Department News 05-24-16

Charlotte’s Web, directed by Bradley and Shawnda Moss, is opening this week! Before you visit the Zuckerman farm, it would be a good idea to head over to 4th Wall Dramaturgy and meet some of the cast’s littlest members. Visit to become better acquainted with the characters of Charlotte’s Web!


This past week, Provo’s Daily Herald ran an article by Derrick Clements entitled “Top 10 upcoming Utah County plays and musicals still coming in 2016.”  Three of the ten plays are on BYU’s season!
10.  BYU’s Charlotte’s Web : “complicated acrobatics and effects to tell the story…” (directed by Shawnda and Bradley Moss)
9.  Scera’s The Little Mermaid
8.  Payson Community Theatre’s Into the Woods
7.  BYU’s The Importance of Being Earnest:  “hilarious Wilde’s script” (directed by Rodger Sorensen)
6.  Hale Center Theatre’s See How They Run (directed by Barta Heiner)
5. Hale’s Catch Me if You Can
4.  Springville Playhouse’s Arsenic and Old Lace
3. BYU’s Travesties: “The two plays (with Importance of Being Earnest) share some plot similarities and even some meta-textual similarities…” (directed by Megan Sanborn Jones)
2.  The Covey Center’s The 39 Steps
1.  Grassroots Shakespeare Summer Tour
 In the tradition of film showing us instead of telling us, below are some striking images from the Film London Study Abroad program during the past few weeks, courtesy ofAlexis Romero, the film study abroad T.A.  Many thanks, Alexis



Our condolences to Mary and Houshang Farahnakian and their family. Their eldest granddaughter, Mina Farahnakian passed away on May 16. The funeral services were held on Friday. Click here to read her obituary.



Janet Swenson has been hard at work this year as the Costume Designer for Tuacahn’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame with music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.  With thirty-nine actors, 50 onstage choir members, and over two hundred individual costumes, she and her assistants – niece Danielle and former studentsMary Bosen and Mallory (Mackay) Blakemore have been extremely busy.  Another former student, Dallin Blankenship, is creating the masks for gargoyles, imps and dragons! Besides having a ball choosing the rich color palettes and textures for each of the costumes, they’ve figured out how to use a fruit basket as a hat, a new metallic fabric for armor, and the most innovative arm shields!  Janet has loved working with Tim Threlfall, the director; Karl Wesson, who is doing makeup and hair; and the scenic designer, Brad Shelton.  The show opens on August 5, and will play in rep with Peter Pan and Tarzan, which open in June.  This is Janet’s sixth season with Tuacahn.  In addition to Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Fiddler on the Roof, she designed Mary Poppins, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast and last season’s world premiere of Disney’s When You Wish.  Prior to Tuacahn, Janet designed for the Utah Shakespeare Festival for twenty years.  This year’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be stellar!  For more information, go to



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