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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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City Of Joseph • The Classic Nauvoo Musical

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Musicals

Book and Lyrics by R. Don Oscarson Music by Maughan W. McMurdie (For production by Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) THE “CONCERT” VERSION A powerful stage version of the original Nauvoo Pageant that began production in 1973, City of Joseph portrays life during the establishment and growth of Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Scaled to fit an indoor stage, it 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 CD with orchestral accompaniment (and choir) is available for the production. Order #2042CONCERT THE ORIGINAL 1999 VERSION (Still to come) City of Joseph portrays life during the establishment and growth of Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Able to encompass a large flexible cast, you will...

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The Brothers • A Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays, ZT Women Authors

by Christie Lund Coles (For production by  College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) Hunted and persecuted, Hyrum Smith and his brother, Joseph hide, wait and watch. Mobs of unruly men are searching for them thinking of nothing but death. But the Lord watches over his chosen; they have safety, and a time to reflect. “When will it end? Where did it all start? Why? Where will it lead?” A deeply moving play about “The Brothers”.     PLAY DETAILS: 15 M,  3 W, 2 teenboys 1 teengirl  2 boys, plus extras Space setting with wing and drop or set pieces 1hr 45mins ORDER # 2041 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking Brothers,ThePERUSALSCRIPT It contains the first half of the script. PRODUCTION MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF...

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Papa Married A Mormon • The Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Plays, ZT DC Hist, ZT Plays

by John D. Fitzgerald. Adapted for the stage by Rodger D. Sorensen. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups) Papa Married a Mormon is like a family patchwork quilt worn threadbare from use. It becomes more familiar and warm each time you pick it up and wrap yourself in it. Like a quilt, Sorensen’s theatrical adaptation brings us close to these characters — who are not threadbare at all — and wraps us in the kindness of their charitable lives. It asks questions about tolerance and brotherly love. The story is told from the viewpoint of JD Fitzgerald, who grew up in Price, Utah in a family with a Catholic papa and a Scandinavian Mormon mama. Can this house, often divided against itself, stand? Definitely! With Papa and Mama at...

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Huebener • The Classic LDS Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Award Winners, Plays, Religious Titles, ZT Plays, ZTAwardWinners

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) During World War II, while aware of the risk to his life, the fearless young German Latter-day Saint Helmuth Huebener persisted in launching a campaign against Hitler’s propaganda machine. In this play we witness the tragic story of Mormonism’s arguably greatest twentieth-century martyr. The English translation is not the only version we license. We have translations in Finnish, Russian and German. (see below) PLAY DETAILS: About 2 hours 10M 2W plus ensemble of small roles Unit Set Order # 2010 Available for ALL producing groups. REVIEWS “If one is allowed only a few peak experiences in life, one for me was watching the text emerge of Thomas Rogers’ play Huebener. The work is a product of our...

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A High and Glorious Place • A One Woman Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT One Person Shows, ZT Plays

by Elizabeth Hansen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS  Church Groups) Eliza R. Snow is one of the few Mormon women who has become a heroine. It is February 11 of 1846 and the town of Nauvoo is bustling as the Saints make ready to leave for Winter Quarters. As Eliza packs, she finds herself doubting her decision to go west. During the night, as she contemplates her life and faith, she comes to understand God’s purpose for her, which ultimately propels her into her role as the great and inspiring woman who figured so importantly in the early days of the Church. Often called “Zion’s Poetess” by the Prophet Joseph Smith, Eliza was an imperfect, yet obedient, daughter of God. One actress tells us the story of this incredible woman’s Faith. Perhaps by experiencing...

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They Called Him Brother Joseph • a musical

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

(This title offered by special arrangement with Hansen Perry Productions) Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Hansen. Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry. (For production by  College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Theatres) We come to know Lucy Mack Smith. It is 1855. She is near death and has compiled her memoirs into a biography of her son, Joseph Smith – – The Prophet. She has a young visitor who is interviewing her for the newspaper and asking her all about that “ol’ Joe Smith”. She says his name was Joseph — but they all called him Brother Joseph. She takes us through bits and pieces of the Prophet’s life in a celebration of the man and his relationship to God, his family, his friends, his congregations and even his enemies — where we find...

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Liberty Jail • a musical

Posted on Jul 16, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Orson Scott Card. Music by C. Michael Perry. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) At the end of the persecutions of the Mormons in Missouri, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon and three others were imprisoned in a jail at Liberty, Missouri. The conflicts that arose there and the friendships that were formed shaped the future history of the Mormon Church — and also brought to Mormon Scripture the beautiful and poetic Section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants. This musical drama will have your audience totally involved with beautiful music, a deeply moving story and a variety of characters. There is some mild profanity that can be edited. PLAY DETAILS: 11M 4W (doubling included) Space setting About 2 hours Order #2005 Available for ALL producing groups. REVIEWS “Absorbing,...

