Author: David Strong

HMS Pinafore

Nestled near the foothills of Lindon is a little gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town. Jan. 22 — March 1 audiences had the opportunity to sail the open seas at the Valley Center Playhouse through their recent production “HMS Pinafore.” Featuring marvelous music, costumes and acting, the presentation was a delight in every respect. The cast lacked in numbers, yet they easily made up for it in talent. Lead by Captain Corcoran (affectionately nicknamed Captain Coco Puffs) of the HMS Pinafore, played by Andrew Whitaker, the crew stalwartly belted note after note of melodic sailor tunes. In the first act Ralph Rackstraw, or R.R., played by Alex Lund was a pleasure to watch. With little effort the lyrics flowed from his mouth, showcasing talented vocals. Captain Coco Puffs was dressed completely in British sea captain regalia and even sported an old-man style English beard. With lively spirit he moved about the stage as his antics caused the audience to laugh several times, especially when he sang “Whatever, Well Hardly Ever.” Josephine, daughter of Coco Puffs, was spot on. Her performance was heartfelt and remarkable with high note trills and graceful acting full of emotion. With vibrant costumes of English flare each member of the crew and ensemble was decked out in their majesty’s finest. Throughout the play we learn of a plot to marry the...

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HMS Pinafore

Nestled near the foothills of Lindon is a little gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town. Jan. 22 – March 1 audiences had the opportunity to sail the open seas at the Valley Center Playhouse through their recent production “HMS Pinafore.” Featuring marvelous music, costumes and acting, the presentation was a delight in every respect. The cast lacked in numbers, yet they easily made up for it in talent. Lead by Captain Corcoran (affectionately nicknamed Captain Coco Puffs) of the HMS Pinafore, played by Andrew Whitaker, the crew stalwartly belted note after note of melodic sailor tunes. In the first act Ralph Rackstraw, or R.R., played by Alex Lund was a pleasure to watch. With little effort the lyrics flowed from his mouth, showcasing talented vocals. Captain Coco Puffs was dressed completely in British sea captain regalia and even sported an old-man-style English beard. With lively spirit he moved about the stage as his antics caused the audience to laugh several times, especially when he sang “Whatever, Well Hardly Ever.” Josephine, the daughter of Coco Puffs, was spot on. Her performance was heartfelt and remarkable with high note trills and graceful acting full of emotion. With vibrant costumes of English flare each member of the crew and ensemble was decked out in their majesty’s finest. Throughout the play we learn of a plot to marry the...

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A delightful evening of contemporary piano music

Hilary Demske’s fingers danced gracefully across the keys, in a shining performance at her piano recital on Feb. 1 at the Ragan theatre. A Texas native, Demske has a Doctorate in Performing Arts from the University of Michigan and was also schooled at other prominent institutions such as The Juilliard School and The Peabody Conservatory of Music. She is also the first prize winner of the Citta di Barletta International Piano Competition. Demske used many complicated techniques to demonstrate her passion to the audience. Conveying many emotions throughout the recital, Demske struck the keys with great conviction.The precision of her...

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Symphony Band’s winter concert to feature a special composition

The UVU Symphony Band’s winter concert will be held at the Reagan Theatre on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The set list includes music written by Pulitizer Prize winner Vincent Persichetti,  Award-winning composer and director Leonard Bernstein, jazz pianist Dana Wilson, Broadway conductor Robert Russell Bennett and an original compostion by the band’s director, Dr. James Colonna. Dr. Colonna will be dedicating the original composition, “Radha” to his wife, who has diligently supported him throughout his career. With this piece, he now feels that he finally has a way to pay her back for her years of encouragement by conducting in her honor live. The word Radha is Hindu name meaning “the goddess of creation signifying all things beautiful.”  Colonna anticipates that the piece will be the culmination of the...

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