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Players • Opinion

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Articles

PLAYERS by Thomas F. Rogers “Behold, this is my doctrine–whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church” (D&C 10:68). “And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy” (D&C 130:2) “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” (“As You Like It”) On an impulse, I spent a memorable short week–November 12 through 18, 2013–in Finland, first on the Arctic Circle, then in Helsinki. The primary purpose was to be present at the first ever performances of my play, “Huebener,” in the Finnish language. It was performed for five consecutive evenings during a festival of plays sponsored by the theatre department at a university in Kokola, a culturally aware city of...

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The Process of Theatre Writing • Opinion

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Articles

This post was written for the blogsite: http://ldsplays.blogspot.com The Process of Theatre Writing by C. Michael Perry What can I say about playwriting that can take you from the ideas, to the words, to the page, to the stage? Not a lot in one sitting. BUT– I have written the scripts for a dozen or so musicals and written the music and lyrics for more than 30 more. I was commissioned at the age of 18 to write my first musical. At age 19 I finished it, with some of my closest friends, and the commissioners actually produced it and it was quite successful. That was in 1973. I have won awards, been produced across the world, and have spent more hours inside a theatre in rehearsal, than some people have been alive, and have quite enjoyed the process...

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The Theatre as a Temple • Opinion

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Articles

This post was written for the blogsite: http://ldsplays.blogspot.com The Theatre as a Temple by C. Michael Perry Owner, Zion Theatricals When we put up a play or a musical, whether in a Church setting or elsewhere, our testimony is evident in our work. As actors, directors, writers and production staff, we immerse ourselves in the text and the performance and cannot help but leave a bit of what we ourselves believe on the stage for others to witness. That is a key thought — Witness. We must stand as a witness at all times to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not just for the eternal truths of the gospel itself, which cannot be denied, but to those truths as they apply to the world around us. The truths of the Gospel when applied to the problems of the world...

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Strangers In Nauvoo • A Musical

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Musicals

by Mark Stoddard with additional music from M. Ryan Taylor, Eric Stoddard and Kim Stoddard. (For production by LDS Wards, Stakes and Community theatres.) This original musical follows the challenges of a young New York City singer and his bride-to-be as they journey from the glamor of New York City to a slave-market in New Orleans where the young man is about to be sold as a slave. A daring escape aided by Elder Elijah Abel lets them travel to the bustling new city of Nauvoo. In the process they discover what really matters as they travel with Elder Elijah Abel (the first Black man to hold the Priesthood — and also he was on the Council of Seventy in Nauvoo)  and confront Joseph Smith and learn of the Restored Gospel from several surprising sources during the last week of...

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Mark Stoddard • Author

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Authors

Mark Stoddard’s first taste of theater came in a co-starring role at the Rudolph Steiner Theatre in London’s West End. He’s quick to point out it wasn’t much of a production, but it gave him a feel for theater life and wished to studiously avoid it. But, like the name of the production, Not to Be, Stoddard’s end of theater magic was premature. He went to Brigham Young University for a BA in English and History, and Master’s work in English and Theater Arts. He wrote a one-act comedy, “An English Toffee in American Molars” which was selected for production at the BYU Mormon Festival of Arts. But he left a potential university teaching career and became a General Contractor in California with his father and brothers. During this time he was asked by Michael Girlikhes, creator of Disney...

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An English Toffee in American Molars • Comic One Act

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Short Plays, ZTAwardWinners

by Mark Stoddard Mike has served a successful mission for the Church in England. He is home, now, and re-acquainting himself with his long-time girlfriend, Kira. So what happens when a convert from Mike’s mission days, Corliss,  arrives at the Salt Lake City airport and expects to spend some time with Mike? How does Mort, Mike’s best friend and former Mission companion, feel about getting involved as their former convert’s “Chaperone” for her stay in Utah? Did we say ‘stay?’ Corliss has different plans for Mike, but she hasn’t told him, yet. This is a crazy mixed-up look at LDS life and a very funny comedy. When it premiered at the Mormon Festival of the Arts at BYU it received raves and ovations. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 2F 4 Scenes, One Act About 30 minutes Order # 2065 Now available...

