C. Michael Perry

C. Michael Perry

C. Michael Perry -- was born in Colorado and raised in Chicago. He found the theatre at age 14 and has made all or part of his living in theatre, film and television since the age of 16, with his first professional job as a stagehand in a Chicago theatre. He started his own theatre group at age 15 and produced OLIVER!, THE MUSIC MAN, and BABES IN ARMS over three summers. He has worked major network television...
C. Michael Perry -- was born in Colorado and raised in Chicago. He found the theatre at age 14 and has made all or part of his living in theatre, film and television since the age of 16, with his first professional job as a stagehand in a Chicago theatre. He started his own theatre group at age 15 and produced OLIVER!, THE MUSIC MAN, and BABES IN ARMS over three summers. He has worked major network television shows, 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 was nominated as a best actor for Frank Butler in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Cornelius Hackle in HELLO, DOLLY, Charlie Davenport in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and Ben Tipton in FAUNTLEROY!, winning for Fauntleroy!

He has served as Director for over 60 shows on the Community, Educational and Professional level, including
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS and HANSEL AND GRETEL (Utah Lyric Opera)
DANIEL! and MY TRAVELS WITH CECIL (Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre)
THE HONORABLE URASHIMA TARO (for BYU)
BABES IN ARMS (for Backstage Dinner Theatre)
OLIVER! & THE KING AND I (Alhambra Playhouse)
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN & THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN (Spanish Fork Area Theatre Productions, Inc.)
ON GOLDEN POND, THE MOUSETRAP, KISS ME KATE! (Pleasant Grove Players)
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, PIPPIN, THE OUTSIDERS, THE TEMPEST, JULIUS CAESAR, HAMLET, INTO THE WOODS, HELLO DOLLY!, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, STATE FAIR, MARVIN’S ROOM, AS YOU LIKE IT, WEST SIDE STORY, THE FOREIGNER, STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Spanish Fork High School)
DRACULA, ANYTHING GOES (Pleasant Grove High School)

During the late-1970s and early-1980s he worked in Television on the “The Donny and Marie Show” and “The Osmond Family Hour” working directly with such stars as Buddy Hackett, Andy Griffith, Bob Hope, Paul Lynde, Robert Conrad, Lorne Greene, Wolfman Jack, Harvey Korman, Gavin McLeod, Roy Clark, Desi Arnaz, Jr, Andy Gibb, Danny Thomas, Mel Tillis, Anthony Geary, Dirk Benedict, Dick Van Patten, LeVar Burton, Ted Knight, Jimmy McNichol, Kristy McNichol, Jim Seals and Dash Croft, Joey Travolta, plus Ann-Margret, Betty White, and Ruth Buzzi; then he worked with James Coco, Rene Auberjonois, Peter Coyote, Barnard Hughes, and Mildred Natwick, and was also able to be a dialogue coach for Dame Judith Anderson in a 3 episode PBS series Showcase; then he choreographed a song and dance number performed by Dick Van Dyke on an ABC-TrueValue Hardware Variety Special, “Very Soft Shoes.”

As a Choreographer he has prepared over 50 productions, including
BIG RIVER (Sundance Summer Theatre)
BROADWAY, OUR WAY! (Chester Playhouse Canada Maritimes tour)
CURSES, FOILED AGAIN! (Jedediah’s Outdoor Chuckwagon and Show)
FOREVER PLAID (Utah High School Premiere)
TOAD! (BYU Original)
BRIGHAM! (BYU Centennial starring Harve Presnell)
MAN OF LA MANCHA (The Castle Outdoor Amphitheatre)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (for USO traveling throughout German and Italy (including Berlin, where he was inducted as a member of THE BERLIN BRIGADE)

He is music direction contributed to a win as BEST MUSICAL for “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” by Castle Productions from the Utah Valley Theatre Guild.
He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BA in Theatre.

He taught High School theatre for 14 years, producing 4 shows and 2 competitions per year, with many students winning competitions and receiving scholarships. He won the KSL OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD.

He is the Composer/Lyricist 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. BEST MUSICAL & BEST ORIGINAL SCORE was awarded by The Utah Valley Theatre Guild to his original musical, Fauntleroy! Most of his plays and award winning musicals have been produced across the nation and many have been produced internationally. Many are also published.

