind the play into one coherent story that is relevant today and will always be as long as humans walk the Earth.” ALTARS is the story of Abraham, Isaac and Sarai. TOMBS is the story of Mary, Jesus and Joseph....

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Huebener — The Classic LDS Play

Posted on May 1, 2013 in Award Winners, Classics, Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) During World War II, while aware of the risk to his life, the fearless young German Latter-day Saint Helmuth Huebener persisted in launching a campaign against Hitler’s propaganda machine. In this play we witness the tragic story of Mormonism’s arguably greatest twentieth-century martyr. The English translation is not the only version we license. We have translations in Finnish, Russian and German. (see below) PLAY DETAILS: About 2 hours 10M 2W plus ensemble of small roles Unit Set Order # 2010 Available for ALL producing groups. REVIEWS “If one is allowed only a few peak experiences in life, one for me was watching the text emerge of Thomas Rogers’ play Huebener. The work is a product of our...

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Liberty Jail — A Musical

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Classics, Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Orson Scott Card. Music by C. Michael Perry. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) At the end of the persecutions of the Mormons in Missouri, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon and three others were imprisoned in a jail at Liberty, Missouri. The conflicts that arose there and the friendships that were formed shaped the future history of the Mormon Church — and also brought to Mormon Scripture the beautiful and poetic Section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants. This musical drama will have your audience totally involved with beautiful music, a deeply moving story and a variety of characters. There is some mild profanity that can be edited. PLAY DETAILS: 11M 4W (doubling included) Space setting About 2 hours Order #2005 Available for ALL producing groups. REVIEWS “Absorbing,...

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