Last week, 11 new stage productions opened in the region, and this week, the curtains are going up on 11 more shows along the Wasatch Front and in southern Utah.
Seven of the shows are holiday-oriented productions (see separate story in this section). The four other plays and musicals are:- "THE ICE WOLF," a dramatic work (and among the four most popular plays for young people in the world), being directed by Xan Johnson as the first annual All-City Young People's Show.
It's being staged Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 5-7, in a series of special presentations for students throughout the Salt Lake City School District, with public performances on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 and 4 p.m. in the East High School auditorium.
Producer Florin R. Nielsen said the cast includes students from intermediate and high schools in the district, drama students from the University of Utah, and actors from the local theater community.
"The Ice Wolf" tells the story of Anatou, an 11-year-old Eskimo girl born with fair skin and hair. The play explores her journey of rejection and her quest to find acceptance.
"Through the eyes of playwright Joanna Kraus we get a rare and authentic look at a culture not known to many people even today," said Nielsen.
The entire play takes place in a small, isolated Eskimo village near the Ice Wolf Glacier in Little Whale River located in the Hudson's Bay area of Canada. The time is long before missionaries established their settlements and long before white man had even been seen.
"The play provides theatergoers of all ages with a poetic journey into one young Eskimo's life stuggle with loneliness and her desire for acceptance. Perhaps Anatou's story will provide audiences the needed insight and sensitivity to approach the holiday season with a more understanding heart," Nielsen said.
Tickets will be $3 per child (11 and under) or $4.50 for those 12 and over. One parent will be admitted free when accompanying a child. The East High box office will be open one hour prior to each Saturday performance.
- "CALLIOPE OF LIFE," an evening of one-act plays by Ben Hecht & Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, Jules Feiffer, William Inge and Eugene Ionesco, will be staged Wednesday through Saturday by Salt Lake Community Theatre.
The four-part program includes:
- William Inge's "People in the Wind," a one-act play that was later the basis for the expanded "Bus Stop." Like leaves in the wind, people blow in and out of a roadside cafe as they wander through life. Director BarbaraSue Silver's cast includes Sally DeWeese, Michael A. Brown, Steven R. Sleater, Marita Stewart, Linda Diannne Smith, Zelda Emerson, Wanda Kaiser and Keith Hansen.
- "Scenes from Feiffer's People," by Jules Feiffer, with Cindy Lynn Retzlaff directing the same performers who appear in "People in the Wind." The six vignettes are "Giveaway Show," "Lady With the Rose In and Out of Her Teeth and Poor George," "Doris and Charlie," "I Found A Flower: 1st Woman, 2nd Woman," "Dear Mother" and "I'll Never Give Up My Independence."
The Feiffer segment is a combination of satirical sketches depicting the lack of communication between us all.
- "The Wonder Hat: A Harlequinade," by Ben Hecht and Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, described as "a fun return to the traditional comedies of the Italian commedia dell'arte. The cast includes Tina Taylor-Dyches, Glenn McGettigan, John C. Martin, Jana McGettigan, Zelda Emerson and Michael A. Brown. Sean Thomas is directing.
- Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano," directed by Michael A. Greene. This is an absurdist, one-act comedy making light of marital alienation and miscommunication. The cast includes John C. Martin, the McGettigans, Stewart, Hansen and Taylor-Dyches.
Bob and Dorothy Antrim are the artistic directors for Salt Lake Community Theater. The plays will be presented in the Bryant Intermediate School auditorium, on Eighth East between South Temple and First South. Curtain is 8 p.m. nightly, Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 5-8. Admission is free.
- "PINOCCHIO" is the latest production by Wasatch Playhouse, a community theater company based in Layton.
This is a new adaptation of the children's classic, being directed by Karma Astle with original music by Dean Kaelin.
Performances will be Friday, Saturday and Monday, Dec. 7-8 and 10, and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at 7 p.m. at Central Davis Junior High School, 633 Church St., Layton.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children or $15 for a family pass (maximum of six persons). Group rates for 20 or more.
Tickets are available in advance from the Layton Book Store or by calling 544-0806.
- "ANNIE," the Broadway musical, will be presented the next two weeks on the main stage of the Auditorium Theatre at Southern Utah State College.
Rick VanNoy is directing.
Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 6-8 and 13-15, at 8 p.m., with matinees at 11 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, and Thursday, Dec. 13.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and youths, and $3.50 for children 8 and under. For reservations, call the box office at 586-7876.