Murray city will expand its annual "Arts in the Park" activities this summer to include a broad range of performing arts, free weekly lunch concerts, children's matinees and a variety of art camps.
The evening concert series will begin Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m., with a show featuring the Brigham Young University Folk Dancers and International Children's Choir.The series will include theatrical productions of "Little Women," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Kiss Me, Kate," the latter starring Robert Peterson. (Auditions for "Little Women" will be held May 4 and tryouts for "Fiddler" will be held May 9 and 10, both from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hillcrest Junior High School.)
Other summer evening performances will include the Empire Players Opera Company, Murray Symphony Pops, a "country memories" concert, an evening of Shakespearean excerpts, the Murray Concert Band USO Salute, the Salt Licks and String Fever bluegrass concert, the Mountain Jubilee Chorus and the annual "Ballet Under the Stars" program.
Season tickets will be available after April 15 a the Murray Parks and Recreation Office. They're priced at $27 for adults and $22 for children and senior citizens.
The lunch concert series will begin on Tuesday, June 6, during the noon hour, featuring the celtic sounds of Yankee Clipper. These performances will be held between the Murray Park concession building and Pavilion No. 5, which is used for shade or cover during inclement weather.
Other performers during the lunch series, which has become a popular activity for families or retirement home outings, will include the Clogging Grandmothers, Cinnamon Creek Folk Singers, a flut ensemble, the Extempo a capella Harmony group, the Salt Lake Good Time Jazz Band, the Bob Nora Band, Desert Wind and a flute/guitar duo.
The children's series will begin June 9 at 2 p.m. in the shady area behind the Parks and Recreation Office. This series will include two children's plays (both to be announced), the Thompson Lane Children's Musical Revue, puppet versions of "The Lion and Mouse" and "Princess and the Pea," along with folk tales told in mime, origami workshops, a German accordion player and Harry Schudini, the magician.
Both the lunch concert and children's matinee series are free of charge and open to the public.
To keep children and youth involved with the arts during the summer, arts camps have been scheduled in theater, marching band, mime, clowning skills and paper exploration.
For ticket information, brochures or further information, call 264-2614.