PAGEANT OF LIFE by Mary Ellen Holmes Schick
A Human Drama

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About the book: Rugger, shrapnel, letters home from the Front, a girl waiting for her Captain - all this and more - are present in this dramatization of PAGEANT OF LIFE, based on the novel of Owen Francis Dudley. Set in the England of WWI, PAGEANT OF LIFE plunges four teens, their families and country into the whirlwind of tension, moral testing, and fear - not only of shrapnel - that is all too familiar a century later. Cyril Rodney, the athlete, chooses Army life, thrills to the excitement of shrapnel blasts, while fighting an inner torment more devastating than shells. Bernard Rodney, Oxford student, best-selling author, revels in wealth from books defending morality, but faces a dilemma more perplexing than the philosophy he loves to read. June Campion, the girl both Rodney boys love, watches as they choose very different paths, as she waits, and endures, for her man at the Front. Thornton, medical student, volunteer in the slums, enlists as "Army Doc" with Cyril, confronts moral challenges on his knees, providing a strong anchor for his friends. Parents, teachers, monks, townspeople, marching soldiers, band players - and more - people this richly-tapestried tale of young love, young hopes, young dreams. Music is interspersed throughout.

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Mary Ellen Holmes Schick’s dramatization of PAGEANT OF LIFE is the culmination of her decades-long search for the novels of Owen Francis Dudley. She hopes, as high school and college drama groups read and perform this play, to revive interest in the works of Dudley, which she first enjoyed in high school in the early 1960’s. Mrs. Schick’s life-long love of English literature has joined with her desire to give young people a story of physical and moral bravery, set in a time very similar to their own. She wishes to show to them how much history can teach. Temptations assail us all, no matter our years or our century. The greatest battle, and victory, is always within oneself. Mary Ellen Holmes Schick was schooled at Mt. St. Agnes College, Baltimore, and at Washington Montessori Institute, Washington, D.C. She has enjoyed writing since childhood, notably poetry, which is interspersed throughout the play. The author asks those interested in performance to contact her by email: The author lives in Maryland with her husband. Their three children are in their twenties.
Published March 29, 2005 by AuthorHouse. 160 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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