The Creekside Theatre Fest is excited to announce the headliner of the 2018 season, William Shakspeare's Much Ado About Nothing. In this comedy, Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro arrive at Leonato's house in Messina. Beatrice and Benedick bicker with each other and Claudio, a soldier, falls in love with Leonato's daughter, Hero. Don John, who is Don Pedro's evil half-brother, tricks Claudio into believing that he has seen Hero being unfaithful. Meanwhile, Don Pedro and others plot to bring Benedick and Beatrice together. This story about misunderstandings, love and deception being directed by Kris Jennings and starring Shauna Thompson is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the entire family.
The final show of our 2018 season is one especially for the kids. The Frog Prince, written by award wining playwright David Mamet, is a classical fairytale about a prince who is turned into a frog by an evil witch. In order to break the spell a young maid had to grant him one wish. Luckily a beautiful maid from the kingdom came to play near the lake every day giving our Frog Prince a chance. The author turns his considerable talents to this age old children's story. The old tale is given a decidedly contemporary sensibility that appeals to adults as well as to children. The Frog Prince will be directed by Brooke Grant (Oz 2017) and will play at 6:00 on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays making it perfect for the entire family to come and see a show before bed OR to get in a double feature of two shows in one night!
The next show on our 2018 season docket is a brand new adaptation by Eric Coble of Lois Lowry's classic book, The Giver. Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. The Giver was commissioned by Oregon Children's Theatre and has played to sold-out audiences at such theatres as First Stage Milwaukee, People's Light and Theatre Company, Dallas Children's Theater, Stages Repertory, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre and now comes to the Creekside for it's Utah debut directed by Gabriel Spencer (The Tempest 2017, A Midsummer Nights' Dream 2016).