Department News 06-27-16

Congratulations to all the TMA students who are doing internships this spring and summer.  Kyle Stapley, TMA’s Internship Coordinator says, “This is by far our largest group of student interns we’ve had in the past 6 years.”   Kudos to our amazing students!
Spring 2016
Hannah Hughes – Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (Monetary, CA)
Keith Grover – LDS Motion Picture Studio (Provo, UT)
Brittany Stahly – The Egyptian Theatre (Park City, UT)
Summer 2016
Malori Bigler – Cartoon Network (Burbank, CA)
Barrett Burgin – Jupiter Entertainment (Knoxville, TN)
Michael Comp – Endgame Entertainment and Kinetic Content (Los Angeles, CA)
Westin Cross – Atmosphere Entertainment and Celestial Pictures (Los Angeles, CA)
Madison Dennis – Sundance Theatre Labs (Sundance, UT)
Noelle Houston – Castle Amphitheater (Provo, UT)
Ashley Ottesen – Castle Amphitheater (Provo, UT)
Hailey Schoenfeldt – “The Stray” Feature (Heber, UT)
Gabe Spencer – Murray Park Amphitheater (Murray, UT)
Caitlin Stratton (Walton) – Endgame Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA)
Britany Toolson – BYU Communications (Provo, UT)
Mari Toronto — American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
Graham Walker – My Movie Ads (Orem, UT)
Pete Walton – Lionsgate and Celestial Pictures (Los Angeles, CA)
Stacy Wilks – Castle Amphitheater (Provo, UT)
Howie Burbidge – LDS Publishing (MPS) (Provo, UT)
Jessi Macedone – LDS Publishing (MPS) (Provo, UT)
Garrett Helgesen – Paramount Pictures (Los Angeles, CA)
Barta Heiner returned from her trip to New York and Germany last week.  Besides having the opportunity to visit her ancestral home in Wasungen, Germany, she saw some fabulous theatre in New York and Germany.  She was able to have lunch with several TMA alums in New York, including Tracey Woolley, Ted Bushman, Magarin and Leslie Hobson, Matt Green, Dalton Skinner, Taryn Bench, Whitney Uland, Carter Thompson, Alicia Shumway, Carson Wright  and Michelle Clawson.   Barta along withDallin Halls (who was cast in A Misummer Night’s Dream that would be performing in New York) watched Tim Threlfall’s final rehearsal of The Last of the Red Hot Lovers before the company moved to Cape Cod.   In Germany, she had the opportunity to visit Brecht’s childhood home on Judenstrasse in Augsburg and several castles (including the Neuschwanstein and Heidelberg!).
The productions she saw in New York included the following.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is based on a children’s book with an autistic boy as the main character.  She happened to see the understudy in this production, but he, as well as the rest of the production, was top-notch.  The production was a technical wonder, both emotionally and visually strong, tightly directed and had a superb ensemble.
  • The Humans is a play that focuses on a family coming together at Thanksgiving.  The first reveal is that the grandmother has Alzheimers, but  each family member has a secret that is disclosed.  One of the interesting devises were the creaks and noises in the building that became heightened as each character’s secret was about to be revealed, which gave the production an eerie but compelling sic-fi feeling.
  • Long Day’s Journey into Night, which was based on Eugene O’Neil’s family of origin, starringGabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange  (whose performance seemed like the weakest of the ensemble’s!).  The set was beautiful and used a light curtain that looked and moved like the ocean during scene changes.
Here are a few of the productions Barta attended in Germany.
  • Street Scene by Elmer Rice with music by Kurt Weill (a contemporary German composer):  Thiswas the musical version of an American Classic that is about the relationships of the people in a tenement with most of the action happening on the sidewalk and the front stoop of the building.
  • Platonov an unfinished play by Chekhov:  The production was excellently done in a farcical style with a rotating set that included four different locations.  The “stage manager” even sang opera to the audience during the act or scene breaks!  It also included two cameramen that shot live feedonto a screen at the rear of the stage during the performances.  At times the actors left the stage and the cameras followed them out onto the street.
  • Mother Courage by Brecht at the Berliner Ensemble Theatre:  This was a special treat since Barta had just played the role.  She loved how this production handled the beginning and end of the play, and felt the lead actress did a superb job.  They actually had it rain and snow on stage during two scenes.


Our condolences to George Nelson whose father, George Edgar Nelson, passed away this last weekend. The viewing will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 9:00-10:45 am at the Edgemont Stake Center on 303 W 3700 N, Provo, Utah. Funeral services, conducted by Wing Mortuary, will start at 11:00 am.

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