Northern Utah theater: See 'Cinderella, A British Panto,' 'Where Words Once Were' and more

Thursday , November 09, 2017 - 6:00 AM

AMANDA JOHNSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

Descriptions for the shows listed below were provided by the theaters producing them. They have been lightly edited for clarity.

OGDEN

CINDERELLA, A BRITISH PANTO

The Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden

Forget the West End, British "Panto" is the most popular form of theater across the pond. And Zig Youth Theater is bringing it to the Ziegfeld Stage! A "Panto" is a traditional fairy tale with a modern twist. Modern music, modern dance with current jokes and themes.

Spirited heroine, Cinderella, searches for love in spite of the exploits of her hideous Ugly Sisters and Evil Stepmother. A friend named Buttons, singing mice, a magical Fairy Godmother, the sparkle of glass slippers with beautiful sets, big song and dance numbers, slapstick comedy and a handsome prince combine together to create the perfect family night out.

Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 18; 2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 18

Tickets: $12 at zigarts.com or call 855-944-2787

WHERE WORDS ONCE WERE

Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, 1901 University Circle, Weber State University, Ogden

Imagine a world where only 1,000 words are allowed. All other words are forbidden. “Old” words, like beautiful, are replaced with calculated words, like photosubmissionization. Intended for audiences of all ages, this thought-provoking new play explores the often overlooked beauty and power of words.

Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, Tuesday to Saturday, Nov. 14-18; 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18

Tickets: $11-$13 at weberstatetickets.com or call 801-626-8500

CLEARFIELD

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Clearfield Community Arts Center, 140 E. Center St., Clearfield

Adapted from Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name — which in turn had been based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont — Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert to his true human form, the Beast must first earn the love of a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late.

Performances: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, Monday, Nov. 13, and Thursday to Friday, Nov. 16-18; 2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 18

Tickets: $5-$8 at bit.ly/2h3fhPA or call 801-525-2790 

WASHINGTON TERRACE

JEKYLL & HYDE

Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Washington Terrace

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score. In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating “good” from “evil” in the human personality, talented physician Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde, who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London. As his fiancée Emma grows increasingly fearful for her betrothed, another woman, Lucy, finds herself dangerously involved with both the doctor and his alter ego. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind. This production may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Performances: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 11

Tickets: $9-$14 at terraceplazaplayhouse.com/tickets or call 801-393-0070

SALT LAKE CITY

THE WEYWARD SISTERS

Leona Wagner Black Box, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Leandra, Skye and Fioon are witches — good witches, but witches nevertheless. They have been hired by Thomas Middleton to perform in a new play called Macbeth, which he's written in tandem with a playwright known to the witches as The Brad, aka Shakespeare. Before and after each scene in which they are featured, we see the “weyward” (weird) sisters in their dressing room — the here and now. Not completely savvy to a theater world — the out there — these three sisters grapple with how they fit into the fabric of the play, how they contribute to the telling of Macbeth's story and if they should somehow alter the final conclusion.

Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 18; 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 12

Tickets: $20 at arttix.artsaltlake.org or call 801-355-2787

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