Festival to Present <em><b>Shakespeare in Love</b></em> in 2017

Festival to Present Shakespeare in Love in 2017

The Utah Shakespeare Festival has been selected as one of three theatres to present the United States premiere of the play Shakespeare in Love, adapted from the Academy Award-winning film of the same name by Lee Hall. The Festival will present the play during its 2017 season, along with Romeo and Juliet and an eclectic mix of Shakespearean and other classic plays. The balance of the 2017 season will be announced at a later date.

Festival Commemorates Shakespeare's Death (and Legacy)

Festival Commemorates Shakespeare's Death (and Legacy)

In conjunction with theatres and Shakespeare organizations around the world, the Utah Shakespeare Festival will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and legacy) with two events for southern Utah residents and visitors. Bard’s Birthday Bash will be April 21 and 22, and the Shakespeare Cinema Celebration will be April 23.

Festival Presents Children's Play—<em>Junie B. Jones: the Musical</em>

Festival Presents Children's Play—Junie B. Jones: the Musical

As part of its continuing educational outreach programs, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is taking the popular children’s play Junie B. Jones: the Musical to a number of elementary schools in Iron and Beaver counties during the month of April.  In addition, the Festival is offering two public performances for the young-at-heart who graduated elementary school some time ago. 

Former Literary Seminar Director Passes Away

Former Literary Seminar Director Passes Away

It is with deep regret that the Utah Shakespeare Festival shares the passing of former Literary Seminar Director Jerry Leroy Crawford, 81, on March 20 from causes incident to age. Crawford joined the Festival when the new Randall L. Jones Theatre opened in 1989, becoming the literary seminar director for the plays shown in the Randall Theatre. 

Children Invited to Audition for Roles in Festival’s <em>Mary Poppins</em>

Children Invited to Audition for Roles in Festival’s Mary Poppins

Auditions for child actors to play the roles of Jane and Michael in this summer’s Utah Shakespeare Festival production of Mary Poppins will be conducted March 19. The general call auditions will be in the Southern Utah University Auditorium Theatre (room 109) on the corner of 300 West and Center Street from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Neil LaBute Play Headlines New Plays at the Festival

Neil LaBute Play Headlines New Plays at the Festival

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced the line-up of new play readings for this year’s New American Playwrights Project (NAPP). The 24th annual play readings, which have become increasingly popular over the years, will take the stage at the Utah Shakespeare Festival from August 12 to August 27.

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? 

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