Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How It All Began

In 2013 Desert Star will be celebrating it’s 25 year anniversary.  Over that time it has been our pleasure to bring smiles and laughter to both young and old with our family-friendly entertainment.  Desert Star has grown a lot since it’s humble beginnings and while we get ready for our biggest season yet, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at how Desert Star began.  

In 1989, theater lovers Mike and Alyce Todd decided to take on the challenge of starting a live dinner theatre.  This was especially daunting because there had never been a successful dinner theatre in Salt Lake.  Several attempts had been made by others in the past to launch dinner theatres, and they were short-lived.  But Mike and Alyce had an idea for a different kind of theatre and hoped their attempt would be successful.  Their first show was produced at Pioneer Trail State Park (near This Is The Place Monument) as part of a wagon ride and chuck wagon dinner. 

They chose to produce a traditional melodrama, "The Sally Kathleen Claim." The evening also featured a short musical olio with the show. And so, Desert Star was born...under the stars.

Mike recalls the summer was not without mishaps. During one performance, a forest fire raged on the hillside near the show. A helicopter repeatedly filled its water tank from the pond just behind the stage. During another performance, the horses from the wagon ride were spooked and stampeded. But the show went on, and the adventure had begun.

When the summer ended, the Todds were not ready to let the curtain close. They began searching for an indoor venue to continue producing shows.

They looked at several locations in the Salt Lake area. One of these was the defunct Vista Theater. Their first reaction was that the building was "un-inhabitable." However, after looking at several other buildings, the Vista was clearly the best choice and a lease was soon signed.

“Many theaters are started by people who love to be on stage, and they start a theater because they want a place to perform. We are just the opposite,” Todd says.  “We are never onstage except to sweep the stage.” 

In the fall of 1989, "Flower of the South" opened, and the Vista was re-christened Desert Star Playhouse.  The old movie theater seats were replaced with tables and chairs. The old sloped floor however remained, making it a challenge for audience members to keep their drinks and popcorn from sliding off their tables! 

“We actually started Desert Star, as much as anything, as kind of a community service,” says Todd. “The product that we have here, we didn’t create it. It’s been around forever but there was nothing like it in Utah.”

The first show ran through the end of the year with the addition of a Christmas Olio in December. It was during this show that Desert Star favorite Mary Parker Williams made her first appearance.

The first full season opened in 1990 with "Calamity Jane." A year later, another favorite, Scott Holman, would join the ranks. Scott recalls in those days they frequently played to nearly empty houses. "People would call and ask, 'What time does your show start?' and we'd say, 'When can you get here?'"

“It was a lark, with the hope that it would become a business. And it did,” Todd says. “It started small and evolved one step at a time. We started by serving candy bars and bottled soda and eventually evolved into our large cabaret-style menu of gourmet food items.

Over the years Desert Star has enjoyed the fact that while wives may have to drag their husbands to the theater for their first visit, once they get here, the men love it and want to come back. 

“We’re the theater for people who think they don’t like live theater,” says Todd.  “One thing we said when we started was, ‘Find out what everyone else is doing, and don’t do that,’  A lot of what we do is Tim Conway, Carol Burnett-esque,” Todd says. “If you’re looking for serious drama, we’re not the place. If you’re looking to wear a suit and tie and a topcoat, we’re probably not the place. It’s casual, it’s laid back, but at the same time it’s quality; it’s professional.”

Desert Star has made a name for itself by producing original musical parodies with jokes aimed at the local culture and references to current events.  Its biggest hit—and record holder for the longest-running theatrical production in state history, “My Big Fat Utah Wedding,” is about a mixed marriage between a Mormon and a “Gentile.”  Actor ad-libs and skilled improvisation are part of Desert Star’s unique style and have made the theatre a can’t miss form of entertainment. Artistic Director Scott Holman said it best: “We always tell people that if it happened in the news today, you’ll probably see it on our stage tonight.” 

