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Musicals, comedies, dramas opening this week

‘Snow White’ dwarfs have different names and songs

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A mix of musicals, comedies and dramas are opening this week along the Wasatch Front:

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, directed and choreographed by Jim Christian, will play Jan. 11-Feb. 9 in Rodgers Memorial Theatre, Centerville.

This musical version, first produced in 1965 in New York City, takes a slightly different spin from the traditional fairy tale. Those familiar with the Disney classic are in for a rude awakening — the dwarfs all have different names, and there are different songs.

The double-cast ensemble includes Heather Brown and Brooke Flinders sharing the role of Snow White, Landon Smith and Brannon Richardson as Huntsman/Prince, Jen Whitlock and Melinda Cole as the Queen, and Eric Millward and Wil Meij as The Mirror. Those playing the dwarfs include Sterling Brimley and Dave Hill as Pepito, Eric Johansen and Scott Swasey as Fred, Robert Gibson and Glen Carpenter as Scotty, Shawn Maxfield and Preston Hill as Flubber, Clark Burbidge and Ray Ward as Scrubber, Darin Beardall and Ken Fowler as Blubber, and Meredith Gibson and David Hill as Mosquito.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, with one matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. (A second matinee is listed for Feb. 9 on RMT's Web site, but this will depend on ticket demand.)

All seating is reserved. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens and $9 for children. Group rates are also available. For reservations, call 298-1302.

WOMAN IN THE WIND: THE DRUSILLA HENDRICKS STORY, written by Karla Hendricks Huntsman, an adjunct faculty member of Brigham Young University's Theatre and Media Arts Department, will have four performances, Jan. 10-12, in the Harris Fine Arts Center's Pardoe Theatre. Huntsman will narrate the piece. Cast members include Eryn Crawford Todd as Drusilla and Wesley Nelson as James.

The play is based on the life of Huntsman's great-great-grandmother, who was born in Tennessee in 1810 and later crossed the Plains as part of the Mormon Pioneer exodus from Nauvoo. Her husband, James, was shot in the neck at the Battle of Crooked River and was paralyzed from the neck down. Drusilla and their five children managed to care for her husband while they made the difficult trek to the Great Salt Lake Valley.

Performances will be Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with one matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $8 for those with BYU (faculty/staff) or student I.D. For reservations, call 378-4322.

HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES is the stage version of the classic tale of a young Dutch lad out to win a skating contest — not for Olympic gold but for cash to help his family. It's being presented by the Children's Theatre of Salt Lake (formerly City Rep), on a 330 square-foot "iceless" rink.

Performances for the general public will be on selected Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 11, 18 and 25 and Feb. 1, 2, 9, 15, 16 and 22), with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12, 19 and 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. All tickets are $8 per person. The company also schedules a number of weekday "school field trip" matinees at 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays. Group rate tickets for these performances are half price. Call 532-6000 for all reservations. The theater is at 638 S. State.

SHOWDOWN AT THE 5-RING RANCH, OR 7 BRIBES FOR OLYMPIC BROTHERS, is Desert Star Theater's first show of its 2002 season. The melodrama-style parody will poke fun at next month's 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The cast includes Steven Fehr, Arika Schockmel, Scott Holman (who also adapted the script and directed), Kathleen Richardson, Holly Braithwaite, Christopher Glade and Joel Wallin. All performances will conclude with Desert Star's "An American Made" olio, a collection of patriotic songs.

Curtain is 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays-Saturdays, with additional performances at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and 3 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets range from $6-$12. Student, senior citizen and group rates are available for some performances. Food and beverage service is optional. For reservations, call 266-7600.

ANYTHING GOES,Cole Porter's high-energy tap-dance musical, is playing Jan. 10-28 at the SCERA Showhouse II. Directed by Robert Barham, the score includes such Broadway chestnuts as "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's DeLovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "You're the Top" and the title song. Performances will be nightly at 7:30 p.m. (except Sundays and Wednesdays). All seats are reserved. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. For reservations, call 225-2559 or 225-2787.

LOVERS, WINNERS, is the Babcock Performing Readers' evening focusing on Irish playwright Brian Friel. Ron Frederickson is directing the first of two one-act plays initially produced in tandem in 1967. The original play, "Lovers," is usually presented with both the first act ("Winners") and the second ("Losers"), although neither one share the same characters or storyline. The BPR program will spotlight only "Winners," which deals with two 17-year-olds who are about to be married — Mag, who is pregnant, and Joe. An older couple, on either side of the stage, offer ongoing commentary as the play progresses. Frederickson describes the script for the staged reading as "a poignant, laugh-filled love story. The audience is aware of the unexpected ending before the characters are."

Ashlee LaPine, seen recently in "State Fair" at the Grand and "West Side Story" at Hale Centre Theatre, will play the carefree, romantic Mag, with Blake Barlow, an acting student at the University of Utah (seen recently in "Rhinoceros"), as the more practical Joe. Tom Drury and Janice Knickrehm play the older couple.

The performance, on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the U. Union Building Little Theatre, is free. Free parking is available in the lot directly east of the Union Building. (There will be no Babcock Performing Readers' presentation during February, due to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and the program for March will be held in the Holladay Library, due to a conflict with the Special Olympics at the U.)

THE NIGHT OF JANUARY 16TH, Ayn Rand's classic courtroom thriller, will be staged Jan. 11-Feb. 2 (but not Jan. 16) in the Heritage Community Theatre in Perry. The plot revolves around the murder trial of Karen Andre, who has been charged with the slaying of her boss, Bjorn Faulkner. The jury's nightly verdict is a surprise — for both the audience and the actors. Jurors for the production are selected from the audience at large, so there's no guarantee the verdict will always be the same. Performances are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. For reservations, call 1-435-723-8392. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children.

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