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Wild In The West • A Choose Your Own Path Adventure

Posted on Sep 15, 2019 in Choose Your Own Path Adventure Series, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Anthony Buck The audience chooses the way in this Western adventure.  Rookie sheriff Josiah Clay must safely transport $10,000 on a dangerous journey across the Wild West to Weston City in hopes that the mayor will give him the job of his dreams.  Add in a fiery saloon owner, three identical suitcases, and the West’s two stupidest bandits and your audience will cheer through every choice point to any of the many multi-leveled endings. Can be fully produced with fantasy sets and costumes, or simply done as a staged reading, or anything in between. PLAY DETAILS: 5m, 3f, 1either Costumes and sets may be as complete or as spare as wished by producer. About 70-90 Minutes Order #3333 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: WildInTheWestCYOPA PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be...

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A Hero’s Journey • A Choose Your Own Path Adventure

Posted on Sep 15, 2019 in Choose Your Own Path Adventure Series, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Anthony Buck The audience chooses the way in this fantasy adventure that features knights, squires, wizards, princess, dragons, and more!  A band of adventuring heroes embark on a quest to defeat a Dark Wizard and end his terrible curse.  But will their own rivalries destroy their alliance before they finish the dangerous task? With multiple choice points and eight separate endings, the audience will stay engaged from the very beginning until the last second. Can be fully produced with fantasy sets and costumes, or simply done as a staged reading, or anything in between. PLAY DETAILS: 3m 2f. Costumes and sets may be as complete or as spare as wished by producer. About 70-90 Minutes Order #3332 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: HeroesJourneyCYOPA PERUSAL EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure...

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An Enchanted April a musical • Vocal Selections/Song Book

Posted on Sep 13, 2019 in Books About Theatre, Hansen-Perry Productions, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Music & Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Hansen   In just one short Enchanted April,the lives and hearts of four women are transfigured by wisteria, sunshine, a medieval castle…and each other. In this delightfully romantic musical, the power to change, or not to change, is presented on stage through song and scene in a way that all who experience it have been renewed and uplifted by it. London…a particularly dreary February in 1922. Four women long to leave their drab and tedious lives for the sun-soaked hills of Italy. Lotty and Rose are desperate to escape their stifling duties and distant husbands; Mrs. Fisher, a formidable and disapproving woman, wants only to sit in the sun to read and remember her receding youth; and Lady Caroline Dester longs for a place she can ponder...

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Here’s Brother Brigham • A One-Man Show

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in One Person Shows, ZT One Person Shows, ZT Plays

by James Arrington   An enjoyable and enlightening production including stories and experiences of the LDS prophet, Brigham Young, as told by himself, with others helping along in this one-man show — that can be presented with a little creativity as a multi-actor show. The movie version of the play was presented at the LDS Film Festival on March 1st, 2018.       PLAY DETAILS 1M solo show (Can be adapted into a reader’s theatre format using additional performers) Simple setting with props & furniture Costumes of the mid-19th Century About 90 minutes ORDER #2085 PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: HeresBrother Brigham PERUSAL The video version of the play is available at: James Arrington Productions Or you can read the entire play (along with many other plays in our catalog) in...

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The Farley Family Reunion • A Comic Play

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, ZT Plays

by James Arrington The wacky, weird, wonderful, witty, whimsical, one-man show written and performed by James Arrington. Described as “a must see,” and “stunningly hilarious,” this play takes on family culture in a way to “bless yer heart.”   PLAY DETAILS CAST: 1m 1f playing multiple roles of 6 male characters and 9 female characters, or those characters can be played by multiple individual or doubled actors. CHARACTERS: The following roles are played by the Actor [or by a number of actors] (in order of appearance) CHESTER HEBER VIOLA UFFER LEROY MARVA VOLCO PEARL The following roles are played by the Actress [or by a number of actresses] (in order of appearance) ARVILLA GRAMPA GRETCHEN AUNT MINNIE GENEVA FAYREEN VESTA   PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: HERE SOON The video version of...

