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Due Process: Hiram BeBee — Alias The Sundance Kid

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 in Plays, Women Playwrights

by Shirlee Hurst Shields Based on a True Story Who was the Sundance Kid? The play is about justice on three levels. One: the ‘told’ story of the townespeople who witnessed the murder of their Marshal and their resulting vigilante justice; Two: the ‘justice unto himself’ of Hiram Bebee (The Sundance Kid), a self-styled philosopher who interpreted the law his own way; Three: the story of the court appointed lawyer who must adjudicate between the two and serve justice according to the ethics of his profession. The origin of Bebee’s moniker, ‘The Sundance Kid’ is revealed along with his times with Butch Cassidy, the Wild Bunch and their South American Odyssey. His love affair with Etta Place, who became his common-law wife and died on the Utah Prison steps after a visit. This historically accurate play reveals much more...

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Shirlee Hurst Shields — Author

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 in Authors, Women Playwrights

Shirlee Shields has a B.S. in Speech and an M.F.A. in Theater from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Theater, Speech, and Cinema from BYU. She has given speech communication seminars to thousands of participants. Private students include political candidates, professionals, business executives, church and community leaders. She also is a playwright, director, and choreographer. She has written published manuals and magazine articles on the subjects of Speech, Theatre, and Dance, plus three produced plays and six readers’s theatre scripts. She is a published playwright and author with the titles WHERE IS JILL?, HIRUM BEEBE, COMING OF AGE, and the book Change Your Voice Change Your Image. Her work has been staged at the Babcock Theatre, BYU, BYU Hawaii, the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs, CA, Assembly Hall at the Utah State Capitol, U of U, Promised...

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The Order Is Love — Original Cast Recording CD

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

Book and Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by Lex De Azevedo The Original Brigham Young University production from 1971, now available on CD for the first time. 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 romantic love too, discovering that people are more...

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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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The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 3: Crises In Faith

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Books, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Plays, Short Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright, traveler and observer of Humanity. He is also a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mission President in Russia, Drama Ambassador, Professor of Russian, Director of plays, are just a few of his titles, next to Husband and Father. In the seven plays in this volume, “Huebener,” “Fire In The Bones,” “First Trump,” “Reunion,” “Set Apart,” “The Anointed” (a musical theatre play), and “Petunia Passes” (a short play), the worlds of belief, faith, devotion, belonging, yearning to know God, and standing true when those worlds are challenged, make up the heart of Dr. Rogers’ dramas. With this volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, and Students, Directors, Actors, Directors, Producers and others ready to settle down into a fine drama and experience life...

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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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Six Sent South — A Musical

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in 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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They Sang, Danced, Played and Prayed — A History

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in Books, 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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The Seating of Senator Smoot — A Play

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 in Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) The plot centers around congressional hearings conducted early in the 20th century regarding the election of Reed Smoot, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to the U.S. Senate. The major sticking point was, of course, polygamy — which Smoot did not practice. But it wasn’t  really Smoot who was under fire, it was the Church as this ‘practice’ was perceived to threaten family values. Most of the Anti-Mormon, Anti-Smoot issues were raised by Idaho Senator Fred Dubois and his wife. It is a dynamic play about personal integrity, religious hypocrisy and religious and political freedom and how those who seek to protect their own religious freedoms so often are the attackers of those freedoms for others. PLAY...

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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 Unfortunate Courtship of Brian Tanner — A Short Play

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Short Plays

by Jerry Argetsinger (For production by  Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) Brian, a happy bachelor in frontier Utah, feels unwarranted pressure to find a bride.  His Aunt May believes her prayers have been answered when the wagon belonging to three eligible women breaks down near their general store.  While Aunt May plans some serious match making, Brian plots to present a distorted picture of himself that no one would want to marry. It is very funny, yet, touching at the same time. Wonderful for a production in a Ward or Stake, or as part of a Stake One-Act Play Festival. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 3W 1TeenGirl 1 Interior About 30 minutes. Order # 2033 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal pages PDF file is available Unfortunate…BrianTannerPERUSAL (It contains the first scene of the four scene script.) REHEARSAL...

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Wisdom Tree — A Musical

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Musicals, Women Playwrights

Wisdom Tree – A Pioneer Musical by Max C. Golightly & Yutonna Kerbs (For production by  College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) A beautiful pioneer show with a cast of Native Americans and European Americans A gentle and at the same time dynamic story of White Settlers contracted by the US Government to settle near a Ute Indian Reservation in Southern Utah in 1852. As the two groups learn to work and live together there are trials and almost even disaster. But the young people of the two cultures find a way to bring about peace in what could have been a troubled world. The wisdom in the story comes from the Native American tradition of the wise old tree, and supplication to the spirit of that tree, as well as to...

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