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City of Joseph — 1976 Original Cast CD

Posted on Jun 18, 2018 in Demo CDs & Cast Albums

Book & Lyrics by R. Don Oscarson Music by Maughan W. McMurdie   The establishment, growth, development, and history of Nauvoo, Illinois under the direction and influence of the Prophet Joseph Smith is unique in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and America. City Of Joseph was first produced for the dedication of the NRI Visitor’s Center in Nauvoo during the summer of 1971. City of Joseph was produced in Nauvoo, Illinois as part of the nation’s Bicentennial celebration in the summer of 1976. This recording stems from that production. The following year it became an official pageant of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which continued for 27 years. It was presented on a 200-foot, 3-level stage that overlooked historic Nauvoo and the bend of the Mississippi River that inspired the...

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Once I Lived In Cottonwood — A Musical

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Musicals, Women Playwrights

Book and Lyrics by John D. Rather and Susan Rather Music by Lynn G. Burton Available for Wards, and Stakes and Community Groups or Professionals Shortly after the first company of pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, Brigham Young began calling the new arrivals to settle towns throughout the West. Given a choice, most of them would have stayed in the Salt Lake Valley. Harder yet, after having started a home in the valley, was being called to start over again away from Salt Lake. Perhaps the hardest of all was being called to Dixie in Southern Utah. Cottonwood is about one family’s feelings when being asked to leave their home in Cottonwood and go south to Washington County. In a more general sense it is a story about people who, because of their allegiance to...

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Charly – A Love Song — The Musical

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in Classics, Musicals, Women Playwrights

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, Women Playwrights

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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The Forge and the Fire — DEMO CD

Posted on May 8, 2015 in 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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Whatsoever — The Musical Story of Abraham

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

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

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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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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Latter-day Ruth — The Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in Musicals, New Releases

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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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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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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Life More Sweet Than Bitter — A Musical

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Musicals, Women Playwrights

Book and Lyrics by Pat Davis Music by K. Newell Dayley (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) The moving story of Russian Jews forced out of Bolshevik Russia who come to settle in America. They go through the horrors of Ellis Island, long months and years of separation, religious differences in a new land all to build one man’s dream. This is the true story of Maurice Warshaw, a western supermarket pioneer and founder of the Grand Central chain of stores. He arrives in Salt Lake City and falls in love with — a Mormon. A great love story. A fine tale of enduring to the end. Based on the biography of Maurice Warshaw by Rhoda Kelsch. PLAY DETAILS: 22M  6W  6TB  6TG  4B 2G plus extras. Doubling recommended Wing and...

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The Brothers — A Play

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Classics, Plays, Women Playwrights

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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Move On! — A Play with Music

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Musicals, Women Playwrights

a play with songs by Carol Lynn Pearson Special Musical Material created by Marvin Payne (For production by  College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups, Youth Groups) Available again after many years! This is the compilation of journal entries and diary accounts of the Saints crossing of the plains to found their new home in the Zion of the Rocky Mountains. Through stirring true to life scenes and monologues, folk songs and hymns of the era, the Saint’s journey comes vividly to life. Title song composed by Marvin Payne, along with all the other songs can be played by the cast on Guitars and other pioneer instruments. PLAY DETAILS: 7M 7F (Can be condensed or expanded) Unit Set About 90 mins Order #2037 Available for all producing groups PERUSAL MATERIALS A PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF form) is available....

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Martyr In Waiting — A Short Play

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Latest, Short Plays, Women Playwrights

by Carol Lynn Pearson (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Groups) A group of young Mormon actors are putting on a play about the hardships of the early Saints. They are idealistically ready to follow those footsteps and are even envious of the early Saints’ opportunities to sacrifice. However, when they are called upon to make real sacrifices in the modern world they are not up to it. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 3W Open Stage Setting 20-25 minutes ORDER # 2038 Available to ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal pages PDF file is available MartyrInWaitingPERUSAL (It contains the first half of the script.) REHEARSAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF format — Order #2038a : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production) First Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty —...

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Family — A Play

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) In Family, real life becomes a bad weekend for the well-educated, intellectual, gospel-grounded, well-to-do Hull family. One daughter has left her husband (whom she may or may not really have shot), a son has left his mission early, and another daughter, an R.M., has left graduate school. Not exactly ideal. Their dark space monologues reveal the reality they’re in as a place that they don’t want to tell anyone of and almost can’t speak about. Even the parents who burn the roast or buy the wrong salad have to re-decide who they are and what they mean to each other as individuals and within the family unit; that in order to move toward being Gods, which is the whole point, they each...

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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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