Author: Maren Scriven

SCERA has a great SEUSSICAL, “all for you”

OREM — It is rare that I get a chance to review the a different production of the same show in quick succession. But I have a ten-year-old daughter who loves the soundtrack of Seussical The Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, so I had to jump at the opportunity to take her to see the production at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre.  The show is a musical representation of many of Dr. Seuss’s well known and well-loved stories. Most of the action surrounds Horton the Elephant (played by Kyle Baugh) as he tries to save the Whos in...

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SALT LAKE CITY — Recently I was at a theatre conference that talked about how the new art that comes out of your local theatre companies is part of what continues to shape the story of the place where you live. It was this lesson that helped me feel a great deal of excitement to experience a show debut from a local author with a newer theatrical company in the Salt Lake Valley. How Long Can You Stand on the Train Tracks: A Game for Two Sisters is a new play, written by Morag Shepherd and directed by Alexandra Harbold....

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Utah Festival Opera’s SEUSSICAL is full of whimsy and fun

LOGAN — Just under two decades ago, I spent a lot of evenings watching second run movies at the Utah Theater on Center Street in Logan because it was perfect for a poor college students budget. When I learned that the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre had renovated the old theater to house stage productions, I was very excited to attend the new production of Seussical and see what they had done with the old theater. The renovation does not disappoint; from the lighting fixtures to the chairs and the stage, the details are precise and the atmosphere inviting....

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Theatre criticism in the digital age: Dispatch from ATCA 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Several years ago I found Utah Theatre Bloggers Association, and was so excited to get the chance to see production in Utah and offer my thoughts about productions and the Utah theatre scene.  Through the mentorship of UTBA’s members, I got to work and develop the skills to become even more confident in my role as a theatre critic.  This year, again through mentorship of those who paved the way for me, I was accepted as a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA), and spent five days at a conference in San Francisco learning from...

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“Seize the day” and watch NEWSIES at Tuacahn

IVINS — In 1992 a movie came out that made my little 8th grade heart just burst. Singing, handsome boys who could also dance and stand up for their rights and change the course of history. All of this combined with a nearby dollar movie theatre led me to seeing this movie countless more times than I should have. When Newsies was transformed into a stage production in 2012 I was both elated and terrified. Having seen a few different productions of the stage version, I have learned to adjust to the differences from the screen to the stage and...

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