Stage: A Grand 'Xanadu' and Plan-B's annual 'SLAM'

Published May 5, 2012 1:01 am
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Plan-B's unmissable, unassailable '9th Annual SLAM'

Only Salt Lake Acting Company's annual rite known as "Saturday's Voyeur" comes close to creating the kind of party atmosphere through theater that is Plan-B Theatre Company's annual "SLAM." True to our modern-day pressures, the event charges five Utah playwrights to turn out five short plays in just 23 hours. Then it's all served up fresh, through the talents of five local directors and a bonanza of local acting talent. This year's installment features works by local playwrights Matthew Ivan Bennett, Elaine Jarvik, Julie Jensen, Jenifer Nii and Eric Samuelsen, with directors John Graham, Alexandra Harbold, Kyle Lewis, Kay Shean and Christy Summerhays. Actors on tap include Kirt Bateman, Carleton Bluford, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, April Fossen, Mark Fossen, Colleen Lewis, Stephanie Howell, Deena Marie Manzanares, Tracie Merrill, Lauren Noll, Topher Rasmussen, Latoya Rhodes, Jason Tatom, Kalyn West and Claire Wilson. It's a full-dress, full-fun affair with cash bar and finger food from Cali's Natural Foods.

When • Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25. Call 801-355-ARTS or visit http://www.planbtheatre.org for more information.

Grand's 'Xanadu'

Like the frivolous 1980 Olivia Newton-John movie upon which it's based, the musical "Xanadu" is a smorgasbord of kitsch and high irony. As such, it's almost tailor-made for a younger crowd. For Grand Theatre's production, there's true heart behind main character Sonny Malone's ultimate dream of owning a roller disco. There to help and inspire him is Kira, her fuzzy warm Australian accent made all the more alluring by her leg warmers and roller skates. But as a daughter of Zeus, she can't fall in love with the mortal she's bound to help. Will she still hook him up with the right real-estate connections, all while resisting affections for Sonny stoked by her sisters? More charm machine than cliff-hanger, "Xanadu" is one chewy nugget after another of '80s pop nostalgia. And how could it not be with its Electric Light Orchestra soundtrack including "Strange Magic" and "Evil Woman"? Jim Christian directs, with Ashley Gardner Carlson as Kira, Camille Gerber Van Wagoner as evil Melpomene, Sean Bishop as Sonny Malone and Kim Blackett as real-estate mogul Danny Maguire.

When • May 10-26, 7:30 p.m., with select Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.

Where • The Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Info • $10-$24. Call 801-957-3322 or visit http://www.the-grand.org for more information.

Does the slipper fit?

Children's Theatre of Utah presents the most fairy-talish of all fairy tales, "Cinderella," on select dates throughout May.

When • Friday, May 11, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 1 and 4:30 p.m.; Friday, May 18, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 1 and 4:30 p.m.; Friday, May 25, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 26, 1 and 4:30 p.m.

Where • Children's Theatre of Utah, 3506 S. State, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12. Call 801-532-6000 or visit http://www.tctheatre.org

'Seussical Jr.' in Park City

Star students of the Youtheatre Broadway Bound class at Park City's Egyptian Theatre take on The Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant, Mayzie the Lazy Bird, The Whos, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 for "Seussical Jr." This magical mystery tour of all things Seuss is sure to satisfy your child's pre-summer sweet tooth for drama straight from a childhood storybook. Directed by Jay Perry, with musical direction by Ginger Bess Simons.

When • Friday, May 11, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 2 and 7 p.m.

Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $7-$15. Call 435-645-0671 or visit http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org for more information.

'Fancy Nancy' at BYU

Theatreworks USA, New York's professional touring children's theater, has amalgamated all your children's favorite books for your family's theatergoing pleasure in "Fancy Nancy and Other Story Books." Other children's books such as Duck for President, I Have to Go!, Pirates Don't Change Diapers and Leonardo, The Terrible Monster will also get stage time.

When • Friday, May 11, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m.

Where • Brigham Young University's de Jong Concert Hall, Campus Drive and 1200 North, Provo

Tickets • $6-$8. Visit arts.byu.edu/calendar/event for more information.

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