Shout “Yeeow!” for Utah Festival Opera’s OKLAHOMA!

Photo by Waldron Creative. Show closes August 9, 2014.

LOGAN — Oklahoma! was the first musical that the very popular team of Rodgers and Hammerstein created together, and through the years it has been the subject of critical acclaim, awards, and accolades. Because of this, the show is one that is done by many theatre companies, communities, and high schools. The music is well known, well […]

CINDERELLA is a nice fit for the SCERA, but not perfect

Back row: Alana Jeffery as Grace, Kathryn Lalyock Little as the stepmother, and McKelle Shaw as Joy. Front row: Jaymie Lambson as Cinderella and Parker Harmon as Prince Christopher.

OREM — Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother sings, “Impossible things are happening every day,” this message has instilled hope in many a young girl who wished to go to the ball and be swept away by a handsome prince.  This dream has made the timeless story of Cinderella a beloved classic. There have been three versions of […]

Something good is happening at Centerpoint’s SOUND OF MUSIC

The von Trapp family.

CENTERVILLE — I am a sucker for the musical theater genius team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein who revolutionized contemporary theater and created what became known as “the musical play” blending music, spoken lines and dance into successful storytelling.   Beginning with Oklahoma! and continuing for the next several years with a stream of successful musicals, […]

Puppet SOUND OF MUSIC gives fans a memorable experience

Show leaves Utah on November 2, 2013.

PROVO — Unlike so many productions of The Sound of Music, the title song of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre’s production does not have a Maria twirling with her arms outstretched as she sings. Instead, Maria sits on a verdant hill, which sways to the beat of the music. This unusual choice was the first hint of […]

Utah Rep’s CAROUSEL hits highs and low’s of life

Amber Lee Roberts and Sam West.

MURRAY — I first heard about Utah Repertory Theater Company when an old theater friend liked the new company on Facebook. Their profound goals to start a semiprofessional theatre company in Utah focusing on overlooked theatrical options intrigued me. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is the perfect example of the company’s daring venture. Utah Rep’s current production […]

I have confidence in SCERA’s SOUND OF MUSIC

The Sound of Music - SCERA

OREM — It would probably be impossible to create a better opening scene of SCERA’s production of The Sound of Music. As Chelsea Hendrickson sang the opening notes of the title song with Mount Timpanogos behind her, it quickly became clear that director Jeremy Showgren and the production artists had the ingredients for a wonderful evening […]

Hale makes message of SOUTH PACIFIC hit home

Kelly Hennessey as Ensign Nellie Forbush and Ben Henderson as Luther Billis. Photo by Pete Widtfeldt (

OREM — Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musicals are beloved all over the United States, but I believe they are also widely misunderstood. I know people who think that The Sound of Music, for example, is merely about a bunch of kids who learn to love singing. But it’s actually a musical about the importance of standing up […]

Saratoga Springs has stunning debut with THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Show closes August 18, 2012.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Friday night performance of The Sound of Music was a night of momentous beginnings. In addition to being opening night of the production, this was the premiere production of Saratoga Springs Arts Council, Utah’s newest theatre company. The Sound of Music is Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s classic musical about Maria, a young novice who […]

Cottonwood Height’s CINDERELLA is a lovely, magical night

Show closes July 30, 2012.

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Impossible things are happening everyday,” Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother emphatically proclaims, and I could see it in the efforts for Cottonwood Heights Arts Council third theatrical production.  Attending the performance in Brighton High School’s auditorium, I entered Cinderella’s magical world with its well orchestrated community, the talented actors, and a little stage magic. This […]

THE SOUND OF MUSIC in West Valley is one of my favorite things

Show closes August 4, 2012.

WEST VALLEY CITY — If you haven’t seen the iconic movie musical The Sound of Music, you might as well be hiding your head in some proverbial sand. To say the movie is a classic is a gross understatement—it is Julie Andrews at some of her best, and musical theater transformed to the movie screen […]