CEDAR CITY — Before diving into this production, I must admit that Macbeth is my favorite Shakespeare play. It was the first one I read and it converted me to the Bard for life. Over ten years later, I’m still enthralled by this text and its story of assassinations, madness, and the supernatural. Therefore, I arrived at the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s opening night performance with a clear idea of the potential that this production held. To my delight, director Joseph Hanreddy surpassed my hopes. For those of you unfamiliar with “The Scottish Play,” Macbeth is the story of the title character’s (Grant Goodman) rise of power after he meets three witches who foretell that he would rise in power among the thanes (mid-level nobles) and eventually become king. The witches also tell his friend Banquo that he won’t become king—but his children will. After one of the prophesies is fulfilled, Macbeth tells all to his wife (Kymberly Mellen) in a letter, who then prods him to murder King Duncan (Michael A. Harding) in their castle in order to ascend to the throne. With a great deal of difficulty, he does so and becomes king. After obtaining power, Macbeth murders his political enemies—including Banquo—to maintain his hold on power. The atrocities he commits (and a visit from Banquo’s ghost) cause him and his wife to descend into madness until she...Read More
Author: Russell Warne
If you’ve never been to the Utah Shakespearean Festival, you may not be aware of the many activities that the Festival has to offer. During our time in Cedar City, we sampled some of these activities and also learned what we could about others that weren’t available during our visit. The Greenshow One of the Festival’s oldest traditions, the Greenshow is a free musical and dance performance that takes place outside of the Adams Theatre every Monday through Saturday at 7 PM. The show is especially appropriate for children, but the spirit and fun of an Elizabethan country festival is accessible to all. The Greenshow also helps each evening’s Shakespeare play attendees get into the spirit of the Shakespeare’s world through song and dance. You may even want to attend twice so you can see both versions: Scottish Night and Irish Night. And the best part? The production is completely free. Literary Seminars Speaking of free, the literary seminars are another Shakespearean Festival offering that shouldn’t be passed up. Every morning at 9 AM and 10 AM, there are one-hour seminars about the previous day’s productions in the grove of trees south of the Adams Theatre. This is basically a Q&A with a knowledgeable Festival employee who can give you insights to the previous day’s theatrical experience. I was skeptical when we went to the first one (on Much...Read More
CEDAR CITY — The Randall L. Jones Theater was buzzing with excitement on the afternoon of July 9, 2010. A new musical was having its world premiere. History was being made. If the show were a success, then hundreds of lucky patrons would be able to tell all their friends and relatives that they were the first audience to see the show. After all, who wouldn’t want to brag at a party that they had seen the first performance of the latest Broadway hit? Such was the excitement at the opening of Great Expectations: A New Musical. Great Expectations tells the story of Phillip Pirrip—commonly known as Pip—who rises from the masses of the common country folk to the become a gentleman through some luck, good deeds, and occasionally his own initiative. As a young boy, Pip aids an escaped convict who was hiding near his home. Also near his home is the mysterious Satis House, where the elderly Miss Havisham mourns her broken heart after her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day many years before. To exact her revenge on the male sex, Miss Havisham adopts a girl named Estella and trains her to be cruel to all men—Pip being an especially convenient target, because of his infatuation with the young girl. Years later, Pip is surprised by a visit from the lawyer Jaggers who tells the...Read More
CEDAR CITY — Without question, one of the most important theatrical events of the year in Utah is the beginning of the Utah Shakespearean Festival‘s season. As the only Tony Award winning theatre company in the state, the Utah Shakespearean Festival has been the pinnacle of theatrical achievement in Utah for decades. UTBA was thrilled to be invited to the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s 2010 opening performances. Early Thursday morning, UTBA founder Dave Mortensen, assistant editor Russell Warne, and reviewer Julia Shumway met together and traveled to Cedar City as a group in order to experience the opening performances of all six of the festival’s current productions. The three of us will watch all six plays, review two productions, and respond to one another’s reviews. In total, you’ll have three separate perspectives of all six shows for you to enjoy. In addition to watching the productions, writing reviews, insulting one another’s opinions, and engaging in childish name calling, we’re busy generating other Festival-related content. Our hope is that we can either prepare you for your visit to the Festival, or help you feel a little bit like you’re down here in Cedar City. Look for our reviews starting Friday. We’ll likely post one each day through Wednesday. Not all content is available on the UTBA site. We’re posting most of our photos on our Facebook profile page. We’re also twittering...Read More
Just got back from the first read-through for @AnOtherTheater's production of 'Fat Pig'. Feeling excited about it. #utahtheatre
The whole gang is coming!#ShockheadedPeterSLC #UtahTheatre3
Some life imitating art, here.
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"living in a demented children's book..."
SHOCKHEADED PETER @SackersonCo was a creepy hoot last night, it's extended through Nov 4th, w/ a Halloween show, don't miss it! #utahtheatre
Such a great space! And there's creepy noises to get us in the mood. Sackerson's SHOCKHEADED PETER. #utahtheatre @mel_leilani @SackersonCo
THE ADDAMS FAMILY “will serve you more treat than trick” @HopeboxT. #UtahTheatre review - https://t.co/NXSd3rKdYb
Ready 2 get scared @SackersonCo's SHOCKHEADED PETER 2nite w/ playwright pal @mel_leilani #utahtheatre #spookytheater
1pm & 4:30pm on Saturday. #utahmom #utahtheatre #utahchildrenstheatre #nonprofit #slctheatre @… https://t.co/BzaXhW2kLR
Whatta cast. 😍😍😍
Come see them tonight at 7:30pm! Tickets from $10-$15.
Forecast looks chilly, but the show must go on! #UtahTheatre
"you are no longer allowed to complain that everyone in Utah does the same kind of shows."
Review: ‘Shockheaded Peter’ delivers darkly twisted fun https://t.co/L9naSyiFYV via @GephardtDaily
More dates added!
Now playing though Nov. 4th
CAPTAIN LOUIS @SCERAupdate is “an enjoyable little show for its young audience.” #UtahTheatre review -
The Merchant (father) plucks a rose and gets himself into trouble. #utahtheatre… https://t.co/SpswstSaa8
So it's like being unhappy, but in your leg?
Love and Information @WestminsterSLC
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@SackersonCo’s SHOCKHEADED PETER is “absolutely one of the best shows I have seen this year.” #utahtheatre review - https://t.co/g1K9l4nCtd
Which #UtahTheatre shows are getting you in the 🎃 holiday spirit?