He is currently at work on several new musicals, “COMING HOME: A CHRISTMAS STORY,” “LAND OF OZ,” plus “CHRISTMAS ON THE BLUE,” and “THE HOUSE OF MIRTH” with Elizabeth Hansen.

He is a member of The New England Theatre Conference, Maine Arts Commission, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Theta Alpha Phi, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and has been a member of 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, and The American Alliance for Theatre In Education. 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/Salt Lake City, 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 done freelance writing for Scottsdale MultiMedia. He is the Owner/Publisher of Leicester Bay Books, Zion BookWorks, Leicester Bay Theatricals and Zion Theatricals and Shining Sharon Music.

He is the Author of two fantasy adventure series: THE CHILDREN OF THE ORB,  and ON THE EDGES OF TIME, plus “FLASHES AND SHADOWS -- The Tale That Shattered Summerville” a Young Adult Detective Novel.

In various stages of development are: “SWEETWATER SALVATION,” An Historical Fiction, “AMCANICO: The Children of the Apocalypse -- A Retrospective of the Future,” and “THE NIGHT SHIFT,” a Teen-Paranormal Fiction, “ANGEL,” an Historical Fiction of the Civil War, and "THE POD CITY OF PALAK III," a Science Fiction Adventure.

He makes his home in Newport, Maine with his wife Sharon. His daughters, Jessica, Janalynn, Joelle and son Jon-Christopher, are out on their own; married and such!

PUBLISHED TITLES: (Eldridge Plays and Musicals, Leicester Bay Theatricals, Zion Theatricals)
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN • ANNE with an ‘e’ - THE GREEN GABLES MUSICAL • THE APPLE KINGDOM • THE BALLAD OF PARLEY P! • CHRISTMAS DREAMS • CHRISTMAS ON THE BLUE • A CHRISTMAS MEMORY • COMING HOME, A CHRISTMAS STORY • CINDERABBIT! • THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH • CURSES, FOILED AGAIN! • DANIEL • DIVERTIMENTO • EL BULLY • ENCHANTED APRIL-A MUSICAL • ENTERTAINING MARK TWAIN • FAUNTLEROY! • FRONTIER! • GREAT EXPECTATIONS • HEIDI • HOW THE WEST WAS DONE • JEDEDIAH! • JONAH! • KEWPIE! • LET THERE BE LOVE • LIBERTY JAIL! • LIGHT WALTZ • LITTLE PRINCESS • OF BABYLON • ONSTAGE! • THE PUMPKIN CHILD • ROSE: THE KEWPIE LADY • RUMPELSTILTSKIN • THE SAGA OF SASQUATCH C’LONE • THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL • SNOW WHITE THE MIRACLE OF MIRADOR • TEENAGE WITNESS TO THE MARTYRDOM • THE TEMPEST MUSICAL • THAT’S LIFE • THEY CALLED HIM BROTHER JOSEPH • TOM SAWYER • TURN THE GAS BACK ON! • THE TYMES IN ALL ETERNITY • A VOICE FROM THE DUST • WHERE FREEDOM STANDS • WHERE IS JILL? • WILD DUCKS

Plays

  • COMING HOME: A Christmas Story
    BOOK and LYRICS by George G. King, MUSIC and LYRICS by C. Michael Perry
    On the night of the great blizzard of 1953 a young couple find their way to the Herstoller Hotel, a mountain inn. She is pregnant. Their car has broken down just outside. They are looking for a room. The innkeeper’s wife is leaving; she has had it. As her husband enters they begin to air their personal laundry in front of these young...
    BOOK and LYRICS by George G. King, MUSIC and LYRICS by C. Michael Perry
    On the night of the great blizzard of 1953 a young couple find their way to the Herstoller Hotel, a mountain inn. She is pregnant. Their car has broken down just outside. They are looking for a room. The innkeeper’s wife is leaving; she has had it. As her husband enters they begin to air their personal laundry in front of these young strangers. But a busload of entertainers is on their way, and though the inn is all booked up––the beds aren’t made, yet! The wife leaves. The young couple is turned away. The daughter of the innkeeper, and her boyfriend, arrive. The innkeeper’s wife re-enters with the young couple in tow, and she needs a doctor–– right away. What no one in the play seems to realize is that they are all in the process of coming home.
  • Christmas On The Blue
    Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Hansen Christmas Eve, 1943. The war still rages in Europe and the Pacific, as, outside of Cleveland, Ohio, WCCR, a small radio station, struggles to survive not only the worst blizzard in 100 years, but with the fact that it’s pretty near broke. WCCR, a member of the “Blue Network”, (which has struggled since its separation from NBC) has lost...
    Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Hansen Christmas Eve, 1943. The war still rages in Europe and the Pacific, as, outside of Cleveland, Ohio, WCCR, a small radio station, struggles to survive not only the worst blizzard in 100 years, but with the fact that it’s pretty near broke. WCCR, a member of the “Blue Network”, (which has struggled since its separation from NBC) has lost nearly all of its advertising to stations still affiliated with the larger networks.

