Thursday’s Entertainment

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    THEATER — MUSICAL: “The Christmas Box,” a new musical based on the popular Richard Paul Evans novel, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Fine Arts Center’s Pardoe Theatre. It tells the story of a man’s struggle to balance his family, work and personal life, and was written by faculty members Eric Samuelsen and Murray Boren. Rodger Sorensen directed it. Tickets tonight and Thursday are $5 general and $4 with student ID; prices go up to $10 and $5 Friday. Call 378-HFAC for more information or tickets.

    THEATER: This week’s student-produced one-act Mask Club play is “A Bench at the Edge,” by Luigi Jannuzzi. The director is Kristi Kirkland. Performances are at 1, 2 and 4 p.m. in the Harris Fine Arts Center’s Nelke Experimental Theatre. Admission is free.

    THEATER — DRAMA: BYU’s production of “Little Women: Part First,” based on the first half of the classic American novel, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Fine Arts Center’s Margetts Theatre. The play was written by graduate student Alisha Watts Christiansen and directed by Carrie Morgan. Tickets are $9 general, $7 with student ID. Call 378-HFAC for more information.

    THEATER — COMEDY: The Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, will present Noel Coward’s classic comedy “Blithe Spirit” at 8 p.m. It’s the story of a man whose dead first wife haunts him and his new wife. Hilarity ensues. The show runs through Saturday. Tickets are $5-$7; call 226-8600 for more information.

    THEATER — MUSICAL: “Trail of Dreams,” a new musical about the pioneers’ trek westward, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at the Valentine Theater, one block northwest of the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. Admission is $8.50 in advance, $10 at the door. Group discounts are available. Call 492-1847 for more information or reservations.

    MOVIES — INTERNATIONAL CINEMA: Three films are playing at International Cinema, 250 SWKT, this week, but only two have showtimes today. “A Mongolian Tale” (1996, 103 minutes) is described thusly: “A friendship between an orphan and a grandmother’s daughter grows into love, but when they are split apart, solace is found in a guitar and a black horse.” We couldn’t summarize it any better. It’s in Mongolian with English subtitles; showtimes today are 3:15 and 8:15 p.m. “The Makioka Sisters” (1985, 148 minutes) is the story of four women and their ways of coping with tradition, family and their own needs in the time prior to World War II. It’s in Japanese with English subtitles; showtime today is 5:15 p.m. “Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors” will play Friday and Saturday, along with these two films. Admission to all shows is free with IC card; $1 without.

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