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Fiction and Non-fiction Books, Cds and DVDs for Latter-day Saint Readers

The Order Is Love — Original Cast Recording CD

Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in Audio and Video, Women Authors

Book and Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by Lex De Azevedo The Original Brigham Young University production from 1971, now available on CD for the first time. 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 romantic love too, discovering that people are more...

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City of Joseph — 1976 Original Cast CD

Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in Audio and Video

Book & Lyrics by R. Don Oscarson Music by Maughan W. McMurdie   The establishment, growth, development, and history of Nauvoo, Illinois under the direction and influence of the Prophet Joseph Smith is unique in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and America. City Of Joseph was first produced for the dedication of the NRI Visitor’s Center in Nauvoo during the summer of 1971. City of Joseph was produced in Nauvoo, Illinois as part of the nation’s Bicentennial celebration in the summer of 1976. This recording stems from that production. The following year it became an official pageant of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which continued for 27 years. It was presented on a 200-foot, 3-level stage that overlooked historic Nauvoo and the bend of the Mississippi River that inspired the...

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Debbie: Diary of a Mormon Girl — Original Cast Album CD

Posted on Jun 29, 2018 in Audio and Video, Women Authors

Book & Lyrics by Heather Young Music by Lex De Azevedo © Deseret Book Company, Licensed here exclusively, by permission Long a favorite of those who saw the original touring production, this show delivers big on music and entertainment value, while providing essential ideas and concepts for living a Christ-Centered life.   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...

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

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Drama Series, New Releases, Nonfiction

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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A.J.’s Miracle — Original Cast Recording CD

Posted on May 8, 2015 in Audio and Video

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: $500 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,...

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First Freedom — Original Concept CD

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Audio and Video

Book & Lyrics by Rob. Lauer Music by Sam Cardon & Rick Rea “First Freedom” is set in Virginia, during the period of the American Revolution, and presents the little known but fascinating story of the passionate battle that our Founding Fathers fought among themselves in order to establish religious freedom as a right for all Americans. Through drama, comedy and an incredible score by Emmy-Award winning composer Sam Cardon, and Rick Rea, this ground breaking musical brings to vibrant life great historical figures such as James Madison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and George Mason—and it confronts head-on the constant struggle of individuals trying to live peacefully together as equals despite profound, deeply held religious and philosophic differences. The era of “First Freedom” is in many ways a time very similar to our own. The country was engaged in...

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Take The Mountain Down — DVD

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Audio and Video

The DVD, filmed for Television by KBYU-TV in Provo, Utah is a rollicking and thoughtful version of this exciting new show based on the prodigal son (that also includes a prodigal daughter). Project Summary Persons responsible for this DVD: Marvin Payne, Steven Kapp Perry (Writers), R. Don Oscarson, Sterling Van Wagenen, BYU Broadcasting (Producers), Eric Samuelsen, Steven E. Lowe (Directors), KBYU Television (Studio), Marvin Payne, Sam Payne, Lacey Williams, Kendra Love, Robby Sorenson, Tricia Story (Actors) ‘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...

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Don’t Forget To Remember — Original Cast CD

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Audio and Video, Women Authors

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 October 31, 2014 SONG LIST Don’t Forget to Remember Bye, Bye Blackbird / Times Have Changed Life Was Once So Simple Gonna Make It! Will It End This Way? Walk While Ye Have The Light The Light Will Shine...

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City Of Joseph — 1999 Cast CD

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Audio and Video

Book and Lyrics by R. Don Oscarson Music by Maughan W. McMurdie The Nauvoo Pageant ran from 1976 to 2004. It drew the largest crowds of any outdoor theatre event in the world. This new recording was put together in 1999 and used during the last five years of the pageant in Nauvoo, Illinois. The original Nauvoo Pageant, City of Joseph portrays life during the establishment and growth of Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. This recording 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 perfect way to remember the show OR Demo it for possible productions   PRODUCT DETAILS: 68 minutes 17 tracks UPC: 887936805141 Zion Theatricals List Price: $14.99 SONG LIST Overture — Orchestra (8:01) Bend of...

