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USU-CEU Theatre season to open with 'Sweeney Todd'

Eastern Utah Theatre will launch its inaugural season as Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah Theatre Department Oct. 7-12 with the Carbon County premiere of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Auditions will be held Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Geary Theatre. Auditions are open to the community. Candidates should come prepared to read and sing. Music and sides will be provided.

The fall season will continue with Thornton Wilder's American classic, Our Town, playing Nov. 11-13 and 15-16. Spring will see a return of Larry Shue's comedy, The Foreigner, playing Feb. 10-12 & 14-15. Finishing the season will be Neil Simon's comedy of opposites, The Odd Couple, playing March 31, April 1-2 and 4-5. All performances will be held at the Geary Theatre.

"I think we have strong and exciting selection of plays this year," said CEU Theatre Faculty Member and Production Director Corey Ewan. "I am looking forward to starting Sweeney Todd. I have seen the play several times and have wanted to bring it to CEU for many years. Some have expressed concerns about the play's dark subject matter. I believe that the play offers much to learn from the extremes these characters choose to live. I think that the recent film version is still very strong on people's minds. Our production will focus more on the choices and not on the graphic violence."

The USU-CEU Dance Department has also announced its performance schedule. The fall dance concert will perform Dec. 2-4. The spring dance concert will perform April 21-23. All performances will be held at the Geary Theatre.

USU-CEU Theatre will also be hosting the traveling production of the USU - Old Lyric Repertory Company's production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare . . .Abridged. This production performed this past summer in Logan and is directed by Weber State University Professor Jim Christian.

It proved so popular that Craig Jessop, Dean of the Caine School of the Arts, decided to take it on the road. The production features three actors who in the course of about 90 minutes perform all of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. This is a funny and very fast-paced show. One notable aspect to this production is that CEU Theatre alumnus Nicholas Dunn is one of the stars of this show. Dates are not final, but keep the last part of September available. This show will perform in Helper at the Rio Theatre. More information will follow.

Ewan said, "We are also looking forward to our collaboration this year with Morgan Lund and The Rio Theatre Advisory Board and the Otherside Players. You may remember two years ago they produced the successfully funny and heartfelt A Christmas Carol . . . More or Less. They have great plans for expanding the repertory in Helper this year. The community is lucky to have people of such talent and excitement bringing theatre to our area, enhancing an already strong theatrical tradition with USU-CEU."

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