The family owned and operated children's arts studio is in its 10th year of offering an eclectic selection of dance and theatre group classes for curious and creative creatures ages 2–18. Courses, which include tap, jazz, ballet, acting for film, stage acting, and musical theatre, to name a few, are divided by age and experience level, and typically meet for one hour every week. Off Broadway's passionate and professional staff of instructors promises to lead children down a path to greater self-discipline through performance, and all of the fun and encouraging classes are taught in a warm and friendly environment.
Since striking up the Innovations series five years ago, Ballet West has capped each of its characteristically classical seasons with an all-out expo of new works from contemporary choreographers. Set to the dark fury of Shostakovich, Descent, by principal Michael Bearden, presents a true story of the Russian Revolution, expanded to a 45-minute performance from the 10-minute version that premiered in 2010. Chu-San Goh Award winner Susan Shields's evocative Grand Synthesis returns, gracefully skipping between tranquil and frantic tempos like an indecisive morning-radio DJ. Katherine Boyle of the Washington Post said of Shields that her style "fuses formal balletic technique with modern shapes and movement"; her work draws heavily upon training from the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Wolf Trap Elementary School in Vienna.
Customers can admire the proprietor's florid fruit sculptures, commended in 2008 by Salt Lake City Weekly, before settling down to nibble on nuanced curries ($9.95-$12.95) or classic Pad Thai ($9.95-$11.95) from an extensive menu that unites four regional cuisines. At the end of the meal, guests can drown any excess spices in beer or wine ordered from the drinks menu.
Four-time Tony winner and current Private Practice actor Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Will Swenson star in a contemporary musical adaptation of N. Richard Nash's 1954 classic play The Rainmaker. The story, set in a rural, drought-ridden town in the American Southwest, tells the tale of aging spinster Lizzie Curry (McDonald) as she considers two suitors: a respectable, upright citizen, and a charismatic drifter and con man, Bill Starbuck (Swenson), who promises the moisture-desperate townsfolk that he can make it rain.
Originally written for Queen Mary’s 80th birthday in the late 1940s, The Mousetrap has since gone on to universal acclaim, with a diverse fan base that includes everyone from octogenarian monarchs to barely teething toddler theater critics. Barta Heiner directs the Covey Center’s production of the classic murder mystery, leading a talented cast of actors through a story of devious death and drama in a manor. The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the world; by the time it reached its 25th anniversary in the 1970s, an estimated four million people had seen it—more than three times the amount that tuned in to see The Beatles make an elephant disappear on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.