Mr. Anderson was raised in sunny Southern California, before moving to Utah to attend high school. It was always his intention to return to the Golden State, but circumstances‑or providence‑never allowed it.
Besides acting and theater tech, his passions include fast cars, off-roading and rock’n roll.
Mr. Anderson still makes his home in Utah.
NOTE: Jason was a student of mine at Pleasant Grove High School in Utah. He was an eager actor, techie and budding writer. I put him in charge of writing and editing a musical that our Advanced Drama class put together. It turned out rather well and is still being produced. — C. Michael Perry
Musical authored together:
A Christmas Memory (Available at: http://www.histage.com/playdetails.asp?PID=2030
Other works by Jason A. Anderson (J.A. Anderson):
Both available at Chalice Publications: http://thestarriders.net/
A new Series — The SoulChaser Series — A war is brewing between the Eternals and the Realm of Lost Souls…and Earth is the battleground. VISIT: http://www.soulchasers.net
Book 1 — Good Blood — Bad Blood due in late 2012.
Book 2 — Heaven’s Eyes
Mimi and I met in college. I might be able to say that we hit it off right well! She has always had a clever wit and an engaging personality. And a prodigious talent for writing lyrics. Way out there lyrics. Hilarious lyrics. I had this script that needed work. I asked her to rewrite it for me and straighten out the lyrics. She did. Then other projects followed. We even dated for a while. But life called us away and we lost touch for a longer while. We’re back in touch now, and the spark of creativity is still there.
Scott was a great and early influence on me. We wrote one musical together, but we produced and performed in many works together back in the Seventies — our time at University, and a little bit beyond.
For background and current information on this award-winning Science Fiction author (Ender’s Game, anyone?), please visit his site:
Thom and I made it through BYU’s Theatre and Cinematic Arts Department, he writing, acting and directing. Me composing, directing, choreographing and acting. But we never really worked together. We graduated and went our separate ways. Then he called me to pen a score for one of his musical projects. And now there are more projects on the table.
He has written many plays and won awards for most of them!
Max Golightly — is a retired Professor of Playwrighting at Brigham Young University. Max has taught High School and College drama for the last forty years. He is nationally recognized as an award winning poet and has served as President of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. His plays have been produced all over the western states, and in various other parts of the country. He is a director of considerable reputation in college and community theatre productions. His one-act play “A LITTLE MATTER OF WE” has won awards in national contests. In addition to KEWPIE (now titled ROSE) and “WE” other published plays include PINOCCHIO, THE FORGE AND THE FIRE, TURN THE GAS BACK ON, THE TOKEN, FAUNTLEROY!, A NIGHT ON NEEDLEPOINT and LISTEN TO THE SNOW.
Over the last fifteen years of Max’s life he became my mentor and my champion. He got me my first teaching job at Pleasant Grove High School. What a joy that was! After two years there, that job lead to another great joy — teaching at Spanish Fork High School. Along the way we wrote together and I also became his publisher. He was a wonderful, quirky, perfectionist and we worked diligently to achieve his dreams. Sadly, we lost Max in 1996. He is sorely missed.
Ms. Hansen is a Writers Guild Award winner and an EMMY-nominated screenwriter and consultant who has had a varied writing, directing, and acting career, that has taken her from the bright lights of Broadway working with the likes of Tommy Tune and Harold Prince, to the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times where she had her own “Byline,” to the classrooms of Brigham Young University where she taught screenwriting and playwriting from 1994-2000 as well as helped focus their Screenwriting Program.
After graduating with honors from the University of Utah, Ms. Hansen journeyed to Los Angeles to study musical theatre performance at the highly regarded Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Musical Theatre Workshop as well as acting technique with Charles Nelson-Reilly. From Los Angeles she moved to New York where she studied with the famed acting teacher Uta Hagen. Over the next few years she was seen on Broadway in A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up. In her acting career she has starred opposite Milton Berle in Guys and Dolls, James Mason in A Partridge in a Pear Tree, Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, and Rudolf Nureyev in The King and I, as well as numerous musicals Off-Broadway and in regional theatre.
