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