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Saturday’s Warrior • the Classic LDS Musical

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in ZT Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Lex de Azevedo While God’s kingdom has been established on the earth in times past … This time is different. The prophetic promise is that this time God’s kingdom will not be lost but will overcome the world. The final restoration of God’s kingdom has commenced with unprecedented power and is being sustained by that same spiritual power and something more … Reserved to come forth in these last days and labor for our Father and His Son are some of the most valiant and noble of our Father’s sons and daughters. …you are these valiant and noble souls of our Father! You are the strength of the Lord’s house, His warriors! And because of your personal history, you were entrusted to come to the earth in these last days to...

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Star Child • The Musical Companion to Saturday’s Warrior

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Gaye Beeson Elders Kestler and Greene are back! Like Saturday’s Warrior, Star Child begins in the pre-existence, where Larry learns he is to be born to a non-member in a foreign land. His best friend, Chuck, promises to find him and bring him the gospel. He also pledges to find and marry his sweetheart, Marie, so young Michael and Sarah can have the parents they’ve always dreamed of. The shy and nervous Mitzi worries that “with a body covering up her sweet spirit,” she will never find love in mortality, while the indomitable Betty Lou is determined to catch her man. And waiting on earth, to stir everything up, is that loveable duo, Elders Kestler and Green. Star Child deals with making hard moral choices, and being true to the “Star...

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Latter-day Ruth • The Musical

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Old Test

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.   PLAY DETAILS: 3M 3W 1TB 1TG 2B 1G + 4 dancers (2M 2F) Order # 2061 About 2 hours Available to all producing groups PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here Latter-dayRuthPERUSAL2018.  It contains Act One of this 2-act musical. You...

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The White Star • The Musical Sequel to Saturday’s Warrior

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Janice Kapp Perry Luke, a born-again convert lives next door to the now grown Jimmy Flinders, who by the end of “Saturday’s Warrior,” had found his way — literally and figuratively — back home. The ensuing years have not exactly been easy on him, and at the beginning of “White Star,” he is totally inactive in his faith. Now the father of four, he must still find his way back to the light. Luke is on a Quest. “White Star” is the story of a family in spiritual crisis, and a visit from an angel that awakens in a young man a quest to turn around his life, save his Father from an unspoken demon, and unite his family. Through drama, humor, and music, it is a story of how the...

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Wedlocked • A Marriage Musical

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in ZT Musicals

by Marvin Payne and Steven Kapp Perry (For production by Professionals, Community Theatres, College-University Theatres.) The musical story of one couple’s daring escape! Val and Elizabeth Utley are a Seattle couple best described as “typical.” Elizabeth, through whose eyes most of the story is told, is a harried and overworked housewife who feels ignored by her husband, who, despite being an accountant, mainly wants to have fun and avoid serious issues. In an attempt to “start over,” Elizabeth drags Val back to Salina, Utah, where they spent their honeymoon. Val, being impossibly thick-headed, hasn’t the first clue that Elizabeth is trying to put the spark back in their marriage, or that sparks are even missing. Eventually, everything comes to a head, and the problems are dealt with in a fashion where not everything is resolved, but enough to realize...

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A Day, a Night and a Day • The Musical

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in ZT BofM, ZT Christmas Shows, ZT Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by William Marsden (Can be produced by Professionals, LDS Church Groups, Community Groups and College/University Groups.) The Birth of Christ announced in the New World, to the Nephites and Lamanites. In a society where it was not popular, profitable or safe to be a Believer, The Children of Christ await 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. With a powerful contemporary score this show will dazzle your audience and move them with the powerful validation of testimony, faith...

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A Day, a Night and a Day • The Play

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in ZT BofM, ZT Plays

A Book of Mormon Drama by Doug Stewart (Can be produced by Professionals, LDS Church Groups, Community Groups and College/University Groups.) The Birth of Christ announced in the New World, to the Nephites and Lamanites. In a society where it was not popular, profitable or safe to be a Believer, The Children of Christ await 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. PLAY DETAILS: 11M 2W 1TG 2B 2G + ensemble About 2 hours Several Locations or one Unit Setting ORDER #2058 Available FOR PRODUCTION...

