USU Theater Department
Rebecca Johnson, left, plays Anya, Leticia Minharo is Madam Pishtchik and Brandon Pearson is Gaev in Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" at USU.
Several premieres and national touring productions are among the plays openings next week. "Menopause the Musical" is both a premiere and a national touring show (see story on Page E8). "Skin in Flames" is a translation of a script that won several awards when it was presented in Spain (see story on E1). Other productions include:

• THE CHERRY ORCHARD, directed by Utah State University theatre arts faculty member Lynda Linford, opens on Thursday and runs on Friday and Saturday and again Feb. 6-9. Anton Chekhov's classic story tells of a Russian family's struggle to hold on to their estate and their way of life. The productions begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Theatre of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the university campus.

The dramaturge is Kamren Winn, a Russian teacher who lived in the Ukraine. The production features live music.

Tickets sell for $6-$10, with free admission for USU students with ID. Children younger than 6 are not admitted. Call 435-797-8022 or see

• MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING runs Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 18, at the Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, in Magna. There is a special Thursday night performance of this romantic comedy on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Tickets are $7.50 to $10. Evening performances are at 7 p.m. There are also three Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. The Empress is operated by the Oquirrh Hills Performing Arts Alliance.

• PETER PAN, THE HIGH FLYING MUSICAL, is a national touring production of the Broadway classic. It plays on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main, Logan. Tickets are $22-$36 and can be obtained by calling 435-752-0026.

• WAITING FOR THE PARADE, directed by Tracy Callahan, is a production of Weber State University's Department of Performing Arts It begins next Friday and runs Saturday and again Feb. 5-9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eccles Theater of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts on the university campus.

The script was written by John Murrell, an American who moved to Canada in 1968. The play takes place in Calgary but features the stories of women of many nationalities during World War II. Tickets are $5.50 to $8.50. Seating is limited. Call 1-800-WSU-TIKS.

Along with the play, the Weber State Department of Performing Arts will sponsor a series of free "homefront events" on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. in the WSU Stewart Library. On Tuesday, there is a panel discussion featuring local historians Kathryn MacKay and Susan Matt talking about women's experiences during the war. On Wednesday, a 1943 film will be shown. "Tender Comrade" stars Ginger Rogers as a worker in a defense plant.

On Thursday history professor Bill Allison gives an illustrated lecture on propaganda literature, posters and films of the World War II.

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