Community theater editions of two of Broadway's biggest hits - "Camelot" and "The King and I" - along with Shakespeare's "Macbeth," are opening this week on Wasatch Front stages.
- ROBERT PETERSON reprises one of his most popular roles, the legendary King Arthur, in the Murray Park Amphitheater production of Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot."This week's production, directed by Syd Riggs, was mounted and produced by the SCERA Shell in Orem, where it recently had a two-week run.
Guenevere is being played by Kathryn Laycock, who played opposite Peterson in the 1993 production of "The King and I."
Lancelot will be played by Eric Glissmeyer of KBYU-FM.
Performances will be Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 24-27, at 8 p.m. in the Murray City Park, where gates open at 7:15 p.m. All seats are $5. Tickets are available in advance at the Murray Parks Office or may be purchased at the gate.
- BLUFFDALE DOESN'T HAVE a gas station, but it does have a fire station. And, every summer, it's the site of "the hottest show in town" - Bluffdale Arts Council's annual Broadway musical.
This year it's "The King and I," starring Gary "GA" Gingold as the Siamese king and Candy Revels as English governess Anna.
Other performers in the show, directed by Jim Smith, include Debbie Treseder as Lady Chiang, Dan Phister as the Kralahome, Ruel Clark as Captain Orton, Stephen Levesque as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jesse Levesque as Anna's son, Louis, and Cherelle Stone and Danny Sluga as the ill-fated couple, Tuptim and Lun Tha.
Assisting with the production are Laura Garner, musical director; Lenore Cambria, choreographer, and Mary Smith, costumer.
For the annual BAC productions, the fire trucks are rolled outside and a stage crew sets up folding chairs and a portable stage inside the firehouse, 14175 S. Redwood Road.
Tickets are $2.50 if purchased in advance (available from cast members) or $3 at the door. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Aug. 22-27.
- "MACBETH," one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies, opens the sixth Castle Theatre Festival of the Actors Repertory Theatre Ensemble.
Directed by Kathy Biesinger, "Macbeth" will play Aug. 26 through Sept. 16 in the landmark Castle Amphitheater adjacent to the Utah State Hospital, 1300 E. Center, in Provo.
"Macbeth" features seasoned actor Rick Macy in the title role with Trish Reading as Lady Macbeth, Jed Knudsen as Banquo, Eric Robertson as Macduff and Ben Hopkins as the Thane of Rosse.
Macy has performed in professional theater throughout the West and jointly operates the Actors Academy in Salt Lake and Utah Valley. Reading received her training at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26-27 and Sept. 1-3, 7-8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. Tickets, available at the door, are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Two lectures, cosponsored by the Brigham Young University department of English and the Utah Humanities Council, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 and Sept. 16. The first will feature well known Utah playwright Aden Ross and the second will be given by Homer Swander of the University of California-Santa Barbara.
The Castle Amphitheater is a large, stone, outdoor theater situated on a hill behind the hospital. Patrons should dress appropriately for the weather and bring blankets or pillows to sit on.
During the latter part of the "Macbeth" run, it will alternate with performances of ARTE's production of "The Three Musketeers," directed by Ted Sharon and scheduled for Sept. 9, 13, 15, 17 and 19.