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Set Apart • A New Play

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in ZT Plays

Adapted by Thomas F. Rogers from the novel “THE MTC: SET APART” by Benson Parkinson (For production by LDS Church, Community, and College/University groups) Corry Anthon, athletic and playful, has come on a mission with just enough of a testimony to make him ill at ease. Phil Jeppsen, an Australian convert and former vagabond, welcomes the MTC’s discipline—it’s his companions he has problems with. Good-natured, bumbling Harvey Wilberg, who has put off a mission, torments the others with his childish jokes but also has a childlike heart. Malan Rignell, a rancher’s son, is quietly witty and clumsy in others’ company, but no one guesses his strong self-doubt or his talent as a peacemaker. Adapted from Ben Parkinson’s groundbreaking novel—thoughtful, realistic, spiritual—this play showcases the experiences shared, but rarely documented, by tens of thousands of LDS youth. Rogers captures Parkinson’s...

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They Sang, Danced, Played and Prayed • A Cultural History

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in ZT Books, ZT Women Authors

The History And Philosophy Of The Cultural Arts Of The Mormon Pioneers by Shirlee Hurst Shields The foundations of the rich cultural traditions of Utah can be traced to the very earliest days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today, Utah and it’s surrounding states have much to offer in the areas of music, dance and theatre, and it is mostly due to the efforts of the early Mormon Pioneers, both in Salt Lake City and in the areas surrounding Salt Lake and Utah. This is a short, fun and informative booklet for anyone interested in the cultural heritage of Utah, The Mormons, and the West. PRODUCT DETAILS: 4″ x 6″ (10.16 x 15.24 cm) Black & White on Cream paper 50 pages Illustrated ISBN-13: 978-0615971360 (Zion BookWorks) ISBN-10: 0615971369 BISAC: Performing Arts / Theater /...

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Prayers from Winter Quarters • A Short Play

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Short Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by LDS Wards, Stakes and Community Groups. Colleges and Universities may also find it interesting.) While perfect for use by, say, a Relief Society for their monthly meeting, it can also be theatrically produced by a Ward, Stake or Community Theatre.  The topics associated with the play are: Prayer, Faith, Pioneers, Trials, Enduring, Being Thankful. It can be produced as a Reader’s Theatre or it can be memorized. It is very simple. No setting. No props. Costumes could be worn, or the characters could stay in modern dress. That might tie-in more closely the prayers from Winter Quarters with women of the modern day. For a Relief Society presentation, each prayer could be separately cast to involve more women. PLAY DETAILS: 3W Simple Costumes No props or settings mandatory About 20 minutes Order #...

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Gadianton • A Play

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in Award Winners, Plays, ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

a play by Eric Samuelsen What makes our acts moral? Is any practice “just business”? Can Book of Mormon, or even religious lessons speak to us in our high-tech world? In contexts as diverse as nuclear testing, corporate mergers, and Mormon family life, Gadianton powerfully reminds us that every decision is personal and eternal. WINNER of the Association for Mormon Letters award for Drama in 1997. PLAY DETAILS: 7M 4F About 2 hours ORDER #2024 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking GadiantonPERUSAL It contains the first half of the script. Or you can read the entire play in the new Anthology: Saints On Stage (Available from Zarahemla Books) PRODUCTION MATERIALS AVAILABLE: Script in PDF format  — Order #2024a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to...

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Take The Mountain Down • Original Cast CD

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs, ZT CDs Dvds

Book, Music and Lyrics by Marvin Payne & Steven Kapp Perry Concept by R. Don Oscarson a finger pickin’ parable of the prodigal son “Mountain” is the musical telling of the parable of the prodigal son in the bluegrass music style. What happens when a wayward young woman needs to hear the sweet story of the Prodigal Son, and the only folks who love her enough to tell it are the players in a bluegrass band she once deserted? On an autumn afternoon in Appalachia, the Potluck Social String Band takes a break from their concert in the park and weaves the timeless tale of redemption and forgiveness around their former bandmate with the strings of guitars, banjos, fiddles, bass, and mandolin. However, the story can be told by actors with a separate band, or actors who can play...

