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'Kiss and Tell' to open the New Year at Hale Center Theater Orem

OREM — For those looking for something clean, light and funny, Hale Center Theater Orem opens its 2014 season with an audience favorite, the classic and hilarious "Kiss and Tell."

Director Kymberly Mellen says the show has something for every age, from teens to people who were around when World War II was on everybody's mind.

Mellen said the show is very much like Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors with teenage characters.

"It has lots of good music, romance, a live dog," Mellen said. "Older patrons will like it. The younger audience will like it."

Mellen directed last year's New Year's Eve show, "Lend Me a Tenor," for Hale Center Theater Orem, as well.

"I really enjoy doing this," Mellen said. "We single cast it. We choose a really funny comedy. We go right through it, and the New Year's Eve show is so much fun."

She described the cast as brilliant and talented.

Brighton Quinn Hertford (who played the ingenue in "Lend Me a Tenor") will play the role of Corliss Archer, made famous by Shirley Temple in the 1945 movie.

She and her best friend, Mildred Pringle, played by Allie Rae Saraiva, get into trouble after they decide to sell kisses to help the war effort. They're young, bold and interested in boys.

Their parents aren't sure who is a bad influence on whom and they start to bicker and scheme to keep the girls apart.

Things get hilariously complicated after Mildred falls for Corliss' brother, followed by an elopement, a pregnancy, a surreptitious doctor's visit, some fisticuffs and all kinds of funny misunderstandings.

"What's funny is that this might be dated for some but it's not dated for Utah," Mellen said.

The movie was based on the Broadway play based on the Corliss Archer short stories series written by F. Hugh Herbert in the 1940s.

If you go:

What: "Kiss and Tell"

Where: Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North

When: Nightly at 7:30 except Saturdays, which include a 3 p.m. matinee and curtain time of 8 p.m., Dec. 31-Feb. 8

Cost: $12-$21 for adults, available at 801-226-8600

Website: http://www.HaleTheater.org

Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with more than 35 years' experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.

Email: haddoc@deseretnews.com