SALT LAKE CITY — This is one of those weekends where it's a tragedy there's only 24 hours in a day. Even the best of schedulers won't make enough time to explore all the Beehive State has to offer — ranging from 10 skating Disney princesses to 10-minute plays to the black comedy of John Cleese to the soaring vocals of David Archuleta.
Disney on Ice
Ten Disney princesses will skate across the Beehive State this weekend as Disney on Ice brings its “Dream Big!” show to Vivint Arena. And while Disney characters are certainly beloved in Utah, the show has additional meaning for the state as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” is portrayed by Victoria Tugolukova, a former Utah resident who attended West High School. Other princesses in the show include Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Belle and Elsa. You probably won't turn into a pumpkin if you're not home by midnight, so it's safe to check it out, Nov. 17-19, times vary, 301 W. South Temple, $30-$165 (801-325-7528 or vivintarena.com).
Bells on Temple Square
The Bells on Temple Square ensemble has been known to perform some tricky pieces, including the rapid and chaotic “Flight of the Bumblebee” — and the group’s upcoming concert will be no different. The 35-member ensemble rings in the holiday season with its annual concert this weekend, featuring hymns such as “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and “Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” along with lively pieces and Christmas songs such as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Trepak,” the Russian dance from “The Nutcracker Suite.” The concert will also feature organ solos by Temple Square organists Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts, and pieces performed by the Orchestra at Temple Square, according to a news release. The concerts are free but sold out, and take place Nov. 17-18, 7:30 p.m., at the Tabernacle on Temple Square. A standby line will form at the flagpole (801-570-0080 or lds.org/events).
New Works Ten
Have you ever fallen asleep during a theater production? You might’ve even really liked the play but just couldn’t muster the strength to stay awake for the entire two or three hours. Now, how about a 10-minute play? That seems doable, right? New Works Ten, a four-day festival held in Provo, is premiering 17 10-minute plays written by Utah playwrights. Ten of these plays will receive full productions Nov. 16-18, 7 p.m., with a matinee Nov. 18, 2 p.m. A panel of judges will determine the winners for the festival, but audience members will also be given a chance to vote for their favorites, according to a news release. All-access festival passes are available for $10 at the door of the Mercury Theater and Event Center, 591 S. 300 West (http://www.utahnewworkstheatreproject.org/).
He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lead singer for the Smiths, and then became a successful solo artist with hits such as "First of the Gang to Die." The English singer-songwriter, known mononymously as Morrissey, will headline Kingsbury Hall Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m., $55-$85 (801-581-7100 or tickets.utah.edu).
Legendary comedian John Cleese is coming to the Beehive State for the very first time. Although he recently expressed his love for Jerry Sloan and the Utah Jazz, Cleese has never traveled to Utah, but he will appear at the Eccles Theater for a showing of the cult classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and a Q&A session with the audience. The event takes place Sunday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., 131 Main St., $35-$275 (live-at-the-eccles.com).
The 26-year-old singer from Murray recently released his album “Postcards in the Sky.” It’s the first album David Archuleta has released since returning home from his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In a recent interview with the Deseret News, the singer described “Postcards in the Sky” as a “message album” that he hopes reflects his new life perspective — an outlook heavily influenced by his LDS mission to Chile. The singer’s stop at Abravanel Hall — the very place he announced his mission call in 2011 — will wrap up his fall tour in support of the album. The concert takes place Monday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., 123 W. South Temple, $35.50-$59.50 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
For the past 22 years, propelled by the release of “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” in 1995, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has achieved holiday-staple status, along with theatrical productions of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Nutcracker.” The group is bringing its blend of classical music, rock and pyrotechnics to Vivint Arena on Nov. 21. While the ensemble has presented its elaborate performances for more than two decades, shows this year take on new meaning in light of the deaths of TSO creator Paul O’Neill and longtime bassist Dave Z. TSO will perform Tuesday, Nov. 21, 4 and 8 p.m., 301 South Temple, $43-$74 (801-235-7528 or vivintarena.com).
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