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My Travels With Cecil — a short play

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

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

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Hancock County • a play

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

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

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Whatsoever • Original Cast Live Performance CD

Posted on May 21, 2018 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs, ZT CDs Dvds

THE MUSICAL STORY OF ABRAHAM The Quintessential Man of Faith Book, Music and Lyrics 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.       PRODUCT DETAILS: CDR burned on demand 31 tracks 55 minutes COMPLETE TRACK LISTING: #1a — Opening & Whatsoever — Jehovah & Abram #2 — Holier Than Thou — Lot, Nahor, Haran, Terah #3 — What Did I Do To Deserve You? — Abram Sarai, Nahor, Milcah, Terah #4 — Traveling — Sarai & Company #5 — Chosen One — Jehovah #6 —...

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The Ruckus At Machias — a play

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 in Award Winners, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast

The true story of the American Revolution’s first sea battle. by Richard Sewell (Perfect for Professional, Community, College/University and High School production.) Hannah won herself a red dress, and the town a warship! Starvation threatens the people of Machias, Massachusetts Colony, (now Maine) in June of 1775, when a British warship accompanies a local merchant returning from Boston with supplies. Machias was a lonely lumber camp in dire need of food, powder and shot. Instead of providing the lumber demanded by the British to build barracks for British soldiers near Boston, the desperate citizens erected a Liberty Pole to commemorate the fighting at Lexington and Concord. As the British navy was the undisputed master of the world’s oceans, the enraged Captain then ordered the warship to fire on the community, causing the townsfolk to muster their meager resources — axes,...

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Chosen: Stories On Adoption — play

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Monologs, New Releases, Plays, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

a two act play by Linda Britt (Perfect for Professional, Amateur, College/University groups) What would you do if you found out at age 45 that you were adopted? If you found yourself pregnant and alone at age 19? What if being a dad had been a dream of yours since childhood, but circumstances prevented it? What happens when adoptees meet birth parents? “Chosen: Stories on Adoption” features 23 monologues about adoption, sensitively told from the perspectives of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, foster families, and more. There might be a couple of monologues that may be over the heads of the children. They may remain unused. PLAY DETAILS 15f 10m (Doubling of roles is possible. The show has been done with as few as 17 performers. Really creative casting could reduce that number further.) Contemporary costumes Props used About...

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Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington — One Woman Play

Posted on Dec 2, 2017 in Latest, Monologs, New Releases, One Person Shows, Plays, Senior Theatre, Seniors in Cast, Women Playwrights and Composers

An Evening with Senator Margaret Chase Smith by Linda Britt (Perfect for professional, amateur and educational production.) This wonderful  show is all about Maine’s long-time Representative and Senator.  A powerful, funny, timely take on politics in a polarized era.  Senator Margaret Chase Smith, a woman of firsts, from her election to both houses of Congress, to speaking out against Joe McCarthy, to her nomination for President at a national convention, comes back when we need her most.   PLAY DETAILS 1 simple setting — an office 1 semi-contemporary costume 70 minute ORDER #3043 PERUSAL MATERIALS: PERUSAL SCRIPT: The PDF of 1/2 of the script is available: MrsSmith Goes PERUSAL The KINDLE ebook is available below for perusal purposes REHEARSAL MATERIALS Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us...

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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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Freedom Song — A Story of Hope — TYA

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, CTHR Playscripts, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Latest, New Releases, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Alexandra Grace Gaver “Freedom Song — A Story Of Hope” takes a young, present-day student, Anne, on a journey through time with her guide, the incomparable Harriet Tubman. As her history unfolds around her, Anne discovers just a few of the different challenges and many triumphs of African-Americans, and meets a variety of individuals, including Ellen and William Craft and Martin Luther King, Jr. Join Anne on a journey through African-American history: the immense challenges, vital contributions, and unwavering courage. This play is educational, interactive and engagingly moving; a witty and exciting script to entertain and inspire both children and adults! A Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads Playscript. This play has a slight restriction on its performance. The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads is the only company that many perform the play in the following cities in Virginia: Virginia Beach,...

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Julius Caesar: A Confederate Conspiracy

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted by C. Michael Perry Shakespeare’s tragedy of political intrigue set in the South of the American Civil War. The lines of the Bard have been edited, not rewritten. Think of the parallels between the South of the Confederacy and the falling Roman Empire–the upper-class driven government, the overwhelming slave issue, the unpopular yet popular military effort, the plots and ploys concerning political power. For these reasons the play has been set during the Civil War. No dialog has been changed to accommodate this, but the play has been shortened and edited for archaic language. One song, SHENANDOAH, has been inserted as sung by Lucius in the tent, accompanied by his guitar. Perfect for High School and College Theatre Departments, and Youth Theatre Groups.   PLAY DETAILS 32M 9F + extras Doubling possible Six settings Playing...

