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The Sky High Players present ‘The Little Mermaid’ at SVHS

The Herald Journal

FEBRUARY 17-23, 2017


February 17-23, 2017

COVER 6 Sky High Players bring ‘The Little Mermaid’ to the stage at Sky View High

THE ARTS 3 Utah Festival Opera &

Musical Theatre tickets on sale now for ’17 season

3 Music Theatre West

presents ‘My Fair Lady’

4 Annual Cache Valley

Cowboy Rendezvous set for March 3-5 in Hyrum

4 USU orchestra, band set

for annual Winter Concert

5 Sky High Players bring

‘Little Mermaid’ to the stage

MOVIES 8 ‘Lego Batman Movie’

takes top spot at box office

8 New York state-based

company creates Oscars

9 One and a half stars:

‘Great Wall’ crumbles down

COLUMN 3 Dennis Hinkamp comes down on Lego immigrants

CALENDAR 11 See what’s happening this week in Cache Valley

Nathan Bohman performs in the role of Sebastian the crab in “The Little Mermaid” last week at Sky View High School in Smithfield. On the cover: Liz Godwin plays the role of Ursula in the Sky High Players’ production. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal)

FROM THE EDITOR So, we survived ... for the time being at least. After all, there’s an awful lot of winter and all of spring left to deal with. A week ago as I was writing this column, it was still raining like crazy and things were starting to get frighteningly interesting around here. By Friday night, water levels were causing all sorts of trouble from one end of the valley to the next. While I certainly sympathize with the many, many people in Cache Valley who were forced to sandbag and pull wet car-

pet out of soaked basements, it’s also hard not be grateful that things didn’t get much worse. Not to mention the fact that we only had to go basically one day without a shower and fresh laundry. It’s pretty stunning how quickly things can change from year to year. While our abrupt change from drought-like conditions to flooding certainly hasn’t been as dramatic as it has been for California, it wasn’t all that long ago that we were carefully monitoring every winter storm for its runoff potential. That’s why I enjoyed longtime Cache Magazine humor columnist Dennis Hinkamp’s take on our situation: Is it possible that all this flooding is

due to a poorly worded prayer for rain? You can’t just pray for rain and not put a stop date on it. Prayer needs to be regulated. Ironically, last Friday I received an email containing a free download of a new song by ’80s rockers Loverboy. The email was promoting a contest designed to reward whomever makes the best video to the song, which is entitled “Stop the Rain.” I don’t know if it would have been the most uplifting music video ever, but anyone of us could have shot that video last Friday in about 15 minutes. — Jeff Hunter

‘The Music Man,’ ‘The Hunchback’ coming in 2017 Single tickets for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre’s silver anniversary season are on sale now. Thanks to increased popularity and by using the newly restored Utah Theatre, the Festival’s season has been extended additional weeks and will run from June 23-Aug. 9. “This season is a celebration of iconic genius,” said Michael Ballam, founding general director. “All the works are the supreme offerings in each form of storytelling through music.” The Festival kicks off its 25th season with “Seussical,” a musical that celebrates childhood with catchy tunes and charming stories through the stories of Dr. Seuss. The wonderfully whimsical “Seussical” at the Utah Theatre features favorite Whoville characters including the Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant.

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Tickets are on sale now for “The Music Man” and other Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre productions scheduled for the UFOMT’s 25th anniversary season this summer.

Join Quasimodo in the bell tower in a lush retelling of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” This

epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero features songs from the Disney animated feature that will

make your heart swell with laughter, tears and awe. Disney’s Oscar-nominated score is augmented with additional

new music. “The Music Man” is the most iconic Americana musical of all time. Travel back to the innocence and charm of 1912 in River City, Iowa, where small-town antics could bring out the best in its citizens after traveling con man Harold Hill dupes them into buying marching band uniforms and instruments for a new boys band. Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” is comical farce and classical operetta at its finest. The pirates are celebrating young Frederic’s coming-of-age but he doesn’t want to be a pirate. Then there’s “Rex,” the serious and poignant tale of England’s most notorious monarch, Henry VIII. Michael Ballam will bring to life the powerfully problematic Tudor King coached by lyricist Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) featuring the music of Richard Rodgers (“Sound of See OPERA on Page 10

Music Theatre West presents ‘My Fair Lady’ “My Fair Lady” is the standard by which all other shows are measured. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, “My Fair Lady” is triumphant. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Music Theatre West at its finest. “My Fair Lady” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25 and 27, and March 3-4, at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. A matinee is also scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Tickets for MTW’s production are available at the Ellen Eccles Theatre

