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MUSICALS

Christmasonthebluew-garlandChristmas On The Blue — a New Musical

A Christmas musical based on no true story at all!  Christmas Eve in 1944.  At a small radio station outside of Cleveland, Ohio,  the radio station owner tries to prevent her station from closing down on Christmas Day. What with network feeds timed poorly with the local programming — where all the special effects sometimes go wrong — and trying to placate the station headliners (who think they are better than they are) and coddling the talented trio of sisters who sing backup and placating her nephew who does everything else — a Stranger arrives. There is no money and soon there will be no show!

 

Christmas On The Blue is now available for licensing at LEICESTER BAY THEATRICALS

© 2017 by Elizabeth Hansen & C. Michael Perry

 


 

MozartDivertimento — A New Mozart Musical

When you merge a French farce (THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE)  and Mozart’s instrumental masterpieces, now rendered as Vocal music to drive the plot of a fantastically funny story, the result is a delightful operetta—or singspiel— that Wolfgang himself had never imagined.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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 THE BALLAD OF PARLEY P! A Musical The Life and Times of Parley P. Pratt. Book and Lyrics by Thom Duncan Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Additional Lyrics based on the poetry of Parley P. Pratt. 59m 10f Characters can be doubled to three different groupings: 19m 6f OR 7m 4f OR 7m 2f. About 2 hours. Unit set. (Producible by LDS Wards and Stakes, Professional, Community, and Educational 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 he lay dying, to the man who killed him. This company of actors tells the audience this story, and learn a little in the process about themselves and their craft. This is a funny, sobering, powerful tribute to a great Saint and an undying testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is now ready for its first production!

© 2017 by Thom Duncan & C. Michael Perry

CHECK IT OUT ON THE PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE


 

LittleMenLOGOLITTLE MEN — The Musical Based on the sequel to Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” Jo and Professor Baher are set up at Plumfield, with a home and school for boys (and a girl or two). This musical is the story of the arrival of Nat and Dan from Boston. What they add to and how they affect and incite the others of the school becomes the center of the story.

 

 


LET THERE BE LOVE — This musical chronicles the love story of Joseph Smith and his wife, Emma Hale Smith. Set against the backdrop of hatred and persecution, in an America that was supposed to have freedom of choice as far as religion was concerned, Joseph and Emma struggle, along with the other Saints, to establish a foothold, both personally and publicly, in love and in Faith. The face opposition from without, but the worst of their oppressors are within the Church.

CHECK IT OUT AT ZION THEATRICALS

 

 

© 2017 by Thom Duncan & C. Michael Perry


DANCING ON DADDY’S SHOES — a memory play as a daughter looks fondly back on the Daddy she lost in the war. Writing in progress.

LYRIC TO DANCING ON DADDY’S SHOES (first draft) © 2017 by  C. Michael Perry

Life was the fantasy
Every little girl requires:
Pretty dresses and dances —
Just simple desires.
I followed every motion,
Like sailing on the ocean.
I felt it in my heart
The first moment I started
Dancing On Daddy’s Shoes.

Dance after dance
I was twirling all around the room
With an effortless grace, like a flower in bloom.
The faces flying by me,
While wondering just “why me?”
It’s silly to recall
I just seemed to be always
Dancing On Daddy’s Shoes

The world seemed to vanish while dancing.
New places were all so entrancing.
Every new dance was a chance for a kind of romance.

Funny how moments
Can turn the world right upside down.
And how time can erase
All the smiles with one frown.
With voices so confusing,
My vision kept refusing
The ending of the song;
Told me I was no longer
Dancing On Daddy’s Shoes.


© 2017 by C. Michael Perry ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



NOVELS


Angel — Historical Fiction of the Civil War. Based on a true story of a northern Lady and her family as they rescue a pair of Rebel soldiers from a New York Prison Camp only to find a very strange connection. (nearly finished)


AmcanicoA Retrospective of the Future The stories of the Children of the Apocalypse. Told from the viewpoint of the children of the future who live in squalor, degradation, depravity and uncertainty in single-child families, while their parents work too hard and die too young, leaving their children alone — all to support a government and its bureaucrats who claim authority and power for themselves — will startle and even enrage its readers. (getting there)


 

NightShiftFRONTCOVERTHE NIGHT SHIFT — Trenton Woolsey is a vampire — possessing a secret that he is totally unaware of — who chooses to: work the night shift at a burger joint turning raw, bloody meat into cooked meat, and make friends with humans.

The Valkyrie and The Watchers are two radically and fundamentally different covens of Vampires. But they both want only one thing: Trenton Woolsey.

The Valkyrie need him to reinforce their war against The Watchers — the Human Lovers. The Valkyrie are dedicated to the subjugation of Humans as a food source, their salvation in their elevation to Vampiredom, and the eradication of those who love and protect Humans. And The Watchers not only need Trenton, but cannot continue existing without him, because of his special, secret and manifest destiny. All of this is unknown to Trenton. While Human wars may come and go, the war of the Vampires has never been quelled, and seems, only now, to be truly escalating. (this is a tough one — but I’ll get it)

 


 

SweetwaterCOVERfrontSWEETWATER SALVATION The story of Daniel Morgan, young man of 14, who struggled as a part of a Willie/Martin handcart company. His conversion to the gospel, and his travels and travails to Rocky Ridge are chronicled in this tale of faith and adventure.
This story is a fiction — a fantasy — based on the trials and experiences of the Willie/Martin Handcart companies that began forming in Liverpool, England in 1854 and traveled to Utah in 1856. Most of the participants came from England, but many were from Denmark. The family of the Morgans is a fiction but the events surrounding them are real and happened in England, onboard ship and in America as this family, and others, made their way to their Zion.

