"As happy prologues to the swelling act."

The Greenshow

Join the fun each night before the play begins. The Greenshow is lighthearted and free for the entire family.

Unwind before the play at The Greenshow, a free thirty-minute frolic of song, dance, laughter, Elizabethan sweets, and just plain fun. Find a place to relax on the lawn or mingle in the courtyard as you prepare for that evening’s mainstage production. The Greenshow offers three different shows: Irish, English, and Italian.

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Backstage Tour

Props, costumes, scenery, and lights are all a part of these tours backstage at the Festival.

Peek behind the scenery and into the Festival’s various production areas to see how all the enchantment comes together. Tours are at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from July 12 to October 22, 2016; and at 11 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays from October 1 to 31. Tickets are regularly $8. Group and school rates are available.

Participants must negotiate stairs.

Repertory Magic

Witness the fascinating and well-choreographed scene change process between a matinee and an evening show, and ask questions as it happens.

One of the most magical (and difficult) aspects of repertory theatre is the twice-a-day change-over. Lighting, scenery, props, costume, and sound technicians must hurry to change everything from the matinee show to the evening show. It is a fascinating and well-choreographed process. Now, you can witness the scene change, and ask questions as it happens!

Repertory Magic is every Monday and Thursday, July 11 to September 1, 2016; and every Friday following the matinee from September 16 to October 14, 2016, in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.

Tickets are regularly $8. Group and school rates are available.

Literary Seminars

You won't want to miss these invigorating morning discussions under the trees.

Ace G. Pilkington (left) and Nancy Melich, conduct a Literary Seminar in the Grove.

Ace G. Pilkington (left) and Nancy Melich, conduct a Literary Seminar in the Grove.

If you have ever wanted to share your views about Festival plays, their interpretation, and subtle nuances (or to hear the views of others), the Literary Seminar is for you. Theatre scholars (with play directors and actors joining in at times) lead the discussions, allowing audience members to engage in a lively give-and-take where everyone learns.

Funded in part by Utah Humanities and sponsored by Larry and Tina Howard.

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Production Seminars

Props, costumes, and actors: you can get to know all of them better at these free daily seminars.

Ben Hohman, Festival props director, conducts a props seminar.

Ben Hohman, Festival props director, conducts a props seminar.

Prop Seminars

Explore where all those props come from and how they are made. They begin at 11 a.m. each Monday and Thursday from June 29 to September 3 and 10 a.m. each Wednesday and Friday from September 30 to October 30 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.

Sponsored by The S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and The Ray, Quinney and Nebeker Foundation.

Costume Seminars

See our amazing costumes up close and learn from costume designers and technicians how the costumes are designed, constructed, and cared for. Costume Seminars are at 11 a.m. each Tuesday and Friday from June 30 to September 4 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.

Sponsored by The Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Actor Seminars

Get to know some of the actors at the Festival and ask them questions about their careers and roles. These seminars are at 11 a.m. each Wednesday and Saturday from June 27 to September 5 in the Seminar Grove and at 10 a.m. each Thursday and Saturday from September 26 to October 31 in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.

Sponsored by The Balcony Bards.

Play Orientations

Prepare for the play with these short and informative orientations conducted by theatre experts.

Heighten your experience by learning about the play before you see it, as well as asking questions about the Festival and Cedar City.

Orientations begin at 1:15 p.m. before matinees and at 6:45 p.m. before evening performances in the Auditorium Theatre from June 25 to September 5. Beginning on September 11 and running through October 31, they are at 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Auditorium Theatre.

Sponsored by The Ashton Family Foundation.

Bardway, Baby!

One Night Only: Broadway at the Festival! August 13, 2016 at 11 p.m.

Bardway, Baby! is a late-night concert event featuring classic Broadway show tunes. Performed by Festival actors, the show will be presented August 13, 2016 at approximately 11 p.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.

The fundraising concert will support the artistic initiative fund which was created to promote the Festival’s growth in artistic excellence.

Tickets are $25 for reserved seating and are available online or by calling the Festival Ticket Office at 1-800-PLAYTIX.

Curtain Call Luncheons

Presented by the Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Curtain Call Luncheons feature lunch and questions-and-answers with Festival actors and artists. Luncheons begin at 12 noon in the SUU Alumni House on July 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, and 29; August 5, 9, 11, 16, 18, and 23; and September 2. Tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door.

Complete-the-Canon Project

The Utah Shakespeare Festival has embarked on an exciting new initiative to produce the entire canon of Shakespeare’s thirty-eight plays between 2012 and 2023. During these years, you may have more than one opportunity to see such plays as The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear, but productions of plays such as All's Well That Ends Well and Henry VI Part One will definitely be more rare. So start planning now; you don’t want to miss a single experience.

History Cycle

As part of the Complete-the-Canon Project, the Festival is producing all ten of Shakespeare’s history plays in chronological order, beginning in 2013 with King John and Richard II, Henry IV Part One in 2014, Henry IV Part Two in 2015, Henry V next year in 2016, and in the future Henry VI Part One, Henry VI Part Two, Henry VI Part Three, Richard III, and Henry VIII. One of the goals of the History Cycle is to give a cohesiveness to these plays that will be engaging and dramatic.

Top photo: David Pichette (left) as Fool and Tony Amendola as Lear in King Lear, 2015.