Author: peterharrison

2016 UT High School Musical Theatre Awards showcases young talent

OGDEN — Sponsored by the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UFOMT) and hosted by Michael Ballam, the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards (UHSMTA) held its 6th annual award night on May 7th in the Ogden High School Spencer Fox Eccles Auditorium. The organization seeks to recognize and showcase some of the best high school musical theatre talent here in the state of Utah by bringing together over 200 hundred performers from 23 schools across the state, to celebrate in a night of performances and awards. This event also includes an extra special bonus for the winners of Best Actor...

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Four Seasons’ JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT is a dream come true

SMITHFIELD— Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is always a staple for Utah’s community theatre and it’s understandable why. It’s relatively easy to produce, involves a large cast and is a definite crowd pleaser with its biblical based story and catchy songs by the great Andrew Lloyd Webber. I’m usually a sucker for any show that leaves me humming the songs as I leave the theatre, and this production of Joseph by the Four Seasons Theatre Company is no exception. A talented chorus, lively choreography and detailed costumes make this production so successful. Most Utah theatre goers are probably very familiar with...

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Utah Festival Opera presents the best of the classics with CAROUSEL

LOGAN —  The Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre has a history of producing some great works of theatre that draw hundreds of patrons every summer. The festival brings to the stage both a mix of classic operas and musical theatre offerings that appeal to a wide array of audiences. One such production from their 2015 season is the well loved, although only occasionally produced musical, Carousel. With a soaring orchestral score, tales of romance and death, Carousel has the elements of a great show. Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s production of the show is beautifully done and will...

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LITTLE WOMEN at the Ellen Eccles Theatre feels right at home

LOGAN — Little Women is one of those shows where you might have read the book, even heard a few songs, but haven’t even seen the production before. I was one of those people before last night when I saw Little Women at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan Utah. Although it took me some time to warm up to the cast, the production is sincere, and feels right at home being performed in Logan, Utah. For those unfamiliar with the show Little Women, it is about just that – little women. The show revolves around the lives of the...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2014

December is full of annual traditions, and at UTBA our favorite is our yearly blog post about the excellence we saw on the Utah stage during the year. In 2014 UTBA reviewed 200 productions, which means we had plenty of great shows to choose from. Here are the plays that at the end of the year we remember most fondly. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions There were so many excellent professional productions in Utah this year, it’s hard to make just a short list. My favorites include Salt Lake Acting Company’s 4,000 miles, the national tour of Bring It On,...

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