Saturday, November 12, 2016

NOW PLAYING: Disney On Ice "Passport To Adventure"

Disney On Ice "Passport To Adventure" made its way to Salt Lake City last Thursday night, and words like "magical" and "amazing" have been used to describe it.

Favorite parts of the show included the big crocodile during the Peter Pan segment, Nala's skating skills, Peter Pan flying over the ice, and the magical snow during the Frozen segment.

The winner of our ticket giveaway was lucky enough to win tickets the day of her daughter's birthday, and the look on her face says it all!

Tickets are still available, and there are five more showings still left before Disney On Ice "Passport To Adventure" moves on to the next city! 

Saturday, Nov. 12           11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 13               1:00 PM & 4:30 PM

WHERE: Vivint Smart Home Arena
301 West South Temple Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 84101

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $20!

All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-888-TIXX or visit the Vivint Smart Home Arena Box Office. 

*tickets prices are subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Disney On Ice hosting "Turkey Thursday" Food Drive

Gobble Gobble – Give Thanks!
Disney On Ice hosting “Turkey Thursday”
Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Utah Food Bank

WHAT:           Disney On Ice is partnering with the Utah Food Bank to benefit those in need this holiday season with a Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.

Disney On Ice has invited the residents of Salt Lake County to support the Utah Food Bank by bringing a frozen turkey to Vivint Smart Home Arena this “Turkey Thursday” November 10th between 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

In exchange for the generous food donation, each person that provides one frozen turkey will receive a voucher for two free show tickets ($46 value) to an upcoming performance of Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure  (vouchers avaialble while supplies last, limited to the first 100 turkey donations).  Disney On Ice skaters will be on-hand to accept the donations along with Utah Food Bank representatives.

This heart-warming community event marks the SLC arrival of Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure, playing this week from November 10 - 13.  Join Mickey and Minnie on a sightseeing adventure to explore the African Pride Lands with The Lion King, dive under the sea with The Little Mermaid, fly to London and Never Never Land with Peter Pan, and the beloved Arendelle with the popular characters from the #1 animated feature of all time, Frozen.

WHEN:           Thursday, November 10th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WHERE:         Vivint Smart Home Arena301 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
                        On the corner of 300 West and South Temple (Main Entrance)
                        Media Check in: (Door 5)

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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at
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Christmas in Color Returning to Utah and Expanding

A favorite holiday attraction is returning to Utah this November for its second season. Christmas in Color will open to the public November 18, 2016 and run through December 31, 2016. The mile-long drive-through light and music display will feature one million led lights synchronized to favorite holiday tunes.
Visitors will enjoy the vibrant displays from the comfort of their own cars as they travel through glowing tunnels and passed fields of twinkling lights. Attendees tune their radios to a local channel upon entering the exhibit to watch the lights dance in coordination to the music.

Last year, the popular display in Kearns, Utah drew tens of thousands of people, selling out on most nights. Organizers have decided to open a second location this year in Provo, Utah.

Tickets are available online. Prices are per vehicle:
Monday-Thursday:  Purchased in advance online: $21.95, Drive up: $26
Friday-Saturday and December 19-24: Purchased in advance online: $25.95, Drive up: $32
(Prices are per vehicle, not per person)

Monday - Thursday entrance times start at 5:30 to 10pm
Friday - Saturday entrance times start at 5:30 to 11pm

Kearns, Utah located directly next to the Olympic Oval on Ed Mayne Street.
Provo, Utah located at 4400 Center Street.

For details visit

About Christmas in Color: Christmas in Color is owned and operated by Utah’s popular Ice Castles, LLC and Holdman Lighting. In 2006, co-founder, Richard Holdman, created an animated Christmas display on his house and backed up traffic for 2 miles as thousands drove by to watch. A YouTube video of the home display garnered well over 20 million views in a couple of months. Christmas in Color continues this tradition of bringing joy and happiness to families throughout Utah during the Christmas season.
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Disney On Ice: Passport To Adventure

Pack Your Bags for the Ultimate Tour of Disney Destinations in
Coming to Salt Lake City, November 10th – 13th 

**Tickets On-Sale NOW**
Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as your tour guides a magical globetrotting getaway as they travel to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and the #1 animated feature film of all time, Frozen, in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure!  Celebrate some of the most memorable Disney tales and landscapes with all your favorite characters in one fun-filled ice production, coming to Salt Lake City from November 10th – 13th  at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Mickey and Minnie will take audiences on a sightseeing adventure created for the entire family to explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell.  Plus, travel to Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite, huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all.

