The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced open auditions for children to perform in this spring’s Playmakers production of Once on this Island.
It is the time of year when every news outlet and public organization seems to announce its top stories of the past twelve months. The past season has been a banner year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, so we thought we would get in on this fun year-end tradition. It was difficult to narrow it down to just ten stories, but here are those chosen for 2016 by the Festival communications team.
The holiday season is always known for snow, trees, and presents, but it’s also seen as a time for giving to those in need. This December marks an important month for this season in Cedar City because of a member of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production staff.
Utah Shakespeare Festival Artistic Directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn recently announced a slate of ten highly-creative, talented and experienced directors for the Festival’s 2017 season.
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!
The most recent year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, its first in the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, was a landmark season—and an artistic success. After seventeen weeks of eclectic theatre, greenshows, seminars, and educational activities, the last spotlight dimmed on October 22, leaving behind a warm glow of memorable productions and milestones.
R. Scott Phillips, executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, was recently named as the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Mark R. Sumner Award, granted yearly by the Institute of Outdoor Drama (IOD). The award will be presented at the National Conference on Outdoor Drama October 21 and 22 in Chillicothe, Ohio.
From October 6 through 8, the 40th 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 3,000 students from 106 schools in six states.
Betrayal. Politics. Power. These are thematic elements that come to mind when one thinks of Julius Caesar, but in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s recent production in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre there’s something else that’s essential to the play: blood.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Murder for Two has become such a hit that almost all performances for the rest of the season are sold out. So, to accommodate the many guests who still want to see the show, the Festival is adding two additional performances.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival staff, artists, guests, and volunteers are saddened by the passing of Anne Judd on September 11.
Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar have become synonymous with dysfunctional roommates. The characters, first created by Neil Simon in 1965 as a Broadway play, have since been adapted for films, several television series, and a cornucopia of skits and jokes. Now, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is bringing them to its stage, featuring two of Utah’s most beloved actors.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is once again collecting food for the less fortunate in our community. The 13th annual Fall Food Drive will be September 13 to October 22, with a goal to raise as much food as possible for the Iron County Care and Share.
After thirteen years of discussion and interaction with Utah Shakespeare Festival guests, Nancy Melich has announced her retirement as Play Seminar director.
R. Scott Phillips, executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, has announced his plan to retire at the end of the Festival’s 2016 season. He will continue with the Festival through March 1, 2017 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor. Phillips’ decision to retire will bring to a close a career spanning forty years of continuous service to the company and its patrons.
The final week of The Greenshow at the Utah Shakespeare Festival will feature a new twist: local performing groups will take the stage September 5 through 10, replacing the regular Festival performers
Advertising current plays, broadcasting daily events, and promoting fundraising opportunities may seem to be the main focus of any theatre company, but at the Utah Shakespeare Festival we also value education. For us, educating and inspiring future theatre artists and supporters is just as important as any marketing project and community event.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival will be celebrating our Armed Forces on September 6, 7, 22, and 23 by offering free tickets to any performances those four days. The Festival appreciates the sacrifices of the men and women who serve and wants to recognize their dedication and commitment to this country
The Utah Shakespeare Festival has announced a new name, an increased commitment, and an enhanced mission, for its new plays program. Formerly known as the New American Playwrights Project (NAPP), the Festival’s primary vehicle for exploring new works will now be a new program, Words3 at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Tickets to the Utah Shakespeare Festival will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 12. Playgoers can purchase tickets at the Festival ticket office near the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre, by calling 800-PLAYTIX, or online at www.bard.org.