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An Elder’s Christmas Miracle • A Short Play

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in ZT Christmas Shows, ZT Short Plays, ZT Women Authors

by Anita Christine (For production by LDS Church Groups, Youth Theatres, Community Groups) This is a humorous and delightful play about a missionary’s first Christmas away from home. Elder Allred is from an affluent family and is sent to a small Indiana town. He learns the true spirit of Christmas through his companion and an unusual family — one with humble parents, dear children, sly teenagers and a cantankerous grandfather. PLAY DETAILS: 10M 2W 3TB 1TG 2B 2G + extras 1int 1ext Simple Settings About 45 minutes ORDER #2054 Available Soon for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking Elder’sChrMiraclePERUSAL It contains the first 2 scenes of the four scene script. PRODUCTION MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF format  — Order #2054a : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to...

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The Christmas Sweet • A Short Play

Posted on Jul 22, 2019 in ZT Christmas Shows, ZT Short Plays

by J. Derrick Hibbard. (For production by All Church Groups, Youth Theatres, Community Groups) The Christmas Sweet opens in a present-day family room where a family sits down together for their special Christmas Eve family night.  They enjoy this tradition by acting out the story of Christ’s birth. Later that night, one of the children has a dream in which he is able to experience the nativity scene first hand. PLAY DETAILS: 7M 5W 1TB 1TG 2B 1G 2 simple setting About 25 minutes ORDER #2053 Available Soon for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking ChristmasSweetPERUSAL It contains the first TWO scenes of the FOUR scene script. PRODUCTION MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF format  — Order #2053a : $10.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for...

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Ralph G. Rodgers, Jr. • Author

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in Authors, ZT Authors

Ralph G. Rodgers Jr., has long been associated with theater along the Wasatch Front – from teaching drama at Granite High School to operating the Pages Lane Theatre in Centerville – thousands of patrons knew Rodgers from his performances as Scrooge in a variety of “A Christmas Carol” musical adaptations, Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner of Titipu in “The Mikado.” Born August 16, 1936, in Salt Lake City, the son of Isabelle Stagg Rodgers and Ralph Gilbert Rodgers, Sr. He married Joan Williams on June 17, 1960 in the Salt Lake Temple. Rodgers served a mission for the LDS Church in Samoa in 1956-59 and later spent much time in the islands as a regional representative for the church and, during the early 1970s, as president of the Samoan Mission for three...

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James Arrington • Author

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in Authors, ZT Authors

James Arrington 
Associate Professor, Former Department Chair at Utah Valley University Professor James Arrington was schooled professionally at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and has earned a Masters Degree in Theatre from Brigham Young University. He has worked professionally for 30 years and became a local sensation on the Utah theatre scene when returned to create and star in his well known groundbreaking one-man show, Here’s Brother Brigham. He followed this by displaying a quirky writing talent with The Farley Family Reunion and J. Golden. He starred in the former and wrote, directed and produced the latter. He went on to write and produce numerous works including Farley Two: the Next Gyration, Wilford Woodruff: God’s Fisherman, Farley Family Xmas, Tumuaki! Matthew Cowley of the Pacific, and the pioneer musical The Trail of Dreams. He has written and...

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The Trail of Dreams • The Musical Classic

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Musicals

by James Arrington, Marvin Payne and Steven Kapp Perry   (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools,  ALL Church Groups, Youth Theatres) Some of us have the notion that the Mormon pioneers saw the world in bold strokes of black and white, while moderns squint through myriad shades of gray. In writing this play the authors found that the pioneers reflected a rainbow of passions, fears, dares and enormous presumptions. This is not the story of one family, or even one company. This is the story of all of the “Saints” brought across the plains by one man John Brown. It is through his memory, and the actual journals of the traveling pioneers, that this vibrant musical comes to life. There are bright moments of hope and moments of dreary tragedy punctuated by a fantastic...

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If Not Anything, Nothing Will Do! • A Short Play

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT Short Plays

A CRAZY MIXED-UP COMEDY SENSATION!!! by Doug Stewart (For production by LDS Church Groups, Youth Theatres, Community Groups) A whacky, zany farce about newly-weds who move into an abandoned and condemned building, near an international airport and a prison, so they can live on what he makes — nothing! The couple is LDS so the first day they are visited by the Home Teachers, the Relief Society President, the Ward Genealogy Chairman, the Choir Director, the Bishop AND two escaped convicts, two police officers and a lady from the looney bin who is now living in the room next to the newlyweds. This play is a scream!! PLAY DETAILS: 10M 5W 1B 1 Interior 25 minutes ORDER #2051 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking IfNotAnythingPERUSAL It contains...

