June 9, 2013

Family Friendly Play at Shakespeare Festival

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The 2013 season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival begins in about two weeks.  This season, the most talked-about play is the Peter and the Starcatcher.

  

Fresh off of Broadway and boasting 5 Tony Awards, this play is making it’s regional premiere at the Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer right before the national tour this fall.  That means that this will be your last chance to see Peter and the Starcather for quite some time.

Fortunately, the festival has extended the show through the fall season in order to accommodate the large audiences that will be flocking to Cedar City.

The play is being directed by Shakespeare Festival favorite, Brian Vaughn.  It tells the story of Peter Pan before Neverland.  Audiences will discover how Neverland came into being, how Captain Hook lost his hand, and who the Lost Boys really are.

The story is told by 12 talented actors who play over 100 memorable characters and musicians who provide the sound effects and the musical backdrop.  In line with a child’s perspective of the world, ordinary props are used in imaginative ways: a rope become an ocean wave, and a flashlight becomes a piece of magic.

If you are looking for a fun and memorable experience with your family this year, come see Peter and the

Call us at the Abbey Inn for a discount on your tickets and room.

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December 6, 2012

Christmas Carol on the Air

After a five year absence, the beloved Cedar City tradition A Christmas Carol  on the Air returns to the stage.  Peter Sham and Brad Carroll (the creators of the international hit Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical) bring us this fun twist on an old Christmas classic.

In this retelling of Dicken’s beloved story, the characters are putting on a holiday classic radio show; complete with sound effects, commercials, and backstage antics.  As is the tradition, Fred Adams (the founder of the Utah Shakespeare Festival) plays Ebeneezer Scrooge.  With Christmas music, hilarious mishaps, and memorable characters, this show is just what you need to get in to the spirit of Christmas.

When: December 6, 7,8, 13, 14, & 15 @ 7:30 pm

Where: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Cost:$10 for adults, $5 for children

To Get Tickets: Call 435-586-7872 or go to www.suu.edu/arts or purchase at the door.

September 25, 2012

Stones In His Pockets: Take Two

The Fall Season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival is underway.  If you were hoping to see Les Miserables on a weekend,  you are out of luck.  They are sold out.  However, the weekday showings still have seating, so you’d better move quickly.  Nevertheless, the other two shows are definitely worth a trip in and of themselves.

We are excited to welcome back Stones In His Pockets to Cedar City.  The last time it was performed at the festival was 2005.  It was so well received, that Brian Vaughn and David Ivers are reviving this memorable masterpiece.  Whether or not you saw it last time, you won’t want to miss it!

Vaughn and Ivers single-handedly tackle a multitude of characters, fluidly switching from one to another.  The story is real to life, moving, and interspersed with well-timed humor.

Here is what others had to say about it:

“In the play’s first 15 minutes, it might be tempting to label Ivers and Vaughn a couple of brash show-offs. Thankfully, their craft is so tight you cease paying attention to their skill and instead fall to the charms of the story.”–Brian Fullton, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Is seeing Stones in His Pockets worth the trip to Cedar City? Thanks to the performances of David Ivers and Brian Vaughn, the answer is an unequivocal yes. The emotional core of the story is relevant, even if the script left me a little disappointed.” –Russel Warne, Utah Theater Bloggers

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August 23, 2012

USF “Scapin” Reviews

As the summer season for the Shakespeare Festival is coming to a close soon, it seems redundant to discuss the synopses of plays or try to provide greater insight.  Therefore, I thought we could provide a service to our guests by collecting some reviews about a couple of plays that you may have thought about seeing, but weren’t sure of.  Hopefully, this will help you to decide if the play is a good fit for you.

Scapin, the modern adaptation of Molier’es “Le Fourberie de Scapin,” is the lightest of all six plays this season, and can provide relief from some rather heavy topics.  Here is what others had to say about it:

“Colors and sounds bombard you, creating a feast for the senses….Fun but bawdy.”-Carole Mikita, Deseret News

“I love seeing actors have that much fun on stage…featured a sampling of familiar tunes from pop culture….hysterical references the the Festival itself and the season.”-Paige Guthrie, Utah Theater Bloggers Staff & Reviewer

“So weedthick and slapstick that the cast rib, slap and beat eachother with plastic clubs-for real…If you’re taking kids with you to this year’s festival, save ‘Scapin’ for dessert after main courses such as ‘Mary Stuart,’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ or Titus Andronicus.’”-Ben Fulton, Salt Lake Tribune

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July 14, 2012

“Mary Stuart”at the Shakespeare Festival

Riddled with intrigue, jealousy, murder, deceit, and religious strife, the play Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller and translated by Peter Oswald depicts the political atmosphere of Shakespeare’s England.

Cousins, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I, claim legitimacy to the throne of England.  Threatened by their rivalry, Elizabeth has Mary imprisoned for 18 years for the murder of her husband Lord Darnley.

Torn between her desire to rule freely and her fear of Mary’s Catholic allies, Elizabeth hesitates to sign Mary’s death warrant.  Meanwhile, Mary finds support from the nephew of one of her guardians, the newly converted Catholic, Mortimer.  Even among Elizabeth’s advisers, the Earl of Leicester secretly sympathizes with Mary and joins with Mortimer.  But as the Earl’s loyalty comes into questions, he has Mortimer seized as a traitor in order to reestablish his reputation.  Afraid of incriminating Mary, Mortimer kills himself in the arms of the guard.

Elizabeth finally decides that in order to truly be free, she must sign Mary’s death warrant, but she leaves it to Leicester to carry it out and further prove his loyalty.  In order to absolve herself of her cousin’s death, Elizabeth blames her advisers and either imprisons or banishes them.  In the end, she is secure in her reign but all alone.

Friedrich Schiller, the play write, said: “The theater has the power to punish the thousand vices which justice must patiently tolerate; the thousand virtues which the latter must let pass without comment, on the stage are held up for general admiration.” (Translated by John Sigerson and John Chambless, Theatre considered as a Moral Institution, Schillerinstitute.org)

For those who have seen the play or are familiar with the story, did one queen demonstrate greater virtue or vice?  Did one have greater claim to the throne?

go to http://www.bard.org/plays/stuart2012.html for the complete synopsis, history, essays, and photos of the play.

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November 17, 2011

USF Announces Les Miserables for 2012 Season

The Utah Shakespeare Festival has announced that Les Miserables, one of the most popular Broadway shows, will be added to the 2012 Season.  It will be replacing the previously announced shows The Drowsy Chaperone in the summer and Scapin in the fall.  Scapin will be part of the summer selections.

“I am thrilled we are finally able to produce Les Miserables on the Randall L. Jones stage,” said R. Scott Phillips, Festival Executive Director.  “It is one show that our guests have requested over and over for many years, and for the past ten years we have been unable to secure the rights, due to its 25th anniversary national tour and our scheduling, until now.  I am confident this show will sell out, so get your tickets now.”

The musical included some of theatre’s most memorable songs such as ”I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “On My Own,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”

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