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LIFE … More Sweet Than Bitter — Original Cast CD

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Audio and Video, Women Authors

Book and Lyrics by Pat Davis Music by K. Newell Dayley The moving story of Russian Jews forced out of Bolshevik Russia who come to settle in America. They go through the horrors of Ellis Island, long months and years of separation, religious differences in a new land all to build one man’s dream only to end up settling in the Salt Lake Valley. This is the true story of Maurice Warshaw, a western supermarket pioneer and founder of the Grand Central chain of stores. (That has now become Fred Meyer/Smith’s Marketplace) Based on the biography of Maurice Warshaw by Rhoda Kelsch. Featuring Members of the Original Salt Lake City Cast from the production at THE PROMISED VALLEY PLAYHOUSE Cast includes; Craig Clyde, Michael Bennett, Nelden Maxfeild, Christine Timothy, Bryce Jolley, William Morley Nedra Yeates, Chris Anderson & David...

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The Dance — Premiere Recording CD

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Audio and Video, Women Authors

Book and Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson Music by J.A.C. Redford Come to the dance and meet: Couple #1 — Neil and Karen “the perfect married couple” to everyone but themselves; Couple #2 — Howard, still searching for “the right one” 14 years after his mission, and Alison, a recently divorced mother of three; ‘Couple’ #3 — Brad, 18, and suffering from his first broken heart, and Janet and unclaimed jewel of 23. PRODUCT DETAILS 33 minutes 11 tracks UPC: 887936838224 Zion Theatricals List Price: $14.99 SONG LIST You Come To The Dance I Tried Do You Take This Man? My Eternal Girl / Send Me A Man The Girl I Used To Be Be A Man The Dance Director May I Have This Dance? Love Lingers Always The M.C. The Tap Dance I’m Okay May I Have This...

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They Sang, Danced, Played and Prayed

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in Drama Series, Historical, Nonfiction, Women Authors

The History And Philosophy Of The Cultural Arts Of The Mormon Pioneers by Shirlee Hurst Shields The foundations of the rich cultural traditions of Utah can be traced to the very earliest days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today, Utah and it’s surrounding states have much to offer in the areas of music, dance and theatre, and it is mostly due to the efforts of the early Mormon Pioneers, both in Salt Lake City and in the areas surrounding Salt Lake and Utah. This is a short, fun and informative booklet for anyone interested in the cultural heritage of Utah, The Mormons, and the West. PRODUCT DETAILS: 4″ x 6″ (10.16 x 15.24 cm) Black & White on Cream paper 50 pages Illustrated ISBN-13: 978-0615971360 (Zion BookWorks) ISBN-10: 0615971369 BISAC: Performing Arts / Theater /...

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Family Frolics, Relief Society Renditions and Sharing Time Skits

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 in Drama Series, Nonfiction, Women Authors

The authors represented are: Charlee Cardon Wilson, Sam Christensen, Sharon Elwell, & James G. Lambert. 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 want. All of these short plays...

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The LDS ACTOR’S SCENEBOOK V1.

Posted on May 31, 2013 in Drama Series, Nonfiction, Women Authors, YA/Juvenile

How To Get The Callback Or The Best Grade In The Class Edited by C Michael Perry and  Gayanne Ramsden DRAMA / ACTING CLASS / AUDITIONING Scenes and Monologues from the best available plays by LDS Authors, with LDS Themes and Characters, reflecting LDS Culture and Beliefs. This book is for those who take classes and need clean and challenging material. It is also for the discerning auditioner who wants to stand out. Besides the dramatic material available inside, there are hints and techniques about how to land a role through an audition. Every actor who is LDS will find something in this book to use; something that will make their auditioning and performing on stage, and in the classroom, more memorable, more excellent, and maybe even more profitable! The Scenes in this volume have been chosen from the...

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