Box Office, online at musictheatrewest. org or by phone at 752-0026. “My Fair Lady” presents a locally starstudded cast in this classic transformation story. Eliza Doolittle (Sarah Huff), a rough Cockney girl, meets Colonel Pickering (Cary Youmans) and Henry Higgins (Craig Winder) in Covent Garden where she’s selling flowers. Higgins and Pickering set about to transform this common flower girl into a princess. It is a humorous and heartwarming journey that has delighted audiences for over 60 years. The cast is rounded

out by local favorites, Teresa Jones (Mrs. Higgins) and Debbie Ditton (Mrs. Pearce) and introduces newcomer Jeremy Gross as the dashing Freddy Eynsford-Hill. This American classic has been called “the perfect musical” and Lerner and Loewe’s unforgettable numbers, like “Let a Woman in Your Life,” “I Could’ve Dance All Night” and “I Have Often Walked Down this Street Before’” are likely the reason why. Needless to say, lovers of classic American music theater are definitely in for a real treat

with a full orchestra, exquisite costumes and Broadway level talent. Directed and conducted by Music Theatre West’s founding director Jay Richards, choreographed by Stephanie R. White and costumes designed by Maren Lyman and Jolene Jacobs, this production will sparkle and shine at each turn. Music Theatre West’s full orchestra and talented singers, coached by Luke Shepherd, will transport audiences for the evening and send them home humming Lerner and Loewe’s memorable songs.

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all mixed up USU orchestra, band hosts winter concert The Utah State University Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band will combine for their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Morgan Theatre on the USU campus. There is no admission charge.  The ensembles will perform separately on this concert, which includes a performance of Percy Aldridge Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy as the centerpiece.  This concert annu-

ally showcases the best of the USU Bands with the Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band (conducted by director of bands, Thomas P. Rohrer) and guest conductors Lane Weaver and Gregory Wheeler. The Wind Orchestra program begins with two staples of the band repertoire: first a Paul Creston work, “Celebration Overture,” and next John Barnes Chance’s “Incantation and Dance.” “Lincolnshire

Posy” appears next along with “Rapid Eye Movement,” by Thomas P. Rohrer. The Wind Orchestra portion ends with March, Opus 99 by Sergei Prokofiev. The Symphonic Band will perform six pieces, beginning with “Concert Prelude” by British composer Philip Sparke and “The Whispering Tree” by George Farmer, both conducted by Weaver. Wheeler will conduct “Songs of the

Plains” by Pierre LaPlante, “Winds of Change” by Randall Standridge, and “Allegro Barbaro” by Bela Bartok. The Symphonic Band portion will conclude with “Of Sailors and Whales” by W. Francis McBeth, a musical depiction of Melville’s “Moby Dick” saga. This annual showcase of the USU Bands demonstrates the abilities of the school’s finest wind and percussion players,

Rendezvous returns to Hyrum Annual Cache Valley event scheduled for March 3-5 at MCHS

The Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous is pleased to present “The Bard and the Ballardeer” — a.k.a. Waddie Mitchell and Don Edwards. Mitchell and Edwards will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the Mountain Crest High School Auditorium in Hyrum. Paired together, this duo returns to Cache Valley and is sure to please those who loved to hear them back during the days of the Festival of the American West. This year’s Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous will be held March 3-5. Other offerings at the annual event include a Friday night “Cowboy Opry” featuring Ernie Sites, Gary Allegetto, Ed Peekeekoot and poet Marleen Bussma. Following the Opry will be the Cowboy Family Dance featuring Dyer Highway. Saturday evening will include a concert featuring Ned LeDoux, Trinity Seely and Sam DeLeeuw. And then it all winds up Sunday morning at the Cowboy Church held in the livery stable at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville. All concert ticket prices are $10 to $50. Dance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 seniors, students and children, and $25 per family. Opry tickets are $10 for adults; $1 for children. Tickets are on sale now. For

Don Edwards, above left, and Waddie Mitchell, above right, will perform during this year’s Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous March 3-5 at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum.

more information and to purchase tickets, visit Grammy-nominated Edwards continues to build a legacy that enriches our vision of the American West. In tales of the day-to-day lives and emotions of those who lived it, his ballads paint a sweeping landscape of both mind and heart, bring-

ing to life the sights, sounds and feelings of this American contribution to culture and art. The quality of this cowboy balladeer’s music stems from the fact that he is so much more than a singer. A historian, See HYRUM on Page 11

from music majors to nonmusic majors alike. As well as a curricular performance outlet for the students in the 50-member Wind Orchestra and 95-member Symphonic Band, the concert is a rare public exhibition of musical variety — from high art to toe-tapping razzle dazzle — by students from every college on the USU campus. The event promises something for everyone.

Grove to perform Feb. 25 Cache Valley-based band The Atlas Grove will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at WhySound, 30 Federal Ave. Admission to the performance is $8. One of the bands that will be featured at this year’s Beaver Mountain Music Festival schedule for Aug. 18-20 at Beaver Mountain Ski Area, The Atlas Grove features Danny Sadleir (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin), Eric Lamalfa (lead vocals, electric guitar, banjo), Travis Taylor (drums), Kelton Mock (bass) and Julie Taquin (fiddle). The group plays styles of music including Americana, folk, bluegrass, reggae and rock. RJ Diggins — comprised of Rorry Forbush and Joe White — will open the concert. RJ Diggins is a light-hearted acoustic duo with styles that range from mellow mountain music to upbeat bluegrass.

