The Glories of Playing Falstaff

The Glories of Playing Falstaff

11 times inside the belly of the behemoth.  And like Shakespeare I’ll coin a new word:  Anthroportrayology; the study of Falstaff by performing him.  Here are clumsy, random and oddball observations I’ve made of the Fat Knight being the Fat Knight.

Company Spotlight: Kaitlin Mills and Aaron Stephenson

Company Spotlight: Kaitlin Mills and Aaron Stephenson

Meet company members Kaitlin Mills (Actor) and Aaron Stephenson (Lead Audio Engineer). 

Audiences Are Raving

"Tremendous." "Action, drama, and intensity abound." "Must see." "Amazing. Loved every second." "WOW!" "What a show!" Guests have been flocking to our 2015 season, and many of them have commented on social media or via email on their "Festival Experience."

Bardway, Baby!: A Night of Disney Magic

Bardway, Baby!: A Night of Disney Magic

Bardway, Baby! is back at the Festival for its sixth annual night of musical entertainment. Bardway, Baby! is a late-night concert event which, this year, will feature the music of Walt Disney productions. Performed by Festival actors, the concert will be August 7 at 11:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Theatre.

Mary Poppins Joins the 2016 Season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Mary Poppins Joins the 2016 Season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

With so much to look forward to in 2016, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is thrilled to have secured the rights to Disney’s beloved musical, Mary Poppins. Before a public announcement could be made a signed contract and confirmation had to be received which just happened late last week.

Greenshow Actor Blog

Greenshow Actor Blog

This year’s Greenshow features eight performers, five of whom are new to the Festival. And just in case you don’t know what the Greenshow is, it’s a free 30 minute frolic of song, dance, laughter, Elizabethan sweets, and just plain fun.

The Glories of Playing Falstaff by John Ahlin

The Glories of Playing Falstaff by John Ahlin

According to actor John Ahlin, "Shakespeare has created astonishingly insightful pieces of life and invented very human humans. It is an honor to enact them, and hopefully the audience will see real humans, dealing in human things, and laugh or cry or be amazed by what we all share; life."

Charley's Aunt Actor Blog

Charley's Aunt Actor Blog

This season’s comedy, Charley’s Aunt, is a classic British farce. We recently spent some time with the two “aunts”: Michael Doherty who plays Lord Fancourt Babberley and Christine Jugueta who plays Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez.

2016 Expected to be a Big Year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

2016 Expected to be a Big Year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

2016 is a big year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the leadership team is excited to share the much-awaited announcement of the 55th season running from June 27 to October 22. Artistic Directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn recently announced the season, which includes three Shakespeare classics, three musicals and two comedies.

Going Once, Going Twice. Place a Bid in Our Online Auction

Even if you can't take part in the Festival Board of Governors Fundraising Gala July 10, you can be part of the action—and bid on some fantastic bargains. One exciting part of the gala is an online auction now until July 12. And it's open to everyone!

Cabaret Organizers, Larry Bull & Natasha Harris

Cabaret Organizers, Larry Bull & Natasha Harris

New Location for REACH Cabaret which begins Thursday, July 9 and runs through September 3. Cabaret will be at Off The Cuff - 913 South Main.

REACH Cabaret

REACH Cabaret

Actors of the Festival come together once again to put on weekly Cabarets as part of REACH (Really Eager Actors Crying Hire) fundraising efforts. These company members sing, dance and perform to raise money to bring artistic directors and casting agents from across the country to Cedar City to audition Festival actors for upcoming jobs.

Taming of the Shrew Actor Blog

Taming of the Shrew Actor Blog

In our interview with Fred Adams, Festival founder and director of this year’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, he told us that he believes this play is a love story based on two people finding their perfect match. A month later, we chatted with the actors playing Petruchio (Brian Vaughn) and Kate (Melinda Pfundstein) to learn their thoughts.

Festival says a fond farewell to the Adams Shakespearean Theatre

Festival says a fond farewell to the Adams Shakespearean Theatre

The Festival says a fond farewell to the historic Adams Shakespearean Theatre at the end of this summer.  We have planned several activities throughout the season. Patrons can come and experience all the magic the Adams has to offer as well as say goodbye.

Literary Seminars Streamed Live

Literary Seminars Streamed Live

Follow the links to watch Literary Seminars live on YouTube.

South Pacific Actor Blog

South Pacific Actor Blog

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, South Pacific is a sweeping story of love threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

Festival Announces Flex Passes for 2016 Season

The Utah Shakespeare Festival will announce its 2016 season July 10 and begin selling tickets to the new season on August 1, but playgoers can purchase a “Festival Flex Pass” now to guarantee the best seats and save money. The new flex passes will ensure early purchase of seats to all the plays in the Randall L. Jones Theatre, as well as those in the new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre and the new Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre.

The Glories of Playing Falstaff by John Ahlin

The Glories of Playing Falstaff by John Ahlin

John Ahlin is back giving us an insiders glimpse into the life of an actor. Today's entry focuses on rehearsals and how plays are put together. "Rehearsal’s first day is festive and nerve-wracking.  The whole cast will sit around a big table and, after seeing how the play will look from a Vision of Designers, we read the play, aloud."

King Lear Actor Blog

King Lear Actor Blog

Tony Amendola is back with the Festival, playing King Lear. He was last here as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in 2010. Kelly Rogers is enjoying her first season here and plays Cordelia. She’s finding the Festival to be “like a Shakespeare fairyland." And is excited to be working with so many talented actors. Here are their thoughts on their roles in this many-layered play.

Festival Reunion Weekend Announced!

Festival Reunion Weekend Announced!

All past employees of the Utah Shakespeare Festival are invited for a special reunion weekend to celebrate the closing of the Adams Shakespearean Theatre.

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