In the late 80s, Ms. Hansen decided to focus on her writing and was accepted into the prestigious American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television studies, one of the top five film programs in the U.S., where she received an MFA in screenwriting. Since then, she has written for nearly every film and video venue in the business: feature film, short film, television (long and short form), corporate video, documentary, as well a s musicals and straight plays for the legitimate theatre.
She has spent numerous years as a script consultant, first with the Pasadena Playhouse, where she reviewed new and established scripts which were under consideration, as well as with Entertainment Business Group, an entertainment consulting company where she worked on “Campaign Breakdowns” and “Comparative Picture Analyses”
Also a film and stage director, she has directed a handful of short films and just completed directing Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for Sundance Summer Theatre.
In addition to her Writer’s Guild Award and her Emmy nomination, Ms. Hansen was a finalist for the esteemed Humanitas Prize for excellence in children’s television programing, a Telly Award for her work with the Foundation for a Better Life and has been awarded two Crystal Awards for excellence in corporate video writing as well as numerous screenwriting competitions.
This is from the MEET LARRY page of his own website:
I am a native-born Tennessean and proud of it. Years ago I followed in the footsteps of my hero, David Crockett, and journeyed from Tennessee to Texas. To my surprise I discovered that the Alamo was not only being remembered, but was quite secure. Somewhat disillusioned, I settled in Arlington anyway, thinking that I should keep an eye on things.
For fun and food I designed and developed software for many years. Somehow I’ve managed to squander time writing various things, some of which are described on this site. I currently keep watch over three cats, Milton, Berle, and Penny, as well as continuing to discreetly monitor the Alamo situation.
I have been a creative writer in some form since about the second grade, beginning with poetry. Limericks were, and still are, fun to write. During my teen years, I drifted into writing short stories. Still later, I wrote poems, songs, and stories for my wife to use in her kindergarten teaching.
My first writing that was drama related involved monologues. My wife was teaching a drama class in Mansfield, and needed some monologues for a recital. She didn’t like what was available, so asked me to provide something. The students loved them, which was my goal, as I’m certain that an actor performs noticeably better when they really like their material.
Next I was asked to help adapt the Robin Hood story for a play at Creative Arts Theatre and School (C.A.T.S.) in Arlington, Texas. That led to a couple more minor works there, such as adding a character or songs to existing scripts.
My son, Jason, had been performing on stage since he was around 6 years old, and since I had sat through literally hundreds of performances, felt as though I had a pretty good idea of what actors and audiences would find fun and entertaining. I enjoyed putting those ideas to practice.
When Jason was asked to direct Hansel and Gretel at C.A.T.S. during his senior year in high school, he hesitated, as the script provided was rather lame. I offered to write a script for him if he would take the opportunity to direct. He and I quickly put together a musical version of Hansel and Gretel that had a very different slant from the original version. It was quite well received by the actors and the audiences.
Since then, I have had two collections of monologues published by Contemporary Drama, two collections of monologues published by Encore Performance Publishing, and two plays published by Encore Performance Publishing. One of the published plays is “Robin Hood and the Magna Carta,” which combines the Robin Hood legend with actual English history. The other play is a musical spoof of the Frankenstein story, which is anything but traditional.
Almost by accident, I also wrote a cookbook along the way. I may well be the least famous person to have had a cookbook published by a royalty-paying publisher. I had written a group of humorous short stories concerning life on a southern farm in the 1920-40s. For some bizarre reason, I decided that the best chance of getting the work published was to incorporate the stories into a cookbook. Since the stories are set during the waste-not era of the Great Depression, I rounded up a number of recipes from that same time frame, and then found a publisher (Quixote Press) who happened to be looking for an old-fashioned country cookbook manuscript.
