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Pastor Jolley • Short Play

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Short Plays

by Daniel Kilyobas Obadiah As far as we know it, this is the first drama written by a Church member from Africa about the LDS experience in Africa. Accurate, funny and inspiring, this conversion story concerns Pastor Jolley, the Pastor of a very small Church in Nigeria. In a contemporary Nigerian society, choked by an alarming variety of Christian denominations and beliefs, Pastor Jolley, a minister of a very small church of eight people, strongly believes he has been called and will be blessed of God, like other ‘prominent men of God’. Convinced by a con-man stranger, he purchases a copy of the Book of Mormon as the secret ingredient for the growth and expansion of his seed-like congregation. In spite of the disapproval of his scheming wife, and the fear of the Book of Mormon by the general...

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A Grand Moral Entertainment • Short Variety Evening

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Short Plays

Compiled by R. Don Oscarson. (For production by LDS Wards and Stakes.) This little entertainment is a reconstruction of what an evening in the theatre would have been like for the citizens of Nauvoo in the 1840s. Music, Dance, Drama all combined for the delight of the Saints. Professionals were hired and locals conscripted, often involving the Brethren of the Twelve. The company, and sometimes the audience, would sing, dance and watch a performance headed by a professional with the locals added. The original performance in 1844 was headed by New York actor Thomas A. Lyne. Brigham Young himself played the Peruvian High Priest. The cast list also contained: G. A. Smith, an E. Snow, a G. J. Adams, a Kimball and an A. Lyman.The entire evening was put on to help Joseph Smith relieve the unfair debts that...

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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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Prayers from Winter Quarters • A Short Play

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

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

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An Elder’s Christmas Miracle • A Short Play

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

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

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The Christmas Sweet • A Short Play

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

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

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

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT Short Plays

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

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Family Frolics, Relief Society Renditions & Sharing Time Skits

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

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

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Petunia Passes • A Short Play

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT Short Plays

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

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Martyr In Waiting • A Short Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Short Plays

by Carol Lynn Pearson (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups, Youth Groups) A group of young Latter-day Saint actors are putting on a play about the hardships of the early Saints. They are idealistically ready to follow those footsteps and are even envious of the early Saints’ opportunities to sacrifice. However, when they are called upon to make real sacrifices in the modern world they are not up to it. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 3W Open Stage Setting 20-25 minutes ORDER # 2038 Available to ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal pages PDF file is available MartyrInWaitingPERUSAL (It contains the first half of the script.) REHEARSAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF format — Order #2038a : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production) First Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty...

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The Unfortunate Courtship of Brian Tanner • A Short Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Short Plays

by Jerry Argetsinger (For production by  Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) Brian, a happy bachelor in frontier Utah, feels unwarranted pressure to find a bride.  His Aunt May believes her prayers have been answered when the wagon belonging to three eligible women breaks down near their general store.  While Aunt May plans some serious match making, Brian plots to present a distorted picture of himself that no one would want to marry. It is very funny, yet, touching at the same time. Wonderful for a production in a Ward or Stake, or as part of a Stake One-Act Play Festival. PLAY DETAILS: 2M 3W 1TeenGirl 1 Interior About 30 minutes. Order # 2033 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal pages PDF file is available Unfortunate…BrianTannerPERUSAL (It contains the first scene of the four scene script.) REHEARSAL MATERIALS...

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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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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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