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NEW AND OLD PRODUCTIONS WILL KEEP THEATER-LOVERS BUSY

The premiere of a new children's production at Sundance, the fourth visit by the touring company of "Les Miserables" and a variety of musicals and other productions will keep theatergoers busy this week in the region.

- LES MISERABLES, currently in its eighth year on Broadway, is making its fourth visit to the Capitol Theatre under the auspices of the Theater League of Utah.Tickets have been described as "very limited" (although the touring company itself frequently releases a few additional "house seats" every day. Call ArtTix at 355-2787 to check on availability.)

The production opens Wednesday, Aug. 16, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 10.

Curtain is 7:30 each evening, with no performances on Mondays and no evening shows on Aug. 27 or Sept. 3 and 10.

Matinees are at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, 19, 20 and 25-27 and Sept. 1-3 and 8-10.

In connection with this engagement, the company's cast and crew will be staging a special benefit performance, "Beyond the Barricade," on Sunday, Aug, 27, at 8 p.m. at the Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main.

All proceeds from the revue will be divided between the Utah AIDS Foundation and the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organizations.

Tickets are $30 each and may be reserved by calling the Theater League of Utah at 355-5502.

The producers of "Les Miserables" are sending representatives to Salt Lake City for two casting calls - for adults on Tuesday, Aug. 22, and children on Wednesday, Aug. 23 - both at 10:30 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 255 S. West Temple.

All auditioners must be registered between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. both days. (See the Weekend-Extra section for Friday, Aug. 11, for details.)

- JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, will open the new Edward A. Kenley Centennial Amphitheater in Layton, Aug. 17-21 and 24-26.

Directed by Dennis P. Ferrin, the cast includes Michael Cram of Clearfield and Mark Daniels of South Ogden alternating in the role of Joseph, along with a cast of 145 performers from throughout Davis County.

Patrons should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children or $25 for families (up to seven total). The amphitheater has general seating, but space can be reserved for groups of 50 or more.

Tickets are available in advance from the Layton Heritage Museum in Layton Commons (adjacent to the amphitheater and across from Layton High School), or from Beehive book stores in Kaysville and Layton. For further information, call 544-0178.

- BIRDS OF A FEATHER, the second Sundance Children's Theatre production of the season, opens Thursday, Aug. 17, on the King Stage, where it will continue through Sept. 2.

John-David Heller is directing a new script by Richard Hellesen, with music and lyrics by Michael Silversher.

The cast includes Scott Nielson, Monica Barth, Raymond Robinson and Traci A. Brewster.

The play revolves around conflict and courage in the wild kingdom.

"Birds of a Feather" will play at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Aug. 17-26 and Sept. 2. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, 12 and under. Group discounts are available. For reservations, call 225-4100.

Following its Sundance run, the play will tour Utah elementary schools from September through November. Those interested in sponsoring a school performance should contact David Kirk Chambers at (801) 328-3456.

- THE TAFFETAS, a tune-filled sendup featuring hits from the '50s is scheduled for six matinee performances in the indoor (and air-conditioned) Haven Theatre of the Tuacahn Center for the Arts at Ivins, west of St. George.

Directed by David Grapes, the cast includes Lisa Gold, Nicole Fenstad, Cherie Gallian and Dayna Del Val as the fabulous Taffeta Sisters.

Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, call 674-4949.

- OKLAHOMA!, Rodgers and Hammerstein's landmark musical, will play Aug. 18-Sept. 9 at the Heritage Theatre in Perry.

Director Phyllis Nelson's cast includes Stephen and Linda Valentine as Curly and Laurie, with Linda Anderson, Melanie Nelson, James Mayo, Craig Peck, Christian Dive, Rachael Maw and R. Doug Parsons in other leading roles.

Performances will be Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for youths and senior citizens. For reservations, call 723-8392.

- GAMBLER'S GULCH, an audience participation murder mystery event performed by Chameleons: The Whodunit Company, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, and Friday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Cliff Cottonwood Rendezvous at Snowbird Resort. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $28 per person, with advance reservations required. To reserve tickets, call 742-2222, Ext. 4080.

- GLASS MOUNTAIN, a new script by Doris Baizley, will be presented during free staged readings at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 17-18, and again on Wednesday, Aug. 30, in Thorley Recital Hall on the Southern Utah University campus.

The reading is part of the New Plays-in-Progress program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.