Author: Russell Warne

Insider’s scoop on BYUtv’s broadcast of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

CEDAR CITY — I thought that this year’s crop of productions from the Utah Shakespeare Festival was especially good. In my UTBA reviews, I sang the praises of the actors, directors, designers, and the other hard working artists that have come to define the high quality of the Festival’s productions. For almost two months, I’ve told people about how energetic Romeo and Juliet is, how fresh The Music Man feels, and how moving I found The Glass Menagerie to be. But I especially loved this year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that...

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ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE is charming at The Grand

SALT LAKE CITY — I’m not much of a country music fan, but even I know the name “Patsy Cline.” Cline’s name is synonymous with a smooth silky voice that excelled at the country blues or a swingin’ country dance song. Before her tragic death in a plane crash at age 30, Cline recorded multiple top 10 hits and had sung at the Grand Ole Opry and several times on national TV. But Cline had a human touch that is portrayed in the show Always… Patsy Cline. Always is the story of Cline’s friendship with fan Louise Seger. Louise...

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Utah Shakespeare Festival: Why see the shows?

CEDAR CITY — There are many reasons to see live theatre. You may be attend a play to see a friend or family member perform on stage. Or you may attend a production because a group is producing one of your favorite plays. Perhaps you’re merely looking for a nice evening of entertainment, or you are looking to be emotionally moved or intellectually stimulated. In short, there are many reasons to attend a play. As the final installment of UTBA’s interviews with actors from the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I asked three members of the company why audience members should...

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Say, “I Do, I Do in the Sky” to Hale’s DROWSY CHAPERONE

OREM — Everybody loves to share their favorite music with their family and friends. It may be while on a long drive, during a holiday weekend, or just as part of an informal get-together. Whatever the situation, it’s always a lot of fun to share a song, a band, or an album with a friend and be with them when they experience the music for the first time. For people who love musicals, though, the experience of sharing a cast album also includes sharing information about the show: its plot, characters, actors, or details about the original production or...

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Utah Shakespeare Festival actors talk about their roles

CEDAR CITY — One of the first things that an actor must do after being cast in a play is to make decisions about the character. These early decisions often have a huge impact on the nature of the production, the message of the play, and the effect that the actors’ performance has on the audience. Watch the videos below to see how some of the actors in the 2011 Utah Shakespeare Festival approach their roles. Please also read the accompanying article where they talk about their Utah Shakespeare Festival experience. Betsy Mugavero talks about playing Hermia in A...

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