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The Ballad of Parley P! — A Musical

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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 he lay dying, to the man who killed him. This company of actors tells the audience this story, and learn a little in the process about themselves and their craft. This is a funny, sobering, powerful tribute to a great Saint and an undying testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.


PLAY DETAILS:

  • Characters (59m 10f) can be doubled to: 19M 6F — OR  7M 4F — OR 7M 2F
  • About two hours
  • Unit set with representative props
  • Onstage Musicians: Guitar, Banjo, Bass and fiddle (OPTIONAL: can be company members who play instruments and sing and speak)
  • Pit Musicians: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpets, Trombone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Tympani, Drum Kit, Violins, Viola, Cello
  • Order # 2069

Soon available for all LDS Groups. This show is part of the PREMIERE PLAY FILE.


PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: BalladOfParleyP!PERUSAL
  • SONGS: These are rough demos (more to come)
    • ACT ONE
      #1 — Overture (Orchestra)
      #1a — Down In The South (Company)
      #2 — At Curtain Rise (Zander, Mellie & Company) [Instrumental only — match the melody with the lyrics in the Perusal Script]

      #3 — We Had A Great Run (Zander, Mellie) [Instrumental only — match the melody with the lyrics in the Perusal Script]

      #4 — The Ballad of Parley P. (The Balladeer)
      #4a — We’ll Meet Again (tag) (Chorus)
      #5 — The Ballad of Parley P. rep1 (The Balladeer)
      #6 — The Ballad of Parley P. rep2 (The Balladeer)
      #7 — Serenity (Parley)
      #8a — Humble Man (Parley)
      #8b — Humble Man (Parley)
      #9 — The Unwritten Law (McLean)
      #10 — A Book! (Parley) [Instrumental only — match the melody with the lyrics in the Perusal Script]

      #11 —  The Ballad of Parley P. rep3 (The Balladeer)
      #12 — Like Parley (Parley, Students, Teacher)
      #13 — I’m Thankful (Thankful Halsey)
      #14 — What Will I Say? (Thankful, Parley)
      #15 — The Ballad of Parley P. rep4 (Balladeer)
      #16 — Affectionate, Dutiful Wife, Farewell (Parley)
      #17 — Why Can’t We Call it Love? (Parley, Thankful)
      #18 — Believe My Words (Sidney Rigdon and Congregation)
      #19 — A Book reprise (Parley)
      #20 — O, How Happy Are They (Parley, Higginson)
      #21 — Stu-Boy and Parley (The Balladeer)
      #22a — Condemnation (Parley, Joseph)
      #22b — Majesty (Parley)

    • ACT TWO
      #23 — Act Two Opening
      #24 — Ballad of Parley P. rep5 (Balladeer)
      #25 — How Long? (Parley, Follett, Phelps, Gibbs)
      #26 — Not Nohow! (Gibbs, Philamena)
      #27 — Fly Underscore
      #27a — Fly! (Parley)
      #27b — Fly Underscore2
      #28 — Dance Music
      #29 — My Twelve Wives (Parley)
      #29b — Out! Music Tag
      #30 — Now! (Eleanor)
      #31 — Called To The Fight (McLean)
      #32 — Join Me! (Devil)
      #32b — Untitled Devil Song (Devil, Joseph)
      #33 — My Prophet! (Parley)
      #34 — The Unwritten Law (reprise)
      #35 — Jubilee (Parley)
      #36 — Afraid To Die (Parley)
      #37 — Ballad of Parley P. rep 6 (Balladeer)
      #38 — My Husband (Eleanor)
      #39 — When Shall We All Meet Again (Company)
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

REHEARSAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE

  • Script in PDF format  — Order #2069a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production)



  • Piano-Vocal Score (in PDF format) — Order #2069b : $20.00 (from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2069d : for the only performance or the first performance in a series of related performances. (QUOTED ONLY UPON APPLICATION [See ZTPerformanceLicense below])
  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2069e : for the only performance or the first performance in a series of related performances. (QUOTED ONLY UPON APPLICATION [See ZTPerformanceLicense below])
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • ZTPerformanceLicenceApp2016 (in PDF format) to download our Performance License Application. No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

PRODUCTIONS

  • Coming Soon

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