UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA, celebrating its 16th year, is the only opera company in the United States that began in the '90s and is still operating today.
Under the direction of Michael Ballam, the season includes two operas and two Broadway musicals, including one which will star Ballam himself.
• "1776," the musical retelling of the birth of our nation stars Ballam as John Adams. Go back in time to the Continental Congress and watch the debates unfold in those sweltering summer months.
• "Into the Woods," a Stephen Sondheim classic, blends familiar fairy tales with everyone in search of a "happily every after."
• "Manon Lescaut," a beautiful love story and Puccini's first true masterwork, this work wrestles with the question of money vs. love. This is a rare opportunity to see this early piece.
• "Aida," the masterpiece by Verdi, deals with the trials and tribulations of love and scandal. An opera in which emotions run wild.All shows, including one two-show run of "Gypsy," run in repertory through Aug. 9, show dates and times vary. Tickets are $12-$74 with discounts available (800-262-0074 or www.ufoc.org).
PICKLEVILLE PLAYHOUSE, by Bear Lake, also has its summer season running, with two family-friendly shows.
• "Thoroughly Modern Millie," is a 1920s musical-romp of love, money, friends and plenty of laughs. It's jam-packed with entertainment for the whole family. "Millie" was the winner of six Tony Awards, including "Best Musical."
• "Chuck Wagon's Wild West Showdown," an outrageous musical melodrama, is a fast-paced comedy filled with a slew of zany characters, music, dancing and a great big cowboy showdown.
Both shows offer a preshow dinner option of a home-cooked western cookout: ribeye steak, barbecue ribs or chicken.The two shows run in repertory, nights and times vary. Tickets are $8-$16; $16.50 - $29.50 with dinner option (435-946-2918 or www.picklevilleplayhouse.com).
OLD LYRIC REPERTORY COMPANY opens the last of its summer shows this week with "Deathtrap," at the Caine Lyric Theatre in Logan.
This clever script, by Ira Levin, earned a Tony nomination for Best Play in 1978. In "Deathtrap," a successful writer of Broadway thrillers hits a dry spell, which has left him with a string of failures. A student writes a show with all the makings of a hit. Should the two collaborate? Audiences will be enthralled until the final moments of this play.
"Deathtrap" runs in repertory with the rest of the OLRC season. Nights and times vary. Tickets are $12-$75 (435-752-1500 or www.usu.edu/lyric).
Here are other offerings this week:
"Nunsense," Riverton Arts Council, Friday through July 21, Sandra Lloyd Performing Arts Center, 12880 S. Redwood Road, Riverton.
This isn't your ordinary "Nunsense." Riverton has double-cast its show with one cast of women and one cast of men. The women perform July 11 and 12; the men perform July 18 and 19; and on July 14 and 21, they'll do a "mash-up" where two performers are substituted into the other cast. Having never seen each other rehearse, it's sure to be a funny evening.
Tickets are $7-$8 (801-208-3101).
"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," Friday through Aug. 11, The Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna.
"Brides" is the classic story of Adam Pontipee, the eldest of seven brothers who is lonely and decides he needs a wife. He finds Milly, who soon learns that she'll also have to care for his six burly, uncouth brothers. It's filled with great music, lots of laughs and fun for the whole family.
The Empress is also offering a preshow Dutch oven dinner option, Fridays and Saturdays, catered by Roger's Bakery.
Shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7 p.m. with matinees available. Tickets are $8.50-$11; $20 for dinner and show (801-347-7373 or www.empresstheatre.com).
"Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates," Wednesday through July 19, Youth Theatre at the U., Babcock Theatre, downstairs in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre.
This rousing musical comedy brings together a hilarious assortment of lady pirates, the British fleet, and an inept crew of convicts to sing, dance and fight their way into your heart.
Shows are Wednesday through Saturday, 7 p.m., with Saturday matinees available. Tickets are $5-$10 (801-581-7100 or www.kingtix .com).
"High School Musical," Wednesday through Aug. 2, Tuacahn's Indoor Hafen Theatre, Ivins.
Disney's mega-hit stage musical is part of the Summer Theatre Institute offered at Tuacahn and will feature some of the best high-school talent from across the state.Show nights vary, 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees available. Tickets are $12.50-$15.50 (435-652-3300, 800-746-9882 or www.tuacahn.org).
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