Summer theatrical season offers a taste of everything

Live theater is a feast in Southern Utah, and there’s enough variety to satiate every palate. 

The area is known known for high-profile, big-budget live theater productions; Washington County has “Broadway in the Desert” in the form of Tuacahn, and Iron County brings in fans of comedy and the Bard alike with its Neil Simon Festival and world-famous Utah Shakespearian Festival. 

The Neil Simon Fest is packed with shows: “Biloxi Blues,” “Jake’s Women,” “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “William Blake in Hollywood” and “Fireside in Zarahemla.” (Call 566-35-SIMON or go to simonfest.org for tickets and information.)

USF has an impressive summer lineup with “Henry VI Part One,” “Othello,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “The Foreigner,” “Big River,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “An Iliad.” (Call 800-PLAYTIX or go to bard.org for tickets and information.) 

At Tuachan, audiences are taking in “Million Dollar Quartet,” “The Prince of Egypt,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and “Matilda.” (Call 800-746-9882 or visit tuacahn.org for tickets and information.)

But sometimes you have a craving for something a little more intimate. 

The local offerings are diverse this summer, so you won’t be going home hungry.  

Brigham’s Playhouse

Brigham’s Playhouse kicked off its summer season in June with “Seussical Jr.,” featuring an all-children cast. The musical, based on the stories and starring the characters of Dr. Seuss’s beloved books, closes Saturday, but there’s still some time to catch a performance. 

The show starts at 7 p.m. each night until the July 14, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. 

The entertainment continues on Aug. 23 when the playhouse takes on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s WWII musical “South Pacific.” This classic tale of sailors, war, love and “Bloody Mary” will run  until Sept. 29. 

SO GO!

What: Brigham’s Playhouse 

Where: 25 N. 300 West, Washington City 

Cost: $23 for adults, $21 for seniors 60 and older, $17 for students with ID, $17 for children ages 5 – 17, and $76 for a family. All “Seussical Jr.” tickets are $12.

Tickets and information: Call 435-251-8000; visit the box office between 2 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays and noon – 7 p.m. Saturdays; or visit brighamsplayhouse.com. 

St. George Musical Theater 

St. George Musical Theater is countering the brightness of summer with a little dark comedy in its production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” This tale about a human-eating plant from outer space runs Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. until July 21. 

Then on Aug. 16, SGMT is presenting the beloved musical, “Hello, Dolly.” Dolly Gallagher Levi and her meddlesome matchmaking will be featured on the St. George Opera House stage until Sept. 15. 

SO GO! 

What: St. George Musical Theater 

Where: St. George Opera House, 212 N. Main St., St. George

Cost: $17 – 21

Tickets and information: Call 1-866-967-8167 or visit sgmt.org

Center for the Arts at Kayenta 

The area’s newest theater, the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, will transport audiences from the desert of Southern Utah to Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, with its production of “Steel Magnolias.” The play will run July 12 – 14, 18, 19 and 21; and Aug. 1, 2 and 4, with Saturday matinees July 14 and Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. 

The entertainment picks right up with “Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakespeare’s comedy. This tale of relationships, attempted relationships, and whole lot of gossip runs from Aug. 9 – 11. 

SO GO! 

What: Center for the Arts at Kayenta 

Where: 881 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins 

Cost: $30 and $10 for students with ID

Tickets and information: Call 435-674-2787 or visit kayentaarts.com 

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