Author: Maren Scriven

Ziegfeld Theater’s JOSEPH is fun for all

OGEDN — “Back by Popular Demand” reads the website advertisement for this production, and it is certainly true that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a very popular musical in Utah.  Having reviewed a production of Joseph just last summer, and having seen and participated in countless productions of the show in the past, one has a bit of uneasiness in approaching yet another Joseph interpretation.  Will it be similar to the ones I have seen previous?  Will I draw something new from it?  How will the actors live up to the shows I have seen before, or...

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High praise for SHREK THE MUSICAL in Payson

PAYSON — Shrek the Musical opened on Broadway December 14, 2008, based on the 2001 movie by Dreamworks Animation.  It is a well known, extremely popular franchise, with many sequels and spin-offs.  The idea for a musical version was explored as early as 2002, and the project first came to life in Seattle in August of 2008.  The book and lyrics were written by David Lindsay-Abaire (a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright) and music by Jeanine Tesori, who composed music for Caroline, or Change, as well as many other shows. Shrek is not a normal fairy tale.  The hero of the...

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THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL strikes again!

CENTERVILLE — The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic story that has had several stage, movie, and musical adaptions.   The story revolves around Percy Blakeney, an English aristocrat who is about to wed a french actress, Marguerite St. Just, a woman he met just six weeks before.   The story is set during the French Revolution, and follows the main characters as they deal with love, heartbreak, betrayal, past secrets, loyalty to country, and many other twists and turns.  There is of course the requisite evil man, Chauvelin, the kind brother, Armand, and a great deal of comedy woven...

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Get swallowed up by LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

OREM — At intermission of Little Shop of Horrors at the SCERA, I turned to look at my theatre companion for the evening, my husband, and suddenly realized this was the first time he had seen a production of this show, and that I had not given him any background regarding the story. For those who are not familiar with the story, its satire of “B” horror films, musical comedy, and science fiction, it can be a bit of a surprise when first watching it. Luckily, the production done by the SCERA was entertaining and well done, so even a...

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A fighting good time at THE THREE MUSKETEERS

CLEARFIELD — The Three Musketeers is a popular story, having been made into numerous films, plays, comics, cartoons, and other stories.  The production put on by Clearfield Community Arts is a play written by Ken Ludwig, which premiered in 2006.  It follows the well known story of d’Artagnan, the young man who leaves home in order to go and join the Musketeers, the soldiers of the King.  In this adaptation, d’Artagnan has a kid sister, Sabine, who is coming along to Paris in order to go to school in a convent.  As they travel, d’Artagnan angers each of the Three...

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