City Rep has announced new names for its mainstage theater (downstairs) and what was formerly its Family Theatre (the former Utah II penthouse/balcony auditorium) - and new year-round seasons for both stages.
Commencing with its 1989-90 season, the mainstage venue will be known as the Court Theatre and the upstairs stage, which is utilized primarily for children's productions, will be called the Jester Theatre.In the Court Theatre, City Rep will present three musicals, an Agatha Christie mystery, a comedy and three concerts for its second full season since moving into the historic Utah Theatre, 148 S. Main, more than one year ago. The downstairs theater is being rearranged for more intimate seating. For the stage productions, seating will be limited to 249, with a salon-sized orchestra for musical accompaniment.
The Jester Theatre will present six shows especially for younger audiences, including "Anne of Green Gables" and a new adaptation (by John J Donohue of the Minneapolis Children's Theatre) of "The Phantom of the Opera."
Both of the City Rep theaters will now have year-round seasons that will run from June through May.
- "ANNE OF GREEN GABLES" (June 30-Sept. 1) brings the classic story of Anne Shirley to the stage.
- "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" (Sept. 22-Nov. 11) is not the current Broadway musical, but a new children's adaptation of the classic suspense tale.
- "THE OTHER WISE MAN" (Nov. 24-Dec. 30) is taken from Henry Van Dyke's story of a fourth wise man who misses giving his earthly fortune to the newborn Christ Child, but saves others in the bargain.
- "THE MASQUE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" (Jan. 26-March 3) will use Shakespearean-style rhyme and Gargoyle masks to silently move the action along through the Hall of Mirrors and Dreams. Based on the ageless fairy tale.
- "THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW" (March 24-April 28) is yet another adventure in Narnia (first entered during the 1988-89 season in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe").
- "THE VELVETEEN RABBIT" (May 2-June 23, 1990) is a rollicking new musical for the entire family.
Season tickets for the Jester Theatre are $35 for adults and $28 for children. Season packages in the Court Theatre are $57 for adults, $43 for children. Single ticket prices are $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children.
For most productions, either in the Court or Jester theaters, a choice of at least 11 performances over a six-week period will be offered.
Thomas W. Parker, City Rep president, said the change to a year-round schedule and smaller audience size will also bring about a more uniform pricing schedule.
"City Rep is committed to carving a niche of our own in Salt Lake City - a particular style of theater which is entertaining and suitable for the whole family, utilizing the strengths we have developed during the past three seasons: music, dance, clean comedy, intriguing and interesting moral stories that edify and entertain," he said.
For season ticket information call the City Rep box office at 532-6000. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays, or just prior to showtime.