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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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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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Christmas Programs for Sacrament Meetings

Posted on Jul 20, 2019 in ZT BofM, ZT Books, ZT Christmas Shows, ZT New Test, ZT Women Authors

Compiled by C. Michael Perry Written by Myrth Burr, Carolyn Gifford, Charlee Cardon Wilson Internet Special: $6.99 (+shipping and Maine sales tax) (For production by LDS Church Groups) Christmas Programs for Sacrament Meetings Volume 1 Compiled by C. Michael Perry. Featuring the work of Charlee Cardon Wilson, Myrth Burr and Carolyn Gifford, this Resource Manual of outlines and narrative structures will lend creativity and spiritual cohesiveness to your Christmas Sacrament Meeting presentations. All 7 of the selections included use popular Christmas songs and hymns to carry the wonderful message of the birth of the Christ Child to your congregations. A minimum number of individual copies of each program (emailed in a PDF document to you) must be purchased from the publisher to obtain performance or reading rights. The most you could spend on any reading is $8.00. There is...

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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 • 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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Mother Wove The Morning DVD

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs, ZT CDs Dvds

Written and Performed by Carol Lynn Pearson Sixteen women throughout history tell their stories, A Paleolithic woman, and Egyptian priestess, a Biblical woman, a medieval witch, a Shaker Deaconess, and others. These stories — dramatic, hilarious, tragic, triumphant — show that the human family has always longed for its Mother in heaven, has often exiled her, and is now inviting her to come home. AWARD Booklist — one of the best fifteen videos of the year. SOME REVIEWS “What an extraordinary piece of work!”  — Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award winning actress, author of Ask Me Again Tomorrow. “An amazing experience, a passionate performance of theater at its best.  It makes us cry, laugh, and remember what we did not even know we knew.  I wish everyone could see it and be inspired by it.” — Riane Eisler, author of...

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Caravan • a play

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in Child and Youth Audiences, Plays, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers, ZT Plays, ZT Women Authors

A Happy Journey through the Wisdom Tales of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Carol Lynn Pearson “An enemy is someone whose story you do not know.” This play is a celebration of three cultures that often live in distrust and misunderstanding, but that have much in common and indeed have much to be learned from each other. The framework in which the tales of wisdom are told is that of a Caravan whose sole purpose is to select the next Sultan from the current Sultan’s two sons. The trick is that they are seeking the answer to a riddle: What is the most powerful force in the world? The wisest answer given upon their return from a year-long quest will become the Sultan. Through dramatic and comic moments the wisdom of Faith in its many faces and aspects is...

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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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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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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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Don’t Forget To Remember • A Musical

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in Child and Youth Audiences, Musicals, Religious Titles, Women Playwrights and Composers, ZT Authors, ZT Women Authors

A Musical for Today’s Teens and Families by Pat Davis, Ralph G. Rogers, Jr. and K. Newell Dayley (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, Youth Groups) A story about a teen, his machine and the unforeseen. This contemporary musical deals with the communication problems between parents and youth; and how each party has responsibility in the matter. A motorcycle crash enables a young man to be transported back in time and unknowingly receive the counsel that he needs from the Apostle Paul; once awakened in his hospital bed he remembers that counsel and uses it to help him solve his problems. PLAY DETAILS: 6M 3W 9TB 4TG 1B 1G plus chorus Unit Set 90 mins Order # 2044 PERUSAL MATERIALS A PDF PERUSAL PAGES file is available Don’tForgetToRememberPERUSAL It contains the first half of the script. SONG...

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Don’t Forget To Remember • Original Cast CD

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs, ZT CDs Dvds

by Pat Davis, Ralph G. Rodgers, Jr., & K. Newell Dayley A story about a teen, his machine and the unforeseen. This contemporary musical deals with the communication problems between parents and youth; and how each party has responsibility in the matter. A motorcycle crash enables a young man to travel back in time and unknowingly receive the counsel that he needs from the Apostle Paul; once awakened in his hospital bed he remembers that counsel and uses it to help him solve his problems.   PRODUCT DETAILS 19 minutes 7 tracks UPC: 887936994371 Zion Theatricals List Price: $12.99 Available by September 30, 2014 DEMO SAMPLES Don't Forget To RememberBye Bye BlackbirdLife Was Once So Simple ThenGonna Make ItWill It End This Way?Walk While Ye Have The LightThe Light Will Shine For You PURCHASE OPTIONS From Leicester Bay Theatricals...

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Take The Mountain Down • DVD

Posted on May 21, 2014 in Cast Albums Demo CDs DVDs, ZT CDs Dvds

Book, Music and Lyrics by Marvin Payne & Steven Kapp Perry Concept by R. Don Oscarson a finger pickin’ parable of the prodigal son “Mountain” is the musical telling of the parable of the prodigal son in the bluegrass music style. What happens when a wayward young woman needs to hear the sweet story of the Prodigal Son, and the only folks who love her enough to tell it are the players in a bluegrass band she once deserted? On an autumn afternoon in Appalachia, the Potluck Social String Band takes a break from their concert in the park and weaves the timeless tale of redemption and forgiveness around their former bandmate with the strings of guitars, banjos, fiddles, bass, and mandolin. However, the story can be told by actors with a separate band, or actors who can play...

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Take The Mountain Down • A Prodigal Musical

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Musicals, Religious Titles, ZT Musicals, ZT New Test

Book, Music and Lyrics by Marvin Payne & Steven Kapp Perry Concept by R. Don Oscarson a finger pickin’ parable of the Prodigal Son (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) “Mountain” is the musical telling of the parable of the prodigal son in the bluegrass music style. The Prodigal Son becomes The Prodigal Daughter. What happens when a wayward young woman needs to hear the sweet story of the Prodigal Son, and the only folks who love her enough to tell it are the players in a bluegrass band she once deserted? On an autumn afternoon in Appalachia, the Potluck Social String Band takes a break from their concert in the park and weaves the timeless tale of redemption and forgiveness around their former bandmate with the strings of guitars,...

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The Passion Of Christ: Betrayal and Crucifixion • A Play

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Classics, Plays, Religious Titles

This Rollicking, Reverent, Religious Rendition Adapted from the Medieval Wakefield Cycle Plays by Rodger D. Sorensen. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) Seven scenes take us from the Conspiracy through the Betrayal and to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in poignant verse adapted for contemporary ears and minds from the original manuscripts of the Wakefield Cycle Plays. This play is free to Amateurs and to Educational Groups. However, application must be made and license granted before a production may be mounted. Professional Groups are asked to pay a small royalty. PLAY DETAILS: 15M 1W The set is a Pageant Wagon with props About 90 minutes ORDER # 3049 Available to ALL groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking PassionOfChristPERUSAL  It contains the first...

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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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