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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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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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The Ballad of Parley P! • A New Musical

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT DC Hist, ZT Premiere Musicals

Book and Lyrics by Thom Duncan Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Additional Lyrics based on the poetry of Parley P. Pratt The Life and Times of Parley P. Pratt (Performable by LDS Wards, Stakes, Educational, Professional and Community Groups)   A traveling company of actors in the late 1800s has been traveling the state of Utah from Ogden to St. George. Along the way they heard the story of an amazing man who traveled the world as a Missionary, wrote over 50 hymns, and wrote the very first missionary tract. After conversion, all his adventures, missions, imprisonments, escapes, 12 wives and being a witness to the Guards at Richmond Jail suffering the rebuke by the Prophet Joseph, Parley P. Pratt dies as a martyr to the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, bearing his testimony, as...

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Charly – A Love Song • The Musical

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book & Lyrics by Heather Young Music and Arrangements by Lex de Azevedo Based on the novel by Jack Weyland © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission The classic LDS musical is available once more for production by LDS Wards, Stakes and other groups! The blockbuster LDS Novel loved by millions is a hit musical. The story of Charly, hiding her deep secret as a fallen woman, meeting Sam, a returned LDS Missionary, and her conversion, their furious, whirlwind courtship, and their Temple marriage has been a staple of the LDS entertainment scene for decades. This exciting, heartwarming and sobering musical brings the story to life on the stage in a stunning way. PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 3M 3W + ensemble of 12-16 About 2 hours Settings: Several suggested setting Costumes: 1980s or Contemporary Order # 2079 Available...

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Debbie: Diary of a Mormon Girl • LDS Musical

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book & Lyrics by Heather Young Music and Arrangements by Lex de Azevedo © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission The classic LDS musical is available once more for production by LDS Wards, Stakes and other groups! Approaching her 16th birthday, Debbie is unsettled and unsure — about everything. Adolescence has really gotten her bewildered. She spends all her money on an expensive journal, in the hopes that she can keep track of all the things she wants and hopes for and despairs over. She names it Solomon. She talks to it, and it takes on the personality of a Young Man. Debbie dates. She despairs. Debbie searches for her testimony. She despairs but writes a letter to Boyd K. Packer. She dates and despairs again. She teaches primary, the plans a Youth Conference, she gets a...

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The Order Is Love • Classic LDS Musical

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

Book & Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by Lex de Azevedo © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission The classic LDS musical is available once more for production by LDS Wards, Stakes and other groups! The tale of Orderville, Utah—1875-1885—where over 700 Saints lived and worked and played and prayed together in the United Order, a version of the Law of Consecration, seeking Zion, learning tolerance and patience, expanding “love” towards “charity.”  We see our own foibles and failings in those of the residents of Orderville as they learn the hard lessons of sharing, giving, getting along, and wondering how can I love my neighbor even when I can’t even stand him and after all I work harder than he does and my skilled work is worth more than his lowly weed-pulling.  And oh, it’s about...

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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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Heaven Never Closes • A Musical

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in ZT Musicals

by Mark Ogden  The Classic is back! (Performable by LDS Wards, Stakes, Educational, Professional and Community Groups) This play revolves around trying to discover what you promised to do before coming to Earth. Long ago the Lord foreordained three of His children to a great work — saving the soul of a Fourth Child. Each promised to do his part to help this child fulfill his own special mission in life. When they got to earth, however, things didn’t go as planned. Michael McCloud, a special agent from Celestial Industries, was sent down to inspire the three children to keep their word. But when he got to Earth, things again didn’t go as planned. Until… Michael McCloud finally converted the Third Child in an unexpected way. In the end the Third Child, without the help  of the First Child...

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Star Child • The Musical Companion to Saturday’s Warrior

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Gaye Beeson Elders Kestler and Greene are back! Like Saturday’s Warrior, Star Child begins in the pre-existence, where Larry learns he is to be born to a non-member in a foreign land. His best friend, Chuck, promises to find him and bring him the gospel. He also pledges to find and marry his sweetheart, Marie, so young Michael and Sarah can have the parents they’ve always dreamed of. The shy and nervous Mitzi worries that “with a body covering up her sweet spirit,” she will never find love in mortality, while the indomitable Betty Lou is determined to catch her man. And waiting on earth, to stir everything up, is that loveable duo, Elders Kestler and Green. Star Child deals with making hard moral choices, and being true to the “Star...

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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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The White Star • The Musical Sequel to Saturday’s Warrior

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book and Lyrics by Doug Stewart Music by Janice Kapp Perry Luke, a born-again convert lives next door to the now grown Jimmy Flinders, who by the end of “Saturday’s Warrior,” had found his way — literally and figuratively — back home. The ensuing years have not exactly been easy on him, and at the beginning of “White Star,” he is totally inactive in his faith. Now the father of four, he must still find his way back to the light. Luke is on a Quest. “White Star” is the story of a family in spiritual crisis, and a visit from an angel that awakens in a young man a quest to turn around his life, save his Father from an unspoken demon, and unite his family. Through drama, humor, and music, it is a story of how the...

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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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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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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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Family • A Play

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Award Winners, ZT Plays

by Eric Samuelsen (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS & Other Church Groups) In Family, real life becomes a bad weekend for the well-educated, intellectual, gospel-grounded, well-to-do Hull family. One daughter has left her husband (whom she may or may not really have shot), a son has left his mission early, and another daughter, an R.M., has left graduate school. Not exactly ideal. Their dark space monologues reveal the reality they’re in as a place that they don’t want to tell anyone of and almost can’t speak about. Even the parents who burn the roast or buy the wrong salad have to re-decide who they are and what they mean to each other as individuals and within the family unit; that in order to move toward being Gods, which is the whole point, they each...

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And Some Cried Fraud! • A Play

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

by Thom Duncan (For production by  College/University Groups, Community Groups, LDS Church Groups) Based, in part, on the book “The Trial Of The Stick Of Joseph”. We enter a courtroom to determine if the Book Of Mormon is true. David Whitmer, Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and Charles Anthon are cross-examined and the Book is upheld as truth. A powerful testimony builder. PLAY DETAILS: 9M 1W (Four of the male roles can be played by females, especially the attorneys.) 1 Interior 2 hours Order # 2013 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available AndSomeCriedFraudPERUSAL. It contains the first half of the script. REHEARSAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE Script in PDF format — Order #2013a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production) First Performance Ward/Stake/Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2013d : $75 Second Performance...

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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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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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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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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 Turn On Earth • The Classic LDS Musical

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 in ZT Musicals, ZT Women Authors

Book & Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by Lex de Azevedo © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission Five children from heaven play out mortality like a treasure hunt, with LOVE being the greatest prize. My Turn On Earth is the story of each of us playing out a delightful and poignant answer to the ever-burning question–what in the world am I doing here?  Five children, sent to take their turn on earth, are challenged to come back with the treasure, the most precious thing of all.  But time is of the essence.  Suddenly their turn is finished.  Has the treasure been found? Contemporary, best-selling music—a story to captivate young and old—My Turn on Earth is a winner. PLAY DETAILS: Characters: 3W 2M About 2 hours Settings: fluid, multi-location Costumes: ethereal or unified dress Order # 2077...

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