2013’s 25th anniversary season promises to bring big laughs and a year of fun for the entire family.  Don’t miss a single show!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Have A Big Fat Utah Christmas This Holiday Season!

Utah theatergoers are in for a special treat this Christmas season.  We are producing a holiday sequel to our biggest hit with the new comedy “My Big Fat Utah Christmas.”  The show opens November 15, and promises wacky characters, big laughs and plenty of holiday cheer for the whole family.

In 2005-‘06, Desert Star Playhouse set the record for the longest running theatrical production in Utah history with it’s blockbuster comedy “My Big Fat Utah Wedding,” which ran for 18 months.  Now we have written a holiday sequel.

"My Big Fat Utah Christmas” is both hilarious and heartwarming.  This show starts with a typical Utah family that wants to have a good old fashioned Christmas, and help their young children learn the true meaning of Christmas.  Mitch and Dana McLaughlin decide to host a family reunion for Mitch's long-estranged family, hoping to bring them together again. But when his weird and wacky relatives start crowding into their home, it turns into a Big, Fat Utah Christmas!  To make matters worse, a pair of sneaky burglars show up posing as Mitch’s long-lost cousins.  Of course, it all turns into a tale of hilarity, hijinks and happy endings!

It's always busy at Desert Star during the holidays so hurry to reserve you tickets today

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Get A Backstage Look At Wicked-er!

Join Richie T in this sneak peek of Desert Star's hit comedy "Wicked-er: Its' Not Easy Being Green." Meet the actors and find out what this hilarious new show is all about.

Tickets are selling fast!  Hurry to get great seats for the Wednesday evening and Saturday 11:30 matinee performances!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Here's What Audiences Are Saying About Wicked-er

One of the best  I've seen.  I laughed hard and thought it was a clever script.
– Louise Miner, Layton

I really  enjoyed Wicked ER. I took a gal there for our first date and she loved it too.  What a great first date and the show was super.
– Kim Walden, Magna

We all loved it and thought it was hysterical.  We loved the olio just as much.  Our plans are to come back again!
– Audra Hinckley, Salt Lake City

It was fun as always.  The cast was very engaging and it was a fun play to attend
– Annette Egan, West Jorda

My 15 and 13 year old sons had a great time and are begging to attend the Christmas show.  Thank you for a good night!
– Dianne Kordas, Sandy

Wicked-er was great. In fact it was "Wicked-ly" fantastic! We have been coming to Desert Star since the beginning and this show was really up to D.S. standards.
– Sharon Taufer, South Jordan

The show was fantastic and the food service was the best we had. We decided to get season tickets for next year!
– Elizabeth Anderson, Kaysville

Every performer was incredible in wicked-er.  I don't know how they do it. Love the green witch best of all--she was perfect for the role. 
– Mike Vaughan, Riverton

Excellent show! I've never seen wicked, but my guess is this version has more laughs. Loved to see some new faces with the actors and actresses.
– Jason Stanley, West Valley City

We LOVED the show! Great singing, fabulous parody, characters and facial expressions. We have told all our friends and family about it and we are returning next Monday night 
– Robyn Buckwalter, Herriman

We had a lot of fun,very funny,I,we love the theatre,and this play was another hit for me and my family, 
– Johanna Loveridge, West Jordan

We have enjoyed coming to Desert Star.  It is nice to get away and enjoy a little comic relief.  Your actors are very talented.  
– Janet Litster, North Salt Lake

We had a great time, loved it. My niece was her visiting and she thought it was greatLoved the costumes.
– Vicky Duffy, Salt Lake City

It was our first time to the Playhouse but it certainly won't be our last. We had a great time and enjoyed the show. 
– Barbara Schultz, Kaysville

I thought the actors were wonderful  I have told all my friends and family to come to the show. 
– Dale Jakins, Layton

Great, as usual....  the actors are always superb in the roles you cast them in.....  what a great crew.
– Linda Furbush, Holladay