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Debbie: Diary of a Mormon Girl • Original Cast Album CD

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds, ZT Women Authors

Book & Lyrics by Heather Young Music by Lex De Azevedo © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission Long a favorite of those who saw the original touring production, this show delivers big on music and entertainment value, while providing essential ideas and concepts for living a Christ-Centered life.   Approaching her 16th birthday, Debbie is unsettled and unsure – about everything. Adolescence has really gotten her bewildered. She spends all her money on an expensive journal, in the hopes that she can keep track of all the things she wants and hopes for and despairs over. She names it Solomon. She talks to it, and it takes on the personality of a Young Man. Debbie dates. She despairs. Debbie searches for her testimony. She despairs but writes a letter to Boyd K. Packer. She dates and...

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The Order Is Love • Original Cast CD

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds, ZT Women Authors

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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All The Scattered Leaves • a play

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays, ZT Women Authors, ZTAwardWinners

by Doreen Crookell It is the Mid-Victorian era in England and the Mormon Church has made a name for itself throughout many parts of the land. Thousands of souls have been converted and have left for Salt Lake City, some never to be heard from again. The general feeling in many of the towns and villages is one of distrust and even fear of the “Mormons”. At the sight of the Missionaries, the women run inside and bolt the doors for fear of being abducted and imprisoned behind the walls of Salt Lake City. But the Mormon Elders continue to proselyte. Thus has the Maitland family’s life been disrupted and changed. Their eldest daughter, Rose, joined the Church the year previous and went to Zion. No word has yet been heard from her. As the play starts the Maitlands...

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J Golden • A One-Man Show

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT One Person Shows, ZT Plays

The Life and Times of the Funniest General Authority Ever! a one-man play by James Arrington We all know and love J Golden –– or Uncle Golden, as he was called by many. He credited everything to his ‘cowboy’ upbringing. But that didn’t always wash with the men and women he served alongside of, or spoke to through his many talks. He was one-of-a-kind, hell-bent-for-leather Gospel-preaching, Savior-loving General Authority. He never minced words and usually found the humorous side of things–– and spoke the truth, always –– which most often got him into a lot of hot water. But then we love him. Not only because he could say things in ways that we wish we could, sometimes, but because he was always honest. You knew where you stood. Your audiences will love the slightly irreverent J GOLDEN. As...

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Once I Lived In Cottonwood • A Musical

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Musicals

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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Daniel Kilyobas Obadiah • Author

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Authors

Daniel Kilyobas Obadiah is a photographer by day and a playwright by night. He holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Jos. Born a Nigerian and in Nigeria, on the 3rd  of October 1986, he wishes to share his Mormon faith and impact his society through the medium of drama. His plays: ‘Come What May’  and ‘Pastor Jolly‘  both LDS themed, were produced by the Jos, Nigeria District of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints.   Plays Pastor Jolley (Zion Theatricals) Come What...

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Pastor Jolley • Short Play

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Short Plays

by Daniel Kilyobas Obadiah As far as we know it, this is the first drama written by a Church member from Africa about the LDS experience in Africa. Accurate, funny and inspiring, this conversion story concerns Pastor Jolley, the Pastor of a very small Church in Nigeria. In a contemporary Nigerian society, choked by an alarming variety of Christian denominations and beliefs, Pastor Jolley, a minister of a very small church of eight people, strongly believes he has been called and will be blessed of God, like other ‘prominent men of God’. Convinced by a con-man stranger, he purchases a copy of the Book of Mormon as the secret ingredient for the growth and expansion of his seed-like congregation. In spite of the disapproval of his scheming wife, and the fear of the Book of Mormon by the general...

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Let There Be Love • The Musical Story of Joseph and Emma

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Premiere Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Thom Duncan Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry   This musical chronicles the love story of Joseph Smith and his wife, Emma Hale Smith. Set against the backdrop of hatred and persecution, in an America that was supposed to have freedom of choice as far as religion was concerned, Joseph and Emma struggle, along with the other Saints, to establish a foothold, both personally and publicly, in love and in Faith. They face opposition from without, but the worst of their oppressors are within the Church.   PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 11M 2TeenB, 5W + ensemble of 12-16 About 2:00 Settings: Several suggested settings. Some action occurs in places around Nauvoo of 1844, and in other places prior to that, through memory. Costumes: period 1800s Order # 2081 Available for performance to all groups! PERUSAL...