“un-friending.” I admit I feel likewise outraged about two percent of the time. The rest

of the time I’m just try to get through the day wondering if the St. Louis Cardinals can make up 17 games on the Chicago Cubs, and if our ancient pooch with doggie dementia can hang on a little longer. Lately she emulates a drunk trying to navigate an earthquake.   Life is mainly daily and it is hard to maintain the outrage. As much as I like the “Saturday Night Live” Alec Baldwin as Trump sendup, one month in it is already getting a little

tired. In an attempt to keep the outrage going, let me throw a little more fuel on the fire: Do you know that Legos are taking jobs away from actors of all genders and nationalities? Who are these Lego people and where are they made? It turns out they are made in Denmark, Hungary, Mexico, China and the Czech Republic so they definitely are unregistered immigrants stealing our jobs, though I must admit they speak excellent English in all the

movies I have seen. What about all the robots taking away our jobs? If we fire them where will they go? They will just likely turn to lives of crime stealing electricity and fuel to support their habit. Others will be relegated to picking strawberries and mining coal to replace the humans we deported. Others will migrate to low-level civil servant jobs such as DMV clerks where they will green light all their driverless car friends.   Do you know that

when China built its Great Wall there were no Home Depots or Lowe’s where anyone could buy a ladder for $20; or trampolines, ropes, shovels, ramps, augers or jackhammers? Nobody is quite sure whom China kept out anyway. Is it possible that all this flooding is due to a poorly worded prayer for rain? You can’t just pray for rain and not put a stop date on it. Prayer needs to be regulated.   Do you know that See JOBS on Page 10

‘Mermaid’ hits SVHS stage COMING UP Fry Street Quartet

Sky High Players to present popular musical, Feb. 9-18 The Sky High Players will present Disney’s beloved musical, “The Little Mermaid” Feb. 9-11, 13 and 16-18 at the Sky View High School Auditorium in Smithfield. Performances begin at 7 p.m. except for on Saturday, Feb. 11, when the matinee on that date will start at 1 p.m. Prices vary from $6 for groups to $10 for adults. Family prices are also available. Tickets at the door cost an additional $2, so please get your tickets online. Tickets can be purchased online at The Sky High Players, under the direction of David Sidwell, have also produced audience favorites such as “The Music Man,” “Seussical: The Musical,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and more. Based on the beloved Disney film, “The Little Mermaid” features the young mermaid, Ariel, and her dangerous quest through love, legs and menacing eels to get her human man, Prince Eric. It features music by Disney’s go-to composer, Alan Menken; the show

The Fry Street Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Bartok at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Caine Performance Hall at Utah State University. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for youth/seniors and free for USU students. Call 797-8022 or visit for tickets and more information.

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Slightly Off Center DENNIS HINKAMP

All I’m hearing lately is the howling outrage from both sides of the thousand-sided political spectrum. Formerly sane friends are ordering me to cut and paste, forward, call, sign, write, yell at or hug someone if I care about what’s left of the wizened shards of America. Of course, it is not actual yelling, only the Internet equivalent; sometimes in ALL CAPS, sometimes accompanied by demonic looking emoticon things or other times threatening the nuclear option of

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Lego immigrants are taking actor jobs

‘Legend of the Riverhawk’ Students at Ridgeline High School will perform the original play “The Legend Of The Riverhawk” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and 17, in the RHS Auditorium in Millville. Written by Sarah R.Hall, drama teacher at Ridgeline, “The Legend Of The Riverhawk” features some of the the history of Cache Valley. It will be great family entertainment for the whole community. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students and $35 for a family of five. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Moregenstern Trio

The Morgenstern Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Caine Performance Hall at Utah State University. Tickets are $10 to $24. Visit cal, Ariel solves her own problems for more information. at the end, and we get a rich back- Named after popular 19th century German poet Christian Morgenstern, the trio was the inspirastory about the mermaid family’s tion of Catherine Klipfel (piano), Stefan Hempel history. It’s more touching and real for me, especially with live (violin) and Emanuel Wehse (cellist) who met during their studies at the Folkwang Conservatory in See SVHS on Page 11 Essen, Germany.

Bethany Anderson will play Ariel in the Sky High Players’ production of “The Little Mermaid” on select dates from Feb. 9-18.

features many classic favorites such as “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.” “I think the stage musical is actually better than the original film,” Sidwell said. “In the musi-

