A new online soap opera, Proper Manors, has Utah bubbling about the surge of star power in Ogden. Familiar faces from daytime television include Hunter Gomez, Guy Nardulli and Anne Sward who are regulars on the Ogden-based show.
Hunter Gomez, center, on the set of "Proper Manors." Photo by Emily Roth Hurst
All the stops are being pulled out for the international debut of Proper Manors on May 29.
“It’s going to be a red carpet premiere, and from what I’ve been told, it’s the first to happen in Ogden,” says producer Orion Hansen.
Attendees will get to rub elbows with cast members at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre, participate in a Q&A with show creators Pietro D’Alessio and Jef Phillips, and watch a screening of the first episode. The plot follows a group of recent high school graduates as they start to discover that adults in the small town of Proper have a hidden agenda.
Hansen reveals some events that happen in the show actually happened to D’Alessio or Phillips. He frequently reads the scripts and wonders about which parts are fact and which parts are fiction. Proper Manors may have been inspired by real-life events but some of its influences are rooted in dark fiction. “It’s very fascinating in that it’s a mix between Twin Peaks and The Sopranos," Hansen says.
After the premiere the festivities continue at an after party at Soul & Bones, a restaurant where several scenes in the show have been filmed. Revelers can enjoy a Cajun style barbeque and a cash bar.
The premier runs from 6–9 p.m. Tickets cost $11 online and $15 at the door. They can be purchased at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre in person, through Smith Tix or online at propermanors.tv.
The after party starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and must be purchased online at propermanors.tv. They will be unavailable after May 22. Proceeds from both events will go toward filming and production of the show.
Note: The premier episode contains strong themes and sexual content and is intended for mature audiences only.