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A pleasure puttin’ in time at Terrace’s 9 TO 5

OGDEN — Terrace Plaza Playhouse is the latest company in the area to tackle the 2009 musical 9 to 5, based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, who also starred in the movie. The show is about sexual harassment in the workplace, sexism, and the difficulties woman face when trying to get ahead in the world of work. The relevance of these issues that were apparent decades ago continue to be an integral reason to utilize the arts to convey the struggles society is facing in the #MeToo era. The main...

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Weber State’s CLASS OF ’94 stages a timely conversation

OGDEN — Director Jennifer Kokai, with the help of the Hurst Foundation, commissioned playwright Diana Grisanti to write a play that would premiere at Weber State University. This play, titled Class of ’94, premiered on April 6th, 2018. The result was a compelling and timely story of sexual assault, the challenges faced by a community rocked by scandal, and the challenges brought on by choices. The first thing that I noticed as I walked into the theatre was the aesthetics of the set, which were breathtaking. There were white roses hanging from the ceiling and stained glass windows, reflective...

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Only “Poor Unfortunate Souls” miss CenterPoint’s LITTLE MERMAID

CENTERVLLE — As a 10-year-old in 1989, The Little Mermaid is the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater.  As Ariel sang the beautiful lyrics about wanting to be a part of something different, I remember discovering how Alan Menken and Howard Ashman could speak to me in a whole new way.  In 2008, Disney opened a stage adaptation on Broadway (with new songs by Menken and new lyrics by Glenn Slater), and the production has been entertaining audiences all over the world ever since.  CenterPoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville is the latest theatre in Utah to mount...

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FOOTLOOSE cast “working so hard,” but show still has flaws

OGDEN — The latest production at the Ziegfeld in Ogden is the 1998 musical Footloose, based on the 1984 film of the same name.  The story follows a small conservative town that has outlawed dancing after a tragic accident, and the upheaval that happens when a young man moves in to the town and tries to shake things up. The music has traces of familiarity to anyone who has seen the original movie or listened to the radio at anytime in the 1980s. In addition to the familiar music, the stage version features additional songs have been added by Tom...

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Weber State salutes its students in MAKE ME A SONG

OGDEN — Make Me A Song, directed by Kenneth Plain, is a Weber State University revue that gives students an opportunity to perform, stage, and choreography different songs in order to showcase the things they have been learning throughout their study, and also worked to include much of both classic and contemporary musical theatre. The first thing I noticed was the three-piece orchestra, with Kenneth Plain on piano, Daniel Tracy on bass, and Tyler Torrico on drums. I have said in many reviews that the presence of live music can change a performance, and this was no exception. I know...

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