A free reading of an original play on Wednesday and Thursday, another mystery evening at Sherwood Hills and a weeklong run of "Hello, Dolly!" under the auspices of the Bluffdale Community Arts Council somehow slipped away from our Sunday Arts listings for May 5.
- THE NAUPAKA FLOWER, a new play by Michael Vought, will be presented as a free reading at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 8 and 9, in the Lab Theatre of the Performing Arts Building, adjacent to the campus book store on the University of Utah campus.The play, based on three different Hawaiian legends, is about a "mainland" youth, David, who goes to Hawaii to study the hula. The three legends are: the origin of the hula; the tale of Hale-Mano learning the value of love the hard way, by being separated from his love and spending most of his life searching for her, and the legend of the Naupaka flower.
Vought uses culturally universal themes to explore the conflicts that arise when two cultures come into contact with each other and brings the audience an understanding of Hawaiian values and traditions.
Director Mike McTee's cast includes Monica Moench, Chris Luck, Lynn Peterson and Eunice Peppiatt. Four dances will be performed by local hula master Maurice Ohumukini and his top student, Noelani, during the reading. A discussion with the playwright will follow the presentation both evenings.
For further information, call 581-5404.
- TILL DEATH DO US PART, a comic, action-filled "murder mystery" evening by the Chameleons, will be presented on Saturday, May 10, at Sherwood Hills Resort in Sardine Canyon, between Logan and Brigham City.
Written and directed by James Christian, whose group recently presented "Death on Deck" and "Slaughter on the Strip," this solve-it-yourself dinner experience uses a pair of feuding Italian families and a wedding that merges the two as the central theme.
Cost for the dinner/theater evening is $19.95, including an Italian theme buffet. For reservations, call Sherwood Hills at 245-6424.
Overnight lodging is also available at the hotel.
- HELLO, DOLLY! will be presented next week by the Bluffdale Arts Council at the Bluffdale Fire Station, 14175 S. Redwood Road. Performances are Monday through Saturday, May 13-18, at 7:30 p.m.
The production stars Cherelle Stone as Dolly Gallagher Levi and Robert Feland as Horace Vandergelder. It is directed by Laura Garner, music by Vicki Jarvis and choreography is by Lori Nebeker and Lenore Cambrea.
Ticket prices are: adults $3; children (2-12) $2 and family $12. They're available in advancer at the Bluffdale City Hall.