A new, year-round theater makes its debut in Davis County this week (see separate story on the facing page), two dramatic works open on Salt Lake City stages, the first of five Utah productions of "A Christmas Carol" opens in Provo, a musical-comedy is scheduled at Westminster College, and a "work in progress" will be presented at Weber State College, Ogden.
Also, Michael Jesse Bennett will present his one-man "Patrick Henry" as part of a Hinckley Institute of Politics program at the University of Utah.(For details on "Wings" and "The Man Who Never Died," see page A8 of the Deseret News for Saturday, Nov. 10.)
- ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, a musical comedy based on the fable about the princess and the pea, will be presented Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 14-17, at 8 p.m., in Walker Hall on the Westminster College campus. The Westminster Players production is free of charge.
- PATRICK HENRY, Michael Jesse Bennett's acclaimed one-man show about the famous patriot, will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. as part of the Hinckley Institute of Politics' "Books and Banter" program in the Hinckley Caucus Room (Room No. 255 of Orson Spencer Hall, just east of the Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus).
- WINGS, a drama about an elderly former stunt pilot who suffers a severe stroke, will feature one of Salt Lake's most gifted actresses - Marilyn Holt - in the central role of Emily Stilson, a woman struggling to cope with her new condition.
Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15, 16 and 17, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., with a matinee at 5 p.m. on Friday.
For reservations, contact the Pioneer Memorial Theatre box office at 581-6961. The Lab Theatre is located in the Performing Arts Building adjacent to the University of Utah campus book store.
- THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED, Barrie Stavis' drama about the life and execution of songwriter and labor movement leader Joe Hill, will be presented Wednesday through Sunday at the Communications Workers of America labor hall, 939 S. 140 East (Edison Avenue.)
Richard Scharine is directing the production for the Joe Hill Organizing Committee.
Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students, senior citizens and union members. For reservations, call 596-1884.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Joe Hill's execution by firing squad and the Salt Lake production is one of two scheduled this month in Utah. The other will be staged Nov. 29-Dec. 1 by the theater department of College of Eastern Utah in Price.
Performances will be Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 14-18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission or $3 for students, senior citizens and union members. For reservations, call 596-1884.
- DANSE MACABRE, described as a play with music and dance, will be presented Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 13-17, in the Monson Theatre of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts on the Weber State College campus, Ogden.
Written in German and translated into English by Ilse Harries, it tells a bizarre story of a New England seacoast village in the late 1800s, where the residents have been frightened by a ship anchored in the harbor - a ship on which the sailors are infected by the plague.
To prevent the plague from spreading into the town, angry villagers murder the crew and burn the ship. But two sailors manage to escape. One is a native of the town, and the other is a stranger who has treated his dying companions aboard the ship, but who has somehow escaped the disease.
Harries wrote "Danse Macabre" in 1946. Her granddaughter, Lynne Jones, and Lynne's husband, Brian, a theater faculty member at WSC, have edited and revised Harries' English translation of the play. Brian Jones is co-directing the play, assisted by choreographer Joanne Lawrence.
General admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students and senior citizens. Call 616-8500 for reservations.
- A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the perennial Charles Dickens classic, will be presented Nov. 15-Dec. 1 in the Pardoe Drama Theatre of the Harris Fine Arts Center at Brigham Young University, Provo.
Y. drama professor Charles Metten will portray Ebenezer Scrooge, with Robert Paxton as Bob Cratchit and Mitchell Warner as Tiny Tim.
Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for children and students with valid activity cards. Box office: 378-7447.
- TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE for performances of City Rep's Sunday evening production of "The Prince of Peace," scheduled to run through the end of the year.
Some stand-by seating may be available on the evenings of performance for tourists and visitors. Call 532-6000 for further information.