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About C. Michael Perry
C. Michael Perry -- was born in Colorado and raised in Chicago. He found the theatre in High School and has made a living in theatre, film and television since then. He has worked major network television shows, including the original Donny and Marie Show for ABC, and many commercials, and several shows for PBS and ABC, along with three independent films.
As an Actor/Performer he has played in front of live audiences from Chicago to Utah to Canada to Germany and Italy in various plays and musicals. He has received acting awards for his many leading and supporting roles.
He has served as Director for over 40 shows on the Community, Educational and Professional level.
As a Choreographer he has prepared over 50 productions.
His Musical Direction and Vocal Coaching has won accolades.
He has won awards for lighting and scenic designs in community theatre and on the high school level.
He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BA in Theatre.
He is the Composer and/or Playwright of over fifty plays and musicals including "CINDERABBIT" for PBS, which won an Emmy Award and a "Best Of The West" Public Television award. Most of his plays and award winning musicals have been produced across the nation and many have been produced internationally. Many are also published. Several titles include, ENTERTAINING MARK TWAIN, FAUNTLEROY!, KEWPIE!, THE APPLE KINGDOM, OF BABYLON, TURN THE GAS BACK ON!, CURSES, FOILED AGAIN!, TOM SAWYER, ONSTAGE!, A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, THE MIRACLE OF MIRADOR, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, ANNE with an 'e' - THE GREEN GABLES MUSICAL and ENCHANTED APRIL: A Musical.
He is or has been a member of New England Theatre Conference, Theta Alpha Phi, The Educational Theatre Association, The International Thespian Society, Associated Latter-day Media Artists (ALMA), Christians In Theatre Arts, The Texas Educational Theatre Association, The Utah Theatre Association, Rocky Mountain Theatre Association, Ohio Community Theatre Association, Southwest Theatre Association, The American Alliance for Theatre In Education and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He has served as the President of the Theatre Guild Of Utah Valley in central Utah.
For thirty years, until its sale in 2008, he was President of Encore Performance Publishing of Orem, Utah, which he founded -- a publisher of plays and musicals for amateur, educational and professional markets, now owned by Eldridge Plays and Musicals. He also worked as the VP of Sales and Marketing for General Theatrical Supply of Salt Lake City.
He has also done freelance writing for Scottsdale MultiMedia, a company out of Arizona.
He is the Author of two fantasy adventure series: THE CHILDREN OF THE ORB [Daniel Light and the Miracle of Mirador, Daniel Light and the Blood Rose of Panador, are published](+12 books still in progress); and the trilogy of THE EDGES OF TIME [WEMBLEY TEWKES: IMPERFECTIONS ON THE EDGE is published]. FLASHES AND SHADOWS -- The Tale That Shattered Summerville (YA Detective Fiction) is published. Also underway are the stand-alones, THE NIGHT SHIFT, a Teen-Paranormal novel; SWEETWATER SALVATION, an Historical Fiction, ANGEL an Historical Fiction out of the Civil War based on true incidents, and AMCANICO: THE CHILDREN OF THE APOCALYPSE, a retrospective of the future.
He makes his home in Newport , Maine with his wife Sharon. His daughters, Jessica, Janalynn and Joelle, and son, Jon-Christopher are out on their own; married and such!
The conquest for the eradication of the Dark has been taken up by the second generation. Daniel’s children, and the children of his associates are now embroiled in the great quest to rid the Realms of the Darkness. Daniel’s eighteen-year-old daughter, Caelith, is on a quest: to distance herself from the ways of her father. On this quest she meets an outcast, a slightly younger man near her own age, who is magically prevented from going home. Together they form a union and Caelith is slowly turned back to the life, and politics and cause of her father, Daniel Gregoryson: The Prophecy. And also to securing the return of her companion, Evermon, to his homeland. But not before she is called upon to endure the trials that the Dark has in store for her friend and herself. A Kingdom in peril would fall to the youngest of three brothers, as the older Princes are off on quests of their own. The new Queen, the King’s second wife, has other plans; promoting the rise of her own, foreign-born son to the Kingship. Unknown to the Queen, the Queen she replaced is being sought for secretly; as is the true identity of the new Queen. There is something not quite right about her. The Princess of Mirador, Daniel’s daughter, self-exiled, seeks freedom from her impending royal responsibilities – for she is to be Queen there. Will it be exile for one Prince of Aradon, or will all three face replacement and banishment by an insanely jealous Queen?
ABOUT THE SERIES: THE CHILDREN OF THE ORB
A long time ago on a planet far away there lived The Race of Enchanters, beings of Light. As is ever the situation when Light is present, so, also, is Darkness. These Sorcerors, close kin to the Enchanters, seek to influence and destroy all that had been protected and created by the Light. Other magical beings and creatures inhabit these realms and are torn and divided by this constant battle between Light and Dark; events and prophecies are ignored by the Light, The Dark, and the neutral; allegiances change and shift; power over all being the end result, for some. Then comes word of The Prophecy of Light: a being to come in the median of time to lead the Forces of Light to victory. Thus the stage is set in Colabos for Daniel Light and the Children of the Orb.
Wembley is an average and very successful fourteen-year-old. Everything comes easily to Wembley: the good and the bad; but still not without effort. Of Welsh origin himself he can trace his ancestry back to both the Picts and the Celts. Once enemies this proud warrior blood is now combined and flowing through the veins of our 21st Century youth. His parents had left Wales in 1999 when he was an infant to escape the heavy hand of the last strong British policy towards the region, and leave behind them the memory of a second son lost in childbirth. They came to America where they settled near Portland, Maine. Through strange and fantastic adventures, completely unplanned or unexpected by Wembley or his family, he begins to sense that he may have a mystic and hidden connection to the magic and lore of his native land.