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set that captures all four unique worlds. Upbeat music, lovable characters and unforgettable moments make this an experience families will cherish forever!

WHEN:                               Thursday, November 10 – Sunday, November 13
Thursday, Nov. 10          7:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 11                7:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 12           11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 13               1:00 PM & 4:30 PM

WHERE:             Vivint Smart Home Arena
301 West South Temple Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 84101

TICKETS:          Ticket prices start at just $20!
                                Special Opening Night discount tickets available for only $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row levels)

All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-888-TIXX or visit the Vivint Smart Home Arena Box Office.
*tickets prices are subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® to Debut Out Of This World™ Circus Experience

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® to Debut Out Of This World CircusExperience

First-Ever West Coast Tour Debut Blasts Off September 23rd – 26th In Salt Lake City
**Tickets Now On Sale To General Public**

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, the circus that started it all, invites fans to blast off on an intergalactic adventure with the launch of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World.  Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of live family entertainment, today announced that this new, immersive experience will debut on the West Coast for the first time in the 145 year history of Ringling Bros.premiering in Salt Lake City at the Vivint Smart Home Arena from Friday, September 23 – Monday, September 26.  Tickets for all Utah performances are on sale to the general public starting today.

“As we unveil Out Of This World, a show unlike anything experienced before, we are launching our iconic brand into the future,” said Alana Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer ofOut Of This World.  “Ringling Bros. is constantly changing, but this is more than that.  In this production, we’re creating a new genre of circus that will shatter expectations, spark excitement and push the limits of what’s possible.”

In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers.  Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.

For the first time, the show features thrill skaters, in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns.  Imaginations will run wild throughout the non-stop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros. history.

“By adding the element of ice, we’re bringing speed and motion to an already thrilling, multi-sensory performance,” said Feld.  “Throughout the show, families won’t know where the floor ends and the ice begins. In the same way, parents won’t know what’s more amazing: what is happening in front of them or the look of wonder in their children’s eyes.”


WHEN:                 Friday, September 23 – Monday, September 26
Friday, Sept 23                                  7:00 PM
Saturday, Sept 24                             11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, Sept 25                                1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, Sept 26                              7:00 PM

WHERE:               Vivint Smart Home Arena – 301 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
TICKETS:               Tickets start at just $20 for Adults; Kids (ages 2-12) tickets priced at only $10 each for select performances* (only valid for Sat 11am & 3pm, Sunday 5pm & Mon 7pm shows; not valid for VIP/Front Row seats)
                                Opening Night Special Discount tickets priced at $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row seats)

All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at, select Smith’s Grocery locations, charge by phone at 800-888-TIXX or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*above ticket prices are advance purchase only and prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service/facility fees

For a complete list of tour dates and locations through December 2016 and to purchase tickets, please visit the Ringling Bros. website (  Future tour dates will be announced at a later date.  Stay current on the latest developments by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube — @RinglingBros.

About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®Monster Jam®Monster Energy SupercrossNuclear Cowboyz®AMSOIL ArenacrossDisney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live!Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at
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Monday, August 15, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Four family 4-packs of tickets to the 2016 Soldier Hollow Classic

September 2-5, 2016

Utah’s Soldier Hollow Classic is a fun and unique event for families to visit on Labor Day Weekend. Not only do they display the talents of the best-trained animals in the world, but also a variety of family-friendly and interactive events that will entertain guests of all ages. Some of these will include the Wild Wonders Animal Show, police K-9 demonstrations, local food vendors, and the crowd-favorite Splash Dogs.

