OGDEN -- If you haven't attended an Ogden Institute of Religion Annual Spring Variety show -- and even if you have -- this year is the time to go.
"Remember When ... A Worthy Tribute," will be the theme of this spring's show, which will take place April 13, 14 and 21.
It's the 50th anniversary show, and those associated with it say this one is the best ever.
There will be plenty of seats to fill, too.
In addition to performances at Weber State University's Val A. Browning Center, the show will take place at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
"We are singing a lot of the best songs that we've ever done," said John Cozzens, a Weber State University microbiology major and the publicity director for the show.
Cozzens is a member of the Choralaires, an auditioned performing choir.
Cozzens said the best part for him will come at the end of the show, when the combined choirs and even members of the Institute Folk Dancers will join together in singing "Bound for the Promised Land," followed by "True to the Faith."
"As people, we are all bound for the promised land, and we want to be true to the faith and end up where we want to go," Cozzens said in explaining why he will enjoy having those two numbers come together.
He said when the Folk Dancers join the two choirs, they will be dressed in costumes that represent different countries of the world.
Along with the traditional performances will be chances for audience participation.
Cozzens said audience members will be honored throughout the evening as MCs will ask all who have accomplished various feats to stand.
These noteworthy acts may range from meeting a spouse at Institute to serving in the military.
"There will be a lot of audience participation," Cozzens said. "We will honor former teachers, former students, police, firemen -- all those kinds of people. We just want to be grateful for them. We are doing that at both the Conference Center and at the Browning Center."
The idea is to celebrate.
And there will be a lot to celebrate throughout the performance.
"There have been 100 years of seminary, 70 years of the Ogden Institute and 50 years of our shows," Cozzens said. "It should just be wonderful. ... We are one of the few institutes, if not the only one, that has a folk dance team. People just love it. We are glad they let us keep it at the institute."
The vocal performer said he's especially excited to share music from other eras. He will be performing with a group of four other men, singing "I Want a Girl," first sung around 1920.
"We sang it for some people in an old folks home, and they really liked it," he said.
This year's show will feature more than 200 young adults from the Institute Chorale, Choralaires and Folk Dancers, states an Institute news release.
This year's Spring Variety Show highlights choral music, dancing, drama, small ensembles and soloists.
Just a few of the songs that will be performed are "Seize the Day," "Brighten My Soul with Sunshine," "Kiss the Girl," "Oh, My Father," "I Need Thee Every Hour" and "How Will They Know."
The Institute Folk Dancers will perform intricately choreographed dances in authentic costumes, states the release.
The 24 dancers will be performing dances from several countries, including Germany, Mexico, China, the Philippines and the United States. The final dance will be their signature, the American Clog.
"As always, the central focus of tribute will be given to the Lord, Jesus Christ," states the release.
"We're excited to perform the 50th Annual Spring Variety Show," said the show's producer and Choralaires director, Jerry Simon. "This is an historic year at the Institute. ... In behalf of all the previous choir directors, we thank our audiences for 50 years of wonderful support. We are grateful for the thousands of student performers who have blessed us in the last half-century."
In Ogden, a pre-show will begin 15 minutes prior to the show.
Those who attend are asked to arrive early so they won't miss the pre-show.
"Be prepared to enjoy 90 minutes of wholesome, five-star, fun-filled, family entertainment," states the news release.
Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the Val A. Browning Center performance. They are available at the Ogden LDS Institute office or from cast members.
For more information, call 801-621-1800 or visit ldsces.org/ogden.
Who: What: When/Where: Browning Center Tickets: Conference Center Tickets for those 8 years and older:
Who:Ogden LDS Institute of Religion.
What:The Performing Arts 50th Annual Spring Variety Show, "Remember When ... A Worthy Tribute"
When/Where:7:30 p.m. April 13, and 2 p.m. April 14, at the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Austad Auditorium, Weber State University. Additional performances at the Little Theater in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 21.
Browning Center Tickets:For shows at the Austad Auditorium, suggested donations are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60 and older and $3 for children ages 6 to 17. Family tickets are $15 April 13 and $12 April 14. Current Institute students may pick up their free student ticket at the Institute office by noon April 13. Special ticket donations for those with current military ID will be $3 for adults and seniors, $2 for children 6 to 17 and $10 for families.
Conference Center Tickets for those 8 years and older:Order online at lds.org/church/events/temple-square-events.