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LES MISÉRABLES
Jul 12 - Aug 9, 2014
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THE STUDENT PRINCE
Jul 11 - Aug 9, 2014
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OKLAHOMA!
Jul 10 - Aug 8, 2014
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VANESSA
Jul 9 - Aug 2, 2014
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8 HANDS 2 PIANOS
Jul 12, 2014
INT'L OPERA COMP.
Jul 15 & 29, 2014
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PIONEERS & PATRIOTS
Jul 22, 2014
OPERAFEST
Jul 29, 2014
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BEST OF BEETHOVEN
Aug 6, 2014
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HISTORY OF UFOMT

ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE

The Capitol Theatre was the principal venue and auditorium for Cache Valley performing arts for 30 years, but in the late 1950's live performances ceased and the theatre was allowed to deteriorate. The stage was empty and the orchestra pit silent. Lights dimmed in the auditorium and dirt and debris collected in the dressing rooms. The ornate murals and gilded plaster carvings were covered with burlaps; the frescoes and moldings were covered with a shroud of green paint. In 1988 the theatre was threatened with demolition.

The proposed plan came to the attention of Michael Ballam. Having sung in many of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, he knew the old Capitol Theatre, with its elaborate neoclassical ornamentation and superb acoustics, was a match for the least of them. He approached the owner, Eugene Needham, who generously donated the structure to the City of Logan.*

Once restoration efforts began, Ballam spearheaded the $6.5 million fund-raising effort. Hundreds of volunteers also caught the vision, donating thousands of hours of labor shoveling out the 15 tons of refuse that had accumulated backstage, uncovering the beautiful murals and decorative plaster carvings, and generally reversing decades of neglect. The stage and backstage were renovated to state-of-the-art theatrical capability and the orchestra pit was enlarged.

The Capitol's intricate neoclassical architecture was restored, and a piece of Utah history was preserved. Despite years of disregard and decay, a long-forgotten structure reclaimed its glory. The 1100 seat theatre reopened January 8, 1993 bearing the name of the daughter of Utah pioneers, wife of Utah industrialist David Eccles and one of Logan's prominent citizens, Ellen Eccles.


*The Ellen Eccles Theatre is owned by the City of Logan and managed and operated by Cache Valley Center for the Arts, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

 



DANSANTE BUILDING

Built in 1900, the Dansante Building has played a central role in the social life of the Cache Valley community for a century. For decades it served as the valley's premiere dance hall, hosting as many as 3,000 people on major holidays. If its walls could speak, they would echo laughter, music, and romance. Additionally, it has been used for a miniature golf course, roller rink, and clothes manufacturer. After years of decline, the proud old building was purchased by Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre. Thanks to generous anonymous donors, it has been fully renovated and expanded to a 45,000 sq. ft. facility that now houses the company's administrative offices, a 124-seat recital hall, practice rooms, rehearsal halls, and wig & makeup, prop, costume, and scene shops.
 



UTAH THEATRE

A gift to Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre from Larry H. Miller, the beautiful and renowned Utah Theatre in the heart of downtown Logan is currently under renovation. First known as the Roxy, this historic art deco theatre is ornately painted and is the only movie theatre with a balcony in town.

Once construction is completed you can look forward to exceptional world-class performances and original works on an expanded stage, including a built in orchestra pit and fly system, along with the beautifully restored Mighty Wurlitzer Organ donated by John and Nancy Schellkopf. You will also be able to relive some of the greatest films in history as we bring you classic movies on the big screen.

 


 
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