25,000 spectators make the Soldier Hollow Classic a holiday-weekend hit in our state. We attended for the first time a few years ago, and had a blast. The dogs were so much fun to watch as they rounded up the sheep and livestock from the hillside, and my kids laughed and giggled while watching the Splash Dogs.

We also loved visiting each of the different food and craft vendors, and can’t wait to get back there for one of the Navajo tacos!

Read all about our first experience visiting the Soldier Hollow Classic a few years ago.

You can purchase your tickets in advance online, or when you arrive.


Four lucky winners will be chosen to receive a family 4-pack of tickets each to the 2016 Soldier Hollow Classic, happening this Labor Day weekend, Friday September 2nd through Monday September 5th. Tickets are good for any day during the 2016 competition.

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What you need to know:
  • Must be 18 or older to enter
  • Deadline to enter is Monday August 22nd, 2016 at 11:59pm.
  • Winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. We are not responsible for any reason the winner does not receive the email after it has been sent out. This includes, but is not limited to, lack of internet access, junk or bulk email filtering, wrong or inactive email address associated with a Facebook account, etc. 
  • Winner's four tickets will be left at Will Call for winner to pick up in person. Winner must provide a valid picture ID to receive tickets.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

6th Annual Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival

Fall River Fly Rods Co. and Allen Fly Fishing are pleased to announce that they are hosting the 6th Annual Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival. We hope you will join us for a fantastic day of fly fishing festivities that are entirely free to the public courtesy of Fall River and Allen Fly Fishing.

Anglers of all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to attend the event so that they may both learn new techniques and fine-tune their skills via the free classes, clinics and demonstrations being offered throughout the weekend by local fly fishing guides & industry experts. Clinics will be held both on and off the water and will be covering both a wide-array of topics and skill levels this year; topics to include basic casting techniques, hands-on casting instruction for intermediate-level situations, “how-to’s” on nymphing technique specific to the Provo River & on the logistics involved with introducing your children to fly fishing, fly tying & leader building demonstrations and much more!

The festival is pleased to announce the addition of full-day “ladies-only” fly fishing instruction via a course that has been designed in a way that affords attendees the ability to either participate in the entire day of instruction, or individual segments of it depending upon their needs. Our “ladies-only” instruction is being provided by Rebeca Granillo, founder of the Wasatch Women’s Fly Fishers club and a number of other volunteers from their organization.

Also new to our course selection this year are two advanced-level on-the-water demonstrations being given by world champion fly fisher Lance Egan, of the Lehi Cabela’s store; Lance will be covering “Advanced Dry Fly Tips & Techniques” and instruction on “European Nymphing” via separate on-the-water demonstrations once each day and anglers are encouraged to pre-register for these clinics as space will be limited and is expected to fill quickly.

Details for Lance’s courses, as well as the rest of free courses being offered by the Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival may be found on our website here and print copies of the schedule will be available on site at the event.

Come by and cast the entire spectrum of fly rods available on the market today and see which one is the best fit for your fishing style and needs. We will have industry experts & a number of the most knowledgeable local fly fishing guides on hand from such major players as Allen Fly Fishing, LOOP Fly Fishing, Flycraft USA, Sundance Mountain Resort, & Fish Head’s Fly Shop will be on hand to personally answer your questions and offer up tips and pointers. Many of the hottest fly rods, reels and gear will be on site for you to demo and Fall River Fly Rod Co.'s in-house bamboo and graphite fly rod designer/builder Jason Zicha will also be on-hand with his entire line of demo bamboo fly rods for those of you who may dream of having a rod built especially for you. Also, the Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival will be a terrific opportunity for you when it comes to taking care of a little holiday or birthday present purchasing for the outdoors sportsman in your life with there being several of the best and brightest outdoors artisans in the country being represented there;

stop in to meet Travis Sylvester of Travz Art and Bern Sundell of Riverstone Gallery who both are both designers for Montana Fly Company, as well as Salt Lake City’s own Matt Jackson of MJ Glassworks who creates some amazing pieces from recycled broken glass!

