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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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Jedediah! • A Tale of Two Explorers

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, ZT DC Hist, ZT Musicals, ZT Premiere Musicals

Book, Music and Lyrics by James G. Lambert and C. Michael Perry (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) A musical drama, biographical in nature, yet full of life, romance, beautiful music, energetic dances, with problems and solutions unique to Latter-Day-Saint culture of the period between 1830 and 1848. It is the story of Jedediah Grant as told by his namesake, Jedediah Smith. This story is basically true and generally historically accurate, certain events have been telescoped in the interest of dramatic license. The characters of Salina Wells, the Westbridges, (William Blodgett and the Weems’ in the full version) are composites of several people of the era. All the other characters herein were real people and the events portrayed actually happened. Some license was taken with ages and...

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Jonah! • The Musical

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles, ZT Musicals, ZT Old Test

Book, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry  (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) A one-act adaptation of the popular Bible story where God speaks to Jonah, Jonah speaks back to him but decides not to listen and proceeds to try to hide from God. In a similitude of the Savior, he spends three days in the belly of the whale (or great fish), likened unto the three days in the tomb. He emerges a new man. He follows the will of the Lord and is not happy about it until he is allowed to realize that all people, no matter their state of righteousness, have the right to salvation. PLAY DETAILS: Bare stage. Props and scenery should be from found items. 4m...

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The Anointed • An Epic Musical

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Musicals, Premiere Musicals, Religious Titles, ZT Old Test, ZT Premiere Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Thomas F. Rogers Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) A musical spanning and contrasting the years from Saul’s Kingship, when David slew Goliath, through to Solomon’s building of the temple in Jerusalem. A gripping musical drama PLAY DETAILS: 39M 3W +chorus. (Doubling of roles is recommended) Unit Set 2 hours Order #2001 Available for ALL performance groups. Part of the PREMIERE MUSICALS file. AUTHOR’S NOTE (Upon revisitation after years away from the script) “As I reviewed THE ANOINTED I was struck by the close resemblance of its narrative and its characters to those in Shakespeare’s chronicle plays–the ruthless rivalry between often despotic kin for the monarchy, David’s fierce allegiance to the unassailability of the Lord’s Anointed–the Jewish equivalent of ‘the...

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Daniel • the Musical

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Musicals, ZT Musicals, ZT Old Test

The Musical based on the Bible story (like it’s never been told before!) Book and Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) The story of the faithfulness of Daniel and his “brothers” has inspired generations. While this is a comedy at heart, it is filled with faith and hope and inspiration as we see the examples of dedication to God. We see the change of heart as a King unburdens himself to the Most High God. We witness the writing on the wall, we visit the Fiery Furnace and the Den of Lions with the cutest little lions ever. The music covers a wide range of styles and will help this show entertain any family audience....

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A Stagedoor / French Woods Kind of Love — a mini-musical

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, Ten Minute Plays

AVAILABLE AS: A Stagedoor Kind of Love or A French Woods Kind of Love Script, Music, Lyrics and Arrangements by Chip Deffaa (Perfect for High-Schools, Youth Theatre Groups, Middle Schools, Summer Camps) At Stage Door Manor, or at French Woods,  the best theatre camps in the world, we discover a boy and a girl who have played romantic leads in the shows at camp for years. The girl has developed romantic feelings for the boy, who is oblivious and just thinks of her as his favorite scene/acting partner. It is based on several teens who shall remain anonymous, and is the kind of situation many girls and boys who love theatre can relate to. It is perfect for short play festivals, evenings of varieties of drama, and competitions. It has been performed at several summer theatre camps and will...

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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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The Upstanders — A Musical for Young Audiences / TYA

Posted on Apr 16, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Dean Olivet Bullying comes in many flavors. Kids can lie, steal, and intimidate, make others feel bad about not fitting in, or for being who they “shouldn’t” be. They can even bully by getting revenge for being bullied in the first place. Fortunately, there are just as many ways to stand up to bullying, to be an “Upstander,” and the kids at Highlands School may find it within themselves to stand up in the face of these all too familiar pickles. And, with a little empathy, they may even find ways to Upstand for the bullies themselves. This easy to stage musical, written to appeal to audiences of all ages, is perfect for 4th-8th grade thespians. Features 7 original songs. “The Upstanders” was originally commissioned and produced at Highlands Elementary in Edina, Minnesota to highlight the bullying awareness...

