September 24, 2016

Saturday’s Voyeur 2013

Saturday's Voyeur

Salt Lake Acting Company’s annual reprisal of Saturday’s Voyeur runs now through September

One of the best-known traditions in Utah is Salt Lake Acting Company’s annual production of Saturday’s Voyeur. This year’s run begins June 26. In its 35th year, the musical satire is annually customized to reflect the state’s current events.

Cynthia Fleming, co-executive producer of this year’s Saturday Voyeur, explained that no other theatrer company has a production such as this. One reason is that most plays take two to seven years to write, but Salt Lake Acting Company has two ambitious playwrights who take on the task each year. Nancy Borgenicht and Allen Nevins work hard right up until the performance debuts.

“There are changes even to the last minute,” Fleming explains.

Saturday’s Voyeur began as a spoof of Saturday’s Warrior, a Latter-Day Saint play. The satirical production is not only a reflection of Utah culture, but has grown into part of the state’s identity in its own right.

“The community owns it. They truly do. It’s their play,” says Fleming.

If you have not been part of the tradition until now, you can certainly still enjoy the play, Fleming adds. “Even if you haven’t seen it before, I think that you don’t have to be afraid that you’re not going to get it.”

The musical has been called irreverent with references to “Latter Gay Scouts,” “flirting to convert” and the like. Thousands of Utahns attend each season, making it a “summer ritual,” according to Fleming.

If you plan to attend, expect some lighthearted fun and feel free to bring food. “It’s just a party and a play,” she adds.

Fleming has been involved with the production for many years, along with many cast and staff members. It’s an event to which both talent and fans like to return. Saturday’s Voyeur runs until September 1.

 

For ticket details or other information, visit saltlakeactingcompany.org