The Provo River Kids Fly Fishing Derby will be back again this year and is open to kids ages 15 and under. The derby is a catch and release only event that may be fished anywhere on the Middle Provo River & participants must have a parent or legal guardian present at all times; prizes will be awarded the same day for top finishers in each age group and will include several brand-new Allen Fly Fishing “Prelude” rod & reel combo rigs. Registration for the Provo River Kids Fly Fishing Derby will be held at the Utah Trout Unlimited booth at the festival beginning at 10am or you may pre-register your child on our website once our electronic system is completed. The first 50 kids to register for the derby will receive a special edition Twin Territory/ Heber Valley Fly Fishing T-shirt FREE & everyone who comes out to participate will have a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Twin Territory custom fly rod, built by our event host Fall River Fly Rods Company here in Midway, Utah.

Of course there will also be some friendly competition for the big kids too with Fly Casting Golf and a casting competition for both distance and accuracy; top finishers in the amateur and pro divisions will be awarded a new Allen Fly Fishing Icon II fly rod & reel rig (retail value $650) the same day. Various groups will be raffling off some of the guided fly fishing trips and some of the hottest products available as well! Join us for the free live music with “Blue Deville” and a community BBQ to round out the weekend from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday.
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Back To School with Deseret Industries

It's almost time for the kids to head back to school, and back to school shopping is in full swing! Last night we made a trip to Deseret Industries thrift store and found lots of back to school bargains.

Here are just a few ways that including a trip to Deseret Industries during your back to school shopping trip can help you and your kids get ready for school, while helping others in the process:

School Uniforms:

Because kids outgrow their clothes so fast, parents are forced to buy new school uniforms each year. Many of the outgrown uniforms end up at thrift stores like Deseret Industries. If you child attends a school where school uniforms are required, check the Deseret Industries closest to your child's school for uniforms that have been donated.

Coats and Jackets:

The colder weather will be here before you know it, and many of the coats we found at Deseret Industries were like new.


Many kids like starting the new school year off with a new backpack, and most of the backpacks from the previous years end up at Deseret Industries.

Homework Essentials:

Back to school shopping doesn't only include getting ready to sent your kid to school, but also preparing a quiet workstation at home for them to work on homework after school. Deseret Industries had a large selection of desks and other homework station essentials.

Having a home library is also a great way to keep your child interested in learning.
Other Essential Items:

Deseret Industries is more than a second hand store; they have a variety of new items such as underclothes and socks.
Sportswear for P.E. class or an after school sport can also be found at Deseret Industries

WHY Deseret Industries?

When you shop at Deseret Industries you support a job training and placement program. So when you make a purchase at one of the stores, you are not just taking home a hidden treasure but you're allowing others the opportunity to find treasure in their own lives.

When Deseret Industries (DI) opened in 1938, Elder John A. Widtsoe established four guiding purposes for it: “First, those who have will be given another type of opportunity to help those who have not. Second, waste will be reduced by keeping our possessions in use as long as possible. Third, the work of renovation will employ many now unemployed. Fourth, articles in common use, of good quality, will be available at a low cost” ("Editorial: Deseret Industries," Improvement Era, Sept. 1938, 544).

Associates gain valuable work experience by working in Deseret Industries facilities and through a variety of training opportunities with local business partners. Individuals can gain retail experience in the stores, trade skills at DI Manufacturing, and other work skills while assisting people worldwide at the Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center. Items not sold in the stores are sent to help in humanitarian relief efforts.

Read more about people who got their start in the workforce by training at Deseret Industries.

This is a sponsored post and I was compensated for my time.
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Monday, June 06, 2016

GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Rodizio Brings Back Americano Summer BBQ Fest!

Due to its popularity last summer, Rodizio Grill has brought back their Americano Summer BBQ Fest, taking place at participating locations June 1 through Labor Day.