“Grandma’s Cookbook” was subsequently published, and contains some very interesting recipes, such as those involving “recently deceased opossums” and jellies made from cow parts not normally used for human consumption anymore.
Straying from playwriting in 1999, I wrote a mystery novel set in the Arlington area, “In Over Your Head; A Cody Bryan Mystery,” just to see if I could. I published it through ToExcel, primarily to use as Christmas gifts. It was fun to write, and garnered good reviews, so I wrote the second of the series, “Shot at and Missed,” set in the Virginia/Washington, D.C. area. Then I wrote “Deep in the Woods,” a young Appalachian girl’s coming-of-age type mystery novel, with a touch of science fiction thrown into the mix. This book had been tumbling around in my head for a decade, and I finally got it down on paper. The sequel is still primarily in my head.
In 2007 the publisher at Quixote Press asked whether I’d be interested in writing a book of ghost stories to add to their series. Why not? Since then I’ve written four ghost books and another cookbook for them. The first ghost book, “Ghosts of Lookout Mountain” has just been released. Hopefully the others will follow soon.
I write because it is fun, and a creative challenge. It is also personally fulfilling to provide entertainment for others. Since my novels are available via the major online bookstores, I have received emails from people I’ve never met who have read and enjoyed my writing. A guy wanted to know if one of my female characters was real and had a phone number. A college drama class utilized one of my monologue books in their studies, and wrote to me asking for background information behind the writings.
I don’t have a particular formula for writing. Sometimes I start with outlines, but not always. The “Woods” novel began with me knowing only the very ending scene. The first “Cody” I began writing without knowing much about the plot. I created a character and let him tell me the story as we traveled from beginning to end. The second “Cody” had me writing various chapters, totally out of sequence, and then putting them together with putty. I really enjoy writing dialogue, but that is probably the toughest part of writing. Often what looks good on paper is lousy when spoken aloud. (I think we’ve all seen many examples of that on television and movie screens.) At least three fourths of the time spent on the ghost books is in research, as the settings need to be easily recognized.
I am currently working on the third Cody Bryan mystery, set in New Orleans, and also a sequel to the “Woods” novel. Several more plays are in various stages of completion. Of course I still write the occasional poem. Unfortunately, my everyday life severely interferes with the time I can allot to my writing. I am always interested in hearing from people who have read any of my work or have simply visited my website, www.larryhillhouse.com.
Visit his site and see what Larry has been up to!
MUSICAL AUTHORED TOGETHER
Jon Robert Howe is first last, and always a seeker of truth who is happy to share–an educator experienced in multimedia ways to make learning memorable.
He has been in turns a newspaper photographer, radio news broadcaster, professional Santa Claus, actor, video producer, musical playwright, graphic and Internet designer, marketing executive and innovative blogger.
In his college classes, Jon loves to teach hungry students the presentation computer techniques that he is always polishing and using.
He really enjoys leading church classes using his multimedia skills to not only keep his students awake–but more, to help make the lessons “stick” in the minds and hearts of his fellow students.
The Saga Of Sasquatch C’lone (watch the Leicester Bay Theatricals site for further info)
also: Missionary Boxer (with music by Lynn Burton) (Watch the Zion Theatricals site for further info)
Grampa In Training Volume 1 (A book about being a great and constructive Grampa) (Visit Zion BookWorks)
MUSICAL AUTHORED TOGETHER
The Saga of Sasquatch C’lone: Doc Hollidays Electronic Medicine Show
Will is an actor, director and playwright who lives with his family in San Francisco. His experience includes work with five different Shakespeare festivals, including six years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as both an actor and director. He has worked as a professional actor at the Intiman Theatre Company and the Tacoma Actors Guild in Seattle. Since moving to the Bay area, he has been artistic director of the VITA Shakespeare Festival and worked as an actor and director for the California Actor’s Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Company, the Magic Theatre and other companies. Currently, Mr. Huddleston is Resident Director with the California Theatre Center. In addition to writing adaptations, he has created numerous original plays including THE ADVENTURES OF PERSEUS, A NEW AGE IS DAWNING (about the Ragtime Era), THE JOURNEY OF LEWIS AND CLARK, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, AMELIA EARHART and THE RAVEN’S TALE, as well as THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. These plays have been seen in productions at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Alaska Youth Theatre, South Coast Repertory and at schools and theatre programs for young people across the United States.
