Salty Dinner Theater, which ABC 4 describes as ?bringing a twist to traditional on-stage classics,? combines professional actors and proficient chefs to stage productions performed at area eateries. Audience members gobble supper as performers interact with them before and during the production. Regularly inhabiting Dry Creek Steakhouse, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Joe Morley?s Smoked Beef & Bar-B-Q, and Mimi?s Caf?, among other locales, the show-accompanying meals range from scratch-made baked lasagna with ground beef and pork to a pound of succulent smoked-beef brisket.
Underneath Park City Live?s shimmering laser light system, a slew of musical acts shine. The energetic venue is equally at home pulsating with dance music or hosting a stripped-down acoustic show, beckoning a diverse crowd of music aficionados to its dynamic confines. But the venue didn't begin life as a haven for audiophiles and their ears. The historic Summit County War Veterans Memorial Building, completed in 1940 following a fire, was originally home to an American Legion room, rifle range, gymnasium, and the Boy Scouts. But by 1984, the entertainment needs of the city had changed, and the building began providing recreation of the more artistic variety. Today, the space serves as the home for Park City Live, as well as O?Shucks Bar & Grill and Rock ?N? Reilly?s Irish Pub.
The recipient of numerous Tony Awards upon its Broadway debut in 1987 and subsequent revival in 2002, Into the Woods marries a number of Grimm’s fairy tales with the mellifluous touch of storied composer Stephen Sondheim. South Jordan Community Theatre co-founder and Into the Woods director Kevin Dudley describes the musical as a means to “examine our dreams through nearly every fairy tale we were familiar with as children,” and relishes the second act’s poignant portrayal of what it truly means to live “happily ever after.” Talented local performers round out the 20-person cast, and music director Michelle Willis returns to the orchestra pit after taking a sabbatical to master the ring whistle.
The team at the Wasatch Arts Center teases out the creative passions of children without fostering any kind of competition. Instead, the staff prioritizes performance, hosting recitals every six months that highlight their protégés' progress. Whether they teach dance, private music lessons, or preschool, they strive to nurture each student's skills by respecting his or her interests and planning an age-appropriate curriculum.
Professionally and university-trained dance instructors school youngsters in styles such as ballet, tap, hip-hop, and tumbling. Their one-on-one music classes cover the piano as well as string or brass instruments, imparting the value of consistent practice and a strong tuba-throwing arm. For both disciplines, they emphasize proper technique over speed of advancement—this emphasis on fundamentals steadily builds self-confidence and enthusiasm for the art.
Preschool sessions admit a maximum of 12 students—all 3- and 4-year-olds—for activities that cater to diverse learning styles. Teachers present works from famous artists and composers in addition to standard topics, including letters, numbers, colors, and building hooks to help reach doorknobs.
Every other month, the Prime Time Players present an original dinner-theater production. Incorporating their audiences?and bringing an extremely powerful stage-makeup game?the actors sing and dance their way through a seasonally appropriate musical comedy. But even if spectators know the name of the show, it can be almost impossible to guess what they'll see: comically tall leprechauns, Halloween witches, and a certain Christmas-hating green fuzzball have all shown up in the past.
The Mystery Theater at the Castle of Chaos puts a different spin on the typical murder-mystery show. When guests arrive, instead of filing into assigned seats, they step directly onto the set. And they're not passive observers either; they're encouraged to jump into the investigation, questioning the characters they meet and searching the room for clues. These clues might prompt a character to share more information, helping them to determine whodunit. In the final scene, the cast reveals whether the audience has correctly identified the perp or allowed someone to get away with murder.