Festival Playmakers Announces Auditions

Festival Playmakers Announces Auditions

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced open auditions for children to perform in this spring’s Playmakers production of Junie B. Jones, the Musical. Auditions will be February 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Southern Utah University Auditorium Theatre. 

Nine Directors Imagine the Festival’s 55th Season

Nine Directors Imagine the Festival’s 55th Season

An imaginative and exciting 2016 season is rapidly moving from ideas to fully-realized theatrical events at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, as nine highly-talented and experienced directors are hard at work on visions of their individual plays.

Festival’s Educational Tour  Presents <em>Hamlet</em>

Festival’s Educational Tour Presents Hamlet

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again hitting the road with its Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production—this year performing the famous and monumental story of Hamlet. From January to April, the Festival will take its production of Hamlet to more than 25,000 students in five western states.

Enjoy a Festival Christmas at the Frontier Homestead Stake Park Museum

Enjoy a Festival Christmas at the Frontier Homestead Stake Park Museum

Are you looking for a fun, family friendly, affordable way to celebrate the Christmas season? How about Christmas at the Homestead—the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, that is!

Festival Founder To Receive Cultural Achievement Award

Festival Founder To Receive Cultural Achievement Award

Utah Shakespeare Festival Founder Fred C. Adams will soon have one more award to put on his already-crowded mantel. The Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA) recently announced that Adams will be the recipient of the Cultural Achievement Award.

Festival Hires Sponsorships and Special Events Coordinator

Festival Hires Sponsorships and Special Events Coordinator

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently welcomed back Justin Jorgensen in a new position at the Festival: sponsorships and special events coordinator. Jorgensen received his bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University, then his master of fine arts in arts administration at Southern Utah University in 2013. During his time in Cedar City, he worked as a graduate assistant at the Festival.

"Inherit the Wind" Scheduled as Part of Exploring Human Origins

"Inherit the Wind" Scheduled as Part of Exploring Human Origins

As part of the Cedar City Library’s Exploring Human Origins exhibit, the Utah Shakespeare Festival has joined forces with the library and the community to present a staged reading of scenes from Inherit the Wind, a play which is based on the famous 1925 “Scopes Monkey Trial” in Tennessee. The scenes from the play will be presented November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Cedar City Festival Hall.

Festival Season a Wholehearted Artistic Success

Festival Season a Wholehearted Artistic Success

The most recent season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the last in the iconic Adams Shakespearean Theatre, was a wholehearted artistic success, according to Artistic Directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn. The last spotlight was dimmed on October 31, after a Halloween production of Dracula—and now 2015 is one for the books.

Play On! Podcast Ep. 55: Chris Mixon

Play On! Podcast Ep. 55: Chris Mixon

Actor, Chris Mixon sits down with us to discuss his roles here this season at the Festival. He plays Renfield in Dracula and Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Chris tells us how he got involved in theatre and the types of characters he has played. He discusses the role the "fools" play in Shakespeare's works and how they add to the world of the story.

Play On Podcast | Ep. 54: Brad Berridge, Sound Designer

Play On Podcast | Ep. 54: Brad Berridge, Sound Designer

Check out the latest episode with sound designer, Brad Berridge. Brad designed for both Dracula and The Two Gentlemen of Verona for our fall season. Learn more about his journey in the arts, the process of a sound designer and listen to some sound clips from this season's Dracula! You don't want to miss this!

Come “Dressed to the Teeth” for Dracula’s Costume Night

Come “Dressed to the Teeth” for Dracula’s Costume Night

Celebrate Halloween and the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s spooky rendition of Bram Stoker’s gothic story by attending Dracula’s Costume Night. For the last two showings of Dracula on October 30 and 31, the Festival is sponsoring a costume contest and inviting playgoers to come “dressed to the teeth” in hopes of winning a prize for the best Dracula-themed costume.

From Food Drives to Blood Drives

From Food Drives to Blood Drives

Fall is the season of community involvement at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. From food drives to blood drives, from community donations to joint dramatic productions with the community, the Festival and the Cedar City area come together in unique ways during October and November.

Play On Podcast | Ep. 53: Samuel Clein, Brett Gardner & Natasha Harris, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Play On Podcast | Ep. 53: Samuel Clein, Brett Gardner & Natasha Harris, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Our incredible talented musicians for this season's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, chat with us about gypsy jazz and how their outlaw band adds to the world of the play. They share with us some amazing music as we journey through Verona and Milan. You don't want to miss this episode!

Projections Designer Brings Stunning and Magical Special Effects to Dracula

Projections Designer Brings Stunning and Magical Special Effects to Dracula

Take two 8,000-lumen projectors, stack them on top of each other, hook them to a powerful computer, and point them at a rear-projection screen. What do you get? 

“Let the Dog Be the Dog”: Comedy, Forgiveness, and a Loveable Mutt

“Let the Dog Be the Dog”: Comedy, Forgiveness, and a Loveable Mutt

What does an actor do when, in the middle of a comic scene in front of a full house, the dog who appears with him on stage begins to wander toward the wings? 

Charley’s Aunt – Still Funny after All These Years?

Charley’s Aunt – Still Funny after All These Years?

Here’s a joke for you. A young New Yorker was introduced to a Boston girl, and before they were acquainted thirty minutes, she got so spoony that she had called him an asterolepis, a Silurian placoid, and cartilaginous vertebrate. 

State Bank of Southern Utah Donates to Festival

State Bank of Southern Utah Donates to Festival

Citing their desire to give back to the community that has supported them for over 50 years, State Bank of Southern Utah (SBSU) officials recently presented a check for $50,000 to the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Play On Podcast | Ep. 52: Jesse Berger, Dracula

Play On Podcast | Ep. 52: Jesse Berger, Dracula

Jesse Berger, director of this season's Dracula, sits down with us to discuss his introduction into the arts, his approach to this classic tale and the symbolism throughout.

​Students Receive Honors at 39th Annual Shakespeare Competition

​Students Receive Honors at 39th Annual Shakespeare Competition

This weekend the 39th annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, gave out dozens of awards and scholarships to drama, dance and music students. The competition is the largest scholastic Shakespeare competition in the country, and this was a record-breaking year with over 3,200 students from 110 schools in six states.

Play On Podcast | Ep. 51: Robynn Rodriguez, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Play On Podcast | Ep. 51: Robynn Rodriguez, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Enjoy another great episode with the brilliant Robynn Rodriguez, director of this season's, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Learn more about Robynn's introduction into the world of theatre, her experience as both an actress and a director and her journey here at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Robynn sets this romantic comedy in the 1920s, during the "era of change" where these young lovers make choices in their adolescence and have to face the consequences.

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