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Searching for Sparks — A Musical for Young Audiences / TYA

Posted on Apr 16, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Dean Olivet Flint is a boy who can’t find his “Spark”; Cindy is a girl who will stop at nothing to help him find it. With the help of a musician, a class clown, an environmentalist, a brainiac, a volunteer, a hockey player, and a wise old janitor, Cindy finds out that Sparks aren’t always what she thought they had to be, and Flint discovers that sometimes the best time to find your Spark is when you aren’t looking for it. Written to appeal to audiences of all ages, this musical, inspired by the work of Peter Benson, and his “Sparks” curriculum used in the classrooms at Highlands, and elsewhere, is perfect for later elementary and middle school classrooms, there’s a part for everyone to play! Features 7 original songs. Originally commissioned and produced at Highlands Elementary in...

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The Skeleton In The School — An Elementary Musical

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Short Plays, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book & Lyrics by Linda Britt Music by Colin Britt When four students at the Richard Scarry School in Lewburn, Maine, (location can be changed) discover a skeleton in the boiler room, rumors fly. Is it a former janitor? Is it their old principal, who retired (or so they thought)? Is it the teacher no one liked? And should they even tell anyone? After all, the boiler room is off limits to students, so if they tell, won’t they get in trouble? Will the truth about the skeleton ever come out? Produce this delightful short musical for your school or youth group at Halloween, or any time of the year! It’s easy to cast and stage with 5th and 6th Grade students and only 5 songs. No huge dramatic structure, just a simple premise, and your students will be...

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Who’s Running The School – an Elementary Musical

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book & Lyrics by Linda Britt Music by Colin Britt The premise is simple: What if you came to school and couldn’t find your teachers? Not a single one! Would you go home? Demand to be the Teacher? Bully your way through it all? Do anything you want to, without the teachers in the way? Would chaos ensue? The answer: Yes! A fun show that gives young performers a great chance to sing six songs, and dance, without the threat of playing a character they are not familiar with, as they may simply play themselves. No huge dramatic structure, just a simple premise, and your students will be feeling good about themselves and their friends as they tackle this fun little show. A great introduction to theatre and performing! PLAY DETAILS: At least 8 girls and 6 boys, the...

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The Pumpkin Child — short musical TYA

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Short Plays

A puppet or live action skit with original Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Love people for who they are. This little musical sketch is about loving and respecting others.  With 3 original songs. Can be done with puppets or live actors.       PLAY DETAILS: 1M 6F 1either NARRATOR (male or female) MOTHER SHARI 3 GIRLS: LITTLE RED, GOLDILOCKS and 3RD GIRL MURAD (m) NANA Simple Setting/costumes [Fantasy or Contemporary] About 15 minutes Order #3035 Now Available PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: PumpkinChildPERUSAL SONG LIST: Don’t Fret Little One I’ve Got To Find Her Your Love Is The Thing DEMO SAMPLES (Non-Vocal Demos with an instrument playing the melody line, made from the Finale files) 1 Dont Fret, Little One3 Your Love Is The Thing2 Ive Got To...

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Robin Hood: Legend of the Sherwood Bandit — play with songs

Posted on Nov 24, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Seniors in Cast

Book & Lyrics by Ed Farnsworth Music by Anthony Buck (Perfect for Community Theatres, Youth Theatres, High School and College/University theatre departments)   This tale of Robin Hood is told to the audience by a band of medieval troubadours, led by the character playing Alan-a-Dale, and centers on the evolution of Robin Hood from a playful noble to a selfless hero.  Instrumental in this transformation is Maid Marian, a childhood friend who expects a different type of nobility from Robin than he is initially willing to uphold.  Robin is surrounded by his traditional band including Will Scarlet, Little John, and Friar Tuck, and is opposed by Prince John, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and the Sheriff of Nottingham.  But it takes more than just the expected characters to effect a change in Sir Robin of Locksley.  Legend of the Sherwood...