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ed Disney classic. Clarke said these are characters they’ve looked up to since they were little, and now they are performing the show for kids in that same stage. “Oh, this is the best audience,” Clarke said. “They are watching these movies right now and it’s so much more real for them to see these characters.” Strict Disney fans who see the play might notice a few differences from the movie. Nathan Bohman, who plays Sebastian the crab, said the play has a different plot for how Ursula carries out her plans and how Princess Ariel convinces Prince Eric to fall in love with her. But there is no denying how the children out in the audience feel about the characters. “They are going to see our Ariel and light

up and say, ‘It’s Princess Ariel,’ they’re going to fall in love with her,” Bohman said. In the movie, Sebastian was a just a regular-sized crab, but Bohman brings the character to life with an elaborate layered red suit complete with claws for hands. He proved his dexterity by picking up a fork on a fancy set table backstage. Bohman said he never liked sports very much, but he feels alive when he’s on stage. “I go on stage and I just feel so much better about doing that, than I do about anything else really,” Bohman said. “I just like to sing and walk around and prance.” The authenticity of the production has even made some of the actors believe they are living in another world. “I really feel like I’m a fish under the sea

who is in love with my best friend and I’m sad about it,” Madison Jeppson, a senior who plays Flounder, said. In the story, Flounder is silly and nervous, which Jeppson said gives her more confidence as an actor. If she gets nervous, that’s OK because it’s part of her character. “You’re being someone else for the time that you’re out there and it’s just so exciting to be another person in your own little world,” Jeppson said. Similar to Anderson, or Princess Ariel, Jeppson only found one word to describe the play. “It’s just so … magical? That sounds cheesy but that’s the only word I can think to describe it,” Jeppson said. But it’s not all happiness under the sea. There is evil brewing. The actors who play Flotsam and Jetsam appear to have embraced their role as the evil intertwined eels who finish each other’s sentences. “We’re the henchmen for Ursula, so we’re like the back up bad guys,” Katie Ludlow, Flotsam, said. “We mess things up,” Sheridan Lloyd, Jetsam said. The two humans giggled as they said they enjoy working with the people behind the show, dressing it up and bringing it to life. “It’s probably the best production I’ve ever been in,” Ludlow said. “Same actually, best show I’ve ever been in,” Lloyd said. Performing in “The Little Mermaid” allows them to be different. On stage, they can do things they can’t do anywhere else. “We get to be like the eely people,” Ludlow said. “Like, you can’t dress up like this in public,” Lloyd said. “It’s kind of fun to be outrageous and different and to kind of be mean, because we’re not mean people,” Ludlow said. Performing for the elementary students was a unique opportunity for the pair of eels. “There’s so much energy and you can feel See SEA on Page 10

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‘Lego Batman’ bests ‘Darker’ at box office LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moviegoers could choose violence, sex or family-friendly fare this weekend with three diverse new offerings that all drew healthy numbers at the North American box office. “The Lego Batman Movie” took the top spot with $55.6 million, dominating “Fifty Shades Darker,” which attracted $46.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The spinoff of 2014’s “Lego Movie” benefited from good reviews and a lack of competition in the family space, which is expected to help

it maintain its pace going into the holiday weekend, when kids are out of school. A whopping 48 percent of opening weekend audiences was under 25. It also bodes well for Warner Bros.’ next Lego spinoff, “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” set for September. U.S. audiences were slightly less curious to catch up with the exploits of Christian Grey and Ana Steele the second time around. The sequel didn’t compare to “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” $85.2 million debut in 2015. Nick Carpou, Universal Pictures’

president of domestic theatrical distribution, said the first movie debuted in a “perfect storm.” The film adaptation of the best-selling book had gained immense interest and Valentine’s Day fell on a Saturday in 2015, making the movie a date-night destination. This year, the holiday lands on a Tuesday. “This is a great start,” Carpou said, noting that the CinemaScore from audiences is stronger for the sequel. “The story will be told through the

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“The Lego Batman Movie” brought in $55.6 million during its first weekend at the box office.

The crafting of Oscars New York-based foundry creates film’s top prizes

ROCK TAVERN, N.Y. (AP) — Every Oscar fist-pumped or tearfully cradled by Academy Award winners is first cast, buffed and fussed over at a foundry far from Hollywood. Workers at the Polich Tallix fine art foundry, about 50 miles north of New York City, began work in late September on the awards to be handed out Feb. 26. Each of the 60 Oscars shipped from the hangar-like production floor is 13½ inches tall with the same disAP Photo tinctive Art Deco features polished Leo Sotelo works on an Oscar statuette last month at the Polich Tallix Fine to a mirror finish. Each glossy Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, N.Y. black base lacks only a winner’s nameplate, which is added after is chipped away is a sort of rough- back, you know? So I could say, the ceremony. “That’s the one I worked on!’” Polich Tallix, which began mak- hewn version of the elegant icon. John Menzie and other workers BEST VISUAL EFFECTS ing the awards last year, tweaked make sure every surface detail — When Polich Tallix took over the look of the stylized knight from Oscar’s hairline to the film production from a Chicago comwith an eye toward the original statuettes handed out in 1929. The reel it stands on — is hand-sanded pany, the Academy of Motion and polished to a fine finish. Picture Arts and Sciences asked path of these new statues from a Menzie said it’s a kick to see the the foundry to create a statue truer small town in upstate New York to pieces you worked on for hours to the original. Foundry artist center stage in Hollywood might handed out on TV, like he did last Daniel Plonski made 3-D scans not be the stuff of movies. year while watching the Academy of an early statue and a recent But it’s worth a close-up. Awards. statue, and took desired qualities CASTING CALL “When Leonardo DiCaprio gave from each for the newest iteration. Every Oscar starts with a verOscar’s restoration was subtle; his sion made of wax, which is repeat- his speech and he was holding his Oscar I was just thinking ... I stylized facial features are more edly dipped into a cream-colored might have worked on that one,” defined, there’s a greater hint of ceramic slurry. The ceramic hardens and the wax is melted out Menzie said. “I wish in his accep- his ears and a hair part, and tance speech, he would have said to make way for molten bronze. What’s left once the ceramic mold the serial number that was on the See OSCARS on Page 10

