Thursday, May 30, 2013

Utah Shakespeare Festival Blog - Shakespeare Festival Film Series



Here's a great way to get ready for the Festival's Summer Season. During June, the Historic Cedar Theatre (downtown on Main Street) is presenting the Shakespeare Festival Film Series. Featured films will be Twelve Angry Men (the classic 1957 movie starring Henry Fonda), Peter Pan (the animated Disney version) and Robin Hood (the animated Disney version).

The films will show in repertory the first 3 weekends in June at 5pm each evening.

Here's the schedule - all are shown at 5pm:
  • Twelve Angry Men on June 1, 10 and 16
  • Peter Pan on June 3, 9 and 15
  • Robin Hood on June 2, 8 and 17


And the price is right! Each ticket is only $5 and with a punch card you can see all 3 movies for just $10.

See you there!

33 N. Main Street in Cedar City

http://cedartheatre.com/
www.bard.org



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Utah Shakespeare Festival Blog - Twelve Angry Men Preview

Utah Shakespeare Festival Blog - Twelve Angry Men Preview

Written by Reginald Rose

Directed by David Ivers


Key Characters:
Foreman of the Jury: A small, petty man who is impressed with the authority he has and handles himself quite formally, played by Larry Bull.
Juror #2: A meek, hesitant man who finds it difficult to maintain any opinions of his own, played by Kipp Moorman.
Max Robinson
Juror #3: A very strong, forceful and extremely opinionated man within whom can be detected a streak of sadism, played by Max Robinson.
Juror #4: A man of wealth and position, and a practiced speaker who presents himself well at all times, played by A. Bryan Humphry.
Juror #5: A frightened young man, played by Steve Wojtas.
Steve Wojtas
Juror #6: An honest but dull-witted man who comes upon his decisions slowly and carefully, played by Michael Harding.
Juror #7: A loud, flashy, glad-handed salesman type who thinks he has more important things to do than to sit on a jury, played by James Newcomb.
Martin Kildare
Juror #8: A quiet, thoughtful, gentle man, played by Martin Kildare.
Juror #9: A mild, gentle old man, long since defeated by life, and now merely waiting to die, played by Fredric Stone.
Juror #10: An angry, bitter man who antagonizes almost at sight, played by Roderick Peeples.
Roderick Peeples
Juror #11: A refugee from Europe, Juror #11 speaks with an accent and is ashamed, humble, almost subservient to the people around him, played by Joe Vincent.
Juror #12: A slick, bright advertising man who thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs and polls, played by Christopher R. Ellis.


Synopsis:


On a sweltering August night in New York City, the jury files into the deliberation room. The door is locked behind them. Now twelve nameless men from twelve varied backgrounds must decide the fate of a young man accused of killing his father. Faced with playing the executioner, these dozen men must first face themselves, their biases, and their own sense of justice. This American classic will have you on the edge of your seat until the final verdict is announced.


You can read more about the characters and plot on our website at


Twelve Angry Men opens in preview on June 24 and plays through August 31. You can purchase tickets online at www.bard.org or by calling 800-PLAYTIX.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Utah Shakespeare Festival Guest Blog - Meet Suzette Bulloch



In January, Pam Reddington retired after many years of service at SUU and the Festival. The Festival was fortunate to be able to hire Suzette Bulloch who had worked here in the 1990s.

Suzette, tell us about your prior experience at the Festival...

I was born and raised in Cedar. I have grown up in the shadow of the Festival. It was a great childhood experience, to be at the Greenshow. My friends and family were all involved.

I worked here in 1995 and 1996. I was in the Education Department, working for Gary Armagnac, before Michael Bahr. I was the office manager for Operations, Personnel and Education. I also served as the facilitator for the summer educational workshops. It’s so wonderful to see the growth. It’s great to get those kids when they’re young.

Having been a part of it then – it really did change my life. Being surrounded by these people who are so generous and their passion for their art and life in general. I told them in my interview – when they asked what theatrical production impacted me the most, I said I can’t really pinpoint anything, but the 2 years I spent here changed my life.

What will be your role this time?

I’m supporting Scott Phillips, Executive Director, David Ivers and Brian Vaughn, Artistic Directors and Fred Adams, Founder.

Why did you leave and what did you do during your “gap”?

My husband is in law enforcement and he got a job with Brian Head. That was why I needed to quit because we had to live in Brian Head and the commute was too much. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do – felt like I was breaking up with a boyfriend. So to be able to come back is wonderful.  The Festival has never left me. Once it’s in your blood, it’s always there.

I worked at Smead Manufacturing, the Brian Head Resort as an admin assistant, payroll, accounting, sold tickets – variety of things. Then I was the town treasurer for Brian Head town. I worked in the assessor’s office for Iron County. Then I was the office manager for Parowan Dental.