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An Allagash Haunting: The Story of Emile Camile — play with songs

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Elementary School Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Musicals, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Barbara Howe Hogan and Tim Caverly A play with songs adapted from Tim Caverly’s book “An Allagash Haunting” The woods of Northern Maine are full of a rich history and the tales that go with that history. Lumberjacks, small communities, fishermen, hunters, the Spirits of the forest – and the Spirits of those who were taken from their beloved land too soon, populate this play based on Tim Caverly’s novel, “An Allagash Haunting”. This play with music recreates life in the not-so-long-ago lumber camps of the 1920s––specifically Churchill Dam––the story centering around Emile Camile, who died in a logging accident in 1925. When a family goes camping, the family based on Caverly’s own, the children do not merely enjoy the Maine Woods, but become witness to some of it’s stranger stories, becoming a part of its history and rich...

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Storm Boy – A Devastating Tale of Brotherhood, Love, and Loyalty

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

a play with music and song by Steve Eaton Evans with Tim Laycock (Perfect for all theatres, professional, amateur and educational.) One of the finest true stories to come out of the lives of the Life Boat Crews in the southwest corner of England: Lynmouth in Devon. Set in 1899, the play is inspired by the famous “Overland Launch” of the Lynmouth Life Boat, which was dragged in a terrible storm by its crew for 14 miles over Exmoor to launch at the more sheltered Porlock Weir. This award-winning play has a variety of lively and sombre songs, from haunting sea chanties to Exmoor folk songs–mixed in with original tunes, that punctuate the comic and tragic moments of this inspiring story. Twin brothers, Alfie and William Teale, have grown up wanting nothing more than to become lifeboat men. As...

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Coming Home: A Christmas Story — Musical

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 in Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Premiere Musicals, Religious Titles

Book & Lyrics by George G. King Music & Lyrics by C. Michael Perry (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University, and Church groups.) On the night of the great blizzard of 1953 a young couple find their way to the Herstoller Hotel, a mountain inn. She is pregnant. Their car has broken down just outside. They are looking for a room. The innkeeper’s wife is leaving; she has had it. As her husband enters they begin to air their personal laundry in front of these young strangers. But a busload of entertainers is on their way, and though the inn is all booked up––the beds aren’t made, yet! The wife leaves. The young couple is turned away. The daughter of the innkeeper, and her boyfriend, arrive. The innkeeper’s wife re-enters with the young couple in tow, and she needs a...

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The Zenith Escape — a short musical TYA

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Award Winners, Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

by David Crespy Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy (Perfect for TYA companies with Professional, Amateur, College/University or High School aged actors.) In this madcap interactive children’s musical comedy, Hank & Cici Hunter are two kids sucked into the mysterious land beyond the TV screen: Zenith! Unless they save their Mom from the evil game show host, Neato Keen and his henchmen, the Couch Potatoes, they’ll be turned into couch potatoes themselves! Many opportunities for the audience to be coached into the action onstage through Creative Drama techniques. PLAY DETAILS Either 6 actors: 2m, 2f, 2either OR 7 actors: 2m, 2f, 3either HANK HUNTER — overweight ten-year-old boy CICI HUNTER — his sister, bespectacled and undernourished eleven-year-old girl MOM — their mother COUCH POTATO 1– a Creature of Zenith COUCH POTATO 2– a Creature of Zenith NEATO KEEN —...

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PINOCCHIO — A FAMILY MUSICAL

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Christmas Plays and Musicals, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

A Family Musical Book and Lyrics by Max C. Golightly Music by Neil K. Newell  (Suitable for performance by large cast Community, University/College, High School and Youth Theatre) Inside each of us is a child–a little frightened, a bit unsure, wanting very much to find somewhere, someone to love. This is the story of a bond between a lonely woodcarver and a little wooden marionette who wanted so much to be a real boy. Through this story we learn that dreams are necessary–that love and belief are keys that open the doors to happiness. A new and delightful adaptation of Collodi’s classic. “A Broadway Quality Musical!”   A wonderful feature of this script is that it has two endings for TWO different times of the year. There is a Christmas Ending (the original ending), but there is also an...

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Cinnamon Stick — Short Musical

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

by Deen Ferrell (For production by College/Universities, High Schools, Youth Theatre Groups, Community Theatres, Professional TYA) A tattered circus Ring Master takes us on a magical, musical tour of the human heart, as viewed through the eyes of a young, teenage girl. We see hope, dreams, disappointment, disillusion, love, laughter, and a tear-marked determination rising from the confrontation between life as it is, and life as we dream and believe it should be. PLAY DETAILS 12 Characters — 4m 6f 2 either Symbolic unit set Abstract Costumes Running Time: 30 mins ORDER #3197 Available! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available CinnamonStickPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information.) DEMO mp3 Clips: (no demos available — yet) MUSICAL NUMBERS #1 — WORDS     — Ring Master #2 — JOLLY...

