'Celebrating the Light' a bargain for visitors

A bargain is available for visitors from outside of Utah desiring to see "Celebrating the Light," the summer musical at Church-owned Promised Valley Playhouse, general manager J. Murray Rawson announced July 18.

Tickets for visitors from outside the state are half price. That amounts to $3 for balcony and first two rows in the center section on the main floor, $4 for side sections on the main floor, $4.50 for center section on the main floor, and $5 for dress circle tickets.The popular musical extravaganza, now in its fifth season, runs through Sept. 3 on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Matinee performances are on Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Composer Michael McLean described the production as "a work in progress" since it opened in 1989. He said if the show were a term paper, this season's offering would be "the final draft."

"Without exception, each year we've tried to improve the show by making changes, with a new song, a different concept for a production number or a fresh monologue," he said.

Designed for family audiences, the production consists of a series of vignettes relating to self-esteem, personal values and unique historical events.

Songs include "Share the Joy," "You Must Believe There Are Miracles," "If Only You Believe in Yourself," "Waddle and a Wiggle," "Noah's Prayer," "Voice of Charity," "Rain Song," "Hold On, the Light Will Come," "Light on a Distant Hill," "Together Forever," "It's Not Heavy," and the title song, "Celebrating the Light."

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