His nemesis is Evie Griffith, who has a common and similar secret unknown to Wembley. She has been alive and not aged a day since her birth in 500AD. He is tempted, teased, badgered and bullied by her. She is different. She has some sort of power; power to hurt him -- emotionally. He can’t explain it. His friends and family don’t understand it. No one can do anything about it.
Through Wembley’s wide variety of interests he experiences strange, exotic, and uncommon, even disturbing adventures centered around business, farming, Scouting, service to others, theatre, military history, swimming and other sports, along with trips to Wales to visit his ‘Grans ’. There is something about Wales that calls him back.
Some of Wembley’s excursions -- his DreamTravels -- happen within our universe, our era of time. Most find him in an alternate reality; a second dimension; even in another universe, and always out of his own time. But each encounter with these strange and unusual far aways will lead him closer to his ancient home; and to his destiny.
Who fired the shot that launched the investigation in Summerville?
Thirteen-year-old Cade Watters, and his family and friends are being pursued, shot at, wounded. Why? Are the shots just warnings? Or are some people marked for death? Others in and out of the circle of friends and family are already dead. What is it that pursues them? From out of who's past is the danger coming that threatens to engulf or destroy them all?
Who has been tainted, and who hasn’t?
This is a tale of exploitation, intrigue, murder, drugs, and a internationally sponsored secret society that creeps its way right into our own back yards.
Reading Level: Grades 7+ (Ages 12-13 and up)
A battle won, but a war that only continues. Yet, the quiet that follows the monumental battle of The Miracle of Mirador, is but a ruse. The Dark is still working, as it always will, in shadows, in secret, even in isolation, to bring to pass its bloody purpose -- annihilation of the Light. Daniel, The Miracle of Mirador, is again instrumental in the plan to defeat the Dark, but he is also their principal target. As he grows and learns and comes into his powers, those that aid him will soon prosper. Those who oppose him will not. Adventure and intrigue continue to build as Daniel -- this boy prophet, their protector, their guardian -- leads his people in sometimes fearsome might and with uncanny perception as he battles the powers of Darkness that threaten to engulf them all.
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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!
Daniel Light and the Children of the Orb SERIES
Thirteen novels of mystery and magic
By C. Michael Perry
Youth, in a world and a time that are faraway, learn how to fulfill the demands of the prophecy that are placed on their shoulders. It is a time and place of dragons and magic and other creatures beyond our ken — upon which the Darkness is constantly encroaching.
From Creation to Renewal this is the story of a planet. Not our planet, but it could be. From first to last it is a journey of duties, of wants, of needs; and of a doubt – that reluctance that takes each of us from the carefree levels of our childhood through adolescence to adulthood. A journey that includes the discoveries and sacrifices each of us must make as we seek to return to that place from whence we came having learned, in whole or in part, what we were sent here to learn.
These stories combine the need for the fairytales of our childhood with the thirst for knowledge and adventure that is possessed by the adolescent. These needs we never seem to outgrow, even as adults.
Youth and adult alike can and should be empowered with the desire and ability to make correct decisions in their lives; ones that will lead each of us to good, honest, valuable lives in adulthood. The youths of these stories, through the careful guidance of their mentoring adults, variously achieve or fail to reach such empowerment for whatever reason — internal or external.
The Light inside each of us needs be recognized for what it is; POWER. It should be encouraged and kindled to full flame to help deflect and defeat the Dark that surrounds us.
Daniel, the Miracle of Mirador, is at the beginning, the center, and the ending — he is the leader — of our journey. “And a little child shall lead them.”
ABOUT BOOK ONE:
The Miracle Of Mirador
What if it took the loss of everything you loved for you to become whom you were meant to be?
An ancient Prophecy is fulfilled as Daniel, the Miracle, is found and trained by the Light and is then led to discover the sacrifices necessary for his success in the growing battle against the Dark.
Miraden, Master Magician and Enchanter under the direction of the Creators of the Realms of the Crystal Orb, finds a boy pure of heart and mind. The ancient Prophecy is fulfilled in Daniel, the miracle boy, as he learns and is guided at his Master ’s side. His inherent powers help to heal the scars that the Dark has left behind, recover a stolen and bewitched princess, and fight a war against the forces led by Miraden’s Dark brother, Tophet. The boy ’s own ties to his family are tested and in the final outcome a larger family stands together around Daniel and all proclaim him to be The Miracle of Mirador.
A Prince on a quest for his betrothed Princess; A Kingdom searching for its lost daughter – that same princess; an Enchanter seeking the Miracle of Prophecy that has been promised since the dawn of time: the one who is to become his apprentice and save the world; a boy growing up wise in a loving family, seeking friends who will understand and share his dreams; a Darkness, alive since before the moment of Creation – before Humans, before Dwarves – seeking supremacy over its eternal foes: all meet in a climactic conflagration of battles fueled by secrecy, magic and treachery. The battles center around the heart of the Realms of the Crystal Orb: the kingdom of Mirador. How the Prince, Princess, Enchanter and Dark Wizard are aided or vanquished by the Miracle, and how each act requires a sacrifice, forms the center of “The Miracle of Mirador.”