"Aida," the hit Broadway musical with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, opens in both Orem and Ogden this week. The Tony Award-winning musical is a story about a love triangle between Princess Amneris, soldier Radames and Nubian slave Aida.
"Aida," Tuesday through Nov. 22, Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, stars Lita Little Giddins and Josephine Scere as Aida; Greg Hansen and Darick Pead as Radames; and Nikki Bohne and Korianne Orton-Johnson as Amneris.
Shows are nightly at 7:30, with Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $13.50-$17.50 (801-226-8600 or www.haletheater.org).
"Aida," Friday through Nov. 14, Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, stars Samantha Simpson, Ashley Schmidt Davis, Parker Solum and Jacob Thompson.
Shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, 7:30 p.m., $6-$11 (801-393-0070 or www.terraceplayhouse.com).
Here are this week's other openings, which include the beginning of the college theater seasons.
"Dial M for Murder," Wednesday through Oct. 10, Pardoe Theatre, Brigham Young University, Provo.
Before Hitchcock's suspenseful film was released in 1954, Frederick Knott's play captivated audiences with its shocking tale of a husband's plot to eliminate his wife. "Dial M" is based on the "film noir" genre of the '40s and '50s, capturing the atmosphere of classic mystery films. BYU's stage version stars Murphy Smith, Jenny Latimer, Andrew Beenstra and Benjamin King.
Shows are Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. Tickets are $7-$15 (801-422-4322 or www.byuarts.com).
"Doubt: A Parable," Thursday through Oct. 4, Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center, Logan.
Tony Award-winning "Doubt" resonates with issues pulled from headlines. Set in a Catholic school in the early '60s, the school is dealing with the changed nature of Catholicism and one sister's concern about Father Flynn's informal behavior with a young male student. This production stars Felicia Stehmeier and Jeff Denison.
Shows are Friday, Saturday and Oct. 2-4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9-$13 (435-797-8022 or www.csa.usu.edu).
"Dracula vs. the Hunchback," Friday through Nov. 1, Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St.
Like most OBT plays, this Halloween audiences are in for a howling treat! Come out for a family-friendly night of laughter and spooks great for ages 2 and up. The show stars Eric Jensen, Logan Rogan, Alexis Owen, Jesse Curran, Lindsay Thompson and Mike Brown.
Shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8-$16 (801-355-4628 or www.theobt.com).
"Honk!" Taylorsville Arts Council, Thursday through Sept. 29, Eisenhower Junior High School, 4351 S. Redwood Road.
The musical retelling of the ugly duckling recaptures the child-like magic of self discovery.
Shows are nightly except Sunday, 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., $5.
"Pericles," Wednesday through Oct. 3, Nelke Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU, Provo.
This production for young audiences is the William Shakespeare classic adapted by Chris Clark. This is a story of shipwrecks, pirates, jousting, love, danger, princesses and a journey around the world. It stars Alex Ungerman, Ashleigh Lutes, Emily Dabczynski, Carson McFarland and Mark Oram.Shows are nightly except Sundays and Mondays at 7:30, with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. Tickets are $6-$11 (801-422-4322 or www.byuarts.com).