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The Archer Who Went I Know Not Where To Fetch I Know Not What — TYA musical

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

Book & lyrics by Deen Ferrell Music by Larry Pearson (Suitable for all theatres, companies who perform for children and young people.) Based on a Russian folk tale, the story concerns Andrei, the Royal Archer, who, when he chases down one of his arrows, finds it imbeded in a magical white dove. Andrei removes the arrow. The dove turns into a beautiful girl (a princess) and becomes his wife. Enter the King and his Counselor. Jealous, smitten by the young Princess Tia, they devise three quests that are sure to rid themselves of Andrei. But through the magic held by Tia, and her former servant, now invisible, the seemingly impossible quests are completed, and in the end there is a new King and Queen on the throne. Seven delightful contemporary songs help to drive the story to its end....

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Toad! — A “Wind In The Willows” Musical

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Beverly Warner, Mimi Bean & Wes Wright (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, Community Groups, Children’s and Youth Theatres, High Schools, and Professional Theatres that can handle 15 characters + chorus) A lively and sprightly version of Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind In The Willows”.  This adaptation is packed with fast-paced, non-stop action from lights up to lights down. All of the wonderful characters are waiting for you in this Broadway style adaptation: Mr. Toad, Ratty, Moley, Badger and a delightful story of reckless abandon. The dialogue is witty and the script is cleverly devised to portray the foolishness of the self-centered, egotistical Mr. Toad and his warmhearted, well-meaning friends. Great opportunity for the use of creative animal makeup and costumes! Plenty of chances for good, exciting choreography. PLUS a well hidden yet, discernible moral is entertainingly presented. A first class score!...

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The Wind in the Willows — Short Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy Suitable for Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres for Children and Youth, TYA Written in melodrama style — in keeping with may of the theatricals of the period in which the original novel was written and the story set — the script encourages audience participation. It chronicles the adventures of Toad and his friends with a fast-moving storyline, lots of humor, and a nod to Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful prose. Although the primary audience is children, the script also contains references for adults, in the vein of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.   PLAY DETAILS 1M, 4 actors of either gender. Several fluid settings. Running Time: 40 mins Order # 3195 Available! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available WITW PERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of...

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Before Nevermore: A Poe Adventure — Short Musical

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book, Music and Lyrics by Meg Phillips Crespy Suitable for Professional, Amateur and Educational theatres for Children and Youth, TYA BEFORE NEVERMORE is a mashup of Poe tales including The Gold Bug, The Purloined Letter and The Pit & The Pendulum, with references to others. Aided by a raven named, Nevermind, Poe investigates a mysterious paper that was found in a bottle, creating history’s first detective fiction along the way. With a dash of audience participation, a bumbling villainous duo, jokes for young and old, and four delightful songs, this show points to many of the masterworks created by Edgar Allan Poe, and gives a humorous look into the process of how a story is discovered. The SFX clips are included with the rental of the script/show, but they should still be ordered below PLAY DETAILS 1M, 1F and...

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WILD DUCKS

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Classics, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Henrik Ibsen Adaptation and Lyrics by Lee G. Williams II Music by C. Michael Perry (For performance by College/University, Professional and Community groups) An Epic, Dialectical rendering of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck” – An Integrated Work of Art Once upon a time ago Lee G. Williams II, who loved all things Brechtian, began to re-imagine one of his favorite Ibsen plays as told by Bertolt Brecht. WILD DUCKS is that reinvention. Through symbolic realism truth is brought under the microscope, and illusion is pitted against reality. With interpolated original songs, slides of images reinforcing or contradicting the shifting moods of the piece, an old man played by a woman, and a familiar story, we have a new play for a new era. In this new version, the audience will come to realize, clearly, that there is more...