‘SNL’ keeps up Trump-inspired winning streak NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s comedy institution “Saturday Night Live” reached its largest audience since 2011 with last weekend’s episode hosted by President Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin and featuring the return of Melissa McCarthy portraying White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The show reached 10.8 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. To put that in perspective, the latenight show had a bigger audience than all but four prime-time programs on TV last week. Among younger viewers, only the Grammys had better ratings. The viewership estimate is only a portion of their audience; it doesn’t count people who recorded the program or watched clips of its skits online. McCarthy opened Saturday’s show with her Spicer portrayal and Baldwin, who has been host for a show-record 17 times, rolled out his version of Trump appearing on “People’s Court.” Kate McKinnon also did an impersonation of Trump aide Kellyanne Conway in a “Fatal Attraction” type relationship with CNN’s Jake Tapper; she also impersonated Jeff Sessions and Elizabeth Warren. It was the most-watched episode of “SNL” since Jan. 8, 2011, a show that featured Jim Carrey and the Black Keys. “SNL” ratings generally jump during election years and fade — but interest in the Trump administration has kept the numbers high. NBC wouldn’t put forth an executive to talk about its good fortune on Tuesday. James Andrew Miller, an author of an oral history of “Saturday Night Live,” noted how Trump’s tweets about the show have helped give it new life. There have been reports that NBC is also mulling a prime-time edition of the show’s “Weekend Update” segment. “Even if he’s not tweeting about it, they know that someone in the White House is paying attention to it, and I think that increases the currency of the show,” Miller said.

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Matt Damon stars as William Garin in “The Great Wall.”

is the monsters attack, while the soldiers of the Nameless Order dispatch them in stunningly artistic fashion. Many of the director // Yimou Zhang techniques they use, like Starring // Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal, diving off of suspended Willem Dafoe, Kenny Lin, Eddie Peng, Zheng Kai platforms like bungee rated // PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action jumpers to stab one ranviolence dom lizard, hardly seem China and release the Tao heavy-handed metaphor efficient. But it provides Tai; a hive-mind alien for greed, but that’s for twirling 3D shots as race that kill, feed and probably thinking too the soldier plummets reproduce. They’re all deeply about the movie’s toward the ground undugreen and one wonders motives. lating with Tao Tai. In a word, “The Great if it’s intended to be a What you need to know

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Box Continued from Page 8 first part of this week.” “Fifty Shades Darker” fared much better abroad, bringing in $100.1 million and topping international charts. The other R-rated sequel in theaters this weekend, “John Wick: Chapter 2” took third place. With $30 million, it more than doubled the debut of the original. The Keanu Reeves hit man flick became a sleeper hit

on the small screen, and that goodwill helped bolster interest in the followup, which is also getting strong reviews. “People really love its unapologetic violence,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. Rounding out the top five were holdovers “Split,” the M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller that added $9.3 million, for a total of $112.3 million in earnings, and Oscar contender “Hidden Figures” with $8

million, boosting its total to $131.5 million. It was a strong weekend overall for theaters, attributable to the different options available, Dergarabedian said. “The tried and true brands are what people really gravitated to this weekend. The top three movies this weekend all based on brands that people know and love,” he said. “Each film drew their own audience without harming the other films. This was a perfectly programmed weekend.”

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up being the endless special effects that do little to advance any sort of theme or narrative. The battles are the movie’s main purpose. It’s like 100 minutes of the Jerusalem scene in “World War Z” — a mindless rampaging horde piling up on itself until it reaches its goal. A bright spot of the film is Commander Lin Mae Wall” is ridiculous. Not (Tian Jing), who the good kind of ridicuprobably could’ve lous, however. It’s the carried this movie by yawn and fall asleep kind herself. She’s stoic, of ridiculous. reserved and gives What if they ditched the best performance the killer-alien storyline by far. But without and simply had the army Damon, the filmmakbe human? Doesn’t that ers couldn’t market automatically — and it to an American believably — raise the audience, so here we stakes? Perhaps you’d are, suffering through have just another war Damon’s disappearmovie, but at least you ing accent trick while have the chance at real we thoughtlessly redemption for your charwitness the slaughacters, rather than these ter of thousands of hokey CGI scenes that killer greed-metaphor completely detach the aliens. viewer. And when its While the main focus themes fall flat and of the film would like to its action only desenbe William’s guilt and sitizes, there’s not his ability to change his ways, the real focus ends much left to cling to.