We loved it.  It is one of our favorite ones we have sceen.
Great job!
– Kathy Calder, Kearns

It was great, we had a lot of fun, and laughed a lot.  I love the Desert Star. Thank you:)Glad it had just a great twist from Wicked!
– Connie Schulz, Salt Lake City

The show was fun, but we especially enjoyed the musical time after the show.  The pizza was good, and our server was especially nice. thanks.
– Evelyn Palmer, Morgan

Awesome show. We bought our 2013to season tickets that same night.  Keep up the great work.
– John Bridgman, Dugway

LOVED IT!!!  It was very entertaining & a fun atmosphere.  I also loved the end when everyone came out & sang more.
– Juli Beesley, West Point

We enjoyed Wicked-er very much.  We have season ticks and like this one the best so far.
– Bob & Sue Quinn, Centerville

We have seen Wicked so it was fun to see it as a comedy.  The sandwich was delicious and the fries fantastic - so yummy!  
– Suzan Loveland, Ogden

We are definitely going to attend again and have recommended it to everyone we know!!! 
– Toni Smith, Monroe

The show was really fun.  We always have a great time with you!
– Jill Anderson, Holladay

It was good to just laugh!  Thanks for all you did to make that happen!
– Kristin Garret, Ogden

Wicked-er is another great show that shouldn't be missed! Our teenagers especially loved all the pop-culture references snuck into this one! Last year we made the big mistake of not buying season tickets. Our kids let us know loud and clear how much they missed coming to every single show. Desert Star is one family tradition we plan to keep!
– Abel Family, Bountiful

It was in our top few productions -- loved the Olio, espcially Oh Tooele, and Old Man Obama.
– Sandra Powell, Ogden

My wife and I enjoyed the show. We laughed and especially enjoyed the facial expressions of the "wicked green witch." It was a fun show! The food was good too!
– Jesse Atkinson, Kamas

"Wicked-er" was my first experience at Desert Star and I absolutely loved it!  I thought the performers did a great job - even when they had to improvise the cell phone thing etc..  I very much enjoyed my experience and plan to return in the future.
– Natalie Green, Orem

Great play and the performance afterwards was even better.
– Teri Forsyth, South Jordan

We loved the show!  The actors were hilarious and  our favorite part was when they messed up on their line! When they go off on tangents ect-it makes us laugh! I loved our seats and the interaction with the cast we got! I also loved that the olio is now funny also! Thanks again for a memorable evening!
– Jessica Birkeland, Salt Lake City

The Show was amazing and fun!  Talk about a cool twist-er on a great classic! From the story and Jokes to the awesome cast I would recommend this show to anyone old and young alike. Great for the whole family. Thank you for an excellent night of entertainment!
– Blair Bullock, Salt Lake City

I've never seen Wicked, so wasn't sure how I would enjoy your Wicked-er.  Well I loved it.  It was a lot of fun and I laughed and enjoyed the whole play from the start until the end of the Olio!  Great time will be had by all that attend.  I will be going to see it again.
– Laurie Allgood, Kearns

Always love the show. We are from Butte, Mt and we make it a point to see your show atleast yearly. We love it!
– Chad Lacey, Butte

Wickeder is the best Desert Star show I've seen in the last few years.  I really enjoyed it!
– Joel Wilkins, Murray

Fantastic show. We had a great time. Love the professional scripts and actors.
– Matt Johnson, Salt Lake City

Loved the play and the atmospherre. Looking forward to Phantom.
– Matt Queen, Idaho Falls

My family and I have loved every performance that we have seen at the Desert Star and the latest one is right up there with all of the rest. Been Season tickets holders for the last six years. Keep us laughing we enjoy every minute.
– Melvin Ballard, Riverton

I really enjoyed the show. Costumes were great; the few improvs were good. All in all it was a fun and funny show!
– Glenda Ryser

It was a belly laugher!  I especially liked the Sheldon and Swarshnegar characters!  Great show!
– Kathy

