Department News 05-09-16

Tonight, May 9, Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson’s film Peace Officer will premiere on PBS affiliated stations at 9 pm as part of the Independent Lens series.  Independent Lens airs weekly on the PBS primetime schedule and is televisions’s largest showcase of independent documentary film.   The closest PBS affiliate in our area is KUER, Channel 7.   The series includes the premiere of the film tonight, several excerpts from the film, and two other affiliated programs, The Rise of SWAT Teams, and Armed in America, a special two night event examining the nation’s gun violence epidemic.  Two new documentary films will be featured in Armed in America, Peace Officer and The Armor of Light, followed by special town hall discussions hosted by NPR’s Michel Martin.  For more information, and to see excepts from Peace Officer, go to  In addition, the film will be screened in several venues nation-wide as part of the Independent Lens Pop-up series between May 9 –16.  Bradand Scott are also featured in the PBS blog here:  We congratulate our documentary faculty on this top tier national exposure and for contributing to the discussion on this critical topic in America.
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Katie Jarvis, the TA for the London Theatre Study abroad sent us a report for this week:
“Most of us arrived in London on Wednesday of this week and made our way from the airport to the Hyde Park area where our awesome professors, Amy Jensen and Frank Christiansen, were there to greet us. Afterwards, we were given a housing orientation by the Student Life Faculty, and a walking tour of the neighborhood by Frank. The next morning we headed to the Tower of London and had an incredible time checking out the rich history, fascinating facts and stunning crown jewels on display there. Friday we had our first official class at the Hyde Park Stake Center and went straight after class for our tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater! It was incredible!  There was also an exhibit on the culture, politics and theater practices of Shakespeare’s London that we all went to. Saturday night we went to our first play as a group. We attended Les Blanc at the National Theater and it was stunning. It was powerful, thought provoking and an incredibly well crafted piece of theater. Overall a pretty great first week!

The Film London Study Abroad students, under the direction of Jeff Parkin and Tom Russel, have also arrived and send their greetings. In the photo below from left to right are: Avery Taylor, Sariah May, Joseph Hegstrom Pratt, Jeffery Hein, Garret Helgesen, Cameron Babcock, Erin Meeks, Rachel Erikson, Emma Lyn, Rebekah Olson, and Jase Van Meeteren. This photo was taken near South Kensington Station after the first day of class.



Charlotte’s Web is just around the corner, and the play’s dramaturg, Jessa Cunningham, has taken a deeper look into the spider’s world in 4th Wall Dramaturgy. Meg Flinders, who plays Charlotte, has been hard at work practicing and training on aerial silks for the show. See how she has been preparing for this role at’s Web is based on the book by E.B. White, adapted by Joseph Robinette, and directed by Bradley and Shawnda Moss. Performances will take place May 26-June 11 in the Pardoe Theatre. Click here to buy tickets.



BYU Theatre 2016-17 Schedule has been announced! Check it out below.

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BYU Young Company
Sept 23-Oct 8 in the Margetts Theatre
Based on the book by Edmond Rostand, adapted for the stage by Jo Roets, directed by Kris Jennings.



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Classic Comedy
Oct. 28-Nov.12 in the Pardoe Theatre
By Oscar Wilde, directed by Rodger Sorensen



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Dramatic Comedy
Nov. 11-Dec. 3 in the Margetts Theatre
By Tom Stoppard, directed by Megan Sanborn Jones



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Disney and Cameron Mackintosh
Jan. 26-Feb 4 in the de Jong Concert Hall
A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe co-created by cameron Mackintosh, directed by George D. Nelson, choreographed by Becky Phillips, musical direction by Gayle Lockwood.

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BYU Young Company
Feb 8-18 in the Margetts Theatre
By William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Teresa Dayley Love



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March 24-April4 in the Margetts Theatre
By Arthur Miller, directed by David Morgan



March 31-April 15 in the Pardoe Theatre

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June 2-17 in the Pardoe Theatre
By Mary Zimmerman, adapted from The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, directed by Janine Sobeck Knighton



Oct. 13-14 in the Pardoe Theatre

Feb. 8-18 in the Nelke Theatre
By Chandra Lloyd

April 13-14 in the Nelke Theatre


Condolences to Tom and Laura Lefler this past week.  Laura’s mother, Margaret Grace Coffey Ellis Smith passed away last Monday, and her services were held last Thursday.  If you would like to read more about this lovely lady, go to!/Obituary


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