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It’s Up To Me — A Musical Revue

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

by Mark Ogden  (Perfect for Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, High Schools, Youth groups) “WHAT DO YOU NEED TO SURVIVE? TELL ME WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING. WHAT LETS YOU KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE? WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL?” (The Cast sings from the opening song) This show provides some answers to these and other questions. Personal empowerment is the goal! Loosely based on Dr. Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”, this is a fun approach to a serious subject. Welcome to the typical American neighborhood, where eighteen kids of all ages –  all ethnicities – all interests – are learning to identify their needs and then taking the responsibility for filling them. Well, they’re supposed to be taking responsibility, but a few of them are dodging it at every turn, some are even trying to escape it completely! Their quest...

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The Ransom Note or Sweet Katy’s Peril-A Melodrama of Unusual Mirth

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Sheila Lynch Rinear  Musical Supervision by Penny Compton (Perfect for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, High Schools and many youth theatre groups.) This show is great for fun-get-everyone-involved-fund-raisers, as well as for schools and youth groups. Want some silliness that doesn’t mean anything and goes nowhere but no one cares because they’re having too much fun? Then you have the idea of THE RANSOM NOTE. The typical melodrama characters are present in the story of money to be stolen by the Villain, a Heroine to be kidnapped, and a Hero to be educated. There are orphans, and animals, and fathers who come to the rescue. There are old time songs to be sung, talent to be auditioned, and Villains to be thwarted. It s a smile-a-minute, laugh-out-loud evening of frivolous merrymaking and a blast for your...

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The Sideshow — a musical

Posted on May 5, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

a musical about young people (and the grown-ups who teach them) by Mark Ogden WHAT ABOUT JOE AVERAGE? WHERE DOES HE FIT IN? Perfect show for Middle Schools, Junior Highs, High Schools and Youth Groups using age-appropriate casting,  or for College & University, Community and Professional Groups where older actors can play the younger roles, or casting can be age-appropriate. Joel Barker, looking back on his childhood, when he was just Joe Average, interacts with the memories of his past. Younger Joey was competent, fun, and talented in ways that don’t regularly stand out. His father was the principal of The Institute for Gifted Children, and after a divorce, young Joey goes to live with his dad and go to school there. He meets the other kids of varying ages, who are all genius at something. He doesn’t fit...

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We Band of Brothers — Musical Farce

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Cody, Hickok & Jack — A Cowboy Musical Farce Book by R. Rex Stephenson & Mike Trochim Music by Jon Cohn Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson For professional, educational and community theatre groups A two-act musical about the real life theatrical exploits of Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, and Texas Jack — taken a step or two further! The time is 1870, in Chicago, where three legends of the Old West trade their horses and buckskin outfits for make-up and store-bought costumes. Confronted by lines to memorize, Irish stockyard workers as Indians, and an Italian opera singer portraying an Indian Princess and more bizarre casting—this is a true story of American heroes on the stage. The only thing this farce is missing is five doors. (or seven doors, depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on.)...

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misFitting In – An Anti-Bullying Musical – TYA

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Religious Titles

Book by Jamie Young Music and Lyrics by Rick Rea Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Taylor Williams Perfect for Middle Schools and Junior High Schools, as well as Youth Groups and Children’s Theatres, plus TYA. Based on a true story, this an original, anti-bullying musical about a boy, Ben, who is new at school and is trying to find his place to fit in with the other kids. As he struggles to make new friends, he is faced with a difficult choice of following the crowd or being true to himself. This show is an excellent story that presents powerful messages in an amusing, creative way that will keep both kids and adults entertained until the very end. Flexible casting allows all adults to play all roles, or also have the roles played by age-appropriate actors.  Also, multiple adults...

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The Gypsy Tree — a play with songs

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, Musicals, New Releases, Premiere Musicals, Premiere Plays, Seniors in Cast

by J.D. Newman Songs by Jennifer Haycock Errand (Perfect for Amateur, Professional, Educational groups as well as Youth/Teen theatres.) Jacqueline is a Gypsy maiden who yearns to settle down in a village. She steals her grandmother’s magic book and casts a spell on a large oak tree. Jacqueline hopes her “Gypsy Tree” will keep her rooted in the village where she has fallen in love with a young man. Jacqueline and her grandmother engage in a battle of magic, which changes their destinies and helps them to finally understand one another. This pastoral comedy is written in blank verse and rhyming couplets. PLAY DETAILS: 3m 3f About 90 minutes Period 1800s Fantasy costumes Exterior forest setting PREMIERE PLAY FILE Order #3126 Available for ALL producing groups! PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: GypsyTreePERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first...