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Family Frolics, Relief Society Renditions & Sharing Time Skits

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT BofM, ZT Books, ZT Christmas Shows, ZT DC Hist, ZT New Test, ZT Old Test, ZT Short Plays, ZT Women Authors

The authors represented are: Charlee Cardon Wilson, Sam Christensen, Sharon Elwell, & James G. Lambert (For production by LDS Church Groups) This collection of 16 skits, sketches, playlets and monologues is specifically designed for use as inservice lessons, Primary Sharing Time, Family Home Evenings, Priesthood, Relief Society or Sunday School lessons, Firesides, Young Mens and Womens classes and meeting nights, and other Ward and Stake presentations. These short plays (not longer than 20 minutes) are designed primarily to teach, in an interesting way, a single or group of related Gospel principles. Drama makes all things easily understandable and able to be grasped by anyone who is learning. They are easy to produce and very affordable.  They can all be easily produced with a minimum of props and costumes and no setting. Or you can be as elaborate as you...

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Christmas Programs for Sacrament Meetings

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT BofM, ZT Books, ZT Christmas Shows, ZT New Test, ZT Women Authors

Compiled by C. Michael Perry Written by Myrth Burr, Carolyn Gifford, Charlee Cardon Wilson Internet Special: $6.99 (+shipping and Maine sales tax) (For production by LDS Church Groups) Christmas Programs for Sacrament Meetings Volume 1 Compiled by C. Michael Perry. Featuring the work of Charlee Cardon Wilson, Myrth Burr and Carolyn Gifford, this Resource Manual of outlines and narrative structures will lend creativity and spiritual cohesiveness to your Christmas Sacrament Meeting presentations. All 7 of the selections included use popular Christmas songs and hymns to carry the wonderful message of the birth of the Christ Child to your congregations. A minimum number of individual copies of each program (emailed in a PDF document to you) must be purchased from the publisher to obtain performance or reading rights. The most you could spend on any reading is $8.00. There is...

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Petunia Passes • A Short Play

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT Short Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by ALL Church Groups, Community Groups) Finances and family activities are examined when the ‘family car’ is totaled and the family faces no transportation. What is essential? What can be done without? What is best to be sacrificed? The questions are answered as a family realizes what is important. It is both a funny and heartfelt examination of the modern LDS Family. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 1W 1B 1TG One Interior About 30 minutes ORDER #2043   Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking PetuniaPassesPERUSAL It contains the first scene of the two scene script. This and other plays by Thomas F. Rogers may be read in the new publication: The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 3 : Crises In Faith (the...

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J.A.C. Redford • Composer

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT Authors

J.A.C. Redford is an accomplished composer of concert music, film and television scores, and music for the theater. His concert music compositions span a wide range of forms from symphony, choral music, and ballet, to art songs and chamber music. His larger works have been performed by the Utah Symphony, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers and the Utah Chamber Artists, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel and at London’s Royal Albert Hall. His chamber music has been performed by the Debussy Trio, Liona Boyd, the Philadelphia Brass, the Westminster Brass and Zephyr. Recent compositions include the score for subVersions, a site-specific modern dance work created in an abandoned subway tunnel in Los Angeles by the Collage Dance Theatre. Over the past year,...

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Home Cooking • Two Plays

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

There are TWO similar but different Home Cooking scripts by Jack Weyland available to you. But either can be easily adapted, if desired, to fit your locale by the substitution of local references. (For production by LDS Church Groups, Community Groups)   HOME COOKING ON THE WASATCH RANGE (More centered in Utah)  Third place winner in the 1979 Encore Playwriting Contest. This is it!! A smash hit in it’s extended and sold out Premiere run at Brigham Young University. A delightful spoof on BYU, dating and the family (Mafia style). This rib-tickling play, written by the author of the popular novels “Charly” and “Sam” and others, will leave you chuckling as the daughter of a rich New Yorker looks for happiness by pretending to be a “Utah Mormon”. A play saturated with characters your audience will like and situations...

