Author: Maren Scriven

SHREK THE MUSICAL brings fairy tale magic to red rock country

IVINS — The Tuacahn Amphitheater, located just outside of St. George, Utah, has been providing theatrical entertainment for over 20 years. In that time it has become a popular tourist destination for people wanting to spend a few days in the warmth of the St. George area, and take in a show or two. That was exactly what my experience was this weekend, as I traveling to the area to see the opening night of two of the productions on the schedule this year. The first show opening is Shrek the Musical, based on the 2001 animated movie of the same name....

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Witness a beautiful SILENT SKY

SALT LAKE CITY — Pygmalion Theatre in Salt Lake City is producing Silent Sky, which is based on the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a woman who was a female “computer” at the Harvard Observatory in the early 20th century. Like countless other women of her time, she had to fight to get credit for her discoveries. The story also follows love and family and other significant factors of this woman’s rich history. Silent Sky was written by Lauren Gunderson, who has been named the most produced living playwright in 2016. This production was directed by Mark Fossen, who orchestrated a beautiful...

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Give praise for Terrace Plaza Playhouse’s SISTER ACT

OGDEN — Sister Act is a musical currently showing at Terrace Plaza Playhouse in Ogden, based on the 1992 movie of the same title. New original songs were added to the story by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, with a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. The story surrounds a night singer, Deloris, played by Olivia Lusk, who witnesses a murder by her boyfriend Curtis, played by W. Derek Hendricks. She goes to police officer Eddie, played by Casey Stratton, who decides that to keep her safe until trial the best place to hide her will be in a convent. The...

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BEAUTY & THE BEAST’s “tale as old as time” is a success in Ogden

OGDEN — Beauty and the Beast is quite popular right now, with a live action movie having just been released into the theaters. In addition to the original Disney animated film, in 1994 Disney adapted the show for the Broadway stage, adding more songs and changing the story slightly. It is this production, with a script by Linda Woolverton, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice that is now playing at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Ogden, directed by Morgan Parry. This production was well designed, and was a nice evening of theatre that the whole family...

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INNOVATION THEATRE takes the stage at Weber State

OGDEN — Innovation Theatre is a compilation of three separate one act performances showcased on one night. Each performance lasted about 30 minutes, with a ten-minute intermission in between each show. The advertisement for the show states that these performances were an opportunity to allow innovation and creativity take center stage. Stronger Than Fear, written and directed by Mackinzie Flinders This show is based on the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani young woman who was shot by the Taliban, but survived to tell her story, gain world recognition, and win a Nobel Peace Prize. Flinders did an outstanding job of bringing...

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