Department News (3-4-14)

On Friday, February 28, Emmy and Tony Award winning actor John Lithgow visited campus as part of the BYU BRAVO! series. First, Tim Threlfall moderated a Q&A with Mr. Lithgow and TMA students for one hour at 10:00 a.m. in the Nelke Theatre. Mr. Lithgow then performed his one-man theatrical memoir, Stories by Heart, in the de Jong Concert Hall later that evening to a nearly-sold out house. The performance was very enthusiastically received, and Mr. Lithgow commented immediately following the performance on the quality of the audience. This was his first time acting in Provo since he filmed Footloose many years ago.  During the Q&A with students, he made many wonderful comments.  When asked how he balances his busy career with the demands of a family and a committed, 30+ marriage, he said: “My family is in fact the most important thing in my life.  I don’t say that very often, but it’s true…. Over the years I’ve learned there are more important things than acting.”  When asked about some of the challenges of working in show business, he said, “That’s why I’m here [at BYU] to tell you it’s tough, but wonderful. ”  And in discussing the great variety of roles he’s played over the years, he said he often takes every role he possibly can because, “Fear is a great motivator, or at least insecurity.”  There are no guarantees for work, so he’s been able to capitalize on his abilities as a character actor to play many different rolles in many media throughout his long career.


Harold Oaks and his wife Ima Jean will finish their fourth mission together since their “retirement.”  They have served in St. Thomas, Germany, the Phillipines, and will complete their service in the Washington D.C. Mission today.  They will be driving home and visiting relatives along the way, so they won’t get back in town until March 15 or 16 (depending on the weather, etc.).  Their homecoming report will be on Sunday March 23, 2014 at 1 pm in the Suncrest 6th Ward building, 891 West 130 North, Orem, UT 84057


Timpanogos Storytelling Institute’s Conference

The Timpanogos Storytelling Institute’s Conference will be held on March 13-15 at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. There will be three tellers of national renown to tell and Q & A with students during the Mask Club time slots on Thursday, March 13. Below are the tellers who will be participating in the conference:
Kevin Kling 1:00: (from his website) ”Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He shares his special angle on life’s humor and its ruptures — and why we turn loss into story.” You may have heard him on NPR’s All Things Considered or seen some of his nationally produced plays.
Donna Ingham 2:00: A champion Texas liar, Donna is also a semi-retired English professor, author, and teller of tall and true tales in her unmistakeable drawl. This award-winning teller has kept a busy professional career going since 1995.
Andy Offut Irwin 4:00: Andy’s muse is his eighty five year old widowed newly minted physician aunt, Dr. Marguerite Van Camp. Andy is in demand at all the major festivals, and is a perennial favorite at Timpfest for his wacky sense of humor, which very nearly, but never completely, overshadows the poignant truths in his storytelling and music.



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