In addition to the first round of Salt Lake performances of the Classical Greek Theatre Festival production of "Medea" (see today's cover story) other stage productions opening this week include "Cinders," which gives an unusual contemporary Polish spin to the fable; "The Planemaker," featuring Marvin Payne; "The Curious Savage," a classic comedy; "Hansel and Gretel," a children's classic, and "The Hunter So Reapeth," a mystery dinner event.
- CINDERS, a dark comedy by Polish playwright Janusz Glowacki, is the next production from Falling Skys Theatre Company.The story revolves around a Polish girls' reform school staging a play about Cinderella. A documentary filmmaker, seeking his big break at a prestigious film festival, has come to photograph the process, stirring up a variety of social and political conflicts.
Richard Scharine is directing the Falling Skys production, with original music by Brent Fotheringham and original videowork by Lynn Peterson, Chris Luck and Wilton Koernig, who also double on stage as a film crew.
The cast includes Matt Mullaney, Paul Richardson and Dennis Kosteck as the principal, the deputy and the director, respectively.
The reform school girls include Shauna Scott, Heather Lloyd, Annie Kleczkowski, Michelle Smith, Faith Partee, Marion Partee, Lu Prickett and Elizabeth Runnoe.
"Cinders" will run at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Sept. 22-25 and Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Room 115 of the Performing Arts Building, just below the University of Utah's campus bookstore. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults and $4 for students. For further information or reservations, call 485-0778.
- THE CURIOUS SAVAGE, John Patrick's classic comedy about a feisty stepmother battling her greedy children over her inheritance will run Sept. 22-Nov. 19 at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.
Ruth Hale and Maureen Eastwood are co-directing the show - and both will alternate in the role of Mrs. Savage.
Other performers are Tanya Radebaugh, LaRee Zocchi, Van Potter, Brent Whitlock, Roger Barker, Eldon Randall, Sherry Hale Brian, Merrill Dodge, Curt Doussett, Linda Hale, Michelle Pattison, Maridell Pearson, Kacey Wessel, Robert Land, kathy Llewellyn, Thora Cannon, Bob Chambers, George King, Jennifer Boyack and DeLayna Anderson.
Performances will be Mondays and Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., with one matinee on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $4 to $6. For reservations, call 226-8600 or visit the theater at 225 W. 400 North.
Season tickets are now available for the 1994 season, priced from $25 to $34. HCT/Orem will also begin offering children's acting classes on Oct. 1. Contact the theater for further information.
- THE PLANEMAKER, featuring Marvin Payne in his acclaimed one-man production (coauthored by Guy Randle), will open the Brigham Young University Theatre and Film Department's Entr'Acte series.
Performances are Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre of BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and BYU alumni and $6 for students, faculty or staff. For tickets, call 378-4322.
- HANSEL AND GRETEL, the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale about two young children imprisoned by an evil witch inside her candy house deep in the woods, will open City Rep's 1994-95 season of family favorites.
The script for this production was adapted by Joanne M. Parker, City Rep artistic director, who is also directing the show.
The cast includes Matthew Fuller and David Fetzer alternating in the role of Hansel and Lauren Boyer and Megan Bunker trading off as Gretel. Other major roles are the Witch, played by Collyn Kreuzer, and the children's parents, played by Eric Dalley and Marey Bishop.
Also in the cast are Nigel James, Karissa Fuller, Thomas Marcus, James Joel Holmes, Kurt C. Herron, Gentry Banik, Shawna Fuller, Clayton Cederloff, Jenny Holmes, Justin Coates and Kimber Martinson-Sawyer.
Evening performances will be at 7:30 on Sept. 24, 26 and 30, Oct. 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 28 and 29, and Nov. 4, 12, 14, 18 and 19, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 1, 15, 22 and 29.
A number of daytime performances have also been scheduled for elementary schools.
Call City Rep's box office at 532-6000 for reservations to all performances.
Admission for regular performances is $7.50 for adults and $4.75 for children. All seat are reserved. The theater is at 638 S. State.
Other productions on City Rep's 1994-95 season include "Pinocchio," Nov. 5-Jan. 16; "The Christmas Child," Dec. 3-30; "The Little Mermaid," Jan. 21-March 20; "Tom Sawyer," Feb. 25-April 24; "The Secret Garden," April 1-June 12; "Beauty and the Beast," May 6-July 3, and a yet-to-be-selected production for June 25-Sept. 5. (Dates for some productions overlap due to shows running in repertory.)
- THE HUNTER SO REAPETH, an evening of "whodunit" comedy, will be presented Sept. 23 and Nov. 18 at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Starring in the Hunt Mystery & Company dinner show are Cherilee Caldwell, Julie Carlson, Joan Johnson, Victor and Michelle Groves, Mike Weaver, Laurie Ridges, Phil Lindhardt and JoDean Pond.
Seating begins at 7 p.m., with dinner and do-it-yourself sleuthing starting at 7:30 p.m. Call Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort at 521-6040, Ext. 4080, for reservations.