    On top of all of this, station owner DORIS IRVING’S husband has been MIA since July of 1943. All her prayers have gone unanswered and she’s just about given up hope. Then, from out of the blizzard, a handsome stranger, NICK ANGELO, appears, who seems to be an “answer to their prayers.” He can sing, act, dance…there doesn’t seem to be anything he can’t do. But there’s something about this guy. Something Doris can’t put her finger on, something familiar, something…wonderful. And everyone can feel it.
    In a last-ditch effort, Doris has arranged for the last possible client that is big enough to dig them out of debt, to listen to the show that night. If he doesn’t come through with a sponsorship, they’re finished.
  • Enchanted April -- A Musical
    Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Hansen Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry
    London, 1922.
    It’s a rainy, miserable, dreary day in London and LOTTY WILKINS, a dowdy woman of about 30, is miserable and dreary in it. Longing for a respite from the rain, Lotty finds refuge in her women’s club where she happens upon an ad in the “Agony Column” of the London Times that reads: "To Those who Appreciate...
    Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Hansen Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry
    London, 1922.
    It’s a rainy, miserable, dreary day in London and LOTTY WILKINS, a dowdy woman of about 30, is miserable and dreary in it. Longing for a respite from the rain, Lotty finds refuge in her women’s club where she happens upon an ad in the “Agony Column” of the London Times that reads: "To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine. San Salvatore, a small medieval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April." Lotty longs to be basking in
    wisteria and sunshine and leave her drab life and tedious husband behind, if only for a month.
    Lotty befriends ROSE ARBUTHNOT, a rigid, reserved and sad sort of woman also in her 30s, who yearns for a rest from her stifling duties and distant husband as much as Lotty. But they can’t possibly afford the castle by themselves, so they advertise for companions to share the expense.
    They find two other ladies: MRS. FISHER a formidable and disapproving woman in her 60s, who can’t possibly be pleased by anything or anyone; and LADY CAROLINE DESTER, a stunner of a woman, lost in the complexities of a changing world and it’s equally changing morés.
    The four women agree to rent the castle for a month of blissful privacy. But, instead of bliss, San Salvatore offers stifling heat, suffocating wisteria, and annoying housemates. Except for Lotty, who embraces the beauty and magic immediately, and blooms from the mousey housewife, into a radiant, confident “seer of all things.” Wanting to share this “tub of love” she writes and invites her husband, MELLERSH, an ambitious solicitor, who eventually finds himself charmed, not only by
    “this place,” but by his wife.
    Meanwhile, Rose is tormented by San Salvatore’s beauty, for it only reminds her of the rift between her and her husband, FREDERICK, a middle-aged writer of dirty books. She yearns for the love she used to have before she distanced herself from him after the loss of their only child. While on a book tour, Fredrick serendipitously arrives at San Salvatore to visit Lady Caroline, not even aware that Rose is at the castle.
    Amid the blossoms of fragrant wisteria, the hazy heat and sensuous silence, Lotty innocently and lovingly guides each lady through and past their loveless lives to rediscover their hearts as Rose reunites with the husband she adores; Mrs. Fisher embraces the present, along with the love and kindness it affords, and lets go of her past; and Lady Caroline finds a soulmate who sees her for what she finally admits she is: a spoilt, sour, suspicious and selfish spinster, and loves her despite it.
    In just a month, one short Enchanted April, the lives and hearts of four women are transfigured by wisteria...sunshine...and a small medieval castle.

