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Neil K. Newell • Author and Composer

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors

Neil Newell — was born in Orem, Utah and attended Brigham Young University where he received a BS degree in  Business Management and the University of Southern California where he received  an MFA in Professional Writing.  He has taught Creative Writing at Clark County Community College in Las Vegas and at Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University). He has also taught Advanced Playwrighting at Brigham Young University.  Various articles and short stories of his have been published in national magazines. His science fiction novel, “THE RELUCTANT WIZARD” was published by Manor Books. His Historical Fiction novel, THE BOOK OF MALCHUS, written in collaboration with William J. Hamblin, was recently released by Deseret Book. In addition to his collaboration on the music and lyrics  for “KEWPIE”  and “TURN THE GAS BACK ON” with Max C. Golightly and C....

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R. Rex Stephenson • Author

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors, ZT Authors

R. Rex Stephenson earned his B.A. in middle and secondary education at Ball State University. Upon graduation, Stephenson taught at Bayshore Middle School in Florida and Redkey High School in Indiana. He received his M.A. from Indiana State University in theatre and in 1973 became a drama professor at Ferrum College in Virginia, where he was named professor emeritus in 2013. In 1984, he received his Ph.D. in educational theatre at New York University. He was producer/director of the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre from 1979 to 2012. Stephenson has had 24 plays for children and adults published, including The Jack Tales, The Liberated Cinderella, Treasure Island, Galileo: Man of Science, The Jungle Book, A Christmas Carol, Connecticut Yankee, and Glorious Son of York. He has been a winner in two major playwriting contests: The American Alliance for Theatre and...

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Gayanne Ramsden • Author

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors, Women Playwrights and Composers

Gayanne Ramsden is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Ph.D. from the Department of Theatre and Film with an emphasis in Children’s Theatre. She took, however, as many writing classes as she could. An adaptation of hers of the BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS was performed by the Rocky Mountain Youth Theatre. Dr. Ramsden’s play BEOWULF was performed as a staged reading at Brigham Young University and a full production was staged at Spanish Fork High School in Utah. It is published by Eldridge.  Dr. Ramsden has worked as a children’s librarian in both school and city settings. Telling stories is one of her favorite pastimes. She has finished a musical version of HEIDI and is currently working on a musical of EAST OF THE SUN — WEST OF THE MOON.   MUSICAL AUTHORED Heidi   PLAY AUTHORED Beowulf (At...

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Larry Hillhouse • Author

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors

I am a native-born Tennessean and proud of it. Years ago I followed in the footsteps of my hero, David Crockett, and journeyed from Tennessee to Texas. To my surprise I discovered that the Alamo was not only being remembered, but was quite secure. Somewhat disillusioned, I settled in Arlington anyway, thinking that I should keep an eye on things. For fun and food I designed and developed software for many years. Somehow I’ve managed to squander time writing various things, some of which are described on my own web site. I currently keep watch over three cats, Milton, Berle, and Penny, as well as continuing to discreetly monitor the Alamo situation. I have been a creative writer in some form since about the second grade, beginning with poetry. Limericks were, and still are, fun to write. During my...

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Jeff Joyner • Composer

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 in Authors

Jeff Joyner (musical arranger) has taught music in the Newport News, VA public schools for 25 years and holds degrees in vocal performance and music education from Old Dominion University. He has served as musical director and accompanist for numerous shows in amateur and professional theatres and has performed with Virginia Opera, Virginia Musical Theatre, and many amateur and collegiate companies, as well as soloing with church, symphonic, and choral organizations throughout the...

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Geeks and Gangsters — A Play

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 in Banner, Plays

by Rob. Lauer (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) Inspired by the true story of the Cleveland teenagers—Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—who created Superman, “Geeks & Gangsters” is now available for live performance. Jerry and Joe were typical high school Geeks: the popular kids ignored them, the jocks picked on them and the girls didn’t know they were alive. Brought together by their love of pulp magazines and science fiction (then called scienti-fiction ), they funneled their frustrations as high school outcasts into creating comic characters they dreamed would one day make them famous as comic strip artists. And it was while they were still in high school that they created a character that would become a cultural icon—and the most universally recognized fictional character of...

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Rob. Lauer • Author and Composer

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Authors, ZT Authors

Rob. Lauer is an award-winning playwright, theatrical and television director, and the host of two TV shows in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Rob’s first play “Digger” won the 1982 Mayhew Award, was later to critical acclaim and later published in 1988. In 1990 he became the first playwright to win both the Best Play of the Year Award (for his satire, “Tom and Penny’s Yard Party”) and the Paul T. Nolan Award (for his urban drama, “The Church Street Fantasy”) at the Deep South Writers conference.Currently Rob has been commissioned by the Mountainside Theatre and the Cherokee Historical Association (in Cherokee, North Carolina) to write a new musical, “Chief Little Will,” inspired by the life of William Holland Thomas—the only white man to ever serve as chief of the Eastern Cherokees. This musical will premiere in the...

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A Southern Christmas Carol — A New Musical

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Banner, Christmas Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Religious Titles

Book, Music and Lyrics by Rob. Lauer Musical Arrangements by Jeff Joyner (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) “Think Charles Dickens meets Horton Foote.” Looking for a funny, deeply moving, musical Christmas show that will entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds?…A critically acclaimed musical that can be produced with as few as 10 actors or with as many as  30? Then look no further! When “A Southern Christmas Carol” premiered in 2003, critics called it “good fun…a hoot that warms the heart”… “Lovely, there’s no other single word to describe it…Charles Dickens himself couldn’t have written a better account of the spirit of Christmas. At least not Christmas in 1933 Depression-ridden Southwest Georgia.” In “A Southern Christmas Carol,” award-winning playwright Rob. Lauer moves the classic tale of Scrooge  from ...

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