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'Timeless Tales of Terror' will premiere this week

'Steel Magnolias' also among diverse theater openings

Published: Sunday, Oct. 14 2007 1:18 p.m. MDT

Clockwise from top, Truvy (Luone Ingram), Annelle (Charlie Little) and Shelby (Hailey Nebeker), in the drama "Steel Magnolias."

De Shawn Smith, Pleasant Grove Players

Two Halloween-oriented productions, a Broadway musical and a classic drama are among this week's diverse theater openings.

TIMELESS TALES OF TERROR, presented Thursday only by the Babcock Performing Readers, will spotlight four tales performed by three local storytellers.

—"The Carriage Driver," by local author Michael von Rosen, is a ghostly 19th-century tale set in southern Europe. It will be read by Dan Christensen.

—"The Dead Girl" and "Amanda," two 19th-century stories by authors unknown, have been edited and adapted by Michael Jesse Bennett. They'll be read by Richard C. Russell.

The evening will close with Bennett reading Edgar Allan Poe's horror classic, "The Tell-Tale Heart."

The BPR gathering will be 7:30 p.m. in the University of Utah's Union Building Little Theatre. Admission, parking and refreshments are free.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Robert Harling's drama examining the bonds of friendship among a group of six Southern women in Louisiana, will be staged Friday through Nov. 5 by the Pleasant Grove Players in the Keith Christeson Little Theater, in the Pleasant Grove City Library, 30 E. Center.

Co-directed by Howard and Kathryn Laycock Little, the cast includes Luone Ingram as Truvy, owner of a beauty salon where the action takes place; Charlie Little as Annelle, Debora Escalante as Miss Clairee, Hailey Nebeker as Shelby, Kathryn Little as M'Lynn and Jan Williams as the curmudgeonly Ouiser.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. There will also be Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens or $25 per family. Single tickets are $1 less for the matinees and $20 per family. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Pleasant Grove City Offices or by calling 785-5045. Some may also be available at the door.

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS will play Friday through Nov. 17 in the Center Street Musical Theatre, 177 W. Center, Provo, with Gavin Grooms directing. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, senior citizens and children. There is also a "family" pass on Monday nights only for $35.

Optional dinners, served at 6:30 p.m., are $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Advance reservations are required for the meals (764-0535 for all reservations).

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO, featuring Frank Ferrante as comedy legend Groucho Marx, will be presented on Saturday only at 7:30 p.m. in the newly opened Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo.

National Public Radio recently picked Ferrante's portrayal of Marx as one of the country's top-five solo shows. Ferrante starred in, directed and produced the national PBS television program "Groucho: A Life in Revue." The New York Times has called him "the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx's material."

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and senior citizens (852-7007 or www.coveycenter.org).

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: LIVE IN CONCERT will be staged on Wednesday evenings by Bacchus Productions in association with Around the Globe theater company in two local private clubs. The concert-style presentation will include a live, five-piece band.

Directed by Marcie Jacobsen, the cast includes Dave Hanson as Dr. Frank N. Furter, Chelsey Richardson as Janet, Ryon Sharette as Brad, Joseph Rogan as Riff-Raff, Leisl Bonnel as Magenta, April Fossen as Columbia, Mark Brocksmith as Dr. Scott, Tim Tuke as Rocky and Dennis Bergendorf as the Narrator.

Performances will be 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Club Vegas, 445 S. 400 West, where it's tentatively scheduled to play weekly through Christmas, except for Oct. 24, when it will be performed at MoDiggity's, 3424 S. State. Tickets range from $5-$12 (706-1613 or www.rockyhorrorinconcert.com).

PINNACLE ACTING COMPANY, in partnership with the Midvale Arts Council, will present a "Broadway as You Want to Pay" musical revue on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W. Center (7720 South).

The concert, featuring local singers and plenty of Broadway-show tunes, is free, but donations will be accepted with all proceeds going toward the installation of additional theater lighting. Pinnacle Acting Company, which was formed earlier this year, has chosen to make its home in Midvale.


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