Author: Tara Nicole Haas

“Take a Chance” on MAMMA MIA! at Tuacahn

IVINS — Wrapping up the 2017 summer season, Tuacahn brings one of Broadway’s most popular and longest running musicals to the red rock canyon. With music and lyrics by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, (members of the 70’s pop group, ABBA), Mamma Mia! chronicles the life of Donna, a middle-aged woman who owns a taverna and has worked hard her entire adult life to provide for her and her daughter, Sophie. As Sophie is about to be married, she sends wedding invitations to three men she thinks may be her father, Donna’s obvious past love interests. With an interesting though simple plot,...

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Experience the immersive world of SONDER

SALT LAKE CITY — A couple years ago when I was in New York City, I had the opportunity to see the critically acclaimed immersive theatrical experience Then She Fell. Ever since then I have been captivated by immersive theatre and jumped at the chance to see Sackerson’s production of Sonder, an immersive dance theatre piece. Written, directed, and choreographed by Graham Brown, Sonder focuses around a loose story line that follows four friends, Warner (played by Jordan Simmons), Charlie (Eliza Tappan), Pascal (Shawnee Jo Haycock), and Marco (Francisco Aviña). The piece explores themes of death, loneliness, and the human...

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BYU’s OFF THE MAP succeeds–once again

Provo — BYU’s international theatre festival, Off The Map, now an annual tradition in its fourth year, continues to bring new and foreign work to the University’s Provo campus. I have taken advantage of this unique opportunity every year so far, and have yet to be disappointed. This year’s festival promises to live up to the success of the previous years, with selections from the U.K. and Australia. Every Brilliant Thing The first show of this year’s festival is Every Brilliant Thing, A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production, based in England. This new play became a hit...

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Indulge in Utah Rep’s Politically Savvy CABARET

Salt Lake City – “In here, life is beautiful.” The catchphrase of the Tony Award winning musical rang true as I was invited to my table by a couple of cabaret boys and given a drink. While interacting with the cast, with snacks and tea lights laid out before me, I was impressed with Utah Repertory Theater Company’s hospitality, and immediately felt immersed in the Kit Kat Club and ready to be entertained. Cabaret, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Joe Masteroff, takes place largely inside the sleazy Kit Kat Club in 1930’s...

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“Out There” at Tuacahn, see THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

IVINS – Finally joining Peter Pan and Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a strong addition to the classic tales on stage this season at Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Following the 1831 Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame tells the story of Quasimodo (played by Julian Decker), the bell ringer of the Notre Dame cathedral, and the gypsy temptress, Esmeralda (Summer Naomi). With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz featured in the 1996 Disney film (as well as new additions), the musical soars with an emotional score depicting the beautifully tragic story of love, desire,...

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