And they're off!

The theater whirlwind has begun. This is the time of year that many community arts councils open their summer shows, and many of the professional theater companies open their seasons, too.

Here is a list of this week's openings:

"The Wedding Singer," June 15-July 31, Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City.

Time to relive the '80s as the Adam Sandler movie is brought to the stage in this high-energy musical. Complete with keytars, "brick" cell phones and dance moves like the Cabbage Patch and Roger Rabbit, it's a warm-hearted trip down memory lane. Starring Derek Smith and Bryan Matthew Hague; Breanne Briggs and Ali Bennett.

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, times vary, matinees available. Tickets are $15-$26 (801-984-9000 or www.haletheatre.org).

"Blithe Spirit," June 16-July 29, Old Lyric Repertory Company, 28 W. Center, Logan.

OLRC opens its second of four shows with this Noel Coward comedy. Charles Condomine is haunted by the ghost of his dead wife — but he is the only one who can see her. She will stop at nothing to disrupt his current marriage.

The show runs in repertory with the rest of the OLRC season, nights and times vary, matinees available. Tickets are $9-$25 (435-797-8022 or www.boxoffice.usu.edu).

"Annie Get Your Gun," June 18-July 17, Rodgers Memorial Theatre, 292 E. Pages Lane, Centerville.

The Irving Berlin classic about sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler and showman Buffalo Bill features some of musical theater's most memorable tunes: "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" and "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun."

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13-$17 (801-298-1302 or www.rodgersmemorial.com).

"Annie," Murray Arts in the Park, June 17-24, Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 E. 5300 South, Murray.

The beloved tale of Little Orphan Annie, Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan and all the little orphans. Featuring "Tomorrow" and "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile."

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, 8 p.m. Tickets are $6-$8 (801-264-2614).

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,"West Jordan Theater Arts, June 17-28, Copper Hills High School, 5445 W. New Bingham Highway, West Jordan.

What happens when Millie is taken to the woods of Oregon to cook and clean for Adam and his "slummicky backwoodsmen" brothers? Filled with great music and a rip roarin' good time.

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$7.

"Vincent," Holladay Arts Council, June 19, Holladay City Hall, 4580 S. 2300 East.

This one-man show about Vincent Van Gogh is a look at the legendary painter — the cut-off ear, the insane asylum and the sunflowers — through the eyes of his brother, Theo.

Shows are at 2 and 7 p.m., free, donations welcome.

"Broadway Babies,"Guyz N Dollz Performing Arts Academy, June 18 and 19, Midvale Main Street Theatre, 7711 S. 700 West, Midvale.

A musical tribute to ol' Broadway.

Shows are nightly, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 (801-566-0596).

"The Secret Garden," South Jordan Community Theatre, June 18-29, 10778 S. Redwood Road, South Jordan.

The Tony Award-winning musical is about Mary Lennox and how a secret garden changes her life.

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, 7 p.m., matinees available. Tickets are $8-$9 (www.sjtheatre.org).

"Jane Eyre,"Spotlight Productions, June 18-26, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South.

The musical telling of Charlotte Bronte's classic romance. Though little known, the musical was critically acclaimed and features beautiful original music.

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, 7:30 p.m., matinees available. Tickets are $12 (801-355-2787 or www.arttix.org).

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