The name doesn't lie—located in Salt Lake City, The Off Broadway Theatre is about as far from The Great White Way as you can get. But geography hasn't stopped the space from staging New York-caliber classic musicals and original comedies for nearly 20 years. The auditorium rings with laughter during beloved productions such as Little Shop of Horrors and The Pirates of Penzance, and house-written parodies including The Adventures of Sheer-Luck Homes and Snotson, The X-Mas Men, and Dracula vs. any number of monsters once portrayed by Boris Karloff. Audience members get the chance to join in on the hilarity during interactive sets from the resident jokesters of the Laughing Stock Comedy Troupe.
Wise Guys' triad of venues in Trolley Square, Downtown Ogden, and West Valley City holds an ever-rotating calendar of nationally touring and local comics. A cavalcade of beloved standups has graced Wiseguys’ brick-backed stages, including Norm MacDonald, Chris Kattan, and Bob Saget. The West Valley City location also serves a café-style menu of sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, and more than 20 types of beer.
Since 1988, Elite Gymnastics Academy has been turning out champion gymnasts, tumblers, and trampoline artists thanks to its professional-level equipment and competitive team members. Foam pits, uneven bars, beams, rings, and climbing walls bedeck the spacious facility, where everyone from new moms and their wee ones to elite-level gymnasts practice.
Huntsville Barbecue Company's pitmasters expertly mix dry-rubbed meats with savory seasonings, slow-smoking each cut to release its full flavor. Inspired by Texans’ rich tradition of picnicking, the menu teems with home-style side dishes such as broccoli slaw and potato salad, which can be enjoyed in a cozy, history-filled setting called Jolly Boy or delivered to lunar hootenannies via the company’s catering department. From Tuesday to Saturday, dine-in visitors can build single-meat meals from classic beef brisket or load Texas-size samplers with five smoked delicacies, such as seasoned half-chickens, spicy sausages, and pork spare ribs.
The caring faculty at Syracuse Dance Academy helps students develop confidence and transform raw talent into stage-ready choreography during classes for ages 18 months and older. The 7,000-square-foot facility holds three separate studios—one for ballet, one specifically for children's classes, and one exclusively for tumbling. Prima ballerinas can stretch their legs on bars lining a hardwood floor that is suspended to cushion the body during graceful leaps and misguided trust falls. In the children's studio, parents gaze from observation windows during classes or pile in front of the purple-curtained stage to enjoy in-house performances. During tumbling classes for boys or girls, a pit trampoline and 50-foot rod floor help spring tumblers into the air, and the 16-foot vaulted ceiling ensures they come down before hitting the stratosphere. At the end of the year, dancers from every class sashay onto the Val A. Browning Center for Performing Arts' stage at Weber State University for the end-of-year recital that creates a professional dance atmosphere.
Expressions Dance turns pointed toes and graceful arms into a form of self-expression with dance classes catered to kids aged 18 months and older. Starting as toddlers, dancers can move with their parents to music, eventually progressing to more complicated styles including ballet, jazz, tumbling, and hip hop.