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On one hand, “The Great Wall” provides one of the most eyerolling examples of the white savior narrative. But on the other hand, everyone’s fighting giant space lizards, so … Considering the scope of a movie like this, with expansive sets and special effects, plenty of fight scenes and Matt Damon, it’s a wonder how “The Great Wall” turns out so incredibly dull. At first, it takes itself far too seriously for a movie about a secret army fighting secret reptiles from outer space. Then, somewhere toward the end, it starts to poke fun at itself. Yet, it’s too little too late. William Garin (Damon) is a man troubled by guilt and a terrible Irish accent (I think), that comes and goes depending on the scene. His guilt is a driving factor for the movie even though we’re not given much of anything to go on other than the word of his buddy, Pedro Pascal (Pedro Tovar). Skipping forward just a bit, Pedro gives William the “you’ll never change who you are” speech. In the past William has fought and killed for money not patriotism. So, now we know, this is a redemption story. It’s just strange that a human redemption tale has the backdrop of legendary lizard aliens. Turns out the Great Wall was built to keep out armies, but not the kind of armies you’re thinking of. There’s some story about how the greed of a past emperor caused a meteor to crash down inside

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Sea Continued from Page 7 that they’re so excited to be seeing this and it’s such a famous Disney show,” Ludlow said. “You look out and their faces and they’re all like, woah (gasps),” Lloyd said. Backstage at a large production can be hectic, but one character seems to be impervious to the stress. When King Triton isn’t preaching about the necessity of separation between human and merfolk, he can be found lounging on a comfy chair backstage staring at his smartphone. “As soon as I get off (stage) it’s like getting off the theatrical high,” Ayron Rich said through a big white beard. When Rich started acting, King Triton was one of his dream roles. “Now I’m a Disney king, so, boom, I have that under my belt too which is

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Nathan Bohman and Ayron Rich play the role of Sebastian and King Triton in “The Little Mermaid” last week at the Sky View High School Auditorium.

super great,” Rich said. He said the elementary kids are “super giggly” and he expects many “oohs” and “aahs” when Ariel and Eric kiss. The production aims to immerse the audience in the scenes, from the backdrop — painted by Sky View High’s art director — to the professional lighting and of course the actors.


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Abraham and a couple of other award winners had asked him to plate gold finishes that Continued from Page 4 were wearing off. He his sword rests in vows that won’t hapsharper relief between pen under his process, his legs. which includes copper “The trick was not to plating and nickel platmake it too shockingly ing each statue before different,” Plonski said. gold plating. The most substantial “The gold is guarandifference is one people teed — not for the life don’t see. The statue of the recipient, but for is once again cast in the life of the statue,” bronze, instead of a Epner said pewter-like alloy. Polich Tallix has one AND THE AWARD more task after the nomGOES TO . inees are announced: The statues are making a nameplate for shipped to Brooklyn for each potential winner. 24-karat-gold electroThe award winners are plating at Epner Techhanded an Oscar on nology, which also is in stage with no nameplate its second year of Oscar on it. Winners can later making. take their statue to a President David table backstage to get Epner said that before their nameplate affixed. his company became The unused plates are involved in Oscar proEMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY PREsENTs duction, actor F. Murray destroyed. Cache Valley On Ice

Continued from Page 3 Music”). The show is generating national attention with Broadway producers, who, along with members of the Richard Rodgers family, will be attending the festival this summer. Puccini’s immortal masterpiece “Madame Butterfly” is perfect for the first-time operagoer. A young Japanese geisha clings to the belief that her arranged marriage

“I don’t really know how to describe it, it’s kind of like everything that I — the hours, the countless hours — magic. It feels like magic out there,” Rich said. That’s one thing they can all agree on. There’s nothing like the stage. “This is a childhood dream,” Anderson said. “You see all these little kids out there, and it feels

your mouth open? Or that getting your ducks in a row is a lofty goal that accomplishes nothing other than annoying ducks? Did you know that 90 million legal Americans got bused nowhere and snuck into nothing while they occupied their couches and didn’t

with a visiting American naval officer will be loving and permanent. “Butterfly” is one of Giacomo Puccini’s greatest accomplishments. Tickets for special concerts will also go on sale Feb. 14. It may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an evening with 93-year-old Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning genius in “A Tribute to Sheldon Harnick” July 19. Harnick wrote “Fiddler on the Roof” and dozens of other musicals. He is scheduled to personally narrate

so magical.” ——— “The Little Mermaid” continues this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Sky View High School Auditorium in Smithfield. Prices vary from $6 for groups to $10 for adults. Tickets, which cost an additional $2 at the door; can be purchased online at

vote for anybody? Do you know that Trump spelled backwards isn’t even a word, and that everyone who voted Republican didn’t vote Democrat! ———  Dennis Hinkamp would like to be more outraged, but he’s leaving it to you younger people.

the evening through his music and memories of his career of nearly seven decades. Other concerts include The Pianists, the International Opera Semifinals and Finals, and Giuseppe Verdi’s crowning achievement, “The Verdi Requiem.” The work will join forces of the American Festival Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop, with the Festival’s world-class orchestra and soloists. The productions will be presented in repertory with full orchestra,

and the season bursts with concerts, breakfast with the stars, Academy lectures and interactive classes, backstage tours and more. Performance tickets are available online at, by calling 750-0300 ext. 3 or in person at the box office located inside the Dansante Building at 59 S. 100 West in Logan. Ticket prices vary by performance and start at $13. Students of all ages receive a 25 percent discount with ID.

