Department News (12-7-15)

ll the performances are sold out for the last week of Beauty and the Beast. The CFAC Blog wrote an article about the production’s Beauty and Beast duo, Johnny and Twyla Wilson, and their love story on and off the stage. You can read it at You can also see the backstage moments and makeup transformations for the production by clicking hereBeauty and the Beast has been invited to the KCACTF Festival in Hawaii, and the department is currently in the process of deciding whether or not it is feasible for the production to attend.


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The AFI Docs/NBC Universal Impact organizations announced grant winners this past week.  Four documentary films were selected; two of the four winning films have significant connections to BYU:  Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson’s doc, Peace Officer, and  Greg Whiteley’s documentary, Most Likely to Succeed.  From the AFI website, “The NBCUniversal Impact Grants leverages the power of story and film to catalyze social change. By funding the outreach and social action campaigns for select films, NBCUniversal is empowering filmmakers to exponentially increase their impact and effect lasting change by supporting the social action campaigns for each of the winning documentaries.”  Congratulations to these two films and their film makers for receiving these prestigious grants.  For more about these grants, go to


Megan Sanborn Jones turned in the manuscript for her book, Walking with the Dead: Resurrecting the Past in Mormon Pageant Performance to LeAnn Fields, Senior Executive Editor at University of Michigan Press, last Wednesday , Dec. 2, 2015.  This represents many months and hundreds of hours researching and writing, and we congratulateMegan on this significant achievement.
George Nelson will be traveling to the Cameo Theatre this weekend, a regional theatre in San Antonio, Texas.  Broadway World honored the Cameo Theatre as a top regional theatre.  George will be negotiating the regional premiere of his play Single Wide at the theatre this coming spring.

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