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Proofreaders Marks — BLOG August 30, 2018

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 in PLC BLOG

This is for all those who have tried to decipher what the heck they are supposed to do with the return of a manuscript from a proofreader. Half-serious, half-in-jest, it is something to think about. But, oh, as an editor, the things you wish you could say! This is not copyrightable, but use it for a release of tension in your class, workshop or seminar. CLICK BLOG08132018Proofreadersmarks to download this BLOG POST...

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Emily Rose Tucker — Composer

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in Authors

under construction

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Jody D. Brown — Author

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in Authors

Jody D. Brown, Ph.D. — University of Nebraska, Professor Emeritus (Ferrum College) Besides, over 35 years as a college professor, Brown has over 40 years of experience performing in and promoting theater productions. Now retired, she continues performing Jack Tales with the Jack Tale Storytellers, is the Secretary of the Franklin County Electoral Board, Treasurer of the Scruggs Vol. Fire and Rescue Squad Inc., and President of the SML Lions Club Scholarship Trust. She based the goals in “My Travels with Cecil: A Guide for Teachers” on the 2002 Virginia Standard of Learning from grades K through 5, but suggests the activities can be easily modified to any elementary classroom. Brown has coordinated many projects that combined theatrical projects with public school goals. “My Travels with Cecil” premiered at Ferrum College for its alumni weekend on May 18, 2002....

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Capturing Characters Onstage — BLOG August 28, 2018

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in PLC BLOG

I had the privilege to be called down to Ferrum College and the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre in the summer of 2002. I had just gotten back from writing a commissioned musical for the Salt Lake Olympics that did quite well there, and was just setting back in to life in Nova Scotia when I got a call from Rex. He asked me to come down and be the dramaturg for a week or so to  help him get his new script on its feet. Well, I went and loved it! This article appeared sometime later. It was an interview with Tina Hanlon and Rex, the founder of BRDT at Ferrum and a close friend. — C. Michael Perry Capturing Characters on Stage for the College and Community: An Interview with Playwright Rex Stephenson By Tina L. Hanlon, associate...

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A Christmas Carol — the play

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Plays

by R. Rex Stephenson (For Community, College/University, High School and Junior High School, Youth Groups, Community and Church groups.) Undoubtedly Dickens’ most famous story, and most often adapted for the stage and screen with hundreds of adaptations available, both play and musical versions, this lively adaptation is quickly becoming a favorite due, in part, to the unique casting available of 8 women and only 6 men. The familiar story is there, but told in a way that allows for a female-heavy cast. The play takes place in a theatre in Rochester, England. Dickens has been called upon by the citizens of the community to write an adaptation of A Christmas Carol for the stage. To the surprise of everyone in town, Dickens not only intends to write the adaptation, but to star in it and direct it. On the...

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Little Women — a musical

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Coming Soon, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book and Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson Music by Emily Rose Tucker   UNDER CONSTRUCTION   PLAY DETAILS: Order#...

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My Travels With Cecil — a short play

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

The search for the English folk song in American folk music. by R. Rex Stephenson Great for groups, amateur, professional or educational,  who tour to schools. Folk songs are the backbone of American music. And since our people came from all over the world, so did our folk songs. “My Travels With Cecil” dramatizes the true story of Cecil Sharp’s journey to discover English ballads still surviving in America. In 1916, Sharp and his secretary Maud Karpeles traveled throughout the Appalachian Mountains in search of folk songs that had originally been sung in Britain, but had since disappeared from their oral tradition. This play recounts Sharp’s desperate search for a song that has haunted him since his youth, “Soldier Boy.” The play is ideal for touring. It features numerous songs Sharp collected along with several dances. It might be...

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The Liberated Cinderella — a short play — TYA

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

Or, The Return of the Godfather, a short comedy by R. Rex Stephenson and Ginny Smith Conrad Delightful for all ages from junior high to adult. For any amateur, university, professional or other youth group. This very popular one-act play spoofs just about everything-fairy tales, magic mirrors, actors, the Mafia and plays about Cinderella. It retells the Cinderella tale as it might happen today: A fairy godfather shows up because the fairy godmother can’t get away from her job. It begins in the traditional Cinderella manner: the poor ragged little girl who is made to do all the undesirable housework while her socially ambitious stepmother and off-beat stepsisters preen themselves in preparation for a night of revelry. But it doesn’t take long for this version of the story to rip out of the rut. Cinderella wants to go dancing,...

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The Cricket On The Hearth — Staged Radio Play

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Classics, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by R. Rex Stephenson & Jody D. Brown (For performance by any amateur, educational or professional theatre group.) Dickens’ heartwarming Christmas tribute brings a genial spirit into the festivities as Mr. Tackleton, much like Ebeneezer Scrooge, is changed through the course of the story, into a better person. With great plot points of suspense, intrigue, and mistaken identity along the way, this brisk adaptation allows the audience/listener to wonder if it will turn out all right. Published in 1845, this story of love at Christmastime, the tale of John and Dot Peerybingle, Caleb and Bertha Plummer, May Fielding and––well, that would be spoiling it––has long been a popular ‘sequel’ to Dickens’ holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” originally published in 1843. This show is a great alternative for those tired of seeing the endless...

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Submitting a Script to… Anyone — BLOG — August 9, 2018

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in PLC BLOG

Submitting a Script to Festivals, Theatres, Anyone BLOG August 9, 2018 1 Your script is your calling card. It speaks for you and for your characters. If it doesn’t LOOK its best, it might not even get read. 2 If it doesn’t read well — it will get put down. 3 If the ending isn’t satisfiying, the person who read it will wonder why it was ever submitted, and you may not ever get another chance with them. 4 If there is no specific appeal — to some group of people — then how can anyone market it, including yourself. 1) TO DO: Send your script in PDF format. Don’t send Word docs, Final Draft files, or anything else. PDFs look far more professional, and they can be read anywhere without compatibility issues! Let your script speak for itself....

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George G. King — Playwright-Lyricist

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in Authors

George G. King is from Utah. He has served a French mission for the LDS Church and earned Degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and completed course work at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has worked for United States Steel, WordPerfect Corporation and Zions Bank as a publications editor and technical writer and taught English and French at BYU, Rice University, & Utah Valley University. He loves to write and share his philosophies and ideas in poems, stories, and theater. He also really enjoys and admires the way C. Michael Perry puts wings to his words through music.   MUSICALS AUTHORED Coming Home: A Christmas...

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Hancock County • a play

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 in Award Winners, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles, ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

Compared by some to “A Man For All Seasons” by Tim Slover (For production by Professional Groups, Community Groups, and College & University Groups) In 1844 the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob. The next year their accused assassins came to trial. Hancock County dramatizes that trial and the tensions between the Mormons, led by Brigham Young, and their enemies, who were trying to drive them from the state of Illinois. “Hancock County” is a very fine play; an intelligent, thrilling, tightly-drawn courtroom drama/tragedy that unfolds into a meditation on America, violence, and forgiveness. It bears comparison to Robert Bolt’s “A Man For All Seasons.” — R. W. Rasband of Association for Mormon Letters “Hancock County” moves swiftly from one scene to another, using and re-using minimal set pieces and props. It...

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