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Broadway shows, gospel musical, children's fable head stage lineup

Several Broadway shows, a touring gospel musical, a children's fable and additional performances of three recently produced works are on this week's theater calendar. (See separate story on Page E11 for three productions with Halloween themes.)

- "SABRINA FAIR," the 1953 Broadway comedy that spawned two movies (1954 with Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden, and more recently with Harrison Ford), is returning to the Hale Centre Theatre for a six-week run.Directed by Tamara Adams (who also directed HCT's production nine years ago), this edition has a double-cast ensemble consisting of Sabra Gertsch and Marissa Young as Sabrina Fairchild, the chauffer's daughter; John A. Adams and Mark Dietlein as Linus Larrabee Jr., heir to a vast corporate fortune; Mike Maxfield and Greg Falge as David Larrabee, the younger brother (and carefree playboy); Russ McGinn and Bryan Gardner as Larrabee Sr.; Sally Hale Swenson and Joan Mullaney as Maude, a "perfect" socialite, and Don Cosney and Bruce Bredeson as Sabrina's father.

Also in the cast are Tammy Eves and Rosalie Richards, alternating as housekeeper Margaret; Nancy Parsons and Annette Wright as Julia, Maude's college friend; Kyle Johnson and James A. Dale as Paul, a French opportunist, and Janice C. Petersen and Janine Smith as Gretchen, a flash-in-the-pan socialite.

Performances at HCT, 2801 S. State, will be Mondays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Oct. 16-Nov. 22 (with no performance on Halloween, Oct. 31). Saturday matinees are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25 and at both noon and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22. All seats are reserved. Prices range from $6 to $11. For reservations, call 484-9257.

- "GOD'S TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING," which uses high-energy "soul" music to dramatize how a people went from being kings and queens to slaves but never lost their faith in God, will play for one performance only - tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple.

The cast includes Vermettya Royster, lead vocalist of the internationally renowned Clara Ward Singers, and gospel recording artists Karen Pearson, Carolyn Allen and Derrick Hughes.

Salt Lake City's popular Faith Temple Choir (many of whom provided background vocals for "The Gospel at Colonus") will perform in the chorus for this production.

All seats are reserved. Tickets, which range from $19.50 to $25, will be available at the door. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

The performance is being sponsored by the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP.

- "CARNIVAL," the romantic musical based on the enchanting 1953 MGM movie, "Lili," is playing Oct. 17-Nov. 24 at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden.

The setting for the production, directed by Doug Vandergrift (who also stars as puppeteer Paul Bertalet, an embittered and crippled former ballet dancer), is a traveling French carnival.

Lili, the young waif who befriends Paul, will be played by Holly Slack.

The musical is being choreographed by J.D. Stokes, who will play Jacquot, Paul's business partner.

Also in the cast are Kevin Ireland and Bill Murdock, alternating as Marco the Magnificent; Pam Higginson as Rosalie, Lloyd Parry as carnival owner B.F. Schlegel, Becky Winchester as Schlegel's wife, Gretel, and Lori Scott as Olga, the Hungarian snake charmer.

Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m., with one matinee at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. Call 393-0070 for reservations.

- "ALICE IN WONDERLAND," presented by the renowned Missoula Children's Theater and featuring a cast of more than 50 local children, is being hosted by the Murray Arts Advisory Board for two performances, 3 and 7 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Hillcrest Junior High School, 126 E. 5300 South.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $10 per family. Children, 12 and under, will be admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. For further information, call 264-2614.

MCT is acclaimed for its unusual production methods, in which a small team of adults from Missoula takes dozens of local children, trains them for less than a week and mounts a fully staged production on the weekend.

- TWO PRODUCTIONS that just recently played in Salt Lake City will be staged this week elsewhere on the Wasatch Front.

- "Hippolytus," the University of Utah's 1997 Greek Theatre Festival drama, will play at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at Peery's Egyptian Theatre, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the Harris Fine Arts Center's Nelke Experimental Theatre at Brigham Young University, Provo.

For the Ogden performance, tickets are $5.50 and $8.50 (general admission seating). To reserve tickets call WSU's Dee Events Center box office at 626-8500 or 1-800-978-8457.

Tickets to the Provo performance are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. Call 378-4322 for ticket information or reservations.

Dramaturg James Svendsen will present a free orientation lecture at 6:30 p.m. at both venues.

- "The Raid," Utah playwright Paul Larsen's critically acclaimed drama about the controversial polygamy trials of the 1880s, will be presented Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, at 7:30 p.m. at Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden.

The drama was originally commissioned by the Utah Bar Association and the Office of the Attorney General as part of the Utah centennial celebration. It focuses on the legal turmoil surrounding George Q. Cannon and his wives, Martha and Caroline.

All seats are reserved, with tickets priced at $12. Box office: 626-8500 or 1-800-978-8457.

- "WEST SIDE STORY," a national touring production of the landmark Broadway musical, which places the plot of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" on the gang-infested streets of New York City's west side, will play at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13 (one night only), in the Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main, Logan.

Tickets are $18, $21 and $24, with all seats reserved. Box office: 752-0026.

- "DEER HUNTER'S WIDOW," a Hunt Mystery & Company production will be presented Oct. 18-19 as a weekend overnighter at the Olympia Park Hotel in Park City.

Reservations must be made in advance. The mystery package includes dinner, solve-it-yourself dinner mystery, overnight lodging, separate morning mystery and buffet breakfast.

Call Olympic Park Hotel at 1-800-754-3279 to make reservations.

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