A revised version of Tuacahn's "Utah!" (see related story on Page E8) plus four musicals - a Tennessee Williams classic, an operetta version of a Shakespearean comedy, the debut of a new "murder mystery" company in Park City, a free student production and a children's matinee series - are opening this week in the region.
- "OIL CITY SYMPHONY," from the creators of "Pump Boys & Dinettes," will play June 11-July 25 at the Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City.The Egyptian Theatre Company production, staged by Ellen Graham and featuring Nola Campbell, Darla Davis, K.C. Eldgredge and Brent Fotheringham, is centered around a reunion "recital" by four wacky, yet proud, musicians from Oil City High School.
Winner of both the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics' Circle Award for 1988, the revue contains such varied tunes as "The Hokey Pokey," "1812 Overture" and "Beehive Polka."
Performances will be Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $10 for students and $8 for children, 12 and under. For reservations, call 1-435-649-9371.
- "THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR," a condensed version of Nicolai's operetta (not the straight comedy by Shakespeare), is being presented as a dinner-theater piece at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, June 10-13, in the de Jong Concert Hall of Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Center.
Starting with the replication of an old English feast in a medieval tavern, the dinner and performance will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The cast includes Lindsay Robison as Mistress Ford, Erika Edwards as Mistress Page and Meredith Taylor as Falstaff.
Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $20 per person or $16 each for two or more. For reservations, call 378-4322.
- "JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" is being revived by popular demand at the Provo Theatre Company, 105 E. 100 North, where it will open a nine-week run on June 11.
Directed by Charles Lynn Frost, the cast will include Corey Bench as Joseph and Lisa Weight as the Narrator.
All seats are reserved. Tickets are $12.50 and $15, with student discounts on Wednesday nights during June only. Group discounts are also available.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays-Saturdays through Aug. 10. For reservations, call 379-0660. The box office is open from 6 to 9 p.m. daily (except Sundays).
- "MY TURN ON EARTH," which first premiered nearly 20 years ago, will make a one-day stop in Salt Lake City as part of its most recent Western tour.
Presented by St. George-based Briarwood Repertory Company, the musical will have performances at 2 and 8 p.m. on June 13 only at the Capitol Theatre.
Written by Carol Lynn Pearson and Lex DeAzevedo, this latest edition of the popular show was directed by Pamela Lockwood, who also directed it in 1981 for a California touring group.
The cast, from throughout Utah, includes Bryan Newman, Christopher Holmes, Jessica Fugal, Katie Young, AmberLee Holmes and David Crenshaw.
Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for children) are available at the Capitol Theatre box office and all ArtTix outlets (355-2787 or 1-888-451-2787).
- "MYSTERY IN THE MINE," a murder mystery comedy developed specifically for the Silver Mine Adventure in Park City, involves not one, but three separate mysteries - all waiting to be solved by patrons as part of the interactive theater experience.
Originally written for a private company party, the production's first public performance will be Saturday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Mine Adventure's Miners' Hall.
The four-member cast is comprised of Sheryl McGlochlin, the show's author, as hostess Regina Ruby, Kim Bowman as Archibald Shirts, Bonnie Stroud as Victoria Teller and Monte Garcia as Romero Sanchez.
Cost for dinner and show combined is $30 per person. Advance reservations are required. For tickets, call 1-800-467-3828 or call Tammy at 1-435-7460 or Sheryl at 278-5313.
- "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF," the popular Broadway musical about Tevye, an impoverished Jewish man living in Russia on the brink of the Revolution, will star Neil Barth as Tevye and Syd Riggs as Golde, his wife.
Jerry Elison is directing the show.
Performances will be Mondays and Thursdays-Saturdays, June 12-27, at 8 p.m. in the SCERA Shell amphitheater, 745 S. State St., Orem.
For reservations, call 225-2569 or 225-2787.
- "THE GLASS MENAGERIE," Tennessee Williams' classic drama, is being mounted by the Tributary Theatre Company, June 10-July 4 at Star Hall on East Center Street in Moab.
Curtain is 8 p.m., with preview performances June 10 and 11, after which the production will continue Tuesdays-Saturdays through July 4. For reservations, call 1-435-259-6195.
- "A YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT," a musical version of Mark Twain's tale of "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," will play at noon on Saturdays from June 13 through Aug. 29 at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden.
Alison Peterson is directing the children's production.
Tickets are $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children, 12 and under. For reservations, call 393-0070.
- "SENIOR SEND-OFF," a cabaret-style evening of entertainment, with everything from Shakespeare to belly dancing, will be presented Wednesday, June 10, only, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lair of Weber State University's Shepherd Union Building.
The program was conceived by Tracy Callahan and coordinated by Shilo Chadsey Trionfi.
Most of the show's performing artists are seniors, taking advantage of the "Send-Off" as a final performance on campus.
Admission is free of charge, but donations to the school's Associated Actors and Technicians will be accepted.