(I find that a lot of factual historical data is missing between Council Bluffs and Wyoming. I’ll have to dig it up. OR be brave and make it up.)

 


Additional Novels in the CHILDREN OF THE ORB series:

BOOK 9-Aydriel and the Golden Sceptre — Where does courage truly lie? The King of the Golden Mountain is found to be a threat to the Light and all it stands for. His Darkness has captured three of the Princess of the Realm of Caladon.  This is the story of the third generation of Realmic heroes who step forward on thequest to rescure the princesses of Caladon: Aydriel, a Prince of Zanadon; Fandomir, The Captain of the Guards of Caladon; and Aralad, champion Archer and Huntsman of Panador. Aydriel give aid to a Gnome of the woods where the other three will not and the Gnome gives aid to the Quest of the three in the form of information and the solution of three riddles that they will be presented. For it is discovered that Hopmeer, the gnome, has escaped his imprisonment as a servant to the Dark King of the Golden Mountain. All goes well until the third princess cannot be rescued. An old enemy surfaces and the young men are threatened with utter destruction unless they can call upon some magical powers that none of them seem to possess.

BOOK 10-Nightbane: Dark Prince of Zanadon — What is our true nature? Where does action lead when reason flies away on the wings of doubt? There is resentment growing in the Realms of the Crystal Orb, now in it’s fourth generation since the Miracle of Mirador’s victory over the Dark. This resentment is against the Light, specifically at why some are born to magic and enchantment and why some are not. A former creature of the Dark, turned by Daniel and Miraden long ago, has risen to rule in Zanadon through his marriage to its heir. His allegiance is challenged and he finds himself, after decades of service to the Light, questioning his own choices. Then the Dark, long patient and waiting for just such a chance, pounces and Nightbane reverts to the killing creature he once was. Kingdoms are decimated by his rampages and people are frightened. They call upon Daniel and his Circle of Light; whose cause Nightbane used to serve willingly. The chase ensues, the confrontation is reached and the final outcome is in great doubt as the two former friends, Nightbane and Daniel, meet in battle.

BOOK 11-The Contest of the Kings — Do our origins determine what we do and whom we become? When heritage, the lineage of blood, is lost, to whom can a Kingdom turn? Having lost most of the heirs to many of its kingdoms, The Realms of the Crystal Orb, under the leadership of Daniel, The Miracle of Mirador, devise a way to replace the royal blood that was lost. A contest. A youth of familiar heritage, Altare, being a descendant of Daniel’s best friend, Elias, is found living in isolation. His sister, Morgare, seduced him and they bore a child, Moralt.  He has been in hiding for the shame and anger of it all. But Daniel convinces him to compete. He has a birthright. Something to live up to. Lethlan, a discontented youth, torn from his family by the rampage of Nightbane, becomes a competitor, also. A unique friendship and bond develops between Altare and Lethlan, and they become almost like brothers. Even after Altare wins the competition and is made King in Mirador. The Gwynna enters the picture. Altare is in love. So is Lethlan. And the Darkness is aware of how it can influence and win the war: kidnap Lethlan and put a Changeling, or Doppelganger in his place. 

BOOK 12-A Tryst in Tyme — Fidelity. Love. Friendship. Are they every what they have always seemed to be?
Is faithfulness, or even Faith, of value to us? The new Lethlan seduces Gwynna, now the wife of Altare. They are discovered and exiled, where they die. Altare marries again, to Elayne. He is killed in battle by his bastard son, Moralt. Elayne, orders the execution of Moralt and Morgare as Altare’s forces have won the battle. As Elayne cries over the loss of her husband, the real Lethlan returns, They marry. Elias, now embittered over the loss of his descendant, steals all the treasures of the Realms and hides them by altering the course of a river, then burying it in a splendid magic-made underground cavern, then returning the river to its course. Daniel confronts him and their friendship and brotherhood is tried and tested, until Elias vows to defeat Daniel and the Light.

BOOK 13-Daniel, Lord of Renewal — Light and Dark. How different are they when they have the same beginnings?
Where did it all begin? Where does it all end? This is the final battle and the story of what leads up to it. The Realms have been divided into camps, behind Daniel, the High King of the Realms and behind Elias, the King of the Outer Reaches. Former friends are now enemies. Realm against Realm, Brother versus brother, and outside influences, long felt but seldom seen, try to shift the tide as the Miracle of Mirador and his former best friend and brother, compete to destroy what the other now stands for. The Dark sits and watches and intervenes only to influence the outcome against Daniel and the Light. The scales are weighing heavily against the Light. Elias seems near victory when the Miracle of Mirador… Well, that would be giving it away wouldn’t it? Or would it?

BOOK 14-Histories of the Orb — A Companion Book — The rest of the story. A storybook containing [among other titles:] Miraden and the War of the Enchanters, The Birth of the Kings of the Crystal Orb, The Skwatwaela, Castal — The Boy Who Could Talk To The Sea,  The Family and the Rostok, William of Waterside, The People of the Plains, Axengard: First Dwarf, Salah Tas: Land of the Elves, Dal and the Rise of the Dark)
These stories are from various times through the history of the Realms of the Crystal Orb. Some fill out the stories that have already been told, providing background and detailing characters or incidents not told so far in the Chronicles of the Realms. Others present new characters and peoples to our view and round out the stories we have come to know.


POD CITY OF PALAK III — the alternative title to this is “Paradise …Interrupted”. It tells the tale of a youth, seeming alone on a planet, in a garden of trees. All his needs are met, his life is one delightful adventure after another, constantly absorbing his environment, learning, growing — until the day a stranger arrives. [I have just begun this story that came to me in a dream.]