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Kerstin Davis, left, Ed Farnsworth, Spencer Ashby and Mary Parker Williams in Desert Star's production of "Jack Frosty."

Kerstin Davis, left, Ed Farnsworth, Spencer Ashby and Mary Parker Williams in Desert Star’s production of “Jack Frosty.”

Desert Star Theatres

Thanksgiving is more than a week away but three new stage productions already have Christmas themes.

JACK FROSTY: HE'SNOWMAN TO MESS WITH, an original show written by Desert Star regular Liz Christensen, ushers in the holiday season at Desert Star Cabaret, 4861 S. State, Murray.

The plot revolves around the Silver City Strip Mall being terrorized by discount tycoon Maximillian Cash and his seductive cohort Monica Lapinski, who are being tracked by tough detective Nicholas Mabler and his unlikely ally, Jack Frosty, an ex-con who is also a snowman. Mary Parker Williams is directing, and the show will also feature Desert Star's traditional Christmas Olio.

Due to the venue's popularity for group outings during the holidays, there will be added performances during the run, which begins Thursday and continues through Jan. 6.

Through Nov. 25 there will be performances at 7 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays, 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and noon, 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Beginning Nov. 27 curtain will be 6 and 8:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and noon, 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets range from $8 to $15.95, with an additional charge for optional food service (266-2600 or www.desertstar.biz).

SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' annual holiday production, is playing Friday through Dec. 30 in the Conference Center Little Theater. All 33 performances are sold out, but interested patrons may put their name on a waiting list by calling the box office at 570-0080. Tickets are $8 for evening performances and $5 for matinees. For details, visit www.lds.org/events.

BABES IN TOYLAND, a musical journey through Mother Gooseland and Toyland, is being staged by Farmington City Arts Council's Youth Theatre troupe on Thursday-Saturday in the city's Community Arts Center, 120 S. Main, Farmington.

Performances are 7 p.m. nightly with one matinee on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $3. They can be purchased in advance at the Leisure Services office (451-0953) or at www.farmington.utah.gov.

W;T, Margaret Edson's 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a university English professor dying of ovarian cancer, is being staged for five performances by the University of Utah Department of Theatre in Studio 115 of the Performing Arts Building, located directly west of the campus bookstore.

As the professor copes with her terminal illness, she assesses her own life through the intricacies of the English language, especially the use of wit and the metaphysical poetry of John Donne.

Bob Nelson is directing the drama.

Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (Nov. 19) at 2 p.m., with one matinee at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The play contains some adult material, including a scene with brief nudity (the latter scene will be omitted from the Friday-night performance for those offended by nudity who would still like to see the play). Tickets are $9 for general admission and $5 for students (581-7100 or www.kingtix.com).

THE SHAPE OF THINGS, Neil LaButte's vitriolic take on modern dating and the subjective nature of love, will be presented Wednesday through Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dumke Student Theatre of Westminster College's Eccles Jones Conservatory, 1250 E. 1700 South.

The school cautions that the production contains strong language and adult themes and is not recommended for children. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens (832-2457).

THE MIRACLE WORKER, William Gibson's acclaimed dramatization of the story of young Helen Keller and her tutor, Annie Sullivan, is playing Wednesday through Saturday in Snow College's Eccles Performing Arts Center, Ephraim.

Ivo Peterson is directing. Performances are 8 p.m. nightly. tickets are $6.50 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and all youths (high school age and younger) and $1 for Snow College students with valid activity card (283-7478).

DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, is playing Thursday through Dec. 23 in the St. George Musical Theatre, 37 S. 100 West, St. George.

Performances are Mondays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Evening prices are $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and students and $10 for children. Matinee tickets are $10 and $8. "Student rush" tickets are $7 for any performance prior to curtain, depending on availability (435-628-8755 or online at www.sgmt.org).

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