The Old Grantsville Church Dinner Theatre group wants to establish new tradition.
“We hope to make doing a religious-themed play at Easter a tradition,” said theatre owner Macae Wanberg.
The first religious-themed production will be “Saturday’s Warrior.” It opens this Thursday night and runs Friday and Monday, and then resumes April 5 and April 6, with two shows on April 7.
“We thought an LDS musical would be appropriate this time since our building is the first LDS meetinghouse built in Grantsville,” Wanberg said.
A synopsis of the play is found inside the jacket of the script book:
“‘Saturday’s Warrior’ romanticizes the LDS belief in a pre-existence (life before earth life), the promises that are made there, and the resulting mix-ups that occur on earth,” according to the script book.
“In particular, the story deals with two lovers who vow to search the whole world over to find each other, a family of eight children that promises the youngest that she will not be forgotten, and two valiant spirits who make a pact to one day meet and become the world’s greatest missionaries.”
Some characters in the play are double-cast. The dates each character will perform is listed on the Old Grantsville Church Theatre Facebook page.
Lead characters include Noah Handley as Jimmy, Shannon Hughes and Jane Squire as Pam, Courtney Jorgensen and Isabel Handley as Julie, and Joseph Knickerbocker as Tod.
The script and lyrics were written by Doug Stewart, and the music is by Lex de Azevedo. According to ziontheatricals.com “Saturday’s Warrior” was first performed in California in 1973 as a college project.
Show-only nights are Thursday March 29; Monday, April 2; Thursday, April 5; and Monday, April 9 with start times at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices for show-only productions are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 60-and-over, $7 for kids 4-12 and free for children 3-and-under.
Evening dinner shows are scheduled for this Friday with pulled pork sandwiches; Friday, April 6, chicken enchiladas; and Saturday, April 7, taco bar. Cost for evening dinner shows is $20.
On Saturday, April 7, a matinee luncheon will begin at 12 p.m. and feature Subs ‘N’ Salads from Soelbergs. Cost is $16.
Tickets can be purchased by calling or texting 435-241-8131. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com.
The Old Grantsville Church Dinner Theatre is located at 237 W. Clark St.