Sego will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at WhySound, 30 Federal Ave. Admission is $10. Visit for more information.

Cache Valley’s own Fry Street Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Bartok at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Caine Performance Hall at Utah State University. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for youth/seniors and free for USU students. Call 797-8022 or visit for tickets and more information.

Hardware Ranch WMA offers a unique opportunity to get up close to wild Rocky Mountain elk on a horse-drawn sleigh beginning Dec. 9, and running through Feb. 27, 2017. Hardware Ranch is open Mondays and Fridays from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are sold in the visitors center. Tickets are $5 for ages 9 and up; $3 children ages 4-8 and children 3 and under are free. Visit wildlife.utah. gov/hardwareranch for more information. The Sky High Players will present Disney’s beloved musical, “The Little Mermaid” Feb. 9-11, 13 and 16-18 at the Sky View High School Auditorium in Smithfield. Performances begin at 7 p.m. except for on Saturday, Feb. 11, when the matinee on that date will start at 1 p.m. Prices vary from $6 for groups to $10 for adults. Family prices are also available. Tickets at the door cost an additional $2, so please get your tickets online. Tickets can be purchased online at sky-

SVHS Continued from Page 5 actors. Also, it’s so fun working with these amazing performers, professional choreographers and an outstanding music director.” The music director for the show is Karen Teuscher, also director of the choir programs at Sky View High School. “For me, it’s just so exciting to perform in a theatre where every small detail matters, from the cake on the Prince’s table to the cool special effects like the glowing trident and smoke coming out of the rocks when he blasts Ariel’s human collection,” said Emily Benson,

SATURDAY Panthermilk will perform along with Mojave Nomads at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at WhySound, 30 Federal Ave. Admission is $10. Visit for more information. The PetSmart National Adoption Event will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at PetSmart, 1050 N. Main St. Come meet adoptable cats, kittens and dogs. Visit or call 764-3534 for more information. Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Box Elder High School Auditorium in Brigham City. Tickets are $25. Visit for more information.

Yogurtland will hold a fundraiser to support adaptive skiing in Cache Valley from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1007 N. Main St. #120. A portion of the proceeds from this event will directly benefit Common Ground’s Adaptive Ski Program. Uncle Sam’s Tattoos at 50 W. 1000 North #101 will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 18, to help with the search for Sarah Dunsey of Logan, who has been missing since Jan. 15. Uncle Sam’s will let you name your own price for any tattoo, with 100 percent of the proceeds going towards the struggle to reunite Dunsey with her family. For more information, visit unclesamstattoos or call 5120515. A kaleidoscope in fabric, minus the mirrors and bits of glass, awaits visitors to the Brigham City Museum during the Utah Quilt Guild’s Ruby Jubilee Exhibition, which will be on display Jan. 28 through March 25. Admission to the exhibit is free. The Brigham City Museum is located at 24 N. 300 West. The entrance is on the west side. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information, please call (435) 226-

student assistant director for the production. “It really takes this production to another level.” One of the challenges of the stage musical is meeting the expectations of audiences who have seen the movie so many times. “Yes, that is a challenge,” laughed Sidwell. “We have gone to great lengths to make the show spectacular to watch. We have glowing coral reefs, Triton’s glowing trident, cool glowing jellyfish, a magic glowing shell — I don’t think we’ve ever had so many LED lights or glowing things on this stage before.” Bethany Anderson plays Ariel, which is a dream come true for her. She even had her

1439 or visit brighamcitymuseum. org.

SUNDAY The Post-Mormon Community is a non-sectarian organization of individuals and families who have left Mormonism. The Cache Valley chapter meets for dinner and socializing at a local restaurant at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday evening. Newcomers welcome. For more information call Jeff at 770-4263 or visit our website at

TUESDAY The Logan Library will host Teen Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Jim Bridger Room. This week’s theme is “Game On!” Visit library. for more information.

WEDNESDAY The Cache Valley Astronomy Society invites the public to a free 60-minute workshop to learn when, where and how to watch the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. This will be the first Total Solar Eclipse in the western United States since 1979, and there will not be another one until 2045. The workshop will begin

hair dyed red for the show. She took a workshop in January on stage kissing to get things just right with her leading man. Prince Eric is played by Christian Clarke. Both actors have been seen and heard in many other productions before across Cache Valley. Ursula is played by Liz Godwin, who was seen recently at the stage manager in Sky High Players’ production of “Our Town” last fall. Costumes were designed by Christine Hall and lights by Kenneth Bell of Magic Productions. Professional choreographers include Katie Packard, Scott Henderson, Dawna Small, Stephanie White and others. For more information, call 563-6273.

at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Room 840 of the Bridgerland Applied Technology College at 600 W. 1400 North. All ages are welcome, and door prizes will be given.

