Author: Maren Scriven

Theatre criticism in the digital age: Dispatch from ATCA 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Several years ago I found Utah Theatre Bloggers Association, and was so excited to get the chance to see production in Utah and offer my thoughts about productions and the Utah theatre scene.  Through the mentorship of UTBA’s members, I got to work and develop the skills to become even more confident in my role as a theatre critic.  This year, again through mentorship of those who paved the way for me, I was accepted as a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA), and spent five days at a conference in San Francisco learning from...

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“Seize the day” and watch NEWSIES at Tuacahn

IVINS — In 1992 a movie came out that made my little 8th grade heart just burst. Singing, handsome boys who could also dance and stand up for their rights and change the course of history. All of this combined with a nearby dollar movie theatre led me to seeing this movie countless more times than I should have. When Newsies was transformed into a stage production in 2012 I was both elated and terrified. Having seen a few different productions of the stage version, I have learned to adjust to the differences from the screen to the stage and...

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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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