Recollections of Jim
James G. Lambert was a playwright, lyricist and composer as well as a director and actor. He was active in theatrical enterprises wherever he lived. His wife, Elizabeth Lambert, survives him and lives in Provo, Utah. His children Julia Lambert Grogan, James D. Lambert and Christian Lambert have settled in various places around the country.
Jim and I were introduced to each other in the ‘Production of the Century’ at BYU called “Brigham!” (Max Golightly was directing it — it was huge. It starred Harve Presnell, who was a delight to work with.) Jim was in the cast and I was the Assistant Choreographer to another great man Dee Winterton! [Later, Dee, another mentor, gave me the opportunity to choreograph Dick Van Dyke for a television special that Dee had been hired to oversee. Circles and connections just lead on and on.] Jim was also a member of the cast of the original production of Scott Card’s and my “Liberty Jail.”
Jim and I formed a friendship. He told me that he wrote musicals. I told him that I did, also. We got together. He became a great friend and collaborator. He asked me to come and help him with his pet project, FRONTIER! We got it stageworthy and after that worked together on numerous projects (like the ones mentioned below) and others, never produced.
In 2011 we all lost a great man, husband, father, friend. I lost a true friend, collaborator, and father-figure when Jim died.
The Homely Touch (The Tender Touch)
Susan and I met at BYU where she had written several plays that were produced at the university, directed by both Faculty members and Graduate Students alike. They were fine plays. I needed help re-structuring the book to an experimental musical. Susan got the job done.
Neil Newell — was born in Orem, Utah and attended Brigham Young University where he received a BS degree in Business Management and the University of Southern California where he received an MFA in Professional Writing. He has taught Creative Writing at Clark County Community College in Las Vegas and at Utah Valley State College. He has also taught Advanced Playwrighting at Brigham Young University. Various articles and short stories of his have been published in national magazines. His science fiction novel, THE RELUCTANT WIZARD was published by Manor Books. In addition to his collaboration on the music and lyrics for KEWPIE (now titled ROSE) and TURN THE GAS BACK ON Max C. Golightly and C. Michael Perry he has written the music and some book and lyric elements for PINOCCHIO with Max.
He has also written the book, music and lyrics for LOVERS AND OTHERS and COVENANTS. Since Max’s death Neil and Mike have continued their partnership with ANNE…WITH AN ‘E’: THE GREEN GABLES MUSICAL, SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS, and GREAT EXPECTATIONS. He works for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a researcher/writer. He is married to Ariane Moffit, also of Orem, and has five children.
Carol Lynn Pearson is a well-known writer in a variety of genres. The unlikely area of poetry provided her first major success. Well over 250,000 copies of her poetry books have been sold and poems have appeared in literature books as well as Ann Lander’s column. A book that brought major recognition in a different way is “Goodbye, I Love You”, the story of her life with her husband, a homosexual man struggling with the conflicts this brought to his life and marriage. After twelve years and four children, the couple ended their marriage and vowed to remain good friends. Six years later, in Carol Lynn’s home, where she was taking care of him, Gerald died of AIDS. Believing their story could help many others, Ms. Pearson decided to tell it. The book made her a popular guest on such shows as “Good Morning, America,” “Oprah,” “Sally Jesse Raphael,” and was featured in “People” magazine and “Woman’s Day.” She has also written education motion pictures and children’s plays, two commissioned by Robert Redford’s Sundance Theatre, “Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Cry Wolf” and “I Believe In Make Believe.” Her most recent project is a one-woman play which she wrote and performs, “Mother Wove The Morning,” in which she portrays sixteen women through out history in search for the female face of God. Ms. Pearson received her BA and MA degrees in Theater at Brigham Young University in Utah, where she twice received the “Best Actress” award. She lives and works in Walnut Creek, California.