It was hilarious, and the olio was great too! We brought a Desert Star "newbie" with us and he is interested in getting season tickets! We've been season ticket holders for about 8 years now and are always looking forward to the next show.
– Allison Heiner, Draper

We had a great time and look forward to coming again
– Myron Ring, Cedar Valley

wicked-er was wicked funny.  had a guest from california and he enjoyed himself immensely.  am looking forward to the next production.
William Maine Midvale

We love all the productions so much, and this one was no exception!  Laughs galore and just a wonderful, fun evening!!
– Samadhi Ishaya, West Valley City

We LOVED it. So funny. I have told everyone at work and family that they have to see it.  Thanks for a great time!!
– Becky Morril, Syracuse

Come see this hilarious comedy yourself!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2013 Season Tickets On Sale Now!

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Desert Star Playhouse.  To celebrate this landmark, we have put together a season of shows for 2013 that includes parodies of several blockbusters movies, a bestselling book, and a Christmas classic.  Season tickets are on sale now for the general public.

Our slogan is “It’s Always Fun At Desert Star,” and this season guarantees laughs for the whole family.  Watch this video to get a sneak peek at the hilarious line-up for 2013.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The 4 Chord Medley Video Is Here!

You asked for it and here it is!  Enjoy this video of our extremely popular "4 Chord" medley from our last show!  Make sure to share it with your family and friends.

For more great comedy, visit Desert Star Playhouae!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Announcing Our 25th Anniversary Season!

Desert Star Playhouse announces its 2013 anniversary season of hilarious shows. With a line-up that includes parodies of Hollywood blockbusters, book series phenomenon  and a Broadway classic, there will be laughs for the whole family. Season tickets go on sale August 28th for current season ticket holders and September 18th to the general public.

For 25 years Desert Star Playhouse has been producing one-of-a-kind musical comedies and this season is no exception.  Our 2013 season will have something for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate 25 years of family fun.  Here is a sneak peek at the hilarious 2013 season of shows. 

Science Fiction geek Walter gets a “Dear John” from his fiance because he spends too much time fantasizing about "Star Wars" and "Lord of the  Rings."  Now Walter must journey to Middle-Earth with a zany band of misfits to return balance to the the world...and his girlfriend.  Come along on this hilarious adventure to find out if Walter can defeat the Dark Lord Sharon and become a hero to couch potatoes everywhere.

 The Broadway musical of "Les Miz" is world renowned for its incredible music, operatic singing and dramatic storyline. Our version is just like that... only laugh-out-loud funny! Even if you've never seen the Broadway musical, we guarantee you’ll enjoy our hilarious comedic version of this classic tale! The story centers around Jean Levi-Jean, a man who was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, and Inspector Javert, the obsessive constable who hounds him after he breaks parole. With funny songs, outrageous French accents, and lots of humor, it’s fun for the whole family.

Next Summer, Disney is releasing it’s next blockbuster, “The Lone Ranger”--from the same team that brought you "Pirates of the Caribbean," and starring--you guessed it--Johnny Depp.  We're pumped!  If you haven’t seen pictures online of Johnny dressed as Tonto with a bird nesting on his head, you've already missed a good laugh!  Desert Star is ready to poke fun at this classic cowboy and indian team in "The Lone Stranger."  Don’t miss our hilarious version!

 The futuristic book series and the blockbuster movie have captured the imagination of young and old alike!  Desert Star has also caught the fever and our imagination has been running wild.  Now, this popular story is about to get a Desert Star makeover.  Let’s face it, the subject matter of the original may be too dark for general audiences, but Desert Star is all about family fun!  Our all-new comedy promises to feed your hunger for laughs and have the entire family rolling in the aisles.

