Two repertory productions one outdoors at Sundance in Provo Canyon and the other at the historic Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan - and a brand new community production in North Ogden are among this week's theatrical openings.
* THAT RAMBUNCTIOUS, high-spirited mountain girl, Molly Tobin Brown, who rose from tomboy to become the toast of Denver society, will be in the spotlight this season in the Sundance Summer Theatre production of Meredith Willson's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," featuring Jayne Luke as Molly.The second show in this year's Sundance outdoor series, it will open Saturday at 8:30 p.m., after which it will be presented on odd-numbered calendar dates, alternating with "The Robber Bridegroom" on even-numbered dates through Sept. 5.
The tale of Molly Brown is based on a real-life heroine from Hannibal, Mo., whose big dream is to leave her rustic rural life and live in a fine home with a shiny brass bed.
Leadville Johnny Brown, the man who falls in love with her, gives Molly her first dream - the brass bed - along with several fortunes (they come and go in the volatile Colorado mining era), along with a cigar-band wedding ring.
Willson's score includes such energetic songs as "I Ain't Down Yet," "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys," and the ballad "Colorado, My Home." The book for "Molly Brown," which was a long-running Broadway hit, was written by Richard Morris.
The mountain setting of Sundance is sure to enhance this popular and enduring love story.
In addition to Luke, others in the cast are Russell Simmons as Johnny Brown, and Wayne Moon, Scott bodily, Kip White and Jerry Elison as Molly's boistrous brothers.
Director Charles Metten's 16-member cast also includes Barry Snarr, Chad Kearsley, Star Hayner Roman, Mary Davis Wilson, Stephen Dimond, Janet L. Swenson, Scott Fowler, Tris Reading, Susan C. Wadsworth and Shellie Lynn Warnick.
Choreography is by Pat Debenham, with sets by Stephen Dimond and lighting by Doug Hoyt. Musical direction is by Chip Prince
Ticket prices range from $5.50 to $7.50. Reservations need to be made in advance by calling 225-4107. Patrons should dress warmly for the outdoor show and bring a blanket.
* SOMETHING FUNNY is going on at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan this summer. It's the comedy "The Foreigner," the Old Lyric Repertory Company's first show of the 1988 season.
The OLRC, now in its 22nd year, will present four shows in repertory throughout the summer, according to executive producer Sid Perkes. The company is comprised of professional and advanced theater students from across the country.
"The Foreigner" by Larry Shue is the winner of two Outer Critics' Circle Awards, two Obie Awards, Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway production, according to W. Vosco Call, production director.
"The play was highly recommended to us, and I'm delighted we're finally going to do it here," Call said.
"The Foreigner" opens Thursday and plays through Saturday, after which it will run in repertory throughout the summer. Tickets are available at the USU Ticket Office, 750-1657, during business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and at the Lyric Theatre on performance evenings. Curtain is 8 p.m.
The plot revolves around a shy, young Englishman visiting rural Georgia, pretending to speak no English as a means of escaping social contact with others. As a result, he is labeled the foreigner.
The cast includes Terence James Goodman, Marsha Miller and Brett Penney, members of Actor's Equity Association who are featured guest artists at the Lyric.
Others in the cast are Lego Louis, James Purser, John R. Pierce, Nancy Dunn Blackburn and Trevor Olsen.
Set designs for the season are by Jerry Hooker, visiting professor of theater, and costumes are by Catherine A. Zublin, guest designer from Weber State College. Lighting design is by Utah State Theatre technical director Kim Brandt.
Season subscriptions are still available through July 2, according to OLRC marketing director Kelli Hooker. Adult subscriptions are $18 and senior citizens and youth are $15. Discounts are also available for USU students, faculty and staff. Subscribers see four shows for the price of three, Hooker said.
Brochures with ticket information and complete schedules are available from the Lyric office at (801) 750-1500, the USU theater arts department, (801) 750-3046, or write: Old Lyric Repertory Company, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-4025.
The Old Lyric Repertory Company is supported in part by grants from the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, the George S. and Delores Dore Eccles Foundation, the Utah Arts Council and Utah State University.
* A HISTORICAL MUSICAL depicting the life and struggles of pioneer North Ogdenites, "Grand Old Town," will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Weber High School auditorium, 430 Weber High Drive in Pleasant View. All tickets, available at the door, will be $2.
The script was written by Sherry Miller, a former West Valley writer who once served as a board member of the Salt Lake chapter of Romance Writers of America. Miller has lived in North Ogden for the past four years.
The show, including 10 original songs by four North Ogden musicians - Suann C. Adams, Lisa R. Bradshaw, Paula P. Miller and Muriel Shupe - has a cast of more than 150 people, supported by a crew of more than 80.
Direct line descendants of such North Ogden pioneers as Jonathan Campbell, Robert Montgomery and David Edmund Garner will be featured in the show.