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Way Out West: The Journey of Lewis and Clark and Other Tales — TYA

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in Child and Youth Audiences, Family Audience Plays and Musicals, Intergenerational Theatre, Latest, Mystery Sideshow Theatre Series, New Releases, Short Plays

by E. Gray Simons III (PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR, EDUCATIONAL, COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY, YOUTHEATRE/CHILDREN’S THEATRE) Seize the adventure! Explore Native American legends, jump on The Pony Express, and take a chance on the Gold Rush in this historical expedition to the Wild West. Set in the atmosphere of a Carnival Sideshow, this fast moving and hilarious play will delight young audiences and their parents, as well.With an optional musical intro, AT THE SIDESHOW, demo found below in the PERUSAL MATERIALS Section. A part of the SERIES PLAY DETAILS Large flexible cast  characters that can be doubled to as few as 5 actors [2m 2f], or each character can be played by a single actor Multi-location fluid setting simple costumes and props About 45 minutes Order # 3174 Available Soon! REVIEWS and COMMENTS: SOON PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File available WayOutWestPERUSAL (The PDF file contains...

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E. Gray Simons III — AUTHOR

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in Authors

Playwright E. Gray Simons III has worked for fourteen years as an Artist-in-Residence at BTF. In 2000, he became Artistic Director of BTF PLAYS! and has since written and directed more than a dozen original plays, among them Aesop’s Network, Nursery Rhyme Café, Mystery Sideshow 2: Strange Waves, and Mystery Sideshow 3: Way Out West. Simons made his BTF directorial debut in 2000 with The Wind in the Willows and in 2001 he became director of the Summer Performance Stories, The Odyssey, The Magic Flute, Arabian Nights, and Monkey. Other directorial credits include The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver! and Peter Pan(2009) on BTF’s Main Stage, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? and Holiday Memories in the Unicorn Theatre, Robin Hood at the Berkshire Museum, The Who’s Tommy at Brandeis University with co-director Eric Hill, and Big Love...

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The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 2: Personal Journeys

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Books About Theatre, New Releases, Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright, traveler and observer of Humanity. The seven plays in this volume, “Frére Lawrence,” “Gentle Barbarian,” “The Immortal,” “The Seagull,” “Siegfried Idyll,” “The Wager, and “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”  gathered in one volume for the first time, deal with men and women and their relationships, treacheries, hopes, dreams, plots, plans, cruelties and sometimes kindnesses. Both historical and political these dramas expose the Human condition, in thoughtful and unforgettable stage adaptations. With this volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, Students, Directors, Actors, Producers and others ready to settle down into a fine drama and experience life through someone else’s eyes. Book Details PRINT VERSION 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm) Black & White on White paper 233 pages ISBN-13: 978-1539464013 ISBN-10: 1539464016 A BISAC: Drama...

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The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 1: Perestroika and Glasnost

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Books About Theatre, New Releases, Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright and former Professor of the Russian language, now retired. Having lived in the U.S. and in Russia, his plays have made the mystery and controversy of “The Red East” singularly accessible  His plays, “Charades,” “Crime and Punishment,” “God’s Fools,” “The Idiot,” and “The Second Priest,” gathered in one volume for the first time, deal with Russia, Russians, and  The U.S.S.R, their relations with other countries as well as internally, and focus on the transition into and out of Communism. Taut, political and ideological dramas, all, they enlighten the Human condition, in thoughtful and lively stage adaptations. Now arranged in this one volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, and Students, Producers, Directors and Actors, who will grow to appreciate the keen mind, probing satire, and wit of Thomas...

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Well-Behaved Women — A Play for TYA

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers

by Jes Marbacher (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, and the launch of the women’s right’s movement, women worked tirelessly for their right to vote. After 72 long years the 19th Amendment was passed, and women were legally allowed to cast their ballots for the first time in the 1920 election. This movement spans decades and involves many women. Playwright Jes Marbacher deftly crafts a work in two Acts, the first focusing in on Susan B. Anthony’s attempt to vote and subsequent arrest in 1872, and the second on Alice Paul and the suffragettes of the 1910’s. Women’s suffrage was a complex issue for a lot of people and students of today have a hard time wrapping their heads around why. Even more difficult to understand is why many of these issues...

