Department News (5-12-14)

Tim Threfall and 16 MDT and BFA Acting students left on Monday, April 28 for the BFA Senior Showcase in New York. According to Tim, “It was year 12 of the Showcase and really the most successful New York presentation we’ve had. The level of performance for all 16 graduating Seniors was terrific.  Rachel Hoffman, well-known  NYC Casting Director with famed Telsey and Company Casting was our sponsor.  In addition to her visit to Provo and working with the students, she created an invitation list of her professional contacts.  The Showcase was well-attended and presented this year in the 199 seat Jerry Orbach Theatre in the Snapple Center Theatre in Manhattan.  The Jerry Orbach Theatre is home to the longest running off-Broadway show in history, THE FANTASTICKS.  The BFA seniors had to work around a few set pieces from THE FANTASTICKS, but the space was wonderful acoustically and we hope to use it for many years to come.  At least 50 MDT and BFA Acting alumni also attended the two performances and it was such a blessing to meet up with all of the past students. There is a very significant group of BFA MDT and Acting students living in Manhattan at this time.  All students participating in the Showcase this year received a call from and agent, manager, and/or Casting Director.  Some received as many as 10 interviews with agents!  Another five women in the group were invited to audition for the Broadway production of CINDERELLA and Michael Milkanin had an audition for the Broadway production of BOOK OF MORMON, THE MUSICAL the day after the first showcase performance.” For more information about each of the students in the showcase, please visit their website at byushowcase2014.com.
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We regret to announce the passing of David Morgan’s father Max Lervern Jensen on April 23, 2014 in Sandy. He was born March 7, 1920 in Fairview Utah to Orabelle Hansen and Levern Jensen. Max attended school in Fairview, Utah and at BYU Academy in Provo, Utah. Max served an LDS mission for two years in the North Western States and also served his country in Seattle, Washington University. He trained also at UCLA as a Meteorologist for the Air Force during World War II in the Pacific. Max married during the war to Murl Acord of Spring City, Utah on January 3rd, 1945 and had a son. Max went to night school where he received his CPA. He went to work for Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, California. Shortly thereafter, Murl passed away. About five years later, he married Sherri Bart Morgan and moved to St. Louis, Missouri.  To view the full obituary, click here.
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Adjunct Faculty member Lisa Ann (Wright) Stoddard passed away on Monday April 28, 2014, from a tragic car accident. Lisa was born in Cedar City on December 22, 1968. She leaves behind parents Dennis and Ann Wright of St. George, UT; Her eternal companion Troy Lynn Stoddard of Orem, UT. Lisa graduated from Dixie High School, went on to Dixie College for her Associate’s Degree, then Utah State where she danced as an Aggette before transferring to University of Nevada Las Vegas for her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. She continued her education at Brigham Young University and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Dance. Click here to read the full obituary. Tim Threlfall, who has worked closely with Lisa for many years, said, “Lisa is a HUGE part of our program.  She goes so far and above what can be expected of an adjunct faculty member.  She was a member of our MDT Steering Committee, team taught two major classes with me, was the instructor for the most important dance course our MDT students take called “Choreographic Styles” and was in charge of the MDT Broadway Revue each year. Next to her sweet family, she is going to missed most by her MDT family.”

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Tim Threlfall is currently in rehearsal at the Tuacahn where he is directing THE WIZARD OF OZ. Recent MDT graduates Michael Milkanin and Alicia Pann are also in the production. We also have current MDT student Julia Carter in the company and former BYU students AJ Maynes and Ben Roeling.  MDT alumni James Royce Edwards is reprising his role as Prince Eric in LITTLE MERMAID and playing Joseph in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT as well.  Michael Milkanin is also sharing the role of Prince Eric in MERMAID with James playing the role during four or five performances. For information about Tuacahn’s 2014 season, visit www.tuacahn.org. The season starts on May 31st.
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Megan Ward has graduated and found full-time employment in Salt Lake City for Davinci Virtual as a virtual receptionist. Megan has been working here at the TMA office since 2008. She said, “Dearest TMA Faculty friends, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for being the people you are.  The last 5ish years I have been working here has been amazing and I am so grateful for the friendships I have been able to form with you.  I’m off to the next great adventure in life, being a grad and an actual adult.  Thank you so much for all you have taught me and for giving me the opportunity to serve you.” We will miss Megan and wish her all the best in her new endeavors.
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