‘Book of Mormon’ slated at Schuster


By Gary Gregory - For the Courier



Monica L. Patton, David Larsen, Cody Jamison Strand in THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour


Photo by Joan Marcus, 2014.

DAYTON — Two young Mormon missionaries travel to Uganda with the goal of spreading the Mormon religion. That’s the premise of “The Book of Mormon,” the upcoming two-act musical that opens Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

Winner of nine Tony Awards, the touring satirical show, presented by the Victoria Theatre Association, pokes fun at religion, poverty, Aids, race and sex.

“Nothing’s sacred,” said David Larson, who portrays Elder Price, one of the two Mormon missionaries sent to an Ugandan tribe. “It pokes fun at anybody and anything.”

Larson, a graduate of Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, characterizes the production as a “fun show with some shock value.” Founded by cartoon’s ‘“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “The Book of Mormon” is intended for adult audiences.

The second Mormon missionary in the show is named Elder Cunnington, a socially awkward, shy man played by Cody Jamisin Strand. Both Strand and Larson have performed the leading roles in the touring show nationwide for more than a year.

“There’s a certain buzz about the show wherever we go, Larson said. “It’s what I call a great ride at poking fun at every aspect of life.”

The cast includes more than 30 actors who perform in more than a dozen numbers including “Turn It Off” and “Spooky Morning Hell Dream.”

“The Book of Mormon” is slated for eight shows at the Schuster from Aug. 18-23. For curtain times and reservations, call 228-3630.

Monica L. Patton, David Larsen, Cody Jamison Strand in THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/08/web1_BOOK_OF_MORMONR.jpgMonica L. Patton, David Larsen, Cody Jamison Strand in THE BOOK OF MORMON National Tour Photo by Joan Marcus, 2014.

By Gary Gregory

For the Courier

For curtain times and reservations, call 228-3630.

For curtain times and reservations, call 228-3630.