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The World Is My Parish — Play

Posted on May 6, 2016 in Latest, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles

by R. Rex Stephenson & Mike Trochim   Perfect for Community, College/University, Church and Professional groups. John Wesley was an Anglican minister and theologian who, with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. This play highlights his life and struggles. The play is available in TWO versions: A large cast version, and a 2-7 player version meant to tour. PLAY DETAILS Full Version 9M  8W  2B  3G + 12-16 ensemble Period Costumes Simple Setting About 120 minutes Features the HYMN “Love Divine” as originally composed by John Zundel, 1815-1882 to the tune: BEECHER; and “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”; and “I’ll Praise My Maker”. (All included in the script) Order #3159 Touring Version 2-7 Actors Period Costumes Simple Setting Great for Touring About 70 minutes...

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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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Mother Wove the Morning • a play

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers, ZT Women Authors

by Carol Lynn Pearson Much of Carol Lynn’s life has been devoted to the search for the feminine divine, a search that culminated in writing Mother Wove the Morning. The play is made up of sixteen women throughout history searching for the female face of God – the feminine divine. The original script was a one-woman-show. But it has now been adapted for multiple performers with subsequent productions as an “equity showcase” in New York City, as well as by high schools, colleges and community theatres across the country. It all began in 1989 when Carol Lynn rented her local community theater in Walnut Creek (CA) for two weekends, sent out press releases, sold tickets, and opened the play, believing at least her friends would show up. They did. And lots of other people. The event sold out and...

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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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Galileo’s Pendulum — TYA

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, NHTP Young People's Playscripts

by Michael Megliola (TYA, Children’s Theatre, Amateur, Professional, Educational) Galileo never did most of the things for which many people give him credit. He did not drop stones off the leaning tower of Pisa or invent the telescope. By the time Galileo came along, people had also discovered, forgotten, then rediscovered that the earth orbits the sun. Galileo, however, did something much more important, courageous, and dangerous than any of those things — he stood up for the freedom of thought. He demanded that academic, religious and political leaders accept scientific methods. He dared to challenge censorship at a time when people who spoke out were sometimes tortured or killed. Galileo was forced to recant his beliefs, at least publicly, but by then the truth was out. This script was written for children to perform for young audiences 7...

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Gathering Grimm — a play

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays

A Play for Young People by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) A tale in itself about tale tellers has been gathered, like the original stories, from various sources. The Brothers Grimm may have written these stories down, but they did not come directly from the voices of the people of Germany. They were almost all filtered through the ‘sisters’ and the female friends of the brothers, who had heard them from various mouths throughout their childhood. The play centers on Lottie Grimm, the sister of Jakob and Wilhelm and their three younger brothers. Lottie refuses to help her brothers compile their collection until they acknowledge the source of the tales:  middle class schoolgirls. The script includes dramatizations of seven of the Grimm tales: The Frog Prince, Cinderella...

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Lightning Rod — A Play

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Plays

a play by Tim Slover (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) What is the price of Liberty? For Benjamin Franklin, it was flesh and blood. Widely lauded for his role in giving birth to a new nation, Franklin’s role as a father to his own children remains largely a mystery. This work  commissioned by the Fulton Opera House & Franklin and Marshall College, as part of the international celebration of Franklin’s 300 Birthday, in 2006, examines the origins of Franklin’s character and how nothing could divide him from his beloved son, William, except a revolution. This play discusses mature themes. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 3W 2older teenMales (can be doubled) About 120 mins Fluid open setting Period Costumes Order #3117 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: LightningRodPERUSAL (The PDF file contains one...

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Treasure — A Play

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by Tim Slover (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) Ambition. Greed. Lust. Recklessness. Righteousness. Honor. Betrayal. Potential. All make for a chilling political drama. In this glimpse into the life of founding father, Alexander Hamilton, we delve a little bit deeper into early American history. Fifth grade social studies class taught many that Hamilton was a Revolutionary War veteran and a close friend of General and later President Washington’s, who appointed him as Secretary of the Treasury in his new government, but one might wonder what else there is to know about Hamilton. The play examines Hamilton’s conflicts between fidelity, desire, aspiration and honor. Hamilton’s personal indiscretions resulted in blackmail and corruption, as the husband of the woman he was dallying with tried to make a buck off the new Secretary of the Treasury. Speculation, stealing...

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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 — The Original Cast Album CD

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lori Jacobs The classic Biblical story with a twist. With a score made up of original songs based in the styles of  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. And — oh, that Act One Finale! Gripping! As produced by Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids.   PRODUCT DETAILS 74minutes 21 tracks UPC — 636160243126 Lori Jacobs List Price: $15.99 Available Now! SONG LIST Drink, Drink, Drink (3:10) We’re Having A Party (2:06) I’m The Queen (1:59) : Exalted King (3:19) The Decree (2:59) Mordecai’s Lament (3:23) The Visit (4:09) Beauty Contest / Wedding (7:04) The Plot (2:10) Power (3:25): We Don’t Bow Down (3:25) The Rally (2:51) Shema Kolenu (5:37)...

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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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