    www.enchantedaprilamusical.com
  • Cricket On The Hearth -- A Christmas Musical
    Book, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry
    This is Dickens’ other Christmas carol. The magic of life is evident in the Peerybingle household with a happy marriage and a newborn son. Two houses are blessed by the lucky Crickets: The Peerybingles, the Plummers with Mr. Tackleton’s awaiting the blessing of life and love.. Everyone’s paths are soon to cross with Tackleton, a disgruntled toymaker, who hates...
    Book, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry
    This is Dickens’ other Christmas carol. The magic of life is evident in the Peerybingle household with a happy marriage and a newborn son. Two houses are blessed by the lucky Crickets: The Peerybingles, the Plummers with Mr. Tackleton’s awaiting the blessing of life and love.. Everyone’s paths are soon to cross with Tackleton, a disgruntled toymaker, who hates all humanity except May Fielding. He lives to make people miserable -- especially children -- as his toys are gruesome and scary. His employees, Caleb and Bertha, (who is blind) are simple, poor people who slave to make quality toys that the children will play with.
    Tackleton berates them, but their toys are purchased over his and that makes him even more bitter. Tackleton’s marriage plans are interrupted by the return of The Strange Gentleman -- a man with a secret. After the work of the Crickets and the household Spirits, Tackleton gives up May to The Strange Gentleman, who is really Caleb’s long lost son (Bertha’s brother) and marries May’s mother -- a woman more suitable to his age. But not before accusations are made and trust is broken all around and everyone is afraid that nothing will turn out on Christmas Eve morning. SONGS include: Gruff and Tackleton, Peerybingle and Son, Cricket on the Hearth, Just To Be Alive, Lots of Toys, You Are My Eyes, Steel Yourself.
  • Great Expectations -- A Musical
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Neil K. Newell and C. Michael Perry.
    On a wet and dreary day in 1858, Charles Dickens finds shelter from a storm in the home of one Phillip Pirrip. Intrigued by the unusual artifacts that decorate his home he entreats Phillip to tell him the story behind them. The 65 year-old Phillip begins telling the story of his childhood, when he was known as Pip, in what is soon to become...
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Neil K. Newell and C. Michael Perry.
    On a wet and dreary day in 1858, Charles Dickens finds shelter from a storm in the home of one Phillip Pirrip. Intrigued by the unusual artifacts that decorate his home he entreats Phillip to tell him the story behind them. The 65 year-old Phillip begins telling the story of his childhood, when he was known as Pip, in what is soon to become Dickens’ newest novel, “GREAT EXPECTATIONS.” Considered one of Dickens’ finest works, “GREAT EXPECTATIONS” is the coming of age story of the orphan Pip who falls in love with the unreachable Estella. In order to win her he desires to raise himself from a blacksmith’s apprentice to a gentleman. When the means to do so miraculously appear, he travels to London, with expectations to become a gentleman. In spite of his new-found wealth and position Estella remains unreachable. When Pip learns that his mysterious benefactor is none other than a common criminal, whom he had aided when he was a child, he realizes that he can no longer accept his support. This signals the end of his financial expectations and a final realization that Estella will forever remain unreachable. Years later, Pip and Estella meet once again. The years of hard experience have softened Estella and brought her to the realization that Pip is her first and only love. The unique construction of the script allows for a fluid staging with Dickens and Phillip wandering through the story — experiencing and living it. The haunting and unforgettable musical score adds rich texture to this classic story of love and loss.
  • Little Princess -- a musical
    Book, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry
    A beloved children’s classic now available in a new musical treatment. Sara Crewe is a gifted and well-mannered child, and Captain Crewe, her father, is an extraordinarily wealthy man. So, Miss Minchin, mistress of Sara’s boarding school, has no choice but to treat Sara as her star pupil — a little princess. One day the message comes through that Sara’s father...
    Book, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry
    A beloved children’s classic now available in a new musical treatment. Sara Crewe is a gifted and well-mannered child, and Captain Crewe, her father, is an extraordinarily wealthy man. So, Miss Minchin, mistress of Sara’s boarding school, has no choice but to treat Sara as her star pupil — a little princess. One day the message comes through that Sara’s father has died penniless in India. Miss Minchin reduces Sara to a beggar and a drudge and the other girls laugh and make fun. All except for Lottie and Ermengarde and the little scullery maid, Becky. They keep Sara going and she enthuses them. Sara is strong-willed and courageous and with the help of an Indian Gentleman, a Lascar and a large family — she survives and helps those around her to survive as well. Burnett is the same author who penned “Little Lord Fauntleroy” and “The Secret Garden;” all three stories are timeless classics with themes that inspire and uplift.