Have you ever wondered what happened to Ebenezer Scrooge after he decided to reform?  You’ll find out in this hilarious new chapter of the Christmas classic.  A vengeful Bob Cratchit wants to repay Scrooge for the years of misery he suffered.  With the help of his spoiled son, Tiny Tim, he plans to destroy Scrooge’s business. Belle, Scrooge’s old flame, becomes an unwitting pawn in Cratchit’s evil plans.  Now it’s up to Spirits of Christmas to save the day!  Filled with music, wacky characters and heartfelt moments, it’s the perfect entertainment for the holiday season! 

Call 801-266-2600 to renew your tickets today!

Conjuring Up A Wickeder New Parody

What if Vanna White went to Oz and became even more wicked than the Wicked Witch of the West? That’s the premise behind Wicked-er: It’s Not Easy Being Green, Desert Star’s new comedy opening August 30! With a new villain in town, the Wicked Witch must team up with her former enemies to battle their new foe.
Vanna White, the glamorous letter-turner from Wheel of Fortune, finds herself in Oz after an explosion blows her dressing room Over the Rainbow! She starts out much like Dorothy, getting the ruby sneakers and setting off in search of the Emerald City.  But things change when she leaves the Yellow Brick Road and follows her GPS system. Then Vanna learns how to control the ruby sneakers, and she becomes even wickeder than the Wicked Witch! Now the witches of Oz must join forces to defeat Vanna before she takes over their kingdom.

Here is the talented cast for this all new comedy

Vanna White Corinne Adair, Michelle Smith

Glinda – Ashley Haslam, Carlie Christofferson

Tabitha – Kelly Clifton, Camee Faulk

Sheldon Cooper – Corey Brandenbutger, Andrew Nadon

Zach Galifinakis – Jeff Jensen, Adam Griffith

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Rick Miller, Matthew Mullaney

Pat Sajak and many others – Bryan Dayley, Tyrus Williams

Get Your Tickets Today!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

We get lots of questions here at Desert Star.  Our patrons are always asking what happened to their favorite actor, who writes our shows, and many other questions.  We thought it would be fun to begin answering the most common questions here.  So, we now introduce to you the Frequently Asked Questions feature on our blog.  We will periodically answer a few of these questions to give you a behind-the-scenes look at Desert Star Playhouse.

Do I need to see the original (movie, TV show, etc.) to understand your parody?

Uncle Cosmo helping with Family Home Evening
(David Martin)
No, we have received this question a lot in regards to our upcoming show "Wicked-er: It's Not Easy Being Green" so we thought we'd answer it for everyone.  Our shows are stand alone comedies and you never need to see the original to fully enjoy a show at Desert Star. For 25 years Desert Star Playhouse has produced parodies of Hollywood movies, hit TV shows, and the biggest hits on Broadway.  There’s  something for everyone regardless of whether you’ve seen the original show we’re parodying or not. 

Much of the comedy in our shows isn't based on the original story.  Jokes about current events, local sports teams, and pop culture often make their way into our productions.  Another thing that makes our shows fun is that the actors are allowed to improvise or change their lines.  This adds a fun feeling that “anything can happen” during the show.  

Why are there neckties hanging from the ceiling in the Dinner Theatre lobby?

The neckties date back to a fun tradition of the old Desert Star Steakhouse. The Steakhouse used to operate where the Dinner Theatre is now located. It was well known by our patrons for its delicious steak dinners and Western atmosphere. Because the restaurant had a casual atmosphere, if a guest came in wearing a necktie, the servers would cut it off with a large pair of shears and hang it from the ceiling as a “trophy.” As our guests became familiar with this tradition, they would deliberately wear ugly neckties to the Steakhouse just to see them cut off and hung from the ceiling. The victim’s name and the date that each trophy was claimed can be found on each necktie. One of our most prized "trophies" is a necktie one of our customers fashioned out of metal to try and prevent our servers from cutting it off. It is currently hanging in on the back wall of the Dinner Theatre.

