Author: Kat Webb

A visually beautiful TARZAN in Orem

OREM — Adapted from the original Disney film, Tarzan: The Musical, brings Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic coming-of-age story to the outdoor SCERA Shell Theater. In the story, a father and mother find themselves shipwrecked upon the shores of an island off the coast of Africa, and immediately set to constructing a treehouse for their infant son. All goes awry when a leopard attacks and kills the parents, an event mirrored in the local gorilla tribe when this same leopard kills the son of gorillas Kerchak and Kala. Kala finds the human baby and decides to rear it as her own,...

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8 has a thought provoking staged reading in Orem

OREM — In November of 2008, a majority of California voters said yes to Proposition 8, a legal redefinition of the state’s constitutional amendment declaring that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized.” This decision was met with uproar, same-sex couples and LGBT supporters statewide protesting the validity of such a proposal. The movement quickly spread across the country, proponents of same-sex marriage raising their voices in opposition to Proposition 8. Various court cases both sustained and overturned the resultant amendment of Prop 8, perhaps bringing to the forefront of media the social concerns raised...

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE is a visual feast

OREM — Acting Up!, SCERA’s award-winning musical troupe comprised of high school students, took on the challenge of Gilbert and Sullivan‘s The Pirates of Penzance and oh boy, did they succeed. This comic opera tells the tale of a young pirate apprentice—Frederic—who has recently been released from his servitude to the Pirate King upon meeting his twenty-first birthday. The soft-hearted pirates are sad to see their friend go, though all too eager to send off the boy and his crone of a nursemaid, Ruth. Before leaving, the boy explains to the pirates that their reputation as fearsome buccaneers has dwindled,...

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THE CRUCIBLE still resonates today

OREM — The Crucible, as penned by Arthur Miller in 1953, is given apt resonance in UVU’s most recent production of this American work. Directed by D. Terry Petrie, I found myself drawn-in and compelled by the production, the various technical aspects working in harmony with the acting and script to provide a chilling and thought provoking evening of theater. Predicated on the events of the Salem witch trials some 300 years previous, The Crucible tells the story of a community gripped by fear and uncertainty. When Abigail Williams is rejected by her former lover John Proctor, the same man...

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A royal whodunnit at Poison Ivy

WEST JORDAN — Though initially skeptical of the idea of a “murder mystery musical,” I found myself pleasantly surprised by Poison Ivy Mysteries’s production of Shadow of the King. My expectations were easily exceeded by this charming production, and while some elements could use a little bit of work, the experience, overall, was magical. Arriving in the venue, guests were greeted by the characters, and introduced to the plot: The Good King Victor of Eltheria has recently died, and the fate of the kingdom is unsure. King Victor’s three children, Prince Garrick (Jake Wilson), Prince Valor, and Princess Eldamira (Jamie Denison), all have valid claim to the throne and each feel as though they merit the crown. Mananan (Criss Rosenlof), wizard and ruling magistrate in the King’s absence, elects to devise a series of tests to test each royal heirin order to see who is most deserving of this great honor. However, some dastardly doings and subversive secrets lead to the untimely death of one of the heirs! It is the audience’s job to figure out whodunit and why. While I was put off by the location of the venue, the Jordanelle Reception Center’s interior quickly put any doubts at ease. It’s a spacious setting that, though not particularly elaborate,  was still pleasing and did not detract from the play itself. Rather than to create a distinct barrier between...

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