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has attracted actress Gwyneth Paltrow to the cast. LaBute, along with
Laura Jones, adapted the Booker prize-winning novel for the big
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Promised Valley Playhouse Will Become Parking Structure & Offices
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A few weeks after the LDS Church decided against
donating the structurally-unsound Promised Valley Playhouse to Salt Lake
County, the Deseret News reports that the Church plans to turn the historic
building into retail and office space in the facade and the rest into a
The plans call for restoring the facade and front portion of the building
and constructing a seven-story garage behind it that can't be seen from the
front. The plans will cost an estimated $3 million, instead of the $24
million estimated for renovating the entire building. The decision addresses
a lack of parking in the area.
Pretty face for parking structure
Deseret News 30Sep00 A1
By Alan EdwardDeseret News staff writer
Tickets to MoTab Xmas Concert Available
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Tickets to the annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Christmas Concert will be distributed free of charge starting Tuesday,
October 17th at six ticket offices along Utah's Wasatch Front.The Concert
will be held Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 pm in the LDS Church's
The tickets are free to anyone over age seven and can be obtained at the LDS
Church's Conference Center, at the University of Utah's Kingsbury Hall, at
the Hale Center Theater, at the Utah Festival Opera Company in Logan, Utah,
at the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association in Ogden, Utah and at BYU's Harris
Fine Arts Center in Provo, Utah.
Christmas Concert Ticket Locations
LDS Church Press Release 5Oct00 A1
Temple Square Chorale & Orchestra to Present "King David"
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The 45-voice Temple Square Chorale along with
members of the Orchestra at Temple Square will present Arthur Honegger's
"King David"at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square on Friday, October 13th
and at the University of Utah's Libby Gardner Concert Hall on Saturday,
October 14th. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public.
"King David" is a "Symphonic Psalm in 3 parts" based on a drama by Rene
Morax. Honegger, a French composer, composed and conducted the first
performance of "King David" in 1921. The work tells the story of King David,
including Samuel choosing him as King, his coronation and his kingship,
including the deaths of Absalom and David.
Chorale and Orchestra Combine for "King David"
LDS Church Press Release 6Oct00 A1
Calgary Sun Review's "God's Army"
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA -- The Calgary Sun's Lisa Wilton reviewed "God's
Army" as the film opened there, giving a positive view of the film, but
saying that it "won't convert many." Wilton does say, however, that the film
is "better than a lot of Hollywood's mainstream fare."
Wilton calls the film an "interesting, witty, thought-provoking and
surprisingly entertaining tale." She also says it is "well-done and
Don't slam door on Mormon film
Calgary Alberta Canada Sun 29Sep00 A2
By Lisa Wilton: Calgary Sun
LDS Conductor Debut's in South Carolina
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- LDS conductor Bundit Ungrangsee, a Thai native
who joined the LDS Church in Salt Lake City where he was associate conductor
of the Utah Symphony, debuted as Associate Conductor of the Charleston
Symphony Orchestra on Friday, September 29th. Ungrangsee expects to get a
lot of opportunity to conduct in Charleston since the orchestra's conductor
also conducts a group in Europe.
The Charleston Post and Courier's Lindsay Koob was impressed by Ungrangsee's
debut. "Maestro Ungrangsee conducted throughout with poise, panache and
skill - and his ensemble seemed eager to help him shine." The program
included Igor Stravinsky's Divertimento from his 1928 ballet "The Fair's
Kiss;" Camille Saint-Saens' "Africa Fantasy;" Mozart's "Rondo in A;" and
William Grant Still's Symphony 1, the "Afro-American."
Associate conductor shines at Sottile
Charleston SC Post and Courier 30Sep00 A2
By Lindsay Koob: Post and Courier reviewer
"One More River to Cross" Released
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Deseret News' Dennis Lythgoe called "One More
River to Cross" "impressive" in his short note on the book. The Bookcraft
title by BYU professor Margaret Blair Young and Genesis President Darius
Aidan Gray attempts to tell the story of the black pioneers that joined the
Mormon church in the 1800s, before the Church's ban on blacks holding the
priesthood was stated.
The book is told as a historical novel and is the first of a projected
three-volume trilogy, called "Standing on the Promises." The first volume
tells of the conversions of Elijah Abel and Jane Manning James, as well as
several others who joined the Church and traveled with the Mormon pioneers
Books: Leisure reading
Deseret News 29Sep00 A2
By Dennis Lythgoe
More about "One More River to Cross" at Amazon.com
Dutcher's Next Film: Brigham City
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- LDS Film maker Richard Dutcher has started filming
his next project, reportedly a dramatic thriller about the sheriff and LDS
bishop of a small Utah town named Brigham. Dutcher will star in the role of
the sheriff, and Matthew Brown, who played the lead role in "God's Army"
will play his deputy. Dutcher also brought in veteran actor Wilford Brimley
to play a mentor to the town's sheriff.
"Brigham City" will be filmed over the next four weeks in Dutcher's home
town of Mapleton, Utah and like "God's Army will be financed entirely from
local investors. "God's Army" has grossed more than $2.5 million and cost
just $240,000 to make. It has placed among the top 10 independently made US
films for the year.
What next? 'Brigham City'
Deseret News 29Sep00 A2
By Jeff Vice: Deseret News movie critic
Edmonton Reviewer says "God's Army" only for Devout
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA -- Edmonton Journal reviewer David Staples says
that "God's Army" will only appeal to LDS Church members, but then admits
that he enjoyed the film. As the film opened in Edmonton, Staples compared
it to the rock albums that only devoted fans purchase, calling it "too slow,
too corny, too earnest."
But interestingly, Staples interviews several LDS Church members, talking to
them about the film's honesty about the Mormon faith. This apparently lead's
Staples to qualify his negative opinion of the film in the end, saying about
Elder Allen's testimony-gaining prayer, "If you've ever had a religious
experience, such a moment will ring true, even if you're like me . . . ".
Only the devout will warm to new film on Mormons
Edmonton Alberta Canada Journal 3Oct00 A2
By David Staples: The Edmonton Journal
Popular film does tackle society's criticisms of faith head on, however
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