OGDEN ¬-- "Remember When ... A Worthy Tribute" marks the Ogden LDS Institute of Religion's 50th annual Spring Variety Show.
This year's show features more than 200 young adults from the Institute Chorale, Choralaires and Folk Dancers. These young adults will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. April 14 at the Austad Auditorium in the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, 1901 University Circle, on the campus of Weber State University.
They will perform again at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Little Theater at the LDS Conference Center, 60 W. North Temple, in Salt Lake City.
"This is an historic year at the Institute," said show producer and Choralaires director Jerry Simon. "One-hundred years ago, the Seminary program for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints originated. Seventy years ago, the Ogden Institute of Religion was established. It is also the 50th year of an Institute choral program in Ogden."
Simon said those associated with the variety show for all those years are grateful for 50 years of support from the community.
This year's spring variety show highlights choral music, dancing, drama, small ensembles, and soloists.
Songs to be performed include "Seize the Day," "Brighten My Soul with Sunshine," "Kiss the Girl," "Bound for the Promised Land," "O My Father," "I Need Thee Every Hour," "How Will They Know" and "True to the Faith."
The singers are a combination of two choirs, Chorale and Choralaires.
"The Institute Folk Dancers are intricately choreographed and beautifully outfitted in authentic costumes from around the world," states a news release from the Institute.
The 24 dancers will perform dances from several countries, including Germany, Mexico, China, the Philippines and the United States. The final dance will be their signature American Clog.
Some of the best songs from the past 50 years, as well as a few new surprises, will be performed. CDs of some of the greatest songs from past years will be made available at the Ogden show.
In Ogden, a preshow will begin 15 minutes prior to the show. The show itself will be "90 minutes of wholesome, five-star, fun-filled, family entertainment," according to the 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 Conference Center tickets for those 8 and older, go to lds.org/church/events/temple-square-events. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60-older, $3 for children 6 to 17, and $15 for families. A matinee family ticket is $12.
Current Institute students may pick up their free student ticket at the Institute office by noon Friday. Special ticket donations for those with current military ID are $3 for adults, $2 for children and $10 for families. For more information, call 801-621-1800 or visit ldsces.org/ogden.