BYU Department of Theatre performs “Mary Stuart,” a play about Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I of England. (Photo by BYU Photo)

All eyes (or many) are turned towards basketball for the NCAA Tournament. For when you need a break from the busted brackets, here are a few local events to add variety to your weekend.

“Mary Stuart”

You’re invited to a royal affair. BYU’s production of “Mary Stuart” tells the story of two queens: Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I of England. The historically based play begins with Mary Stuart in prison. Her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, is being pressured to sign Mary’s death warrant as Mary’s supporters are instigating uprisings across England and Scotland.

When: March 9-24 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Margetts Theatre, UVU
Cost: $10-$15
Site: arts.byu.edu

Kid’s Science Palooza

This is a Utah event 65 million years in the making. Embark on a prehistoric journey at the Provo Recreation Center. Try out your paleontologist skills in the fossil dig, watch the animal show and learn about dinosaur descendants. Plus, each child will receive a dinosaur swag bag.

When: March 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Provo Recreation Center
Cost: $5 per kid (under 18); adult free with paid child; 2 and under free
Site: provo.org

“The Unsinkable Molly Brown”

The Titanic might be able to sink, but nothing can bring down optimistically buoyant Molly Brown. Rising above her impoverished beginnings, Molly Brown marries a lucky prospector and finds her way in this musical about real-life exploits. The musical is performed by the SCERA’s award-winning high school company, Acting UP.

When: March 16-30 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: SCERA
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for children
Site: scera.org

Lucky Laces 5K + Fitness Fair

It’s the luck of the Irish and Utah Valley runners this St. Patrick’s Day. University Place is hosting a free 5K and fitness fair. (That makes the hard part remembering to wear green.) The event will feature a non-competitive 5K through the mall, free health screenings by Revere Health, interactive exhibits by local health and fitness companies, demonstrations, and more.

When: March 17 at 8–11 a.m.
Where: University Place next to Swig
Cost: FREE
Site: universityplaceorem.com

“Barefoot in the Park”

This comedic 1960s play follows Corie and Paul Bratter, an ill-suited newly wed couple. The two live on the (deep breath) fifth floor of a run-down NYC apartment building. As a handful of colorful characters visit this opposites-attract couple’s home, shenanigans ensue.

When: Feb. 22 – March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Covey Center for the Arts
Cost: $14–$16
Site: provo.org

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