Carol Lynn and I met during the Utah production of MY TURN ON EARTH. She had written so many successful pieces, but her warm and engaging personality welcomed me. She suggested I write a score for her new children’s musical, a fable: “The Apple Kingdom”.
Other Plays and Musicals:
Robert G. Peck, Jr. — my other ‘first’ collaborator. I would never have accomplished the things I have accomplished without the influence of this man in my life. I know of many others who give him equal credit in their lives.
This little article is from the Chicago Tribune’s Memorial Service notice about his death in 1986. “A memorial service for Robert G. Peck Jr., 78, a retired advertising executive, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grace Episcopal Church, 120 E. First St., Hinsdale. Mr. Peck, of Hinsdale, died Wednesday in Hinsdale Hospital. He retired in 1968 from Armstrong Advertising, where he had been an account executive and vice president for 20 years. Mr. Peck, who also was a freelance writer, was a contributor and substitute columnist for 15 years for The Tribune’s “Rimes and Remnants” column and several years for the newspaper’s “Line O’Type or Two” column. He wrote many reviews for The Tribune`s Sunday Book Magazine. He was active in numerous Hinsdale organizations. Survivors include two sons, Robert and William; and six grandchildren.”
It did not mention any of the other things he did. Among many other hobbies and interests, he directed for Brush Hill Music Theatre and The Hinsdale Village Players. Because of this my mother, (she knew him), encouraged me to go and seek his help and advice when Leslie Lillis and I wanted to start The Plank Road Players, an amateur Youth Theatre Group. He came on board and became a champion of us youth. He was incredible. So full, a vast storehouse, of wisdom and knowledge.
Entering his home was an adventure in following a trail. He must have learned under the hands of Sir Baden Powell himself. Mr. Peck was a collector of books (thousands of children’s books, books on jazz music, humor and Science Fiction) , music and recordings (1700 jazz titles). And you could follow the trail through his front room and often have to move stacks of books just to sit down. But not one of us minded, because he had read every single one of them. It showed in every word he spoke; always perfectly phrased and right to the point.
He was a ten year veteran of Little League in Hinsdale. He is a published poet. After his retirement from Armstrong, he took a part time job at Kroch’s and Brentano’s , an independent bookstore in Oakbrook, where his vast knowledge of literature helped the customers there. Later, he opened his own used bookstore, at age 70, to help clean out the titles in his house.
He was a brilliant ‘people-person.’ He was a great friend. He was an inspiring collaborator and director. He was awesome.
Musical Authored together:
If you worked with PRP, join us! [Plank Road Players on FACEBOOK]
I still think about him and what a great man he was. He touched many many lives. He sure did mine.
No one who ever met him came away unchanged. He had an effect on you — it told you you could do what you thought you couldn’t — look at what we wrote [and accomplished] under his influence!
Alison C. Vesely
I SO agree – I still think of him too. Amazing man, and such a great influence!
I remember Mr. Peck so well. He was a really excellent director and a fascinating person. He and his wife went to our church, so I knew him in that context as well as theater. I assume he has left this world, but the impression he made upon me and other theater kids lasts a lifetime.
I have his portrait on my wall, and whenever I need encouragement I look at it, and the encouragement comes. God bless Mr. Peck.
Leslie Lillis (Piazza)
What can I say about Leslie? She was my first — lots of things — friend who was a girl (I mean true friend), we were soul-mates from the time we met in 5th Grade; she was my first collaborator; she was my first defender; and although we never were really an ‘item’ she was my first girlfriend. I think she taught me what it was like to associate with a ‘female of the species’ and do it right. She was always incredibly supportive of me and anyone else who came into her sphere of influence.
