Author: Maren Scriven

BEAUTY & THE BEAST’s “tale as old as time” is a success in Ogden

OGDEN — Beauty and the Beast is quite popular right now, with a live action movie having just been released into the theaters. In addition to the original Disney animated film, in 1994 Disney adapted the show for the Broadway stage, adding more songs and changing the story slightly. It is this production, with a script by Linda Woolverton, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice that is now playing at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Ogden, directed by Morgan Parry. This production was well designed, and was a nice evening of theatre that the whole family...

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INNOVATION THEATRE takes the stage at Weber State

OGDEN — Innovation Theatre is a compilation of three separate one act performances showcased on one night. Each performance lasted about 30 minutes, with a ten-minute intermission in between each show. The advertisement for the show states that these performances were an opportunity to allow innovation and creativity take center stage. Stronger Than Fear, written and directed by Mackinzie Flinders This show is based on the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani young woman who was shot by the Taliban, but survived to tell her story, gain world recognition, and win a Nobel Peace Prize. Flinders did an outstanding job of bringing...

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Quite a treasure in UCT’s TREASURE ISLAND

SOUTH SALT LAKE — The Utah Children’s Theatre is a great place to bring budding theatre aficionados to experience the excitement and thrill of the stage. I know this because I brought both of my daughters and my nephew along for the experience of watching their current production of Treasure Island. I decided that the best way to determine the production was of good quality would be to observe the reactions of their key audience, and also to maintain my status as cool mom and aunt. Treasure Island is a play based upon the novel of the same name by...

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Get moved by timely ECLIPSED

SALT LAKE CITY — Eclipsed is a 2016 play written by Danai Gurira detailing the experiences of several women who are imprisoned as the wives of a general officer of the LURD rebels in one of the civil wars in Liberia just before the peace agreement in 2003. The subject is one of brutal honesty and truth about the travesties of war that are placed upon women, and I commend the University of Utah and director Stephanie Weeks for having the willingness and courage to take on this production. The plot follows the wives taken on by an unseen officer,...

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A Funny FORUM at Weber State

OGDEN — As the first successful musical of the great Stephen Sondheim as lyricist and composer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, with a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart and based on the plays of Plautus, is a comedic look at ancient Rome and forbidden love. This production, directed and choreographed by the new head of the Weber State Drama Department, Cody Walker, was a nice way to spend an evening because of the new talent being trained in the Weber State program. One of my favorite things about college theatrical programs is knowing the student...

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