Author: Maren Scriven

Hopebox’s twist on JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT pays off

OGDEN — Having grown up in Utah and being involved in the theatre community, I often joke that it is not truly summer in Utah unless I have seen a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Tim Rice (lyrics) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (music). So as I walked into the production at the Hopebox Theatre in Kaysville, I was expecting to see the same type of production that I have seen many times. Thanks to some clever twists by director and choreographer Alisha Hall, this production of Joseph was just different enough to be more entertaining, but not alienating....

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¿Good Company’s IN THE HEIGHTS is an ideal night? ¡No me diga!

OGDEN — Before Hamilton was well, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a show called In The Heights about life in the neighborhood of Washington Heights “even farther than Harlem” on the island of Manhattan. The show opened on Broadway in 2008, was awarded the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Miranda’s was born. While the success of Miranda continues, In The Heights was an amazing first venture, the story of immigrants and their children as they try and make their way in the world with the history of their former countries and the country and neighborhood they now call home. The...

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ALL SHOOK UP isn’t perfect, but “that’s all right”

OGDEN — All Shook Up tells the story of a young woman, Natalie, as she tries to win the heart of rebel Chad, who has just come into the small midwestern town they call home. Clegg as Chad makes a stir and causes many in the town to question the conventional ways of doing things. They also start on quests to find love, purpose, and excitement. Eventually, Wursten dresses up like a man to try and become closer to Chad, and many other side characters fall in and out of love to add to the confusion, chaos, and eventual happy ending....

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A fitting self-exploration in POP! GOES THE BUBBLE

SALT LAKE CITY — Most readers knows a person who has never left Utah and is immersed into the unique Utah culture. In Pop! Goes the Bubble, Holly Yurth Harmon gives the audience the humorous experience of being a silent observer as a naive Utahn discovers how the rest of the world is outside of the bubble. This one-woman musical centers around Morah, which is short for “Cumorah,” a 28-year-old single Mormon BYU graduate who is sneaking away from home to go to New York City, where she is at first disappointed about not seeing any Newsies, but by the end she is able to get to a place where she takes a long hard look at herself and sees a need to make a change. Harmon has great skill at making the audience laugh, and her comedic timing, facial expressions, and use of pop culture (especially Mormon pop culture) were highly entertaining. The show also contained some extremely humorous songs, such as one about the “F-Word” (not what you think) and one that hits almost every cliché thing that we who grew up in the Beehive State know all too well. Harmon knew her audience, and most of the jokes hit right where they needed to. It is clear there is talent and ability, but this show is definitely a niche audience, and her repertoire would need to be...

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Long potential half-life for CURIE ME AWAY

SALT LAKE CITY — Curie Me Away is a musical by Matheatre that covers the story of Madame Marie Curie, a world-renowned scientist who ended up dying because of the elements that she researched. It is part of the Fringe Festival that has been in Salt Lake City over the last two weekends. Matheatre is a local group that travels to different high schools and colleges around the country, bringing stories about science and math to audiences. I was quite taken by this idea and their purpose. The production of Curie Me Away starred Sadie Bowman (who also wrote the music...

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