Author: Darby Turnbow


SANDY — Sleeping Beauty’s Dream, written and directed by Javen Tanner and performed by The Sting and Honey Company, is a retelling of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale. This version is perhaps the most unique telling I’ve yet encountered beacuse Sleeping Beauty’s Dream is written in a style similar to Shakespeare’s plays. There are rhythmic speech patterns, iambic pentameter, sonnets, soliloquies, and rhyming couplets. The story merges Western European fairy tales with Norse mythology, and sprinkles in Irish and Greek mythology as well, along with Sycorax, the witch from The Tempest. The play tells two tales simultaneously, that of Aurora, a beautiful...

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Let’s hear it for a nice FOOTLOOSE at SCERA

OREM — Footloose, the stage adaptation with a script by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, lyrics by Pitchford, and music by Tom Snow, is always a good show choice when for companies with a lot of talented young people to work with. The SCERA Shell Theatre definitely has a good talent pool to pull from, so I had high hopes for their production of Footloose, directed by Jeremy Showgren and choreographed by Tyne Valgardson Crockett. Perhaps too high. The production was not bad, but I had a hard time connecting with it. Footloose follows the story of Ren McCormick, a Chicago...

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Fly to see HCTO’s production of PETER PAN

OREM — Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie, has been thrilling audiences since it debuted in 1904. Since then there have been at least 20 different stage adaptations and variations. I have seen several productions and various adaptations, but after attending Peter Pan at Hale Center Theater, I have now seen my absolute favorite production of the beloved tale. This Peter Pan is a musical adaptation lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green and music by Mark Charlap and Jule Styne. HCTO’s Peter Pan was directed by Dave Tinney, and follows much of the original story line of Peter...

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Make the SCERA’s THE LITTLE MERMAID a part of your world

OREM — Although The Little Mermaid has been a stage production since 2007 (with the current version of Doug Wright‘s script available since 2012) I hadn’t seen it until recently. It hadn’t been high on my list of shows I wanted to see, but after watching it at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre I realized I’ve been missing out on a great show. The musical version of The Little Mermaid, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Salter, has many of the songs loved in the original Disney 1989 animated film, with plenty of new songs...

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One word describes BYU’s CHARLOTTE’S WEB: “terrific”

PROVO — Growing up I must have watched the cartoon version of Charlotte’s Web hundreds of times, but until recently I didn’t know there was a stage adaptation of E. B. White‘s beloved children’s book. I was able to attend BYU’s production of Charlotte’s Web adapted by Joseph Robinette and directed by Shawnda and Bradley Moss. I was also unaware of how much I would love this production. There were many things that impressed me: the use of aerial silks, the performance by Meg Flinders as Charlotte and Garret Rushforth as Wilbur, and the costume designs of Kirsten Watkins. Overall, this production was...

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