The Ballad of Parley P! • A New Musical

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.


  • 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, Bass
  • Order # 2069

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



  • #1 — Overture (Orchestra)
  • #1a — Down In The South (Company)
  • #2 — At Curtain Rise (Zander, Mellie & Company)
  • #3 — We Had A Great Run (Zander, Mellie)
  • #4 – The Ballad of Parley P. (The Balladeer)
  • #4a – When Shall We All Meet Again (tag) (Balladeer)
  • #5 – The Ballad of Parley P.-Siblings (The Balladeer)
  • #6 – The Ballad of Parley P. -Fictitious Charges (The Balladeer)
  • #7 – Serenity (Parley)
  • #8 – The Unwritten Law (McLean)
  • #9 – The Ballad of Parley P. -Education (The Balladeer)
  • #10 – Like Parley (Parley, Students, Teacher)
  • #11 – I’m Thankful (Thankful Halsey)
  • #12 – What Will I Say? (Thankful, Parley)
  • #13 – The Ballad of Parley P. -Wedding (Balladeer)
  • #14 – Why Can’t We Call it Love? (Parley, Thankful)
  • #15 – Who Can Tell? (Sidney Rigdon and Congregation)
  • #16 — A Book! (Parley)
  • #17 – O, How Happy Are They (Parley, Higginson)
  • #18 – Stu-Boy and Parley (The Balladeer)
  • #19a – Condemnations (Parley, Joseph)
  • #19b – Majesty (Parley)
  • #20 – Ballad of Parley P. -Escape From Columbus (Balladeer)
  • #21 – How Long? (Parley, Follett, Phelps, Gibbs)
  • #22 – Faith (Mel and Company) [English Horn plays the melody]
  • #23 – Fly! (Parley)
  • #23a – Underscore
  • #24 – Humble Man (Parley)
  • #25 – Will I Ever…? (Eleanor)
  • #26 – Called To The Fight (McLean)
  • #27 – My Prophet! My Friend! (Parley)
  • #28 – The Unwritten Law (reprise)
  • #29 – Jubilee (Parley)
  • #30 – Afraid To Die (Parley)
  • #31 – Ballad of Parley P. martyred (Balladeer)
  • #32 – My Husband! My Love! (Eleanor)
  • #33 – When Shall We All Meet Again (Company)

SONG SAMPLES — These are rough demos (more to come)


  • Performance License Application: No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us. This is a filler form that after you click “SUBMIT” will send directly to our email address. Response averages 2-3 business days.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application

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.


  • Pocatello & Blackfoot Idaho LDS STAKES — Fall of 2018

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