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The Ballad of Parley P! • A New Musical

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Premiere Musicals

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...

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Charly: A Love Song • The Original Cast CD

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds, ZT Women Authors

Book & Lyrics by Heather Young Music and Arrangements by Lex de Azevedo Based on the novel by Jack Weyland © 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 blockbuster LDS Novel loved by millions is a hit musical. The story of Charly, hiding her deep secret as a fallen woman, meeting Sam, a returned LDS Missionary, and her conversion, their furious, whirlwind courtship, and their Temple marriage has been a staple of the LDS entertainment scene for decades. This exciting, heartwarming and sobering musical brings the story to life on the stage in a stunning way. RECORDING DETAILS: List Price: $16.95 69 minutes 24 tracks Zion Theatricals UPC: 889290386793 PURCHASE the CD Complete Track List: Charly Celebrate Life Something Wrong...

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

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Books, ZT 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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Jamie Young • Author

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in Authors

Jamie Young (a.k.a. James Brigham Young) is the Executive Producer of Brigham’s Playhouse and one of its owners.  He recently left a 19 year career as a professor of Musical Theatre to pursue his dream of running a professional theatre company.  He served as the head of the theatre program at Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs for twelve years, where he was responsible for producing, directing, and/or choreographing six to nine productions annually.  He also served as the Artistic & Managing Director of the college’s professional summer stock theatre company and summer theatre camp for youth. Before moving to Wyoming, Young worked in North Carolina.  While serving for four years as the creator and director of a Musical Theatre program at College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, Jamie also managed a large performing arts training studio with...

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Charly – A Love Song • The Musical

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book & Lyrics by Heather Young Music and Arrangements by Lex de Azevedo Based on the novel by Jack Weyland © 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 blockbuster LDS Novel loved by millions is a hit musical. The story of Charly, hiding her deep secret as a fallen woman, meeting Sam, a returned LDS Missionary, and her conversion, their furious, whirlwind courtship, and their Temple marriage has been a staple of the LDS entertainment scene for decades. This exciting, heartwarming and sobering musical brings the story to life on the stage in a stunning way. PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 3M 3W + ensemble of 12-16 About 2 hours Settings: Several suggested setting Costumes: 1980s or Contemporary Order # 2079 Available...

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Heather Young • Author

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Authors

Heather Young is best known for her acting abilities. During the four years she was under contract with 20th Century Fox Studios she did a great deal of television, including Batman, Judd for the Defense, The Time Tunnel, and Galactica 1980, movies and she co-starred as Betty Hamilton in Irwin Allen’s TV series, Land of the Giants. She also originated the role of Julie in Saturday’s Warrior. She left Hollywood to focus on her family and wrote two musicals, Charly – A Love Song based on Jack Weyland’s best selling novel, and Debbie: Diary of a Mormon Girl.   MUSICALS Authored Charly – A Love Song Debbie: Diary of a Mormon...

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Debbie: Diary of a Mormon Girl • LDS Musical

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book & Lyrics by Heather Young Music and Arrangements 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! Approaching her 16th birthday, Debbie is unsettled and unsure — about everything. Adolescence has really gotten her bewildered. She spends all her money on an expensive journal, in the hopes that she can keep track of all the things she wants and hopes for and despairs over. She names it Solomon. She talks to it, and it takes on the personality of a Young Man. Debbie dates. She despairs. Debbie searches for her testimony. She despairs but writes a letter to Boyd K. Packer. She dates and despairs again. She teaches primary, the plans a Youth Conference, she gets a...

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Lex de Azevedo • Composer

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Authors

Lex de Azevedo has had one of the most diverse careers in the music industry as a composer, pianist, producer, arranger and conductor.  Beginning as a producer for Capitol Records, Lex produced several #1 hit singles among numerous other successful recordings.  Following Capitol Records, he served as the musical director on a number of television shows, including The Sonny and Cher Show, Michael Jackson & The Jackson Five, and The Osmonds.  Turning to feature-length motion pictures, Lex’s career spans from the classic Where The Red Fern Grows to the animated musical feature Swan Princess.  He has written five stage musicals, including Saturday’s Warrior and My Turn on Earth, and produced his own record albums across a wide musical spectrum, from the jazz of Mountains and Moab to the new contemporary classical works of Variations on a Sacred Theme and...