What happened to our favorite actor?
We frequently get requests from our patrons to bring back their favorite actor.  Such a request implies that the actor is no longer working here because Desert Star won’t cast them.  That’s rarely true.  
Cruella Addams (Heather Ferguson)
If you’ve seen an actor in enough shows for them to become your favorite, that means we like them too.  If you haven’t seen them on our stage in a while, it’s most likely their choice.  It’s disappointing to us too when a talented actor decides to take a break.  They do it for a variety reasons.  Sometimes it's for a wedding, or health issues, and to do a show somewhere else.   Happily, these actors will frequently return later on, and we we’re delighted when one of the old gang decides to come back.

For example in our current show, "The Addams Family Home Evening," the part of Cruella Addams is played by two familiar faces that have been absent for over a year.  Heather Ferguson and Julie Heaton have returned after taking some time off and we are glad to have them back.

Can I do a marriage proposal at Desert Star?
Getting engaged is one of the most important events in person’s life, and we’re honored when one of our patrons wants to make Desert Star part of that special memory.  Not only that, but our audiences love being a part of this thrilling moment.  
If you want to propose to that special someone at Desert Star, here’s how it works: We’ll create an opportunity during our “birthdays and anniversaries” intermission to get you and your intended-fiancĂ© on stage in front of the entire audience.  If you wish, you can arrange to have flowers brought from off stage.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to say a few words and pop the big question while receiving thunderous applause from the audience.  
Due to time constraints, we’re unable to permit special songs, skits, prerecorded music, friends on stage, or other elaborate things that would lengthen out the proposal.  
If you’d like to have your proposal at Desert Star, contact the box office at (801)-266-2600 at least a week in advance to make arrangements.

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Wilder And Spookier Addams Family Trailer

Take a closer look inside the Addams Family's kooky home.  This all-new trailer feature never-before-seen bonus footage and a second look at this hilarious, yet spooky, family!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Sneak Peek At The Addams Family Home Evening

It’s silly, it's kooky, it's monstrous family fun !  “The Addams Family Home Evening” is now playing at Desert Star Playhouse.  Check out out this video trailer and get a sneak peek at this wacky family as they attempt the Utah ritual of Family Home Evening.  

Don't miss your chance to see this drop dead comedy.
Click here to get your tickets today!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Audiences Agree "The Addams Family Home Evening!" Is A Hit!

This mash-up of Monsters and Mormons has been a smash hit!  Here's what some our guests are saying about this all new comedy.

This was one our most favorite shows so farVery entertaining, funny, and clever! Lucinda Milne (Murray)
Great fun -- loved the zany plot and characters! Lora Beth Brown (Orem)
We thoroughly enjoyed the performance. While most of your shows are good, this one was a cut above the rest. And the oleo was also great and better than many. – Steven Hunt (SLC)
I enjoyed this show very much! Bob the head was my favorite character and caused me to laugh heartily. Even more, I enjoyed the performance after the show! It was really amazing what they did with the 4 chords on the guitar!!! I am very impressed with the talent that is displayed by your theater group. Thanks again! – Kelly Morris (SLC)
My party and I thoroughly enjoy the show.  The cast worked wonderfully together, the humor was great. We also loved the olio.  Keep up the great work. – Wendy
I thought it was great and very funny. I've been to several shows this year and have enjoyed every one. Thank you for your efforts in putting these shows on.  My family and I enjoy them very much.
 Thanks again – Tracey Whitaker (Lehi)
Loved the show. Grew up watching the Adam's Family on TV. Enjoyed how the play had that Desert Star tweak in the characters. Going to recommend this play to friends.  Loved the olio as much as the play. Everyone did a great job! – Denise Radmall (American Fork)
Loved it!  Very funny.  Great cast. – Leslie Kesten (Sandy)
We have seen a number of your shows over the years. This was one of the best. The actors were great and Wow their voices! It was a win-win evening. Thank you. – Eileen Redington (Murray)
We thought the show was great! We took the in-laws for their first time and they really enjoyed it!  I love the Desert Star. – Lynzee Coombs (West Jordan)
Loved it!  We laughed so hard at Cosmo and Bob! They were so funny. We always look forward to going to Desert Star. We are season ticket holders for over 15 years and it is always worth the wait.  You guys just keep outdoing yourselves. Thanks for all the laughs over the years. – Shonna Clift
My wife and I loved it! It was fun, funny, and the actors were great! We loved everything about it. One new thing we thought was great was in the oleo where the guys used four chords to sing a ton of songs. That was awesome! Thanks for putting on a great show! – Jordan Ackerman (Provo)

