The Tour of Utah Returns to Cedar City

The Tour of Utah Returns to Cedar City

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, billed as “America’s toughest stage race,” is returning to Cedar City July 30 for the popular team presentations and on August 1 for the finish of Stage 1 of the race.

Festival Excitement Continues with Two New Shows in New Theatre

Festival Excitement Continues with Two New Shows in New Theatre

The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently opened five plays, three greenshows, and a new theatre; but the excitement continues. Two more plays are set to open over the next three weeks as the Festival christens the new Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.

NAPP Plans Readings of Two New Plays

NAPP Plans Readings of Two New Plays

The 24th annual New American Playwrights Project (NAPP) takes the stage at the Utah Shakespeare Festival from August 12 through August 27. when two plays will be presented as staged readings in the new Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Shakespeare and the Wild West

Shakespeare and the Wild West

At first glance, Shakespeare and the early American West probably seem to have little in common. However, as blogger Brooke Vlasich soon found through the "Willy the Kid" exhibit at Southern Utah University, such is certainly not the case.

Festival Announces Nine Plays for 2017 Season

Festival Announces Nine Plays for 2017 Season

At the end of a three-day celebration of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 season and the opening of the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts Saturday night, the Festival’s artistic directors shifted everybody’s sights ahead, and drew more applause and excitement, when they announced the plays for the 2017 season. The season, which will run from late June through late October, includes nine plays (one more than in 2016), with five premieres and four enduring classics. 

After Years of Dreaming, the Beverley Center Is Now a Reality

After Years of Dreaming, the Beverley Center Is Now a Reality

Just as the ribbon was about to be cut officially opening the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, a bright yellow monarch butterfly fluttered gracefully from the raised terrace, above the heads of the crowd gathered for the occasion, and up and over the new Utah Shakespeare Festival administration building. Most in the crowd didn’t notice, but those who did were captivated by this ephemeral visit that could easily symbolize the purpose of the new center and those who made it happen.

Three Days of Celebration Planned

Three Days of Celebration Planned

Plays, art exhibitions, dedications, tours, and entertainment of all sorts are planned for the grand opening of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts and the 2016 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, July 7 through 9.

Cedar City Council Creates Shakespeare Lane

Cedar City Council Creates Shakespeare Lane

Just in time for the opening of the 2016 Utah Shakespeare Festival and the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, the Cedar City Council has changed the name of College Avenue from 100 West to 300 West to, appropriately, Shakespeare Lane.

Pastels To Be on Exhibition at the Randall Theatre

Pastels To Be on Exhibition at the Randall Theatre

An exhibition of pastels by noted Cedar City artist Arlene Braithwaite will be featured this summer in the Randall L. Jones Theatre lobby. As part of the grand opening of the new Beverley Center for the Arts and the opening of the 2016 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, an opening reception is slated for July 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Numerous Events Scheduled for the Beverley Center for the Arts Opening

Numerous Events Scheduled for the Beverley Center for the Arts Opening

It will be three days full of activities--most of them free--at the grand opening of the Beverley Center for the Arts. Dedications, tours, concerts, seminars, demonstrations, family art projects, and (of course) plays are all part of the plans. . . .

The Marx Brothers in the Modern World

The Marx Brothers in the Modern World

If you ask someone what they know about the Marx Brothers, they will most likely look at you with uncertainty and confusion. . . .

The Three Musketeers: Superheroes on Stage

The Three Musketeers: Superheroes on Stage

I remember my first literary encounter with The Three Musketeers. I was sitting in the waiting room of a Midas Muffler in Layton, Utah, while my 1969 Pontiac Tempest was undergoing repairs. As I settled in for the long wait and cracked the cover of my Bantam paperback, I was swept away into the world of the Musketeers. . . .

Meet Festival Lighting Designer Donna Ruzika

Meet Festival Lighting Designer Donna Ruzika

Long-time lighting designer Donna Ruzika is always up for an adventure. Her career in lighting design spans decades of working at theatres all over the country and the world, and this summer she is celebrating her seventeenth year with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The Festival caught up with her as she was arriving in Cedar City for the adventurous 2016 season.

Mary Poppins: From Screen to Stage

Mary Poppins: From Screen to Stage

When it comes to adapting a famous movie musical that people of all ages have come to love into a stage play, many elements are transformed along the way. . . .

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.

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