Spencer Potter
Joel Thomas, left, Katie Cluff, Brandon Price and Melissa Erickson star in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

If you've seen any locally produced shows lately, you've no doubt been impressed with the talent. Now is your chance to see the newest crop of stage stars.

This week a lot of colleges and universities are showcasing the school year's final productions.

From Dixie State College to Weber State University and few stops in between, here are the new shows.

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opens Thursday and runs through April 12, at the Eccles Fine Arts Center, Dixie State College, St. George.

Considered by some to be Broadway's greatest farce, the Tony-winning musical is a "non-stop laugh-fest; clever and irreverent." Fast paced, and quick-witted with a fabulous Sondheim score, "Forum" allows an ensemble of comedic actors to shine.

Students actors include Guy Smith, Travis Cox, Kathleen Hinton, Spencer Potter and Alex Gubler.

Performances are nightly April 3-5 and 8-12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $1 (for DSC students) -$15 (435-652-7800).

"Assassins" opens Tuesday and runs through Saturday at the Val A. Browning Center, Weber State University, Ogden.

Bold, surreal, disturbing and thought-provoking, "Assassins" is one of the most controversial musicals ever written.

The one-act historical musical is based on the true stories of nine individuals, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated or tried to assassinate the president of the United States.

The Sondheim musical explores the dark side of the American experience and its freedoms.

Performances are nightly at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $5.50-$8.50 (1-800-978-8457).

"Blood Wedding" opens Wednesday and runs through April 13 at the Babcock Theatre, downstairs in Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, University of Utah.

Considered one of the most innovative plays of the 20th century, "Blood Wedding" is inspired by the true story of a fatal feud between two families in rural Spain.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday April 13, with 2 p.m. matinees on the Saturday. Tickets range from $6-$12 (581-7100).

"The Eyes of Babylon" opens Thursday and runs through April 19 at the Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Theatre, 138 W. 300 South.

Written and performed by Iraq veteran, Jeff Key, "Eyes of Babylon" is a critically acclaimed, autobiographical one-man play set to debut off-Broadway later this year.

A compelling and fascinating true story, this 90-minute play follows Key from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, through his time in Iraq as a Marine, and his return to America to begin a life of political activism and philanthropy.

Performances are week nights at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with weekend matinees available. Tickets are $10-$30 (355-2787 or www.arttix.org).

"SOAPFest" begins Friday and runs through April 19 at the Auditorium Theatre, Southern Utah University, Cedar City.

The three-weekend extravaganza is 12 one-act plays, all student directed, designed, stage managed and performed. There are 118 students involved in the shows with students also building sets and constructing costumes.

"SOAPFest" will perform three weekends and each weekend will feature four different one-act plays. The plays were all picked to showcase the versatility and talent of the students.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10 (435-865-8800 or www.suu.edu/arts).

"Talent Showcase" opens Saturday and runs through April 14 at the Academy of Performing Arts Complex, 3188 S. 400 East.

For an evening of family entertainment, The Academy and Rachel's Dance Studio have teamed up to present an evening of musical entertainment.

Performance nights vary, showtime is 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $10 (486-2728 or www.academyofpa.org).