We were thick as thieves in 7th and 8th grades and we took many of the same classes in High School (especially French with Madame Marshall, Madame LaPert and Monsieur DeSandre [in High School]) and were active together in all the Drama and Music Department productions. We rehearsed, partied, played and supported each other. We also formed an amateur youth theatre group together THE PLANK ROAD PLAYERS — producing Oliver!, The Music Man and Babes In Arms over the summers of 1969, 1970 and 1971. (Our Sophomore, Junior and Senior years.) We were in all three shows together and we were running the group with the help of oh so many of our still very close friends.
We left for different colleges and corresponded — constantly. She visited me in Provo, Utah and I visited her in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. Then we were chosen to work with our favorite man of all time, Robert G. Peck, Jr. to write the pageant for our hometown. What a year that was — filled with more college for her and work for me as I came home to live with friends since my parents had retired and moved away. But Leslie and I were always together. We wrote, laughed, cried, got frustrated, celebrated, orchestrated, sang and produced and directed — together.
When that year ended — it was the hardest decision for me — but I went back to school. So did Leslie. But we kept in touch. We are still in touch. Much of that theatrical gang of our youth are still in touch. Leslie is the cement that holds it all together.
She graduated in Music. She has a husband of many years and two lovely daughters. She is a special and unique person and there will never be anyone close to her in my own universe, except for my wife. My Solar System has twin suns around which all of the other planets revolve.
Thank you, Leslie!
Musical Authored together:
Gayanne is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Ph.D. from the Department of Theatre and Film with an emphasis in Children’s Theatre. She took, however, as many writing classes as she could. An adaptation of hers of the BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS was performed by the Rocky Mountain Youth Theatre. Dr. Ramsden’s play BEOWULF was performed as a staged reading at Brigham Young University and a full production was staged at Spanish Fork High School in Utah. It is published by Eldridge. Dr. Ramsden has worked as a children’s librarian in both school and city settings. Telling stories is one of her favorite pastimes. She has finished a musical version of HEIDI and is currently working on a musical of EAST OF THE SUN — WEST OF THE MOON.
George G. King is from Utah. He has served a French mission for the LDS Church and earned Degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and completed course work at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has worked for United States Steel, WordPerfect Corporation and Zions Bank as a publications editor and technical writer and taught English and French at BYU, Rice University, & Utah Valley University. He loves to write and share his philosophies and ideas in poems, stories, and theater. He also really enjoys and admires the way C. Michael Perry puts wings to his words through music.
I have never met George in person. But he married a dear friend, Gayanne Ramsden, just a few years back, and has made her so happy, that when Gayanne suggested that George contact me to create songs for his new musical script, COMING HOME, I couldn’t say no, because I knew Gayanne would not steer me wrong. She didn’t!
Sheila is a San Antonio-based, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and teacher. I met her at a convention in Houston. Her work has been commissioned, developed and produced throughout the United States but especially in Texas where The Playhouse San Antonio, The Classic Theatre, and The Overtime Theatre are her artistic homes. Commissioned six times in the past 8 years by the City of San Antonio to produce performance pieces for Luminaria, Rinear also teaches Playwriting and Screenwriting at NESA (San Antonio Arts Magnet High School) and serves The Dramatists Guild as Regional Rep for Austin-San Antonio.
