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CURTAIN RISING ON 2 MUSICALS, BRECHT DRAMA, 2 PLAYS

Two musicals (the Theater League of Utah's latest national touring presentation and a revival of a Lerner & Loewe hit), a Brecht drama and two one-act plays are on the docket this week in the region.

- "CAMELOT," Lerner & Loewe's award-winning musical about the glorious heyday and dark downfall of King Arthur's legendary round table, will play April 21-May 27 at Pages Lane Theater in Centerville.Directed by Ralph Rodgers, the cast includes Craig Stevenson and Dave Petersen alternating in the role of King Arthur, Diane Hall and Kathi Pike sharing the role of Queen Guenevere, Clif Cole and Steve Evans as Lancelot, Dave Madsen and Bob Walkingshaw as Pellinore and Dave Marsden and Mark Whitlock as Mordred.

Performances will be Mondays and Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 298-1302. The theater is at 292 E. Pages Lane, just west of Dick's Market. Admission ranges from $6 to $8.

- "FOREVER PLAID," a tune-filled, 90-minute salute to the harmonious "guy groups" of the 1950s (you remember them - the Four Preps, the Four Aces, the Four Lads, and so fourth?) will move into the Capitol Theatre for eight performances April 18-23.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are priced at $15, $20 and $25 for the Friday matinee, $25, $30 and $35 on Friday and Saturday evenings, and $20, $25 and $30 for all other performances.

Tickets are available at all ArtTix outlets, including the Capitol Theatre box office, 50 W. 200 South, and selected Albertson's customer service counters (call 355-2787).

- "BAAL," directed by Leo Geter, was playwright Bertoldt Brecht's first full-length play.

The title character is a young poet searching for freedom. Baal is frustrated with modern urban life, which he finds full of phoniness and anxiety. He deals with this by poking fun from the outside.

Director Geter is in his third and final year as an MFA directing candidate at the University of Utah. Last year, he directed a dramatic version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman," which was among three Utah productions selected for performance at the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C.

"Baal" will be presented April 20-23 in the intimate Lab Theatre of the U. of U.'s Performing Arts Building, just west of the campus bookstore. Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. with one matinee on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students. They may be reserved by calling 581-6961.

- TWO ONE-ACT PLAYS, David Mamet's "The Frog Prince" and Sir James M. Barrie's "Rosalind," both being directed by Utah State University theater students, will be presented Thursday-Saturday, April 20-22, in the Chase Fine Arts Center's intimate Studio Stage (room 224).

According to student director Tamari West Dunbar, "The Frog Prince" is one Mamet play which contains no obscenities.

The cast includes Roger Dunbar, Matt Kohler, Holly Hartman and Amy Elison.

"Rosalind," according to director Loy Moser, is a light love story. Barrie, is best known for "Peter Pan."

The cast includes Steven Fehr, Heather Hartman, Tricia Burton and Ty Gardner.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $2 (available at the door).

- "MORE MYSTERY ON THE MOOR," a solve-it-yourself gothic mystery, returns to the Camelot Restaurant in Layton on Thursday, April 20. Doors for the Hunt Mystery & Co. production open at 7 p.m., with the dinner beginning at 7:30. Cost is $26 per person. For reservations, call the Camelot Restaurant at 773-1336.