Author: Alex Young

New space means new magic at Hale Theatre’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL

SANDY — Hale Centre Theatre has a reputation for bringing a certain air of magic to the Utah theater community that has made it one of the (if not the top) most attended community theaters in the nation. It’s no surprise, then, that they would eventually expand (again) to a larger, more technologically advanced space to expand their vision and their audiences. While usually being played in the round, their annual production of A Christmas Carol (book by Melany and Richard Wilkins and music by Barlow Bradford) was performed on their new Jewel Box Theatre stage; a smaller and more...

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“Move towards the darkness” of Hopebox’s ADDAMS FAMILY

KAYSVILLE — What has quickly become a Halloween theater tradition in the state of Utah, The Addams Family musical, with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, opened to an enthusiastic and full house at the Hopebox Theatre in Kaysville. Having only ever heard of the Hopebox by name, I was pleasantly surprised by the value of the production in terms of acting, singing, set design, and other elements. Gomez and Morticia Addams have a bit of a dilemma. Their daughter, Wednesday, is growing up. (“She’ll be Thursday before you know it.”)...

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Strangers, suicide, and success in AN INSPECTOR CALLS

CENTERVILLE — As I sat in my seat, the audience members and I were anxiously waiting for the lights to dim for the beginning of a piece of theatre that is hardly ever performed; or at least not performed enough. The cast and crew at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre proved that in their opening night production of the dramatic mystery, An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestly. Set in the fictional town of Brumly, England, the wealthy and ignorant Arthur Birling and his wife Sybil are happily celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila to her fiance Gerald Croft, the son...

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