ALSO VISIT HER WEBSITE: HERE
Plays listed with Leicester Bay:
Other plays: (some of these titles will be coming on board at Leicester Bay)
A former director of the BYU Honors Program, Thomas F. Rogers was a professor of Russian language and literature at Brigham Young University, now retired, and the author of more than a dozen plays, many on Mormon subjects. Four of these have been published in God’s Fools (Signature Books, 1983), which also received the Association of Mormon Letters Drama Prize that same year. Those titles are HUEBENER, GOD’S FOOLS (or JOURNEY TO GOLGOTHA), FIRE IN THE BONES, and REUNION. Other titles include: THE SECOND PRIEST, THE SEAGULL (Adapted from the Chekov play), GENTLE BARBARIAN, FRERE LAWRENCE, CHARADES, were published in a second anthology entitled ‘Huebener’ and Other Plays by Thomas F. Rogers, in 1992. Then THE ANOINTED. He has also penned stage adaptations of Dostoevsky’s novels, Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. The former received a BYU production, directed by Tad Danielewski, in which Tom played the role of Marmeladov. In 1995–1996 God’s Fools was produced (in translation) by a professional repertory theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. (While Tom was serving as an LDS mission president. He also played the role of the American double spy, Cooper in that production. Later on that mission he directed a Russian language version of Huebener in St. Petersburg.
His latest published stories appeared in the Summer 1991 issue of Dialogue (receiving an annual Dialogue fiction award) and in the collection Christmas for the World. Rogers was once the editor of Encyclia, journal of the Utah Academy, and author of a critical monograph, Myth and Symbol in Soviet Fiction (The Edwin Mellen Press). He studied at the Yale School of Drama and holds degrees from the University of Utah, Yale, and Georgetown. He has also studied theater in Poland and Russian at Moscow State University and taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Utah. Rogers’ theatrical activity includes acting and directing in addition to writing plays. He has traveled extensively in Russia, Eastern Europe, and India. He and his wife Merriam are the parents of seven children, thirty-eight grandchildren and, so far, three great-grand-children. They reside in Bountiful, Utah.
Click Dialogue_V41N01_77 to read an article about Tom and his plays from a 1977 issue of DIALOGUE Magazine.
Click 1986_r_001 to read a review of the First Collection of Tom Roger’s plays by Eugene England called “God’s Fools: Plays of Mitigated Conscience”
Expect a collection of Thomas F. Rogers plays to be issued in the near future by Zion Theatricals in cooperation with Zion BookWorks.
I met Joe at a Theatre Convention in Texas. Everything is big down there — including the talent. Joe was an engaging and accomplished professional. He had been one of the pioneers, nationwide, in Bilingual Theatre and was the founder of Teatro Bilingue. He wrote many plays and adaptations of all kinds. We worked on one together — a Bilingual Musical about bullying listed below.
I met Shirlee many years ago when we were both in a graduate playwrighting class together, she working on her Doctorate and I working on my Masters. We collaborated on the little multi-media musical below. She is the author of three other plays: HIRUM BEEBE; COMING OF AGE; and MERRY CHRISTMAS, GEORGE BAILEY.
She has also written several books published by Leicester Bay Books and Zion BookWorks.
Musical Authored Together
R. Rex Stephenson
1973 to present: Ferrum College Drama Department
1966-69: Teaching high school and junior high English,
government, speech, and drama
Ph. D., New York University, Education/Theatre, 1984
Kipling’s Just So Stories and Just So Stories—the Musical, with music Emily Rose Tucker. Venice, FL: Eldridge, 2006.
The Adventures of Huck Finn, with music by Jon Cohn and C. Michael Perry. Adapted from Mark Twain. Encore, 2002.
Jack’s Adventures with the King’s Girl. Encore Performance Publishing, 1999.
Mutsmag, in AppLit, 2002. An online picture book adaptation, illustrated by children in grades K-3, Franklin County, VA. Script in Crosscurrents of Children’s Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism, Oxford UP, 2006.
“Jack and the Giants” in AppLit, 2010.
“Jack and the King’s Girl,” in ALCA-Lines: Journal of the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia , vol. IX (2001): 14-15. Also published with guidelines for dramatizing with children, in Nellie McCaslin’s Creative Drama in the Classroom, 5th ed. (New York: Longman, 1990). Full text reprinted at this link in AppLit.