The BBQ ribs are a definite must!
“Due to last year’s popular demand, we have extended BBQ Fest by one month this summer,” stated Ivan Utrera, Founder of Rodizio Grill. “Rodizio Americano BBQ Fest was created as an embodiment of my fond childhood memories enjoying summer barbeques with my family and friends. It’s American BBQ with a Brazilian touch."

In addition to its already popular meat and salad bar menu, the Americano Summer BBQ Fest items are available during dinner hours only, at no additional cost. 

My favorite Americano BBQ item was the barbeque ribs. I loved them last year, but this year they were even better. I also loved that the mac 'n cheese had chives and bacon cooked into it. Their salad bar is always a big hit, and the new items added in, such as the corn bread, makes it even better.

The traditional Brazilian foods that we have to have while eating at Rodizio Grill are the cheeseballs, Guarana (Brazilian soda), and of course the dessert!
Their salad bar is always a big hit, and the new items added in,
such as the corn bread, makes it even better.

Connect with Rodizio Grill for more information:
I was provided with a complimentary meal to try the new menu and write my review. I was not compensated financially, nor was I persuaded or required to write any specific type of review. The views and opinions in this review are all my own.


Two lucky winners will receive a certificate for a complimentary full Rodizio (includes all you can eat rotisserie grilled meats, glazed pineapple, a gourmet salad bar, and authentic Brazilian sides).

What you need to know:
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter
  • Last day to enter is Monday June 13th 2016 at 11:59pm
  • Two winners will be chosen to each receive one certificate for a complimentary full Rodizio. Winner must reply within 24 hours and provide mailing address, or a new winner will be chosen. We are not held reliable if for any reason winner does not receive notification email. This includes, but is not limited to, lack of internet service, wrong email address connected with Facebook account, junk email filtering, or any other reason winner does not receive message after it has been sent out.
  • Enjoy Utah and Rodizio is not held responsible for lost certificates after they have been dropped in the mail.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

REVIEW and DISCOUNT: Odysseo by Cavalia

By, Russell Powell
If you haven’t seen any advertising for Cavalia then you probably haven’t left your house in the last month. The billboards are everywhere, even fliers in a lot of businesses. There are even memes about it. Michelle was unavailable for Cavalia’s media night, and I jumped at the chance, because of the ticket price, thinking we might not be able to afford it otherwise. I picked up my horse loving mom, “Momo”, and headed to the giant white tent in the South Towne Mall parking lot, Sandy.

When I was telling friends that I was going, invariably, the very first question was, “Tell me if it is worth the cost”. So, let me answer that and get it out of the way. Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Did I say, “Yes”?  What I meant was it is worth EVERY penny. I highly recommend it. So much so that I am trying to find time to take Michelle. Momo keeps posting and messaging me about the wonderful time she had and how she would like to go back (hint, hint).

Not only did we enjoy the food,
but we went back for seconds!
We were treated to the V.I.P. experience, which included access to the V.I.P. tent, dinner, fourth row tickets, dessert, and access to the cast and stable after the show. Shortly after we arrived, we were escorted into the tent with a mini boutique, lounge area with couches, tables, horse paintings, and an area for drinks, and popcorn. In the middle of the room were two long serving tables where a buffet-style dinner awaited. 

The food was a European inspired mix of rolls, quiche, various salads, select proteins, and even raw ahi tuna with caviar. The drink bar was fully stocked with full-time bartenders who served both non-alcoholic beverages and libations. Some people didn’t enjoy the meal, as many of the flavors were not typical for the Salt Lake area.  My mom is an amazing cook, and not only did she enjoy it, she went back for seconds. There was a man pacing around the room, making sure that all the servers were working quickly and efficiently. It turned out that he was the head chef from Montreal. They not only fed the V.I.P. guests but also provide two meals each day for all staff and performers.

The performance was breathtaking. There were different scenes, similar to a Cirque du Soleil and other performances that you would find on Broadway or in Vegas. The difference is the incorporation of the trained horses who take center stage. There are words to describe Cavalia, though I don’t believe my words would do it justice. The closest I could come would be that it is as a vivid dream, something that has to be viewed first hand. When the horses come over the three story hill, I was pulled into the imagery of Cavalia like no other performance before. The carrousel blew me away.

