Author: UTBA Staff

Recap of our 1000th review celebration

OREM — This morning we published our 1000th review, putting finish to a week of celebrations of UTBA. Here are some highlights: On Monday, September 22 we had a panel on theatre criticism at Utah Valley University. Dr. John Newman moderated the panel, and the participants were Jerry Rapier (artistic director, Plan-B Theatre Company), Karen Azenberg (artistic director, Pioneer Theatre Company), Barbara Bannon (theatre critic, Salt Lake Tribune and secretary for the American Theatre Critics Association), Russell Warne (managing editor, Utah Theatre Bloggers Association and member of the American Theatre Critics Association), and Lisa Hall Hagen (faculty member, Utah...

Read More

UTBA’s celebrating 1000 reviews! You’re invited!

OREM — After nearly five years of reviewing live theatre in Utah, UTBA is partnering with Utah Valley University to celebrate the 1000th UTBA review with two exciting events this month. Blood Wedding event After the opening performance of UVU’s Blood Wedding on September 25, UTBA will hold a reception to thank readers for their support of the web site. The reception will include food, mingling, and ticket giveaways. Blood Wedding is the classic Spanish tragedy written by Federico García Lorca. The play tells the story of a rural family torn apart by passion and revenge. The UVU production is...

Read More

Tuacahn’s THE LITTLE MERMAID has legs

IVINS — The classic children’s story The Little Mermaid, originally conceived by Hans Christian Andersen, is the story of a young mermaid princess who, although she apparently has everything, longs and reaches for something higher, something more. Through the iconic music of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Glenn Slater, the audience is transported from the mundane human world to become part of her world. I have three daughters who were just the right age when the 1989 Disney animated feature came out. I got to watch that movie countless times, fully ingraining the songs and story in my mind. This the first...

Read More

CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRLS is a sweet tale of growing up

HIGHLAND — There are Catholic school girls in Highland? Although I’m sure that there is a Catholic population in Highland, Utah, is just not a place where one would go looking for Catholic school girls. But Catholic School Girls is also the name of a play, written by Casey Kurtti, that is Highland City Arts Council’s newest production. Why should you buy tickets? The  show provides a brief glimpse into the lives of four girls as they go from first through eighth grade in Catholic School during the late sixties. As the play progresses, it examines national, political, and...

Read More

Interview with Mindy Young, Utah actress and Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Evangeline Harcourt

UTBA: Start off by stating your name and what role you’re playing at Shakespeare Festival, please. Mindy Young: My name is Mindy Young and I am playing Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes. UTBA: Tell us about your background and your training you’ve had to play this role. Young: Well, it’s funny—I acutally did this show in high school. So I’ve always loved this show and felt delighted when I got to be part of it. My training is actually in theatre education and directing. I have a BFA in Theatre Ed from the U. of U. and an...

Read More

Let’s Chat