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All The Scattered Leaves • a play

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

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

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J Golden • A One-Man Show

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

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

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

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Books, ZT Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright, traveler and observer of Humanity. He is also a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mission President in Russia, Drama Ambassador, Professor of Russian, Director of plays, are just a few of his titles, next to Husband and Father. In the seven plays in this volume, “Huebener,” “Fire In The Bones,” “First Trump,” “Reunion,” “Set Apart,” “The Anointed” (a musical theatre play), and “Petunia Passes” (a short play), the worlds of belief, faith, devotion, belonging, yearning to know God, and standing true when those worlds are challenged, make up the heart of Dr. Rogers’ dramas. With this volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, and Students, Directors, Actors, Directors, Producers and others ready to settle down into a fine drama and experience life...

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God’s Fisherman • a One-man Play

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

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

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A.J.’s Miracle • A Musical

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Musicals

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Preposterous Parley P! • A One Man Show

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

a One-man show by Thom Duncan. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) The life and times of Parley P. Pratt from his conversion to his discipleship with Joseph and the Church. Funny and compelling. PLAY DETAILS: 8 Characters can all be played by One Actor, or they can be cast as follows: 6M 1W 1B About 90 minutes Order # 2014. Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available ParleyPrattPERUSAL. The PDF file contains the first act of the two act script. REHEARSAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF format — Order #2014a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production) First Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2014d : $65 Second Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2014e : $55 Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application...

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Matters of the Heart • A Classic Mormon Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT Plays

by Thom Duncan (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) A heart-wrenching and inspired look at a Stake President’s family who’s youngest son returns early from a Full-time LDS Mission. We come to know and love and empathize with each of the characters in the play because each of them could be someone we have known. And that is the power of this play: its believability, its ability to make each of us relate to  the situation and characters and come away from a performance moved, changed, entertained and challenged.   Best Original Play Award-1985, Utah Valley Theatre Guild.   PLAY DETAILS: 2M 1W. 1 Interior/exterior set. 90 minutes Order # 2017 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available: MattersOfTheHeartPERUSAL. It contains the first act of the two act play. Or...

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A Sceptre, A Sword, A Scented Rose • A Book of Mormon Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT BofM, ZT Plays

by Thom Duncan (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) This play was selected as a representative of the finest in Mormon dramaturgy at the 1973 Mormon Festival of the Arts at BYU. It is a powerful drama based on the story of Ammon and King Lamoni as recounted in ALMA 17-19. Ammon, a Nephite son of King Mosiah, ventures into the Land Of Ishmael on missionary endeavors. He’s captured and brought before the wicked Lamanite vassal King, Lamoni, who is enthralled by this Nephite’s courage and strength. Lamoni keeps Ammon as one of his servants, soon promoting him to his private man. Lamoni’s conversion to the True Gospel is the climax to this suspenseful play, with eloquent and demanding dialogue and characterization. PLAY DETAILS: 14M 3W (6M with doubling and tripling of roles)...

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The Forge and the Fire • A Musical

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

A Musical Testimony of Christ by Max C. Golightly (For production by  College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS Church Groups, Youth Theatres) A series of LDS vignettes and songs that testify to the divinity of Christ and his restored Gospel. Powerful serious and comic playlets are interspersed with a hilarious pair of dutiful missionaries who keep “Knockin’ On Doors” Simple sets and costumes  make this show easy and inexpensive to stage on a Ward or Stake basis. This show is a must for LDS producers.     PLAY DETAILS: 2 hours Variable cast of about 20 (Can use up to 30 or as few as 5 males and 6 females) Space setting Order#2018 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The PDF Perusal Pages document is available ForgeAndTheFirePERUSAL SONG LIST #1b — THE FORGE AND THE FIRE #2a...

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Reunion • A Contemporary Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) On the weekend of an LDS general conference, the Robison family’s three oldest children, now living away from home, have come together to celebrate the missionary farewell of their youngest brother Billy. They are also concerned about their father Arthur who, they discover, is dying of cancer. Despite their desire for an agreeable reunion, the older children’s misfortunes, grievances and mutual antagonisms soon rise to the surface: Chris, an airline stewardess, maintains a clandestine liaison with her pretended fiancé, a married man. Wayne, a school teacher, who did not complete his mission, is sour about people in the church and ready to abandon his career and family. Jerold, a prosperous broker and active churchman, resents the others’ “liberality,” while his doctrinaire manner has...

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