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In addition to Pioneer Theatre Company's "The Three Musketeers" and the U.'s annual Greek Theatre Festival production, both detailed elsewhere in this section, several other musicals and comedies are opening in the region.

"FRANKENSTEIN'S BRIDE," subtitled "The Girl of My Screams," is returning to Desert Star Theater for a Sept. 20-Nov. 10 run. Written by Peter Van Slyke and directed by Scott Holman (who also plays a doctor's assistant), the cast includes Steven Fehr as Victor Von Frankenstein, Holly Braithwaite as his bride, Elizabeth; Kathleen Richardson as Frau Braunholder, the castle's busy maid; Ed Farnsworth as the insane Dr. Polvard, one of the castle's best-kept secrets; Jack Drayton as the Monster; Kerstin Anderson as Juliana, a blind woman who befriends him, and Spencer Ashby as Juliana's father, the Burgormaster. The program also includes a post-show "Monster Mash" olio segment.

Performances, which include optional food and beverage service in a cabaret setting, are Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $8 to $12 for adults. Children, 12 and under, are admitted for $6. Discounts are available for students, senior citizens and families for specific performances. All seating is reserved. Call 266-7600 for reservations

"ROBIN HOOD: THE MUSICAL," produced by Orem-based Brothers Cobb, will open the SCERA Center's "Encore Season" lineup, Sept. 21-Oct. 9 in the Showhouse II theater. Tony has been tinkering with the script since he was 18. It's been produced three times since it first premiered in 1996, but this is the first time he has directed the show himself. Cobb's brother, Karrol, composed the music.

The cast includes Ken Foody, a music/dance/theater major at BYU, as Robin Hood; Lisa Higby as Maid Marian and Tony Cobb as the sheriff of Nottingham. Melissa Aaron is choreographing the show, with Laura Johnson as vocal director.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21-Oct. 9, excluding Sundays and Wednesdays, at the Showhouse II, 745 S. State, Orem. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children, 3-11 years of age. For reservations, call 225-2787 or 225-2569. All Showhouse II seating this season is reserved.

"THE MUSIC MAN," Meredith Willson's home-spun ode to America's heartland, is playing Sept. 21-Oct. 13 at the Old Barn Community Theatre in Collinston. Performances are 7:30 p.m., Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. For reservations, call 435-458-2276.

"SNOOPY," a musical based on characters from the "Peanuts" comic strip, is being produced by the St. George Musical Theater Company Sept. 20-Oct. 15 in the historic St. George Opera House. Call 435-628-8755 for tickets.

"SYLVIA," A.R. Gurney's comedy about a strange triangle involving a disillusioned New York man, his wife and a stray talking dog, will play Sept. 19-22 at Snow College's Crane Theatre. The cast includes Holly Harris in the title role (the talking canine), Will Taylor, Kynsie Kiggins, Jonathan Lundgren, Pamela Bailey and Janae Bates. Curtain is 8 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for regular admission and $4.50 for senior citizens and youths. Snow College students are admitted free of charge with a current activity card.

"SOUTH PACIFIC," produced by Draper Arts Council, has opened at Draper city auditorium, where it continues through Sept. 22. Remaining performances are 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17 and 20-22. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for children and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Albertson's store in Draper.

FUND-RAISER — Hale Center Theater Orem has scheduled a fund-raising activity for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in tribute to the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

A performance of the recent Salt Lake production of Ruth and Nathan Hales' comedy, "Bundle of Trouble," starring Erick Jensen, will be staged at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Suggested donation is a minimum of $10 per person.

POSTPONED — An open house at Provo's historic Franciscan, featuring an array of Utah County talent, which had orginally been scheduled for Sept. 15, has been postponed until Saturday, Sept. 22, from noon to 8 p.m. The event, designed to acquaint Provo-area residents with the community arts center's various programs, was postponed due to last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. (An announcement in Thursday's Deseret News gave conflicting dates for the open house.) For further information, call 377-2596.

ON THE MOVE — Two Utah "improv" comedy troupes, Knock Your Socks Off and Quick Wits, have moved from the Avalon Theater, where they've been performing for the past four months, into the new Dodge City Playhouse at the Wagonmaster Steak Co. restaurant, 5485 S. Vine, Murray. The two ensembles will compete on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person, with student and group rates available. For further information, call 942-5976 or visit the www.KYSOff.com Web site.

The Emily Company is committed to making live theater available to the general public, according to Producing Artistic Director Katharine Clark Reilly. On Sept. 19, they're offering a "pay-what-you-can" performance — minimum admission, $2 per person — for its current production of "Collected Stories." starring Anne Cullimore Decker and Kristin Bennett. Tickets are available through ArtTix outlets or in person at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center box office, 138 W. Broadway (300 South).

Information on stage productions or auditions must be submitted at least three weeks in advance. Compiled by Ivan M. Lincoln, Deseret News theater editor, 1-801-236-6017. Send material to Deseret News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110 (Attn: Ivan Lincoln), or send it via e-mail: ivan@desnews.com or Fax to 1-801-237-2550.