We really enjoyed the show. The play was silly but fun. The music program following the play was wonderful. We hated to see it end and are already looking forward to the next one. Our thanks go to all the performers and staff. – Frank Rudy (Murray)
I enjoyed it.  Very funny lines and actions.  Loved the music, but that's always my favorite part.  Great musical talent.  I always love the oleos.  Thanks for another great time. – Marjorie Hansen (Murray)
The show was excellent!  My girlfriend and I laughed hard and were very impressed by the quality. The actors were great, the show was clean and fun, and the peach lemonade was delicious!  Couldn't have asked for more! – Griffin Mansell (SLC)
The play was absolutely wonderful! 
We all had a great time! – Maria Justice (WVC)
We enjoyed the show.  Funny and witty as usual. We have now got most of our adult children coming to your shows as well.  I just wish I could come every weekend to a different play. – Doug & Carol Woolsey (West Jordan)
The performance was great.  My two sisters, a friend, and myself all enjoyed the show.  It was funny, well written, and all around a good time. We really enjoyed the skits and songs that the actors do after the play.  – Bradley Hintze (WVC)
Your staff is very professional and they saw that our event went smoothly (we had 50 folks). Your staff never acted put out when you asked questions. Our group sure enjoyed the play!  Personally, I want to come back with my spouse.  I have already referred Desert Star to many!  Thanks! – Twila Calder (SLC)
My daughter and I had a great experience from start to finish. The piano player is fun! Our server was sweet. The actor's are amazing! They had us laughing a lot! We thought it was great how they interacted with us. Then to top it off they entertained us with a well put together musical piece at the end. We will be going back to the Desert Star! – Joanna Gafa (Midvale)
We have had season tickets for a few years and this was one of our favorites. – Julie Haltinner (Farmington)
We really enjoyed the play and entertainment.  We had two of our grandaughters with us.  It was a first time for both of them.  They put away four tubs of popcorn. – Vearl Jensen (Midvale)
Found it great entertainment   Love Desert Star. One of my favorites. Thanks Deseret Star Players! – Johney Katich (Layton)
It was a fun show,  one of the funniest I have seen lately.  We loved the Olio, especially the guys and the guitar.  It was hilarious.  We always really enjoy the Desert Star! – Janet B. (Payson)
I loved this show.  You had me laughing from start to  finish.  Thanks for the good time. – Judy Fowler (Tooele)

See the show everyone is talking about!

Absolutely loved it! Great jokes, fantastic cast, talented voices. One of the better plays! It was very professional!  --Karrie Wardell (S. Jordan)


Best show in years, on par with Big Fat Utah Wedding, CSI Provo and Slurpee Doo. The Olio was terrific as well, especially the amazing 4 note number.  --Melissa Brian (SLC)