THURSDAY Students at Ridgeline High School will perform the original play “The Legend Of The Riverhawk” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and 17, in the RHS Auditorium in Millville. Written by Sarah R.Hall, drama teacher at Ridgeline, “The Legend Of The Riverhawk” features some of the the history of Cache Valley. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students and $35 for a family of five. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Come and enjoy Fairy Tale Stories, a mini performance from Cache Valley Civic Ballet’s upcoming production of “Cinderella,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Logan Library. Visit or for more information. Helicon West Open Mic Night will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Jim Bridger Room at the Logan Library. Visit for more information.

Hyrum Continued from Page 4 author and musicologist, unusually well-versed in cowboy lore and musical traditions, Edwards brings a rare complement of knowing and loving his craft. Mostly though, there is the soul of a poet, a man who has never succumbed to the temptations of presenting a glamorized or romanticized version of the West. From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Mitchell was

immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining, the art of spinnin’ tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry, a Western tradition that is as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it. Within his stories, told in a voice that is timeless and familiar, are the common bonds we all share, moments both grand and commonplace, the humorous and the tragic, the life and death struggles and triumphs that we each recognize. And yet, Mitchell presents his material with personal insights and the lessons learned during his life spent as a buckaroo.

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CrossworD By Myles Mellor and Sally York Across 1. Performs a mafia hit 5. Mouth 8. Protective garment 13. Become firm 16. Stickum 17. Greatest boxer 18. Brandy and Cremede-Menthe 20. Monster’s ___, 2001 Berry film 21. Place for meeting clients 24. Medley 25. Painter/pianist 26. Rates of return 27. Husky, as a voice 29. Yucatan settler 30. Hip bones 31. Did some digging around 32. Not kosher 36. NYC clock setting 37. Flirt 38. One way to ship 41. Earthen pot 43. Mainz man’s title 45. Mite-sized 49. Office fastener 51. Painter’s medium 53. Parrot 54. Antarctic volcano 55. Word with “generation” or “gender” 57. Identifies 61. Praline morsel 62. Ultimatum 64. Part man, part machine 65. Like chocolate 69. Successors’ places 71. New conservative, for short 72. Business 76. Study of early development 79. Carpenter tool 80. Surpass 81. Location of the opening scene of “The Bourne Supremacy” 82. Get a hole-in-one 83. Temporarily unable


to see 85. Female monster 89. Mets, Jets or Nets 92. Contract 93. Beast of burden 94. Snicker 96. WW II fighting unit (abbr.) 98. Sea flier 100. Rise of land in geology 103. Check out 105. Lake Volta locale 110. Roleplay 111. Fructose and glucose 113. Pertaining to an eye problem 114. Window ledge 115. Pay off to ensure favored treatment, say 118. Congers 119. Arrange in numerical order 120. Plague 121. Goes with Bell 122. Give it a whirl 123. Macho 124. Third degree? 125. Black cat, maybe Down 1. Early Irish alphabet 2. Botanist’s concern 3. Stale smelling 4. Dark brown-grey 5. Damon of “Invictus” 6. Words after “chicken” and before “king” 7. Cunning 8. Fashionable 9. Show the wrong time of month 10. Disagreeable obligation 11. Animation platform (abbr.) 12. Corn type 13. Loud Australian bird 14. Top people 15. Bridges in movies 18. Roman burial stone 19. Get hot again 20. Grandma knitting

duty 22. “__ She Lovely” Wonder song 23. Roman numeral 28. Curveball is one 31. Take off 33. Huge mythical birds 34. Annex 35. Escape 38. Kind of package 39. The U.A.E. is in it 40. He’ll humiliate you 42. Disconnected 44. CD’s partner 46. “Valkyrie” soldier 47. Detailed description 48. “Of course” 49. Zing 50. Fashion show locale 52. Rachel’s father 56. Indiana’s state flower 57. Cultural values 58. Woody Herman’s “___ Autumn” 59. Jacuzzi 60. With little movement 62. Trendy electric car 63. Polished off 66. Tokyo’s old name 67. Money in electronic form 68. City dweller 69. Metro area haze 70. Skiers tow 73. Stage solo 74. Court feat 75. Terminate 76. Alter follower 77. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, say 78. Turn to the right 80. “You, Me and Dupree” actor Wilson 84. Bobby ___ (hockey player) 86. Acetate, alcohol, bromide and ether 87. Will be, in Madrid 88. Expression of disappointment

90. Awakening 91. Larvae covered 95. Look up to 97. Heartthrob 99. Auspices 100. Disturbed 101. Small pincer 102. Correspond 104. Before, once 106. Bookstore section 107. Mr. T’s TV group, with ‘The’ 108. Bridget Fonda, to Jane 109. Follow, as a tip 111. Go out of control 112. Washing substance 113. Combine 116. Cambrian, for one 117. Health inst.

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