Community theater: Mirth, murder, mermaids and more

Community theater: Mirth, murder, mermaids and more

French spies, racial injustices, a murder or two, and a singing mermaid.

Offerings at community theaters in the coming month will run the gamut. Here’s a roundup of what’s coming at area theaters in the next couple of weeks:

“The Scarlet Pimpernel”

This swashbuckling action/adventure musical will run Oct. 5-27 at HopeBox Theatre, 1700 S. Frontage Road, Kaysville.

Based on the Baroness Orczy novel, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” tells the story of the French Revolution and the battle for liberty, equality and fraternity. When Percy marries the French actress Marguerite, he learns that she may be a French spy. Percy and his men must hide their work as the Scarlet Pimpernel league as they try to save innocent lives.

Tickets are $15, available through www.hopeboxtheatre.com. For more information, call 801-451-5259.

“Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”

Mix a classic murder mystery with an irreverent comedy and what do you get? “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” which will be staged Oct. 5-27 at Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89, Perry.

An ill-fated team of theatrical producers is trapped in a creepy mansion filled with secret passages. When a determined villain known as “The Slasher” begins bumping off people in the mansion, hilarity ensues. A dim-witted police inspector turns out to be of little help in solving the mystery, even as the body count continues to rise.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and ages 12 and younger, available online at www.heritagetheatreutah.com or by calling 435-723-8392.

“Curtains: The Murder Mystery Musical”

Another popular whodunnit musical mystery is being offered Sept. 28-Nov. 10 at Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Washington Terrace.

Faded film star diva Jessica Cranshaw is dead, and it’s up to police detective Lt. Frank Cioffi — a dedicated musical theater fan — to solve the murder before getting killed himself. Oh yes, and he might even find true love.

Tickets are $15-$17 for adults; $14-$16 for seniors, students and military; and $10-$12 for ages 12 and younger. For tickets or information, visit www.terraceplayhouse.com or call 801-393-0070.

“Ragtime”

This poignant depiction of life, love and immigrants in New York City at the turn of the century runs Sept. 28-Oct. 27 at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville.

Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow — with a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens — “Ragtime” weaves together the stories of an African-American musician, an immigrant Jewish father and a wealthy suburban family.

This production involves scenes with racial slurs, violence and conflict that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Tickets are $19.50-$27 for adults and $17.50-$24.50 for seniors, students and children, available at www.centerpointtheatre.org or 801-298-1302.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

Everybody’s favorite girl with fins, Ariel, is quite literally a fish out of water in this family-oriented musical being offered Oct. 8-13 at the Clearfield Community Arts Center, 140 E. Center St., Clearfield.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid” tells the story of King Triton’s youngest daughter as she falls in love with a prince and makes a bargain with an evil sea witch to swap her mermaid’s tail for legs.

Tickets are $5-$8, available at https://boxoffice.diamondticketing.com/clearfield/events. For more information, call 801-525-2779.