  • Heidi -- a Musical
    Book by Gayanne Ramsden Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry
    A faithful telling of the classic story of the little girl and her Grandfather on the Alm. The focus of the musical is on how Heidi’s life and ebullient spirit touches and changes each life she comes in contact with as she grows up and learns about God. Peter, Alm Uncle, The Grandmother, Klara Sesseman, Herr Sesseman, Grandmother Sesseman, the...
    Book by Gayanne Ramsden Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry
    A faithful telling of the classic story of the little girl and her Grandfather on the Alm. The focus of the musical is on how Heidi’s life and ebullient spirit touches and changes each life she comes in contact with as she grows up and learns about God. Peter, Alm Uncle, The Grandmother, Klara Sesseman, Herr Sesseman, Grandmother Sesseman, the Servants — all are changed by their contact with Heidi. Even Miss Rottenmeier and the Professor are touched by her magic, but choose not to change. Heidi does not remain unchanged by her contact with those around her; she soaks up life and learns painful and joyful lessons and goes on. Structured in three acts the show features 15 original songs.
  • Tempest -- The Musical (or Such Stuff As Dreams)
    Book by Neil K. Newell. Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry and Neil K. Newell.
    You thought you knew “The Tempest”? Well, get ready for this version. We start before Shakespeare begins. We see Propsero and Miranda arrive. We see Ariel deposit Sycorax and Caliban on the isle. We see Ariel impaled in the ‘oak’ and we see Propsero defeat Sycorax. We then see Sycorax come to life again through the...
    Book by Neil K. Newell. Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry and Neil K. Newell.
    You thought you knew “The Tempest”? Well, get ready for this version. We start before Shakespeare begins. We see Propsero and Miranda arrive. We see Ariel deposit Sycorax and Caliban on the isle. We see Ariel impaled in the ‘oak’ and we see Propsero defeat Sycorax. We then see Sycorax come to life again through the intervention of Caliban and the strangers deposited on the island by Prospero’s tempest. As in the original, goodness prevails but only after valuable lessons have been learned by all. This story now involves the conflict between Sycorax/Caliban and Prospero. It is no longer an epic but a taught, musical drama with a lively and modern score.
  • ROSE -- The Story of Rose O'Neill -- a musical
    Book by Max Golightly. Lyrics by Max Golightly, Neil Newell and C. Michael Perry. Music by Neil Newell and C. Michael Perry.
    A challenging musical that dramatizes the life of Rose O’Neill, one of America’s most beautiful and eccentric artists and the creator of, among other things, the Kewpie Doll. Her strong family support in the midst of almost overwhelming odds is a testament to the worth and...
    Book by Max Golightly. Lyrics by Max Golightly, Neil Newell and C. Michael Perry. Music by Neil Newell and C. Michael Perry.
    A challenging musical that dramatizes the life of Rose O’Neill, one of America’s most beautiful and eccentric artists and the creator of, among other things, the Kewpie Doll. Her strong family support in the midst of almost overwhelming odds is a testament to the worth and viability of the family unit. Through divorce, death and financial disaster Rose and the O’Neill family weathered the storms of life — together. It wasn’t all bad. There was joy and harmony as well as the despair, among their tribulations. Though enormously wealthy during most of their lives, the O’Neills started with nothing but each other. And they ended with nothing but each other. This is a story for all ages and times.
  • Jonah! A Musical
    Book, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry.
    A short adaptation of the popular Bible story where God speaks to Jonah, Jonah speaks back to him but decides not to listen and proceeds to try to hide from God. In a similitude of the Savior, he spends three days in the belly of the whale (or great fish) , likened unto the three days in the tomb. He follows the will of the Lord and is not happy about it...
    Book, Music and Lyrics by C. Michael Perry.
    A short adaptation of the popular Bible story where God speaks to Jonah, Jonah speaks back to him but decides not to listen and proceeds to try to hide from God. In a similitude of the Savior, he spends three days in the belly of the whale (or great fish) , likened unto the three days in the tomb. He follows the will of the Lord and is not happy about it until he is allowed to realize that all people, no matter their state of righteousness, have the right to salvation.
  • The Anointed -- Musical Drama
    Book by Thomas F. Rogers. Lyrics by Thomas F. Rogers and C. Michael Perry. Music by C. Michael Perry.
    A musical spanning and contrasting the years from Saul's Kingship, when David slew Goliath, through to Solomon's building of the temple in Jerusalem. A gripping musical drama.