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By Rosemary Pollock

'Savior of the World' Premieres In New Conference Center Theater

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- "Savior of the World" will premiere Tuesday, November 28, at the new state-of-the-art Conference Center Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City. Utah fans will be part of the welcome party for the new 911 seat LDS Conference Center Theater that fills a void left almost four years ago by the closing of the Promised Valley Playhouse.

The new theater will be home to at least three LDS Church sponsored musical productions a year: a Christmas show, an Easter show and a summer show. Musical concerts and other productions will also be held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "We've had a lot of requests already," said Stephen Hall, theatre manager.

The new facility will be the third largest in downtown Salt Lake City after Abravanel Hall, which seats 2,800 and the Capitol Theatre, which seats 1,850. All 28 performances for "Savior of the World" sold out within a week. Due to popular demand the church will repeat "Savior of the World" for three weeks at Easter. "There were people calling in from all over the country," Hall said. Nominal fees of $4 to $7 are being charged to offset production costs.

"The church has a long history of encouraging cultural productions," said LDS Church spokesman Dale Kenneth Bills. "This [theatre] is a way of continuing that."


New Theater Helps Fulfill Musical Promise
Salt Lake Tribune 26Nov00 A1
By Brandon Griggs: Salt Lake Tribune


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