The costumes were also amazing!
As a wedding DJ, the thing I noticed the most was the production value. Because of the enclosed setting, the high quality speakers, and as enthralling as the colorful background is, you could watch the whole performance and not realize the music was live unless you looked around. They had musicians who adjusted the music to match the horse movements, both in tempo and in length. Truly a world-class show, well worthy of the praise and cost.

We waited around in the VIP area at the end of the show to talk to the media coordinator and the performers. They come from all over the world to live with Cavalia as it tours the country. It takes about two weeks to completely break down and move from one city to the next. My mom’s favorite part of the evening was going to the stables and seeing the horses up close. Each one has his own personality. They use different breeds of horses including Mustangs, Arabians, and ones from Spain called Andalusian. While we couldn’t touch any of them, they are majestic to behold up close.

You may never get another chance to see Cavalia. As of right now, shows will end the first week of June. It is not often that we have preforming arts of the highest quality that mixes nature and man, acrobatics, music, and visual imagery in our own backyard. It is truly “the most amazing show”. Thank you, Odysseo, for the opportunity to experience it first-hand.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Empress Theatre

All photos courtesy Deanne Jones
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
May 13 - June 4, 2016
Friday and Saturday night performances at 7:30pm
Matinee performances May 21 & 28, and Monday night performance May 23 

Blake Yelavich as Pharaoh
After hearing so many things about Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice's production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, I was excited to finally get the chance to see it at The Empress Theatre. My mother-in-law has seen it countless times, and accompanied me to the opening night performance.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the best examples of musical theater storytelling," said show producer Amy Metler. "It is a tale of a young man with great strengths, who stays true to himself and by doing so achieves great things."

The bases of the story is that of Joseph in the Bible who is sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous
brothers, but the production adds a few fun elements in the form of song, dance, comedy, and even an Elvis-like Pharaoh. Interaction during this production was also an added surprise.

"It is a powerful story we can all learn from," Metler said. "Our hope is that this production simply tells that story making every morsel as rich and engaging as the next."

As always at The Empress, we immediately noticed and loved the change of scenery from the last performance we attended there. Credit goes to Devin Johnson for transforming this charming little theater into ancient Egypt, thousands of years ago.

The entire cast was amazing, but standout performances of the night came from Johnny Hebda as Joseph, Melissa Holm as The Narrator, Perry Whitehair as Jacob, and Blake Yelavich as Pharaoh. My mother-in-law has seen this production many times over the years and at many different places, and commented that last night was her favorite of them all.

The grief of Jacob over losing a son was felt throughout the audience, even through the "celebrating" of the other brothers as Jacob walked across the stage with head hung low from grief. Another touching moment was the embrace between father and son at the end when they were reunited. I noticed a few tears in the audience from the emotion that was felt from Hebda and Whitehair.

We were wowed by the vocal abilities of Hebda and Holm, and enjoyed their performances throughout the entire production.

Blake Yelavich portrayed an Elvis-like Pharaoh, and did so brilliantly. He had us laughing at his mannerisms and interactions with the Narrator and other ladies of Egypt.

We also enjoyed watching and hearing the Children's Chorus.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is now playing Fridays and Saturdays now through June 4 at 7:30pm, with matinees on May 21 and 28, and a special Monday night performance on May 23. Tickets can be purchased online or at The Empress Theatre box office in Magna.
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

REVIEW: Imagination Movers

The Imagination Movers came to Utah a few weeks ago and performed at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts in Park City, it was a show that wasn't only fun for the young children in the crowd, but the adults as well!

The Imagination Movers songs are one of the fans' favorite things about them, and the crowd enjoyed singing and following along with the actions. Another favorite part of the show was when the balloons were sent into the crowd. 

It was great that the Imagination Movers came into the crowd to interact with the audience, and didn't just stay on the stage the entire time. 

See more highlights in the pictures and video below:


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