Tag Archive: theatre

  1. Utah Shakespeare Festival Summer 2014

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    June 23–August 30, 2014

    Antipholus and Dromio are bewildered. Everywhere they go, they seem to have already been there. And the more they try to unravel the lunatic events around them, the more farcical their lives become. It’s double the laughter and twice the fun in Shakespeare’s hysterical comedy of not one, but two sets of twins and the shenanigans swirling around them.

    Civil war smolders around Henry IV’s new kingdom. However, the heir to his father’s throne, Prince Hal, ignores the gathering storm clouds and parties on with his debauched friends, including the hilarious rogue, Sir John Falstaff. Ultimately, the prince must choose between the revelry of his bar buddies and the heroism of a soldier and king – for his coming of age will shape the future of a nation.

    Can goodness survive in a corrupt society? Can evil be meted out, with justice and compassion? Can chaste, innocent Isabella endure the foul machinations of those around her? Shakespeare, in this seldom-produced but daring “dark comedy,” tests integrity and decency to the limit. But, in the end, Isabella remains virtuous, and truth proves stronger than swords and evil men.

    Orsino loves Olivia (who won’t give him the time of day). Olivia loves Viola (whom she thinks is a boy). Viola loves Orsino (who doesn’t know she’s a girl). Malvolio loves being in love, and Andrew, Toby Belch, and Maria love life to its fullest. It’s all hilarious confusion and rollicking laughs in this, one of Shakespeare’s most sparkling gems.

    Full of repressed passion and soaring emotions, this world-premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic novel was commissioned especially for Festival audiences. It tells the touching and comic story of the Dashwood sisters who are both looking for true love, but in very different ways. Elinor is all about using her head, while Marianne invariably follows her impulsive heart – and both their stories have just the right mix of Austen’s humor, romance, and happy endings.

    An uncertain Cinderella. A bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood. A wicked witch – who sings and dances? They’re all among the cockeyed characters of this fractured fairy tale. But in this modern musical, happiness-ever-after is not always what it seems. Actions have consequences, charming princes have flaws, and, well, killing a giant can make the giant’s wife very angry.



  2. The Selfish Giant

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    May 30–June 14, 2014

    In this allegorical play about Jesus’s love, adapted from an Oscar Wilde children’s story, a self-centered giant learns about friendship, faith, and the power to change. At first unwilling to share his beautiful garden with the children who long to play in it, the giant finds happiness—and the secret to a thriving garden—when he welcomes the youngsters onto his patch of earth. Using puppets and live actors, BYU Theatre presents a unique look at this poignant tale.

  3. Tuacahn Amphitheatre 2014

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    May 30–October 18, 2014

    The Little Mermaid
    Ariel, a lovely young mermaid, spends her days dreaming of what life on land (as a human) might be like. With so many magical inventions and curiosities – as well as a very handsome prince – the world above the water proves to be more irresistible than a girl of the sea can withstand. When Ariel trades her voice for the chance to live and walk on land for long enough for the prince to fall in love with her, she sets in motion a dramatic and sometimes humorous series of events that will ultimately change her life forever.

    The Wizard of Oz
    “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and see The Wizard of Oz at Tuacahn. Dorothy and her little dog Toto join with Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard. But the Wicked Witch of the West has other plans for Dorothy and her companions, and she and her winged monkeys do their best to prevent them from reaching the Emerald City. Based upon the classic motion picture, this beloved tale is an adventure and delight for audiences of all ages.

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    This Biblical saga tells the story of Joseph, his father’s favorite son and a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar, and thwarting advances from his master’s wife lands him in jail. But when news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh, Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. Can Joseph find it in his heart to forgive them for the sins of so long ago?