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Columbus! The Discoverer– A Musical Adventure for TYA

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, Musicals, New Releases

Conceived and Written by JOE COSENTINO Music and Lyrics by SUSAN MONDZAK (Performable by Professional, Amateur  & Church Groups, and Educational groups. ) COLUMBUS! The Discoverer  follows Columbus’ dreams of becoming a famous explorer and his attempts to sail a direct route to the Far East. We witness his struggle for support, eventual backing from Queen Isabella of Spain, the survival of his ship’s mutiny, landing in the new world, and his effect on the Native Americans. Columbus may not have discovered America — even by accident — but he was the explorer who found it and thus enabled European expansion. This show was first produced by Interborough Repertory Theater and toured through Encore Performing Arts, Inc. of New York. PLAY DETAILS: About 50 minutes 8M 4F + extras (can be doubled to 3M 1W) Several simple settings Order...

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Esther: The Musical Schpiel

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 in Musicals, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers

Book, Music & Lyrics by Lori Jacobs The classic Biblical story with a twist, both an homage of Esther, herself, and a send up of the story. With a score made up of original songs based on Kletzmer Songs, Rap, Showtunes and even a little Country and Pop, this show is a rapid, surefire, farcical, tongue-in-cheek-retelling of the rise of Esther and her salvation of the Jews in Persia. (Performable by Professional, Community  & Church Groups, and Educational groups. ) PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 5M 2W 1 either m or f + ensemble of 6m 6f. About two hours Settings: Various Order # 3103 Available! REVIEWS Grand Rapids Press: June 16, 2006 – “Esther premiere shows real promise. 
’Esther, the Musical’ is a party with a purpose. Both goals were served well by the world premiere Thursday before a sold-out...

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Whatsoever: The Musical Story of Abraham

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Musicals, Religious Titles, ZT Musicals, ZT Old Test

The Quintessential Man of Faith by Mark Ogden   From the city of Ur to the pinnacle of Mount Moriah, Abraham’s story is the most pivotal in the Old Testament as it wraps up what has gone before and prepares for what comes after. It is a type, a foreshadowing of the New Testament and the sacrifice that will be asked of another Father and Son. (Performable by Church, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 14M 5W 1 boy 2 teenmales + ensemble About two hours Settings: Various Order # 2073 Available for all groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: WhatsoeverPERUSAL THE Original Limited Edition Live Performance  Album  is available on CD HERE for $12.00 SONG LIST ACT ONE Scene 1 — #1 — Opening & Whatsoever — Jehovah & Abram...

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Esther — The Musical

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Musicals, Religious Titles, ZT Musicals, ZT Old Test

by Mark Ogden The Biblical story of staying true to yourself. YOU’VE READ THE BOOK — NOW DO THE MUSICAL! From the pages of the best-seller in history — the epic story of Persia’s legendary Queen now comes to the stage! (Performable by Church, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) The Biblical story of staying true to yourself and finding courage. Esther is the newly crowned Queen of Persia, wife of Xerxes, and she is Jewish — a refugee from one of Xerxes’ father’s campaigns. No one knows that she is Jewish, or that she is the daughter of the highest ranking Jewish man in the land of Persia. Then the Jews are all condemned to die by Haman, the Prime Minister. Will Esther find the courage and the means to thwart Haman? PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 7M 7W + soldiers,...

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Irving Berlin: In Person — A Bio-musical

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in Musicals, One Person Shows

Written and Arranged by Chip Deffaa Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin (For Professional, College/University, Community production) ASCAP award-winner Chip Deffaa–creator of such acclaimed solo  shows as George M. Cohan Tonight!  and One Night with Fanny Brice –has now written Irving Berlin: In Person. Berlin was a small boy when his family–with little more than the clothes they were wearing–fled Russia to escape religious persecution. He never had much formal education. He never learned to read or write music. But he gave the world songs that will live forever. This is the first one-man show ever to be written and published about Irving Berlin. For a strong triple-threat performer, it’s a wonderful showcase.  This dynamic solo show includes 40 Berlin songs–some famous, some rarities and rediscoveries; all irresistible. Irving Berlin was the most successful single songwriter in history. He wrote more hits,...

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