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The Order Is Love • Classic LDS Musical

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

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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God’s Fisherman • a One-man Play

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT One Person Shows, ZT Plays

by Tim Slover and James Arrington (For production by Community Theatres, Professional Theatres and LDS Wards and Stakes) The story of Wilford Woodruff, a great missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ. Wilford Woodruff was a man who coupled his commitment with high spirits, boundless enthusiasm, and seemingly endless energy. This one man play tells the story of young Wilford on his various missions. How did he do it? There are glimpses in this one-man play: the unshakable commitment to the gospel and its appointed leaders, especially Joseph Smith, was a hallmark of his entire life. There were also his guilelessness and his humility, his ability to endure hardship, his dry sense of humor. Says, Wilford, “I fished in Arkansas and Tennessee! I fished on the isles of the sea! I fished in England twice, crossing the Atlantic Ocean four...

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Latter-Day Ruth • Vocal Selections (SONG BOOK)

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Books, ZT Sheet Music Scores

SPECIAL EDITION VOCAL SELECTIONS / SONG BOOK Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Steve Amundsen THE MUSICAL BELOVED BY MANY IS AVAILABLE IN SHEET MUSIC FORM FOR USE IN YOUR HOME! The Biblical story of Ruth has long held important and essential principles for the conduct of men and women as Believers in Christ. Doug and Steve have transposed this classic story to the modern day where Ruth stands at the center of a loving family. The parallels are uncannily drawn between the era of Ruth in the Bible and her modern day counterpart. It is an inspirational journey for cast and audience as Ruth and Beau and family find their way together. PRODUCT DETAILS 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm) Black & White on White paper 48 pages ISBN-13: 978-1724704597 (Zion Theatricals) ISBN-10: 1724704591 BISAC:...

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Steve Amundsen • Composer

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Authors

STEVE AMUNDSEN, Composer/Conductor, has received recognition for many orchestral and choral compositions, including several performed at the annual BYU Mormon Festival of the Arts. He has also written the score for the award-winning motion picture, “The Great Dinosaur Discovery.” His compositions demonstrate a wide variety, from serious symphonic to contemporary jazz to musical theatre. MUSICALS AUTHORED: Latter-day Ruth Latter-day Ruth — the Original Cast...

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Latter-day Ruth • Original Cast CD

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Steve Amundsen The Biblical story of Ruth has long held important and essential principles for the conduct of men and women as Believers in Christ. Doug and Steve have transposed this classic story to the modern day where Ruth stands at the center of a loving family. The parallels are uncannily drawn between the era of Ruth in the Bible and her modern day counterpart. It is an inspirational journey for cast and audience as Ruth and Beau and family find their way together.   PRODUCT DETAILS 64minutes 23 tracks UPC: 889290197948 Zion Theatricals List Price: $15.99 Now Available! COMPLETE SONG LIST 1. My Day (2:05) 2. Babylon Will Get Us (2:18) 3. The Show of Life (2:54) 4. Where Is A Woman Needed Most (2:39) 5. Good Mormon Boys (2:44)...

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A Day, A Night and A Day: The Musical • Original Cast CD

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds

A Book of Mormon Musical Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by William Marsden The Birth of Christ was announced in the New World to the Nephites and Lamanites; a society where it was not popular, profitable or safe to be a Believer, The Children of Christ awaited the signs promised by Samuel, The Lamanite. The leaders have waited five long years to execute and rid themselves of the Believers who await the predicted sign surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, a time when they anticipate “a day, a night and a day” of daylight, with no darkness. Soon, there will be no excuse not to execute the Believers. PRODUCT DETAILS 60 minutes 21 tracks UPC: 889290197955 Zion Theatricals List Price: $14.95 Now Available! SONG LIST Samuel’s Prophecy / Let This Be The Night (5:22) Let This Be...