I feel like all these experiences help me do a good job for the Festival. I am so blessed to be back. It’s such an exciting time with the new Center for the Arts and all the changes. I feel like I never left.

Welcome aboard Suzette!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Utah Shakespeare Festival Blog - King John Preview

Utah Shakespeare Festival Blog - King John Preview
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Robynn Rodriguez


First play in the Festival History Cycle
Part of the Complete-the-Canon Project
 
Key Characters:


Corey Jones
King John, son of King Henry II and Elinor of Aquitaine, played by Corey Jones
  Prince Henry: The son of King John, played by Zack Powell
Hubert de Burgh: A citizen of Angiers and later in the service of King John, played by Roderick Peeples
Philip the Bastard: A fictional character, the Bastard is the illegitimate son of Lady Faulconbridge and King Richard I, played by Steve Wojtas
Jeanne Paulsen
Queen Elinor: The widow of King Henry II and the mother of the late King Richard I and of King John, Elinor supports John’s claim to the throne. Played by Jeanne Paulsen
 
 
 
Melinda Pfundstein
Constance: The wife of Geoffrey, John’s older brother, and the mother of Arthur, she supports her son’s claim to the throne. Played by Melinda Pfundstein
Bailey Duncan
Arthur, Duke of Britain: The son of Geoffrey and Constance, Arthur has a stronger claim to the throne than John, but is only a child. Played by Bailey Duncan.
 


Synopsis:


Beginning with struggles for power between kings, churches, and individuals, and continuing through war, revenge, and eventual murder, King John is one of Shakespeare's most revealing history plays. Set during the period when the nobles were changing the face of English government and forcing the king to sign the Magna Carta, this intriguing and rarely-produced play is one you won't want to miss.


You can read more about the characters and plot on our website at http://www.bard.org/plays/john2013.html


King John opens in preview on June 26 and plays through August 30. You can purchase tickets online at www.bard.org or by calling 800-PLAYTIX.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Utah Shakespeare Festival Blog - Announcing 2014 Season



The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently revealed its 2014 season, eight plays running from June 23 to October 18. Artistic Directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn announced the season, which includes four plays ranging from Shakespeare classics to a Stephen Sondheim musical to a world premier adaptation of a beloved novel.

Tickets for the 2014 season go on sale June 24, 2013. They are available via the Festival website, www.bard.org, telephone, 800-PLAYTIX; or at the Ticket Offices at the Adams Shakespearean and Randall L. Jones theatres.

Henry IV, Part I, 2004
Pfundstein, Vaughn
The Adams Shakespearean Theatre will feature three plays by William Shakespeare, playing from June 23 to August 30. First is the Festival’s continuation of its History Cycle with the third play in Shakespeare’s theatrical chronicle of England and its kings: Henry IV Part One. This follows the first two in the series produced in 2013: King John and Richard II. The History Cycle will continue chronologically through all ten plays in future years.

Also in the Adams Theatre will be two more Shakespeare plays (Measure for Measure and The Comedy of Errors) which are part of the Festival’s ambitious Complete the Canon Project, an ongoing initiative to produce all of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven plays between 2012 and 2023.
2003 Measure for Measure

In the Randall L. Jones Theatre will be a new adaption of Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility, commissioned by and premiering at the Festival and written by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan, and Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant fairytale-inspired musical, Into the Woods. These two shows will run from June 23 to August 30.

2007 Twelfth Night
In addition, the Randall Theatre will host a fourth Shakespeare play, also part of the Complete the Canon Project: Twelfth Night. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night will play throughout the Festival season, from June 23 to October 18. Rounding out the late end of the season will be playwright Steven Dietz’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, a mystery adventure about the world’s most popular detective, and Boeing-Boeing a high-flying farce by French playwright, Marc Camoletti. Both will play from September 20 to October 18.

 “I think 2014 embodies the perfect balance of progressive programming for the Utah Shakespeare Festival,” said Artistic Director David Ivers. “Most importantly, by producing four of Shakespeare’s plays we further deepen our connection to our namesake playwright. I’m particularly excited that Twelfth Night will have such a long run in the Randall, allowing Shakespeare to be exposed to our loyal guests and new students across many regions.” 



In Summary:
In the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, June 23 to August 30
            Henry IV Part One by William Shakespeare
            Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
            The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

In the Randall L. Jones Theatre, June 23 to August 30
            Sense and Sensibility by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan
            Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim

In the Randall L. Jones Theatre, June 23 to October 18
            Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

In the Randall L. Jones Theatre, September 20 to October 18
            Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure by Steven Dietz
            Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti

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