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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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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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The Plan • A Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT Old Test, ZT Plays, ZT Short Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) The play examines some of the real-life dilemmas and emotions that face us all— choice and consequences, pain and difficulty and joy—framed in a series of short scenes from the Old Testament. This is Samuelsen’s twenty-fifth produced play, and his experience is evident. The Plan shows us real people dealing with real problems. Earnest, sincere, guilty, and oftimes hilarious, Samuelsen’s characters span the gamut of human experience. Six short themed plays make up the evening:  GAIA, BATHSHEBA, RUTH IN THE HOUSE OF BOAZ, RACHEL’S SISTER, OUTSIDE JERICHO and EVE, DYING. Each of these short plays can be performed on its own.  But if the entire cycle is produced, it can be performed with as few as two actors (1 M 1 F),...

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Brothers • A Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT New Test, ZT Old Test, ZT Plays

by J. Scott Bronson (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups, Youth Theatres) Brothers is a retelling of the story of two of the foremost personalities in the heavenly realms — Jehovah and Lucifer. What if — as well as a description of birth order and an indicator of hierarchy — the appellation “firstborn” was also a title?  Could the Heavenly Father assign this role to any of his children? This is one of the questions confronted by Brothers. From the pre-mortal world through a Wilderness, a Garden, and to the Abyss, Brothers will subtly explore the relationship between this most supreme pair of brothers. PLAY DETAILS 2M About 90 minutes Simple settings and costumes ORDER #2019 Available for ALL producing groups. REVIEW “… an engrossing treatment of a uniquely Mormon theology… I applaud...

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Stones • A Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Award Winners, Plays, Religious Titles, ZT New Test, ZT Old Test, ZT Plays, ZT Short Plays

by J. Scott Bronson ALTARS — 2M1W. Open Setting TOMBS — 2M 1W. Open Setting. Time for each: Just under an hour. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, LDS Church Groups, Youth Theatres) STONES is the recipient of the 2001 Award for Drama from the Association for Mormon Letters. “STONES is a perfect example of the three keys to playwrighting: Story, Character, Dialogue. Both acts thousands of years apart in real time, appear outwardly to tell two different stories. But the similarities in the themes of faith and family reach across the years to bind the play into one coherent story that is relevant today and will always be as long as humans walk the Earth.” ALTARS is the story of Abraham, Isaac and Sarai. TOMBS is the story of Mary, Jesus and Joseph....

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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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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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And The Rains Came — And Came • A Musical Story of Noah

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Child and Youth Audiences, Intergenerational Theatre, Musicals, Religious Titles, ZT Musicals, ZT Old Test

 A Musical Story of Noah Book and Lyrics by R. Rex Stephenson Music by Gary Evans (For production by Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, Elementary Schools, Church Groups, Children’s Theatres/Youth Theatres) Rex originally wrote the play when the world was entering a new millennium. He thought that the story best typified the ‘new beginning’ that the world was facing; a story filled with both good and evil, trust and mistrust, obedience and disobedience, and with believing and disbelieving. But the appeal goes beyond any millennium and gets right down to what makes us tick. This Inter-generational Theatre Piece uses multi-age casting to achieve its objective: bringing its message to a broad, family audience. The score is fun and moves the show along. Also included in the evening are moments of great poignancy, such as the surprise...

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