“Teacher Resource Guide” for Galileo: Man of Science (with Jon Cohn, Kara-Beth Oliver, Madison Williams, Donna Speidel, and Mike Trochim). In Nellie McCaslin’s Creative Drama in the Classroom, 7th ed. (NY: Longman, 2000).
“The Script as Story Theatre.”1994. Reprinted in AppLit.
|ADDITIONAL THEATRICAL AND SCHOLARLY EXPERIENCEProducer/Director, Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre (summer, since 1978)Producer/writer/director of Ferrum College Jack Tale Players since 1975Director of over 150 playsWriter/producer of over 25 playsActor in over 100 playsProducer/writer/director of 8 stateside USO tours for Veterans Administration Medical CentersProduced 48-minute video, The Jack Tales Performing Live, Media Link Productions
Conducted many workshops for teachers and students on drama, storytelling, and uses of folktales
Presentations at Virginia Humanities Conferences, 1996 and 1998; Biennial Conferences on Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, 1997 and 2001; and Appalachian Teachers’ Network Conference, 2001, on dramatic adaptations of folklore and literature
Performances and presentations at theatre conferences since 1982
Recipient of IUPUI National Youth Theatre Playwrighting Competition award for “Excellence in Playwrighting” for Jack’s Adventures with the King’s Girl in 1996
Recipient of 2007 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award, Southeastern Theatre Conference
Working with Rex and the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre was almost dream-like. I acted as a Dramaturg in 2002 for their production of MY TRAVELS WITH CECIL a delightful historical play about the origins of the music of the Appalachians. The next summer he asked me to write the score for his new version of DANIEL! I jumped at the chance. It was a whirlwind journey. I arrived at the auditions having only seen act one and the music was finished for that act. Upon arrival Rex presented me with the second act and I wrote seven songs in a week before rehearsals started. I love pressure and it pushes me to be creative. I acted as the director of the production and musical director and also accompanied the performances. It was sheer delight. Rex was always there to support and help me in my varied tasks. And the professionals I worked with were some of the best I have ever met. Thanks, Rex!
MUSICALS AUTHORED TOGETHER
Adventures of Huck Finn (with Jon Cohn)
We Band Of Brothers (with Jon Cohn)
Dr. Charles W. Whitman was one of my early mentors at BYU. He was my first playwrighting teacher and without him I never would have been able to go on to do what I did. He was careful and supportive — encouraging. He called on me to write the score for his Summer Youth Theatre project in 1976 based on the work I had done in his Playwrighting Class and the year before as a dance and movement teacher for the workshop with the plays: CAPTAIN JINKS OF THE HORSE MARINES and THE BLUEBIRD. So we wrote ENTERTAINING MARK TWAIN together. Then, again he called on me in the 1990s to write and adapt a score for his current project, which eventually became ONSTAGE. At first it was a mix of well-known theatre songs and original tunes. After meeting with the playwright — Nancy Zelenak — she and I wanted to take it further than just the workshop — I wrote new songs to replace the ones that we had borrowed for the Workshop production. Dr. Whitman was there, as usual, encouraging us to go farther. I spoke with him on the phone early in 2012 and he was doing well and we talked of good times and lots of memories. He also wrote many plays and a few musicals (with other composers) but one of my fondest memories was being a part of the ensemble for his LDS play, PLAY THE DRUM SO THAT IT IS HEARD AGAIN in 1972.
NOTE: Dr. Whitman taught us in his Playwrighting class that the reason for the spelling of the word Play-wright-ing is because, like a metal worker or blacksmith is an iron-wright, or a wheelmaker is a wheel-wright, so a play is wrought — not just written. It is formed carefully by hand by an artisan. That is quite something to aspire to.
Nancy and I were thrown together, but quite willingly, as collaborators, by Dr. Charles Whitman — a mentor of too many people to count — at a summer workshop at Brigham Young University, where we were also teaching. We developed ONSTAGE! there and later, when I was teaching High School, we developed it further into the musical as it now exists. She is a delightful and capable writer — and a great person, too!