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the show.  We greatly appreciate the clean, family-oriented environment.  We will definitely return to see another show!  --Brad Davis (Taylorsville)
We enjoyed the show and especially enjoyed the Olio! We always walk out of there with a smile on our faces. Your staff is the bomb!  --Merlin & Debbie Thomas (West Valley City)  
The best show of the year so far. Keeps you laughing throughout. Will be back to see again for sure.  -- Melvin Ballard (Riverton)
We thought it was one of your best.  Even my husband laughed out loud (and thats a rare occurence)!  We also enjoyed seeing new faces...some great singing voices!  Thanks for keeping us entertained for 17+ years!  --Jerald and Sherrie Boseman 
We completely enjoyed this show. The story line was fun, the humor was hilarious, and we were entertained from start to finish.  We also really enjoyed the oleo afterwards, especially the guys guitar number!  This will be a hard one to top...but we hope you try!-- Ronna Hunter (Farmington)
I am a season ticket holder and this one was great!  It was so funny and the actors are A+.  Cannot wait to see the next one!  -- Elizabeth Kelson (Sandy)
Excellent show! One of the best this year. I'm so glad we've made the decision to be season ticket holders for several years. Best money we could have spent. Keep up the good work cast and crew! You're doing a fantastic job keeping us all entertained.  -- Jason Stanley (West Valley City)
Awesomely Non-stop Entertaining. Thank you for the smiles and laughs.  --Tiffany and Jack McGilvery (Midvale)
We loved the show. It was filled with great jokes and took shots at all of us.  We enjoy the humor and love feeling uplifted and happy when we leave. The acting was great and we even love it when someone forgets a line or goofs up.  Keep up the wonderful performances - we will be back too!! -- John & Mary Gardner (Sandy)
LOVED IT!!!!!  Was a little skeptical about the new actors, but they were FANTASTIC!!!  We loved the show.  We also really enjoyed the Summer Olio, especially the 4 chord guitar medley, that was brilliant!  Thanks for always entertaining us. -- Wendy Stapel (West Jordan)

This was one of our all time favorites.  All the gags were fresh as well as the story line.  Also thought the OLEO was one of the best.  Thanks for an entertaining evening.  "

-- Jill Anderson (Holladay)
I really enjoyed this show. And I REALLY liked the Olio. It was one of the best. I have 10 season tickets that I gave to my married kids for Christmas. We love making these shows a family affair, and my kids tell me this is one of the best Christmas gifts ever.-- Bruce Newbold (Sandy)
My husband and I brought our daughter to the play for her birthday.  We all had a ball.  It was absolutely the best.  We laughed so hard.  We have recommended the theater to several friends & family members. THANKS!  -- Julie Wood (Heber)
This show was entertaining from beginging to end. The cast was hilarious and the kept things moving right along like they always do. We also enjoyed a pizza Milano while we are there, it is our favorite. Great entertainment, service, and food all wrapped into one -- Kim Overdiek (West Valley City)

 We thought it was a lot of fun.  Our grandkids loved it, too.  -- Diane Carling (SLC)

The play seemed to move much quicker than other ones I have seen at DST. I simply loved it. Best olio to date! (especially the guys during the guitar chords song) LOVED IT

-- Celeste Randall (South Jordan)
We thought The Addams Family Home Evening was great, one of the funniest shows Desert Star has done in a long time. -- Greg Shoop (Sandy)
Very funny!!  Loved everything about it.  -- Jennifer Nielson (West Jordan)
We had a great time! Everything was excellent from the show to our server. Our party all had a wonderful time. Thank you.  -- Tim Fountain (West Jordan)

Loved the play. Funny as usual. Great, fun, clean entertainment!!! We've been season ticket holders for over 15 years!! We look forward to every play of the season!  Absolutely loved the Olio! That "four chord" skit was the best!!  I'd pay to just see/hear that again!! Hilarious! I usually leave the theater in tears...from laughing so hard!!!  -- Dianne Faurschou (Taylorsville)

We absolutely loved the Addams Family Home Evening.  It was very funny as always and we enjoyed a night out together laughing.  THANKS DESERT STAR THEATER!!!  -- Lisa and Jeffrey Jensen

This was a very well-done and funny show.  It had several unexpected twists that left me almost rolling on the floor.  -- Larry Eggett (Riverton)

The show was great!  We enjoyed a nice evening out in a relaxed environment.  The entertainers were first class, the wait staff was friendly, and we felt like part of the family when we left.  I would definitely come again and recommend your business and the Adam's Family Home Evening" show to my friends.  -- Kenneth Woods (SLC)