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Jerry Argetsinger • Author

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 in Authors, ZT Authors

Gerald Argetsinger, Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University), is an Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He joined NTID in 1975, where he has taught a variety of courses and chaired two departments. Argetsinger has had a distinguished career in theater and film as a scholar, playwright, director and producer. He has authored a major study on the Danish playwright Ludvig Holberg including eight comedies by this Father of Scandinavian theatre, as well as numerous articles and essays on the literary and dramatic arts. He has published a dozen scripts and directed and produced a number of major theatrical productions, He is a nationally recognized director of outdoor drama, including the Hill Cumorah Pageant (for which he was the Artistic Director...

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Without Romance • A Play

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 in ZT Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups,  ALL & LDS Church Groups) An unconventional missionary play set in the Oslo Norway Mission. The concepts and conflicts that sometimes divide us, that really should unite us through tolerance and understanding are explored in this tight drama about mission life, testimony, and Church Doctrine.  A quote from the play: “Blindly through the darkness–The mist is the world, its noise and confusion. The mist is the adversary, dragging us with him. And our best guide is a compass. Our only guide is a handrail.” We do the best we can. Each of us. We obey, or try to. We understand, if we can. We struggle, climb, reach, fail, try again. Hey, it’s not about just the mission, it’s about life! What makes it work — love from...

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The Seating of Senator Smoot • A Play

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) The plot centers around congressional hearings conducted early in the 20th century regarding the election of Reed Smoot, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to the U.S. Senate. The major sticking point was, of course, polygamy — which Smoot did not practice. But it wasn’t  really Smoot who was under fire, it was the Church as this ‘practice’ was perceived to threaten family values. Most of the Anti-Mormon, Anti-Smoot issues were raised by Idaho Senator Fred Dubois and his wife. It is a dynamic play about personal integrity, religious hypocrisy and religious and political freedom and how those who seek to protect their own religious freedoms so often are the attackers of those freedoms for others. PLAY...

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One House: Divided • A Play

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays, ZT Women Authors

by Agnes Stewart Broberg (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) What happened before Joseph Smith’s First Vision? Why did such a young man inquire so earnestly of the Lord as to which Church was true? This fine drama  offers some possible answers to these and many more questions. A powerful and moving story about a family torn by religious differences and reunited by God’s love. EDITOR’S NOTE: I have a fondness, even a weakness for this play, as I was a member of the original cast of the BYU production back in the Fall of 1972. I was not a member of the Church then, but within 18 months after my experience with Joseph Smith in this play, I was baptized. This play, by my very good friend Agnes Stewart Broberg, was seminal...

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City Of Joseph • New 1999 Cast CD

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds

Book and Lyrics by R. Don Oscarson Music by Maughan W. McMurdie The Nauvoo Pageant ran from 1976 to 2004. It drew the largest crowds of any outdoor theatre event in the world. This new recording was put together in 1999 and used during the last five years of the pageant in Nauvoo, Illinois. The original Nauvoo Pageant, City of Joseph portrays life during the establishment and growth of Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. This recording features all the music from the original pageant as it tells the story through the eyes of those who lived there from 1839-1846. A perfect way to remember the show OR Demo it for possible productions PRODUCT DETAILS: 68 minutes 17 tracks UPC: 887936805141 Zion Theatricals List Price: $14.99 TRACK LIST Overture — Orchestra Bend of the River...

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City of Joseph • 1976 Original Cast CD

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 in ZT CDs Dvds

Book & Lyrics by R. Don Oscarson Music by Maughan W. McMurdie   The establishment, growth, development, and history of Nauvoo, Illinois under the direction and influence of the Prophet Joseph Smith is unique in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and America. City Of Joseph was first produced for the dedication of the NRI Visitor’s Center in Nauvoo during the summer of 1971. City of Joseph was produced in Nauvoo, Illinois as part of the nation’s Bicentennial celebration in the summer of 1976. This recording stems from that production. The following year it became an official pageant of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which continued for 27 years. It was presented on a 200-foot, 3-level stage that overlooked historic Nauvoo and the bend of the Mississippi River that inspired the...

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