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The Forge and the Fire • DEMO CD

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds

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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A.J.’s Miracle • Original Cast CD

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds

by Mark Ogden A Missionary story you will never forget! A.J.’s Miracle is meant to show the human side of missionaries. The show is based on the true incidents of the author as he served his mission. The story begins with a bet: $500 that AJ cannot fulfill an LDS Mission. The story follows his reluctant progress as he is sent to serve in Mexico. It is said that a mission is the best kept secret in the Church. Unless you go you have no idea what it is really like. The many missions in their varied locations in the world are each totally different. Just as different are the missionaries who serve. The underlying theme of AJ’s Miracle is this: “The Lord can take what most people perceive as the worst and make out of it, the best.”...

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A.J.’s Miracle • A Musical

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Musicals

by Mark Ogden A Missionary story you will never forget! A.J.’s Miracle is meant to show the human side of missionaries. The show is based on the true incidents of the author as he served his mission. The story begins with a bet: $1000 that AJ cannot fulfill an LDS Mission. The story follows his reluctant progress as he is sent to serve in Mexico. It is said that a mission is the best kept secret in the Church. Unless you go you have no idea what it is really like. The many missions in their varied locations in the world are each totally different. Just as different are the missionaries who serve. The underlying theme of AJ’s Miracle is this: “The Lord can take what most people perceive as the worst and make out of it, the best.”...

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Heaven Never Closes • A Musical

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Musicals

by Mark Ogden  The Classic is back! (Performable by LDS Wards, Stakes, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) This play revolves around trying to discover what you promised to do before coming to Earth. Long ago the Lord foreordained three of His children to a great work — saving the soul of a Fourth Child. Each promised to do his part to help this child fulfill his own special mission in life. When they got to earth, however, things didn’t go as planned. Michael McCloud, a special agent from Celestial Industries, was sent down to inspire the three children to keep their word. But when he got to Earth, things again didn’t go as planned. Until… Michael McCloud finally converted the Third Child in an unexpected way. In the end the Third Child, without the help  of the First Child...

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The Survival of the Fittest • a Play

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in Plays, Religious Titles, ZT Plays

by Thom Duncan (For LDS Wards, Stakes and Community Theatres) In 1911, the Science Department of Brigham Young University sponsored a symposium honoring the 50th year of the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work, The Origin of Species. Charles Darwin is considered the father of the theory of Evolution. Because his theories were being freely taught on campus, it was felt by the faculty that the question as to whether his theories about the origin of life were not in conflict with the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had long been settled. Nevertheless, based on some complaints by a minority of students, the issue was re-investigated by the leaders of the Church and the loyalty of three teachers was called into question. Despite their support by the then president of the...

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A Grand Moral Entertainment • Short Variety Evening

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Short Plays

Compiled by R. Don Oscarson. (For production by LDS Wards and Stakes.) This little entertainment is a reconstruction of what an evening in the theatre would have been like for the citizens of Nauvoo in the 1840s. Music, Dance, Drama all combined for the delight of the Saints. Professionals were hired and locals conscripted, often involving the Brethren of the Twelve. The company, and sometimes the audience, would sing, dance and watch a performance headed by a professional with the locals added. The original performance in 1844 was headed by New York actor Thomas A. Lyne. Brigham Young himself played the Peruvian High Priest. The cast list also contained: G. A. Smith, an E. Snow, a G. J. Adams, a Kimball and an A. Lyman.The entire evening was put on to help Joseph Smith relieve the unfair debts that...

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Six Sent South • A Musical

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT 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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M. Ryan Taylor • Composer

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Authors

M. Ryan Taylor I’ve written operas, dozens of choral works, art songs, song cycles, pop songs, children’s songs, hymns (are you noticing a trend toward vocal music?) as well as other works of chamber music . . . I’m also a hiker, recipe hacker, a multi-media artist, a choral conductor, a performing baritone, an ukulele/tuba/piano/pennywhistle and once-upon-a-time bassoon player, a son, a friend, a husband, a father, a sci-fi and Tolkien fan, a poet, a book-lover, a hymn-arranger, a gardener, a church organist, a some-time animator, a party-thrower, a concert-producer, a web-builder, a collector of music toys and oddities. These are some of the things that inform and shape my music. OPERA: My first opera, Abinadi, was premiered, filmed and broadcast by Brigham Young University in 2003. I then self-produced, directed and performed in my second opera, The Other Wise Man : a chamber opera in one-act,...

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